Macko Unleashed

Macko Unleashed #6

OCTOBER 28, AD 2009



Both Greg Coleridge and Bill just advised me that this discussion will be postponed until December 2, so mark your calendars and try to attend. The meeting should be very informative.


  1. Discussion on the bank bailouts – one year later
    Who:  Walker Todd and Ray Kalich (former officers of Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland) plus Bill Peirce (former chair of the dept. of economics at Case Western Reserve). Dr. Peirce was the Libertarian candidate for governor in 2006. DM
    Sponsors:  Cleveland-Marshall Federalists and Libertarians.
    Where:  Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, basement of law library meeting room, 1801 Euclid Avenue (18th at Euclid, downtown, westernmost part of the Cleveland State University campus along Euclid).
    When:  12:00 noon, Thursday, October 29, 2009.
    Why:  Elected to transform the Republic, the Obama Administration instead has continued the same corporatist bailout economic policies of the Bernanke-Paulson regime that was running economic policy at the end of the Bush Administration.  Many of the same players remain in place (especially Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Geithner, who previously was the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York).  The continuation of those ill-advised policies has provoked dissent, both open and suppressed, within the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve.  The attachment contains the most relevant dissents of Reserve Bank presidents.  The Cleveland Fed is not among them.  The main mistaken policy elements in the current administration (spearheaded by national economic policy advisor Lawrence [Larry] Summers) are an undue reliance on a misnamed economic stimulus package (lots of debt, but little stimulus), which did and does nothing for restoration of the monetary and banking imbalances.

Here are endorsements from the Libertarian Party of Ohio for Ohio Issues One through Three and for several candidates.


The LPO supports or opposes various ballot issues that may be presented to Ohio voters.

To seek an endorsement by the LPO for or against an issue, please contact your area Ohio region chair, local county affiliate leadership, or other state officer.


Issue For/Against Election Date
Issue 1  Against  November 3, 2009

 Position Statement

Issue 1 – Amend Article VIII of the Ohio Constitution authorizing the State to Issue Bonds to Provide Compensation to Veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts

This amendment authorizes the state to provide out of the general treasury a onetime cash payment of not more than $1,000 to veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq conflicts, or a maximum award of $5,000 to survivors entitled to benefits from a soldier killed in action, missing in action or a prisoner of war. To pay back the general treasury, the state will issue and sell bonds in the face amount of not more than $200,000,000. This is long term debt, prohibited in the Ohio Constitution, and is why an amendment is needed. In addition, the amendment creates a compensation bond retirement fund and jobs for people charged with overseeing this fund.

While the Libertarian Party of Ohio supports our troops and honors the service of veterans and their families, Issue 1 is a boondoggle that provides no real benefit to anyone except the government employees and private attorneys who will manage the fund, the investors who will receive the interest on the bonds and the big corporations that will underwrite the bonds for a fee. Obviously, the awards are a pittance that does little to help veterans or their families, while taxpayers are saddled with a debt and additional government salaries to pay. As in all similar cases, the bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of Ohio taxpayers, and taxpayers pay principle and interest to the investors.

Article VIII is the section of the Constitution that prohibits the state for incurring long term debt. Over time, legislators have inserted 24 pages of exceptions to this wise prohibition against debt, not counting the pages that will be inserted if this amendment passes. Send a message to the legislators who created this amendment that we will not tolerate making a mockery of our Constitution, and that we and future generations of Americans are already saddled with enough debt. The Libertarian Party of Ohio urges you to vote NO on Issue 1.

Issue 2  Against  November 3, 2009

Position Statement

Issue 2 – Amend Article XIV of the Ohio Constitution to create a Livestock Care Standards Board

We oppose this amendment because it creates another state agency, which we especially oppose when created by constitutional provision. In addition to the Ohio Farm Bureau and other agri-business interests, the official public advocate for the bill is the Ohioans for Livestock Care Political Action Committee. It contends that out-of-state activist groups intend to bring an initiative to Ohio in 2010 that “proposes rigid, inflexible and impractical rules for how livestock and poultry are housed”. We are sympathetic to the fear of excessive regulation, but we will examine such an initiative if and when it happens. This plan is not the way to go. Regulatory boards are always eventually captured by big contributors. Furthermore, the Board can only set standards, which the Ohio Department of Agriculture can do already. Another farmer’s group, the Ohio Farmers Union, opposes this amendment to the Ohio Constitution, and states that the amendment simply favors agribusiness and factory farming at the expense of the family farm. The Libertarian Party of Ohio agrees with the Ohio Farmer’s Union on this issue. The chances of corporate and political favoritism, along with other unintended consequences, are simply too great. The Libertarian Party of Ohio urges you to vote NO on Issue 2.

Issue 3  Against  November 3, 2009

Position Statement

Issue 3 – Amend Article XVI of the Ohio Constitution to allow for one casino each in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

As Libertarians, we believe in the American principle of natural law. We have the right to engage in any activity by mutual consent with one another if not coerced by force or fraud. We do not accept that gambling is a right that can be taken away or granted by the government. While gambling can cause problems in some people’s lives, the individual must be held responsible for the consequences of their own actions, and it is not the state’s responsibility to prohibit the activity of peaceful, responsible citizens to protect the few from themselves. Even if one does not subscribe to these principles, one can no longer lay any claim to prohibition of gambling on moral grounds since the lottery provides funding to public education, and since the governor advocated slot machines at race tracks to balance the budget. The State’s position reeks of hypocrisy.

Some libertarians believed this amendment was an incremental step in the right direction and urged a favorable opinion. The Executive Committee considered their ideas, but decided that this amendment would block progress towards full legalization. It continues to put the state of Ohio in the paradoxical position of promoting an activity to bring in additional tax dollars while at the same time contending the activity is harmful. This amendment establishes a new form of corporate welfare, extending privilege to one group of business owners at the expense of others. These special interests can then use their wealth and power to keep gambling out of other areas of state that want it and to fight new extensions of gambling that threatens their privileged position. It harms the local bar or restaurant which has to compete with the casino operators, as well as the in state suppliers to the bar and restaurant industry which probably will not have the same opportunity to supply the casinos. It imposes government in a way which corrupts government and will almost certainly lead to a less successful outcome than if the activity was freely conducted.

We call for the gambling issue to be resolved once and for all, the right way. We call on the State Legislature to begin the process of a Constitutional amendment which repeals Section 6 Article XV in its entirety. These scant 123 words will not be missed. After the Article is repealed, the state legislature can begin enacting common sense regulations. Let the voters in each individual county decide whether or not to allow gambling in their own community. Create an Ohio Gaming Commission to act as an oversight body to ensure that corruption and fraud does not take place on the local level. Tax gambling like any other business. Accrue revenue to the general treasury. Allow any small business owner or entrepreneur to compete on an equal footing. The State should not be deeply involved in this industry. The state should only provide minimal regulatory oversight. The business of gambling should be returned to the free market where it belongs. The Libertarian Party of Ohio urges you to vote NO on Issue 3.




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The LPO is interested in seeking and supporting candidates to run for state and local offices in the State of Ohio.

Please contact the LPO Candidate Traning & Support Committee. There is a review process of any state-endorsed LPO candidates with our Candidate Review Committee.

The following Libertarian Party candidates (partisan races) have been endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Ohio:

 Candidate Name Office Sought  Campaign Phone Website
 Joyce Early  City Council of Lorain, Ohio – 3rd Ward  440-244-9449
 Sean “Kalin” Stipe  City Council of Lorain, Ohio – At-Large  440-242-6111
 Spencer Phelps  City Council of Marion, Ohio – Council President  740-244-3658
 Angela Williams  City Council of Marion, Ohio – At-Large  740-262-0054
 Alexander Haas  City Council of Canton, Ohio – 8th Ward  330-353-2705

The following candidates (non-partisan races) have been endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Ohio:

 Candidate Name Office Sought  Campaign Phone Website
 Justin Williamson  Village Council of Parral, Ohio 330-447-3274


Local Affiliate Candidate Endorsement
LPO affiliate counties are seeking and supporting candidates running for local office throughout the State of Ohio.

Please contact your local organization for endorsement details.

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The Libertarian Party of Ohio (LPO) is the only political party in Ohio dedicated to the principles of smaller, limited government, lower taxes and more personal liberty for the residents of the State of Ohio. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can make this claim. The Libertarian Party of Ohio (LPO) is the third largest political party in the state. Whether the issue is school choice, economic stimulus, gun rights, or property rights, the LPO with always favor the principles of limited government and maximum personal liberty. The Libertarian Party of Ohio has the same vision as the Libertarian Party, which is “for a world in which all individuals can freely exercise the natural right of sole dominion over their own lives, liberty and property by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office, and moving public policy in a libertarian direction.”


And finally, here are endorsements from dedicated Libertarian activist, Jeffrey Quick, in his blog, The Quick and the Dead, a Chronicle of the Endarkenment.

For Life and Liberty,
David Macko


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