Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

These are among the foremost rights which each of us, as human beings, have. You have the right to live without threat of violence. You have the right to live without unreasonable constraints on the choices you make for yourself, other than the equal right of others to liberty. And you have the right to pursue those things which you believe will bring you happiness, again so long as that does not violate another’s equal right to pursue their desires.

These are not “Constitutional rights”, they are innate rights to which every person is entitled. Government does not grant rights: it can only either recognize them, or violate them.

I promise you that as your Representative, I will do everything in my power to see that the state of Utah does more recognizing and less violating.

 

 

1 day ago
A Nation of Narcs

Every day in every way, there is one question which every one of us needs to ask himself or herself: are you making things better, or are you part of the problem?

Americans have developed a nasty habit of inviting the state into people's lives for tiny offenses. Here are three ways to turn back the tide.

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2 weeks ago
UTA boss' severance package under review by Utah Attorney General's Office

Today's installment of "Our Tax Dollars at Work":

Fired UTA boss Jerry Benson is about to get a severance package of over $200,000 - nearly four times as much as the average Iron County family makes in a year. Why? Well, because the people who hired him wrote that severance into his contract if they were to ever fire him, and then promptly forgot it was there until they'd fired him and he asked for his money.

And now, the Attorney General's office is going to spend even more of our tax ... See more

The Utah Attorney General's office is reviewing the more than $200,000 former UTA boss Jerry Benson is getting after being fired last month, as well as other transit agency employee contracts that offer similar provisions.

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3 weeks ago
Libertarian Party of Utah

In response to a question I asked on the Iron County Elections FB page, one of our candidates for sheriff discussed the desire to keep the pipeline of prisoners from the state to the Iron County jail flowing. (State prisoners are housed in county jails, with the state paying more than the actual cost of hosing the inmates, thus subsidizing the cost of maintaining a local jail.)

We all want to keep those who are truly threatening to us off the streets. But to make sure we keep our jails ... See more

Sharing again because the problem is as expensive and easily remedied as it was a year ago. Ending the drug war will free up between 20-31% of these inmates. For the rest, we can look at other victim-less crimes as well as clearing out those in for poorly advised mandatory minimums (a la Bill Clinton).

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3 weeks ago
‘I can’t afford an apartment’: Congressmen sleeping in offices cry poverty

The inability to live comfortably on $174,000 a year explains a whole lot about our federal budget issues. If you can't balance that, how are you going to balance $3.8 trillion?

WASHINGTON — These Congress members are sleeping on the job — and defending their right to do it. Crying poverty amid decade-long stagnant salaries and Washington’s steep cost of living, an increas…

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3 weeks ago
Libertarian Party of Utah

Barry Short here, with a challenge.

I'm asking everyone here to commit to at least $5 per month to support our candidates in 2018.

You've probably seen the full list of candidates by now; if you haven't, they're on the home page of the LibertarianUtah website. Maybe there's a candidate where you live running for Utah House or Senate - we cover about a quarter of Utah that way. If you're in Congressional District 2, Jeff Whipple is running there. And if you don't happen to live where any other ... See more

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