Libertarian Party Says State in a Sorry State
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CONTACT: Tim O'Brien
DEARBORN. "The fact of the
matter is that our state is in a pretty sorry state," said Libertarian Party of
Michigan Chair Stacy Van Oast. "And with the kind of leadership we're getting
from Republicans it's easy to see why."
Ms. Van Oast was responding to
Governor Engler's State of the State address last night to the people of
"What kind of duplicity does it take," she asked
incredulously, "for the same governor who has led efforts to tax e-commerce
transactions to now turn around and say that we need to give tax breaks to
corporations engaged in e-commerce?
"I guess this is just one more
example," she answered her own question, "of the Republican view of taxes --
increase them on consumers, while reducing them on big business."
the LPM chair's ire wasn't confined to the governor's economic plans.
"Then he proposes to max out our constitutional limit of 20
cabinet-level agencies by creating a brand, new Department of History, Arts and
Culture," she added. "Since when are these social institutions something to be
determined by government?" she asked.
"I certainly hope," she continued,
"that people will finally stop being fooled by the Republicans' posturing as
advocates of individual freedom and limited government and recognize just how
socialist they really are. Tax increases on consumers, but tax breaks for
multi-national corporations. Even a Ministry of Culture! What more evidence
could anyone possibly need?" she wondered.
"It's not surprising that
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is talking about chasing out the
last of the libertarians from the Republican Party. Well," she concluded, "they
will be welcomed with open arms into the Libertarian Party. It ought to be
obvious from the governor's State of the State address that they should have
been here all along."