Wyoming Liberty Group
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
– The Matrix, 1999
What if I were Morpheus, and you had just taken the red pill? Where would I start? How deep does the rabbit hole go, anyway?
In her big speech on economic policy on July 13, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outline a vision for expanding the American welfare state. At 17:45 into the video, Mrs. Clinton summarizes her entitlement agenda:
Fair pay and fair scheduling, paid family leave and earned sick days, child care are essential to our competitiveness and our growth.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” – President Reagan
More than a quarter century has passed since the Berlin Wall fell. The average American college student was born years after the subsequent reunification of Germany. How many Americans under 30 have a living memory of the “Soviet Union”?
The American welfare state is alive and kicking, with steady growth in spending in typical welfare-state areas such as welfare, health care and education. During the Great Recession America's welfare state has proven to be impervious to the general macroeconomic conditions of the nation's economy.
Friends of economic freedom are good at criticising big government, they are even better at expressing outrage over growing government, and many of them are outstanding at demanding a return to "limited government". The criticism of big government and its growth very often rests on solid grounds, but it is never more than the opening salvo of any serious attempt at actually returning our economy and our country to "limited government".
This article is not about Wyoming. Not directly, at least. But it is about the values that the people of this great state hold dear: freedom and self determination. Beyond our state borders - in fact, beyond the borders of the United States - a new, aggressive brand of radical socialism is on the rise. It is more radical than the ideas that brought Obama to the White House. While it is, essentially, yet another form of the same totalitarian threat to Western Civilization that we have fought so hard to defeat, its ability to morph and adapt makes it harder to detect. But like all collectivist, authoritarian ideologies it preys on economic despair and fills the void where opportunity and freedom should be. Let us never drop our guard. Let us never become complacent. Let us always remember the words of Ronald Reagan: Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
--- Originally published at The Liberty Bullhorn ---
And now it is official - Senate File 0122 now formally proposes the formation of a Skyfall 2020 commission:
An act relating to the administration of government; creating the Vision 2020 comprehensive expenditure and revenue review; providing for oversight of the review by the management council of the Wyoming legislature; creating the Vision 2020 comprehensive expenditure and revenue review advisory panel; creating areas of review; providing for the creation of task forces as specified; providing for appointment of members to the advisory panel and task forces; providing for assignment of duties as specified; providing for reports; providing an appropriation; and providing for an effective date.