Why Are So Many People Moving Out Of California?

In recent years, the number of people moving away from the state of California has greatly outnumbered the number of people moving into the state.  Reasons for the mass exodus include rising crime, the worst traffic in the western world, a growing homelessness epidemic, wildfires, earthquakes and crazy politicians that do some of the stupidest things imaginable.  But for most families, the decision to leave California comes down to one basic factor…

Money.

For a lot of Californians, it simply does not make economic sense to remain in the state any longer.  So over the past decade approximately 5 million people have picked up and moved to another state, and many believe that this trend is going to accelerate if California does not start doing things differently.  The following is from an excellent article by Kristin Tate, the author of a new book entitled “How Do I Tax Thee?: A Field Guide to the Great American Rip-Off“…

The largest socioeconomic segment moving from California is the upper-middle class. The state is home to some of the most burdensome taxes and regulations in the nation. Meanwhile, its social engineering — from green energy to wealth redistribution — have made many working families poorer. As California begins its long decline, the influx outward is picking up in earnest.

I don’t know anyone that enjoys being taxed at extremely high levels, and in California extracting more and more revenue from the citizens has become an art form.  California’s highest marginal tax rate is now a whopping 13.3 percent, and on average taxpayers are hit with a 9.3 percent rate

Taxes also are much lower in Arizona than California. California residents pay nearly twice as much in state income taxes. The individual income tax rate is 4.54 percent in Arizona. It’s 9.3 percent in California, according to the Arizona Sun Corridor.

Under the old rules, the tax burden imposed upon Californians was mitigated by federal rules allowing for the deduction of state taxes.  But now the new tax bill has made some major changes, and some experts believe that this will actually accelerate the exodus out of the state of California.  The following comes from CNBC

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal headlined “So Long, California. Sayonara, New York,” Laffer and Moore (who have both advised President Donald Trump) say the new tax bill will cause a net 800,000 people to move out of California and New York over the next three years.

The tax changes limit the deduction of state and local taxes to $10,000, so many high-earning taxpayers in high-tax states will actually face a tax increase under the new tax code.

Of course taxation is only part of the equation.

For many, the exceedingly high cost of housing in California is the primary reason that they have chosen to leave.  At this point, the average price of a home in California is more than $200,000 above the national average

According to Zillow, the average price for a home in the U.S. was $261,000 in February 2018. The average home price in California was $469,000. In Oklahoma, it was $116,000.

And that $469,000 figure is for the state as a whole.

In Santa Clara County (the home of Google and Apple), the median price of a single family home is 1.4 million dollars.

Yes, you read that correctly.

In some areas of northern California, the housing bubble is completely out of control.  For example, just recently a burned out husk of a home sold for more than $900,000

Real estate agent Holly Barr says she’s never had a listing generate as much attention as the one on Bird Avenue in the San Jose neighborhood of Willow Glen. The house caught fire two years ago during a remodeling job. What was left was a burned-out husk of a California bungalow sitting on 5,800 square feet of land.

When Barr put the property on the market in April for $800,000, the listing made international headlines. It sold for over $900,000 — in less than a week. The burned down house will be razed and a new property will be built there that will likely sell for far more.

Well, if families cannot afford to buy a home, why don’t they just rent?

Unfortunately, we have seen rents spiral completely out of control as well…

The median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the Los Angeles area is $2,249, and in San Francisco it’s almost $3,400, according to Zumper. The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the Los Angeles area is $3,200 and in San Francisco about $4,500. By comparison, the median rent for a one-bedroom in Las Vegas is $925 and in Phoenix $945, and for a two-bedroom in Las Vegas $1,122 and in Phoenix $1,137.

Ouch.

Sadly, rapidly rising prices have greatly contributed to the homelessness epidemic that California is dealing with right now.

Even though we are supposedly in an “economic recovery”, the number of homeless people in Los Angeles has risen by an astounding 50 percent over the last five years…

The homelessness issue has achieved a special distinction in Los Angeles. Having increased 50% during the past five years, “it’s supplanted traffic as the topic everyone talks about,’’ says Tom Waldman, spokesman for regional homeless agency.

The homeless are as visible as the Hollywood sign. More than two years after Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a “state of emergency,’’ about 41,000 are “unsheltered’’ — sleeping in cars, outside City Hall, under freeway overpasses. The Los Angeles Times calls it “a human tragedy of extraordinary proportions.’’

And it isn’t just families that are leaving.

In fact, sometimes entire companies are picking up and relocating to another state.  For example, Price Pump Manufacturing Co. is leaving the Golden State and is heading for Idaho

Price Pump Manufacturing Co., an 86-year-old company that has operated in Sonoma for 70 years, bought 6 acres of land in the Sky Ranch Business Center for about $86,000. The company plans to build a 40,000-square-foot plant at the industrial site east of Interstate 84 and south of Franklin Road.

The high cost of manufacturing in California made it more difficult to compete with other sellers in the United States and across the globe, president and CEO Bob Piazza said. He said the marketplace helps determines prices, and Price Pump could not simply raise prices to maintain a reasonable return on investment.

And I found another article today about a company that has decided to leave California and is relocating to Phoenix, Arizona

A company that manufactures workbenches and lab furniture is relocating to Goodyear, near Phoenix, Arizona, to save money, while creating 30 new jobs in Arizona.

Matt McConnell, director of sales and marketing for IAC Industries, said the move will increase the stability and longevity of his business. IAC is located in Brea, California.

“The commercial property costs in California versus the commercial property costs in other states” made the decision easy, he said.

As long as tech giants such as Google and Apple are thriving, the trends that are driving such dramatic change in the state are likely to continue.

So we are likely to continue to see a very large exodus out of California, and those that are leaving will continue to fundamentally change the communities that they are moving into.

Because there is such a disparity between the number of people moving out and the number of people moving in, it actually costs nearly twice as much to take a U-Haul from California to Texas as it does to take a U-Haul from Texas to California…

The cost of popular moving truck services, like U-Haul, is largely created through the ironclad rules of supply and demand. Turns out, there is much higher demand for trucks leaving high-tax blue states heading to low-tax red states than vice versa.

A route from California to Texas, for example, is more than twice as expensive as a route from Texas to California. Want to go from Los Angeles to Dallas? $2,558. Returning back? $1,232.

Once upon a time, millions of young Americans dreamed of moving to California.  It was a land of gorgeous weather, movie stars and endless opportunity.

But now the California Dream has turned into the California nightmare, and people are heading out of the state in droves.

Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist.  He is the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.

 

Nearly 51 Million Households In The United States ‘Can’t Afford Basics Like Rent And Food’

If the U.S. economy is performing well, then why can’t 51 million households in the United States “afford basics like rent and food”.  A stunning new report that was just put out by the United Way ALICE Project shows that the gap between the wealthy and the poor in this country is perhaps the biggest that it has been in any of our lifetimes.  In some of the wealthiest areas of the nation, homes are now selling for up to 100 million dollars, but meanwhile tens of millions of families are barely scraping by from month to month.  Many believe that this growing “inequality gap” is setting the stage for major societal problems.

In general, the U.S. economy seems to be performing better than expected so far in 2018, but the ranks of the poor and the working poor just continue to grow.  The following comes from CNN

Nearly 51 million households don’t earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released Thursday by the United Way ALICE Project. That’s 43% of households in the United States.

The figure includes the 16.1 million households living in poverty, as well as the 34.7 million families that the United Way has dubbed ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This group makes less than what’s needed “to survive in the modern economy.”

If 43 percent of all Americans cannot even afford “the basics”, what does that say about the true state of the U.S. economy?

Of course the biggest reason why so many American families are struggling is the lack of good jobs.

In America today, 66 percent of all jobs pay less than 20 dollars an hour.

66 percent.

Just let that sink in for a minute.

You cannot support a middle class family on 20 dollars an hour.  As a result, many Americans are working more than one job, and in many households both the mother and the father are working more than one job.

Housing costs account for the biggest item in most family budgets, and the fact that housing costs have just continued to soar is putting a huge amount of financial stress on hard working families.  Just today we learned that there is a tremendous rush to buy homes as mortgage rates rise rapidly

Today, according to the latest Freddie Mac mortgage rates report, after plateauing in recent weeks, mortgage rates reversed course and reached a new high last seen eight years ago as the 30-year fixed mortgage rate edged up to 4.61% matching the highest level since May 19, 2011.

But while the highest mortgage rates in 8 years are predictably crushing mortgage refinance activity, they appears to be having the opposite effect on home purchases, where there is a sheer scramble to buy, and sell, houses. As Bloomberg notes, citing brokerage Redfin, the average home across the US that sold last month went into contract after a median of 36 only days on the market – a record speed in data going back to 2010.

If you will remember, we witnessed a very similar pattern just before the subprime mortgage meltdown in 2008.

History is repeating itself, and we never seem to learn from our past mistakes.

Housing prices in some cities are absolutely obscene right now, and many working families find themselves completely priced out of the market.  That has some people asking one very simple question

Many San Francisco renters I met while reporting an article on affordable housing lotteries had responded to the region’s housing crisis by putting up with great discomfort: They crammed in with family; they split apartments with strangers. Some even lived out of their cars.

Why, lots of readers wanted to know, didn’t they simply move away instead?

Yes, some people are moving, and this is something that I plan to do an article about very soon.

But for most hard working families, moving across the country simply is not an option.  Moving out of state is very expensive, it can be very difficult to find a similar job in an entirely new area, and many families are very dependent on the social networks where they currently live…

People who struggle financially often have valuable social networks — family to help with child care, acquaintances who know of jobs. The prospect of dropping into, say, Oklahoma or Georgia would mean doing without the good income and the social support. Those intangible connections that keep people in places with bad economies also keep people in booming regions where the rent is too high.

In the end, moving is just not an option for a lot of people.

We need to structure our economic system so that it works for all Americans – not just a few.  Unfortunately, it is probably going to take another major crisis before people are ready for such a restructuring.

And such a crisis may not be that far away.  In fact, even Pope Francis is now warning about the dangers of derivatives

In a sweeping critique of global finance released by the Vatican on Thursday, the Holy See singled out derivatives including credit-default swaps for particular scorn. “A ticking time bomb,” the Vatican called them. The unusual rebuke — derivatives rarely reach the level of religious doctrine — is in keeping with Francis’s skeptical view of unbridled global capitalism.

“The market of CDS, in the wake of the economic crisis of 2007, was imposing enough to represent almost the equivalent of the GDP of the entire world. The spread of such a kind of contract without proper limits has encouraged the growth of a finance of chance, and of gambling on the failure of others, which is unacceptable from the ethical point of view,” the Vatican said in the document.

I have written about derivatives extensively in the past, and Pope Francis is 100 percent correct when he says that they are a ticking time bomb which could absolutely devastate the global financial system at any moment.

We don’t know exactly when it will happen, but we do know that such a crisis is coming at some point.

Sadly, most of the population is completely asleep, and they will be completely blindsided by the coming crisis when it does finally arrive.

Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist.  He is the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.

Thank You

As this campaign ends, one of the saddest things for me is saying goodbye to the best team of volunteers in the entire state of Idaho. I cannot possibly thank all of you enough for all that you have done, and I wish that I could have produced a better result for you. Over the past year I have made so many new friends that I know that I will have for the rest of my life, and I cannot even begin to describe how much of a blessing that you have been to Meranda and I. It is going to take us some time to recover from this, but eventually we will do just that. And I want you to know that Meranda and I truly love you all. This is definitely a sad day, but all of us have so much to look forward to as we enter the next chapters of our lives.

Several months ago, the numbers told us that this was a very close race and that more than half of all voters were still undecided. We believed that if we simply out-worked and out-hustled the other teams that we would win. Unfortunately, we didn’t anticipate so much PAC money from outside groups coming into the race. The Washington D.C. establishment picked their guy, and they put enormous amounts of money behind him. At one point it was reported that Club for Growth alone spent $639,000 to promote Russ Fulcher, and the final figure will actually be much higher than that. Overall, we were probably outspent close to 10 to 1 by the other side, and it is nearly impossible to overcome that kind of financial disparity. We spent far less for each voter we won than they did, but they simply had far more money.

Over the past two months, there were non-stop television and radio ads promoting Fulcher. On top of that, voters were absolutely deluged with mailers urging them to vote for Russ Fulcher. We tried to keep up, but without any outside financial assistance at all we found ourselves at a tremendous disadvantage.

Even though we were up against long odds, I am so proud of our team for working so hard up until the very last hour. We actually won Boundary County, and we came in second in six other counties. We showed real strength in many of the rural areas, and they will be talking about what we were able to achieve in Idaho political circles for a very long time.

By the end, we had more than 250 volunteers working on this campaign. Over the course of the past year, I had gotten a feel for the other teams, and without a doubt we had the best team by far. I really wanted to win this thing for you guys, and it is going to hurt for a while that I was not able to do that.

I cannot possibly thank all of our volunteers individually in this email, but there are some that I want to single out. If I have left anyone important off this list I apologize in advance – I am not exactly in my best frame of mind right now. Like I said earlier, I love all of you, and I could never thank you enough for what you did to help this campaign.

First of all, I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for an unforgettable experience. I never would have gotten to travel so extensively, make so many new friends or have my faith stretched in so many unique ways if I had not run for this seat. Now that this campaign is over, I need to simply spend some time walking with God. Without Him I wouldn’t even be alive today, and because of Him we will be able to have a great reunion in heaven someday.

In addition, I would also like to thank the following people from the bottom of my heart…

Meranda – God has given me a wife that is far more wonderful than I deserve. Thank you honey for always supporting me on all of my crazy adventures. Our new child is due in July, and that will be far more of a blessing than any political victory ever could be. Whatever happens, every day is a great day because I get to spend it with you.

Christian – I don’t know what I did to deserve the best darn campaign manager in the entire state of Idaho. We never even would have had a campaign without Christian, and everyone agrees that he has an exceedingly bright future ahead. I will never forget our long talks as we traveled up and down the state of Idaho, and I could never thank you enough for your tireless efforts.

The rest of the Fioravantis – Steve, Lynda, Gabe and Mary have all been so fantastic. Most of you don’t even know about the endless hours they spent at night putting together mailers and doing so much of the other work that made our campaign go. They deserved a better result, and I wish that we could have given them one.

Stephanie and Scott – When we originally asked Stephanie to be our state volunteer coordinator, she probably never imagined that she would spend literally hundreds of hours on the campaign. Scott and Stephanie have become very close friends, and they are some of the most incredible people that you could ever hope to meet.

Melissa – It has been quite a journey. Melissa reached out to us after seeing me on Infowars, and she was one of our first key people down in south Idaho. I really wanted to get you a win Melissa, but I couldn’t pull it off. I hope that you stay engaged in politics, and we will definitely work together to help Trump win in 2020.

Susan and Rick – Susan and Rick have been my “secret weapons” from the start. Most of you don’t even know that they spent an hour and a half in the White House recently with Trump’s political team. They fought as hard as they could to get a Trump endorsement for us, and I will be forever grateful for that and for all the other things that you did for us.

Chandler – I can’t say enough good things about Chandler. He walked precinct after precinct down in Ada County all by himself, and he was constantly coming up with more good ideas for the campaign. I wish that we could have rewarded your hard work with a victory, because you definitely deserved it.

Rachelle – Kootenai County was a hard nut to crack for our campaign, and I really appreciate all that you did. Your time in north Idaho has been a challenge, but we are go glad that you are here. May the Lord bless you and your entire family, and may your best days in north Idaho be ahead.

Jonathan and Charity – What more can be said about the Catlin clan? The reason we won those KIDO online polls is because those kids were clicking away like crazy. And I think that your family collectively spent more time sign waving for our campaign than anyone else. Thank you for everything guys.

Pastor Jim – You are a true man of God, and it was a real privilege to get to know you. Even though you live in Ada County, you decided to be our guy in Canyon County because that is where we needed the help. I know that this campaign has helped you to make many new friendships, and I pray that the next chapter of your life will be a very fruitful one.

Kelsey – I will never forget those long late night discussions at Shari’s. You were with us from the very beginning, and you were still there at the very end. Thank you for your strength, your courage and your friendship, and I believe that God has big plans for you in the days ahead.

Gary and Penny – Gary, you inspired countless numbers of people on the Kevin Miller Show the other morning, and you were an endless source of inspiration for me throughout the latter stages of this campaign. You two kept fighting all the way up until the end, and you helped give me the strength to keep going even when all seemed lost.

Tara Barling – The first time that I met you I knew that you were a fireball, and your passion and energy were evident throughout this process. Thank you for being a fighter, and thank you for getting so many others involved in the campaign. I just wish that we could have pulled out a victory for you.

Ernest and Linda Walker – We were brought together by the Jim Bakker Show, but I never imagined how instrumental you two would be throughout the campaign. Originally we had other key people in Gem County, but in the end you two were the real gems. Thank you.

Garry and Kristy Young – I actually believed that we would win Owyhee County thanks to you two, but that didn’t end up happening. But nobody can ever question your work ethic, and I will always remember the days that Christian and I got to spend at your place. You two are special, and I thank you for everything.

Tom Munds – There is nobody quite like Tom Munds. Christian and I really wanted to win this thing for you, because I know what it would have meant. Your support and friendship mean the world to me, and I wish that we could have gotten a better result for you.

Sam Harrich – We came in second in Latah County, and your hard work definitely helped make that possible. You definitely have a bright future ahead of you, so study hard. And if you ever need a reference, please feel free to use me as one.

Tom Eier – Your love for Lewiston is contagious. After spending an afternoon with you, I had an entirely different perspective on the city, and I just wish that I could have gotten to spend more time with you. You are one of the favorite people that I met along the way, and I thank you for all the help that you gave us.

Jennifer McClelland – That extremely windy day that we spent banging in signs out in Fruitland with your father will be etched in my memory forever. You have been such a blessing, and I really wish that we could have gotten a victory for you. But I know that you have a very bright future ahead. Shalom my friend!

Mark Gundert – Over the past year you have encouraged us on an almost daily basis on Facebook. Thank you for your support, prayers and friendship. I know that you really wanted us to win, and I am sorry that we could not get that done.

Julia Long – I will always, always, always remember the praying women of Genessee. When we arrived in town that day, it was after one of the lowest moments of our campaign, and seeing you all praying outside next to one of our campaign signs was one of those “God moments” that I will never forget. All of you are so special, and all of you will always have such a special place in my heart.

Pro-Life – I never imagined that this process would result in us becoming such good friends, and I am so glad that I have gotten to know you. Now you are moving on the general election as the Constitution Party candidate, and I wish you the very best as you take on Russ Fulcher. But be careful – he is a sneaky one.

There are so many others that sacrificed so much to make our campaign possible, and I will never forget any of you.

As for me, I will be going back to my writing, and through my writing I am able to touch lives literally all over the planet.

So I will remain involved in trying to change things for the better, and I am definitely a better person as a result of getting to know all of you.

They say that life is like a coin – you can spend it any way that you want, but you can only spend it once.

Spend your life for something that really matters.

I love you all.

In Liberty,

Michael Snyder

Vote Pro-Trump On May 15th – Election Day Is Tuesday, And President Trump Needs Everyone To Go Vote For Michael Snyder For Congress

If you live in Idaho’s first congressional district, President Trump desperately needs your support.  Tuesday is voting day, and it is being projected that only about 20 percent of all registered voters will actually go out and vote.  So that means if Trump voters turn out in very large numbers they can decide who will win this election.  If you do not know where your voting location is yet, you can find out right here.  And please contact every single Trump supporter that you know and encourage them to go vote.  President Trump needs allies in Congress, and if I don’t win a horrible RINO that is surrounded by “never Trumpers” and that is being funded by a PAC that absolutely hates Donald Trump is going to win.  That would be an absolute disaster for President Trump, and that is why we must get as many Trump supports to the polls on Tuesday as possible.  Please contact everyone that you possibly can and strongly urge them to vote for Michael Snyder for Congress on May 15th.

Our campaign has a tremendous amount of momentum as we head into election day.  We have recently gotten endorsements from key Trump ally Roger Stone, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Mike Adams the Health Ranger.  True conservatives all over Idaho have been switching over to us from other candidates, and we are extremely excited about that.

But the only way that we are going to win is if our voters get to the polls and vote.  In 2018, if we elect typical wimpy Republican politicians that simply want to be part of the Washington club and advance their political careers, nothing will get accomplished.  Trump’s agenda will continue to get blocked by establishment RINOs, and we will continue to be deeply frustrated with what is happening on Capitol Hill.

What we need are visionary men and women that are willing to stand up to the leadership of both parties and say that enough is enough.

Let’s start a fire that will spread all across America. If we win the primary on May 15th, we will win the general election in November because this district is one of the safest districts for Republicans in the entire country.  It is time to take our government back, but that is only going to happen if we all work together.

I would encourage you to forward this email to every single voter that you know.  One more time, let me share with you 30 reasons why you should vote for our campaign…

#1 The Only Real Pro-Trump Candidate – All of the other leading contenders in this race originally wanted to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, but I was a Trump supporter from the very beginning.  I am a true believer in the Make America Great Again agenda, and I will work tirelessly to implement that agenda once I get to Congress.

#2 The Most Conservative Candidate In This Race – Even the Coeur d’Alene Press says that I am the most conservative candidate in this race, but don’t take their word for it.  Go to MichaelSnyderForCongress.com and compare what I believe with what the other candidates are saying, and I believe that you will come to the same conclusion.  In fact, I have never had a single voter come back to me after making such a comparison and tell me that they believe that one of the other candidates is more conservative.  That is because I truly am the most conservative candidate in this race, and true conservatives all over Idaho are standing with our campaign.

#3 Restoring Christian Values To Washington D.C. – I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I believe that we need more Bible-believing people in positions of power in Washington.  Returning to our Christian roots is the key to a positive future for America, and I will be extremely bold about my faith as a member of Congress.

#4 It’s Time To Drain The Swamp – The same rules that apply to the rest of us should also apply to Congress, and all federal officials should be banned from working as lobbyists for at least ten years after they leave government service.

#5 Restoring The Rule Of Law – For decades, the American people have watched professional politicians commit crime after crime and get away with it. It is time to restore the rule of law in this country, and a great place to begin would be with Hillary Clinton and her close associates. It will be a great day for America when they are finally put in prison for the rest of their lives.

#6 Every RINO Must Go – Way too many Republicans have been fighting Trump’s agenda and acting like Democrats. It is time to hold them accountable, and that means every ‘Republican in name only’ needs to go.

#7 Getting The Money Out Of Politics – As a new member of Congress, I would be expected to raise approximately $200,000 for the National Republican Congressional Committee. In order to “pay their dues”, every day that the House is in session members of Congress go to call centers across from the U.S. Capitol and spend up to four hours a day making calls back to their districts begging people to donate money. One of the things that makes me fundamentally different from my opponents is that I have pledged not to make these calls. Instead, I am going to spend my time in Washington doing the work that the people of Idaho sent me there to do.

#8 100% Pro-Life – No money for Planned Parenthood ever. Nearly 60 million babies have been murdered since 1973, and I am making an unbreakable pledge to vote against any bill that funds Planned Parenthood 100% of the time.

#9 100% Pro-Gun – The Constitution says that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Let me be very clear – I will never back down from defending the Second Amendment even a single inch. You have a constitutional right to own any gun that you want, and you have a constitutional right to carry that gun anywhere that you want.

#10 Abolish The IRS & The Income Tax – We didn’t have an income tax from 1872 to 1913, and that was the greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history. As we fight a long-term battle to abolish the income tax, in the short-term we can at least go to a flat tax or a fair tax, both of which would be far superior to what we have now.

#11 Abolish The Federal Reserve – Since the Fed was created in 1913, we have had 18 recessions, the value of the U.S. dollar has fallen by about 98 percent, and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 6000 times larger. Abolishing this debt-based system is one of the keys to a bright economic future for America.

#12 Cut Red Tape – As President Trump has proposed, two existing government regulations should be eliminated for every new regulation that is enacted.

#13 Getting Federal Bureaucrats Off Our Backs – I will work very hard to get federal control freaks off of the backs of our farmers, our loggers, our miners, our ranchers and our small business owners.

#14 Local Control Of Education – It is time to get the federal government out of the education business. I want to abolish Common Core and the Department of Education, and I want control over education to be as close to the local level as possible.

#15 Shut Down Big Brother Spying – Government agencies have been conducting unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens for decades, and that needs to stop now.

#16 True Limited Government – President Trump has proposed shutting down more than 60 different government programs and agencies. That would be a good start. Instead of asking which government agencies we should close, we should be asking which government agencies really need to remain open.

#17 100% Repeal Of Obamacare – Rapidly rising health insurance premiums are financially crippling Idaho families. Republicans in Congress have fumbled the ball, and we must repeal Obamacare immediately.

#18 Build The Wall – We need to make sure that everyone comes into this country through the front door. We must end illegal immigration, and so I support President Trump’s call to build a wall on the southern border.

#19 End Sanctuary Cities – President Trump has proposed cutting off all federal funding for so-called “sanctuary cities”, and I will fight very hard to get this done.

#20 Supporting Our Veterans – My father is a vet, and I will work passionately to make sure that our veterans receive the respect, care and support that they deserve.

#21 Fighting Islamic Terror – I fully support President Trump’s fight against ISIS, and I will push for legislation that would give local communities all over America the option to say no to refugees from terrorist hotbeds.

#22 Stopping Reckless Government Spending – We are 20 trillion dollars in debt and we continue to steal more than 100 million dollars from future generations every single hour of every single day.

#23 Bringing Jobs Back To America – The U.S. has lost more than 70,000 factories since China joined the WTO in 2001. Our formerly great manufacturing cities now look like war zones, and we desperately need to start making things in this country once again.

#24 Energy Independence – The United States has abundant reserves of oil, natural gas and clean coal, and we need to take the regulatory shackles off of the energy industry so that we can start moving toward energy independence.

#25 Resisting The Globalists – We must reduce the power and influence of the United Nations, and we must strongly fight all attempts by the globalists to erode American sovereignty.

#26 Supporting States Rights – It is almost as if the 10th Amendment doesn’t even exist today. If I am elected, this is what his message to the feds will be: ‘Hand over the keys and get out of Idaho’.

#27 Health Freedom – I believe that the government should be encouraging natural health remedies instead of discouraging them, I believe that parents should always make the health decisions for their own children, and I believe that we desperately need to clean up our air, our water and our food.

#28 Better Access To Public Lands – Under Barack Obama, the federal government made it increasingly difficult for the people of Idaho to access our public lands.  As a member of Congress I will do whatever I can to make sure that our citizens will have much better access to the wonderful open areas that our state has been blessed with.

#29 Holding Judges Accountable – Federal judges that disregard the U.S. Constitution and that choose to legislate from the bench should be subject to impeachment.

#30 An Unashamed Christian – Like President Trump, I am not ashamed to say that I am a Bible-believing Christian, and if we truly want to make America great again we need to return to the values and principles that this nation was founded upon.

There is a reason why Congress only has a 15 percent approval rating today. What we have in Washington D.C. right now does not look anything like what we see in the U.S. Constitution. I am going to Washington to turn the system completely upside down and to restore our Constitutional Republic.

We need to send fighters to D.C., and I am being very bold about the fact that I am not going there to play nice. I am going there to turn over the tables and to be a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness, and party leadership is not going to like that at all.

Once I get to Washington, I intend to set an entirely new standard for what it means to be a member of Congress. I believe in continual two-way communication, I believe in total transparency, and I want to be constantly working with the people in our district to develop solutions that will make a measurable difference in the lives of hard-working families.

We are literally in a war for the future of this country. If we stay on the path that we are currently on, it is a recipe for national suicide, but if we return to the values and the principles that this nation was founded upon I believe that we can still turn things around.

I don’t believe that this is going to be the generation when America goes completely down the toilet. Yes, the problems we are facing are great. But instead of giving up, I choose to fight for America, and I am calling on all of you to join me.

We desperately need fresh leadership in Washington, because if the status quo continues in D.C. there is not going to be any sort of a positive future for our children and our grandchildren. I have a three-year-old daughter named Atarah and my wife Meranda is currently pregnant with our next child. The decisions that we make now are going to determine what kind of a nation they grow up in. As a father, I am absolutely determined to fight for their future, and everywhere I go I meet people that feel the exact same way about their children.

If you would like to learn more about what we are trying to do, please visit MichaelSnyderForCongress.com.  And please do not forget to vote tomorrow.  When future generations of Americans look back on this time, let this be the moment that they remember as the turning point. Let this be the moment when a brave group of citizens stood strong against all the odds and restored our Constitutional Republic.

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way that you want, but you can only spend it once.

Spend your life for something that really matters.

I know that many people are not accustomed to politicians expressing themselves with so much passion and energy.  But I am not a politician.  I am a husband, a father and a citizen that is fed up with a government that is deeply broken.  We have started a grassroots revolution here in Idaho, and we want to take this revolution to Washington.

But we need your help in order to do that.

It is time for a change, and that change starts on Tuesday, May 15th.

If you do not know where you are supposed to go to vote, you can find out right here.  Over the past year I have put everything that I have got into this race, and I respectfully ask for your vote.

Together we can drain the swamp, and together we can restore our Constitutional Republic.

In Liberty,

Michael Snyder

‘What President Trump Really Needs Is Michael Snyder In Congress’

Do you want to elect someone that is going to go to Congress and support President Trump, or do you want someone that has a completely different agenda?  Pro-Trump conservatives all over Idaho’s first congressional district have recognized that I am the only true pro-Trump candidate running for Congress, and that is why so many Idahoans that worked to elect President Trump are now working to elect me.  And on Sunday we were officially endorsed by Roger Stone.  Roger has been a close friend and adviser to Donald Trump for nearly 40 years, and now he is urging everyone in Idaho to vote for Michael Snyder for Congress on May 15th.  Here is one of the most important lines from his endorsement of our campaign…

“President Trump needs our help and he needs it now.  What President Trump really needs is Michael Snyder in Congress.”

You can listen to audio of the entire endorsement right here.  Of course this endorsement comes on the heels of high profile endorsements for our campaign from U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Mike Adams the Health Ranger.  Needless to say, we have a tremendous amount of momentum heading into Election Day on May 15th, and it is absolutely imperative that we get every single one of our voters to the polls on Tuesday.  If you do not know where your voting location is, you can find out right here.

Let me ask you a very simple question…

Are you going to vote for Donald Trump in 2020?

If so, wouldn’t you want to send someone to Congress that is going to vote with the President and that truly believes in his agenda?

In this race for Congress, there is only one true pro-Trump candidate.  If I don’t win this election, the guy that is going to win is being funded by a Washington D.C. PAC that really hates Donald Trump.  And the truth is that Trump really hates them too.  And my main opponent has also surrounded himself with some of the biggest “never Trumpers” in the entire state.  If he wins this race, it will be an absolute disaster for the Trump movement.

If you live in Idaho’s first congressional district, this is your chance to help President Trump.  He needs you to send someone that is pro-Trump to Congress, because we are all sick and tired of watching the RINOs in Washington block his agenda.

With President Trump in the White House, this is our opportunity to turn America in a fundamentally different direction.  But Trump’s effectiveness is going to be compromised if we keep sending people to Washington that are not going to stand with the President.

In November 2016, we witnessed the greatest political miracle in modern American history.  This is an excerpt from an article that I published the day after Trump’s victory…

After it was all over, I kind of stumbled around my home lost in my thoughts. I was happy, confused, hopeful, stunned and pensive all at the same time. Like so many others, what I thought I knew about politics turned out to be wrong. But in other ways, the election of Donald Trump has confirmed so much of what I know to be right about America.

Ultimately, it was the American people that decided this election, because the elite were doing their best to absolutely bury him.

Never before has the mainstream media been so openly biased against a major party presidential candidate. For months on end they dumped sewage on Trump, but it didn’t work.

Never before has a major party presidential candidate faced a civil war in his own party on the eve of the election. A whole host of big names in the Republican Party publicly announced that they would not vote for Trump, but it didn’t work.

Never before have we seen a bigger October surprise than the lewd tape from 11 year ago that came out and shocked the world. That would have instantly killed the campaign of any normal politician, but it didn’t kill Trump’s campaign.

From the very beginning it seemed like Trump was at war with almost everyone, and somehow he came out on top in the end.

He beat the Bushes and the Clintons.

He beat the Republicans and the Democrats.

He beat Hollywood and the mainstream media.

He beat the pollsters and the pundits.

He beat the never-Trumpers and the billionaire donors.

He beat Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Beyonce, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Lebron James.

He beat the forces of globalism, elitism and political correctness.

He beat CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and Barack Obama.

He beat them all.

But 2018 could change everything.

If we don’t send pro-Trump people to Washington to support the President, we are in danger of completely squandering that miracle.

Since Raul Labrador is running for governor, the seat in Idaho’s first congressional district is open, and the people of this district have two choices.  They can send a massive RINO to Washington that is surrounded by anti-Trump people and that will obstruct Trump at every opportunity, or they can send me to Washington instead.  I will fight as hard as I possibly can to implement the Make America Great Again agenda, because I have believed in it from the very beginning.

There was so much hope in the air when Donald Trump was inaugurated in January 2017.  The following is an excerpt from an article that I published at that time entitled “It’s Finally Morning Again In America, And A New Day For Our Country Starts NOW”

For the first time in decades, it feels like morning in America again. I was quite young when Ronald Reagan was president, and I only have vague memories from those days. But I do remember the extraordinary optimism that his leadership inspired, and my hope is that Donald Trump’s leadership will be just as inspirational. For such a very long time, it has seemed as though a giant dark cloud has been hanging over America, but now a new day is starting. If Donald Trump can be president of the United States, it seems like just about anything can be possible. And even though our nation is facing incredibly serious challenges, could it be possible that we can find a way to turn things around if we all work together?

I am asking the people of Idaho’s first congressional district to work with President Trump and I to fulfill the promise of this new era for our country.  In May 2017 I called for an army of pro-Trump activists to run for office all over the nation.  Now here we are one year later, and we have an opportunity to send a passionate pro-Trump activist to Washington to represent the great state of Idaho in Congress.

But now the choice is in the hands of the people of Idaho.

We are only going to win if you get out and vote.

If you do not know where you are supposed to go to vote, you can find that information online right here.  In addition, please do all that you can to encourage everyone that you know in Idaho to go vote.  Earlier today on Facebook, I listed four ways that you can help us get out the vote…

#1 Call 20 People That You Know And Tell Them Why You Are Voting For Michael Snyder

#2 Text 20 People That You Know And Tell Them Why You Are Voting For Michael Snyder

#3 Email Your Entire Contact List And Tell Them Why You Are Voting For Michael Snyder

#4 Post On Social Media And Tell Everyone Why You Are Voting For Michael Snyder – Use The Hastags #TeamMichael And #TeamSnyder

This is it guys.

We have one shot at winning this thing, and we need all hands on deck.

The election is on Tuesday, and the people of Idaho are going to determine the fate of this seat in Congress.

President Trump needs your support, and so please vote for the pro-Trump candidate.  Voter turnout is supposed to be extremely low for this primary, and so every single vote is going to be so critical.

When I first announced that I was running for this seat, I wrote the following

Every generation of Americans has had to fight for liberty and freedom, and now it is our turn.

This is our time.

This is our second American revolution.

This revolution won’t be fought with guns and bullets. Rather, it will be a revolution of ideas, values and principles.

We can take our country back, but we have to be willing to work together. I am asking you to join us, because we are in a battle for the soul of our nation, and it is a battle that we cannot afford to lose.

Please help us drain the swamp.

Please vote for Michael Snyder for Congress on May 15th and send the fighter that President Trump needs to Washington.

By May 15th, more than a million dollars will have been spent by anti-Trump forces to promote my biggest opponent, but we aren’t going to allow them buy this seat in Congress.

We believe in the Trump revolution, and we are going to do all that we can to win this one for Trump on Tuesday.

30 Really Great Reasons To Vote For Michael Snyder For Congress

People want to feel really good about voting for someone when they go to the polls on election day, and that is why so many true conservatives are rallying around our campaign for Congress.  Our campaign represents a positive conservative vision for the future of America, and that is why we have recently been officially endorsed by U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Mike Adams the Health Ranger.  Voting day is on May 15th, and right now we have more momentum than any of the other campaigns as we head toward Tuesday.  If you don’t know where to vote, you can find out right here.  If you are not registered to vote, you can register to vote at the polls on Election Day as long as you bring proof of Idaho residency with you.  It is being projected that voter turnout will be super low for the Republican primary, and so every single vote is going to be extremely important.

In the end, nobody likes to vote for “the lesser of two evils”.  We all want to feel like we can enthusiastically get behind someone on voting day, and I would like to share with you 30 reasons why I believe that you should stand with our campaign…

#1 The Only Real Pro-Trump Candidate – All of the other leading contenders in this race originally wanted to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, but I was a Trump supporter from the very beginning.  I am a true believer in the Make America Great Again agenda, and I will work tirelessly to implement that agenda once I get to Congress.

#2 The Most Conservative Candidate In This Race – Even the Coeur d’Alene Press says that I am the most conservative candidate in this race, but don’t take their word for it.  Go to MichaelSnyderForCongress.com and compare what I believe with what the other candidates are saying, and I believe that you will come to the same conclusion.  In fact, I have never had a single voter come back to me after making such a comparison and tell me that they believe that one of the other candidates is more conservative.  That is because I truly am the most conservative candidate in this race, and true conservatives all over Idaho are standing with our campaign.

#3 Restoring Christian Values To Washington D.C. – I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I believe that we need more Bible-believing people in positions of power in Washington.  Returning to our Christian roots is the key to a positive future for America, and I will be extremely bold about my faith as a member of Congress.

#4 It’s Time To Drain The Swamp – The same rules that apply to the rest of us should also apply to Congress, and all federal officials should be banned from working as lobbyists for at least ten years after they leave government service.

#5 Restoring The Rule Of Law – For decades, the American people have watched professional politicians commit crime after crime and get away with it. It is time to restore the rule of law in this country, and a great place to begin would be with Hillary Clinton and her close associates. It will be a great day for America when they are finally put in prison for the rest of their lives.

#6 Every RINO Must Go – Way too many Republicans have been fighting Trump’s agenda and acting like Democrats. It is time to hold them accountable, and that means every ‘Republican in name only’ needs to go.

#7 Getting The Money Out Of Politics – As a new member of Congress, I would be expected to raise approximately $200,000 for the National Republican Congressional Committee. In order to “pay their dues”, every day that the House is in session members of Congress go to call centers across from the U.S. Capitol and spend up to four hours a day making calls back to their districts begging people to donate money. One of the things that makes me fundamentally different from my opponents is that I have pledged not to make these calls. Instead, I am going to spend my time in Washington doing the work that the people of Idaho sent me there to do.

#8 100% Pro-Life – No money for Planned Parenthood ever. Nearly 60 million babies have been murdered since 1973, and I am making an unbreakable pledge to vote against any bill that funds Planned Parenthood 100% of the time.

#9 100% Pro-Gun – The Constitution says that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Let me be very clear – I will never back down from defending the Second Amendment even a single inch. You have a constitutional right to own any gun that you want, and you have a constitutional right to carry that gun anywhere that you want.

#10 Abolish The IRS & The Income Tax – We didn’t have an income tax from 1872 to 1913, and that was the greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history. As we fight a long-term battle to abolish the income tax, in the short-term we can at least go to a flat tax or a fair tax, both of which would be far superior to what we have now.

#11 Abolish The Federal Reserve – Since the Fed was created in 1913, we have had 18 recessions, the value of the U.S. dollar has fallen by about 98 percent, and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 6000 times larger. Abolishing this debt-based system is one of the keys to a bright economic future for America.

#12 Cut Red Tape – As President Trump has proposed, two existing government regulations should be eliminated for every new regulation that is enacted.

#13 Getting Federal Bureaucrats Off Our Backs – I will work very hard to get federal control freaks off of the backs of our farmers, our loggers, our miners, our ranchers and our small business owners.

#14 Local Control Of Education – It is time to get the federal government out of the education business. I want to abolish Common Core and the Department of Education, and I want control over education to be as close to the local level as possible.

#15 Shut Down Big Brother Spying – Government agencies have been conducting unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens for decades, and that needs to stop now.

#16 True Limited Government – President Trump has proposed shutting down more than 60 different government programs and agencies. That would be a good start. Instead of asking which government agencies we should close, we should be asking which government agencies really need to remain open.

#17 100% Repeal Of Obamacare – Rapidly rising health insurance premiums are financially crippling Idaho families. Republicans in Congress have fumbled the ball, and we must repeal Obamacare immediately.

#18 Build The Wall – We need to make sure that everyone comes into this country through the front door. We must end illegal immigration, and so I support President Trump’s call to build a wall on the southern border.

#19 End Sanctuary Cities – President Trump has proposed cutting off all federal funding for so-called “sanctuary cities”, and I will fight very hard to get this done.

#20 Supporting Our Veterans – My father is a vet, and I will work passionately to make sure that our veterans receive the respect, care and support that they deserve.

#21 Fighting Islamic Terror – I fully support President Trump’s fight against ISIS, and I will push for legislation that would give local communities all over America the option to say no to refugees from terrorist hotbeds.

#22 Stopping Reckless Government Spending – We are 20 trillion dollars in debt and we continue to steal more than 100 million dollars from future generations every single hour of every single day.

#23 Bringing Jobs Back To America – The U.S. has lost more than 70,000 factories since China joined the WTO in 2001. Our formerly great manufacturing cities now look like war zones, and we desperately need to start making things in this country once again.

#24 Energy Independence – The United States has abundant reserves of oil, natural gas and clean coal, and we need to take the regulatory shackles off of the energy industry so that we can start moving toward energy independence.

#25 Resisting The Globalists – We must reduce the power and influence of the United Nations, and we must strongly fight all attempts by the globalists to erode American sovereignty.

#26 Supporting States Rights – It is almost as if the 10th Amendment doesn’t even exist today. If I am elected, this is what his message to the feds will be: ‘Hand over the keys and get out of Idaho’.

#27 Health Freedom – I believe that the government should be encouraging natural health remedies instead of discouraging them, I believe that parents should always make the health decisions for their own children, and I believe that we desperately need to clean up our air, our water and our food.

#28 Better Access To Public Lands – Under Barack Obama, the federal government made it increasingly difficult for the people of Idaho to access our public lands.  As a member of Congress I will do whatever I can to make sure that our citizens will have much better access to the wonderful open areas that our state has been blessed with.

#29 Holding Judges Accountable – Federal judges that disregard the U.S. Constitution and that choose to legislate from the bench should be subject to impeachment.

#30 An Unashamed Christian – Like President Trump, I am not ashamed to say that I am a Bible-believing Christian, and if we truly want to make America great again we need to return to the values and principles that this nation was founded upon.

To learn more about our campaign, please visit MichaelSnyderForCongress.com.  If our positive conservative vision of the future resonates with you, I would respectfully ask for your vote on May 15th.  Once again, if you do not know where to vote, you can find your polling location right here.  And please call or email every single person that you know in Idaho’s first congressional district and encourage them to go vote.

The campaign that does the best job getting out the vote is going to win this thing, and it is going to take every single one of us working together to pull off this victory.

When we win, it is going to be a massive shock to the entire Idaho political establishment.  Washington D.C. PACs are spending a tremendous amount of money to try to buy this open seat in Congress, but we are not going to let them be victorious.  Our extraordinary group of grassroots conservatives is working around the clock, and we are on the verge of pulling off the greatest miracle in the history of Idaho politics.

Senator Rand Paul Has Officially Endorsed Michael Snyder For Congress

The leading voice for liberty in the United States Senate, Rand Paul, has officially endorsed our campaign.  This is yet another game changing moment as our campaign continues to build momentum leading up to Election Day on May 15th.  If you don’t know where to vote on May 15th, you can find out by entering your address right here.  If you are not registered to vote yet, you can register at the polls on Election Day as long as you bring proof of Idaho residency with you.  Make sure that they give you a Republican ballot, because that is the ballot that I am on.  Anyone that is registered with another party (Democrat, Libertarian, etc.) will not be able to use a Republican ballot.  Fortunately, the vast majority of Idahoans will be able to vote in the Republican primary, and thanks to our endorsement from Rand Paul a whole lot of people are buzzing about our campaign right now.

A copy of the endorsement has been posted on Rand Paul’s official Twitter page right here.  If you have not seen it yet, the following is what Rand Paul had to say about our campaign…

Michael Snyder is a champion of liberty and the only one I can support for Congress in Idaho’s first congressional district. He’s the only one who will stand up to the corruption in Washington DC and fight the ever expanding reach of big government.

We need to send an outsider and a fighter to Congress and Michael Snyder is that man. I urge all Idahoans to get out and vote on May 15th for Michael Snyder for Congress if you want to see real change in Washington.

Rand Paul and his father Ron have both served this nation with distinction, and so it truly is a great honor to receive this endorsement.

Please help us get this endorsement out to as many people as possible on social media.  You can find it posted on my Facebook page right here.  Please like, share and spread this to as many voters as you possibly can.

If you are not that familiar with Senator Rand Paul, the following comes directly from his official U.S. Senate page

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, M.D., is one of the nation’s leading advocates for liberty. Elected to the United States Senate in 2010, Dr. Paul has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility. As a fierce advocate against government overreach, Dr. Paul has fought tirelessly to return government to its limited, constitutional scope. As a hard-working and dedicated physician – not a career politician – Dr. Paul came to Washington to shake things up and to make a difference. Dr. Paul is a devoted husband and father of three that is currently living with his family in Bowling Green, Ky., where Dr. Paul owned his own ophthalmology practice and performed eye surgery for 18 years. Dr. Paul has been married for 25 years to Kelley Ashby Paul of Russellville, Ky., and they have three sons together: William, Duncan, and Robert.

On Friday we also learned that we have just been endorsed by ALIPAC.

That was another great honor, because ALIPAC is one of the leading voices on immigration issues in the entire country.  The following information about ALIPAC comes from their official website

ALIPAC’s FOUR POINT PLATFORM: “Simply enforce our existing immigration laws!”

1. Secure Our Borders.
2. Crack down on employers that intentionally hire illegals.
3. Remove incentives and rewards to illegals such as licenses, welfare, and other taxpayer benefits.
4. Enforce our existing laws and deport illegal aliens when convicted of crimes or detected during routine law enforcement activities.

We are so excited to have so many great patriots behind our campaign.  Alex Jones, Mike Adams of Natural News, Senator Dan Foreman, Vote Team Trump and the largest Tea Party group on Facebook are all 100% behind us as well.

There are only four days left in the campaign, and we are doing all that we can to win this thing.  Thanks to unprecedented intervention by Washington D.C. PACs, close to a million dollars has been spent promoting the campaign of one of my opponents.  The Washington D.C. establishment is trying to buy this election, but we aren’t going to allow that to happen.

The PACs are running television commercials 24 hours a day in a desperate attempt to win this seat, but we are countering their air war with the best ground game of any of the seven campaigns.  We have an absolutely amazing grassroots team that is hitting doors, making calls and pounding social media all over the district.  It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve alongside the extraordinary people that God has brought into this campaign, and I have made so many new friends that I will have for the rest of my life.

Idaho’s first congressional district covers the western half of Idaho all the way from Boundary County in the north to Owyhee County in the south.  We have put thousands upon thousands of miles on our vehicles as we have traveled across this enormous district over and over again, and I believe that we have held more townhalls than any of the other campaigns by a good margin.

I look forward to going to Washington and working with Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and other true conservatives in Congress to move this country in a fundamentally different direction.  And of course our biggest ally will be President Trump, and we will be working as hard as we possibly can to implement the Make America Great Again agenda.

Once again, if you don’t know where to vote you can find your polling place right here.  And please forward this email to as many people as you can.  The key to winning this election is turning out the vote on Tuesday, and we are encouraging everyone “to get their 10”.  Everyone has at least 10 family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. that they can personally contact and encourage to go vote.

It is expected that the voter turnout rate in this election will be around 20 percent, and if we do a really great job of getting our people to go vote we will win this thing.

Our Constitutional Republic is hanging by a thread, and we truly are at a crossroads.  This is a battle for the future of our nation, and it is a battle that we cannot afford to lose.

As for me and my family, we choose to fight, and we are respectfully asking for your vote on May 15th.

Watch The Most Controversial Congressional Debate In Idaho History

It isn’t often that you get to see a seasoned politician completely melt down on live television.  On Sunday evening, the last debate for the candidates running for Congress in Idaho’s first congressional district was held, and it was certainly a wild one.  In the weeks leading up to the debate, voters all over Idaho had been heatedly debating whether to vote for Michael Snyder or Russ Fulcher all over social media, and both of us were positioned right in the center of the stage.  Unfortunately for the Fulcher campaign, Russ delivered an absolutely disastrous performance.  When reporter Betsy Russell asked Russ about the Mueller investigation, he responded by saying that “I haven’t even been following that closely”.  If that wasn’t bad enough, he followed that up by admitting two more times that he had not been paying attention to the Mueller investigation.  Needless to say, jaws dropped open all over the studio as Fulcher dropped this bombshell.  The Mueller investigation has been the biggest news story in Congress for over a year, and Russ Fulcher never actually answered Betsy Russell’s question because as he openly confessed, he had not “been following that closely”.  How can someone running for Congress not have a basic understanding of the most important issue that Congress has been dealing with?  Throughout the debate the differences between Russ and myself were glaringly obvious, and if you have not seen it yet, you can watch the entire congressional debate right here

https://video.idahoptv.org/video/republican-congressional-district-1-2018-primary-wdm891/

I honestly do not know how Fulcher’s campaign can survive this absolutely nightmarish performance.  A lot of people are comparing it to Rick Perry’s horrific performance during a presidential debate a number of years ago.  We have had numerous people tell us that they are switching from Fulcher to #TeamSnyder after watching the debate, and that is why it is so important to get this debate out to as many voters as possible.  Please share the link to the debate with everyone that you know, because if we could get every voter in the district to watch it we would win by a landslide.

Voting day is May 15th, but early voting has already begun.  In fact, we are very much encouraging everyone to go out and vote today.  To learn where early voting is happening in your county, contact your local county clerk.  You can find a list of all of the county clerks right here.  In many instances, early voting is being held at your local county courthouse.

Thanks to our big victory in the debate, our campaign has generated a tremendous amount of momentum.  Please remember to go vote, and please tell everyone that you know to vote as soon as they can.  It is being projected that voter turnout in this race may be under 20 percent, and so if we do a great job of getting voters to the polls we will definitely win this thing.

Once again I would like to thank all of the incredible people that have gotten involved and made our campaign possible, and if you would like to learn more about #TeamSnyder, please visit MichaelSnyderForCongress.com.

Michael Snyder is a pro-Trump candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District.  If you would like to help him win on May 15th, you can donate online, by Paypal or by sending a check made out to “Michael Snyder for Congress” to P.O. Box 1136 – Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.  To learn more, please visit MichaelSnyderForCongress.com.

Why Military Action Against Syria Is A Really Bad Idea

The United States is on the verge of going to war, and we need to do all that we can to stop that from happening.  Everywhere I go in Idaho’s first congressional district, people are telling me that they do not want to see military action against Syria.  The Russians have already indicated that they plan to strike back if their forces are threatened, and many of the voters that I am talking to are extremely concerned about what could happen once U.S. and Russian forces begin exchanging fire.  And what makes the rush to war all the more alarming is that we don’t even have all the facts yet.  There is absolutely no reason to rush into a war, and that is why our founders gave the power to declare war to Congress.  They wanted debate and deliberation before a decision was made to go to war, and without a doubt launching missiles at Syria would be an act of war.  As a candidate for Congress in Idaho’s first congressional district, I am completely and totally against a military strike, and I am finding that voters in this district are overwhelming with me on this.  America cannot be the police of the world, and when I go to Washington I will do all that I can to keep us out of unnecessary wars.

Unfortunately, the two other leading contenders in this race are likely to vote for military conflict at the drop of a hat.  Elections really matter, and whoever wins this open seat in Congress is going to make decisions that will affect every man, woman and child in the entire country.

If you are sick and tired of the United States getting involved in virtually every military conflict around the planet, there is something that you can do about it.  You can support pro-liberty candidates such as myself, and we really need your help at this moment.  With just over 30 days to go, this race is extremely close, and any assistance that you can provide would be greatly appreciated…

Donate By Credit Card Online: https://secure.anedot.com/michaelsnyderforcongress/donate

Donate By Paypal: https://donorbox.org/michael-snyder-for-congress

Donate By Check: Make your check out to “Michael Snyder For Congress” and send it to the following address…

Michael Snyder For Congress
PO Box 1136
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

I am currently on the campaign trail in south Idaho, and we have built up a tremendous amount of momentum.  We have put ourselves into a position to win this thing, but that will only happen if we finish strong.

We have a great plan for the final 30 days, but unfortunately we do not have the resources to fully implement that plan right now.  The other teams are making their big final push, and we don’t want to run out of gas just before the finish line.  If you would like to help, here is how you can do so…

Donate By Credit Card Online: https://secure.anedot.com/michaelsnyderforcongress/donate

Donate By Paypal: https://donorbox.org/michael-snyder-for-congress

Donate By Check: Make your check out to “Michael Snyder For Congress” and send it to the following address…

Michael Snyder For Congress
PO Box 1136
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

Please help us take our government back.  The American people are tired of a foreign policy that has resulted in an endless series of military conflicts and a national debt that is now over 21 trillion dollars.  It is time to bring change to Washington D.C., and please encourage everyone that you know in Idaho to go out and vote on May 15th.

Michael Snyder is a pro-Trump candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District.  If you would like to help him win on May 15th, you can donate online, by Paypal or by sending a check made out to “Michael Snyder for Congress” to P.O. Box 1136 – Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.  To learn more, please visit MichaelSnyderForCongress.com.

The Budget-Busting $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill That Was Just Passed By Congress Is A Betrayal Of The American People

I don’t know if I even have the words to express how disgusted I am with the omnibus spending bill that was just rushed through Congress.  Members of the House of Representatives were given less than 24 hours to read this 2,232 page monstrosity of a bill before they were expected to vote on it, and so obviously nobody was able to read the entire thing before the vote was held.  This is the kind of thing that Democrats were greatly criticized for in the past, but now it is Republicans that are doing it.  The Republican Party is supposed to stand for limited government, and this is yet another example that shows how badly broken the system in Washington has become.

I am running for Congress in Idaho’s first congressional district, and I want to make it exceedingly clear that I would have voted against this bill.  In addition to fully funding Planned Parenthood, this bill also funds a whole host of other liberal priorities.  But other than an increase in military spending, conservative priorities are almost entirely ignored by this bill.

Over the past decade, we have been adding more than a trillion dollars a year to the national debt, and this omnibus spending bill dramatically increases government spending at a time when we should be desperately trying to get our financial house in order.

On Twitter, Rand Paul documented just a few of the examples of the tremendous waste in this bill…

o $12m for Scholarships for Lebanon
o $20m for Middle East Partnership Initiative Scholarship Program
o $12m in military funding for Vietnam
o $3.5m in nutrition assistance to Laos
o $15m in Developmental assistance to China
o $10m for Women LEOs in Afghanistan
o $1m for the World Meteorological Organization
o $218m for Promoting Democracy Development in Europe
o $10m for disadvantaged Egyptian Students
o $1.371bn for Contributions to International Organizations
o $51m to promote International Family Planning and Reproductive Health
o $7m promoting International Conservation
o $10m for UN Environmental Programs
o $5m for Vietnam Education Foundation Grants
o $2.579m for Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe
o $15m to USAID for promoting international higher education between universities
o $1m for the Cultural Antiquities Task Force
o $6.25m for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
o $20m for Countering Foreign State Propaganda
o $12m for Countering State Disinformation and Pressure

After it passed, Democratic leaders were jubilant.  The following comes from the American Mirror

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her esteemed counterpart in the Senate, Sen. Chuck Schumer, are declaring the spending bill rushed through by Republicans this week as “a victory.”

“The distinguished leader has clearly put forth many of the priorities that we’re very proud of in a bill that’s one yard high,” Pelosi said of House Speaker Paul Ryan at a joint press conference with Schumer on Thursday.

Senator Schumer also admitted that the Democrats got more accomplished in this bill than they did during any of the spending bills when Barack Obama was in the White House, and Nancy Pelosi added that Republican leadership rushed this legislation through so quickly because “they didn’t want their colleagues to see what was in the bill.”

What we have in Washington D.C. today doesn’t look anything like what our founders originally intended.  It is time to take our government back, and we need fresh leadership in Washington.

I am not going to Washington to be a cog in the system.  Rather, I am going to Washington to drain the swamp and to turn the current corrupt system completely upside down.  If you would like to learn more about what we are trying to do, please visit MichaelSnyderForCongress.com.

Michael Snyder is a pro-Trump candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District.  If you would like to help him win on May 15th, you can donate online, by Paypal or by sending a check made out to “Michael Snyder for Congress” to P.O. Box 1136 – Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.  To learn more, please visit MichaelSnyderForCongress.com.