Brown Crusades for the 66th District


Jim Brown at his desk

Stop by, have a seat, and visit with Jim.

BROCKWAY – James Brown turned in over 740 signatures from the 66th District in a crusade to champion conservative ideas in the Pennsylvania House.

“We’ve had Republicans in control of the House for some time now but we still are not getting our conservative agenda passed.  Every day that our Republican legislators drag their feet we have more needless abortion deaths.  Maybe they’ve got something more important to do than save lives but as the Representative from the 66th district I would not want even one unnecessary death on my conscience.  I would make this a top issue.”

Brown has been an educator for 35 years and is well aware of how government regulations and mandates often do more to harm the educational opportunities for families than to help them.  “Education is a local issue and those decisions are best made by those closest to the student.  The ultimate responsibility for the child’s education lies with the family.  The local community is also in a place to offer assistance when asked for or needed by the family.  To a lesser extent the state is in a position to offer help but I would like to see the federal government remove itself from Pennsylvania educational issues.”

Recently school choice was an issue before the PA legislators.  Brown states that “The PA House was in an excellent position at one point this past year to pass SB1, a bill that would give parents more educational options but the current House leadership dragged their feet so long on this issue that they lost the votes in the House to pass a school choice bill.  When I saw what was happening there and that Pennsylvania families were being denied school choice I immediately began to wonder if the Republican leadership was taking money from teacher unions.  A quick check of votesmart.org and followthemoney.org confirmed just that.  How can we expect our Representatives to vote against those they accept money from?”

“I’m not a politician and I never planned to run for the PA House until I saw how conservative issues are taking a back seat even with a Republican majority.  If we wanted to continue with things as they were going we would have voted in another round of liberal Democrats.  The people of District 66 want change, but they want the RIGHT change.  We don’t want a state government that will cave into Obamacare.  Nor do we want greater spending and more debt.  We do want jobs and economic growth but we are not going to get them with more government regulation and higher taxes.  That’s what killed the economy.”

“It will not cost us another arm and leg bailout to get out of this recession.  It is much simpler than that.  We just need to get government off the backs of the businessmen and farmers so that their business will prosper and they are in a position to hire more workers.  If we could cut the government red tape we might have more people willing to start their own businesses and find success.  These are usually the Republican principles that the GOP made its heritage, but lately we are seeing that not everyone that wears the Republican name holds true to those ideals.”

“I have a strong passion on these issues and I will not be silent.  For too long now the citizens of our state and our country have lost their freedoms one-by-one.  For too long now the government has put more burdens on the people than they can bear.  Jesus said, “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.” (Luke 11:46)  We have politicians who burden us with unnecessary regulations and do nothing to help. “I go to Harrisburg as a citizen politician, not a professional politician.  I will not accept their high paid pension, nor will I accept more than three terms in this office.  We need protection from professional politicians that only term limits can provide.  I will also introduce legislation to reduce lawmakers’ salaries back to the level they were before they gave themselves a 50% raise a couple of years back.”  Why are Pennsylvania politicians among the highest paid in the nation?

Brown has a Ph.D. in education and has studied Bible, History, Statistics, and Library Science. He has been a missionary with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and is a member of the DuBois First Baptist Church.  Jim and his family farm in the Brockway area raising autumn olives, blueberries, elderberries, maple sap, honey bees, Sanaan goats, Scotish Highlands, a handful of chickens and ducks, and some old horse that keeps them company.  The “Friends of Jim Brown” have provided a website at www.JimMBrown.com.

Email drjimmbrown @ gmail . com

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Shall we Boycott the “Endorsed” Republican Candidates?


Today’s post is from Senate Candidate Sam Rohrer as he explains what happened in the Republican Pennsylvania State Convention.  I always thought the primary system was to let the rank and file citizens choose which candidate they want to run in the November election.  Now we learn that the people’s opinions mean nothing and the Party elite will decide for us.  I can’t believe their gall.  Let the people rise up and show them that we reject this form of government.  We will not be silent!  We will vote on April 24th and decide for ourselves!
Dear Conservative,
If I told you that the Pennsylvania Republican Party threw members of the Tea Party out of the PA State Convention, threatened those Tea Partiers with arrest, threw their petitions in the trash, and then endorsed a recent Democrat who voted for Obama as our candidate for Senate, you wouldn’t believe it.
But that’s exactly what happened last weekend at the Pennsylvania Republican Convention.
You see, here in Pennsylvania, the GOP often makes a formal endorsement before the Primary. Essentially, they try to tell primary voters who to vote for. Then they deny all the other candidates access to party voter lists and opportunities to speak to or to circulate literature at party events. They even use party money to run negative ads against other “non-endorsed” Republicans that dare to run against them. Worst of all, the Republican County Committees are told that if they don’t enforce all of this, they’ll have their charter revoked from the Republican Party!
This is an outrageous thing to do to the grassroots. Will you help me fight back?
We launched an online petition, urging the chairman of the state GOP to stay out of the primary and let the people decide. Nearly 1,600 people from across Pennsylvania signed this petition in just a little under a week. When the members of the Tea Party went to present these 1,600 petitions, the Pennsylvania GOP staff refused to let them deliver their petitions, had them THROWN OUT of the building by hotel security, and then literally threw their petitions in the trash. I was shocked – and angered. The Tea Party folks were told that if they came back they would be arrested!
After throwing the Tea Partiers and their petitions out, the Republican Party proceeded to endorse a candidate who admits he voted for Obama in the 2008 Primary. He also wrote a check to a liberal Democrat who later ran against our conservative Republican Senator, Pat Toomey in 2010!
Endorsing a recent Democrat who supported Obama alienates Tea Partiers, freedom-loving people, and everyone else we need to defeat Senator Bob Casey. This is suicide for the Republican Party.
I am the only life-long Constitutional Republican with a consistent voting history in this race who can win. Two of the current candidates were Democrats until recently. That’s not good enough.
I am a proud Reagan conservative. I served for 18 years in the PA House, and I never made an unconstitutional vote. During my service, I regularly introduced complete alternate budgets – without any taxes increases or deficit spending. I was never afraid to stand up to leadership in Harrisburg, and that won’t change when I go to Washington.
Situations may change, principles never do. I’m going to DC to help renew trust in government by restoring truth and to dismantle the oppressive Obama agenda. I will be proud to stand with Senators like Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, and Tom Coburn.
But I need your help to get there. If the PA GOP has their way, Pennsylvanians will nominate a candidate who voted for Obama! For the sake of PA and the nation, that must not happen!
We’re going to send a message to the moderate GOP establishment that “The People” want to be heard and want a proven conservative in the Senate. Will you join me?
Thanks for your support.
For America,
Sam Rohrer
Conservative Republican, Pennsylvania
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Threats to the Constitution


Some people would like to see the United States of America surrender to socialism and communism.  I don’t think that’s what thousands upon thousands of our veterans have fought and sacrificed for.  We need strong, bold voices in government that will stand up to the enemies of our Constitution, both internal and external.  A vote for Jim Brown is a vote to stand up against those who would change America in that wrong direction.–JMB
Some in government want to socialize America by overwhelming the system With government spending and entitlement demands. They always vote for bigger government.
Universal health care.
The health care bill had very little to do with health care. It had everything to do with unionizing millions of hospital and health care workers, as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who will join government employee unions).
Cap and trade.
Like health care legislation having nothing to do with Health care, cap and trade has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with redistribution of income, government control
Stimulus and bailouts.
Where did all that money go?
It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions — including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country. It went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions). A staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their union dues).   All those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are bankrupting America ..
Raise taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job creators. Put the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve the government. IMHO a smaller government would get into less trouble.
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Professional Gambling in Pennsylvania


In 2009 PA Senate Bill 711 legalized table games (poker, black jack) at casinos.  The PA House Roll Call on the motion by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R) on December 14, 2009 to approve more gambling .  The motion passed 107 to 84 in the House on December 14, 2009.  [History, Amendments & Comments]The vote was 107 in favor, 84 against, and 11 not voting. (House Roll Call).  It was a close vote and if you are from District 66 and this concerns you then you might be wondering how your district voted on this issue.

According to the official PA House roll call http://www.pennsylvaniavotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=427316 our own District 66 took the easy way out and did not cast a vote on this issue. 

In my humble opinion (IMHO), District 66 needs a Representative who has strong moral courage and will take a stand against lowering the moral standards of Pennsylvania.  We do not need professional gamblers changing our culture in this way.

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Who’s property is it?


You live in Pennsylvania.  You own some land.  You think you own some land.  Well, what property rights does land ownership give you.  Suppose some rain falls on your land.  You think you own that rain?  Most people would assume that is a logical assumption but there are people in our government who would beg to differ.  They would say that the government owns that rain water.  They would go so far as to say that you can not catch the rain from your roof and apply it to your garden or any other purpose that you see fit.

My position on rain water–property rights?  If it falls on your land it belongs to you.  God makes it rain on the just and the unjust.  Since He is so generous how can the state be less so?


(NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I’m about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.
As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from “diverting” water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.
Check out this YouTube video of a news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about the issue. It’s illegal in Utah to divert rainwater without a valid water right, and Mark Miller of Mark Miller Toyota, found this out the hard way.
After constructing a large rainwater collection system at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, Miller found out that the project was actually an “unlawful diversion of rainwater.” Even though it makes logical conservation sense to collect rainwater for this type of use since rain is scarce in Utah, it’s still considered a violation of water rights which apparently belong exclusively to Utah’s various government bodies.
“Utah’s the second driest state in the nation. Our laws probably ought to catch up with that,” explained Miller in response to the state’s ridiculous rainwater collection ban.
Salt Lake City officials worked out a compromise with Miller and are now permitting him to use “their” rainwater, but the fact that individuals like Miller don’t actually own the rainwater that falls on their property is a true indicator of what little freedomwe actually have here in the U.S. (Access to the rainwater that falls on your own property seems to be a basic right, wouldn’t you agree?)

Outlawing rainwater collection in other states

Utah isn’t the only state with rainwater collection bans, either. Colorado and Washington also have rainwater collection restrictions that limit the free use of rainwater, but these restrictions vary among different areas of the states and legislators have passed some laws to help ease the restrictions.
In Colorado, two new laws were recently passed that exempt certain small-scale rainwater collection systems, like the kind people might install on their homes, from collection restrictions.
Prior to the passage of these laws, Douglas County, Colorado, conducted a study on how rainwater collection affects aquifer and groundwater supplies. The study revealed that letting people collect rainwater on their properties actually reduces demand from water facilities and improves conservation.
Personally, I don’t think a study was even necessary to come to this obvious conclusion. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that using rainwater instead of tap water is a smart and useful way to conserve this valuable resource, especially in areas like the West where drought is a major concern.
Additionally, the study revealed that only about three percent of Douglas County’s precipitation ended up in the streams and rivers that are supposedly being robbed from by rainwater collectors. The other 97 percent either evaporated or seeped into the ground to be used by plants.
This hints at why bureaucrats can’t really use the argument that collecting rainwater prevents that water from getting to where it was intended to go. So little of it actually makes it to the final destination that virtually every household could collect many rain barrels worth of rainwater and it would have practically no effect on the amount that ends up in streams and rivers.

It’s all about control, really

As long as people remain unaware and uninformed about important issues, the government will continue to chip away at the freedoms we enjoy. The only reason these water restrictions are finally starting to change for the better is because people started to notice and they worked to do something to reverse the law.
Even though these laws restricting water collection have been on the books for more than 100 years in some cases, they’re slowly being reversed thanks to efforts by citizens who have decided that enough is enough.
Because if we can’t even freely collect the rain that falls all around us, then what, exactly, can we freely do? The rainwater issue highlights a serious overall problem in America today: diminishing freedom and increased government control.
Today, we’ve basically been reprogrammed to think that we need permission from the government to exercise our inalienable rights, when in fact the government is supposed to derive its power from us. The American Republic was designed so that government would serve the People to protect and uphold freedom and liberty. But increasingly, our own government is restricting people from their rights to engage in commonsense, fundamental actions such as collecting rainwater or buying raw milk from the farmer next door.
Today, we are living under a government that has slowly siphoned off our freedoms, only to occasionally grant us back a few limited ones under the pretense that they’re doing us a benevolent favor.

Fight back against enslavement

As long as people believe their rights stem from the government (and not the other way around), they will always be enslaved. And whatever rights and freedoms we think we still have will be quickly eroded by a system of bureaucratic power that seeks only to expand its control.
Because the same argument that’s now being used to restrict rainwater collection could, of course, be used to declare that you have no right to the air you breathe, either. After all, governments could declare that air to be somebody else’s air, and then they could charge you an “air tax” or an “air royalty” and demand you pay money for every breath that keeps you alive.
Think it couldn’t happen? Just give it time. The government already claims it owns your land and house, effectively. If you really think you own your home, just stop paying property taxes and see how long you still “own” it. Your county or city will seize it and then sell it to pay off your “tax debt.” That proves who really owns it in the first place… and it’s not you!
How about the question of who owns your body? According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark office, U.S. corporations and universities already own 20% of your genetic code. Your own body, they claim, is partially the property of someone else.
So if they own your land, your water and your body, how long before they claim to own your air, your mind and even your soul?
Unless we stand up against this tyranny, it will creep upon us, day after day, until we find ourselves totally enslaved by a world of corporate-government collusion where everything of value is owned by powerful corporations — all enforced at gunpoint by local law enforcement.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/029286_rainwater_collection_water.html#ixzz1igXSZ5FL


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Abortion in Pennsylvania?


The US Constitution reminds us that we agreed: “No person shall… be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law…. nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Again, the Pennsylvania Constitution reiterates in Section 1 . Inherent Rights of Mankind
All men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and indefeasible rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation, and of pursuing their own happiness.

Have we forgotten who people are?  No, person-hood begins when a person is conceived.  Life is a gift from God and it belongs to Him.  It would be morally wrong to take human life outside of God’s will.  Both Old and New Testaments are explicit in God’s commands on this issue.

How then can government make legal what God has made immoral? That is one thing I don’t understand.  Unless we have politicians that do not fear God we should be a Commonwealth that is pro-life, just like our Constitutions say that we are.

http://www.paprolife.org/home.html

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Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania


The Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania distributes the following survey to political candidates in Pennsylvania.  Before you vote you need to know where your candidate stands on these important issues.  This is where Dr. James M Brown stands on the issues.

 

Candidate Survey

  • Annual increases in spending by state, county, and local governments—including school districts—should be constitutionally limited to the rates of population growth and inflation (or a similar index), except during declared emergencies.

 

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

I agree that spending should be limited as stated above and that in some cases, in some areas of government influence spending should be cut or eliminated.

 

  • Tax dollars for education should follow children to the school of their choice – public or private – just like higher education.

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

I would prefer tax credits as opposed to vouchers as they usually involve less government intervention but vouchers are better than nothing.

 

  • Labor unions should be legally prohibited from forcing workers to pay dues or fees as a condition of employment.

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

Unions should be optional for all employees.

 

  • Pennsylvania should repeal prevailing wage laws for taxpayer-funded construction projects because they increase labor costs upward of 30 percent more than the average Market Wage in a community.

 

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

The free market should determine the wages of workers.

 

  • Government employees, including public school teachers, should be prohibited from striking, and lose a day and one-half of pay for each day they do so (similar to New York State’s Taylor Law).

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

Government employees used to be called government or public servants.  They should work because of their calling to serve, not for personal gain.  Striking should be cause for dismissal as they no longer consider themselves servants.

 

  • Pennsylvania should place a cap on non-economic damages (“pain and suffering”) awarded in a lawsuit, while protecting the rights of victims to recover all economic damages.

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

Lawyers have long abused the system to the detriments of defendants and plaintiffs.  Major reform is needed in Pennsylvania.

 

  • Pennsylvania should return to a part-time legislature with a limited number of legislative days – similar to 46 other states.

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

Pennsylvania should also not limit or shrink the number of representatives.  The house should save money by reducing pay and benefits.

 

  • The number of terms someone can serve in either house of the state legislature should be limited – similar to 15 other states.

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

Democracy works best with a citizen legislature as opposed to a professional one.

 

  • Pension and healthcare benefits for government employees should reflect private sector practices, including 401(k)-style plans for new hires and healthcare cost-sharing.

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

America was not founded on the principle of having an elite class as our current system has developed into.

 

  • State and local government should privatize liquor sales and other services that can be performed by the private sector, such as golf courses, hotels, fitness centers, and parking garages. 

__X__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

Government should govern and protect the people.  When the government enters business and competes with the private sector monopolies result to the detriment of the public.

 

  • Pennsylvanians should be allowed to waive health insurance mandates, and health insurers should be allowed to offer mandate-free policies to reduce costs for consumers.

 

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

Let freedom ring.  People can decide for themselves if they want insurance.

 

  • Health insurers should not be forced to use “community rating” to determine the cost of premiums, and should be allowed to use “experiential rating,” similar to how auto insurance premiums are determined.

 

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    ____UNDECIDED

Health insurers should be deregulated to the extent that they can offer the most cost effective premiums to the public.

 

  • Pennsylvania’s tax code should be flat and simple, without loopholes and exemptions; and the burden on all taxpayers – including businesses – should be reduced.

__x__ AGREE        ____ DISAGREE    __x__UNDECIDED

I agree that tax burden should be reduced on individuals and businesses.  I am undecided on the loopholes and exemptions as I would need a definition of them.  I am in favor of tuition tax credits for K-college and some health care needs.


Taxpayer Protection Pledge

I will oppose and vote against the following: (1) Any and all efforts to increase total annual state spending by an amount that exceeds the previous fiscal year’s spending adjusted by the percentage rates of inflation and population growth, except in any fiscal year in which a state of emergency has been declared by the Governor or President; (2) Any increase in state spending requiring an increase in any state tax which is not offset, dollar for dollar, by a reduction in other state taxes; and (3) Any increase in any state tax which is not offset dollar for dollar by a reduction in other state taxes.

Office Held       __Brockway Area School Board Director_______________            District _Brockway

Candidate for   __Pennsylvania House of Representatives______________            District _ 66_____

Signed           ____Dr. James M. Brown ____________________

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