Thursday, April 20, 2006

Is There a Federal Deficit?

"The average taxpayer, depending on the state in which he lives, works from Jan. 1 to May 3 to pay federal, state and local taxes. That means someone else decides how four months' worth of the fruits of the average taxpayer's labor will be spent. The taxpayer is forcibly used to serve the purposes of others -- whether it's farm or business handouts, food stamps or other government programs where the earnings of one American are taken and given to another.

This situation differs only in degree, but not in kind, from slavery. After all, a working description of slavery is the process where one person is forcibly used to serve the purposes of another. The difference is a slave has no rights to what he produces each year, instead of just four months."

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Federalist Society Elections, part 2

I will be running for Vice President at this Tuesday’s 12:00 p.m. meeting in room 104. I echo Lisa’s sentiments about planning speakers early, engaging the other local Fed. Soc. chapters, and vigorously recruiting new members.

To that I would like to add two goals I will pursue next year: (1) increasing funding opportunities for academic and travel scholarships; (2) expanding opportunities to present the Fed. Soc. perspective by coordinating events with other groups.

Where to find more money? By having more members and increasing the stature of the organization we can draw more dollars from SBA and CU. That is one reason I support Lisa’s plans. Also, we need to seek possible funding from sympathetic groups, including the Denver Lawyer’s chapter, the Independence Institute, the Institute for Justice, etc. Aside from direct funding, these groups could offer fruitful connections to people willing and able to donate to the next generation of liberty-loving lawyers.

On the coordination front, I know groups that are concerned about similar issues as the Fed. Soc., like ACS and ACLU, would be open to coordinating their events with us. The benefits would be two-fold. We could spend more money per event by combining funds with the other groups, and a debate format is much more lively and interesting. Both of these benefits mean more asses in the seats- and potentially more Fed. Soc. members. Which would help with my first goal …

Remember: vote Tuesday at noon, room 104.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Federalist Society Elections

I will be running for Vice President at the meeting next Tuesday (4/18) at 12:00 p.m. in room 104.

In next few days I will elaborate my goals for the Fed. Soc., but in the meantime feel free to send me your comments and concerns.

Even if you have never attended a Fed. Soc. meeting before, pop in this Tuesday to cast a ballot and offer your two cents on what the Fed. Soc. should do in the future.