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There is a myth in politics that elections are won and lost in the middle. The premise is that "independent" voters support tenets of both major political parties and candidates must craft their message to attract a majority of these "moderates." Despite the fact that nearly twice as many Americans self-identify as conservative as compared to liberal, conservatives are often referred to as "extremists," or worse.
I don’t want to shock our readers but, occasionally, liberals can be inconsistent. They can be, if one dares use the term, hypocritical. This latest example came to my attention as I was researching a recent piece on the case the Supreme Court is hearing with regards to unions.
On February 7th, the debt ceiling, which had been suspended, snapped back into place, leaving the United States saddled with $17.3 trillion in debt. To their shame, Republican leaders in both chambers never even considered attaching meaningful spending reforms to the debt ceiling bill. Instead, much of the debate inside D.C. involved attaching measures that would have actually increased spending.
Today, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe joined Ken Cuccinelli and Senator Rand Paul in filing an historic class action lawsuit in defense of the Fourth Amendment. The suit's targets include high ranking officials in the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Defense who have been instrumental in overseeing the agency’s collection of massive amounts of telephone data known as the Mass Associational Tracking Program (MATP).
Washington, DC- FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe joined Rand Paul and lead counsel Ken Cuccinelli on the steps of the D.C. District Court to file paperwork against President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Security Agency Keith Alexander in a class action lawsuit against the NSA spying program. In a statement to reporters, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented:
WHAT: On behalf of 6 million members nationwide, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe will join Rand Paul and lead counsel Ken Cuccinelli to file paperwork against President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Security Agency Keith Alexander for a class action lawsuit against the NSA spying program.A copy of the complaint will be made available as a PDF on www.ConstitutionDefenseFund.com.
Washington, DC- Following news that House Speaker John Boehner is rallying Republicans around a debt ceiling increase with no spending reforms, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe released the following statement: “Governing with Democratic votes to raise the debt limit with no reforms attached is an all-time low for Speaker Boehner. Based on reports, the Boehner debt hike spends money we don’t have to increase entitlement spending and grow the debt. In other words, with the money they spend today, they'll come back and borrow to pay for tomorrow.”
As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your members of Congress and ask that they vote NO on any “clean” debt ceiling increase.
Capitol Hill Update, 10 February, 2014House & Senate/Schedule: Both chambers are in session this week. Both will recess on Wednesday and leave town through the 24th of February, unless an agreement is reached on the debt ceiling.