Month: October 2016

REPEAL OBAMA CARE!

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Our elected representatives must Repeal Obamacare and eliminate individual mandates moving forward. No one will be required to buy insurance unless he or she decides to do so. Remove all Federal Jurisdiction from what should be a Free Enterprise Health System and regulated at State Level.

It’s been proven in Europe, Canada and now the US, that socialized medicine does not work. Many of the residents in both Europe and Canada come here for care, as they can’t wait while their condition worsens for appropriate health care.

Our government involvement is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. This must be repealed one way is by abolishing the 16th Amendment, which the Supreme Court uses to allow it as a Tax with other hidden laws within the Tax Codes that Violate Our Constitutional Rights.

Since the Supreme Court ruled against US, States must have a Reform Health Insurance Plan ready; Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor should be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down as consumer satisfaction goes up. States should allow open bidding from several insurance companies with no pre-existing conditions limitations on them and allow those insured to pick the type of coverage each individual family / single person needs to control cost. If insured by a company and laid off then the insurance stays with the insured as Home or Auto Insurance, the citizens / voters in states must petition legislators in their respective states for these changes, giving them the control needed to keep the Americas’ Healthcare system both affordable and best in the World. The Federal Government has no Constitutional Authority to be in the insurance business according to the 10 Amendment, no plan at a Federal level is acceptable, as we must all remember as well States are Sovereign and this to must be Honored.

One of the most important, if not the most important thing, is stopping the frivolous lawsuits which add to the cost of care. The high cost of malpractice insurance, by frivolous lawsuits, must be changed. We must have court reform if we are ever going to fix this problem and reduce number of lawyers lobbying for more laws that favor such lawsuits. Texas is leading the way in court reform.  Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system.  Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress and States allow individuals the same exemptions?

States may allow for different types of plans, such as health savings plans (hsas) and must be tax-free while also allowing them to accumulate over time, which are similar to 401 k plans and enable the customer to shop and get the best price and service. These funds can be used by any member of a family without penalty. For those yet to be born; “Here’s one solution: When a child is born, give the child a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a Health Savings Account plus a Roth for Retirement to which money can be contributed to from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, and there’s nobody talking about death panels or the death tax as well.

Block-grant Medicaid to the States, allowing them to administer the programs as they know their citizens far better than the Federal Gov…contributions for people who are indigent. Remove the roadblocks allowing the free market to work in the purchasing of drugs by removing the artificial barriers that presently exist to enable both safe and reliable less expensive drugs to those in need, as Congress must remove the associations with lobbyists who protect the Pharmaceutical Industry and do what they’re elected to do and Serve the American People. This process will also allow opening the market place to imported, tested safe drugs as well.

In Closing I believe Election Cycles are Critical for Our Nation & States as to whether we sink deeper into a Socialistic Nation or Restore Ourselves to a True Republic form of Government. The choice is clear, never support those voting against or compromising the US Constitution and Our Freedoms, I believe that’s actually what most of you are hoping for and the Elite Power Brokers are afraid of: (Time to Drain All Political Swamps)….

God Bless You All; Clair Van Steenwyk

Originally posted by Clair 9/11/2011 / Updated 7/18/2015

US Foreign Policy

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Our Foreign Policy base on what is best for the United States of America and its’ Citizens First.

Foreign Policy: Anyone who truly believes the Cold War is over needs to examine the Actions of China and Russia with their aggressive positions are taking whether with Russia in Eastern Europe, Middle East or China’s North Korea Policy, Island Building along with Thousands of Cyber attacks to see where our threats are truly coming from. I’ve done extensive research and sought advice from Active Military on these subjects and told my conclusions are correct.

The United States must restructure our involvement & support of the United Nations, it’s proven to do nothing more than cost us and benefit our enemies and supporters of a One World Government. NATO and SEATO must be restructured to bring allies into the Real World and set new goals such as fighting Terrorists and Refugee Infiltration into Europe and then into the US with the Aid of European Union Visa Program, we must also insist on each member not only paying it share monetarily but with troops to back up the Organization as well. NATO & SEATO must also join in our fight against the new technological aggression of both but especially China in the Cyber attacks at the US and our Allies also, their ability to attack in the Cyber World is far more dangerous to the Entire World than the Islamic Republic of Iran or N. Korea who we monitor 24/7 and have the technology to bring to their knees within minutes of any real launch at US or our Allies.

We can use the NATO / SEATO model for a new (METOMiddle East Treaty Organization this would clarify America’s involvement in the region as to what type of Aid both Military, Monetary or Humanitarian we’d be willing to give depending on the circumstances. No more Nation Building, wars in some instances maybe unavoidable, however our children don’t always need to be the ones fighting for the security of other nations. Israel will be included in METO as an ally along with Arab Countries with US. America and the World will then clearly see if Arab Countries are willing to make a very clear statement as to the Security of the Region including Israel, this would take some true Contractual Negotiating Skills, which I believe at present are MIA in the Federal Government.

Our Trade agreements such as NAFTA, TPP, TPA or any future Trade agreement, where TPP is a form of regional global governance masquerading as a trade organization.There are a series of predecessors: NAFTA, GATT and the WTO, each with some good measures that did reduce trade barriers, however laden with special privileges for international corporations and reams of controls and regulations which are anything but free market even if less-regulated exchange is how they’ve been sold to the US for decades now. TPP allows any administration to implement the unpopular and failed North American Union trade pact (NAU) without warning. The authorization for the President under Article Two, Section Two, Clause Two has the authority to negotiate treaties only with Consent of Congress. Congress must be involved in this process to guarantee the United States no longer enters into the treaties listed or future ones planned to weaken Our Republic.

No More Free Trade Agreements which only hurt the American Worker and our Economy. Trade is an area where our leaders have let the Middle Class Worker and Small Business Owners down for decades as wages shrink and jobs disappear whether shipped out or given to both legal and illegal aliens. These policies led to a shrinking middle class with little future for those at the bottom of our economic ladder, which leads to more hatred, envy, distrust, civil unrest and division among Americans. We must insist that all countries we trade with take back their citizens we deport and those on our borders must secure their borders if they intend to have continued good relations and trade with America.  US. Senator McCain: Where’s the Dang Fence/Wall?

We must abolish the so called Treaties etc. we’ve entered into such as NAFTA, GATT etc. In 2000, we had the golden opportunity to get America out of the destructive WTO (World Trade Organization) with the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), however it was killed, with the help of Pelosi & Boehner. I was taught the Best Defense is a Great Offense, so let’s rebuild our Economy which is Our Best Offense. A Strong Economy will enable us to rebuild and restructure our Military from Tooth ( our men and women ) serving, need upgrades in equipment, pay etc., to Tail the  ( Bureaucracy ), needs to be shrunk by a significant amount as do all the Departments and Agencies in the Federal Government that are Constitutionally Authorized. Our Military insures our continued economic growth as it secures the Sea & Air lanes needed for Trade, it’s how our founders set it up beginning with a Strong Navy.

Foreign Aid is something that must be given True Friends and Allies – not to support the Industrial Military Manufacturing Complex they’ve built up over the Decades, which Presidents Truman & Eisenhower warned us against. The monies we give to other countries in the form of aid goes to many of these companies knowing they buy arms to enslave the very people we’re trying to help. Check Link for President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address; ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWiIYW_fBfY about 7 minutes in all about Military Industrial Complex, also an explanation of what took place afterward ; Check this Video as well. We must change these policies so our foreign aid be brought into compliance with the US Constitution which presently has no authority to give foreign aid, meaning we’d need to amend it to do so and that it actually helps the people improve their standard of living, helping the people not the government to enslave them. Foreign Aid is actually a system by which American Taxpayers are borrowing money and paying interest to pay other Nations in accordance with what our leaders call Our National Defense or Security to the so called Free World subsidies to many companies exporting from the US and keeping many countries ruled by nothing more than dictators in power. Our US Constitution is written under what is called “positive grant” meaning the Federal Government is authorized to only participate in specifically laid out activities given authority in the US Constitution.  US Constitution Positive = authorized activities, Grant = Specifically Listed. I believe the change in this Policy would also lead to ending the Military Industrial Complex controlling our Foreign Policy / State and Defense Departments, thereby giving all of US a Safer and Freer World. Can we really as a Nation continue to borrow Dollars to give to others and pay interest on them, take a look at Our National Debt. Read Link:

In Closing I believe Election Cycles are Critical for Our Nation & States as to whether we sink deeper into a Socialistic Nation or Restore Ourselves to a True Republic form of Government. The choice is clear, never support those voting against or compromising the US Constitution and Our Freedoms, I believe that’s actually what most of us are hoping for and the Elite Power Brokers are afraid of: (Time to Drain All Political Swamps)…

God Bless You All; Clair Van Steenwyk

Originally posted by Clair 9/11/2011 / Updated 7/17/2015

Declare War On Radical Islam!

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We Must Declare War on Radical Islams’ Worldwide Terrorism

More accurately, we need to form an Alliance with our True Allies in NATO, SEATO, this doesn’t include any Countries who have supported in anyway the Radical Islam Movement as all they’ve proved to us is they can’t be trusted as even Fair Weather Friends, let alone Allies. Our leaders are not taking the time to learn what Islam is about, as they keep telling us that it is a peaceful religion we will believe them. Islam is a religion and ideology all in one. The Islam religion / ideology is bent on total world domination and is willing to take the time necessary, even centuries, to bring this about.

My views on Islam have developed over time, mostly from preparing for interviews I have conducted on my radio shows, and the answers that my guests have given to those questions. Do your research on the Islam religion / ideology and get the information you need to reach an informed opinion. We must demand that our leadership explain how they come to the conclusions that they espouse, with their politically correct explanations. Did they read the Qur’an or are they just repeating what they have been told about Islam by so-called experts or if you will a politically correct consultant. Our country’s future is at risk, Islam is the Greatest risk we now Face. It’s easily understood if we just do the research and observe what’s happening in Europe.

Radical Islam has Declared War on America by Islamic Terrorists & Iran Long Ago.

Looking back to the Hostage taking in the Carter Administration, attacks on Military and Embassies in the Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations that followed and lets also remember the Twin Towers, Fort Hood, Boston and so many other actions taken by Islamic Terrorists around the World and of course Benghazi and now Paris.

Is there going to come a time when our Congressman finally Declare War on the groups and the countries that supply both finances and arms to them or not? We as a Nation are insisting that those in office in DC declare War on all of them and begin to take them apart as we have others who’ve attacked the U. S. in the past or resign and let those who replace them to do it. I realize for the first time in our history we have a President that’s proven to be the most Un American Leader we’ve ever had as he sympathizes  with the cause of Islams’ Worldwide Spread of Terror, he won’t be pushed to do his duty or be Impeached. Obama declared in his 2008 Campaign he planned to Fundamentally Transform America, well he’s doing just what he set out to do by importing Refugees, and continuing the Political Policies of both parties by leaving our Southern Border wide open, this to must be corrected either by the Federal Government / Congress exercising their powers in Article 1 Section 8 Clause 15 states; Congress has the power to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions. The only solution left US is waiting until Jan. 20,2017 and a New President Trump to do what he said he’d do when campaigning.

Border States Governors have the Authority to Enforce Article 1 Section 10 Clause 3 clearly states; States shall not engage in War, unless actually invaded, or is such imminent Danger as well not admit delay, well the Federal Government has been delaying securing Our Border for Decades now, so I do believe along with many others AZ Governors have had the Power to Seal the Border for some time now, however also realize much easier to blame the Federal Government rather than do the job and see what the Fed might do.

Terrorism, Terrorists & Supporters = EVIL.

In 1952 McCarran-Walter Act – Advocating Overthrow of Government: Whomever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so

Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction

As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

There’s also the Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952, revised the laws relating to Immigration, naturalization and nationality for the United States, called the McCarran / Walter Act must be enforced when they introduce and pass the Enforcement First Act.  McCarran / Walter Act covers in particular found in Chapter 2 Section 212, is the prohibition of entry to the US if the Alien belongs to an organization intent on overthrowing the Government of the United States by ” Force, Violence, or any other unconstitutional means.” This law by its’ very definition, rules out the Islamic Immigration into the United States, however this law along with many others isn’t being Enforced by the White House or Congress. Islamic Immigration to the US should be prohibited under this Law as the Qur’an, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam, which is antithetical to the US Government, US Constitution and the Republic itself. All Muslims who attest that the Qur’an is their life guiding principal and thereby submit to Islam and its’ type of government are thereby not eligible to Immigrate into the US.  Politically Correct Followers say the Muslims can’t be kept from entering the US, as Islam is a Religion, when in fact its’ an Ideology.  Whether Religion or Ideology is of no consequence, as our law clearly states; Aliens associated / affiliated with an ” organization ” which advocates the overthrow of the US Government are Prohibited from Immigrating into the US.  Read Chapter 2 Section 212, Link:…, We must enforce the Laws that have been put in place to Protect All Americans as this is the Primary Duty of the Federal Government and not allow the Politically Correct Coward Crowd to Destroy US from within.

My preceding statements are what needs to be done by those serving in Congress and vote for like minded Elected Officials, Declare a Real War against Our Enemies and those who support them.

In Closing Election Cycles are Critical for our Nation & State as to whether we sink deeper into a Socialistic Nation or Restore Ourselves to a True Republic form of Government. The choices are clear,  never vote for anyone who votes against or compromises the US or AZ Constitution and Our Freedoms and believe that’s actually what most of us are hoping for and the elite power brokers are afraid of: ( Time to Drain All Political Septic Tanks)…

God Bless You All; Clair Van Steenwyk

Protect Social Security & Medicare!

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Before any Changes are made to Social Security, We must 1st return all Social Security monies back into a Trust* which can’t be accessed by any CONGRESS or any Government Department or Agency other than to pay benefits to those who are eligible for Social Security. The Johnson administration and his Great Society is why Social Security is going broke now. No more funding the general fund with retirement monies! I know that unless those in DC will pass legislation once again Locking Up Social Security Monies as a Trust none of the following solutions will work, as they’ll continue raping the Benefits Monies for Social Security for every government program they can think of. Keep this in mind when reading my thoughts on the solutions, first the program must be put in a Permanent Lock Box Never to be Opened or Used for any other purpose than a Retiree or Disability. As of 2012 the Federal Government had taken over 2.9 Trillion Dollars, ending 2014 and growing, that’s right Trillion out of Social Security for the General Fund, time they pay it back and *Lock* it up in a *Trust* for no use other than Social Security Retirement and Remove all Social Security Benefits from being taxed as income. *Only those who’ve paid in are entitled for benefits to include their spouses, this will include any who entered Legally and stayed Legally, not any who entered illegally or refugees will qualify.

By 2033, the fund is expected to be exhausted, thereafter payroll taxes are projected to only cover approximately 75% of current program obligations. When the program runs a surplus, there will be excess funding available for the Social Security Administration that year. The excess funds are diverted to one of the trust funds. The money in the trust fund is used by the treasury in the form of special treasury bonds. The treasury bonds provide interest on the money in the trust funds, and if the program sees a deficit, the excess funds from previous years plus any interest earned is used to pay beneficiaries. Presently Trust funds do not represent a legal obligation to Social Security program recipients, and Congress could cut or raise taxes on such benefits if it chooses, and are considered a “intra-governmental” debt, a component of the “public” or “national” debt.

The Medicare Plan must be changed as well so that they can negotiate pricing of all Drugs to get the best costs possible to stop over paying as is the case at present, most certainly and once again set up by the Lobbyists getting those who are suppose to Represent us, not to allow for any negotiating of Drugs prescribed and thereby costing both the plan more but also those who use it, this is bad policy and once again wasting Social Security Dollars.

Is Social Security’s Financing Problem Real?

Unfortunately, suggestions that Social Security does not face a financing problem are not based in fact. Already, the costs of benefits are well in excess of revenue from payroll taxes. Social Security’s cash-flow deficit will add $75 billion to the deficit in 2014, $1.0 trillion over the next decade, and $3.8 trillion in the decade following. As we’ve explained, the program’s past surpluses do nothing to change its very real current cash deficits. Regardless of whether past surpluses were saved in an economic sense or not, the federal government will have to borrow more to make up for the Social Security system’s cash flow deficit.

Social Security is also in trouble in its own right. The program faces a 75-year shortfall of 2.7 percent of payroll, with annual shortfalls reaching 3.9 percent in 25 years and 4.8 percent in 75 years. According to official estimates, the programs trust fund will run out of money either in 2031 or 2033. Although these estimates are subject to some uncertainty, the CBO is 95 percent certain the trust fund will run out within a quarter century. At that point, all beneficiaries will face an immediate 23 percent across-the-board benefit cut regardless of age, income or status.  There’s no question that this abrupt benefit reduction needs to be avoided, but doing so will require tough choices. As we’ve explained before, the longer we wait to act, the tougher those choices will be. The actions of those who are downplaying the magnitude of the problem and the need for action to address the shortfalls now will actually lead to deeper cuts in benefits for all beneficiaries or greater increases in payroll taxes for all workers than would otherwise be the case.

We must change the retirement age from 62 for partial to 65 and leave 67 for full benefits, and start this by January of 2020 for all and do this over a 8 year period making a change of 4 Months annually complete transition by January of 2028, the one difference at 65 receiving partial you’d receive Medicare, which presently isn’t included at 62 . This will reduce the number of people who qualify, resulting in less out-flow of Social Security Funds. Social Security is in trouble because representatives  have taken monies from the Social Security trust fund to pay for the war on poverty. We must not fall into the Political Trap of Raising the taxes on Americans who earn more than is now taxed, as this is only a band aid on a broken system put forth by Politicians either without the Character, Courage or Ideas needed to FIX the problem rather than just kicking the can down the road for Our Children and Grand children.  In giving those in DC even more Social Security Funds by raising the taxes on the American Workers is dangerous, as there’s no guarantee the monies would be used to pay benefits to the Retired, as at present these Funds are used for the General Budget. This is like giving a drunk another bottle while believing they won’t drink any of the liquor in it, think carefully as to whether you support higher taxes to solve a short fall in cash and leaving the system in the Hands of those in DC not to spend it on programs outside of Social Security as they presently do.  If we once again Lock up the Monies paid in and then after a period of 5 years see what the balance is and then determine using real math, determining if the ceiling needs to be raised or not.  Do you truly trust those in DC who’ve managed to increase Americas’ Debt by Trillions of Dollars to manage our Retirement Funds, look at the Debt before answering then ask yourself if you’d give them your check book or credit card, I wouldn’t.  Check the Link on National Debt

We need a new system for those under 45, for if we do nothing that generation will receive nothing in the future as most experts have told us.

We must privatize Social Security requiring the federal government to repay all loans to the system, and continue – through the last person who qualifies for it – to fund it through the current system. This would guarantee its solvency until it’s dissolved at the end of the life of the last recipient. Then all monies still in the system go into the retirement funds of those working on a paid in basis.

I also want to set up a private system that would require everyone below the age of 45 to begin to pay into a private account, such as a ROTH IRA, with their employers’ matching contributions – as with the Social Security System – and allowing no withdrawals from it except for retirement, it will be there for all Americans and their retirement funds will never be shouldered by others as a result of poor planning or bad management. This plan will also keep the government out of our lives, and take away the control they now have over seniors with a constant threat of lack of funds for Social Security, because of the nation’s debt or lack of a budget. This plan will give future generations the freedom our seniors have never experienced. This system will also allow your benefits to pass onto your spouse upon your death and your heirs as well, unlike the system we now have which enslaves us to the Federal Government and can’t be left to your heirs.

The retirement age of the younger generation will depend on whether they decide to put more into the system than the minimum requirement. Those who would chose to put in more than required would then reap either a larger benefit at the end or earlier retirement, which would allow for more jobs to those still coming up in future generations. However the main goal is to stop the federal government from controlling our lives, through the Social Security system as we all know it.

Privatizing is the best way out and it’s Constitutional.

It may be a shock to many, however it’s time we as Americans require a real solution to the problem that faces all of us as well as our children and grandchildren. I don’t believe we have any leaders willing to come up with real solutions. Myself having  paid into Social Security from 1962, the system must be fixed so  our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews etc. don’t have to depend on a government benefit for their future– which has proven itself ineffectual.

Here’s one solution for those yet to be born: When a child is born, give the child a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account supplement with a Major Medical Ins. Policy, plus a Roth for Retirement to which money can be contributed—pretax—from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, and there’s nobody talking about death panels. We can make contributions for people who are indigent, instead of sending all this money to some bureaucracy let’s put it in their HSA, so they have some control over their own health care.

If any of you have any ideas you believe will work, don’t hesitate to share it with us. Please remember we’re talking about a fix with total control and interest that is compounding over the years. Please just do the math. Even at 3% we come out both Ahead and FREE.

In Closing, Election Cycles are Critical for Our Nation & State as to whether we sink deeper into a Socialistic Nation or Restore Ourselves to a True Republic form of Government. The choices are clear, never support anyone who vote against or compromise the US Constitution and Our Freedoms. I believe that’s actually what most of us are hoping for and the Elite Power Brokers are afraid of: ( Time to Drain All Political Swamps )…

God Bless You All; Clair Van Steenwyk

Education

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Clair speaking against the Amendment to HB 2184 in the AZ Senate Ed Committee, along with others. In spite of their testimony, the GOP Senators voted with the GOP  Leadership for the Amended Bill, as directed by Sen. President Biggs and, of course Gov. Ducey– you can’t do the  will of the people by taking orders from the GOP Leadership in AZ or DC!  This hearing was long before Clair decided not to support Sen. Ward for Federal Office and this is one of many State Ed issues that helped him decide not to support anyone who runs who’s already doing the Bidding of GOP & Lobbyists.

• US Department of Education* Legislation must be submitted by a coalition of Senators to close the Department of Education overtime, sending the job back to the states and communities where the Schools are. The Deptartment of Ed has as of mid-2016 nearly 5,000 employees and a budget of about $73 billion which has grown almost 20% in just 6 years, however if Pres. Elect Trump freezes all hiring for his first term could be closed with no effect on the Economy or Unemployment whatsoever. There is no  constitutional authority for the federal government to be in the business of education. We also know the new program  being introduced into Americas’ Schools by the Federal Government called Common Core is going to lead to more Federal Intrusion, such as gathering of Data and more, while once again using the Taxpayers Monies to bribe states to accept  and promote it.

• Restore to citizens the ability to decide what’s best for their children, in Our State, County, City or Township. This includes all public schools–district and charter–which should be regulated by the individual states, while we must have Local School Districts corroborate with the Local Educators, Parents, Citizens and Voters to set Standards and Systems in coordination with state legislators–who have the ultimate responsibility for the public school system under the AZ State Constitution–that will lead to the best decisions for our children. We must once again be the responsible persons in the Education of Our Children, not the Federal Government. We must adhere to the US Constitution and reclaim our 9th & 10th Amendment Rights if we plan to be a Free People!

• Education: Improve the Future- I come from the private business community, over the years, I’ve spoken with federal, local and statewide elected officials concerning this issue. They all agree we need to fix the system. But we haven’t seen any real action! I realize some say we need to implement a program that would actually allow the monies sent to a state to follow the pupil no matter what type of school; Public (Private or Charter), Private, Home School, etc. However, even though I agree with the monies following the pupil since they are paid by the parent, my goal is to eliminate the federal system all together, having the Citizens in each State make that decision through their local state government not from DC. This will restore our system of education to our children to truly prepare them for a brighter future! It will also help our teachers receive better pay and incentive to focus on education. Lastly, it will help US to shrink the size of State Government by no longer filling out the forms required just to manage the Federal Mandates, with over 100 separate programs that come with strings at a cost of from 10% to 25% to administer. So, even though there’s an influx of monies from the Federal Government to the States, the Cost of implementing the mandates adds to a states debts and grows its size larger– plus allowing the Federal Government control over states as well!

• College Education and the Cost– We must revamp the entire system when it comes to student  loans. For example, anyone applying for a loan must first be shown the availability of securing a position that will  allow paying the debt upon receiving a degree, and if the odds of gainful employment in a specific field are slim-to-none, no loan will be granted.  We must also begin to give college credits to those who chose to enter to gain a degree who  already have relevant life and/or work experience, so as not to waist their time or the teachers’ time in areas they already have training. Just give them credits for knowledge already acquired. These and other improvements, such as more online education, are needed at all levels.

• Here’s another dilemma in recent developments: The massive racial data base Obama is establishing, meaning the reauthorized ESSA ( Every Student Succeeds Act ) arising from the reconciliation of HR 5 and S 1177 (now ESSA), and the details of Obama’s “comprehensive” database, data collection included in the ESSA–( Every Student Succeeds Act )— I don’t believe anyone could write effective legislation at State level to stop this. At present, the only way for any State to prevent collection of private data collection (in the area of education) is to refuse all federal education-related grants and monies — including school lunch, Title I, vocational grants, etc. If a State accepts any federal dollars under ESSA, it will override all state legislation enacted to prevent the collection of private data—which both HR 5 and S 1177 require. AZ GOP Senator McCain and GOP Congressmen voted in favor of these bills. If this analysis is an accurate reflection of what reality will be after ESEA, as the reauthorized ESSA ( Every Student Succeeds Act ), old state legislation to stop data gathering will be ineffective. Click and Read Article… We’ve been betrayed at both the Federal and State Levels by those we elected to Protect US and Our Children! So it’s now up to US to do it for them! Check the Illegal Alien Counter for yourself and see just how many Illegals are in the Country which adds to the Cost of Education and Time spent by a teacher with your children. Read Link

• One more issue that has been settled–with Trump winning the Presidency–is Illegal Immigration and the  costs to AZ and to Education (not only in Dollars but also in over crowded class rooms), time spent with non-English  speaking pupils is time not spent with your child and a drain to the economy in general.

Take a look at the video and see just how many Dollars Float out and how many people float into the system. Then, ask the question: Does AZ have the Rights retained by We the People in the several States, to run our Educational system without Federal Interference as laid-out in the US Constitution?  (We must also remember not to support AZ Legislators who passed the legislation putting Prop 123 on the Ballot to Raid the AZ Land Trust fund, and these monies stolen from Future Pupils in the Arizona School system didn’t end up in the Teachers’ pay once again! Just more false promises of AZ Politicians in AZ’S Own Political Swamp and it’s Time to Drain It as well as DC’s) Watch Video: Immigration Counters

In Closing Election Cycles are Critical for the Nation as to whether we sink deeper into a Socialistic Nation or Restore Ourselves to a True Republic form of Government. The choices are clear, never support anyone who votes against or compromises the US Constitution and Our Freedoms and believe that’s actually what most of us are hoping  for and the GOP power brokers are afraid of: ( Drain All Political Swamps ).

*God Bless You All; Clair Van Steenwyk 

Originally posted by Clair 9/11/2011 Updated 11/10/2016

Federal Government Reforms

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No More Redistribution of Wealth – it’s led us to the brink of disaster. Our elected officials for generations have put us on a path to destruction. We the People have a responsibility as Americans to put an end to this fiscal irresponsibility.

*No more Fair Trade Agreements* such as NAFTA which has only hurt the American Worker.

*A bill must be introduced called the Congressional Responsibility Act* that will require all proposed regulations from Departments or Agencies be sent to Congress for a “up or down vote” by both House and Senate and Signed into law as stated in Article 1 Section 1 as was the original intent. As to Czars, all that needs to done is remove their congressional funding, no matter who’s in the White House. We must also repeal LBJ’s bill amending the tax code restricting Political Free Speech that is an unconstitutional burden on free speech under the First Amendment. Accordingly the tax rule now stands alone “prohibiting” not only express advocacy by charitable corporations, but also suppresses other forms of political speech as defined at will by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). A challenge to the Constitutionality of the “Political Activities Prohibition” thus seems inevitable, I however believe repealing this law from the present tax code will be the best way of resolving this issue this will also enable voters to see whether their Representatives truly stand up for the 1st Amendment or not.

*Federal Court System Appointments* All appointments to the Federal Court System including the Supreme Court to One Ten Year Term and District Courts to One Seven Year Term appointments, these appointments approval based on all rulings using US Constitution as the Guiding Light.Term Limits will end the security some Judges have that allows them to Legislate from the Bench with their lifetime appointments, insuring many Unconstitutional Decisions made strictly on their Political Philosophies. I believe this will give the American Citizen a restored trust in the Judicial System and prevent loading the courts for the purpose of Social Justice.  We must also solve the problem of Term Limits for Federal Office Holders as well, this can be done by having US Senators serve just two 6 year terms and the House serving 5 two year terms or amending their term to 3 years and only serving three, this would allow Senators to serve and not spend their time raising campaign funds and the Congressman facing fewer re election efforts thereby limiting or even removing any real influence of lobbyists etc., not allow any to work as a lobbyist for 6 years after leaving office. The fore mentioned Term Limits on Judges and Elected Senators and Representatives would take a Constitutional Amendment, however I believe it’s over due and desperately needed.

We must downsize our government now by putting a ten year freeze on bonuses, a five year freeze on all hiring and salaries of any type excluding those who serve in the Military.This will bring a reduction of at least 10% just by attrition with people retiring and leaving for other jobs. We must also begin to downsize by another 3% per year for 5 years, thereby bringing the government’s size down by another 15% with the fore mentioned freeze we get a total reduction of 25% over 5 years, the end result through this process we’ll be able to close entire Departments that have no Constitutional Authority to exist without effecting the unemployment of the Country.

The closing of Departments and some history on them, the departments of Commerce and Labor were originally the Department of Commerce and Labor (1903). The Department of Defense was originally the Department of War (1798). The departments of Education, and Health and Human Services were originally the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (1953). The Department of State was originally called the Department of Foreign Affairs. The Department of Justice was originally just the Office of the Attorney General (1789). The Postal Service existed as the cabinet-level- Post Office Department 1792 to 1971.

Does the Constitution authorize any of them? It is apparent from reading Articles I and II of the Constitution that six of the current executive-branch departments have no constitutional justification whatsoever to exist, four of them are apparently authorized by the Constitution, three of them might possibly be authorized by the Constitution, two of them should be combined with other departments, and one is missing, which is the USPS that existed from 1792 until it became just the Postal Service in 1971 is clearly authorized by the Constitution in Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 7. The departments of Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Labor cannot be justified in any way by the Constitution. Where in the Constitution is the federal government authorized to have anything to do with agriculture, education, energy, health, housing, or labor?  Much of the welfare state is maintained by these departments. We have 15 Departments of which 4 are Constitutionally Compliant, 9 aren’t and 7 should be closed 2 could be merged into the Dept. of Defense. Our government uses the General Welfare stated in the Constitution to allow for those not authorized and this wasn’t the intent of the statement by our Founders, however used by those in government to grow the size, scope and cost to all of us.

•US Department of State* est. 1789 / 2017 Budget 50.1 Billion

•US Department of Treasury* est. 1789 / Present Budget 17.2 Billion

•US Department of Justice* est. 1870 / Present Budget 28 Billion 

•US Department of Defense* 1947, previously called Dept. of War / Present Budget 582 Billion

•US Department of Veterans Affairs* 1989 / 2017 Budget 182.3 Billion Merge with the Department of Defense

•US Department of Homeland Security* est. 2002 / 2017 Budget 47.3 Billion Merge with the Department of Defense 

•The One missing is the USPS that existed from 1792 until it became just the Postal Service in 1971 is clearly authorized by the Constitution in Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 7.

•We must Close the following departments now* by applying the US Constitutional Compliance to all with a five year target to close them with No Exceptions*

•US Department of Interior* est. 1849 / Present Budget 30.7 Billion, Must Close, as Fed not suppose to own land or control water, game etc.

•US Department of Agriculture* est. 1862 / Present Budget 139.7 Billion Must Close

•US Department of Labor* est. 1913 / Present Budget 13 Billion  Must Close 

•US Department of Commerce* est. 1913 / Present Budget 10 Billion  Must Close

•US Department of Housing & Urban Development* est. 1965: / Present Budget 48 Billion Must Close

•US Department of Transportation* est. 1966: / 2017 Budget 30 Billion  Must Close 

•US Department of Energy* est. 1977 / 2017 Budget 32.5 Billion with plans to add 30 Billion more a year for 10 years Must Close

•US Department of Education by Pres. Carter est.* 1979 / Present Budget 73 Billion  Must Close and return the All Control of schools to the states

•US Department of Health and Human Services* est. 1979 / 2017 Budget 70 Billion Must Close

Many Agencies within the Federal Gov. must be Closed with remaining *Federal Agencies* if any put in check to eliminate their ability to Legislate by writing / creating Regulations / Laws without Congressional Oversight such as the EPA, OSHA and others that don’t pass Constitutional Authority to exist. The *Departments* that need closing are UNCONSTITUTIONAL and therefore have no merit: eliminating them shouldn’t present a problem for a Constitutional Republic, that is if those in DC are really Conservatives as they claim to be. These eliminated Departments and Agencies responsibilities can and should be handled by State & Local Governments which are closest to the people, as was meant to be from the Founding of Our Country. This process will also substantially add to the shrinking of the Federal Government and save us more than 1.5 Trillion Annually. Check Link: http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-constitution-versus-the-executive-branch-departments/

We must vote in a Balanced Budget Amendment with no more than 18% of GDP. The only exception would be a real national emergency such as a war or natural disaster other and only given when asked for by the states.

We must not only stop borrowing but also stop all the spending that is done in the form of subsidies to all types of projects whether to farmers not to grow food, oil companies, museums, Public TV, and all Foreign Aid, to name a few.

We must revise our tax system so those that achieve success are not punished for being successful. For any meaningful reform we must Repeal the 16th Amendment to prevent the Federal Government from continuing to have the ability to tax our incomes, or no real reform will take place. We have two choices either the Flat Tax or the Fair Tax. The Flat Tax will simplify the tax code and downsize the IRS so we can unleash an economic boom that creates millions of jobs, boosts wages, and expands opportunity for all, so those that achieve success are not punished for being successful. Flat Tax plans won’t get the IRS out of your life, or out of the way of job creator’s in America, but the plan will cut spending and balance the budget in just five years. It will be the largest tax cut in American history and a tax cut that will leave more money in the paychecks of every worker in America. The flat-tax applies to all personal income which includes wages, salaries, dividend, capital gains, rents and interest. FICA taxes are also removed which, ends corporate welfare, creating simple tax returns one page long. All present Deductions except for Mortgage and Charities are eliminated under this plan. A family of four with an income of $50,000 or less pays no tax, and low income families retain the earned-income tax credit. The Flat tax as proposed by Senator Rand Paul is quite simple based on a tax rate of 15% and allows the first $50,000 earned to be deductible and removes FICA while allowing the deductions for Mortgages and Charitable deductions. Rand’s plan however doesn’t require repealing the 16th Amendment therefore the Federal Government will still have the legal right to continue taxing all personal and business incomes, which is at the root of our tax law problems.  I also believe if a Flat Tax is put in place the rate will be closer to 20%, however if the citizen having more of their earned income left it is very possibly over all taxes paid could be lower.

Brief Explanation of The Fair Tax The Fair Tax already has 72 sponsors in the House and 7 more in the US Senate which I plan to join when elected. The Fair Tax eliminates all corporate and personal Federal Income Taxes, all payroll, dividend, capital gains and estate taxes, replaced by one embedded sales tax on the sale of all NEW GOODS and services at the retail level. To do this of course will require as previously stated a repeal of the 16th Amendment to prevent any future tax on incomes.

The average amount of the embedded taxes in the cost of everything we buy in a retail business is approximately 22%.  This would mean that we are replacing the embedded cost of our present tax system of 22 % with an Embedded Fair Tax of 23 %. Every American Citizen household will receive a Pre bate Credit at the end of every month equal to the amount of Fair Tax that household would be expected to pay during that month on the basic necessities of life. Poverty figures for a various family sizes from the Commerce Department will be used to calculate the size of this “Prebate”.  This will guarantee that nobody will have to pay the Fair Tax on the basic necessities of life, which will guarantee more spendable income for all.

Calculation of the PREBATE: The monthly prebate credit is calculated by multiplying the annual consumption allowance as measured by the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines times the Fair Tax rate divided by twelve. Poverty level spending represents what it costs families of varying household size and composition to buy their necessities. The table below shows the monthly prebate amount for households of varying composition.

The Fair Tax prebate explained, updated January 2015.

Again To Prevent Future Problems with the Federal Government and Intrusion into the lives of Americans we must Repeal the 16th Amendment with all its’ statutes in our present Tax Code; that which allows the IRS to harass citizens applying for a tax exempt status for almost any reason the IRS chose to use, this must be done to guarantee our Freedoms.

I Believe either of these plans will be better for the American Tax Payer and Businesses then the present IRS system at present, which is not only complicated for most to understand, it also infringes on Americans God Granted Unalienable Rights. For any new plan there must be No Tax on Any Social Security.

We also need to go to a Zero-Based Budget The current Baseline Budget System automatically increases budgets every year needed or not, this allows our government to grow even though it has no need to. We must do what most successful businesses do, which is to simply go to a Zero Base Budgeting system, in place of the Baseline System we are presently using. Remove capital gains tax rates and abolish the death tax permanently.

The federal budget should be no more than 15% of the Gross Domestic Product, the only exceptions are actual national emergencies, such as war. Aid to states must be repaid.

    • Fair trade with foreign countries
    • Reciprocal taxes on imports that we receive on exports
    • Ban imports of products that infringe on US copy right laws.

Our foreign debt of over 30% is held by foreign governments many of which are our enemies, if we can remember what that means. The interest we pay them funds many of the projects for their citizens, while we keep borrowing from them to keep increasing our runaway spending. The United States borrows at a rate of 42 cents of every dollar we spend. This is a recipe for bankruptcy, if not criminal certainly anti-American. D.C. spends our money without any type of plan or responsible foresight, as we continue down the road to total financial collapse similar to that of our so-called European allies – where they’re broke, headed for default. Then we’ll the UNITED STATES… will be expected to clean up the mess as we have done twice before in the 20th century.  Check Oklahoma Senator Coburn’s Book, called Waste book for details on some of the wasteful spending by those in DC. However, the largest holder of our debt may surprise you as it’s the Social Security Trust Fund and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund at $2.783 trillion, does this give you a warm feeling knowing each and every time they raise the Debt Ceiling it’s you and me and Our Retirement Security that backs it up. These are other holders of Our Debt and yes, it’s still US as of Sept. 2014!

  • Office of Personnel Management Retirement – $928 Billion
  • Military Retirement Fund – $483 billion
  • Uniformed Services Retiree Health Care Fund – $189 billion
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services (Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund) – $270 Billion
  • Cash on Hand to the Federal Government $463
  • Other Programs and Funds – $117 billion. (Source: Treasury Bulletin, Monthly Treasury Statement, Table 6. Schedule  D-Investments of Federal Government Accounts in Federal Securities, September 2014).

This type of Scheme, Financial Wizardry would put any of US in Prison and yet those in office continue to perpetrate it on US, time to Clean House and I do mean all of them.

We also owe over $1.238 Trillion to our ally Japan. $1.239 to Trillion China a formidable Challenger in the Pacific, we pay close to $560 million in interest a week to China. Oil Exporting Countries $270 Billion, Brazil $260 Billion, do you still wonder why we seem to have so Little Influence around the World, well we’re in **DEBT** to all of Them. Just think what we could do with that amount of INTEREST money to improve schools, roads etc. At the rate we’re continuing to borrow and spend we’ll never be able to pay this money back to any of them, so we’ll default: seems more like a plan to destroy our Sovereign Nation than just bad spending policies with the Thieves in Charge of the Finances.

The interest we pay on our debt today is more than our past years’ entire Federal Budgets. So tell me we’re not out of control and we the people need to put a stop to this now. The excess money we’d realize upon implementing the above measures must be used to pay down the debt, not used for any additional spending (*) Note, our debt includes the current $90 Trillion Dollars in Unfunded Mandates.

We must return federally controlled lands back to the States as well. In addition I believe we must audit the Federal Reserve and then over a 5 yr. period close it.

In Closing Election Cycles are Critical for the Nation as to whether we sink deeper into a Socialistic Nation or Restore Ourselves to a True Republic form of Government. The choices are clear, never support anyone who votes against or compromises the US Constitution and Our Freedoms and believe that’s actually what most of us are hoping for and the GOP power brokers are afraid of: ( Time to Drain All Political Swamps ).

God Bless You All; Clair Van Steenwyk

Originally posted by Clair 9/11/2011 Updated by Clair 2/09/2014 Updated by Clair 7/18/15