"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation,
the first things to be bought and sold are legislators."
P. J. O'Rourke
(1947-2022) US humorist, journalist, & political commentator
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This is why they want free trade, they are sick of the bribes being taxed with excise and tariffs when comming over from places like England and China. -- GZLFB
 -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday, Vancouver, GVRD(Paine Cnty), Coastal Lwr Mainland BC(State of Neo Sumer), U.S. of Eh!     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    By voting the lesser of two evils, the winner incorrectly believes they are voted "for", rather than "against the other". So I vote Libertarian to send the message "I don't want you, I want change, I don't like the way you act" to the democrats and republicans destroying our country.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    Exactly what happens all day every day throughout America's corrupted forms of admimistrative self governments whether Local, State, Federal and including all their ever growing bureaucratic overhead which costs us more future debt to subsidize it as well as what the ever growing gang of crooks are stealing while doing what is good and best for us bless their little hearts. (Scoff with sarcasm intended!)
     -- Anon     
    Buying Legislators? Nawwwww, couldn't be. Unless of course we're talking about "big Pharma", "Agro", the "Weapons Industry"....and on and on...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Nice going Joe, from a fellow Libertarian.
     -- jim k, austin     
    Yes, true, absolutely, ...
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Kudos Joe!
     -- M. Brown, Florida     
     -- RBESRQ      
    This too will pass.
     -- LaoTzu, China     
    A point few consider when authorizing more power to government.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- warren, olathe      
    I smile at this over time. We hold this truth to be self evident ! ! !

     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Bloomberg comes to mind, buying off the house, entrenched with opposition against President Trump's administration. Drain that damn swamp, while some little (q) queens sit in their ivory towers eating ice cream. I don't think that will age well. 
    WWG1WGA to KAG, 4 more years. Trump 2020
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
     -- jim k, Austin      
     -- Mary, MI      
    Joe, Rochester NY

    Another Libertarian and myself had quite an argument on FB once.  He felt Libertarianism should be enforced by DC and the Supreme Court.  I argued about keeping DC out of it and let it be State and Local.  He finally said that there are 2 Libertarians.  I turned out to be a John C. Calhoun Libertarian  while he is a Daniel Webster Libertarian.

     -- Cal, Lewisville     
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