| April 2009
TOM BRADEN, A FERVENT FOE, HAS DIED
Apparently preserved in alcohol, Tom Braden recently died at
the age of 92.
When Pat Buchanan could no longer stand nightly arguments
with Braden on CNNís one-hour "Crossfire" program and WRC
Radioís three-hour debate, he graciously turned the task over to
When Braden was drunk, he was crude, rude, nasty, and
belligerent. He was only slightly less so when there was no
alcohol on his breath.
Braden led a very sad life. In return for a major payoff from
Nelson Rockefeller, Braden permitted his wife to be
Rockefellerís mistress. Similarly, he looked the other way when
his wife had intimate relations with Bobby Kennedy and Robert
When Bradenís daughter was raped by a black man, he became a
virulent supporter of abortion.
Braden was a top official of the Central Intelligence Agency,
giving money to Left-wing students to represent the United
States at international conferences, corrupting with subsidies
the U.S. National Student Association, and providing the money
which permitted the Communist Party newspaper, The Daily
Worker, to publish on a regular basis.
In summary, Braden was a bitter, nasty man who took pride in
his friendships with wealthy, famous liberals and who had no
shame when it came to some of the horrible decisions he made in
the course of his life. Perhaps that is why he was an unreformed
alcoholic and perhaps it was alcohol that kept him alive until
past his 92nd birthday.
BURT BLUMERT WAS A PURE GOLD FRIEND
Ron Paul and I, among many others, had a friend in common:
Burt Blumert, who once hosted me at his lovely home on Half Moon
Bay in California.
Hereís what Ron Paul had to say about Burt Blumert:
"Burton Samuel Blumert passed away on Monday March 30,
following a long battle with cancer. Burt was a true hero of the
freedom movement and my close friend, advisor, and business
"As the founder and manager of Camino Coins in Burlingame,
CA, Burt was one of the nationís leading dealers in gold and
silver coins. A student of Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian
school of economics, Burt understood the important role precious
metals played in protecting ordinary citizens from the damage
wrought by fiat money and inflation. Thus, he regarded his work
as a coin dealer not just as a business, but as an opportunity
to help people by providing them with some protection from the
Federal Reserveís inflation tax.
"After I stepped down from Congress in 1984, I partnered with
Burt in the coin business, a partnership which lasted until I
returned to Congress in 1996. Our partnership was based on
nothing more than our words. As anyone who ever dealt with Burt
could testify, that was all that was needed, because Burtís word
was truly his bond. I am unaware of anyone who dealt with Burt
who questioned his integrity or his commitment to his customers.
"As well-known and respected as he was for his leadership in
the coin business, Burt was best known as a promoter of
libertarian ideas. Burt was a long time friend and patron of
Murray Rothbard, one of Misesís top American students and a
pioneer in economics, political theory, history, and much else.
Burt helped Murray establish the Center for Libertarian Studies,
and served as its president from 1975 until his death.
"Burt also played a key role in the flourishing of the Ludwig
von Mises Institute, which, as its name suggests, is the leading
center for the promotion and development of Austrian economics
and libertarian political theory in the nation. Burt served as a
founding board member of the Institute and he chaired the
Institute's board after the original chair, Mrs. Margit von
Mises, passed away in 1993. He also published The Rothbard-Rockwell
Report, a well-read libertarian newsletter written by Murray
Rothbard and Mises Institute President Lew Rockwell.
"Burt played a major role in making the ideas of liberty a
force on the internet by serving as the publisher of
LewRockwell.com, as well supporting the development of Mises.org.
Burt also played an instrumental role in the development of
Antiwar.com. Burt also served as chairman of my first run for
the presidency, and important counselor in the second.
"In addition to his work with these organizations, Burt was a
friend, mentor, and patron to numerous libertarian scholars and
activists. He was incredibly generous with both his time and his
resources. Talking to Burt was always a treat, because he had
one of the best senses of humor I have ever known, and it seemed
like he was always in a good mood. Events that would send his
friends into fits of depression, rage, or both would be used by
Burt as fodder for a series of jokes and wisecracks. Even in the
last days of his battle with cancer he remained upbeat. One of
Burtís friends called him shortly after learning about Burtís
cancer, but instead of consoling Burt, this friend ending up
having his sprits lifted by Burtís humor.
"It is somewhat of a comfort to myself, and I am sure to
Burtís other friends, to know that he lived long enough to see
so many of his efforts bear fruit. Today, the Mises Institute
teaches sound economics and the principles of liberty to
thousands of students every year while Mises.org is one of the
leading economics websites in the world. LewRockwell.com is one
of the top providers of political, economic, and cultural
commentary on the web, while Antiwar.com is the leading source
of information for scholars, journalists, and activists looking
for material to combat the propaganda of the war party.
"As I travel across the country, I am astounded at the number
of young people I met who are interested in the cause of
individual liberty, peace, and sound money. Many of them got
their introduction to these ideas through one of the many
organizations nurtured by Burt Blumert.
"Madame Speaker, perhaps the highest compliment one can pay
to a departed friend is to say that they left the world better
than they found it. That is certainly true in the case of Burt
Blumert. While I am saddened that I will never again benefit
from Burtís good humor and wise counsel, I am comforted by
knowing that I was blessed by his friendship and the thought
that the vibrant and growing freedom movement will serve as a
living monument to Burt for years to come. I therefore join
friends of liberty around the world in mourning Burtís passing,
and saluting all he accomplished during his lifetime." Source:
Rep. Ron Paul, M.D. (R-Tex.), before the U.S. House of
Representatives, April 2, 2009,
Virginia Foxx - American Hero |
April 6, 2009 |
U.S. REP. VIRGINIA FOXX PROTECTS TAXPAYERS
FROM INCREASED SUBSIDIES TO ACORN, PLANNED PARENTHOOD
The Conservative Caucus has long been known as the leader of
the "Defund the Left" movement, seeking to cut off Federal
funding of organizations (almost always left-wing) which receive
taxpayer subsidies while lobbying Federal, state, and local
A small but encouraging victory on this front was recently
won by U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) when she persuaded the
House to prohibit Federally funded "volunteers" from being
assigned to such groups as ACORN and Planned Parenthood.
Congressman Foxxís amendment to H.R. 1388 (the GIVE Act)
excludes organizations involved in lobbying or providing or
promoting abortion services, as well as any groups that have
been indicted for voter fraud.
Knowing that such groups often evade this type of restriction
by setting up a separate organization, sharing staff and office
space, to carry out the prohibited activity, the Foxx amendment
spreads a broader net, excluding any organization that is
"co-located on the same premises" as a prohibited group.
The vote on the Foxx amendment (House roll call 139, March
18) was 318-105. It is probable that some of those voting for it
hope to see the amendment removed by the House-Senate
conference. This is something that TCC will be watching.
Americans Reject Social Security for Mexicans |
April 3, 2009 |
U.S.-MEXICO AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY FACES
The proposed Social Security totalization agreement between
the United States and Mexico faces strong opposition from the
public, according to a poll conducted by The Conservative Caucus
Foundation (TCCF). The agreement would allow Mexicans who have
worked in the United States and returned to Mexico (including
illegal aliens) to receive U.S. Social Security benefits.
Mexicans would be eligible even if they had not worked the 40
quarters required of U.S. Social Security recipients.
When asked whether Congress should overturn the agreement
(which has not yet been submitted for approval), 98% said yes
and only 2% no. The idea of a "global welfare system" was also
opposed by 98%.
Only 38% had heard about the agreement, which was signed in
The poll was conducted by mail during early 2009 and received
about 1,000 responses.
The Conservative Caucus Foundation (TCCF), founded in 1976,
has published studies on many public policy issues, including
some concerning Red China, the Panama Canal, nuclear
disarmament, and SDI.