Why I entered into Politics
I see that our federal, state and local governments have overstepped their boundaries as outlined in our U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions. Each branch of government has been designated specific enumerated authority but each has crossed the line and these abuses of power have trickled down to every household in America. I also look at the Declaration of Independence and see that the very "injuries and usurpations" we fought so hard to free ourselves from at our nation's founding have returned to shackle us.
Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.
This has become a big issue in Cheyenne with the Pershing/Converse roundabout project. Our Founder's guiding principle was that people come together to form governments in order to SECURE their rights to property - not to create an entity which will itself, "take from the mouths of labor the bread it has earned." What was wrong for individual citizens to do to one another, they believed, was equally wrong for government to do to its citizens.
"Government is instituted to protect property of every sort .... This being the end of government, that is NOT a just government,... nor is property secure under it, where the property which a man has ... is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest."
The federal government may have the best intentions to help the people of this nation with their healthcare needs. But should we govern by good intentions, or what is lawful and constitutional? Self governance includes our ability to make individual choices about our health care needs without federal government intervention. Free market solutions are what work best. The free market system will create an atmosphere of competition between insurance companies across the nation helping to lower the costs, and subsequently reducing healthcare costs.
"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." -- Daniel Webster
“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
-- James Madison
Many people can't afford to pay twice for school tuition. Once via taxes, and then again to pay for private school tuition or home-schooling. Government run schools have the monopoly so most children are forced to go to schools closest to their homes. I agree with some that a system should be in place to allow parents to decide, not the federal government where and how their children should be educated.
"If you expect a nation to be ignorant and free you expect what never was and never can be."
"A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support."
I love the wisdom of our nation's Founders. I would like to quote them as I review some of the issues that are facing us today. Since they founded our nation and its laws, they are the source to reference to facilitate us in understanding our Constitutions.
The importance of an educated electorate
The very first Article and Section of our Wyoming Constitution states, "All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority..." So, the people must be educated. I know the only way to maintain our ability to govern ourselves is through knowledge. By birth we have certain inalienable rights – rights which government was created to protect. Today, too many think that government is supposed to provide for our wants and needs but that is simply not the case. Understanding the difference is critical. Together, armed with knowledge about our Constitutions and the principles of freedom found therein, we in Wyoming can stand firm against the onslaught of federal, state and local government control over our lives.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
The Wyoming Constitution - Article 16, Section 1: The State of Wyoming shall not, in any manner, create any indebtedness exceeding one per centum on the assessed value of the taxable property in the state as shown by the last general assessment for taxation, preceding; except to suppress insurrection or to provide for the public defense.
Article 16, Section 2: No debt in excess of the taxes for the current year, shall in any manner be created in the State of Wyoming, unless the proposition to create such debt shall have been submitted to a vote of the people and by them approved; except to suppress insurrection or to provide for the public defense.
I agree with many that we should continue to reduce state expenditures namely by eliminating many of the services provided by our state government.
We as a state receive a tremendous amount of money paid to our state in royalties for oil, gas and minerals. However; we have seen a 10-year low in natural gas prices. Therefore a decrease in royalties. This low has brought about a desire to freeze hiring and make cuts in spending to account for $300 million tax loss per dollar decline in natural gas prices. Because of this, Legislators must cut spending and set money aside to combat the potential losses in revenue to the state.
“I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.”
"The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys."
"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt." --Thomas Jefferson
More to follow...as I speak with more of the people in Senate District 5