Cato Institute scholars Alex Nowrasteh, Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Benjamin H. Friedman, Simon Lester, Neal McCluskey, Mark Calabria, Dan Mitchell, Justin Logan, Patrick J. Michaels, Walter Olson and Jim Harper respond to President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address.
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FreedomWorks released a video this afternoon shortly after they joined Senator Rand Paul in filing a class action lawsuit against President Obama and intelligence officials over the National Security Agency’s violation of the Fourth Amendment through their domestic surveillance program.
While preparing to walk over to the court, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said, “One of the footnotes I find particularly interesting, this is a quote from then-Senator Barack Obama, who complained about the lack of judicial oversight with the NSA’s programs. He said in 2005, ‘If someone wants to know why their own government has decided to go on a fishing expedition through every personal record or private document, the library books you’ve read, the phone calls that you made, the emails that you sent, this legislation gives people no rights to appeal the need for such a need in a court of law. No judge will hear your plea. No jury will hear your case. This is just plain wrong.’”
Kibbe went on to call this the biggest day in FreedomWorks history.
During the joint press conference, Kibbe said, “I don’t think this is a partisan issue. This isn’t Republican versus Democrat. This isn’t about the Obama Administration. This is about a government that’s crossed a line.”
Senator Paul and FreedomWorks are being represented by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who says that they filed the class action lawsuit “to vindicate the Fourth Amendment rights of every American who uses a phone.”
It’s time for conservatives to stop using the Left’s argument that government spending creates jobs, and get serious about cutting wasteful military spending. So says Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist, in this video produced by my Cato colleagues Caleb Brown and Austin Bragg.
Like Olbermann, I am saddened that Proposition 8 passed in California last week, and I have seen many reasons attributed to be the cause of its passage (large numbers of new black voters, the strong Mormon push, etc). I think it boils down to a tremendously large number of people who will vote for an undefined “change” in Washington, but not in other people’s bedrooms. Proposition 8 was about controlling people’s lives and limiting their freedoms by preventing them from a chance at true happiness. Whatever you believe in the nature vs.
Peter Schiff explains that we need to stimulate savings and production that the stimulus bill well depress that, making the situation worse. A severe recession is the price that must be paid for years of reckless borrowing and spending.
Dr. Paul continues to try and educate his fellow Congressmen regarding Israel, Palestine, how Hamas came into being and why we should never have gotten involved in the first place.
The first of six videos, John Stossel does an excellent job of explaining why government interference and central planning does more harm than good.
“Most of life works best, when you are in charge. Maybe the government should do… nothing.” John Stossel
Obama has run and, surprisingly, sustained one of the best managed campaigns since at least Reagan ‘84, but I believe he made a significant mistake by going after McCain with recent “Joe Plumber” attack lines. “A plumber is the guy he is fighting for”, Obama said sarcastically to a revved up crowd Thursday. Ironically, if Obama truly convinces the median voter that McCain is “fighting for plumbers”, then he will likely lose Ohio and Pennslyvania.