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Cato Handbook for Policymakers Now in its seventh edition, the Cato Handbook for Policymakers sets the standard in Washington for real cuts in federal spending, taxes, and power. It offers an issue-by-issue detailed blueprint for reducing the federal government to the limits intended by the Founding Fathers. Providing both in-depth analysis and concrete recommendations, Cato’s Handbook is an invaluable resource for policymakers and anyone else interested in securing liberty through limited government. “A soup-to-nuts agenda to reduce spending, kill programs, terminate whole agencies and dramatically restrict the power of the federal government.” —Washington Post Home for policy documents. Proof that they have been helping D.C. do the right thing since 1995. Too bad the politicians rarely listen…or read.
Congress.org – Rep. Steve Austria Displays profile, contact info, votes, etc.  
Congress.org – Sen. George Voinovich Displays profile, contact info, votes, etc.  
Congress.org – Sen. Sherrod Brown Displays profile, contact info, votes, etc.  
Congress.org – State Rep. Jarrod Martin Displays profile, contact info, etc.  
Congress.org – State Sen. Christopher Widener Displays profile, contact info, etc.  
govpulse The Federal Register at your fingertips. “Federal Register serves as the main source for the U.S. federal government agencies to propose new rules and regulations, announce final rules and changes to existing rules, and notify the public of meetings and adjudicatory proceedings.”
House District Maps, U.S. House    
Links to Ohio House and Senate Districts    
Recovery.gov “The Board shall establish and maintain…a user-friendly, public-facing website to foster greater accountability and transparency in the use of covered funds. The website…shall be a portal or gateway to key information relating to the Act and provide connections to other government websites with related information.” — American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009  
This We Know “Our mission is to present the information the U.S. government collects about every community. By publishing this data in an easy to understand and consistent manner, we seek to empower citizens to act on what’s known.”  
USAspending.gov “The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act) requires a single searchable website, accessible by the public for free that includes for each Federal award:1. the name of the entity receiving the award; 2. the amount of the award; 3. information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc; 4. the location of the entity receiving the award; 5. a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.”  
Pro-Liberty Policy and Opinion
Acton Institute for the study of religion and liberty The Mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles. Interesting insight
Boortz.com The radio talk show site of the “Talk Master,” Neal Boortz Listen on http://newstalkradiowhio.com/ or http://streaming.boortz.com/_players/coxradio/index.php?callsign=BOORTZ
Cato at Liberty Cato Institute’s Blog  
Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 7th Edition (2009) Now in its seventh edition, the Cato Handbook for Policymakers sets the standard in Washington for real cuts in federal spending, taxes, and power. It offers an issue-by-issue detailed blueprint for reducing the federal government to the limits intended by the Founding Fathers. Providing both in-depth analysis and concrete recommendations, Cato’s Handbook is an invaluable resource for policymakers and anyone else interested in securing liberty through limited government. Want to know what the folks in D.C. SHOULD be doing? Read this. Policy for dummies…er, elected officials
Center for Freedom and Prosperity The Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation is the education and research arm of the CF&P organization. The CF&P Foundation analyzes economic issues, briefs lawmakers and the media on the benefits of limited government, and educates citizens on the need for competitive markets. We are a not for profit organization incorporated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Excellent videos and articles
Commentary on a Ron Paul position Commentary on a hot-button issue Should morality be enforced at the point of a gun? While you may find certain activities immoral according to your personal faith, you must really examine whether such activities should be criminal.
Common Ground Between the Philosophies of Christianity and Libertarianism by D. Eric Schansberg “The key question is: When God’s moral standards are clear, should Christians actively pursue a legislative agenda to promote those standards?”
Downsizing the Federal Government Downsizing the Federal Government is a project of the Cato Institute. Scholars at Cato believe that cutting the federal budget would enlarge personal freedom, increase growth and prosperity, and leave a positive fiscal legacy to the next generation. This website is designed to help policymakers and the public understand where federal funds are being spent and how to reform each government department. It describes the failings of federal agencies and identifies specific programs to cut. It also discusses the systematic reasons why government programs are often obsolete, mismanaged, or otherwise dysfunctional.  
GOP for Liberty “Call us the Grand New Party. The new breed of Libertarian leaning Republicans advocates personal responsibility and individual rights and believes that governments job is to stay out of our way and stay fiscally responsible to us, their constituents. We bring you the lastest in news, events and happenings of the new Republican Party.”  
John Stossel’s Blog Moving from co-anchor of 20/20, John Stossel has his own show once a week on Fox Business Channel, Thursdays at 8:00 PM (with re-broadcasts during 20/20 and throughout the weekend; don’t forget to Tivo it!) John Stossel is a self-described libertarian who has a knack for challenging conventional wisdom is his unique journalistic style.
Libertarian Republican “Fiscally conservative, socially tolerant, and strong on defense. From Barry Goldwater, Milton Friedman & Ayn Rand, to PJ O’Rourke, Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent, Breitbart, Boortz, Dennis Miller & Sarah Palin. As Larry Elder says, “We’re the republitarians.” Libertarians who believe in protecting liberty from attackers both at home and abroad.”  
List of Libertarian Sites and Blogs    /td>
Ludwig von Mises Institute “You have found the world center of the Austrian School of economics and libertarian political and social theory.” “This site offers many thousands of hours of audio and video, thousands of free books in the literature section along with the full run of rare and wonderful journals, biographies and bibliographies of great economists, an active bookstore with outstanding titles as well as ties and shirts, and a full community with forums, chat, user blogs, and more.”
Reason Foundation “Founded in 1968, Reason Foundation is a nonprofit organization advancing “free minds and free markets.” Reason Foundation advances a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law.” “Reason Foundation’s nonpartisan public policy research promotes choice, competition, and a dynamic market economy as the foundation for human dignity and progress. Reason produces rigorous, peer reviewed research and directly engages the policy process, seeking strategies that emphasize cooperation, flexibility, local knowledge, transparency, accountability and results. Through practical and innovative approaches to complex problems, Reason seeks to change the way people think about issues, and promote policies that allow and encourage individuals and voluntary institutions to flourish.”
Reason TV “Join host Drew Carey and Reason for a series of video documentaries that take a hard look at the variety of threats to our liberties — and celebrate what it really means to be free.” “Ever wonder what gives the government the power to just take away your family’s home? Ever worry that the medicine that keeps you alive might be declared illegal by the Feds? Ever think that the government doesn’t always know best?”
The Advocates “Our mission is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity.” “We believe that the free market, reviled by people who do not understand it, is the most just and humane economic system and the greatest engine of prosperity the world has ever known.”
The Cato Institute “The Cato Institute was founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane. It is a non-profit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute is named for Cato’s Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.” “The mission of the Cato Institute is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace. The Institute will use the most effective means to originate, advocate, promote, and disseminate applicable policy proposals that create free, open, and civil societies in the United States and throughout the world.”
The Mises Economics Blog  “The Ludwig von Mises Institute was founded in 1982 as the research and educational center of classical liberalism, libertarian political theory, and the Austrian School of economics. It serves as the world’s leading provider of educational materials, conferences, media, and literature in support of the tradition of thought represented by Ludwig von Mises and the school of thought he enlivened and carried forward during the 20th century, which has now blossomed into a massive international movement of students, professors, professionals, and people in all walks of life. It seeks a radical shift in the intellectual climate as the foundation for a renewal of the free and prosperous commonwealth.”  
Pro-Liberty Groups
Dayton Tea Party on Facebook Facebook presence of Dayton Tea Party  
Ohio Liberty Council “The Ohio Liberty Council was initiated by members of local Tea Party groups, 912 groups, the Ohio Freedom Alliance, and the Campaign for Liberty in June 09. It was conceived as a way to get all liberty minded groups and individuals in Ohio connected and communicating on issues and activities. But more importantly we seek to create concerted action among all these groups in Ohio. By working together we can be more successful and achieve real results to protect and promote liberty in Ohio.” “The members of the Ohio Liberty Council initially decided that the first and most important issue for us to come together on is state sovereignty. The Ohio Liberty Council is organized solely by grassroots volunteers. That is why your help is so important.”
Students for Liberty “Students For Liberty is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a unified, student-driven forum of support for students and student organizations dedicated to liberty.”  
Voices of America: Precinct Organizing Best Practices We are grass-roots, non-partisan individuals interested in enabling like-minded individuals and groups to educate and mobilize the “Silent Majority”, using proven Precinct Organizing Best Practices, and show them how to have their voices heard. We are not affiliated with any Party, nor do we endorse candidates. Excellent action-item oriented information and speakers
Fact Checking
FactCheck.org “We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.” “The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.”
PolitiFact.com “PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times to help you find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on our Truth-O-Meter. We’re also tracking more than 500 of Barack Obama’s campaign promises and are rating their progress on our new Obameter.”  
Snopes.com – Political    
News Sites
Jamie Dupree’s Blog Blog of Jamie Dupree, Washington, D.C. correspondent Even when pushed, he keeps his reporting free of ideology, reporting the facts.
News Talk Radio, 1290 WHIO AM Home of Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Clark Howard, etc. Libertarian / Conservative Talk Radio programming
Rasmussen Reports “Rasmussen Reports is an electronic media company specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.” “As a media company, we make our money by selling advertising, title sponsorships, subscriptions, and content. One thing we don’t sell is polls. Because we value our independence and credibility, Rasmussen Reports cannot be hired to conduct a poll for anyone. For our reports, we decide the questions to ask based upon the needs and interests of our audience. If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.”
Freedom Indexes
2009 Index of Economic Freedom: The Link Between Economic Opportunity & Prosperity “For over a decade, The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s preeminent think tank, have tracked the march of economic freedom around the world with the influential Index of Economic Freedom. Since 1995, the Index has brought Smith’s theories about liberty, prosperity and economic freedom to life by creating 10 benchmarks that gauge the economic success of 183 countries around the world. With its user-friendly format, readers can see how 18th century theories on prosperity and economic freedom are realities in the 21st century.”  
Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report (Chapter 4, Country Data Tables) “The first Economic Freedom of the World Report, published in 1996, was the result of a decade of research by a team which included several Nobel Laureates and over 60 other leading scholars in a broad range of fields, from economics to political science, and from law to philosophy. This is the 13th edition of Economic Freedom of the World and this year’s publication ranks 141 nations for 2007, the most recent year for which data are available.” “This year’s report notes that economic freedom remains on the rise. The average economic freedom score rose from 5.55 (out of 10) in 1980 to 6.70 in the most recent year for which data are available. of the 103 nations with chain-linked scores going back to 1980, 92 saw an improved score and 11 saw a decrease. In this year’s index, Hong Kong retains the highest rating for economic freedom, 8.97 out of 10, followed by Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, Chile, the United States, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.”
The Freedom Index: a Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution “‘The Freedom Index: a Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution’ rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.”  
Misc. Issues
Audit the Fed “The Federal Reserve, the unelected central bank of the U.S., enjoys a monopoly over the flow of our nation’s money and credit but has never been completely transparent and accountable to Congress since its creation in 1913.” “In less than six months since its introduction, every Republican and nearly one hundred Democrats in the House of Representatives have cosponsored HR 1207, and a growing bipartisan coalition in the Senate for S 604 illustrates that momentum for both bills shows no signs of slowing down.”
Read the Bill “ReadTheBill.org’s mission is to strengthen our democracy by making sure elected officials and citizens have the chance to read and understand legislation.” “A more transparent government begins with providing the people with the opportunity to tell their elected officials what they think of a piece of legislation, before it comes up for a vote. ReadTheBill.org is an effort to gather individuals and groups, luminaries and everyday folks, conservatives, liberals and independents behind the simple concept that all non-emergency legislation should be available online for 72 hours before debate begins.”
Recovery.org “Recovery.org, a service of Onvia, is tracking American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) spending by Federal, State and Local agencies and provides detailed information about what is happening in our States and Municipalities – from the moment ARRA funds are approved, to a government agency’s issuance of a Bid or RFP, through contract award to a business.” “Onvia is the leading provider of Business-to-Government solutions in the United States, covering the broadest set of industries and products at every level of the public sector – Federal, State, Local and Education. For more than twelve years, Onvia has delivered unparalleled coverage of government purchasing activity and commercial/residential projects for clients in a variety of industries…”
SCOTUS Blog – Supreme Court of the United States Blog    
Get Out of Our House “GOOOH stands for ‘Get Out of Our House’ and is pronounced like the word ‘go’. It is a NON-PARTISAN plan to evict the 435 career politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives and replace them with everyday Americans just like you.” “GOOOH is NOT just another political party. It is a system that will allow you and your neighbors to choose, among yourselves, the person who can best represent your district.”
Conservative Blogs/Sites
BigGovernment.com An Andrew Breitbart site  
Big Hollywood An Andrew Breitbart site  
Breitbart.com Conservative leaning news alerts  
Drudge Report Matt Drudge site that digs up the recent new stories.  
Michelle Malkin’s Blog Michelle Malkin is a “mother, wife, blogger, conservative syndicated columnist, author, and Fox News Channel contributor.”  
Right Ohio Right Ohio is the home for Buckeye State conservatism in exile.Read more: http://www.rightohio.com/about/#ixzz0f9kfapPs  
The Heritage Foundation “The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 515,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Heritage, founded in February 1973, has a staff of 244 and an expense budget of $61 million.” Mission: “To formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.”
Leftist, Statist, Pro-Government Sites
Drudge Retort This is a COUNTER site of the Drudge report Also http://www.drudge.com/
Health Care for America NOW! “Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is a national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care we all can count on in 2009. Our organization and principles are supported by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and more than 190 Members of Congress.” Site that supports more government control and less personal freedom and responsibility
Organizing for America “Organizing for America, the successor organization to Obama for America, is building on the movement that elected President Obama by empowering communities across the country to bring about our agenda of change.” Site to stay up to date with other organizing efforts that run counter to the principles of economic and personal freedom by supporting more government intervention in markets.
Students for a Democratic Society “Students for a Democratic Society is a radical, multi-issue student and youth organization working to build power in our schools and communities. We are entirely student and youth-led and have over 100 active chapters in high schools, colleges, universities, and cities all over the country.” “The new SDS have learned from the successes as well as their mistakes of the old SDS. We will build a million student movement, and then take it further. We will care for one another and beat the oppressions that drive us apart. We will take back our schools first, and then our country.”
The White House The official website of The White House  
The White House “Reality Check” Site “Give others a healthy dose of reality.” This site claims to correct “misinformation.”
Tides “Our mission is to partner with philanthropists, foundations, activists, and organizations across the country and across the globe to promote economic justice, robust democratic processes, and the opportunity to live in a healthy and sustainable environment where human rights are preserved and protected.” “Each Tides organization pursues a distinct yet related strategy to promote the Tides mission. Tides Foundation works with donors to increase and organize resources for positive social change. Tides Center is sponsor to nearly 200 projects nationwide working to advance progressive social change. Tides Shared Spaces operates and supports green nonprofit centers.”
Tides Foundation “Tides Foundation partners with donors to increase and organize resources for positive social change.” Tides Network
Tides Momentum Conference “Momentum brings together some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and dedicated activists to challenge, inspire, and energize each other. It’s a conference and it’s a community where ongoing connections are built between key social issues and strategies.” Tides Network

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