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JBS CEO Art Thompson's topic this week: War in Wisconsin — The socialists have come out even more into the open with their call for a general strike; public employees are also legislators voting for their own benefits.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's topic this week: The Mess in Madison; what the demonstration is all about.

Currently the funding of government is operating under a stop-gap measure passed during the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress, which is set to expire on March 4. On Tuesday,  January 25, the House under a Republican majority passed a resolution 256-165 -- seventeen Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with the Republicans on this matter -- that instructs the Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to set the budget at 2008 spending levels, or lower.

Quite suddenly, Democrat leaders in the House of Representatives have set a vote for extending the Bush-era tax cuts for today.  There will likely be a series of votes in the House and Senate before this issue is resolved.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's topic this week: The major corporations are part of the problem. So are certain economic advisors on the Right. One is trying to make America a Third World country. The other is saying that there is nothing we can do about it.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's topic this week: Big Brother Internet and Taxes Equal Jobs? In the name of saving journalism, the government wants a stimulus program that will tax and control journalism and the Internet. Also, printing money equals the death of retirement funds.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's topics this week: Bags of money and Russia in Afghanistan; Communism grows in Latin America; and the Tea Party will be co-opted.

JBS CEO Art Thompson raises the question this week: "Are they crazy – or do they really mean to destroy the economy?"

The John Birch Society advocates an Austrian brand of economics (free market prevails) as opposed to Keynesian economics (government regulation prevails). It believes that businesses are never too big to fail and campaigns for the return of sound money as found in the Constitution. It also believes that the less government intervenes in the economy, the stronger the economy becomes.

AmericanismThis article was originally published in the January 9, 1995 issue of The Birch Log.

There has to be a definition of Americanism somewhere. Yet it is quite obvious that many Americans would be hard-pressed to come up with one. A housewife might offer that it is a combination of patriotism and love of tradition. That's good, but not very specific.

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