Missouri Sound Money Act – Urgent Action Needed!

The fate of sound money in Missouri may be determined in a meeting tonight of Senate leadership.

In April, HB1637 passed the House by a 95 to 37 margin.  Now however, the Missouri Senate is locked in a budget battle with the 2012 session slated to conclude on May 18.  Despite the focus on budget issues, the bill passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee unanimously this morning.

HB1637 simply states:  “The Missouri Sound Money Act of 2012 is established which changes the laws regarding legal tender as follows: (1) Specifies that gold and silver issued by the federal government is legal tender in Missouri;”

However, it seems as though Senate leadership may need some encouragement to let this “controversial” bill be heard this session.  Urgent action is needed.  If you live in the state of Missouri, please call and email Senate leadership, in particular Senator’s Tom Dempsey and Robert Mayer.   It’s do or die time for constitutional tender in Missouri.  NOW is the time to keep momentum on this vital issue spreading across our nation!



Arizona: Last Chance to Take a Stand on NDAA

On April 24, 2012, just a week after the Virginia legislature approved a law to refuse compliance with NDAA “indefinite detentions,” an Arizona law committing the Grand Canyon State to noncompliance with any attempted federal kidnapping under the NDAA was passed by the legislature as well.

A signature from Governor Jan Brewer is all that’s needed.

After months of political wrangling, the Arizona Senate concurred with the House on an amended version of SB1182, and the bill was transmitted to Brewer’s office on May 1st.

The Senate passed the bill 20-8 with two senators not voting.

Under Arizona rules, since the legislative session ended on May 3, Brewer has ten days (not counting Sundays) to sign or veto the law. This means that Tuesday, May 15,  is the absolute last day, and serious pressure is needed on the Governor right now.

SB1182 asserts:

This state and any agency of this state shall not provide material support or participate in any way with the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the national defense authorization act of 2012, Public Law 112‑81, against any citizen of the United States.

The law would also make it a criminal offense for any public officer, employee or agent of the state to make any attempt to assist in federal kidnapping.


Thanks for the vote of confidence!

The Wall Street Journal prides itself on its “conservative” credentials. Each week, readers find its op-ed pages crammed with criticisms of Pres. Obama’s intervention in the economy, and the government’s propensity to overspend and expand the entitlement state. To read the Wall Street Journal opinion pages, one generally comes away with the impression that the editorial board finds politicians, especially the president, generally inept when it comes to managing domestic policy.

Yet when it comes to foreign policy, these same dolts suddenly transform into geniuses!

So the WSJ editorial board has its collective nose out of joint because they perceive a Tea Party backlash against those wise and benevolent foreign policy sages in Washington D.C. According to the WSJ, the Tea Party recently forged an alliance with the “anti-antiterror left” to block indefinite detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act.

You see, the folks at this “Tea Party outfit called the Tenth Amendment Center” joined forces with the likes of the ALCU to oppose kidnapping people on American soil.

Screeech! Whoa there!! Tea Party outfit? The Tenth Amendment Center? Really?

I need to pause here for a moment to enlighten our fearless conservative journalists at the WSJ. Michael Boldin founded the Tenth Amendment Center in 2006, during the administration of George W. Bush. That was some four years before the first protester hung a teabag on his cap. So yeah, not exactly a “Tea Party outfit” – just to be clear.

But I digress.


Economic Development Administration: Telling Votes in the House

My colleague Sallie James reported this morning on the looming vote in the House to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. There are two other votes, which could come as soon as this evening, that would provide a similar indication of how serious the Republican-controlled House is about limiting government and supporting free markets. An amendment to the House’s…