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Today in Liberty: Americans believe Obama will fail, final stage set for $1 trillion farm bill

“I have a question, a question for the president: Do you hate all rich people, or just rich people who don’t contribute to your campaign? Do you hate poor people or do you just hate poor people with jobs?” — Ron Paul

— Most Americans believe Obama’s policies will fail: Just 37% of Americans believe that President Obama’s polices will be a success, according to the latest CNN/ORC poll via the Washington Examiner, while 56% say that they will fail. The Examiner notes that those figures “were almost reversed” from last year.

— FreedomWorks to endorse in North Carolina Senate race: The Hill reports that FreedomWorks PAC will endorse Dr. Greg Brannon, a Republican looking to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), today at a rally in Raleigh. Brannon has already been endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). A Rasmussen poll released last week found Brannon holding a 4-point lead over the vulnerable Democrat. NC House Speaker Thom Tillis leads Hagan by 7 points.

— C’mon and take a free ride: Members of Congress and staffers took some 1,900 privately-sponsored trips in 2013, according to a report from Legistorm. In all, the trips cost $6 million, the most since 2007.

Today in Liberty: Worst fears about TSA confirmed, Uninsured not keen on Obamacare, minimum wage hike hits young workers

“I think a lot of people are afraid of freedom. They want their lives to be controlled, to be put into a box… People like that cradle-to-grave concept because it says you don’t have to think too much, you don’t have to worry too much, because someone else is looking out for you. But that also means you can’t do as much as you want. Why should someone else put a limit on how much fun I can have; how much I can accomplish?” — Drew Carey

— Ex-TSA agent confirms your worst fears: Jason Edward Harrington, an ex-TSA agent, has piece up this morning at Politico Magazine in which he offers some insight into what goes on behind the scenes at airports across the country. The title of the article, “Dear American, I Saw You Laughing,” pretty much says it all. “We knew the full-body scanners didn’t work before they were even installed,” writes Harrington. He goes onto note that TSA agents would make fun of passengers and look at “nude images” of them from the scanners, because that’s not at all creepy or anything.

Harrington also offers some of the codewords, part of the TSA lexicon, for certain types of passengers. For example, “Fanny Pack, Lane 2” stands for an “attractive female passenger.” Unsurprisingly, he also acknowledges that TSA agents would target passengers who were rude, making up an excuse to keep them at the screening area.

Today in Liberty: SOTU least watched in 14 years, Snowden gets Nobel nomination, Dems lose ground in party ID

It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral, self-righteous, bullying, laziness.” — Penn Jillette

— The State of Our Union is…YAWN: Yeah, Americans just aren’t as into the State of the Union address as they used to be. Maybe they’re tired of hearing the same rhetoric repackaged every year. Maybe they’re just sick of Washington politics. Whatever the reason, the 2014 State of the Union address was the least watched since 2000. It’s not like Americans missed much. All anyone seems to be talking about is Joe Biden.

 

Today in Liberty: House GOP ready to give up on debt ceiling, minimum wage and jobs, fis-cons come out against Farm Bill

“There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal.” — F.A. Hayek

— Yet another Republican surrender, debt ceiling edition: Remember when House Republicans were talking tough about the debt ceiling in mid-December after they completely surrendered on spending cuts. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), for example, said that they “don’t want ‘nothing’ out of the debt limit” debate. Yeah, they’re about to surrender on that issue, too. Via Politico: “The most senior figures in the House Republican Conference are privately acknowledging that they will almost certainly have to pass what’s called a clean debt ceiling increase in the next few months, abandoning the central fight that has defined their three-year majority.”

Today in Liberty: Audit the Fed, NSA spying hurts tech firms, earmarks make a comeback

“I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone. If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?” — Bruce Willis

— Audit the Fed: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is out with a new, short video explaining the need to cut through the “veil of secrecy” surrounding the Federal Reserve. “[W]hen trillions of dollars change hands, wouldn’t you want to know who got the money and did anyone enrich themselves in the process?” asks Paul. “This is money that is being doled out in secret by our central bank.” Paul has introduced legislation — Federal Reserve Transparency Act, also known as “Audit the Fed” — that would expose the central bank’s transaction to much-needed oversight. To this point, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) has refused to bring it for a vote.

— Greg Brannon leads Kay Hagan: Rasmussen released a new poll out of North Carolina yesterday showing House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican, leading Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) by 7 points. But Dr. Greg Brannon, a Rand Paul-backed Republican candidate, also holds a lead over the vulnerable Democrat, though by a slightly slimmer margin, at 43/39.

Today in Liberty: Club for Growth spends big for Amash, Paul to give SOTU response, ISFL Conference

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” — Frédéric Bastiat

— HAPPY SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK!: There are more than 5,500 events taking place around the country this week to celebrate and promote school choice and educational freedom. Head over to SchoolChoiceWeek.com and find one in your area.

— Club for Growth goes big in Michigan’s Third District: MLive.com reported on Friday that Club for Growth PAC has dropped $108,547 in ads to protect Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who is facing a primary challenger, Brian Ellis, backed by big business. The ads — which knock Ellis for his support of tax hikes, wasteful spending, and budget deficits — began airing in mid-January.

— Speaking of Amash: On Thursday, Amash joined other Republicans in calling for the resignation of Dave Agema, a RNC member from Michigan under fire for anti-gay, anti-Muslim comments. In his rebuke of Agema, Amash said that he is “trying to grow a new generation of Republicans that includes more gays and lesbians, racial-ethnic minorities, women, and young people.”

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