Saturday, March 1, 2014

Whose picture should be on our currency?

Our currency in the U.S. (often known in the black community as "Dead Presidents") honors people who won wars.  Andrew Jackson killed a lot of Indians.  General Grant killed a lot of Confederates.  Franklin Roosevelt killed the economy. 

We should commemorate people who spread liberty and freedom. 

Don Boudreaux (who should be on a commemorative penny, at least) has come up with a list of people who we should honor on our Federal Reserve Notes and our debased coinage

Here's his list.  It's greatness.... !

$1 bill: George Washington.  For all of his flaws, Washington was not as mad for power as is the typical politician.  That character trait was enormously beneficial to the early American republic.

Ok.  Agreed.  They wanted him to be king, and he declined.  Although I sometimes think we would be better off with some hereditary despots who relied on promoting freed, as opposed to the current system of beauty contests. 

$2 bill: Henry Ford, for being such a pioneering and innovative producer.

I dunno.  Towards the end of his life, he became increasingly anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-liquor, 3 concepts that I like a lot. 

$5 bill: John D. Rockefeller, Sr., for being such a pioneering and innovative producer.

He added hundreds of hours of light (via kerosene) at increasingly lower prices to the common man.  You could make the argument that Rockefeller saved the whales !!

$10 bill: Gustavus Swift, for being such a pioneering and innovative producer.

Ok.  Good choice. 

$20 bill: Norman Borlaug, for saving countless millions of people from starvation.

Excellent choice.  He developed new strains of wheat (and was harshly criticized by many on the left, because it would increase population!) and probably saved a billion (with a "b") lives. 

$50 bill: Sam Walton, for being such a pioneering and innovative retailer.

Wouldn't that make the Statists go just absolutely batshit crazy?  Sam Walton helped bring one million people per month out of bone-grinding poverty in China.  He did more than anyone in history to hold down inflation in the era of the Fed.  He's the reason the jeans I'm wearing now cost less than they did in 1977.  Here's why he deserved a Nobel !!

$100 bill: Benjamin Franklin, for his scientific achievements and his bourgeois wisdom.

Meh.  Interesting guy, but I'd rather see Calvin Coolidge (greatest president) get a spot. 

One-cent coin: Richard Sears, for being such a pioneering and innovative retailer.

Ok.  He changed the world. 

Five-cent coin: Steve Jobs, for being such a pioneering and innovative producer.

Well, he did more good than Roosevelt. 

10-cent coin: John Bogle, for inventing the indexed mutual fund.


25-cent coin: Milton Friedman, for teaching not only the general public, but fellow economists, economics.


50-cent coin: Gail Borden, for being such a pioneering and innovative producer.


$1 coin: Andrew Mellon, a productive financial genius

And the opposite side of the Andrew Mellon coin should show Franklin Roosevelt burning in hell.  Read Amity Shlaes great account of The Roosevelt-induced Depression "The Forgotten Man" for details of how FDR persecuted this great man. 

That's Don Boudreaux's list.  You probably have your own. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Libertarian Leadership Training Conference - Saturday, March 1 !!

The Libertarian Party of Texas has a Spring Leadership Conference this Saturday ! If you are a candidate, candidate supporter, liberty lover, potential convention delegate or county chair, this is the meeting for you! You can pay at the door. Twenty-five bucks is all it takes for a full day of training, teaching, and hanging out with good, like-minded folks who are fighting for your freedom.

Here's a link....

DFW Airport Marriott South 4151 Centreport Drive Fort Worth, TX 76155Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST)

This conference is designed to be INTERACTIVE. Please bring your laptop!
Lunch is included in the very low, $25 registration. Please do your part to spread the word and invite all the Libertarians you know who are ready to join the revoLution here in Texas. NOW is the time!

8am - Registration (Breakfast available at Cafe)
9am - Welcome*Convention Process Overview

10am - Breakout Stations (Attendees choose three and rotate every hour)
*Creating a Facebook Page
*LPT Resources/Navigating the Website
*District Research for Block Walking and Voting Trends
*Convention Chair Training/ District Convention Planning
*Delivering the Message (Role Play, Q&A, etc.)
1pm - Lunch (US Senate Candidate Forum)

2pm - Delegate Training

3pm - Mock Convention (FUN!)