Wyoming Liberty Group
In December 2011, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead called on state agencies to cut their budgets by between five and eight percent. An eight percent budget cut would have amounted to $75 million, and this news created quite a bit of stir in some quarters, and quite a bit of confusion in others.
Government spending has doubled over the past 10 years and now, the tax revenue that fueled the spending party is dropping off. Meanwhile, special interest groups want the spending party to carry on and taxpayers to continue paying for it.
A cabal of special interest groups seems to have convinced Wyoming’s governor and more than a few legislators that families need to pay more in gasoline taxes. But with the possibility of a Taxmageddon hitting already overburdened families in January, the last thing the legislature should be doing is hiking fuel taxes.
The government is crying in its cups about a lack of money. However, according to the Heritage Foundation, Taxmageddon means Wyoming taxpayers would face an $836.5 million tax increase. This includes: $288 million in Bush-era tax rates: $216 million because of expiring payroll tax cuts: and $332.5 million in new Obamacare taxes. Imagine if the government decides to also hike the sales tax, the gas tax, and hey, why not an income tax? The government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
A Wyoming grassroots group, made up of three regular guys, asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) if the ads they created would be considered ‘advocacy.’ If the ads were, it would mean the group would have to register with the government just to speak about issues like gun rights, land rights and health care they consider important. The paperwork burden created by the FEC is too much for a group of guys who just want to put out a couple of ads that essentially talk about ranching in the context of some of the Obama administration’s policies.
For reasons only known to the FEC, it continues to ignore Supreme Court rulings. It’s time for that to stop because ironically, campaign finance laws do more than big money ever could to shut people up and confine participation in politics to the wealthy and connected. It’s time to overturn vague and overbroad laws, and let Free Speech live up to its name.
It’s been a busy budget session and our cartoon this time tells it like it is. Not only do our citizen legislators have to wade through a behemoth budget bill, they have another 250 that they have to vote on, whether they know what they’re about or not. This makes it all the more important for citizens to keep an eye on what’s happening and let legislators know when they are voting against freedom.