The Wyobraska Tea Party will host its third annual Liberty Rally on Friday, April 15 at 5:15 p.m. on the steps of the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse in Gering.
The public is invited to hear guest speaker Laura Ebke, state coordinator of Nebraska Campaign for Liberty. Ken Schilz, district 47 state senator, will also attend.
One of the event organizers is Loren Fuller of Bayard. “My wife and I got involved with the Wyobraska Tea Party because we saw the direction the federal government is taking this country,” he said. “We don’t like where we’re going.”
He said the biggest concern he hears from people is the national debt. “We’re on track right now for a $14.7 trillion deficit. Right now, Social Security has a $43 trillion unfunded mandate, benefits that need to be paid out but we have no money for them.”
Fuller has worked since he was 14 and is now 47. “I’m paying into a system I’m never going to receive a dime back from,” he said. “That money was supposed to be sitting in an account for me. That’s why I have a Social Security number. It’s my federal bank account number. But our government spends with no thought about how they’re going to cover it later.”
The Fullers moved to Nebraska six years ago from the Phoenix area. Loren is a licensed contractor and landscape designer. He also drives truck, hauling corn from the area to the Bridgeport ethanol plant. He said because the government won’t develop our own energy sources, he’s paying $1,400 a week for diesel fuel to keep his business going.
“We have seven daughters and another child on the way,” he said. “If I ran my household the way this federal government runs, we’d be living on the street.”
Last year’s April 14 rally attracted about 500 attendees. Their goal is to bring awareness to the public about the unsustainable debt with which the government has burdened Americans.
“The government is monetizing our own debt, which is one printing press paying the other as we buy our own treasury bills,” Fuller said. “It’s the kind of practice that sent several Enron executives to prison years ago. You can only stack a house of cards so tall. At some point, it’s going to collapse.”
Friday’s rally will include several raffles for items such as T-shirts, a flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol building and a “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden flag. There will also be a creative poster contest with winners to be determined by audience applause.