Legal Plunder Alert: Vote No On The Bountiful Parks And Trails Tax

I’m going to cut to the chase: CitizensForTaxFairness.org has all the information about why you should oppose the bond. There are a litany of problems with it and I don’t have the time to post them here in detail. Just hit the link as the homepage has some of the main points as well as a post in the “News and Views” section. I anticipate more information will continue to be added there.

I’ll just say this much, I find it incredibly disrespectful that politicians are going to strap people with more tax burdens to subsidize hobbies they enjoy. It must be real nice forcing people to pay for your fun (especially when you can afford it yourself). It’s straight up legal plunder.

The city also used your money to hire a PR firm to figure out the best way to manipulate you (citizens) into voting for the bond. Then there’s the poor project management track record (especially costs) and the slamming the working poor with more costs that benefit those who can most afford it (pro tip – it doesn’t equate to a $3 soda/day when you’re trying to buy staples like bread, milk and eggs to keep you family fed).

Contrast that with the Veterans Park which was entirely paid for by private donations. You know a project actually paid for voluntarily by the community along with countless hours donated by community groups. It was what a community project should be.

Anyway, head over to the CitizensForTaxFairness.org site and check out the information there. You can also read the for/against stuff on the city’s website. I don’t recommend the voter information pamphlet – it is the worst voter info pamphlet I’ve ever seen. Ninety percent of it promotes the city’s view and they bullet pointed the the for/against arguments into useless vague statements.

As an aside:

David Irvine doesn’t think the Veterans Park is a real community project. In the voter information rebuttal, he lashed out with a personal attack on the opposition saying they’ve never supported a “civic improvement”. Yeah, I guess in attorney-land, anything produced volintarily without forcing people to cough up money doesn’t qualify as a “civic improvement”.

Naaah, Irvine seems to only think legal plunder can qualify as a civic improvement.

I will give him credit, however – he’s got a sense of humor. When Irvine spouts that we should unnecessarily go in debt and raise taxes because the “…City’s excellent bond rating, which makes low interest borrowing possible.” I cracked up. So…if I have excellent credit and don’t need a loan, I should totally get a loan and pay interest because I have good credit. Riiiiight. Bankers rejoice!

Mormons, Trump, Flawed Leaders Who Do Right, And Intimidation

I’m swamped at work (something I’m grateful for) so I don’t post as much and slapped this together quickly. I also didn’t include some source links because I didn’t have the time to go find them and don’t want to promote their misleading click bait garbage anyway.

I’ve noticed that the local media (aka “Democratic party operatives with bylines”), spearheaded by KUTV and the SL Trib, have been pushing out anti-Trump hit pieces coinciding with Kamala Harris’ visit to Utah. In particular they’ve targeted Church of Jesus Christ members by suggesting that Trump hates Mormons/LDS people because he attacked Romney. Pffft – whatever. Plenty members of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints haven’t been impressed with Mitt so I guess they hate themselves.

It was a brazen attempt to get some click-bait with a classic FakeNews, false equivalency headline. I’m sure it was designed for social media dissemination since so many people just latch on to headlines without bothering to read the actual article. A sure fire way to be manipulated to a narrative being pursued by an activist media.

KUTV and the SLTrib are trying to put a wedge between church members and Trump. I’ve seen some suggest you can’t be a ‘good Mormon’ and support Trump who’s had several divorces and sometimes goes overboard on his attacks. The groups pushing this narrative (the left and NeverTrump cohorts) want to go back to when they could count on roiling us with this type of attack.

Does Trump have flaws? Yep. Sure does, he can be rude and over-the-top. But we all have flaws. That’s why we need Christ’s atonement and grace.

What about electing good leaders? Certainly, we might prosper under a righteous leader…IF we are righteous as well. Is good leadership and government limited to saints? Why not go ahead and see if that all really holds in scripture. Since we’re talking good and bad Mormons here, we’ll set aside biblical examples and stick to The Book of Mormon. Take a gander at Ether 10:9-13 and Omni 1:1-3.

Huh. Flawed leaders for sure. Yet they did right by the people and they prospered.

So OrangeMan isn’t a saint. Neither is Joe Biden, not even close (ask Tara Reade). Trump will do right by us with his proven respect of individual rights, supporting Constitutional norms, opposition to socialism, record on international peace, holding the PRC accountable (including for the pandemic they foisted on us), is pro-life among many other policies aligned with righteous principles. I’ll still rant that he and (with few exception) the GOP are spending us into the ground (yes, I know Pelosi/Dems have the budget controlling House but they should fight harder…imagine how bad it will be if Biden/Harris gets in – they’ll put drunken sailors to shame and bury us and generations to come).

So, yeah, folks can cut the crap on the finger-pointing religious test on who you can and can’t vote for.

There also appears to be the sentiment that people can’t change and overcome past deeds (especially if you’re Trump). It’s as though we’re expected to deny that past sins can be repented of and effectively deny the people can change for the better. Alma, Corianton’s father, might disagree with that along with Mosiah among others. Yet we do have a segment that actively seeks out offense and condems in perpetuity, applying today’s standards to the past and, apparently, being totally cool with applying ex post facto punishment.

As for notion that any righteous leaders are a guaranteed good leader, I won’t go into righteous people who were abysmal leaders (examples abound here too). Just because someone is super good, doesn’t mean everything they touch turns to gold (Joseph Smith was a terrible businessman – from what I read, he had the reverse midas touch when it came to business; that was definitely not his calling). Righteousness doesn’t give you a free pass from the vicissitudes of life.

The Founding Fathers understood these realities when they framed the Constitution and Milton Friedman said as much:

“…make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or it they try, they will shortly be out of office.”

It’s ironic that those pointing fingers are the same types who fought for and protected Bill Clinton calling anyone questioning him a prude and actively mocking us to get over it, get with the times and reality. Well…mission accomplished! Meanwhile Joe Biden’s flaws are swept under the rug and hidden. Go figure.

Here’s the thing. We’ve tried ‘take the high road and politely disagree’ for decades in the face of scurrilous, personal invective hewn at us. “BushHitler” took it and took it without uttering a peep; the TeaParty folks were slandered and had the Obama-Lehrner IRS sicced after them (while the GOPe-GrifterCons dutifully didn’t lift a finger)…and on and on. Congratulations, because we had our butts handed to us.

A lot of us finally got sick of getting our butts kicked around the school yard by a virtue signalling bully who’s actions and results belied their so-called virtue. Now we have someone who calls out their BS and throws it back in their face and they cry “no fair!”. They’ve even doubled down and moving from verbal bullying to physical intimidation with their Antifa and Burn-Loot-Murder enforcement arm. They demand we subserviently go back to the old ways of accepting, cowering and apologizing for their false accusations of racism, sexism, or whatever -ism is trending. They continue to think bearing false witness is an acceptable political strategy.

Meanwhile, their praetorian guard media continues covering for them. I remember the vulgar signs aplenty and physical intimidation at their protests clear back in 2003. At least then, the intimidation was in form of trying to shove you off a street corner rather than taking a bike lock to the head or getting gunned down in the street in Portland or Milwaukee. The media purposefully didn’t show any of the extremist signs or report on the intimidation then and they sweep the violence under the “mostly peaceful protest” run now.

Intimidate and gaslight all you want. I’m having none of it. Trump 2020 and pray to God we accept His divine guidance.

Edit: Well, I knew I had written something similar before and I couldn’t find it. I just stumbled on it today. From four years ago: Brutal Utah Reality: It’s Trump Or Hillary (McMullin Admits To Helping Hillary)

Ever Wonder Who Actually Runs The NBA? Here’s Your Answer

Who calls the shots in the NBA, you ask? Question answered:

Sure it’s glaringly obvious what Cuban (and the NBA) can’t say but the real question is: Did Cuban write the last talking point or did he get help from his boss’ propaganda troll farms?

Utah’s Herbert-Cox Administration Happily Profits From Citizen’s Personal Data But Refuses To Cooperate In Census Count Of US Citizens

Another example of Herbert-Cox’s blind NeverTrump-induced hatred bleeding into policy decisions:

Utah won’t share driver license info with Census to determine citizenship

Utah’s Department of Public Safety said it will not share driver license or ID info with the federal government as part of efforts to determine citizenship in the U.S. Census.

“We are absolutely not in any agreement concerning federal Census access to Utah’s driver license records concerning citizenship,” Lt. Nick Street said in a statement to FOX 13. “We received their request to enter into an agreement that was sent to all states, and denied it.”

They are, however, happy to sell and share your personal voter information (and even prevent you from protecting it from the political parties, candidates for office and all of their fellow-travelers). But even worse, they allow private investigators, financial institutions law enforcement and others to have access to your driver license information and Lt. Street has no problem giving the entire driver’s license data base with extremely personal information gleaned from driver license records to the University of Utah for “research purposes.”

However, when it comes to helping the Census accurately determine how many citizens are in the United States, no no, that’s a bridge too far. Realistically, it’s not just their NeverTrump hate that kicks in here to deny the data since Herbert-Cox have long catered to the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce which is determined to protect illegal immigrants (i.e. cheap labor whose medical insurance and other costs are shifted from employers onto taxpayers).

This administration is a super example of Conservative Inc.’s pretend conservatism with its abject corporatism. The Herbert-Cox is just another part of of the NeverTrump Republican establishment that prioritizes big business interests ahead of average Americans.

BYU Promoting New York Times 1619 Project

What. The. Fetch.

Here are a couple articles about the project on a quick search I ran: The ‘1619 Project’ Gets Schooled and Short Documentary Debunking The 1619 Project. Even socialists aren’t buying it.

Somewhere, Walter Duranty smiles.

UPDATE: Pompeo denounces ‘Marxist’ 1619 Project as gift to Chinese Communist Party. This is also a gem… In Racist Screed, NYT’s 1619 Project Founder Calls ‘White Race’ ‘Barbaric Devils,’ ‘Bloodsuckers,’ Columbus ‘No Different Than Hitler’

Note: she was 19 when she wrote that stuff and people can change but it appears to me that, while she may have softened a bit, it appears she hasn’t drifted far from those views. Good thing cancel culture leftist love her, anyone else is denied the ability to change and make stupid mistakes in their youth (somehow ex post facto laws/responsibility are coming into vogue, I guess).

Oh, if you don’t get the reference to NYT’s Duranty, this film might help fill you in: Mr. Jones (or read here).

Minority Wins: Utah’s Failed Primary System Graciously Brought To You By The Swamp

So it turns out to win a Republican primary election, all you need is 36% of the vote and a pile of disenfranchised voters who never get to weigh in on a party nominee by majority vote. This is the second year in a row this has occurred. The elite’s reverse Midas touch continues.

That whole Count My Vote/SB54 and caucus destruction was worked smashingly! Just ask Kirk Jowers, “Jowers’ guest from California” (’cause CA political consultants are incredibly effective…for leftist rule), SL Chamber of Commerce, Scott Anderson, Natalie Gochnour, Lavarr Webb, former Governor Mike Leavitt, legislators like Kurt Bramble and the media. They want you to believe they’re conservative but it’s just a veneer to fleece the rubes.

It wasn’t too many years ago that our political grifter class set out to kill the caucus system and replace it with a system favorable to the donor class, lobbyists and establishment elites. We see yet another bug for us (feature for them) so they could ‘own the cons’ who dared get rid of Bob Bennett. Now, per another one of their “Wile E. Coyote – Super Genius!” plans, minority wins leaving the majority voters in the cold should totally increase public participation.

No 50%+ required, no runoff election. Money talks, citizens walk.

Many thanks, Kristol Kruise Konservatives. Ahoy! 🚢🚢🚢

Have A Stable Job And You’re A Saver? Time To Step Up And Rev Up The Economy

Just a quick blurb that if you’re fortunate enough to have had steady employment and savings, now is a great time to bump up some of your discretionary spending.

That doesn’t mean that you dip into your savings. Don’t do that, but please consider slightly reducing how much you’re tucking away each month (your savings rate) and give the local and US economy a boost. Please also be very choosey on where you provide this privately driven real stimulus so you make the biggest/best impact possible.

If you have a job and no savings or are hopefully very temporarily unemployed, make it a goal to restore or begin saving for rainy days (or Chinese Communist Party induced pandemics…which ever comes first). I know Dave Ramsey is a big advocate and I’ve heard he has an effective ‘baby step’ system. There are others out there too. Just make it a serious goal, commit to it and follow through. Your stress level will drop and your marriage will thank you. Then you’ll be in the position to be charitable on a regular basis and the force for ramping up a hurting economy and job market when the next crisis rears its head.

Again, for those with steady employment and savings, it’s time to be the force of recovery. Let’s grab the boot straps and get going.

BOLO: Bountiful City’s 2020 Power and Landfill Fund Transfer (Hiddent Taxes) And Warning To Watch For Increases

It’s time for my annual May post about Bountiful City City Council and Mayor continuing to manipulate power rates to over charge citizens/power users so they can claim we have low taxes and hide the true cost of local government. Last year, the city raided $2.5 million from the power fund into the general fund. This year they’ve increased the transfer $250,000 for a total of $2.75 million likely aided by the 67% customer charge increase and new street light fee over the last couple of years.

This post likely also launches an ongoing annual post documenting the Bountiful City Council and Mayor employing the same tactic related to your garbage bill to cloak recycling costs. This year, they will increase the transfer from the landfill budget to the recycling fund by about 6% to $127,595 (up from $120,000). This transfer/bailout began last year but they’ve learned well from power fund game and appear to plan to do this in perpetuity (there’s no such thing as a ‘temporary government program’).

With the Chicom virus pandemic wreaking havoc on family budgets and affecting tax revenues, be on the lookout for the city to manipulate power rates, customer fees and/or garbage service fees to cover some of their revenue shortfalls rather than being transparent and going through truth-in-taxation requirements to justify increasing taxes (revenue).

I’ve been tracking this issue for longer than I would like to admit. I have scant time this year so this post is lacking in background/details. For more information/posts on power cost manipulations, click here or the “Bountiful Power” tag and click here or the “Recycling” tag to bring up the plethora of (better detailed) posts on these issues.

UPDATE: I picked a good day to post this apparently. From today’s NY Post (h/t Instapundit): The smart way for post-coronavirus pandemic NYC to save money: Stop recycling

Start At Home: Your Buying Choices Change Trade Policy And Correct Failed Globalist Policies

Earlier this month, I wrote that it was past time to stop supporting the malevolent Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and stop buying “Made In China” and promoting offshoring to the “People’s Republic of China” (PRC)*. The CCP/PRC’s Chinese/Wuhan virus (aka Chicom virus, COVID-19 and SARS CoV 2) serves as another wake-up call in a litany of what should’ve been wake-up calls over decades.

I think it’s important enough to reiterate. As I noted a few weeks ago, it is important to be more choosy in where we individually purchase our goods from. It means looking at labels and asking “where is this made”. Then selecting goods made in the USA and reputable countries. It also means selecting US and local companies and contractors who comply with labor laws and hire legal workers (ask  or check if they use E-Verify). Especially now, choosing to buy US made and locally sold products is needed as our neighbors begin to recover from a major financial hit.

Doing this also means being willing to pay a bit more for some products and also passing up some of the junk we really don’t need in the first place (adding up to substantial savings). It means saving up a little bit longer to get what you want. However, from my experience, it means getting a better quality product that lasts longer. That also means spending less for things over the long term (you pay more up front but don’t have to replace as frequently). It also means that we deal with companies in better compliance with acceptable labor and environmental laws (especially if made in the US).

That also brings me to a problem I’ve long had with globalist trade policies: they create incredibly uneven playing fields that undermine our national values and empower some of the worst regimes. Companies who operate in the US here or in reputable countries are pitted against those who rush to cheap overhead (labor and regulation) above all. The result is the the ‘less ethical’ companies realize a financial/competitive advantage over the ‘home’ companies who the go bankrupt or follow the other companies to prioritize low overhead over everything.

The result is regimes with exploitative labor laws and poor safety and environmental regulations get more business and power including influence over key products (like basic medical supplies, such as antibiotics). Oppressive regimes are thus empowered. In the PRC’s case, they have appalling records on labor, safety, and environmental norms along with intellectual property rights abuse, currency manipulation, human rights abuses, industrial espionage, general espionage and international aggression. Bill Clinton and the GOPe even nevertheless gave the PRC Most Favored Nation (Permanent Normal Trade Relations) in the 1990s and companies have been incentivized to set up there in droves.

This doesn’t mean US laws and regulations are perfect. They do go overboard in some areas, are beholden to or manipulated special interests in others and inadequate in yet other areas. However, by and large we try and adapt. The same applies to many countries including plenty in the Pacific Rim (such as Taiwan). Certainly,they too have strengths and weaknesses but are trying and are not regional aggressors.

US trade policies should be altered to include a sliding scale of basic compliance with international norms. The lower on the scale, the higher the tariff on the product. If we’re going to decide to subject companies here to a given set of regulations and their costs, then anyone we import from should adhere to reasonably similar standards or a surcharge/tariff should be placed on the product to compensate for lack of compliance. Sort of similar to what regulatory agencies do when calculating penalties for “economic benefit of noncompliance“.

Globalist trade policies dating back to the late 1970s have failed to yield promised results of democratization of such countries (far from it). Many in political circle will fight change. Thus is is on us to start these changes at home.

We must take the lead. As we choose to buy from US manufacturers with legal workers and products made in many reputable countries, we’ll enact a genuine trade policy that will benefit human rights, the environment, ethical norms. It will also benefit our wallets and families as we prioritize purchases and realize long-term savings.

Internationally, our choices will properly realign and incentivize companies to locate in reputable areas. In the long run, it will hopefully lead to the collapse of malevolent regimes (or at very least containing them) and opening former tyrannies to freedom and real trade. Trade power really does lie in your hands. Use it!

*The PRC should never be confused with the ROC (Republic of China) also known as Taiwan (a country far, far better than the PRC).

Fake News And Exploiting Taxpayers To Pay Illegal Immigrants

Here’s a FakeNews headline brought to you by KUTV: Will Congress extend stimulus to immigrants and their citizen families?

This is typical fake news by omission and distortion. They aren’t “immigrants”. KUTV isn’t honest and factual enough to state these are illegal aliens and not legal immigrants. Two very different groups. Nope, KUTV opts to deceive and try to pull the wool over your eyes. Watch the video report and they’ll admit these are “undocumented immigrants”. That in itself is bogus – they have documents…albeit stolen or forged.

Anastasia Campos with Mixed-Status Families United says there is legal action underway that challenges Congress’ exclusion of ITIN tax filers.

Campos said:

“Not just the ITIN holder, but the entire family is being excluded from this stimulus. They are being denied because of somebody else’s status.”

Catch that? They’re not immigrant families. They’re “mixed status” families and have issues because of somebody else’s “status”. Yeah, “somebody else” is here illegally. They didn’t respect our laws and continue not to. No one put Campos in that position, she put herself in that position. Period.

Worse still, they’re demanding that we cough up money for people who may well have committed ID theft, forgery and Social Security fraud when they filled out their I-9 forms using stolen Social Security numbers because an ITIN is not valid for employment purposes (note: This could be prevented if employers would use E-Verify). All too often the stolen numbers belong to innocent American children who suffer serious harm when their numbers are used by illegal aliens—denial of means tested benefits such as Medicaid, arrest records attached to their names, medical records corrupted and liability for unpaid taxes on income earned on their stolen numbers.

In addition, illegal aliens may use their ITIN numbers to file their income taxes but if they are using a stolen Social Security Number for employment purposes they are required to file using both their ITIN and stolen Social Security numbers. This doesn’t stop many from exploiting our current tax system and leaving victims in their wake (more reason to implement E-Verify).

If that weren’t enough, the stimulus money they’re demanding is really from our children and grandchildren whose identities they have stolen thanks to our foolish national debt. So they want us to reward their illegal actions with more debt heaped on future generations.

Sorry, they knew that when they became involved with an illegal alien and chose to accept the consequences. They’re welcome to go out and ask for voluntary donations to bail them out of their decisions and get a pass on consequences everyone else would be subject to. I suggest they start by contacting the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and amnesty-shill politicians (start with 2011’s HB116 supporters!), religious organizations and “social justice” charity and advocacy groups. Surely, they’ll open up their wallets and dole out some ‘stimulus’ to those they encouraged to be here (while continually pushing the costs onto the rest of us). Yes, I’m sure the they will be most charitable with their own money.

So, the answer to KUTV’s advocacy article title is a resounding NO!