Three of President Bush's failures in his first term

Written by Mike Sylvester

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President Bush got his start in politics asrepparttar Governor of Texas. He often said thatrepparttar 125884 Federal government should stay out ofrepparttar 125885 business ofrepparttar 125886 fifty states. He often said that local and state governments can spendrepparttar 125887 tax payer’s money better thenrepparttar 125888 distant Federal government. On this point, President Bush and I agree. So what has President Bush done to remove power fromrepparttar 125889 Federal government and pass it back torepparttar 125890 fifty states as our Constitution intended?

Duringrepparttar 125891 last four yearsrepparttar 125892 Federal government has taken even more power fromrepparttar 125893 fifty states. President Bush has donerepparttar 125894 exact opposite of what he promised. “No Child left Behind” is a perfect example of going inrepparttar 125895 wrong direction. “No Child left Behind” mandates rules torepparttar 125896 fifty states instead of giving them more power to handle things locally.

The Federal government is extortingrepparttar 125897 fifty states for all kinds of reasons. Inrepparttar 125898 last three yearsrepparttar 125899 Federal government has withheld over thirty million dollars of Indiana’s highway funds because they feel that we do not comply withrepparttar 125900 Federal “open container laws.” How did “open container laws” become a Federal issue inrepparttar 125901 first place, it is absurd. President Bush must yet again receive a grade of “F” on restoring power torepparttar 125902 fifty states and that is a shame. I feel that one of his best ideas was restoring power torepparttar 125903 fifty states.

The Libertarian Party of Allen County stands for fiscal responsibility,repparttar 125904 rights ofrepparttar 125905 fifty states, personal responsibility and accountability, and less government regulation in our lives. If you would like to learn more please contact me at 260-338-0833 or see us online at

Mike is happily married and has a wonderful wife and two wonderful kids. Mike has become politically active to protect his children's futures.

Why Democrats Lose Elections: They aren't dumb. They're asleep.

Written by Kenn Gividen

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While Democrats had no chance of snatching Miller’s followers, they did have a wide-open opportunity to send them torepparttar Libertarian. It would have taken only 8 percent of Miller’s supporters to tiltrepparttar 125883 election in favor of Democrat Joe Kernan. Butrepparttar 125884 Democrats did nothing. Snore.

The Republicans, meanwhile, did plenty.

For starters, a here-to-fore unknown PAC dumped a ton of cold cash into a direct mail campaign. The target was Joe Kernan. The benefactor wasrepparttar 125885 Libertarian challenger. The result? Kernan lost votes. Those were votesrepparttar 125886 Republicans would never have captured. Nice play.

What’s more,repparttar 125887 Republicans kept close tabs on their Libertarian opponent. Stuffing his Web site with e-mail addresses,repparttar 125888 GOP receivedrepparttar 125889 Libertarian’s weekly updates. Any appeal to Miller supporters was noted and challenged. The risk of losing Miller votes was a chance they would not take. Another nice play.

The Democrats, meanwhile, were sound asleep. One Miller supporter went so far as to personally appeal torepparttar 125890 Democrats for support. A win by Daniels, he knew, would keep Miller from running inrepparttar 125891 next election. The election returns provedrepparttar 125892 Republicans right andrepparttar 125893 Democrats to be snoozing.

Another case in point wasrepparttar 125894 defeat of Democratic Congressman Baron Hill by Republican Mike Sodrel. The margin of victory was less than 2,000 votes. The Libertarian challenged garnered 4,698 votes. Hadrepparttar 125895 Democrats offeredrepparttar 125896 Libertarian candidate even a modest amount of support,repparttar 125897 election would have likely tilted towardrepparttar 125898 Democrat.

The groggy-eyed Democrats, meanwhile, are outside looking in, clueless as to what happened. But who knows? Maybe between now and 2006 they’ll wake up.

Kenn Gividen Chair of the Libertarian Party of Bartholomew County (Columbus), coordinator of the Writers' Bureau and 2004 gubernatorial candidate.

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