We talk about the GOP needing to do things they are NOT doing. Ronald Reagan's mantra, back in the 1980s, was "Fewer Taxes, less regulation, smaller government." Utah's GOP is doing the exact opposite right here, and has for decades. In 2016 a Libertarian think-tank, the CATO Institute, gave Utah an overall score of 'D' for " raising taxes and rapid growth in the state budget and the number of workers on the state payroll” -- or More Taxes, Bigger Budgets and Bigger Government !!! (Isn't that three strikes?) Utah IAP would give the State Government of Utah - both the Administration and the legislature - an ''F" !!
The state budget has grown from $6 Billion for FY2000 up to $29 Billion for FY24 - an almost 500% jump. Bigger budgets means bigger government, more programs, and more of what we as taxpayers don't need to pay for !! Ronald Reagan would never claim or recognize today's Utah GOP !
Is it any wonder 60% of Americans say they don't want what the two major parties stand for and are doing. It is called Progressive Socialism folks!! Didn't we fight against that in World War II ?? GIVE the IAP of Utah A TRY AS A VIABLE CONSERVATIVE THIRD OPTION !
Utah's Flag is a huge issue this year. SB 31 passed the Legislature with a new design for the state flag. Utah has already spent $483,305 for this "arts and crafts project." That doesn't count the cost of every state building, every county and city getting new flags, every agency in the state, every office
A grassroots initiative is being undertaken right now to "Restore Utah's Flag." KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR PETITIONS AND SIGN ONE!
Don't let 100 years of history and tradition fade into oblivion with Sen. McCay's ugly 'arts and crafts project' !!
Utah is battling an EPA rule, the 'Good Neighbor Rule.' EPA wants to stop any coal power generation in Utah because it allegedly effects the Brown Cloud in Colorado's Front Range (Denver). That means shutting down IPP, Bonanza Power, etc., et al - we aren't going to let them !! Letting the Federal Gov't - let alone the EPA - tell us we can't generate power for our people is the very definition of 'Gov't Over-reach.'
Utah is attempting to drag the rest of us into the Electronic Age by using Blockchain security measures to assure us of the 'iron-clad' security of Digital Identification - such as digital drivers licenses we can carry on our cell phones, etc. Our answer to this is "Whatever the mind of man can conceive, the mind of another man can get around!" We do not buy the 'iron-clad' nature of anything ... are you alright with this idea?
You have heard of Ranked Choice Voting, or RCV, as an alternative to voting by regular ballots, there are even other forms of voting ... one of which is electronic voting from your cell phone, sometimes called Blockchain voting. And Utah has already had one person vote via cell phone (Utah County in 2018, thank you Amelia!) and it was officially counted! Now members of the Leg. want to spread it around as another alternative voting method. WHY? We have a bill, this session suggesting it as an 'emergency' method for voting!!
Remember the hub-bub about dredging Utah Lake and making islands in the Lake? Well we have a new GOVERNMENTAL assault on the Lake, by UDOT & MAG !! ( MAG is Mountainland Association of Governments, who do transportation planning for Utah and Wasatch Counties; UDOT stands for Utah Department of Transportation, they construct the highways and byways in Utah according to legislative funding and multi-year planning.)
1) One highway is PLANNED across the middle of Utah Lake within the next 5-10 years to be called "Pony Express-way"
2) another 'Freeway' concept is being looked at on the North end of Utah Lake, called the
"Off-Shore Freeway" for east/west traffic from I-15 to Eagle Mtn. & Saratoga Springs!!
You may have heard about the Great Reset and the steps toward that include ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance scores) being used as part of our credit scores (GAG) as well as DEI (Diversity, Equality and Inclusion) training for children and adults - to teach us a political philosophical agenda ... a divide and conquer scenario. Well, UTAH is a battleground to stop those Un-American and foreign based ideas from being implemented here. We are not alone ! Several more states have joined a lawsuit over ESG implementation and still more are fighting DEI.
We have already talked a little about Digital IDs, above, and sooner than we can get a handle on that greased pig, but they start talking about turning our money into "Digital Dollars" also called Federal Digital Currency. or CBDC...It is a serious threat to individual liberty! Information the CATO Institute put together about this issue highlights the reasons why this must be stopped (Link::https://www.cato.org/study/risks-of-cbdcs). Utah Representative Tyler Clancy has talked about a bill he will be running to try and stop it. .WE will be tracking this!
This is the year for major elections ... President, Congress, Statewide office, the State Legislature, county office, School Boards, etc.
BECOME A CANDIDATE ....
WHY NOT RUN FOR AN OFFICE and REPRESENT UTAH , your area, your neighborhood?? GET INVOLVED, GET ACTIVELY INVOLVED !
Deadline for filing your 'Declaration of Candidacy' is Jan 2 to 8, 2024 ...
Contact us at IAP Utah and we will help with info in your campaign if you are brave enough to run !! GOOD LUCK to ALL the Candidates ... and Thank You for running and being actively involved !!
FOR THE NERVOUS CONSTITUANT - When candidates come around or you meet one, (OR IF YOU ARE ONE ... be prepared to answer questions like ...)
ASK a few easy questions to start a conversation with ANY candidate ...
What are the responsibilities of the office you seek?
What issues are most important to you?
Why do you think you would be good at this job?
How will you work with people who think differently?
After you get to know them, ASK ABOOUT THE ISSUES THAT MATTER MOST TO YOU !
Taxes, Schools, Public Education, Big Government, INCREASING and OUT OF CONTROL FEDERAL & State BUDGETS . ... you know, ... those little things!!