Post Election…

The election is over and the vote count is in. We received 2,342 votes (so far)! Why all the excitement? Because this is much more than expected. In 2010 we received around 1,100 votes, and that was with twice as many forums and interviews, and a televised debate on KATU. Considering we didn’t have a statement in the voters pamphlet, we were expecting around 500 votes this year. We greatly exceeded our expectations, which is exciting!

There’s more exciting news that came out of the election…70,000 votes were cast for gubernatorial candidates who were NOT the establishment, money backed, party choice, media darling candidate! All of these candidates were NOT political insiders, basketball stars, or part of the rich ruling class. They were regular people who just wanted to make Oregon better for everyone.  This is HUGE news and shows there really is a movement of conscious happening in Oregon. Thank you to all other candidates who put your life on hold to do something so noble. Tim Carr, Mae Rafferty, Gordon Challstrom and Bruce Cuff, you are exceptional people.

Onward. This was never about me. This is about challenging the status quo, opening a new door, giving people a chance to be a REAL part of their government instead of simple subjects who are granted the privilege of voting every couple years for someone they’re told to vote for. It’s about bucking the corrupt system we all are forced to live with. I believe we have it within ourselves to make Oregon much more than it is now. Yeah, I’m Crazy, and so are tens of thousands of other voting Oregonians. There are more of us out there, enough to put fear in establishment.

It’s time to get rid of the Old and bring in the New. The plan now is to shake up the general election in November. Some will say, “You’re going to ruin it for the Republicans!” or “You’re going to ruin it for the Democrats!” The two parties are Old. Being a part of the masses, going along with what the parties tell us, relying on traditional media for information, voting for the lesser evil…this is the Old way of thinking and behavior. We are individuals who can think for ourselves. WE are the New political system. Each one of us has unique experiences and innovative ideas that when brought into politics and our government, can make Oregon great. We’ve been ignored, belittled, and pushed around for long enough.

Money has controlled our politics and our government for long enough, and it’s failed. It’s time people take over and fix the mess. If you think you’re Crazy enough to make a better Oregon, please consider running as a write-in candidate for an office in November. I’ll be running as a write-in candidate for Governor, and I’ll support everyone who joins the fight. If you don’t want to run, hopefully you’re Crazy enough to join by casting your vote for a write-in candidate, rather than the establishment candidate. The media will be no help, so please spread the word any way you can.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported, and continue to support Crazy for Oregon!!

Darren

 

 

How Much of Our Lives are Controlled by the Government?

A day in the life of Antoine Sly…

“My alarm clock goes off at 7 am and wakes me up. I snooze it a few times because my bed is way too comfortable. Finally, I look at the clock all irritated and think to myself…”Hey, it’s 7am for a reason. Why isn’t it 8am? Because the government say’s it’s 7am. Hmmmm…” I think as I yawn and roll out of bed. “I wonder what else the government controls in my life?” I turn on the light, the lightbulb is the one the government lets me use, and the electricity is taxed and regulated. As I put my hand on the bed to help my fat ass stand up, I feel that annoying tag on my pillow that says, “if you remove this tag, you’re going to spend the rest of your life in jail” and I remember there’s a tag like that on my mattress. The government controls my bed and pillow. Not a good start to the day.

Man…sure gotta piss. Head to the toilet, lift the seat and think, “If my wife really loved me, she’d leave that dang thing up when she’s done.” Flush. The government tells me how much water I can flush and they tax that flush.

Brushing my teeth and realize the toothpaste is approved by the government. Chlorine in the water comes from the government. The little ladies makeup is on the counter only because the government allows it. My shampoo, conditioner and soap are all government approved and that shower water was taxed. Shower head and drainage for the shower…government approved. I’m surprised my piss wasn’t regulated or taxed. I’m sure someday it will be.

Moving through the house, I realize pretty much everything about my house is regulated by the government. If I want to add an outdoor kitchen, I need to get the government’s permission. If I want to remove a tree from my yard, I have to ask my government masters first. Well that sucks. I pay property tax every year, and as I look at my tax statement, I see I also get to pay extra for bonds and other crap. Funny, when the value of my house went to shit, my property tax went up. Hmmmmm. Isn’t it based on the value of the property? Guess not.

I start to make breakfast and turn on the TV for some morning news. The TV is regulated and the TV show is regulated. The batteries in my remote are regulated. Swallow a blood pressure pill, and some vitamins…all regulated by the government. All the food in my entire kitchen is regulated, including the herbs my wife grows. Speaking of which, I can’t collect rain water because the government owns the rain. Really? Really. Oh, and speaking of my wife, she’s taxed and regulated. You know, marriage license and fee.

Geez…fine way to start the day. Let’s head to work. Maybe things will get better.

Open the car door. The car is regulated from bumper to bumper, tires and all. Every couple years I pay registration…a tax. I pet Fido before closing the car door…there’s a tax on my dog. Close the door, start the engine, which of course takes gas…taxed and regulated. Turn on the radio, what I hear is regulated by the government. The news says a cop shot someone. Guns are regulated, ammo is regulated, and cops get paid vacation when they kill a person. He’ll probably get his gun back and be back on the beat in no time. I shouldn’t use words like “the beat”.

I pull out of the garage and into the street…an onslaught of regulations!! Holy shit! Where I can drive, when I can drive, how I can drive. Everything I see on the side of the road…billboards, signs, businesses, schools, bikes, people walking, people crossing the road, people talking on the phone in the car next to me, the baby seat in that lady’s car. Better get off the road quick before I go mad thinking about all the taxes and regulations I’m seeing and hearing.

I park the car and make a quick stop at Starbucks for a coffee. A $5 coffee. Yeah, it’s good. I wonder what went into that coffee to make it so good? Forget that, why is it so damn expensive?! Well, rent for the building. The cost of the equipment. The cost of coffee beans and the sugary goodness they put in. The cost of the cup, and the printing on the cup. Oh yeah, the cost of the design of the printing on the cup. Electricity to keep the lights on and the machines working. The cost to get the goods from the producer to the store. The cost of the barista’s hourly wage, their health insurance, their unemployment tax, matching their social security, TriMet tax, Workers’ Benefit Fund, their vacation, their maternity leave if they have a baby, their training, and their uniform. Oh…let’s not forget, the federal and state income tax Starbucks pays. The tax on the equipment. The extra $$ they pay to meet regulations (some of which are BS). Whew…that’s a lot and I’m sure there’s more. I used to think Starbucks paid for all of that stuff…but now that I think about it…I’m the one paying. And if Starbucks expenses go up, I pay for that through an increase in the price of my Super extra di grande a basso contenuto di grassi cremoso gelato vanigliato moca con panna montata e gocce di cioccolato. Decaf.

I get to work, sit down at my desk, and see my paycheck stub sitting there. I don’t usually pay much attention to it, but since taxes are on the brain today, let’s check it out. Federal income tax, state income tax, FICA (social security), Medicare. Curious, how much does the average person pay in taxes? Everything included. A quick Google search on the Internet which is regulated…about 50% of income is ultimately taxed. Wow. So that means, when I work for eight hours, four of those hours are for paying taxes. The first six months of the year, I’m working for the government. That’s screwed. What exactly do I get when the government takes half of the $$ I work hard for?

I work four hours and breath a sigh of relief…my daily duty to pay my share of the tax burden is done. Squeeze in a quick phone call to the doctor and dentist to make my regular appointments. The doc and dentist are both heavily regulated. Everyone knows that. Oh, I’m talking on my cell phone…regulated and taxed. The next four hours are all for me. Four more go by and I’m outta here. What a relief.

Gonna hit the bar for a quick drink on the way home. “I’ll take a nice cold one!” Beer and alcohol are taxed and regulated. Step outside for a smoke, taxed and regulated. Gamble a bit while I’m here…taxed and regulated.

I’m talking to a guy (turned out he’s a tax accountant) at the bar about taxes. He brings up a good point. Even though Oregon doesn’t have a sales tax, doesn’t mean we don’t pay one. Every tax paid by a business is passed on to us. Damn!! He’s so right!! He rattles off some: Personal property tax for business, excise tax, corporate income tax, unemployment insurance tax, your companies share of social security, TriMet tax, Workers’ Benefit Fund, weight-mile tax, hazardous substance fee, petroleum load fee, transient lodging tax, timber tax, business licensing, health department permitting, permitting for just about any professional business, privilege tax, and Multnomah County Business Income Tax. He says there’s probably more he missed. I ponder that while finishing up my beer. Those taxes are built into every single product and service I pay for. If they weren’t there I’d be paying a lot less.

I better get going. I’ve had one beer so the government probably thinks I’m drunk already. Driving home, I hear on the radio, “the cost of living rose by 6% this year”. Hey wait a minute, I got a 2% pay raise. That doesn’t sound too good. Maybe it wasn’t actually a raise?

I finally get home, exhausted from a day of way too much thinking. I sit down with my wife and we talk about our days. She’s not too happy to hear that just about every single thing in our lives is either taxed or regulated. She, like me had no idea. Time, air, love, death, food, drink, movement, education, my $$, what I buy, what I sell, what we see, what we hear, where we can go, what we can do. Time for bed.”

I’m Backing Jessie Sponberg as a Write-In Candidate for Multnomah County Sheriff.

I may not agree with everything Jessie does, but his heart is in the right place. This is how people with different viewpoints come together. We look at the bigger picture. Jessie will represent the people. It’s really that simple. Let’s change things. Let’s make our government work for us. And let’s do it now, not later.

Click here to see more at Jessie’s Facebook page

Why I Back Ben Pollock for Oregon Congressional District 5 in the Republican Primary

If you know me, you know I’m an independent running in the Republican primary for Governor of Oregon. Since I’m a registered Republican (not by choice) I can only vote for Republicans in the primary election. It’s difficult to find Republicans to back because so many of them are “party” people, career politicians, lawyers, don’t respect the Constitution, or are old school candidates taking money for their campaign. This really limits my choices.

The pros for Ben:

  • He’s 29 years old, so he’s a millennial. I believe millennials are the key to setting our state straight and saving our country.
  • Most of Ben’s positions are similar to mine.
  • When asked, “which trumps which…the bible or the Constitution?” Ben answered, “Constitution”.
  • He understands the need to bring New people and New ideas to government.
  • I’ve met Ben and he’s a genuinely nice person.

The cons for Ben:

  • He doesn’t identify himself as “independent”.
  • His campaign accepts donations.

Despite the cons, I’m comfortable casting my vote for Ben. No ones perfect :) You can check out his website HERE

Gubernatorial Candidate Kicked Out of Willamette Week Interview. Is This Really a “Rare Occurrence”?

The Willamette Week stated on Friday, May 2, “on rare occasion we have asked candidates to leave the endorsement interviews.”

This doesn’t seem to be true. Senatorial Candidate, Mark Callahan was kicked out of the interview on Monday, April 21, and Gubernatorial Candidate, Darren Karr was kicked out on Friday, April 18. Twice in only a few days is a “rare occasion”?

Albeit, these were two very different circumstances. Mr. Callahan had no idea what he was getting himself into, and Mr. Karr was well aware because he went through the same interview in 2010. The 2010 interview resulted in Mr. Karr and six other serious gubernatorial candidates and their legitimate efforts to become Governor of Oregon being mocked and belittled by those at the Willamette Week.

This time, Mr. Karr knew what was coming and was prepared. He’s not an Eagle Scout like Mark Callahan, but he has a strong belief that this kind of hack job journalism does nothing but harm the people of Oregon, and he stood up for everyone that day.

See the video here: Darren gets kicked out of the Willamette Week interview