Utah’s Sanctuary Link To An Illegal Immigrant Cop Killer

During President Trump’s address to Congress, he had the widows of Officers Michael Davis and Danny Oliver in attendance. An illegal immigrant, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte (aka Marcelo Marquez), had murdered them.

Looking up the case, one finds a Utah link of neglected opportunities in CBS Sacremento’s article “How Did Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte Hide In United States Illegally Until Deputy Killings?” Apparently, Mr. Bracamonte was a return client to law enforcement and the revolving border door:

Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte had a lot to hide. He was living in the United States illegally, had been convicted in Arizona for selling drugs and twice deported to Mexico.

Eventually, he and his wife moved from Arizona and settled in West Valley City. However, he still had brushes with the law:

A search of Utah court records for Marcelo Marquez shows a history of about 10 tickets and misdemeanor traffic offenses between 2003 and 2009, which typically don’t trigger a fingerprint check against immigration records. The records list one speeding ticket in 2009 and three small claims filings attempting to collect outstanding debts.

One of the traffic offenses was more than a minor parking ticket, it was a hit-and-run:

Police in West Valley City, Utah, said they took a fingerprint from a man using the name Marcelo Marquez during a misdemeanor hit-and-run arrest in 2003.

However, Utah authorities say fingerprints from such suspects are not regularly entered into a database that would flag other arrests in the US or deportations.

Fortunately, Utah is an accommodating State for illegal immigrants. Salt Lake City Police Chiefs consistently and explicitly state that they refuse to enforce immigration law. Meanwhile, the LDS Church monetarily assists illegal immigrants (via fast offerings), pushes “compacts” intended to lead to amnesty, and lobbies the state legislature to pass clearly unconstitutional legislation (among it’s myriad of flaws).

The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce (via Senator Curt Bramble “Bramnesty”), in an apparent lust for cheap labor, heads up efforts at the Utah legislature as well for the aforementioned legislation and fights tooth-and-nail to block legislation that would address enforcement or even identity theft prevention measures like E-Verify (illegal immigrants frequently engage in employment-related ID theft, leaving victims in their wake).

This welcoming sanctuary coupled with flouting established law has consequences. In this case, enforcement officers bore those consequences:

Two deputies who approached the pickup while it was parked alongside a road were shot with an AR-15-type assault weapon, police said. Homicide Detective Michael David Davis Jr., 42, died at a hospital.

Despite being illegally in the United States and a convicted felon, Bracomonte, aka Marquez, had illegally obtained a firearm  and, despite multiple police stops while he was using his Driving Privilege Card which clearly identified him as someone who could not provide proof of legal presence in the United States,  no law enforcement officer saw fit to check with or hold him for immigration authorities nor even run his fingerprints. After all, they were just following the policy established by their police chiefs and elected officials. However, had just one officer checked his immigration status or entered his fingerprints in the above database, he could have been incarcerated for illegal re-entry and two lives would have been saved.

It’s no wonder the Mexican Consulate plans on aiding illegal immigrants in Utah with legal assistance to fight deportation. If you were Mexico, would you want someone like Mr. Bracamonte/Marquez to ‘come home’? No, especially when you have a state and with leaders so willing to enable his presence and turn a politically-correct blind eye to his crimes and the victims left behind.

Food: A New Sin Tax For Utah?

That’s right. I’m going to say it again: Food is perfectly eligible as a sin tax.

…and by sin, I’m referring to the politician’s and crony organizations’ sin.

Utah legislators are contemplating raising taxes on food because they’re worried about a budget shortfall. It’s funny how that may be the case after we’ve spent, bonded and redirected who knows how many millions or billions on crap outside the proper role of government. I guess all those cute ‘it only costs a tenth/half percent of the budget or it’s just a few dollars a day’ projects add up and you start to fall short for important stuff…like more useless projects government shouldn’t be involved with.

Rather than just slapping everyone with another tax hike, maybe they should look at cutting some of the crony capital junk (UTA, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce front group boondoggles come to mind, among others). How about also ditching wasteful incremental budgeting with all it’s skunks, while your at it?

On the local level, we keep hearing that RDAs for a new, unnecessary city hall building won’t raise taxes. As I said in the past, it’s robing Peter to pay Paul and the piper will come calling when taxing entities find they’ve fallen short of money because the RDA etc. ate some of it up. The above is another example of the fallacy of the city council’s argument.

Finally, politicians don’t own all the guilt. The public (you and I) will band together to form groups demanding stuff like recreation centers, theaters, RAP taxes which impose on budgets and, ultimately, on families. Hopefully, we’ll consider the propriety and whether it’s a core governmental function or not next time we want something, else we’re our own worst enemy.

Tax Vampires: Our Schools Now Is The Latest Political Elites’ Front Group

In December, I highlighted an article on front groups used by Utah political power brokers (with the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce as the typical hub). The latest front group they’ve come up with to raise you taxes is “Our Schools Now”.

With the legislative session, Our Schools Now has popped back up to make their push to convince you to raise everyone’s taxes. Don’t fall for it. This is a good time to review the article that traces all the connections and front groups used by the people you aim to benefit from this latest push:

WHO CONTROLS UTAH? An Investigative Report on Utah’s Elite Political Brokers

It’s not just the DC swamp that needs to be drained. We need the “drain the swamp” in Utah as well.

Utah’s Secret Sweetheart Deal With Amazon (Update)

Prior to Christmas, Governor Herbert announced a deal with Amazon.com that would have the site collect Utah taxes. Amazon is known to support requiring all online retailers to collect tax (in part to provide Amazon a competitive advantage) and the Utah Legislature has also been making forays for such. At the time, I wondered why Amazon had agreed to do this and figure it had to have some benefit (I was thinking Herbert had assured them he would get the tax bill through the legislature). Evidently, we won’t know much about the deal – Herbert refuses to release the details: Advocacy group wants copy of secret Utah-Amazon tax deal.

Libertas Institute, a Utah group that advocates for personal liberty, was denied a request for a copy of the tax deal struck by internet retailer Amazon and the state of Utah.

They justify the secrecy by saying it is “protected information”. It seems very dubious that government can make such things secret that have no national security value. The only thing we know right now is Amazon is collecting the tax and is getting a kickback that I don’t believe any brick-and-mortar or Utah online company receives:

The State of Utah made an agreement with Amazon where the company gets a 1.3 percent cut of the tax collected.

So it looks like more crony capitalism from the Herbert Administration.

I’m done with it and will actively avoid directly buying from Amazon too (not that I buy much from them anyway). They have plenty of third party sellers who don’t collect the tax (and Amazon doesn’t get the kickback). I’ve also noticed that third party sellers also have their own websites and tend to sell the same product for less thereon. As an added bonus, buying directly from the little guy also allows you to better support small business.

UPDATE: Just checked my messages and low and behold, Libertas Institute is going to follow up on this. Hope they’re successful. Here’s the alert they sent out:

Despite failed efforts to (unconstitutionally) require out-of-state companies to collect and remit the Utah sales tax, the executive branch hasn’t given up its insatiable appetite for tax revenue.

The Utah State Tax Commission entered into a secret agreement with Amazon whereby the e-commerce website would voluntarily do it. The question is, what were they given in return?

We don’t know—and the state doesn’t want us to know.

We requested the document that has those details, but were denied. Many are outraged by that, and the Standard-Examiner and Salt Lake Tribune have editorialized in opposition.

Next week we’ll be appealing the decision, fighting for transparency—fighting against our own government that refuses to let taxpayers know basic information about secret deals with out-of-state companies.

Edit for transparency: I had initially written that I won’t use Amazon anymore but changed that to “actively avoid”. I got thinking about it and if I am given an Amazon gift card, I’m not just going to give Amazon the money and not use it. Nevertheless, I can use it for a third party purchase on the site and also use something like camelcamelcamel.com to get a sale or best price for an item.

Kissing Cousins: Salt Lake Chamber Of Commerce – Utah Government Elite Interconnections Wag The Dog

The article is lengthy but ends up being an easy read as you delve into the various front groups used to create nifty confirmation bias for politicians to justify their tax and policy excesses favoring connected businesses.

The article (WHO CONTROLS UTAH? An Investigative Report on Utah’s Elite Political Brokers) starts with a key points summary but it is well worth the read for the details supporting the conclusion:

When discussing public policy in Utah, it is important to recognize that policy elites use every tool at their command to achieve the results they want. Any pretense of objectivity is just that – a pretense.

It’s fun to have your finger on the scales of government power. It’s a good time to be a crony capitalist in Utah.

Ironically enough, the article misses the most recently created Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce front group:

Our Schools Now

Gee, I have no idea why Zions Bank would want to run a group that seeks more bond money. Oh and the address for Our Schools Now? It’s co-located with the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

And these folks still wonder what produced Trump.

Trump Wins And The Work Begins

I was not in the #NeverTrump camp, quite the contrary. Am I happy he won? Sure, we have temporarily dodged a bullet. I’m not going to rain on anyone’s parade so despite writing this the day Trump became President-elect, I held off posting this until today.

Let’s start with the good. Trump’s election shows that the electorate (particularly the blue-collar middle class) has soundly rejected:

  • Crony capital schemes (on a national level, at least) – Enough with the sweetheart deals for the politically connected. Nobody has ever liked them and everyone is sick of getting them shoved down their throats by the political class.
  • Obamacare – Trump was clear on this and people have been clear on it for years after everyone was forced to eat that crap sandwich via unconstitutional and unethical congressional maneuvers. Much of this goes hand-in-hand with the point on crony capital schemes.
  • Political correctness and the politically correct despots (“Social Justice Warriors”) – I never bought into the SJW tyrants and their ‘good for thee not for me’ rules. That includes their media enforcers.
    Certainly, SJWs and their main stream media enforcers will continue to try to personally destroy anyone who opposes their absurd rules. They’ll also continue to try and extort businesses into capitulation. But maybe this indicates a turning point of people finally telling them to pound sand and returning to the capability to vehemently disagree and understanding that being offended isn’t a crime. I also hope this will indicate a willingness to take people on their intents (everyone misspeaks and says stuff they regret in the heat of a moment) rather than solely seeking to set traps and savage them with innuendo and effectively strangle free-speech* (critical to a nation’s health).
  • The elite and their double standards – People are tired of the ivory tower dwellers telling us they know how to run our lives better than we do. Basically, see the above for starters. Glaring examples include exemptions from laws that affect others (eg insider trading) and all the crony back-room deals and preferential treatment in economics and media. The incestuous Washington DC cabal needs to end. Succinctly, Drain The Swamp!
  • Open borders – People are not at all interested in open borders. While Americans are compassionate, we aren’t foolish and willing to trash the nation. If you kill the goose, you have no golden eggs to be compassionate with. Both illegal and legal immigration need to be addressed (including “anchor baby” rules – no more birth tourism and auto citizenship for those illegally here). Build the wall (and pass E-verify) and improve the entry process!
  • Oligarchy – People want a real rule of law. They want Lady Justice blind. Hillary represented oligarchy with the obvious capricious application (exemption) of laws that would have any other person in prison.

Ok. Now for the rain on the parade. I don’t trust Trump. I have hopes but I don’t trust him and that’s a good thing. As Hamilton said in Federalist 25:

For it is a truth, which the experience of ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.

Trump’s died-in-the-wool supporters and those who voted for him can’t be naive and think the above rejections are on autopilot. Not even close and I don’t trust Trump to fully follow through. SJWs, the media, entrenched politicians and corny capitalists are going to fight like hell so you better plan on doing so as well. Furthermore, I also implore people to not give into the expediency of getting something they want but gauge such through the filter of Constitutional propriety. I plan on fighting Trump if he blows off constitutional bounds ala Obama. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz I hope will also help beat the drum on this as well. Again, this is only the beginning.

The first and most crucial step to national restoration is to repent and turn to God. We need to pray for a return to divine values and righteousness as a nation. Certainly this includes praying for Trump to do so as well but the course of a nation and it’s acceptance of God’s grace and blessings is the duty of the people, not just their leaders. This starts with you.

Along with a return to God, we need a return to constitutional values and respect. The two really goes hand-in-hand. Please read the Constitution, read the Federalist Papers, discuss them with your children, friends and co-workers and press for them to be taught in schools.

Now, let’s go Make America Great Again.

*If unfiltered free speech floats your boat, look at Gab.ai as an alternative to Twitter. Twitter and Facebook have shown themselves to be SJW-dominated (including site ownership/admin) tyrants. Gab gives you the power to set your own filters (rather than being imposed on you by big brother Jack) and engage as wide or limited points-of-view you desire. And, no, I’m not affiliated with Gab other than just being a user.

Does Evan McMullin Reflect Utah Values?

The answer to the question all depends on what values you think Utah holds.

1. If you think Utah values are Hillary Clinton’s values of corrupt favoritism, Constitutional degradation, cronyism, partial birth abortion, “opposition” complicity, then you have your man. By his own admission, he’s ultimately in the race to ensure a Hillary win:

2. If Utah values include having your top advisor use expletives, threats, and sexually degrading comments to women, you have your man:

If that is the case, then why are McMullin and Finn associating with Republican, establishment political strategist, Rick Wilson who has a history of demeaning others and going on obscene Twitter rants, the very thing that McMullin and his supporters profess to find so abhorrent in Trump?

The specific quotes Rick Wilson used are at the link. Most are censored (you can figure out the word used) but the sexually degrading comment is not something that can be censored and I’m not going to post it here. To read McMullin’s super Utah-values advisor quotes, click the link.

Anyone who’s been around politics, knows the type of tactics and language Wilson uses so I’m not going to accept this is some kind of shocking revelation to the McMullin-Finn campaign. Nor do I want to hear McMullin’s campaign chide Trump for his language etc. since they embrace it themselves. Of course, it’s all good since certainly these are conservative values totally in line with LDS/Mormon teachings…right?