Common Sense vs. Conspiracy Nonsense
I am running on a platform of common sense, opposing Julianne Young’s conspiracy nonsense.
While in Boise, Representative Young has consistently sought more top-down state control of Idaho local governments. That's not common sense, and Julianne's actions are being driven by conspiracy nonsense!
Julianne Young voted for House Bill 393 that would remove the election slots in March and August that are currently available for local school boards to request levies. The Idaho School Boards Association opposes HB 393 because those election dates are strategically located to help fix budget shortfalls after they have been identified but before budgets need to be finalized for the upcoming school year.
Young voted for HB 347, which would prevent school boards from requesting a levy for a similar subject more than once in 11 months. In other words, if a levy fails and the school board adjusts the levy based on voter feedback and wants to come back with a better proposal several months later, too bad! Under HB 347, that money would be lost for an entire year, and so would the educational opportunities for Idaho’s children.
As her votes on HB 393 and HB 347 show, Young does not care about adequately funding Bingham County schools, but I am confident that the large majority of Bingham County voters do care greatly about their neighborhood schools, and voters should forcefully oppose Young’s attempts to tie our school boards’ hands.
For example, both of the levies on the ballot in Bingham County passed on March 10, 2020, with over 60% approval, but if HB 393 were already law then those levies would not even have been allowed to be on the ballot then. I ask all of you who voted for those levies to vote for me in November so that Julianne Young cannot find a way to undo your votes with more Boise legislation.
Julianne Young recently voted for HB 409, which would freeze non-school local government spending for one year. Curiously, HB 409 would not freeze property tax increases at all, just local government spending. So at the same time when the state of Idaho is adding $2 million to combat the novel coronavirus and the federal government authorized $8 billion to do the same, Julianne Young voted to tie our local governments up in red tape and prevent them from being able to fully respond to this looming emergency. Luckily, the Idaho Senate recently killed HB 409. Good riddance!
When HB 409 came before the Idaho House, our local Bingham County officials tried to persuade Young to oppose it. According to an article in the Bingham County Chronicle, Blackfoot Mayor Marc Carroll told Young, “I’m concerned in the services that we’ll be able to provide.” Bingham County Commissioner Mark Bair complained that a freeze is actually a cut because local governments won’t be able to keep up with expenses. Bair also told Young, “You’re tying our hands.”
Instead of listening to Blackfoot’s mayor and her county commissioner and working with them, Young talked down to them and blithely continued her efforts to micromanage Bingham County local governments from her perch in Boise.
Why is Young so obsessed with working against Bingham County local government leaders?
Simply put, she believes that many of our local government leaders right here in Bingham County have been trained by a global Conspiracy to take away Bingham County residents’ Constitutional rights. And she believes our local government leaders are gullible enough and stupid enough to blindly follow this training supposedly given by the global Conspiracy.
Don't believe this? You can scroll down and click on the YouTube link at the bottom of the page to hear Julianne Young's words yourself.
Young has been heavily involved with the wacky Freedom First Society, an offshoot of the radical John Birch Society, whose founder believed President Eisenhower was a Communist agent and part of a global Conspiracy. The Freedom First Society was co-founded by a previous leader of the John Birch Society.
In fact, the Freedom First Society seems to believe that almost everyone except the Freedom First Society itself is either a willing participant in or unwittingly duped by the global Conspiracy. According to publications of the Freedom First Society, participants in this global Conspiracy include “all viable presidential candidates,” Fox News, many of President Donald Trump’s appointees, and apparently Donald Trump himself because Donald Trump renegotiated NAFTA rather than withdrawing from NAFTA.
Representative Young, in a video made by the Freedom First Society, wildly claims that the National Association of Counties (NACo) is also part of the global Conspiracy, and Young said that NACo, “trains all of my local elected officials before they ever set foot in the courthouse in their new official capacity.”
Every single county in Idaho is a member of NACo, but Young would have us believe that large numbers of Idaho’s county commissioners in both the Republican and Democratic parties have been utterly fooled into participating in the global Conspiracy.
Who exactly has prevented our Bingham County officials from carrying out their duties until they have been trained by NACo to follow the dictates of the global Conspiracy, as Julianne Young claims? And which Bingham County officials have submitted to indoctrination by the global Conspiracy? Young gives no explanation in her video, and I doubt Young will ever be able to answer these questions. But because Bingham County Commissioner Mark Bair of Firth is the Idaho representative to NACo, logically Young should be very suspicious of Mark Bair and seek to thwart him at every turn.
Bingham County needs a state representative in District 31 who will work with our local officials, not work against them due to a delusional belief that our local officials are part of a global Conspiracy.
Bingham County voters deserve a state representative who will listen to them, not talk down to them or lecture them about a global Conspiracy.
Please vote for Travis Oler and against Julianne Young in the upcoming election for Bingham County’s Idaho State Representative for Seat 31B.
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