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Do Republicans Want The Government Reduced Or Don't They?

I’m confused. Republicans keep saying they want to reduce the size of government. Nonetheless, Republican politicians in Congress are protesting about how, because of the “sequester” government budget reductions that they agreed to, the Obama Administration has eliminated the spending devoted to tours of the White House.

So, this week, Republican U.S. Representative Chris Stewart [...]

With ProQuest Privatization of the Statistical Abstract, Individual People Can’t Even Buy What was Free

As you may be aware, one year and one month ago the U.S. government halted publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States. This publication — which was available free of charge on the Internet via the U.S. Census Bureau — brought together thousands and thousands of pieces of information from across the federal [...]

Charlie Fuqua, for Killing Disobedient Kids and Religious Cleansing, is GOP pick for Congress

Charlie Fuqua, the Republican Party’s pick for Congress in Arkansas’ 5th District, wants the government to engage in religious cleansing in the United States: “I see no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States.”

Charlie Fuqua, the Republican Party nominee for United States Congress, wants [...]

Fact Check: Is the Government Taking More and More of our Money?

“… the government keeps taking more and more of my money…” – Sarah Peppel

“Exasperated w/govt taking more and more of my money…” – Paul Robb

“My government keeps lying to me, over and over keeps taking more and more of my money…” – A Better Version of Me

“The reason I don’t want to [...]

Government Collecting Too Much Information About You? Party Followers Change Answer based on who is President

From the Pew Research Center’s American Values Survey:

When a Republican is in the White House, Democrats are more concerned than Republicans about the prying eyes of big government.

When a Democrat is in the White House, Republicans are more concerned than Democrats about the prying eyes of big government.

My authority figure is [...]

After 1060 days in Office, Obama finally nominates full membership for Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

1077 days ago, Barack Obama took his Oath of Office as President of the United States of America, solemnly swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” As President, one of the ways that Barack Obama is supposed to do that is to nominate five members of a Privacy and Civil [...]

World Governments Request User Data from Google. Which Ones and How Much?

Sour Cabbage: by word count, the Real Whopper of a Bureaucracy is Biblical

Is all you need to know about bureaucracy reduced to cabbage? Or could we find something a little bit wordier? Time for a conservative chain mail fact check. [...]

Government Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2010… and it’s not about Terrorism

Big Brother is watching your money, and it’s hardly ever to catch those rascally terrorists.

Passed in 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act lowered the bar for government surveillance of Americans’ financial transactions, and American financial institutions have been deputized to assist. Banks now monitor every financial transaction and pass it through a software program [...]

WH Political Appointees Screening FOIA Requests is not Change I Can Believe In

As president, Barack Obama will restore the American people‚Äôs trust in their government by making government more open and transparent…. Obama will require Cabinet officials to have periodic 21st Century Fireside Chats, restore meaning to the Freedom of Information Act, and conduct regulatory agency business in public.

– Obama for America, September 22 2008

I [...]

Knitting Needles: Fine on a Plane, But not in the halls of Congress

One of the oddities of the Transportation Security Agency is its knitting needle policy. You can’t bring the thinnest and tiniest of drill bits on board in your carryon bag. You can’t bring a pair of pliers onto a plain in your carry-on bag. You can’t bring a Dr. Scholl’s gel insert for your shoe [...]