Cruz Missle: Abolish The IRS, Baby Boomer Suicides, Oregon’s Smoking Ban, Adolf’s Dad In Court, NYC Hates Everything — Tuesday Morning News Roundup 6-4-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Senator Ted Cruz’ (R-Texas) suggestion , via Twitter, to “abolish the IRS and ensure it [scandal and abuse] NEVER happens again” is picking up a little steam. “I think we ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax where the average American can fill out taxes on a post card,” he told Fox News over the weekend.
  • Part of last month’s report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on suicide in the U.S. uncovered a dramatic spike in the number of baby boomers who are killing themselves, with men and women in their 50s seeing the highest age-related increase.
  • The Oregon Legislature has approved a ban on smoking in cars where children are present. Offenders would be ticketed $250 for a first violation, and $500 thereafter. The bill now goes before Governor John Kitzhaber, who has pledged to sign it.
  • A guy dressed like Hitler – complete with moustache – showed up to a Family Court hearing Monday for custody of his two children, one of whom is named Adolf Hitler Campbell. His female sidekick had on getup that featured a Nazi Iron Eagle and a swastika. The guy, Heath Campbell, runs Hitler’s Order, a Nazi-revivalist group.
  • New York City is still hard charging against foods with sugar, launching a new ad campaign that singles out sweet teas, sport and energy drinks, and fruit-flavored beverages. The ads, which cost $1.4 million, are running on local TV and buses.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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