Wyoming Liberty Group
It has been said so wisely that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Similarly, those who cannot learn from others’ mistakes are condemned to repeat those mistakes. In the case of health reform it is painfully obvious that the Obama administration and its Democrat followers in Congress have not learned anything from Europe’s long history of socialized health care mistakes. Germany provides the latest example. The country still has private insurance providers, but their premiums are set almost entirely by the government, much like they will be under Obamacare:
In my last post, I described the benefits of the Supreme Court’s opinion in McDonald v. City of Chicago while taking issue with the Court’s adopted mode of analysis. The Court also released Christian Legal Society v. Hastings College of Law at the end of its term. While the case had the potential to be a solid victory for supporters of free association and the exercise of religion, something went wrong along the litigation track.
Wyoming is beginning to adjust itself to the Obamacare reform, despite many uncertainties still remaining about the effects and contents of the reform. As part of the adjustment process the state is taking temporary federal grants that are supposed to pay for the transition into Obamacare:
With the close of the 2009-10 Supreme Court term this week, friends of freedom have much to celebrate. In January, the Court struck out in bold support of the First Amendment in Citizens United v. FEC, overturning two significant, and significantly bad, cases. At the end of its term, we should be likewise thankful that the Court affirmed the importance of the Second Amendment in McDonald v. City of Chicago by recognizing that the Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.
In a world where government spending only goes one way, the tiny city of Douglas, WY is showing unusual fortitude in actually cutting government spending. After a series of infrastructural investments, during which the city almost doubled its budget, the city council has done what most politicians could never do: they masterfully resisted a temptation to make the temporarily high level of city spending permanent. The Douglas Budget reports on part of the city’s efforts to return its budget from $22 million to a more regular $11.5 million:
By Jason Williams, WLG Commentary
This past week The Road to Serfdom by economist F. A. Hayek, a book that was published 66 years ago, rose to number one on the Amazon.com bestseller list. Hayek was outraged that intellectuals, the “suppliers of ideas,” were selling central planning despite being in the midst of the horrors committed by the Nazi state. British intellectuals of the time were stone deaf to the loud reality: central planning is not only antithetical to human achievement; it leads to atrocities and all manner of degradation and misery. Politicians then as now, glutton-like, fed on the unhealthy ideas of central planning, expanding the waistline of government to obese proportions.