Welfare By Any Other Name

One of the most successful tactics of those who favor ever expanding government is to give their ideas new names, to disguise their true nature and avoid having to defend their past failures. One such "new" idea getting increased attention is Universal Basic Income.

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LPSCC Opposes CUSD Measure A

The Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County urges a NO vote on Cupertino Union School District Measure A. This is a parcel tax measure. The formal election date is 4 May 2021. For more information visit: https://www.nocusdtax.org/

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Libertarian Reasons to Recall the Governor

The recall of Governor Gavin Newsom is being supported by many different groups. Both the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County and the Libertarian Party of California are among them. However, not everybody is pushing for the Governor to be removed from office for the same reasons.  Following are some reasons why Libertarians should support this recall:

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When a Party Sells Its Soul

Over the past few months we have all been witness to the horrible consequences of a political party selling its soul giving up totally on any sort of coherent message in favor of embracing a cult of personality as the only way to "win".

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Annual Meeting Report

The Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County held its annual meeting on Saturday, 23 January. Actions at this meeting included election of officers and updates to the party's bylaws.

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LP SCC Endorses Recall of Gavin Newsom

By a vote of its central committee on 23 January, the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County has endorsed the ongoing effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. The LP SCC now joins in formally supporting this project, which had previously been endorsed by the Libertarian Party of California.
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Happy Bill of Rights Day!

The Bill of Rights -- the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution -- was ratified 229 years ago today, 15 December 1791.

The Bill of Rights sets limits on the powers of the federal government, including the well-known prohibition on laws restricting freedom of speech and of the press, the right to keep and bear arms, and the right to a trial by jury. It also states explicitly two general principles: that the listing of rights does not mean these are all the rights (9th Amendment) and that if the Constitution doesn't assign a power to the federal government then it belongs to the states, or the people (10th Amendment).



Of course over the last two centuries politicians have tried their best to side-step these rules, and unfortunately have been all too successful. It's up to us to hold elected officials accountable when they go beyond the specific powers named in the Constitution, and when they violate the principles outlined in the Bill of Rights.

More info:
* National Archives
* Wikipedia

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Mixed Results on Propositions/Measures

[Updated 2 December] With several weeks of counting behind us, election results in California are still preliminary but close to complete. Reviewing the propositions and measures on which the LP of Santa Clara County made a recommendation, it seems that on most subjects the voters agreed with us. Unfortunately, on questions of taxation and bonds (which must be paid back through taxes), for the most part the voters disagreed with us, passing almost all of them.

Voters agreed with us on 7 out of 9 of the non-tax/bond questions on which we took a position (all results shown as yes/no percentages):

Proposition 16, which would have allowed government to discriminate by race, sex, etc., failed 43%/57%.

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November 2020 Libertarian Winners

Early returns indicate that more than 20 Libertarian candidates won election this month across the country, including six in California.

This includes one elected to the state legislature in Wyoming, and about a dozen elected to city/town councils.

Here's the latest list:

STATE LEGISLATURE (1)

Marshall Burt - Wyoming House District 39

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Resolution Regarding Government Pandemic Response

Resolution of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County
Regarding Government Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Adopted 1 May 2020 by the LP SCC Executive Committee

Whereas, people own their own bodies, and it is their personal responsibility to take care of them;

Whereas, people have a natural and constitutional right to travel and trade;

Whereas, the economy of Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area depends on the free flow of goods and people acting autonomously;

Whereas, governments, where they exist, do not have the right to impede the travel and free trade that people depend on for their well being;

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