On June 1st, the infamous Patriot Act is set to expire. Yet right now, Congress is debating the Freedom Act, a supposed reform of the aforementioned law. But what is the difference between these two bills? How does, if at all, the Freedom Act curb the groundless search and seizure of private information? Here's a Libertarian's guide.
LPMN Chair Chris Dock was on the Libertarian Party's National radio show titled "Libertarians Working for You" hosted by National LP Vice Chair Arvin Vohra on May 20, 2015. The discussion centered around the current state of politics in Minnesota, including the most recent budget negotiations, transportation, education, and how the state government is trying to find creative ways to spend the $2 billion budget surplus, even though the surplus was created by over-taxation of us rather than under-spending by them.
228 Republicans and 41 Democrats in the U.S. House voted for a $612 billion defense authorization bill on May 15. They maneuvered the increase in military spending, which should have been prohibited by “sequester” spending caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011, by putting some of the spending in a slush fund.
You can't make this stuff up. The Minneapolis City Council is levying a special tax assessment on property owners downtown. Even nonprofits are being made to pay. Even churches! But one entity is special. Only one has the clout to wiggle out, because they have friends in very high places. Guess who it is.