Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-13-2014: You Have No Say In Government Policy; Paul Speaks Out Against Executive Orders; GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Has A Great Job Creation Plan; Obama Mulls Further Action In Iraq; Does Cuomo Have Something To Hide?


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The Average American Has ‘Essentially Zero’ Influence Over U.S. Policy

An academic look into the driving forces behind American Federal policymaking concludes that the average citizen in the United States has “essentially zero” influence over the direction of government. Read More… 

Rand Paul Says He’d use Executive Orders If President… But Only To Revoke Previous Executive Orders

Speaking to constituents in Kentucky this week, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that he would use his executive power to reverse the damage done by his predecessors’ propensity for legislating by fiat if he were elected President. Read More… 

Texas GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Proposes Deregulating Entry Points For Small Businesses

Greg Abbott, attorney general of Texas and the GOP’s candidate for Governor, recently unveiled a proposal that, if adopted, would put an end to State licensure requirements that currently govern such small-business occupations as cosmetology, coaching, dog training and interior design. Read More…

U.S. Sends Aircraft To Iraq; Obama Weighs Mission To Save Refugees

Administration officials said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is considering using military helicopters and other aircraft to help rescue thousands of refugees trapped on Mount Sinjar in northwest Iraq, potentially putting U.S. forces closer to the extremist fighters who have laid siege to the area. Read More… 

Why Is The Cuomo Administration Automatically Deleting New York State Employees’ Emails?

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration — which the Governor pledged would be the most transparent in State history — has quietly adopted policies that allow it to purge the emails of tens of thousands of state employees, cutting off a key avenue for understanding and investigating state government. Read More… 

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