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The Benefits of Electing an Independent?

As an Independent American I am concerned at our dysfunctional State legislature. I am concerned about my district (senate Dist. 16) with a 16 year incumbent (Curt Bramble) with a 37 percent conservative ranking from Grassroots Index equaling an  ‘F’ grade for his lifetime voting record.

 

Whether it is Curt Bramble’s four-month abortion bill from the 2016 session, or the SB54 fiasco from 2014 session trying to short circuit the ‘Count My Vote’ movement and the grassroots move to open primaries to more candidates, or his vote for SB296 in 2015 to allow gender neutral showers, locker rooms or bathrooms. Bramble hasn’t met a fee or a tax that he hasn’t liked and voted for in his 16 years. What is a good man suppose to do, if not actively run against such a professional politician.

 

I understand Bramble is a very powerful man with 16 years of power-building under his belt, as well as having held a seat on the National Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council.  Or his pushing for School Vouchers – which the Utah Voters defeated by 66%. Or the gerrymandering of his District in 2012 for political expediency.

 

But do we want a man so dismissive of the voters wishes, so isolated from the voter’s viewpoints and ‘knowing better’ than the voters, or not trusting the voters as to over-ride multiple referendum issues in the last few years (Count My Vote, Ethics Commission, etc.).

 

I am Jason Christensen running for the Utah State Senate seat for District 16 on the Independent American ticket as a leader with Constitutionally correct principles, because, as Edmond Burke said:  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.”

 

You may ask,  “ What good could an Independent American do in the State Senate and transform the Legislature into a functional body once again?”   It is simple, I could reach across the aisle to either Republicans or Democrats to get things done on Constitutionally sound and fiscally conservative issues.  I could reach across the aisle to both party members on Health Freedom issues, on  Privacy concerns, restoring due process of law (4th Amendment) and property right issues, on reforming election law in this state, campaign finance reform, state sovereignty, in restoring our second amendment rights, as well; thereby transforming the dysfunctional body into a more functional and correctly principled body of legislators.  I can bring up concerns of individual citizens such as water issues with the NSA and Facebook server farm outrageous water usage, or state tax reform and serious budget cuts, even zero-based budgeting?  Afterall, zero-based budgeting is good for every Utah household and why not apply it to state agencies and the state legislature?

 

This is the year to elect an Independent American – who is the lone challenger to a 16 year incumbent – instead of voting for a professional politican who has already had 16 years in the job.  As Orrin Hatch said in 1978,  “12 IS ENOUGH!”

 

Utah’s Biggest Tax Hike

TO:  Utah Media Outlets                                                              From:   Jason Christensen’s Campaign

IAP Candidate for Utah Senate, Dist. 16

 

Press Release for IMMEDIATE Release  as of  31 Aug 2016

 

Gas Tax Fiasco to be ‘fixed’ in Special Session

 

Once again the Utah Legislature, in its collective wisdom, has mucked this up!  Last year they raised the gas tax by about a nickel a gallon, for the first time in 19 years  –  according to reports -, promising the cities and counties a “boost in revenue” of about “17.5 percent this year.”  Big surprise, it  didn’t happen!

 

Promising anything and not being able to deliver the promise is essentially a LIE!  And our Legislature is exceptionally adept at continuing to lie to voters and still get re-elected.  This may be the one that catches Wayne Neiderhauser, Johnny Anderson, Greg Hughes and Company, et al.  This time, instead of lying to the students, teachers and parents of the state, to the voters who put them in office, they lied to their fellow elected officials of cities and county governments.   OOPS!

 

Midvale Mayor Joann Seghini is quoted as saying, instead of an increased “boost in revenue” this year, Midvale lost $71,215 (in a Salt Lake Tribune story, August 28, 2016, page B-1, by Lee Davidson).

 

The culprit was HB362, sponsored by retiring Rep. Johnny Anderson (R-Taylorsville) in 2015.  HB362 also allowed cities and counties to vote on Proposition 1`, the referendum which would supposedly “solve long festering” transportation problems and issues with the infrastructure.  Prop 1 failed.

 

Mayor Seghini also said, “My city [residents] voted for it [Prop 1], but Salt Lake County [voters] didn’t because they hate UTA [Utah Transit Authority],” so it failed, she said.  “We would have received $541,000 from it.  The loss of both of those impacted our ability to have a sustainable budget without a property tax increase.”

 

Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT) says cities are being shortchanged by $8.5 million because of the legislature’s inept reformulations for the “B&C Road Fund,” the local share of state gasoline taxes.  But ULCT and the Association of Counties both worked on the calculations for the formulas.  “The calculations didn’t come out the way that they had hoped, so we made another adjustment to it in 2016,” Anderson is quoted as saying in the Tribune article.

 

The 2016 ‘legislative adjustment’ was in the form of HB60.  The ‘adjustment’ flipped things so the rural counties, with larger amounts of B&C road miles to maintain to benefit all state residents, “would see increases of about 82 percent” instead of the promised 17.5 percent.  The attorney for ULCT, Cameron Diehl, said the formula cuts the gas tax share of urban cities and towns.

 

“We are just trying to figure out a way to shift some of it back,”  said Lincoln Shurtz, a lobbyist for the Utah Association of Counties.  Both Diehl and Shurtz hope to present final calculations next month, in time for a special session in October to make the needed fixes.  Special Sessions cost taxpayers a minimum of $30,000, a costly ‘fix.’  Anyone wanna take a bet on efficacy of the fix?

 

Both Utah Senator Curt Bramble (R- Provo, District 16) and Rep. Kevin Stratton (R-Orem, District 48) voted for both HB362 and HB60 twice, like they can’t say ‘No’ to a tax increase!  This tax increase averaged an estimated $13 per $1000 out of citizen’s pockets.  The fiscal note to the bill states a business driving 12000 miles a year, with a vehicle making 25 miles per gallon, would pay an additional $24 a year.  A house valued at $250,000 could see an increase of $48 in 2016, due to this bill; because cities can now put additional taxes on either property tax notices or on each and every utility bill.

 

Jason Christensen’s solution to this morass of tax increases and costly additions is to scrap the whole bill and make actual serious cuts to pay for the B&C road maintenance as well as needful things in government. As the only challenger to the 16 year incumbent in Utah Senate District 16 race, and as a candidate on the Independent American Party ticket, Christensen is a proven principled conservative candidate.

Statement Against the Proposed City Budget 6/16/15

In order to build for the future, we must build a solid foundation. How can we build this solid foundation off of tax/fee hikes? How can we build for the future by taking money from some just to give it to someone else? We understand that the people voted for a 39 million dollar debt on the new Recreation Center, but do they know of the interest attached to that debt which they did not vote for? Making the cost totaling a minimum of fifty million dollars? Isn’t that center paying for itself monthly and yearly? Why the need for a new RAP tax? The city for the last six years also has been running debts totaling millions on new city parks, all without a vote from the people!
We are not opposed to these things, just the manner that they are conducted. We shouldn’t levy burdensome debt for future generations, and even worse propose tax hikes down the road to pay for that debt! Isn’t a much wiser policy to save up for such projects? We should pay as we go! That is the American way!
Two years ago the administration pushed for a new road tax in order to pay for the roads, but yet in this proposed budget the administration is seeking additional monies to fund the roads. This road tax passed by the way. What roads have been repaired and or repaved?
These last six years the utility bill continues to go up and up and up, and yet in the administration’s proposed budget he wants to increase such rates yet again by as much as 20% and 80% within these next 6 years! Can the people truly afford this, especially since there has been an exodus from Provo? (Please see the Yahoo News article titled the fifteen fastest shrinking cities) There hasn’t been a tax or a fee increase that the current administration has not liked!
There is a line out there that says “Don’t talk to be about limited government, unless you’re willing to talk about taxes!” Meaning if we don’t raise taxes or if we cut taxes, then government is forced to cut itself naturally. Isn’t this a much wiser policy in order to build for the future? In order to grow the city?
Provo City candidates Jason Christensen for City Wide Council and Clinton Rhinehart for District 1 both think this way. They both believe if we adopt a city charter or otherwise known as a city constitution. We can as a city build this solid foundation for the future. They both see Provo becoming not only a shining light on a hill for this entire State of Utah to look at, but a Shining light up on a hill for the entire Nation to take notice.
In closing please vote NO on this utility bill hike. Vote NO on this proposed RAP tax. Vote NO on this proposed property tax hike. Let us move forward with the solutions that has been mentioned here, and let us all stand united in the cause of Liberty and make Provo shine like we all know that she can.

The Ploys of Discrimination

Before I speak to you today as to certain evil agendas, let me first say that it is simply wrong for anyone to be discriminated against, and that all men have certain inalienable rights before ones maker. Those rights includes the right to own and be safe with in ones own property. The right to defend ones self, family, and country men. The rights for free speech and worshiping of one’s God. These God given rights with in the United States of America are supposed to be protected by our Supreme Law of the Land, the US Constitution. “Article 6 Section 2″

Lets spend a little time with Property Rights. In Exodus 20:15 “Thou shall not steal” which presupposes the basic right and acknowledgment that each individual owns his or her own property, and that it is a sin to steal that property. In Exodus 20:17  “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.” To covet means “to desire inordinately; to desire that which it is unlawful to obtain or possess; in a bad sense.” Then the words “thy neighbor’s”  admits to the fact that property is being owned by ones neighbors. In the Doctrine and Covenants the Lord said this regarding to property, and our rights. “We believe that men should appeal to the civil law for redress of all wrongs and grievances, where personal abuse is inflicted or the right of property or character infringed, where such laws exist as will protect the same; but we believe that all men are justified in defending themselves, their friends, and property, and the government, from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons in times of exigency, where immediate appeal cannot be made to the laws, and relief afforded.” In Ether 14:2 we read “Wherefore every man did cleave unto that which was his own, with his hands, and would not borrow neither would he lend; and every man kept the hilt of his sword in his right hand, in the defence of his property and his own life and of his wives and children.”

Since I mentioned the US Constitution lets look at the fourth amendment. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Which once again would presuppose that property is to be owned and that one has a legal constitutionally binding right to be safe with in such property. In the Fifth Amendment we read “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Which clearly indicates that property is NOT to be seized or violated unless that property is justly compensated to the owner themselves, upon the owner’s approval. John Adams wrote this regarding Property Rights “Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.…The moment
that the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of god, and that
there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.
Property must be sacred or liberty cannot exist.” Then the Father of the Constitution James Madison wrote this regarding Property “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well as that which lies in the various rights of individuals…. this being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures, to every man, whatever is his own.”

Now you may be asking what does property rights have anything to do with discrimination ordinances? It is simple, in this day and age it is the very ones fighting for homosexuality that are promoting these “discrimination” ordinances. They are seeking for and many cases have succeeded government to mandate property owners to rent to such persons, despite ones free will and choice. They force businesses with in their own property to hire such persons, regardless of the business model. If we look at the State of California and other State’s laws regarding such matters they even force property owners to implement transexual bathrooms. Utah is attempting to institute such an atrocity. In cities like Provo and others where property rights violations have exceeded over 5000, and is currently working on a “discrimination” ordinance. Which would only allow that number of property rights violations to sky rocket.

Could you only imagine if a family oriented business with the reputation of promoting family values is forced to hire someone that promotes the contrary? Could you only imagine that a renter that religiously believes in the practice of homosexuality as a sin is forced against his or her will to rent to such persons living contrary to their beliefs? Could you only imagine that churches that believes that homosexuality is a sin is forced to adopt their bathrooms to adopt transsexual restrooms? Could you imagine that private or public owned schools is forced to adopt transexual locker rooms and rest rooms?

Fact of the matter these people are only pandering to the evil communistic agenda. Lets read goals 25, 26, 27 of the communistic goals for world domination published by the FBI in the Congressional library in 1963.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

A well known fabian socialist George Bernard Shaw had this to say regarding property. “Socialism, reduced to its simplest legal and practical expression, means the complete discarding of the institution of private property by transforming it into public property and the division of the resultant income equally and indiscriminately among the entire population.”
Then the first goal of the Communist Manifesto reads. “First Plank: Abolition of property in land and the application of all rents of land to public purposes.”

In closing lets all pray together, work together, and restore the Law of this land, the US Constitution. Let’s restore our God given rights as Americans, and lets repent and worship the God of this Land the Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, amen.

 

 

 

 

Tale of Two Cities.

Well you might of guessed it, in this article I am going to compare two cites. The city of Detroit and my home town of Provo Utah, which by the way I am a candidate for the Provo City Mayor position. I know what you may be saying “well I do not live in Provo”. Well you can still apply what you learn in this article and this comparison to your own city, because if you look deep enough I am sure that there is a a good majority of other cities out there in the same predicament as Provo and or Detroit.

Before I get started let me first state what the proper role of governance is to protect ones Liberty and to Promote the general happiness. With such areas like police, fire, infrastructure. Infrastructure such as roads, sewage, water, etc. Another proper role that government should be involved with is not only providing a transparent republican form of governance, but one that performs routine audits of all the city programs so that the city is running lean and mean.

Think back to the 1950’s when Detroit was up 2 million in population, 6 auto manufacturers,   an extremely hustle and bustle time for the once great metropolitan cities. Now Detroit is bankrupt, ruined and looking to rebuild. Why and how could such a travesty occur in an American city that fostered such wonderful ideas using the free enterprise system?! America’s heart land?! Well I will tell you briefly. In the fifties politicians started “and had been” wasting money in areas that they had no right to. Areas such as the Fords Theater, Resonance Center, The People Mover, etc. Encouraging this tax and spend scam promoting their version of government ran business and or government ran welfare system. Funding these areas first before they funded the necessities allowing the crime to sky rocket the debt to sky rocket and the roads to waste away. Now they have about 40 billion dollar debt, a 1-2 month response time for the police, etc. Heck from time to time they even had rioting with in the city in the late sixties and seventies.

My home town of Provo Utah has many of the similar situations. Currently we have an Art’s Center with about 500,000 in tax subsidies. A 53 million dollar after interest Recreation Center that we will be paying on for the next 19 years. An 80 million dollar IProvo debt after interest “internet company”, and no Google is not paying a cent of that debt. Two past road bond debts totaling 15 million dollars after interest. A Library that will finally be getting paid off in February. A Golf course that sometimes loses money or breaks even. The city has seen over 240 different fee increases and or creation of new fees. There is talk of creating a separate road fund fee to add to the Utility bill, when the bill is supposed to be used for the power company which the city also owns. The city is still in threat of seeing property tax increase. In the year 2014 there will be discussions to implement a RAP Tax. According to the most recent proposal for the bicycle trail city wide project. The first phase will cost the city 5.5 million, and one can only assume that the other two phases will cost the same per phase totaling an estimate 17 million before interest. Which may I add the city just barely got done with a “truth in taxation” hearing looking for ways to fund the roads and at no time was this bicycle plan was mentioned as being apart of the road reconstruction. Which by the way that bicycle plan also eludes to a CARE Tax. The city has passed a mandatory opt out not in recycling program raising that those fees as well. The city has created a Poverty Fund declaring war on poverty. The city continues to reauthorize the HUD program. Which mandates the city to match any level of private donation to housing projects while keeping the addiction to the federal funds which I like to call crack cocaine. That program also forces the city to stay up on maintenance costs of the projects. In central/west provo in the area where the Boulders Apartment complex resides “federal government housing” crime is through the roof, I suspect it is because of that federal subsidized housing. The city has welcome UTA’s front runner with open arms and continues to do so with UTA’s rapid transit system. The citizens continue to be ignored while the corporations get their way, and over 30% property rights violations with in the city “violations of the Constitution”.   To top it off the Mayor took a 20 thousand pay raise from 100k to 120k per year.

Now if we look at what has gone on nation wide since the fifties, and what is coming down the pipe line. Looking at our currency since we first started going off the gold standard in the thirties and finally off of the gold standard under the Nixon years in the seventies.  We have seen an inflationary rate of our dollar since 1970 of 4.29% annually, and 3.22% annually since the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913. We have seen this flawed Boom and Bust cycle thanks to Keynesian economics instituted since the turn of the century. Making the span of the busts between the booms closer and closer together. The last boom that we saw because of this form of Keynesian policy was President Obama’s Stimulus plan in 2009. Which lasted about a year is all.  Right now currently our nation is faced with yes the currency bubble that is expected to burst soon, the student loan bubble to burst soon. The Housing/derivative bubble that we still have not seen the bottom of, and over 100 trillion dollars unaccounted for world wide. Traditionally speaking it only takes one major event to get the ball rolling with all of these bubbles bursting.

What can we do now? Well it is simple get out of debt as a city and as individuals, build ones food storage from an individual level, build that relationship closer with God and his Laws, get involved now at your city and local government levels. Keep them in check! With that in mind we must awaken as a people to take the bare basic step and vote in our local elections. Situations like Provo’s 9% voting participation rate in the primary is not only pitiful and sad. We can do much much better. I know that we can and I have hope that we can.