Author Archives: Ben Backus

Oily Commissioner Gets Last Seat

It looks like the fracking waste water well is a done deal. Pete Ricketts appointed the last commissioner for the hearing, who happens to own oilfields. The rules for the hearing state that only people who live within a half mile of the well can comment…so basically no one.

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Sheriff Overman works on his political posturing

You can pretty much find counter points to every link posted in this article, some of them are even located in the stories they used. Just be smart and do your own research.

Star Heralds Story

Campaign Season

Tis the season….To run for office! The non-incumbent filing deadline is March 3rd. So now is the time to start planning.If you have every thought of running for an office..go for it. We here at the WNLP would like to encourage liberty minded individuals to run for office, at any level of government. Contact us and we will see what we can do to help.

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A new state in northern Colorado.

Maybe some of the counties in the panhandle of Nebraska should look into joining this…since most the time it seems like our legislators in Lincoln think the state stops at North Platte.

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/6822670-113/commissioners-county-state-colorado

Instead of terror maybe we could have a war on cancer…

I thought this seemed relevant in light of the recent cell phone data leaks. The rest of the country (non-Libertarian) is realizing the war on terror isn’t about terror or safety at all.

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Now, you too can learn how to run/ruin the economy

I think this game is the training simulator our government uses for Federal Reserve chairs.

http://projects.wsj.com/games/thefederator/?mg=inert-wsj

The IRS harasses more than Tea Party groups…

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Ding Dong! The bill is dead.

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Im guessing that next year they will name the bill “protect children from internet porn and terrorism (P.C.I.P.T). They can vote for our freedom when it’s called SOPA or CISPA, but not PCIPT so at that point it passes unopposed.

Marketplace Fairness Act? Not very fair…

I sat down tonight and thought I would put up a post about why the upcoming Marketplace Fairness Act is a terrible bill, and why you should call your senators and ask them to vote against it. Halfway through doing the research I realized it was possibly a waste of time. It became painfully obvious that this bill was going to pass.

First thing, the bill has supporters from both sides of the aisle. The Democrats appear to be supporting because, well if it’s a tax they want it, and the big corporations are for it. The Republicans support it because, well everyone knows they are more than willing to do the bidding of big corporations. So why are the big corporations for the tax? It doesn’t increase their profits one bit. What it does manage to do is, much like the “welfare cliff” I mentioned in an earlier post, it creates a huge hurdle for a business to advance to the point of collecting internet sales tax. It helps those at the top stay at the top and tries to remove the motivation for those at the bottom to succeed.

Lets say you have a fairly successful internet business running out of your garage, now until your revenue gets to one million you do not need to collect sales tax off internet transactions. Once you do though…you need to hire more staff for the paperwork, accountants to make sure you are adhering to all the different states tax laws…”ahh forget it I guess one million in revenue is enough , I don’t need to expand.” Now you can see why big business is for it, they have been building their systems over the last couple years to collect sales tax, customizing in hopes a bill like this would pass. They expanded when there wasn’t an internet sales tax, so now they want to keep the new players out.

So yes the easy argument is “MORE TAXES BAD!”, but as you can see the real problem is that our government is too intertwined with big businesses on both sides of the aisle, when it has no business being involved in business at all.

Should we still call and let our Senators know why this is bad?  Sure!  We have a right to ourselves and everyone else who doesn’t voice their opinion to spread the word about what this “Fairness Act” will really do, but just be warned that you shouldn’t get your hopes up and the vote may be starting any minute so there is a good chance by the time you read this the vote could have already taken place…

Below are quick links to the contact information for our Senators (Nebraska):

  • Senator Deb Fischer
  • E-mail Form
  • Washington, DC Office Phone:  (202) 224-6551
  • Senator Mike Johanns
  • E-mail Form
  • Scottsbluff Office Phone:  (308) 632-6032
  • Washington, DC Office Phone:  (202) 224-4224

URGENT! Nebraska Medicaid expansion via LB 577

Currently the Nebraska Unicameral is discussing LB 577.
This bill defines and expands Nebraska Medicaid coverage. Taken at face value the Medicaid expansion is about providing medical coverage to people that could not afford it otherwise. If you dig deeper, and look at what’s really happening with the expansion it becomes a frightening power grab and a deterrent for people to create a better life for themselves.
First I would like to address the power grab by the federal government. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was first introduced the states were up in arms about how they were going to fund such an expansion. The federal government calmed their fears by claiming they would be helping the states with federal money 100% decreasing to 90% by 2016. I’m not even going to address the fact that the money has to come from somewhere, and the funding was already reduced in the 2013 budget. The bigger concern is that once the states are dependent on the feds for funding it can be held as leverage on policies. An example is the federal funding for highways, anytime the states want to change drinking ages, helmet or seat belt laws, the feds threaten to remove their funding, and the states have to cave in. I could see something similar happening with Medicaid funding…”you better change your gun laws I’d hate to see you have your Medicaid funding cut”. Also entitlements do not go away easy, if the federal government cuts funding, the states will be in a mad scramble to cover the shortfall, lest they cut funding for Medicaid and face an angry and now insurance-less populace.
The other downside to the act is that it further makes people dependent on the state and federal governments. I am going to use the example of someone who is lower income and hard working. This person would be a single parent making around thirty thousand ($30,000) a year. Their job doesn’t supply health insurance so they are on Medicaid. They work hard at their job and start making more money, so their government benefits start dropping. They are making more money so they should be fine right? Wrong! They come to a point where they are at a “welfare cliff“, it is a grey area between thirty thousand ($30,000) and seventy thousand ($70,000) where the more you make the less will net, because your government support will decrease but your taxes increase. Now some people will take the jump and make it into that next bracket, but at face value it encourages people to stay where they are and not succeed. The lesson is the more you depend on government programs the higher that “cliff” gets. The Medicaid expansion tries to make this “cliff” into the Grand Canyon.

I encourage everyone to call and email their senators, and if you are interested in some heavy reading on the subject checks out this paper by the Platte Institute.

For people in the WNLP.org area below is the contact information for their state Senators:

Scotts Bluff County:

Banner, Box Butte (south and west of Alliance), Cheyenne, Kimball, Morrill, and Sioux Counties:

Box Butte (Alliance, north and east of Alliance) and Dawes Counties: