Andy Blanch for Governor

Andy Blanch for Governor

Let’s take California back.

Let’s Take California Back!

I am a husband to a lovely wife and a father to five wonderful children. Working hard every day, I take care of my family and live paycheck-to-paycheck. I’m a former United States Marine and Army National Guardsman. Also included in my work is serving as a Los Angeles police officer. I am campaigning to become the governor of California after watching politicians continuously mismanage the state.

Career politicians have allowed our infrastructure to just crumble away over the past 20 years. There are too many special interests and lobbyist groups that are not here for the best interest of the state’s citizens. Now, we have to pay more taxes to fix their mistakes. This goes against my belief that any tax increase should be voted on by the people.

The Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence guarantee our rights as citizens of our proud nation. They also protect us all. I will do everything as the next governor to protect not only the constitution but also the people of California. When elected, I will make every decision in the best interest of the people. I will also ensure that every agency under control of the executive branch of government works for the best interest of the people.

Below are important issues that currently affect the citizens of California. We as a people need to change some things to improve our way of life and the welfare of our state.

Immigration (Sanctuary Cities)

I want to END the immigration issue once and for all. During each election cycle, all the parties say that they are going to fix the problem. However, we all know that they only make those statements to get elected or re-elected. Nothing ever gets fixed.   

I believe that all immigrants should have the right to come to America to live the American Dream, providing that they enter the Country legally.  They must be able to provide for themselves and place no burden on America.

Nevertheless, I have a plan to solve the problem at hand without costing taxpayers any money. It will not tear families apart and will not affect our farming communities. I will not offer amnesty. Anyone who has entered the United States unlawfully will be subject to fines for violating the law. Those who have committed a crime while in California will not be part of this plan. Rather, they will be deported.

No person under this plan will be allowed access to any of California’s public assistance programs such as welfare. These people also need to show that they have the means to sustain themselves economically. My plan will also automatically end any reason to have sanctuary states, counties, and cities.

Furthermore, anyone who continues to harbor the criminals that have entered the state illegally will face the full force of the governor’s office. Each of them will be held liable to answer to state and federal laws.

English Language

The United States’ common language is English as per the California state constitution. On a more local scale, the constitution also mentions that the state’s official language is English. It is our duty to help any person who wants to assimilate into our country to speak its official language.

We currently produce documents in almost every language for business establishments and government agencies. These published documents in foreign languages need to be eliminated. Rather, we should only print official papers in English. This will help everyone learn the language and reduce taxpayer funds that produce documents in other languages.

Infrastructure

Deteriorating infrastructure impedes California’s ability to compete in an increasingly global market. Success in a 21st-century economy requires serious, sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government. Delaying these investments only escalates the cost and risks of an aging system, an option that the state and families can no longer afford.

SB-1, the gas tax, and vehicle fee increases for road repairs were passed into law this April. They will raise $5.2 billion annually for 10 years. This will amount to a total of $52 billion, but only $36 billion will go to the reparation of our roads and bridges. The remaining $16 billion will be nowhere to be found.

For the past 20 years, we have been paying our gas taxes for infrastructure repairs. Yet, we don’t know where the money has gone to. It surely did not fix any of the infrastructure issues that we have. Now, we are even taxed more for poor governmental mismanagement. To fully repair our crumbling infrastructure, it is estimated that we will need $136 billion.

The current governor’s plan will only put a negligible dent in this big problem over the next 10 years. Meanwhile, the project will keep taking more money from the citizens.

As the next governor, I will do everything in my power to stop the high-speed rail project from coming to fruition. I will conduct an investigation into the whole project to see who made money from this venture. It’s already common knowledge that one senator’s husband was able to obtain a billion-dollar construction contract on the high-speed rail. Afterward, I will allocate resources to fix our water and infrastructure problems first.

Farming Industry

I am all aware of the current drought conditions affecting the farming sector. It is imperative that I get water flowing back into this billion-dollar industry. The current governor lifted the emergency drought declaration for most of California in April this year. However, some of our farming communities remain under the drought order such as the Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties.

More infrastructures are needed to accommodate each of our farmers. Meanwhile, having water flowing back into the affected communities will result in more jobs and lower costs to the consumer.

Aside from reviving the farming sector, I need to address AB-2757, the daily and weekly overtime threshold for farm labor employees. IF this issue continues to exist, we could see higher prices for goods and see some farmers relocating out of the state.

There are currently too many regulations being imposed on this industry—a situation that must be addressed. Join me and, together, we’ll stand with our farmers as they feed not just us but also the world.

Parental Rights

The government has no right to interfere with parental rights. As a father, I understand that parents have a responsibility to raise their children as they see fit. SB-18, Children’s Bill of Rights has been passed and will take effect on or before January 1, 2018.

The same senator for the said bill is also responsible for the Vaccination Bill (SB-277) that has already been passed into law. This makes me wonder what the senator’s ultimate plan is for the children.

While everyone wants kids to be safe and healthy, it is up to a parent’s discretion as to how to raise a child. I believe that real leadership is partnering with parents to continuously make children a priority and invest in our youth. It is NOT legislating away their rights and choices to the highest bidder or tax reform lobbyist.

Welfare System (CalWorks)

This program costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year. It does not work as a temporary aid and retraining program that leads its recipients to new work and financial self-sufficiency. Rather, it has become a way of life for many. The entire system needs to be overhauled to allow the people who really need assistance to receive training and education so they can become self-sufficient.

Currently, there are many people taking advantage of the broken system. They commit fraud, do not take care of their financial responsibilities for their children, and leave single parents to merely survive. The homeless may be seen selling their EBT cards for cash and businesses allowing people to use the cards for items not covered by the system such as alcohol and cigarettes.

Furthermore, I believe that only United States citizens should be allowed to receive assistance from CalWORKs. Meanwhile, anyone, including refugees, entering California must have a means to provide for themselves and their family members.

Gun Rights

The Second Amendment states, "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." I stand by the right of the people to keep and bear firearms.

Current politicians know that they will never be able to take out guns. However, they are regulating everything associated with firearms, including magazines, bullets, and bullet buttons. As the next governor of California, this regulation will be stopped. If the power of the veto must be used, then so be it. The president is already making changes to our judicial system, which will lead to a better future.

As governor, I will also use the power of executive orders to return gun rights back to the people. This will, without a doubt, cause automatic battles that will lead to court. I would rather have a day in court than having politicians just passing laws that take one of our constitutional rights away. I will never give up my guns.

Do Not Forget to Vote

We all need people in our lives that raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose and challenge us to become the best version of ourselves. I am one of those people, so vote Andy Blanch for Governor in the California gubernatorial election, 2018.