The message of ‘spend, spend, spend’ on military spending doesn’t make sense. We have a huge national debt, and the biggest threat to our country is to let that national debt grow. Eventually, when we have a situation when we need military spending, when we actually need the money to go to our military to fight a major war, we won’t have that money.
Rep. Justin Amash, in a broad-ranging recent interview with Reason.
Definitely an interesting read, covering everything from Amash’s views on Syria (his mother immigrated from Syria) to his thoughts on Ayn Rand’s ironically emotional appeal.
Amash is an interesting figure in Congress and definitely worth keeping an eye on for a number of reasons, including his young age, his political stances, and his willingness to tell constituents why he votes the way he does on every single bill on his Facebook page. While his libertarian political views may not be everyone’s cup of tea, we need more people like him in Congress.
We have a natural fit with Colorado. I embrace the notion of being a spoiler. The two-party system is outdated. Politics right now is very status quo. It’s really like a non-choice.Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson • Discussing the role he could play in Colorado, where the race is very tight and the state’s marijuana ballot initiative plays to his base’s strengths. He stands a chance to make an impact in the state than most for a few reasons: Libertarians tend to do better in western states, the party was founded in Colorado, and he’s perhaps the best-known candidate on the ballot who supports legalization — which is a hot topic in the state. Depending on how he does, he could take votes away from either Obama or Romney. Spoiler, indeed.
It wouldn’t be my speech. That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.Rep. Ron Paul • Explaining why, despite being given an opportunity to do so, he’s chosen to avoid speaking at the Republican National Convention. Paul would’ve been given the opportunity to speak as long as his words were a) vetted by Romney and b) in endorsement of the Republican nominee. No dice. Instead, Paul held an event of his own Sunday, bringing the true believers down to the University of South Florida to hear Paul’s final presidential campaign speech. This is likely Paul’s last big hurrah as an elected official — having just turned 77, he retires from Congress in January — but he leaves an army of supporters behind.
If they’re not willing to say that — that’s their prerogative — but clearly they’re not Mitt Romney delegates.A national Republican Party leader • Discussing an issue with Republican delegates in Massachusetts — sixteen Ron Paul backers who defeated Mitt Romney’s picks — who were disqualified after failing to file affidavits pledging their support to Romney. The delegates say the affidavits were a ploy, and they were received the forms less than a week before the set deadline. Republican leaders are reportedly concerned that the Paul-supporting delegates may cause trouble at the Tampa convention next month. Paul has officially stopped campaigning, but his supporters hope to make their presence known at the convention.
There was a guy cruising bars pretending to be me and picking up women about ten to fifteen years ago. When I heard about it once, I dismissed it. When I heard about more times, I became a little alarmed.Libertarian-leaning Fox Business Channel host John Stossel • Discussing the bizarre quandary he faced back in the late ’90s, when a guy pretending to be Stossel apparently used his similar look to the mustachioed former ABC host to pick up some ladies at bars. Stossel found out after at least three women mentioned it to him — and Stossel got in touch with the dude’s mom, though he doesn’t remember if he called or if an ABC News staffer did. He can laugh about it now, kinda, but really not cool, Stosselganger.
If the entire moon was made of heroin, it would still be unprofitable.SpaceX Employee Steve Davis • At the libertarian Atlas Summit, discussing the main problem his company, like all other rocket companies, faces — cosmically high transportation costs. SpaceX, run by Paypal and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk, is attempting to create cost-effective rockets that can be used on more than one flight. The company is already the first private rocket company to ferry cargo the the International Space Station, and seeks to make mankind “multi-planetary.” The most important question: Can I pay for my rocket through Paypal, or will you force us to use Square, Elon? source (via • follow)
“Let’s sh*t on East Europeans: their English is bad, won’t respond & actually do what they’ve agreed to & reelect govts that are responsible.”
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, going after Keynesian economist Paul Krugman on Twitter after the latter criticized Estonia’s use of austerity measures to produce a steady, though still incomplete, recovery from the recession.
Ilves sent out a series of very angry tweets in response to Krugman’s short article, and later shared a lengthy article he wrote in March explaining his support for thrifty policies in Estonia — and how well they have worked compared to the policies of many of Estonia’s European neighbors to the West and South.
The Estonian Finance Minister also followed up in a press conference, saying:
In reality, Krugman has to a great extent supported the system that created our poverty and which is now over — and which regulated and printed money according to their own interpretation of economic rules. In the US that is possible, but we cannot solve our poverty according to those recipes — by borrowing money and buying ourselves expensive things.
He’s right — except that it’s not really possible for us either.
This is one of the more entertaining arguments to happen on Twitter lately — and it will be interesting to see if Krugman has to eat his words on this one in a year.