How You Know USA Freedom Act Is A Bad Bill: Half Of Its Own Co-Sponsors Voted Against It

from the broken-politics dept

We already wrote about how the fake USA Freedom Act passed the House of Representatives, with many of the "no" votes coming from the Representatives who are most vocal about wanting to reform the NSA. As we noted, this shows just how much the bill changed from reforming the NSA to locking in the status quo. But here's an even bigger indication of what a joke the bill became 76 of the 152 co-sponsors of the bill voted against it. In other words, half of the people whose names are on the bill as co-sponsoring it, felt the bill was so unlike the one they sponsored that they voted against it entirely. For all the talk from supporters of this bill about how it showed how Congress can "come together" and agree to "reform the NSA," the reality is quite the opposite. It shows how a few powerful folks in the government can undermine real attempts at reform that had tremendous and widespread support.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 23 May 2014 @ 8:34am

    Re: Don't Reform **THE STATE** - REPEAL IT!

    I prefer the big picture/principled view.

    The initiation of force is immoral (self-defense is valid).

    The State by definition is a monopoly on the use of force within a geographic area.

    Just because someone wears a fancy badge or hat, or has a fancy title (i.e., "President", Senator...etc), does not give them any more fundamental rights than anyone else.

    Two princples to follow and applied to human interaction universally:

    1. Respect for inherent self-ownership derived property rights.

    2 The initiation of force (or threat thereof)is immoral, while self-defense is valid.

    Apply the above principles to State actions such as "taxation", "economic stimulus", "war"....and you can see past the euphemisms to the truth - theft, counterfeiting, murder.

    I prefer consensual relationships and voluntary exchange.

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