A Tipping Point

Our nation lies at a tipping point in history.  That is literally true.  We are standing at the crossroads of our nation.  And there is no ambiguity or uncertainty in the two paths that lie before us.

We used to talk about saving this great nation for our children or grandchildren. But if we don’t have the courage to fix our problems, we won’t make it that long!

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What I Believe

I believe in the idea of American Exceptionalism. I believe we are, as Abraham Lincoln said, the “last best hope on earth.” I believe this nation has played a great role for good in the world. Can you even imagine what the last century would have been like had it not been for the United States? World War I and World War II. The spread of democracy to every corner of the world. The greatest economic expansion in the history of man. The rising of a middle class that has lifted millions of families out of poverty. The miraculous defeat of communism that opened the door of freedom to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

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6 Critical Steps to Reclaim Freedom

After a lifetime of serving and studying and writing about this nation, there is one thing I have learned: this nation was built upon the back of miracles. At critical times in our history, we, the people, showed the courage and the wisdom to do the right thing. We proved that we were up to the challenge, willing to work and sacrifice to ensure that this nation survived.

If we are to reclaim our freedom we must do six critical things:

  1. Repeal ObamaCare
  2. Enact real entitlement reform
  3. Implement pro-growth/pro-family tax reforms
  4. Review all federal rules and regulations
  5. Ensure our mutual defense
  6. De-federalize our public lands

6 Critical Steps to Reclaim Freedom

1. REPEAL OBAMACARE. Obamacare has driven up the cost of health care, resulted in less people having insurance than before the law’s implementation, killed millions of private sector jobs, driven many full-time workers into part-time positions, crushed individual privacy and greatly expanded government power and intrusion into our lives.

There is a better way. The Republican plan would use free markets and competition to drive down cost, open access to those with preexisting conditions, allow for portability and intrastate purchases, and provide for tort reform. This plan would provide more affordable and more accessible health care for all. (For a more detailed explanation of the Republican Health Reform Plan, click here.

2. ENACT REAL ENTITLEMENT REFORM. Anyone who suggests we can fix our fiscal crisis without addressing entitlements is not being truthful. Entitlement spending (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other mandatory programs) already consumes 66% of our federal spending. Financing promised entitlement spending will require doubling the marginal tax rates for all income brackets over the next 30 years.

The Republican Balanced Budget Plan that I helped to pass last spring will address all of these issues in a positive and practical way. It will protect those approaching retirement age by preserving the existing Social Security program for those 55 or older. It then addresses the need for reforms in all entitlement spending while honoring the commitments we have made to the poor, elderly and needy among us.

We are a great nation because we are a generous and fiscally responsible people. But the reason we are the greatest nation is because we are free. We will lose that freedom if we don’t put our financial house in order. The Republican budget will allow us to save the American Dream. (For more information on the Republican Balanced Budget Plan, click here.) 

IMPLEMENT PRO-GROWTH/PRO-FAMILY TAX REFORMS. The current tax code is unjustifiably complex and unfair. It is designed to benefit those who have the money to pay lawyers and accountants and to disadvantage those who are trying to play by the rules. Worst of all, it is divisive. Will Rogers once said, “Any government that robs Peter to pay Paul will always have Paul’s vote.” To remedy this, we need to implement real tax reform that will:

  • Reduce the abusive power of the IRS by simplifying the tax code to two rates, 28% and 15%. Taxes would be so simplified that someone could complete their tax returns on a postcard.
  • Allow tax deductions for home mortgages and charitable giving.
  • Protect the working poor through a tax credit.
  • Implement a straight 15% corporate tax.

These reforms would allow for average tax revenues of approximately 18.5% of GDP, (our historical average) while greatly reducing the power of the corrupted IRS. More importantly, the economy would experience enormous growth as we eliminate distortions and inefficiencies that occur through tax avoidance.

4. REVIEW ALL FEDERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS. Intrusive Federal regulations are a 1.6 trillion dollar deadweight on our economy. They strangle business, distort decision making, instill resentment and fear into the populace, slow down economic growth, empower bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. and intrude upon our lives.

In 2011 the Code of Federal Regulations totaled 169,301 pages. Since taking office President Obama has added almost 13,000 additional pages.

None of these regulations have passed the scrutiny of the voters or the direct blessing of Congress.

We need to eliminate many of these intrusive federal regulations by implementing a five-year Sunset Rule, during which time we review every rule and regulation. Those that can pass Congressional muster should be kept. Those that don’t pass a vote in Congress should be automatically eliminated at the end of the fifth year.

5. ENSURE OUR MUTUAL DEFENSE. It is the fundamental responsibility of the federal government to provide for our mutual defense. Insurgents are gaining power in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. Iran is on the verge of a nuclear weapon. Israel is wondering if we will stand by our security agreements. Pakistan is unreliable and sitting on a nuclear arsenal. Hostilities are growing in many corners of the world. History assures us that another security crisis will come. When it does, it is absolutely essential that we be prepared.

But that doesn’t mean the military shouldn’t be exposed to the same scrutiny that the rest of the government is going to have to face. By closing overseas’ bases and streamlining operations, the military can sustain some reductions in spending without hurting national security.

6. DE-FEDERALIZE OUR PUBLIC LANDS. Why are huge tracks of Utah owned and controlled by the federal government? Some say 67% of Utah is federally controlled. Some say the number is closer to 73%. The truth is, no one knows, because the government isn’t even capable of conducting an accurate inventory of their holdings, let alone effectively administering such vast swaths of land.

We are losing hundreds of millions of dollars in energy royalties while allowing bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. to dictate what happens in our own backyard.

Many of these public lands could be – and should be – controlled and administered by the state. We, the people of Utah, are capable of protecting our own backyard from abuse or exploitation. We are capable of protecting the true wilderness that we love without cutting off so much of our land to multiple use.

De-federalizing public lands is also vital to a coherent energy strategy that will lead to greater energy independence and increases national security.

WE CAN FIX THIS

Yes, we are facing a crisis in this nation. But we have been through tough times before. I am certain that we will rise above this too, for we are still, as Abraham Lincoln said, the last best hope on earth. And when we do, our children will know that we – this generation – had the courage to save the American Dream.

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American Conservative Union Endorses Chris Stewart

Stewart Named Top Conservative by ACU

 

Salt Lake City, Utah (April 3, 2014) Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2) has been named a top conservative by the American Conservative Union. “I am humbled and honored to be recognized as a top conservative by the ACU. I am proud to be a conservative voice for the citizens I represent.” commented Stewart.

The American Conservative Union (ACU) was founded in 1964 to promote the principles of liberty and the strength of the Constitution. As the nation's largest and strongest grassroots conservative organization, the ACU serves as the umbrella organization for conservatives in America. Al Cardenas, Chairman of ACU remarked, “We are proud to honor the respectable work of Representative Stewart.”   

The ACU tracks a wide range of issues before Congress to determine which issues and votes serve as a dividing line to help separate those members of the U.S. House and Senate who protect liberty as conservatives and those who are truly liberal. Since 1971, the Congressional ratings have become the gold standard in holding every member of Congress accountable for their voting record by scoring some of the most important issues facing our nation.

About Congressman Chris Stewart: 

Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley.  Chris graduated from Sky View High School and earned his degree in Economics from Utah State University.  Chris joined the United States Air Force where he served for fourteen years as a pilot.  Prior to being elected to Congress, Chris was the owner and president of a small business which dealt with environmental policy and energy development.  During his first year in Congress, Chris was appointed to be the chairman of the sub-committee on the Environment.  In December of 2013, Chris was selected as a member of the Appropriations Committee.  Chris and his wife Evie are the proud parents of six children.  He considers being a father the most important and enjoyable job in the world.  For more information about Chris, please visit; http://www.stewartforutah.com/  

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Endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA)

Congressman Chris Stewart Receives NRA Endorsement

 

Salt Lake City, Utah (April 3, 2014) Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2) has received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association.  “I am truly honored to receive this endorsement from the National Rifle Association. I support the Second Amendment and believe the right to keep and bear arms is a personal and absolute right.” commented Stewart regarding the endorsement.

James J. Baker, Director, NRA-ILA Federal Affairs remarked, “Based on your consistent and proven voting record on Second Amendment issues in the U.S. House of Representatives, you have earned an “A” rating from NRA-PVF for this primary election.  An “A” rating is reserved for a solidly pro-gun legislator who has supported NRA positions on key votes.” 

In addition, the endorsement outlined that Rep. Chris Stewart: 

  • Opposed attempts to ban lawfully-owned firearms and magazines, and has stood strong against President Obama’s and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control agenda.
  • Is currently a cosponsor of H.R. 2959, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013.  This bill would allow any person who is not prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal law and who has a valid, concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed handgun in any state that issues its own residents permits to carry concealed firearms.  
  • Voted for H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013, a bill that protects traditional hunting ammunition, opens more federal lands to sportsmen, and allows law-abiding Americans to carry firearms on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.  

 About Congressman Chris Stewart: 

Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley.  Chris graduated from Sky View High School and earned his degree in Economics from Utah State University.  Chris joined the United States Air Force where he served for fourteen years as a pilot.  Prior to being elected to Congress, Chris was the owner and president of a small business which dealt with environmental policy and energy development.  During his first year in Congress, Chris was appointed to be the chairman of the sub-committee on the Environment.  In December of 2013, Chris was selected as a member of the Appropriations Committee.  Chris and his wife Evie are the proud parents of six children.  He considers being a father the most important and enjoyable job in the world.  For more information about Chris, please visit; http://www.stewartforutah.com/ 

 

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Paid for by Friends for Chris Stewart 

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