Wyoming Liberty Group
Testimony before the Wyoming Labor, Health, and Social Services Committee, August 25, 2016
My name is Charlie Katebi. I'm a policy analyst with the Wyoming Liberty Group. I’d like to thank the Department of Health for researching and bringing greater attention to Wyoming’s lack of healthcare transparency, and why we need greater clarity for patients.
Entitlements used to be considered the “third-rail” of American politics. Now the public recognizes that without major changes to Medicare and Medicaid, both programs threaten our fiscal future. Fortunately, there are reforms that not only save taxpayers money, but also deliver better healthcare to the elderly and needy.
Boyd Wiggam talks with Chuck Gray on KVOC about the five-years plans the cities of Casper and Cheyenne write up to receive federal “entitlement” funds from the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development, and strings attached. May 12, 2015
In an editorial from October 24, the Casper Star Tribune attacks alleged wage discrimination. Citing statistics that women in general earn less than men, the newspaper predictably calls for more government intervention as the universal solution. That solution, says the Tribune, would be “fair schedules and paid sick leave so that workers with care giving responsibilities are not unfairly disadvantaged”.
If I write on a piece of paper “You are entitled to a really, really good education” and then give that piece of paper to you, does that mean you are entitled to a really, really good education?
If you are a lawyer you would probably sue me and try to have a court mandate that I provide you with a really, really good education. However, if you are a common-sense minded person you would chuckle and take my note for what it is: a silly joke.
Recently the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported on a steady increase of students on federally sponsored school lunches in Wyoming. For example, in Laramie 2 the share of qualifying students has increased from 29 percent to 45 percent in six years.
One of the most cynical aspects of the welfare state is that government makes promises to take care of people, and then breaks its promises. This is happening all over Europe as the welfare states over there reach the end of their fiscal life span. The taxes that feed the welfare state destroy private, productive economic activity and thus shrink the tax base for that same welfare state. That, in turn, triggers more promise defaults.