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More Red Tape No Solution for Red Tape

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reports that Internal Revenue Service employees began using “inappropriate criteria” in 2010 when considering the applications of Tea Party organizations for 501(c)(4) tax exempt status. This included subjecting groups with “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” or “9/12” in their titles to such “unnecessary information requests” as the political affiliations of the groups’ officers and employment information.

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“Government is Us”: Ironic Anti-Gun Rhetoric Continues

Over the last few months the President has said a few very revealing things about his political and legal philosophy. As I discussed in January when the President unveiled his anti-gun agenda, he intimates the Bill of Rights is not a set of restrictions on government, but a list of justifications for government regulation of our lives.  At the same time, the President continues his attempt to undermine one of the key arguments of Second Amendment proponents: that we have a right to bear arms to protect ourselves not simply from criminals or wild animals, but from a tyrannical government. Just this past Sunday while giving a commencement speech at Ohio State University, President Obama said the following

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Enzi’s ‘Marketplace Fairness Act’ a Trojan Horse

by Bruce Edward Walker

Two admonitions hold true throughout history. The first is “Beware Greeks bearing gifts.” The other is any piece of legislation containing the word “fairness” in its title.

Such is the case with the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act,” which is co-sponsored by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY). Under the guise of “fairness” this Trojan horse contains a multitude of harms to businesses, consumers and the fundamental right to avoid taxation without representation.

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Worry About Gun Control or Celebrate a Successful Stimulus?

Anyone in the market for ammunition lately has come across shortages and often sticker shock when there is actually stock available.  From run-of-the-mill .22 caliber to the less common .30 carbine, I’ve found at our local shops here in Cheyenne a frenzied atmosphere that I suspect is similar to that of a bank run.  The internet is no better, as major retailers like Cabela’s are often sold out across the board.  Although national media has picked up on the growing number of back-orders for AR15-style and other “assault” rifles, and there is an equally heightened demand for high-capacity magazines, it’s ammunition that’s the most prominent sign of gun owners’ concern over gun control—that is, the concern that all gun rights are at risk. 

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A Wyoming Lottery Corporation Would be Shrouded in Darkness

If a soul is left in the darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness – Victor Hugo

With spending out of control, governments are looking for revenue from pretty much anywhere. A lottery is the latest great hope for a jackpot in Wyoming. But like many hopefuls, it is unlikely to fulfill its supporters’ overblown promises and could end up costing Wyoming taxpayers. Worse still, the government corporation the current lottery bill would create would be exempt from the Public Records law. This means it will be next to impossible to find out what it is up to.

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Game and Fish Salary Hikes Out of Line

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Game and Fish Compensations Outpace Private Sector by Over Two Thirds

From 2007 to 2011, the average compensation for Game and Fish permanent employees grew by nearly 36 percent. During the same period, average compensation for employees in the private sector grew by a mere 11 percent, less than a third of the Game and Fish total.

Only permanent Game and Fish employees received increases, however. Their gains totaled almost $10 million, but a lopsided budget allocation left temporary and seasonal workers up short.

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