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Volume 21, Issue 2                              January 14, 2016
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Russell Means
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In This Issue
FROM ME TO YOU 
So, You Won This Week's Powerball…
NEWS YOU CAN USE 
Violence in America: Drug War Policy is the Problem, Not Guns
Supreme Court Ignores Privacy Group’s Request to Disclose DHS’s Cellphone Shutdown 
Factcheck Obama's Final State of the Union 
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails
QUOTABLE
See what Harry Browne, Michael Burry, Supreme Court Justice Scalia, and Nikki Haley have to say about immigration, making contributions, the little guy, and political promises. 
WALK THE WALK
More Fit Than Fat
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADVOCATES
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How Much Is Liberty Worth

From Me To You


So, You Won This Week's Powerball…

We all went to Chino Hills, California to purchase a Powerball ticket this week, right?

Powerball cartoonNow, it’s time to discuss the realities of having won. Assuming you chose the cash option, you’ll “earn” $930 million dollars. The IRS gets 25% off the top, before the money hits your hands, with another 14.6% due at tax time. Surprisingly, California has a personal income tax exemption for lottery winnings, stemming from a law passed in 1984.

How are you going to spend the remaining $561.72 million dollars?

Obviously, you’ll want to ensure that your family is comfortable for the rest of their lives. Let’s assume you also want to make a positive impact on the world around you. This is a path taken by many entrepreneurial philanthropists like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.

Let’s say that you have $200 million dollars for your philanthropy. How can you make the best use of those dollars?

Option 1: Write a check $568.28 million ($200 million beyond your “tax liability”) already taken by the bureaucrats in Washington DC to add to the Treasury to be doled out as they see fit.

Option 2: Research to find 200 charities and organizations that have similar goals that will make $1 million go a long way toward their mission.

Option 2, right?

When discussing the coercion of government to have you spend money on things you may not want to fund, this is a great exercise with those skeptical of libertarian ideas. Almost EVERYONE picks Option 2, regardless of political affiliation.

That’s because the waste and inefficiency associated with government is known far and wide.

That knowledge is another opening to build rapport to share libertarian philosophy with those who already have some libertarian leanings without even realizing it.

Walk the walk,

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News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff


Violence in America: Drug War Policy is the Problem, Not Guns

President Barack Obama has reignited the gun debate by announcing a series of executive actions with the intent of curbing gun violence. To critics, Obama’s announcement is simply a mistake. To others, executive actions are sideshows, distracting the country from the actual problems tied to violence.

Despite the criticism, former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she’s “proud” of Obama. To the Democrat, more must be done in order to “eliminate all the threats as much as possible.”

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Included with the executive actions are new requirements concerning background checks for guns bought from dealers online and at gun shows. The president also wants to upgrade the background check technology that would help federal officials track stolen weapons.

But despite the president’s passionate rhetoric, unregulated private sales usually benefit individuals who are prevented from owning guns but who are not necessarily purchasing weapons to commit crimes.

Read more about the failed war on drugs here. 

Factcheck Obama's Final State of the Union (warning: auto play)

Supreme Court Ignores Privacy Group’s Request to Disclose DHS’s Cellphone Shutdown Policy
 

Do you think the Department of Homeland Security keeps us safe? What about the Supreme Court? Do you believe it upholds the Constitution as it should?

Recently, a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center demanding the DHS to release its plan to close mobile phone services in the wake of disasters was set aside by the Supreme Court.

With the snub, the highest court of the land refused to look at the federal appeals court’s May ruling that upholds the secrecy surrounding DHS’s plan. If the ruling remains in place, DHS officers are not required to disclose details concerning Standard Operating Procedure 303, which outlines the guidelines that private and commercial wireless networks are required to follow during the service shutdown and restoration processes in the event of what the DHS describes as a “national crisis.”

Large Man Looking At Co-Worker With A Magnifying Glass

The appeals court used the Freedom of Information Act to keep the DHS from disclosing the plan in May, claiming that allowing details from SPP 303 to become public would put the safety of Americans at risk.

The factor that prompted the privacy group to act involved a full shutdown of cellphone service in the San Francisco Bay Area subway system during what EPIC calls a peaceful protest back in 2011. 

Read  more about DHS's cellphone shutdown here. 

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

#FreedomPrevails

Uber Revolutionizes Common Sense - FEE
How Waze Makes Roads Safer than the Police - FEE
The Miracle Mop fairy tale and the ‘Joy’ of the American Dream - American Enterprise Institute 

News You Can Use is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 

Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

Browne
 
THE LITTLE GUY PAYS: "The little guy will pay for it — the small investor, the borrower. Which is why the little guy needs to be warned to be more diligent and to be more suspicious of society’s sanctioned suits offering free money. It will always be seductive, but that’s the devil that wants your soul." â€” Michael Burry, American Hedge Fund Manager and Major Character in Hollywood's "The Big Short," December 28, 2015
 
CONTRIBUTE OR ELSE: â€œIs it even okay to force someone to contribute to a cause you do believe in?”  â€” Supreme Court Justice Scalia, United States Supreme Court, January 14, 2016

LET'S NOT START NOW: "When you've got immigrants who are coming here legally, we've never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion. Let's not start that now." â€” Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor January 13, 2016

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"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.
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Walk the Walk

 
More Fit Than Fat 
 

It is a new year, and like every January that I remember, many of us make resolutions to improve an aspect or two of our lives. Some of us want to spend more of our time and attention with loved ones. Others want to improve our health by kicking a bad habit, watching what we eat, or increasing the frequency with which we exercise.
Fit Than Fat

I love seeing people make positive changes in their lives. It’s exciting. Lately though, I have noticed something of a trend among the more fitness-focused in my network. I do not mean the folks who joined a gym the last week of December or were “waiting until after the holidays” to start working on attaining a six-pack before swimsuit season. I mean the guys and gals who are pumping iron, taking a spin class, or running treadmill marathons every day (or so it seems).

Read more about how you can invite others to champion liberty here.

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