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A Libertarian Perspective on the August 2011 “Week of Woe”

From Atlas Liberty PAC:

A Libertarian Perspective on the August 2011 “Week of Woe”

The news headlines last week were unlike any we’ve seen before: “S.& P. Downgrades U.S. Debt Rating for the First Time”.

The Democrats and Republicans who have been at the helm for the past 40 years have wrecked the U.S. economy, as evidenced by last week’s S&P downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, the selling off of global equity markets in the fear of a “double-dip” recession, and the failure to resolve any long-term structural problems with the U.S. budget.

The past week will go down in U.S. financial history as one of the most dramatic.

On Tuesday August 2nd, after a wrenching battle in Washington, President Obama and Congress agreed to a budget package that raised the debt ceiling by $2 trillion, and formed a committee to propose spending cuts by November of this year.

Then on the following Thursday, reacting to this news and the fear of a new global economic slowdown, stock markets worldwide dropped to their lowest levels since 2009 and their biggest single-day drop since 1998.

Finally, in the evening of that Friday, Standard & Poor’s, one of the largest rating agencies in the world, downgraded U.S. sovereign debt for the first time since the agency’s inception in 1917.

Not one, but two credit rating agencies have already downgraded their opinion of U.S. sovereign debt. Egan-Jones, a well respected credit rating agency, had already downgraded the U.S. rating as of July 16th. They cited “…relatively high level of debt and the difficulty in significantly cutting spending,” as their reason for the downgrade. Other agencies may follow in a “you go, I go” fashion. [1]

Moody’s, another major rating agency, has already stated that over 7,000 municipalities with financing arrangements tied to Treasury securities are in danger of an automatic downgrade if the U.S. loses its top-rating. [2]

For the average consumer, the threat of interest rate hikes for credit purchases of any thing from credit cards to home and car loans and student loans will be more real. The economy has been dependent on cheap credit for so long that an economic slowdown in what appears to be a double-dip recession becomes more likely. The cost of borrowing for small business, already devastated by the Great Recession, will increase. This will crimp their cash flow and make it much harder for them to justify new capital expenditures and other investments that would create jobs.

A recent poll put Congress’ approval ratings in the mid teens, a record low. [3] This will only continue, especially as the average American’s financial choices become tougher.

A generation of out of control spending, partisan budget battles and empty rhetoric brought us to the events of the past two months, a situation that’s likely to continue for the next two to four years. Coincidentally, Libertarians have been railing against economic profligacy for that entire period.

We are now seeing up close how larger, ever expanding government affects the basic prosperity of the American citizen. But for 40 years, the Libertarians have been advocating a smaller-government solution.

Mark Rutherford, Vice-Chair of the national Libertarian Party states:

“The solutions are simple to muster, simply spend less. The political change is hard. I implore you not to vote out of anger or fear, but instead out of reason. Look for and support the people, causes, organizations and candidates that are really fighting for our economic, political and social freedoms.”

The two Parties that have been running this country have failed to govern responsibly and are dysfunctional. This is America’s bipartisan problem: the two parties in power increasingly consume taxpayer money to grow the government rather than to improve our economy. There can be no excuses for the lack of action in Washington as politics have become increasingly polarized over the past few decades.

It is time to consider a different direction. The Libertarians offer that new vision of leadership and the principles to make that happen.

Join us in our mission. Get involved today with the National Libertarian Party, your State and County Party as well as groups like Atlas Liberty.

In November 2012, let’s work to make the headlines once again unlike any we’ve seen before: “LIBERTARIANS SWEEP POLLS!”

In Liberty,

Evan McMahon,
Executive Director
Atlas Liberty PAC

“Providing Libertarians with the resources, money and training to WIN elections.”


[1] Bloomberg, “Egan-Jones Cuts U.S. Rating to AA+ on Spending-Cut Concern”
[2] Wall Street Journal, “Downgrade Poses Challenge for Local Governments“,

[3] CNN/ORC International Poll, August 1, 2011

Libertarian Party Vice-Chair Response on US Credit Downgrade

Mark Rutherford, Vice-Chair of the national Libertarian Party states:

“The solutions are simple to muster, simply spend less. The political change is hard. I implore you not to vote out of anger or fear, but instead out of reason. Look for and support the people, causes, organizations and candidates that are really fighting for our economic, political and social freedoms.”

Text of the S & P Downgrade

We have lowered our long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to ‘AA+’ from ‘AAA’ and affirmed the ‘A-1+’ short-term rating. We have also removed both the short- and long-term ratings from CreditWatch negative. The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in […]

The Impending Death of the Tea Party, Part II

Back in early April, I posted about the Impending Death of the Tea Party.

2010 Indiana Libertarian Candidates – For the Memory Hole


May Election:

Allison Maguire, Pike Township (Indianapolis) School Board
Jo Coleman, Indianapolis School Board At-large

November Election:

United State Senator: Rebecca Sink-Burris
Congressional House District 1: Jon Morris
Congressional House District 2: Mark Vogel
Congressional House District 3: Scott Wise
Congressional House District 4: John Duncan
Congressional House District 5: Chard Reid
Congressional House District 6: T.J. Thomson
Congressional House District 7: Dav Wilson
Congressional House District 8: John Cunningham
Congressional House District 9: Greg Knott

Secretary of State: Mike Wherry
State Auditor: Eric Knipe

State Senate District 6: Charles Barman
State Senate District 27: Don Crossely
State Senate District 31: Benjamin Hale
State Senate District 38: Ed Gluck

State House District 3: John Schick
State House District 5: Ron Cenkush
State House District 9: Andrew Wolf
State House District 15: Steve Heisel
State House District 17: Richard Liedtky
State House District 19: Jeff Duensing
State House District 21: Ben Jarvis
State House District 22: Thom Cox
State House District 28: Jim Rainwater
State House District 36: Greg Noland
State House District 37: Rob Jozwiak
State House District 40: David Hinkle
State House District 44: Dennis Beatty
State House District 52: Chuck Hanneman
State House District 54: Rex Bell
State House Distirct 55: Sarah Jordan
State House District 56: Brad Hyatt
State House District 59: Ed Dilts
State House District 60: David Murdoch
State House District 65: Al Cox
State House District 70: Darrell Dillard
State House District 81: Elizabeth Sepponen
State House District 85: Paul Leslie
State House District 87: Joe Hauptmann
State House District 90: Kevin Vail
State House District 91: Matt Amormino
State House District 92: Jason Sipe
State House District 93: Kent Raquet
State House District 94: Mike Smythe
State House District 97: Josh Barker
State House District 99: John Meuser
State House District 100: Paul Dijak-Robinson

Allen County:
Tom Perl, Lake Township Trustee

Brown County:
Duncan Adams, Sheriff
Barbara Adams, Van Buren Township Board

Clark County:
Bob Isgrigg, Surveyor

Elkhart County:
Amy Hapner, County Council District 1

Hamilton County:
Lars Noldan, Fall Creek Township Trustee
Mike Kole, Hamilton County Council, District 2
Joe Tucker, Hamilton County Council, District 3

Hendricks County:
Chris Sherman, Washington Township Board
Todd Singer, Washington Township Trustee

Henry County:
Bill Claar, Sheriff
Jon Bell, County Council
Steve Coffman (Incumbent), Liberty Township Board

Howard County:
Jerry Titus, County Council District 2
Keith Henry, Center Township Board

Knox County:
Jason Cooper, County Council District 1

Lake County:
David Tyssen, County Council District 4
Jeanine Kirpec, County Council District 5
Ryan Stewart, County Council District 6
Janice Glueckert, County Council District 7
Mark Lambert, St. John Town Council

LaPorte County:
Mike Sloan, County Commissioner District 1
Gregory Kelver, County Council District 1
Mark Lindborg, Michigan Township Board
K.P. Nfr, Coolspring Township Board
Sheila Garriott, Kankakee Township Board

Madison County:
Daniel Ferris, County Council District 1
Christine Nealis, County Council District 3
John Nichols, County Council District 4

Marion County:
Joell Palmer, Auditor
Mike Bishop, Pike Township Constable
Drew Bisson, Wayne Township Trustee
Christopher Bowen, Lawrence Township Trustee
Zachary Capehart, Center Township Trustee
Richard Cunningham, Washington Township Trustee
Jon Henderson, Perry Township Trustee
Erik Morris, Pike Township Trustee
Jared Wales, Decatur Township Trustee
Terrie Cloud, Franklin Township Trustee
Josh Featherstone, Warren Township Trustee
Christopher Ward, Lawrence Township Constable
Mike Bishop, Pike Township Constable

Monroe County:
Mark Burris, Washington Township Board

Rush County:
Victoria Foley, County Commissioner
Joyce Morrell, County Council

St. Joseph County:
Tom Zymsio, County Council District A

Steuben County:
Ken Bisson, Pleasant Township Board
Bill Leider, County Council District 3

Wayne County:
Matthew Hisrich, County Comissioner District 1
Gayle Bond, County Council District 2
Mark Harris, County Council District 4
Cheryl Heacox, Clay Township Board
Marvin Heacox, Clay Township Board
Conley Tillson (Incumbent), Clay Township Board

A light-hearted look at the serious problem of government overreach.

Check out Rex Bell’s “Stinky Shorts”.

LPIN Podcast Season 2 – 002: Phyllis Klosinski’s Fight for Property Rights

Phyllis Klosinski and her husband Mike have been fighting for property rights through the court system for many years. Her recent ruling in the Court of Appeals, Klosinski vs. the Cordry Sweetwater Conservancy District, has ramifications for every property owner in the state of Indiana. Her about her fight against an out of control government […]

LPMC Poker Tourney

photoIndianapolis Libertarian Meetups

The LPMC will be hosting a Poker Tournament Saturday, July 23rd at the Antelope Club! Pre-register at by July 22nd for bonus starting chips. Day-of registration will begin at 2:00pm, and a cash game will be available to start at 3:00. Tournament will start at 4:00, with rebuys available until the end of the first scheduled break. One add-on will be available until the end of the first scheduled break. Come join us for a great time, and please help spread the word! (Charity Gaming License #124797)


For more information, please feel free to contact

Indianapolis, IN 46204 – USA

Saturday, July 23 at 3:00 PM

Attending: 6

LPIN Podcast Season 2 – 001: Atlas Liberty’s Executive Director, Evan McMahon

Libertarians around the nation will have noticed lately that the Federal PAC Atlas Liberty has been more active than in previous years. After the 2010 elections, they hired a new Executive Director, Evan McMahon. Evan discusses the mission of Atlas Liberty PAC, the needs of the libertarian movement, and the differences between the cultures in […]

Poll: If you were a member of Congress, would you vote to raise the debt ceiling?

Libertarian Party of Indiana Poll: If you were a member of Congress, would you vote to raise the debt ceiling?

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