Generation Opportunity

#IAmUnitedLiberty: How college helped Jeff Scully light the torch for liberty

Jeff Scully

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In the fall of 2007 I stepped onto the campus of Rutgers-Camden for the first time. I didn’t have the slightest idea which career field I wanted to enter, which major I would choose – heck, I hardly knew where my classes were.

What I did know was what my major shouldn’t be; everybody told me to stay away from a Bachelor of Art’s degree because they “don’t mean anything.” I struggled for a long time deciding what career field I wanted to enter. Eventually, I went with my heart and made the best decision of my life which would eventually result in moving to and working in Washington, D.C.

I took courses from several different majors, trying to get a feel for what I wanted to do. During my first semester at Rutgers-Camden, I took an intro to political science class. I hardly had an interest in politics as I thought that those who were interested in politics either wanted a cushy job in government, or even worse, become a politician for a living.

Today in Liberty: There are some new details about Lerner’s hard drive, oral arguments scheduled for another big Obamacare case

“Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.” — Ronald Reagan

So, there’s no evidence that Lerner’s hard drive was destroyed: This sordid mess just keeps getting crazier. Tech experts are asking questions about Lois Lerner’s hard drive, but the powerful tax agency isn’t answering them. “There is a certification of destruction any time a piece of equipment is sent to a disposal company,” the head of an IT trade group said, according to Politico. “Where is that?” Questions like this are coming on the heels of the testimony of an IRS official who said that he wasn’t sure that the backup tapes on which Lois Lerner’s emails were destroyed. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this morning at 10am. We’re expecting fireworks. So, yeah, popcorn.

Creepy Uncle Sam is taking his anti-Obamacare carnival on the road

Creepy Uncle Sam II

Creepy Uncle Sam is back. The anti-Obamacare character from Generation Opportunity (GenOpp, for short) is taking his show on the road, kicking off a “Creepy Care-nival” at the National Mall from 6pm to 9pm on July 23.

Over the weekend, this author received a SnapChat (which he didn’t screenshot because that’s not cool, yo) from GenOpp’s creepyuncle.sam previewing Monday’s announcement.

BuzzFeed Benny has a write-up, full of .gifs from the announcement video:

According to Genn Opp (sic) leadership, the point of all this is to organize young people with “little bit of creepiness.”

“It’s a seemingly exciting event where all the games are rigged against young people with a little bit of creepiness,” Evan Feinberg, the group’s president, told BuzzFeed. He called the carnival a symbol for Obamacare.

But the carnival isn’t advocating any specific policy or change to the law. It’s just an elaborate, anti-Obamacare roadshow.

“The ultimate goal is to educate and mobilize young Americans to kick the Obamacare disaster out of their towns,” he said, adding that the campaign will build on Gen Opp’s Opt Out campaign, in which the group tried to convince young people not to sign up for Obamacare.

You can follow the “Creepy Care-nival” site here, and check out the full video here:

The Kronies are back to tell you how the Export-Import Bank uses your money for corporate welfare

The Kronies are at it again, “teaching” members of Congress about all of the great things that the Export-Import Bank does.

The superheroes — representing crony lobbyists — explain that the Export-Import Bank has been around since the time of FDR and subsidizes massive companies such as Enron, Boeing and Solyndra. And, of course, subsidizing big corporations with taxpayer dollars means big payouts for legislators’ re-election campaigns.

The Kronies, a project of Generation Opportunity, highlights how crony special interests and big government collude to rob hardworking taxpayers of their money and drown out competition with regulations, subsidies, and bailouts.

Coalition urges Congress to pass meaningful NSA reform

A coalition compromised of nearly 40 groups expressed support for ending the federal government’s bulk data collection program in a letter to President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and congressional leaders from both parties.

But the groups urged the administration and congressional leaders to go further than the limited duel proposals circulated last week by the White House and House Intelligence Committee by getting behind the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361).

“We the undersigned are writing to express support for ending the government’s bulk collection of data about individuals,” the coalition letter states. “We strongly urge swift markup and passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R.3361), which would enact appropriate surveillance reforms without sacrificing national security.”

“This letter focuses on bulk collection,” the groups continue, “but overbroad NSA surveillance raises many more privacy and security issues that Congress and the Administration should address.”

The letter focuses on specific areas of reform. The coalition explains that bulk collection should be prohibited for all types of data, not just phone records. The White House proposal is limited to phone records, leaving loopholes for the federal government to collect other types of records and data.

“Legislation that focuses only on phone records,” the letter says, “may still allow for the bulk collection of, for example, Internet metadata, location information, financial records, library records, and numerous other records that may help ‘identify unknown relationships among individuals.’”


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