Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Welcome Me Back

I'm going for it! I'm an official write in candidate for the US Senate seat in Utah.

I don't have a party to run with but that's because I don't affiliate solely with a single party. I find things to identify with throughout the political spectrum. I'm more of a Centrist than anything.

Let me breakdown what I'm about for you very simply.

  • I think we can simplify our federal government. There are  many things that are so impractical, so convoluted, that we are impaired to make any real progress to help make the USA a better country.
    • Taxes. I posted about simplifying the tax code years ago. I'm willing to work out the numbers since that was 7 years ago when I initially wrote it. Regardless, the idea is sound and suddenly it seems to be a real hot button issue, especially among the Republican party. 
    • Archaic Laws. I read an article that stated Americans commit 3 felonies a day with out even knowing it. Seems absurd. I would like to review all the laws on the books to see where we can simplify them, rewrite, delete them. I would urge all states to do the same.
  • Foreign Aid - It seems to me like we give a lot of money away to other countries. I'd just like to make sure that the money we give away is being used appropriately. If it is designated for HIV/AIDS prevention, how is it being used? If a country needs help creating industry or food then let's provide equipment and know how. 
  • Military Spending - Yes, I believe we need to keep our country safe. But can't we do it more efficiently? Are we using the money we have for the military in the best possible way? I think we can clean up the spending there. I know this is vague, but we can do it better.
  • Immigration - I'd like to keep it strictly legal. I think the biggest factor in why people come illegally is because the process is so arduous and long. Can we not speed it up?  Have you ever been to a grocery store and they have 18 lanes but only 4 of them are open? That's what it feels like.  If we simplify the tax code we won't need as many IRS workers.  There just won't be enough work for them. We could retrain the ones who want to be retrained and not laid off to work in the Immigration department. Open up more lanes. If people want to come to this country, and it is obvious they do, let's speed up the process so the option to do it legally is more enticing for them.  Plus, it increases the tax base more quickly because legal workers pay taxes.
There's a few things to kick it all off with. I want people to know that I am not close minded. I want to hear ideas from all sides.  There is room to work together to find a better solution. It is rarely one side that has all the answers. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

My Allegiances

I have no allegiances other than that which I pledge to the flag and to the people I am elected to represent. I won't be bought. I don't want lobby money or private money if it comes with strings attached.  I only want to serve The People.  I am not in it for the fame, for the power, or for the salary.  I want to represent Utah simply for the love and because I think I can do a good job.

I love this country.  I love what it has been, is and I love what it can become. I only want to make this a better country by trying to improve the lives of everyone in it.  Little by little, affect everyone for the better. That is the goal; that is the dream.

Trump said he would drain the swamp. I don't think that is his job. I think it is ours. For decades we have elected the same people who delivered the same results. They are rich, powerful, and insiders. They have deals with corporations, with other elitists like themselves. They have made it impossible for regular people to get elected. They have made the barriers too steep.

Look at what is happening here in Utah. Orrin Hatch thinks he can gift his seat to Mitt Romney. Just a couple good ole boys oligarching their way into the Capitol.

If you want to see change you have to affect change. You have to be willing to take a chance on an outlier. You know what you will get with the rank and file. They've shown their hand.

I think it is time for something different. You may see me as unqualified, that's fine. I'm pretty sure the founding fathers had never led a revolution before. I can promise you this: If I get elected and you don't think I am doing a good enough job I won't run again. I'm not in this for me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Quick Links to My Policies

I'll make it easier for you and update it as needed. I reserve the privilege of updating these policies as my understanding and knowledge of them changes. I'm always learning.


Foreign Policy


Same Sex Marriage



On: Immigration

I'd like to see legal immigration happen at a much faster rate than it is happening. My tax plan would eliminate a huge piece of the the IRS. I want to retrain any of those IRS agents that would accept it to move them to the immigration side of government operation. The line to become a US citizen is far too long. I think that is one of the major reasons we have so much illegal immigration. No one can wait 12 years in limbo. That is unacceptable. We need more lines that are shorter!

My goal would to strictly vet all those who wish to enter the US and stay to become citizens. Full and comprehensive background checks. Social media, known associates, family history, etc. We will make sure, the best we can, that these people are sincere in their desires. But we have to move the line faster.

* We should secure our border as best we can. If that means more personnel in the southern states, so be it. More cameras. More drones. (Maybe use some of the drones that are killing innocent people in Syria to protect our borders instead creating a new generation of people that hate us because we blew up their family.)

* We need to be more vigilant in keeping track of those on visas. We do a really bad job.

As for refugees. Let's take on our fair share. Let's keep close track of where they are and what they are doing.

I'd prefer to have Syrians stay in Syria. They may appreciate that too. I think we could set up safe zones in these war torn countries instead of trying to bring them all to the US or sending them other places. Let's leave them in Syria, for example. But let us create a safe city, a secured, occupied area that is for all those who are trying to flee the wars and genocide happening. We will work in conjunction with those governments for regimes who want peace and safety. We will defend these areas with our military. We will not look to occupy that country of force a government leadership upon them. We are simply there to protect the innocent.

This kind of policy will create better relationships with hostile countries because they will know we are there to protect refugees in their own country not to kill who ever we think is that "bad guy" that day. Shoot, while we are there we can train and teach them skills that can improve their lives. Medicine, agriculture, business, science. We can help them go back to a country where they will be able to improve it and make it a better place.

This could be an expensive proposition, yes. But is it more expensive than war? Let's put ourselves to work to make the world a better place in a different way than regime change.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

On: Foreign Policy

I'm going to sound naive. I'm going to sound wishful. Some will think this is completely ridiculous, I'm well aware, but what about love and kindness and a willingness to lift a person up instead of passing by with a blind eye.  Maybe it is the Christian upbringing in me, and actually believing in some of those teachings, but I believe a little bit of love can go a long way. Here locally as well as abroad.

Doesn't this hilarious yet accurate meme represent the attitude of so many of us in America and around the world? Apathy. We just don't care...about anything. "This *insert a "newsworthy" event here* doesn't concern me so I don't care," attitude we carry is harmful.

The problem is, with all the crime, the mass shootings, the bickering between Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, the news media reporting all the bad things that go on ad nauseam; the world becomes a hard, careless place. A place where we, as individuals, can't or don't think we can make a difference.

Well I think we can.

This isn't exactly foreign policy but it definitely is related. This is a shift in thinking. This would be my hope as President: That we as a nation of individuals with different beliefs and backgrounds would be able to come together to be a better example to those around us. That we could work with ALL nations of the earth to build it up together so that more people can benefit from the greatness of mankind.

If we decided to talk to our neighbors, wave at them when we pass, care a little bit more, grow even one single f*ck  in our field, think of the difference it would make. Imagine not getting upset about the little things, like long bank or grocery store lines, traffic, not having the WiFi password.  What if our first reaction was to build up instead of complain or criticize or berate? What if we looked to help instead of hinder?

I am going to try harder. 

This idea, the mentality of loving and helping, this shift in thinking is where my foreign policy kicks in. The world is becoming a terrible place, if it isn't considered that already by many. Evil is closing in from all corners. I can only look to the past and make the best, informed decisions I can with the information I have. Needless to say, I don't have access to a Clinton server so I don't have a lot of the "inside information" I'd be privy to if I did! ZING!

I know that our past of nation building and removing one bad guy for a different kind of bad guy hasn't worked. Maybe that has been the most profitable avenue for those in power in the past. I have no doubt boat loads of money was made by political insiders doing business with our government. But I don't believe in nation building or regime change.

At some point in our history we became a bully country. We push people around. We do what we think is best for these other countries. We want them to be like us because we are so big and powerful and great. That isn't what we SHOULD be about though. We should be about helping more.

Let us check our egos at the door and decide to work with each other. I want Russia to be a better Russia, Iran to be the best Iran it can be. I want the people of Venezuela to be happier and to have the things they need to build better lives!

I believe if an under developed country needs farming equipment or irrigation technology or renewable energy sources, our government can help to provide that. I don't believe in handing over billions of dollars to a foreign government and telling them, "Spend this on good things!"  That's just silly.

Deep down I believe in discourse. I would meet with leaders of all nations. I would talk to them and get to the core of what they want, what they need. I like to think that a discussion could lead to understanding, from understanding to problem solving and on to real that enrich lives all across the globe.
I don't want to be involved in wars.

I don't want our troops in harms way if we can help it.

I believe in defending our inalienable rights, our property, our families.

I believe we need to find the line between security and privacy.

I believe in a strong national defense but I would look to find places to trim spending in that area.

I would like to give our troops a raise.

I would look for ways to become more efficient with our technology and spending.

I think we should have a strong military but not a bloated one.

If we can learn to love our neighbors a bit more think of the sweeping changes we could make globally. The money we spend on fighting we can spend on building. That is the goal.

So please, go to your fields, till the soil, plant your seeds, water them, and find your field bursting with f*cks to give. And then the most important part is to then actually GIVE A F*CK.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why me?

Why do I want to be a Senator?

I honestly think I would be good at it. That's it!

Reasons I think I would be good at it:
  • I would bring a fresh take on the whole system and that would be beneficial.
  • I know what it is like to be a "normal" American. I feel like I am The People.
  • I'm not in anyone's pocket. Big lobby groups don't own me. I don't want their money.
  • I'm not a lifelong politician. I don't want to be. I want to get in, handle the business, and bail.
  • I Love America!
  • I'm a reasonable person. I am teachable. I recognize that I'm probably not the smartest person in the room, and I'm fine with that!
  • I'm independent! I lean this way and that on certain topics but I'm willing to learn and research and make an informed decision.
  • I don't want your guns. I have my own. 
  • I don't want to tell you what you want to hear. I'm all about being upfront and candid.
Those are a few of my thoughts. Maybe not the earth shaking revelations that you hoped for.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Privacy and the Public Safety

With the breaking PRISM and Verizon stories coming at us the past couple of days I wanted to take a minute to respond to this issue of internet and private citizen privacy.

I think a lot of people look at this with outrage, it is very black and white.  As I look a little deeper though there are these puddles of gray everywhere.  In the new age of technology such an intertwined part of everyone's lives, the major means of communication, privacy takes a new meaning according to our current Government.  Privacy is gone in their eyes.  They want look at every single scrap of data from every single person if possible.

These officials are telling us that the information that they have taken resulted in thwarting terrorist schemes and prevented them from happening on our soil.  That's all well and good.  Thank you.  My issue is that instead of keeping it all a secret, mining the data from our lives without warrant and consent, without cause, we let the People know when such things have occurred.

The People, on the other hand, more generally feel that privacy are the things we keep for ourselves.  We publicly post blogs, tweets, some Facebook posts, YouTube videos and a myriad of other bits of information about our lives.  Those you can have.  We even consent most times to share the data taken from the apps we use on our phones.  But the things we don't share, our browser history, our private phone conversations, emails to...well anyone.  These are not for the public, they are not for the government.

Unfortunately, I think we don't have much choice anymore, especially with those in power now, our privacy is as much their property as it is ours, you know, for the national good and safety of the Country.  Fine, whatever.  I will take that into consideration from now.

Actually I won't.  I am not a threat to this Country in any shape or form.  So you can listen, look, read, and whatever else you want to do.  I don't have anything to hide. Just don't let it interfere with how I am currently living my life when I am keeping it legal.  My data is pretty much useless to you.

What I want to see are the agencies that are out there thwarting terrorism plots here and there to let us know when it happens!  Let us know our data that you are snooping through is actually useful to some measure.  If I give an investment firm some money to invest, tell me how it is performing, be accountable to my money.  If you are using it, make it useful and please tell me when you are making it extra useful.  Hey, Caleb, we made a million dollars with your money. Thanks for providing it to us.  We also made you some money with your money. Fear not.

I know this isn't what a lot of people want to hear.  Just leave them be?  How can that be an answer?  It isn't a great answer, I know.  I don't have an answer that will solve everyone's problems.  I feel that the very least that can be done is reassuring us that when this data saves American lives that we are informed and thanked.  It will at the very least make me feel better about the fact that it is happening.

Our other course of action is to pull back on everything, not monitor anything.  If there aren't any terrorist attacks...well maybe there isn't a reason to be doing it after all.  Do you want to take that chance?