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The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects Americans from government spying. We are supposed to be safe from “unreasonable searches and seizures” by the government. That means they can’t march into your home and search your property. Only with a warrant–granted by a judge–are they allowed to do so.
But most of us know that our federal government is not obeying this amendment. Federal agencies regularly find ways to circumvent your privacy. If it were up to them, the liberty of all Americans would be trampled underfoot.
One of the biggest problems is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This law is supposed to equip federal agencies to protect America from foreign threats. But one part of the law allows the government to rifle through Americans’ communications–without a warrant. The loophole allows the government to monitor your emails, phone calls, text, etc.–if you communicate with someone overseas.
But Senator Rand Paul, with the help of Ron Wyden, is seeking to close this loophole. It’s about time.
From The Observer:
Liberal Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Tea Party Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) have introduced bipartisan legislation titled the “USA RIGHTS Act” to protect the 4th Amendment rights of all Americans from an overzealous federal government.
Right now, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) allows for an American’s calls, communications and data to be collected by the federal government and stored in a database, if the American is or is thought to be communicating with a person overseas. The bill ... continue reading »
Is there any end to government taxation and regulation? It seems like, once a person gets their head above water, the federal government finds a way to push them back under.
This is never more felt than in the area of taxation. Millions of Americans have worked hard all their lives. They’ve persevered to support their families, fighting to achieve the American Dream. Through it all they’ve been heavily taxed on their income, purchases, and property. But at least a portion of that tax was going to Social Security, something they were told would be there for them, come retirement.
Yet by the time Americans reach retirement age, they are hit with another injustice. That Social Security check–already far too small–is hit with another tax! This is money they paid into the system over decades. Money that was taxed from their own paychecks. Only now they are being taxed on it again, when they need the money most.
Thankfully, there are lawmakers who understand so many Americans’ pain. Representative Thomas Massie is actually championing a law that will see an end to this terrible tax.
Rep. Thomas Massie says it’s one of the most popular bills he’s ever sponsored: a proposal enticingly named the “Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act” that would end taxes on Social Security income.
Many older Americans are shocked, the Kentucky Republican says, to learn they pay federal income tax twice: once as workers on pay diverted into the Social Security system and again after receiving retirement ... continue reading »
We know that more government is a bad thing. As the federal government increases its power, the first thing that’s hit–aside from our Constitutional liberties–is our bank accounts.
The less the government spends, the better. That’s why our man Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky was opposed to the GOP’s recent budget. He proudly voted it down, knowing it would add over $5 billion to our deficit.
With the release of Congress’s new tax bill, however, Massie–and liberty conservatives–have something to be happy about.
“I am going to vote for this,” Massie said smiling. “This is a new experience for me to be excited about a bill…”
“I can go home and tell my constituents unequivocally this bill is better than the status quo,” Massie said. “I couldn’t do that with health care. The health care bill was slapdash. There wasn’t a tenth of the thought and planning in the health care bill that there is in this tax bill. The health care bill? I called it a kidney stone because all we wanted to do was pass it.” [Source: CNN]
Massie is one of few conservatives in D.C. that truly believes in limited government and limited spending. And his votes speak to that. He wants what the rest of us around the country want: let Americans keep more of their money.
Listen, we know that taxation is theft in the plainest of terms. Why should the government be allowed to take so much from hard-working Americans? While we might ... continue reading »