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Gary D. Barnett is president of Barnett Financial Services, Inc., in Lewistown, Montana.

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Milk Protectionism

The headline recently in Missoula, Montana’s, daily newspaper, the Missoulian, was “Cheaper milk from Washington pulled from Missoula shelves.” Angry customers know this is obvious protectionism, but Montana milk producers say they ...

Threatened by the Census Bureau

I just received an official letter from the U.S. Department of Commerce threatening me with prosecution and fines if I do not comply with its Economic Census. The letter came from the Office ...

The Government’s War on Money Laundering

As a provider of financial services, once again I am required to attest (i.e., declare to be correct and true or genuine), by using the Compliance Attestation System, that I have read ...

InfraGard: An Unhealthy Government Alliance

There is an organization that is quietly and secretly becoming very large and powerful. The FBI started this partnership or alliance between the federal government and the private sector in 1996 in Cleveland with a few select people. After ...

The New Crime of Thinking

It looks like the term “thought police” just might take on a whole new and real meaning. This depends on what happens in the U.S. Senate after receiving House bill H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act ...

A Day in the Life of an Unwilling “Federal Agent”

Today I received my fourth-quarter 2007 Anti-Money Laundering Training Program notice. After my “mandatory” compliance, I must agree with everything stated in the “training” through the Compliance Attestation System. Although the manner and frequency of this forced training has changed ...

Must History Always Repeat Itself?

Some comparisons are just too tough to stomach, but the time has come to stomach one of them just the same. The United States has become the opposite of what was intended by our Founding Fathers. It is now ...

Death and Taxes

A friend of mine recently passed away at his home. This, in and of itself, is not surprising, as he was 80 years old and had cancer, but this story is about what happened before and up ...