My wife, Tessa, keeps urging me to give more details about the issues that I think are important and why I am running. So I am going to do a series of blog posts on some of the important issues that I think need to be addressed and that I believe are not being properly addressed by the two big political parties.
Issue 1: Constitutional Spending
Here’s a question: Can the Federal government spend money on anything it chooses? I’m not talking about doing something expressly prohibited like establishing a church. I mean, other than those things that are prohibited by the Constitution, can the the government spend on anything it believes is good?To answer this question let’s go to Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the Constitution which gives Congress the power to “establish Post offices and Post roads.” Now what does this say about the Federal government’s power, at least in the eyes of the founders? Put another way, why did the founders think it necessary to put a clause in the Constitution allowing Congress to have a postal service? I think that the only reasonable answer is that if it wasn’t in the Constitution then the Federal government would lack the power to create the post office.Yet, no Congressman today would take that view. Modern Congressmen have concluded that they have the power to take over security at our airports (TSA), regulate the environment (EPA), control education (Department of Education), collect our emails (NSA), own 70% of Utah’s land (BLM), regulate our guns and ammunition, prohibit us from growing our own food on our own land, take over the health insurance industry and force us to purchase it as a condition of citizenship (Obamacare) and so on. I think it is safe to say that our founders would be surprised at our expansive we have let our government become.Earlier supreme courts ruled many government programs unconstitutional. But during the FDR era, a new supreme court, with a new philosophy, changed the prevailing interpretation to allow President Roosevelt more latitude in dealing with the Great Depression. Whether or not this was a good thing, I won’t say here, but suffice it to say that the founders would not have agreed with the new interpretation. Neither do I.
Issue 2: National Debt is a Threat to our Security/ Balanced Budget Amendment.
Related to issue 1 is our national debt. Currently at $19.4 trillion dollars, each taxpayer owes $162,000. Federal tax revenue per taxpayer is about $28,000. Imagine if you made $28,000 per year and you owed $162,000. That’s on top of the mortgage, credit card debt and student loans that you have.Our financial condition is truly a threat to our national security. So, I proposed a balanced budget amendment to the constitution to require Congress to balance the budget unless 2/3rds of Congress agrees that an emergency situation justifies deficit spending.
Issue 3: Abortion
A woman has a Constitutional right to privacy and bodily integrity. That is clearly implied in the fourth amendment which states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,”However, the Fifth amendment states, “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” I believe that abortion deprives an innocent person of lifeand so Congress has the power to prohibit it.This is not about men trying to control women. About 50% of Americans, men and women, believe that abortion is morally wrong, while only 15% believe it is morally acceptable. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/27/5-facts-about-abortion/. But many who believe it is morally wrong, also think it should be a woman’s choice. If it did not involve another person’s life, I would agree with them. I do not support laws forcing women to dress a certain way, have only certain jobs, or any other law restricting women. If men could get pregnant I would prohibit them from abortions as well.I will be doing more blog posts about the issues I think are important in the coming weeks. The Utah Debate Commission is doing a poll in August to see who has enough support to participate in the debates. I was at 4% in a recent poll and if I get to 6% I will probably be permitted to participate. If you get a call, please tell them you support me!