Since the election in November 2010, there's been plenty of talk about cutting the federal budget. The Cato Institute, for example, has come up with a $1.056 trillion proposal to cut federal spending. Newly elected U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) proposes to cut $500 billion from the federal budget. Other Republicans are now vacillating over whether or not to fulfill their campaign promise ("Pledge to America") of at least $100 billion in budget cuts.

Rand PaulFreshman Kentucky Senator and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul announced February 10 he would oppose renewal of key parts of the USA Patriot Act on the grounds that the law violates key parts of the Constitution.

CBSChicago.com reported on Feb. 8 that Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is defending the city’s use of surveillance cameras. On Tuesday, the Mayor rejected the demands of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which had called for the city to stop adding cameras to its network.

Rumsfeld“If you’re like me,” wrote Thomas Woods, tongue planted firmly in cheek, “you spend a lot of time concerned — weeping, even — that one of the great men ever to serve in American government, Donald Rumsfeld, continues to go unrecognized. At last this injustice is being rectified.”

Austin, Texas — known for Longhorns, live music, and legislative lollapaloozas — is poised to be the subject of a different kind of notoriety. The nationwide undertone of opposition to the TSA is surfacing in the state’s capitol city. Austin is developing a downright defiance of the agency’s shocking treatment of American air travelers into a cohesive defense of liberty.