Wyoming Liberty Group
Originally published on HawaiiReporter.com
As this is written, in August 2010, the Social Security system is running a deficit. Its ability to support future retirement benefits for Americans is rapidly withering away. Fixes have been offered, but they all center in on postponing the inevitable: neither higher taxes nor cuts in benefits will save the system from its demise. Those methods have been tried before and failed.
While doing some research on Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, I came across some interesting poll data. Apparently, the new law is quite popular. According to a Rassusen poll of July 8, “Voters by a two-to-one margin oppose the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to challenge the legality of Arizona’s new immigration law in federal court. Sixty-one percent (61%), in fact, favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their own state, up six points from two months ago.”
The Tenth Amendment movement across the country is gathering an interesting coalition that spreads across the political spectrum. From gun owners (viewed by the mainstream media as conservative) and tea partiers (viewed by the MSM as right wing nut cases and racists) to medical marijuana activists (viewed by the MSM as leftists), people are embracing the Tenth Amendment as a way to end federal regulation on issues they care about. Full marijuana legalization and taxation are on the California ballot this November, with an implied Tenth Amendment defense against federal drug laws.
In 2009 Governor Freudenthal initially resisted taking the bulk of the Obama administration’s “stimulus” money. He eventually caved in, but he now has the chance to remedy at least part of that mistake. In another reckless spending package, Congress is throwing yet more federal funds at states. This time the the Democrats are doing it to save teachers’ jobs and please the teachers’ unions while yanking funds for food stamp programs. Fortunately, there are politicians at the state level who have the backbone to stand up to another round of federal debt pile-up. Nebraska governor Heineman is balking at taking any of the money, an example Governor Freudenthal should follow:
Somewhere due Northeast of San Diego rests the nation’s largest camel dairy – some 22 strong. Gil and Nancy Riegler are dairy entrepreneurs of sorts. Through careful cultivation and care of their herd, they are able to deliver the health benefits of camel milk. But selling camel milk would be illegal – consistent with the regulatory approach taken by the Food and Drug Administration since 1938.
Recently, something oddly appropriate occurred – state legislators sued the state over portions of its election law. The litigation is born of noble origin: Four legislators filed suit to preserve the constitutional rights of residents to criticize or applaud them. The cause of controversy is quite simple. In January, the US Supreme Court declared that government could not ban grassroots and corporate organizations from speaking out about political issues and candidates for public office. While other states moved to amend their laws in the wake of the Citizens United opinion, the Wyoming Legislature decided to go it alone – leaving its unconstitutional speech ban in place.