Our guest on episode #3 was Jason Pye, a Libertarian-leaning-lobbyist who is the Vice President Of Legislative Affairs at Freedomworks. He describes himself as “Politically Homeless and Libertarian minded”.
On this episode we discuss many issues regarding his work advocating for Liberty in Washington DC, including his most recent success, his efforts to get The First Step Act passed into law, which President Trump signed in December of last year.
The First Step Act is a major criminal justice reform law which will help thousands of individuals who were sentenced under the draconian Three Strikes Laws and the unfair crack cocaine sentencing laws of the 80’s and 90’s. The passage of The First Step Act was supported by folks on both sides of the aisle because it is the first step in bringing the bloated, increasingly totalitarian justice system back to its mandate of protecting life, liberty and property. Jason also pointed out that criminal justice reform saves money as well, Texas has saved billions of dollars of taxpayer money, over ten years, implementing similar laws.
We also discussed why America has the largest prisoner population on Earth, with over 2.2 million incarcerated plus another 1.5 million on probation. The main reason is that they are 400,000 laws and regulations on the books which include the laws passed as part of the destructive War on Drugs.
Since the passage of the War on Drugs in 1971 the US prison population has grown from 200,000 to over 2.2 million. The population in 1971 was around 220,000,000 and now it is over 320,000,000. If the incarceration rates stayed the same there would be only around 320,000 in jail and prison. The War on Drugs has been a disaster for society, created massive poverty, corruption, overdose dangers due to adulterated drugs and has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands on the U.S. / Mexico broader.
The First Step Act is hopefully, what its name implies, a First Step in fixing our corrupt and injurious criminal justice system and maybe even ending the disastrous, expensive (over a trillion dollars spent on it since the 70’s) War on Drugs, which is really a war on individuals.
As well as talking about the First Step Act, Jason offered hope to all of those who are interested in exposing the actions of the secretive and private entity called the Federal Reserve. He said the Audit the Fed Bill is alive and gaining support in Congress. Getting this bill passed would finally expose where all the money is going. Currently the National Debt is 22 trillion dollars and that wouldn’t be possible without the Federal Reserve, which is a privately owned bank, that has the monopoly to print endless amounts of money. The Feds printing press is what causes inflation. Inflation then transfers wealth from the majority of people to the bankers and the well connected as prices increase and package sizes decrease all ahead of any wage increases.
We briefly touched on the immigration issue. I think we both agree that free movement and migration should be an inherent right but the fact that the world isn’t perfect at this time makes the idea of borders a necessity. I know it’s a complicated issue and libertarians hold strong opinions about both sides of the issue. We did agree that the legal immigration apparatus definitely needs revamping.
We look forward to speaking with Jason again. He is extremely knowledgeable about the principles upon which individual liberty is grounded and the inner workings of the Beltway. That is a rare combination.
A big thank you to Jason for his time and work. It was extremely enlightening to hear how the “sausage is made” in Washington and I think our discussion gives a glimmer of hope to all of us who want to live in a more free, peaceful, just and prosperous world.
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