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Texas to TSA: "Come and Take It."
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Texas to TSA: "Come and Take It."

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a prime example of trading liberty for so-called security. The latest viral TSA outrage occurred on June 18 when officers forced a wheelchair bound, 95-year-old leukemia sufferer to remove her adult diaper. The innocent elderly woman was detained by the TSA for a whopping 45 minutes.

06/28/2011
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Stop the TSA’s Assault on Freedom

The backlash over the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new invasive procedures has transcended left vs. right politics. Under the banner of security, American citizens are being subjected to virtual strip searches or intrusive full contact pat downs from armed government bureaucrats. These policies do more to humiliate us and pad the pockets of lobbyists than actually keep us safe.

11/19/2010
Financial Regulatory Reform: Highlighting Democratic Hypocrisy
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Financial Regulatory Reform: Highlighting Democratic Hypocrisy

I find it rather interesting to read about how President Obama and many of his Democratic cronies are desperately pushing for financial regulatory reform. It makes me wonder why such legislation has become such a pressing priority. After all, both President Obama, and many Democratic lawmakers have financially benefited from the likes of Wall Street’s heavy hitting investment houses such as Goldman Sachs.

04/21/2010
CDC Grants: Government Looks To Dictate Our Diets
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CDC Grants: Government Looks To Dictate Our Diets

Just when you thought that the federal government couldn’t possibly usurp more of our individual freedoms, their prerogative shifts to working to micromanage and control the nutrition of its constituents.

03/29/2010
The Pressing Need For Insurance Reform in Florida
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The Pressing Need For Insurance Reform in Florida

Florida’s property insurance market is currently in disarray, the product of over-regulation that has hampered competition. With the imminent threat of hurricane season, the Florida state legislature is once again considering the issue of insurance reform; hopefully it will take the opportunity to revitalize Florida’s fiscally vulnerable insurance market.

03/15/2010
Problems With More Regulation in the Credit Markets...
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Problems With More Regulation in the Credit Markets...

Democrats such as House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd have continued to press for what they consider to be necessary financial reform.

03/11/2010
"Meet Me In D.C." Video Contest Finalists
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"Meet Me In D.C." Video Contest Finalists

Thanks so much to everyone who sent in a video for the contest. We had a number of fantastic entries. Below are the four finalists in no particular order.Please check them out and leave comments about your favorite. We'll announce the winners tomorrow.Thanks again for your participation and don't forget to be in D.C on Saturday! 

09/08/2009
Unsettling Science in the Health Care Debate
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Unsettling Science in the Health Care Debate

Settled science rarely is. Except to those with a vested policy interest in the debate. True to form, a recent diatribe by Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest acknowledges none of the widely available data that conflict with his passionate crusade against table salt. However, to a debate that has endured for decades, Jacobson does bring a modern twist:

06/11/2009
In “Bizarro” Congress Barney Frank is Helping Keep the Internet Free
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In “Bizarro” Congress Barney Frank is Helping Keep the Internet Free

If you are a fan of the Superman comic book series, or if you were a regular Seinfeld watcher, you would be familiar with the backwards “bizarro” world where down is up, day is night, you say goodbye when you mean hello and so on.  In other words, expect the opposite of what you would normally expect. Well when it comes to keeping the internet free from excessive government regulation, it would seem there’s a bit of a bizarro streak running through Congress right now.  That is because efforts to repeal unnecessary government regulation and oversight that limit innovation and growth on the internet are being led by, of all lawmakers, Representative Barney Frank (D, MA-4); outspoken liberal and regular ally to big government causes one would normally associate nanny-state internet regulation with.  Nevertheless, Frank has been leading the charge on Capitol Hill against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), first offering legislation to repeal it last year and just this week reintroducing the bill in the 111th Congress.UIGEA was pushed through by the Bush Administration (which free-market limited government conservatives came to expect bizarre-like action from) in its final days with the stated purpose to stop unlawful online gambling.  However, because the act never actually spelled out what that meant, UIGEA in broad terms put the government in the role of “Big Brother” on the internet.  In particular, the act has had the effect of turning online payment transaction companies into informants and enforcers for the federal government, raising privacy concerns as well as significant costs to consumers. True, Frank’s real reason for his new found deregulatory stance on online gaming is filling government coffers.  UIGEA’s heavy government hand has forced consumers to foreign companies with offshore websites which Frank and others on the Left have argued leaves the U.S. taxman out in the cold.  Of course it also hurts U.S. based businesses that otherwise could compete in a more open marketplace. But motives aside, deregulatory policy is deregulatory policy.  Traditional allies to the limited government conservative movement should be mindful of this and resist the bizarro knee-jerk against UIGEA repeal simply because Barney Frank is championing it. Unfortunately, many on the Right have allowed social arguments concerning the “evils of gambling” to cloud their judgment and force them from their free-market moorings.  In this sense, turning online gambling into the bad guy may indeed cater to certain constituencies.  It does not however excuse the larger consequences of restricting the free and open internet for conservatives who claim to support free markets.   This includes prominent Republicans like Senate Minority Whip John Kyl (R-AZ) who are trying to help reshape the party and return it to its rightful limited government roots.  Kyl is usually a reliable champion on core limited government issues, but has missed the mark on UIGEA as he was one of the act’s original proponents and remains a staunch advocate in the face of repeal efforts in this Congress.  Other Republicans have followed suit with much hand-wringing over gambling in general and protecting people from themselves, again ignoring the big government elephant in the corner.If the political calculus is that meaningless overtures to social conservatives at the expense of core limited government principle is a winning strategy, conservatives need to remember 2006.  After demagoguery-fueled battles that stroked the party’s social wing at the expense of those who wanted to see smaller, more restrained government, most notably the Terri Schiavo sham and the gay marriage Constitutional Amendment side-show,  a disenfranchised conservative base stayed home on Election Day and Democrats seized control of Congress.  Limited government voters were rightly upset that Bush and Delay were driving the out-of-control spending train off the proverbial cliff while Democrats in many respects seized the mantle of fiscal responsibility and successfully convinced the American people they were the better stewards of their hard-earned tax dollars.This is not to overstate the importance of UIGEA repeal and certainly not to suggest it as the means by which Republicans could find their way back into the majority.  Rather it should suffice to say that this is a good, albeit small step and conservatives would greatly help their cause if they would recognize good policy when they see it and no matter who supports it.  Even if in today’s bizarro world in Congress that means standing with Barney Frank, Republicans who espouse to be on the side of the free market, limited government movement should do it on UIGEA repeal. If they do it will help us wave goodbye to burdensome internet regulation (or perhaps I should have said “hello”).

05/08/2009
Urgent: Call to Protect Privacy in Oklahoma
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Urgent: Call to Protect Privacy in Oklahoma

FreedomWorks  has been closely watching the REAL ID battle in Oklahoma and other states like South Carolina.  Representative Dr. Mike Ritze has three bills ready to go that will help protect the privacy of Oklahoma citizens.  The bills protect sensitive personal information on Oklahoma citizens, stop REAL ID and enhanced driver's license implementation.

02/23/2009

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