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.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives never really had their hearts in all their pre-election talk about shrinking government. Having vowed to cut $100 billion from the Obama administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2011, they were prepared instead to trim a paltry $35 billion, arguing that on a prorated basis it works out to about $74 billion for the year, still 26 percent less than their modest stated goal.

Roger Barnett, the rancher in Douglas, Ariz., ordered on Feb. 3 to pay $87,000 to illegal aliens he detained at gunpoint on his property, says he will appeal the ruling, which came from the notoriously left-wing Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A day before a health care opponent DeFundIt.org called for a government shutdown, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga., left) told CNSNews.com (reported Feb. 10) that he’s committed to de-funding the national health care law. When asked if he thought the Obama Administration would shut down the government as a result, he said “it's in the hands of the President.” Rumors continue to surface that a government shutdown is possible.

sputnikPresident Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, uttered the increasingly famous dictum: “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” In other words, a wise leader should take advantage of any dire situation to promote his agenda. The crisis known as 9/11 brought us the Patriot Act, something waiting for an event to “justify” its numerous attacks on liberty. The Pearl Harbor crisis gave President Roosevelt justification to send our nation into World War II, something he had been itching to do for many months.