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Rachel Swaffer, Outreach Associate
About: A native of Traverse City, Michigan, Rachel graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in Politics. At Hillsdale, Rachel’s lifelong love of government was ruined by an excellent education in both Austrian economics and the American founding. As a firm believer in constitutionally limited government, she has done investigative reporting on political donations and also gotten involved in grassroots political activism. As the Outreach Associate for Citizen Watchdog, Rachel is in charge of managing our online presence and connecting to our Citizen Watchdogs online.
Hobbies: Baking (perhaps less of a hobby and more of an addiction), economics, running, hiking, and travel. I love being active and exploring off the beaten path.
Favorite books: Honestly, I’ll read just about anything, but a few of my favorites are: A Wrinkle In Time, Brave New World, 1984, The Book Thief, and A Short History of Nearly Everything. Atlas Shrugged changed my life.
Favorite historical figures: George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge, Frederic Bastiat, and F.A. Hayek.
Favorite quotes: “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” – Alexis De Tocqueville
“In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself” – Federalist 51
“The price of our freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.
Why I joined the Citizen Watchdog team: Like the founding fathers, I believe that the vigilance of the people is the best hope for restricting government waste, fraud, and abuse. Democracy is not just a privilege, but a responsibility; it requires an active and engaged citizenry willing to put time and effort into holding their elected officials accountable. Modern technology had made this task easier than ever, as the internet breaks down barriers to government transparency and allows us to easily find, share, and disseminate information. I share Citizen Watchdog’s belief that today everyone is equipped with the tools to hold the government accountable in the places that matter most – our state and local governments, where strong-willed, hard-working individuals can still make a significant difference.