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Lou Jasikoff FIERCELY INDEPENDENT ​

Lou Jasikoff stands as a symbol for anyone that is driven to inspire this nation toward greatness once again. ​

I’m running as an Independent for state representative in Pennsylvania's 117th Legislative District. I am a firm believer that for a representative republic to survive we must have competition in the electoral process, and that conviction is what prompted me to seek a ballot position this year.

I am actually not running against anyone, but rather running in order to bring attention to some issues that I believe need to be debated and discussed.

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  • John Zangaro
    commented 2018-10-16 02:47:41 -0400
    Lou is easily the best candidate running for office. A man of solid character. He loves his country and state as much as his family. A true family man.
  • John Rodenkirch
    commented 2018-09-29 21:13:22 -0400
    News Media Attention and Candidate Debate Invitations for Libertarian Party Candidates


    You will get more news media attention and possibly more candidate debate invitations, after you send the USA-Referendum email below to your Nov 2018 election opponents and copy news media as well as organizations that sponsor candidate debates. I will provide written answers to any USA-Referendum questions you send to me, so you can be prepared to discuss the USA-Referendum with others. I will only share your questions and my answers with other LP candidates who contact me.


    After the November election, I will contact all State Legislators about the USA-Referendum. I expect that the State Legislatures will support the USA-Referendum. It is very important that LP Candidates get news media attention for sending the USA-Referendum to some State Legislator office holders and candidates. The more involved that the LP is at the beginning, the more influence the LP will have to shape the final version of the USA-Referendum. After the election, you could continue to be a leader of the USA-Referendum and coordinate your efforts with the LP.


    The USA-Referendum is needed as soon as possible to prevent Congress from crashing our economy.


    The USA-Referendum is a " ….. referendum …. used as popular checks on government" (LP 2018 Platform, 3.6 Representative Government).


    When the federal government blocked the Constitution’s check and balance on the federal government, the federal government became "destructive of individual liberty, it is the right of the people to alter " (LP 2018 Platform, 3.7 Self-Determination).


    John J. Rodenkirch

    LP Member since 1994

    John@USA-Referendum.org

    (630) 777-6671


    To: Your Nov 2018 Election Opponents

    cc: all news media as well as organizations that sponsor candidate debates

    Subject: USA-Referendum


    USA-Referendum:

    – permanently restores the State Legislatures’ Constitutional Right to propose amendments

    – permanently restores the Constitution’s check and balance on the federal government

    – enables citizens to propose and pass federal cost reduction laws that can only be over-ruled by U.S. Constitutional Amendments

    – can be implemented without any involvement by the federal government

    – can be implemented using Article VII of our Constitution, same as our Constitution was implemented, as explained after the amendment below


    Please read the USA-Referendum below and join me in requesting that all State Legislatures get together and agree on a version of the USA-Referendum that they want implemented.


    State Legislatures hold the key to the only way to prevent Congress from crashing our economy that the federal government cannot block the states from using.


    If applicable, historians will blame the State Legislatures for not preventing Congress from crashing our economy, and for letting things fall apart. After the crash, people will be looking around for places to make spending reductions. Some may think that since the State Legislatures did not prevent the crash, the State Legislatures are middle management that costs much more than it is worth.


    USA-Referendum Amendment draft from the book USA-Referendum and the Article VII Check and Balance


    Draft, for revision by the State Legislatures


    Section 1. Any time from any place any two-thirds of the state legislatures can propose U.S. Constitutional Amendments and designate them for ratification by the USA-Referendum, all without any involvement by the federal government. Ratification by the USA-Referendum will require a majority vote for an amendment by eligible voters in each of any three-fourths of the states. U.S. Constitutional Amendments (1) will go into full effect for all the states and for the federal government immediately after ratification using the USA-Referendum, without any involvement by the federal government in the entire ratification process, and (2) will be exempt from all federal and state laws, treaties, executive orders, court rulings, and anything else any government could do that interferes with the amendments.


    Section 2. The USA-Referendum will enable 1% of eligible voters in each of any five states to propose federal cost reduction laws by submitting, within a 90-day period, the identically worded law to vote on. It will also enable eligible voters to pass the laws within 60 days after being proposed. The laws can only be over-ruled by U.S. Constitutional Amendments. The percentage of states needed to each pass the laws by majority vote of eligible voters will be based on the percentage calculated as follows for the year two years earlier. For everyone who was at least 18 years old and living in the USA at the beginning of the year two years earlier, the federal government will determine (1) the number of people who paid more in federal income taxes for that year than the federal government spent (directly or indirectly) on the person’s living expenses and (2) the number of people who paid less in federal income taxes for that year than the federal government spent (directly or indirectly) on the person’s living expenses. The number of people in the first group as a calculated percentage of all the people in both groups will be the required percentage of states that each need to pass any proposed federal cost reduction law by majority vote, except as follows. If the calculated percentage exceeds 75%, the federal cost reduction law’s required percentage will be 75%. Living expenses include (along with other items) Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, subsidized housing, subsidized medical insurance, college expenses, loans that do not have to be repaid, universal basic income, and cash assistance. The necessary government offices will work together to develop the percentage. All details and assumptions need to be publicly available, excluding social security numbers and people’s names. Administrative expenses can be identified to individuals based on each individual’s receipts from the program being administered. Estimates used in the calculated percentage are acceptable as long as the calculated percentage is at the midpoint of the 99% confidence interval. The calculation needs to be audited by the GAO (General Accountability Office). Money spent for people’s living expenses that cannot be tied to individual social security numbers, needs to be disclosed, detailed, and explained. Going forward, all federal and state expenditures for people’s living expenses need to be broken out by recipients’ social security number. Living expenses for dependent children that are paid to or for their parents, are considered living expenses of the parent. People who file their taxes as “married filing jointly”, split the federal tax paid amount in half for each of their calculations. A federal cost reduction law is a law that reduces total net combined financial costs incurred by the federal government, plus all state governments, and plus all U.S. citizens. If a federal cost reduction law ends up increasing the total net combined financial costs, the law will be null and void. A federal cost reduction law can be for one expenditure or any group of expenditures. It can be stated as a dollar reduction, a percentage reduction, or an absolute amount that cannot be exceeded. Federal cost reduction laws can curtail any federal expenditures. The entire wording of each proposed law that people vote on, will be on the ballot immediately above where people vote on the proposed law.


    Section 3. The USA-Referendum voting portal for all choices (amendments, federal cost reduction laws, candidates, and any others) will have access to the following. During the first 28 days after a federal cost reduction law or an amendment is proposed, people eligible to vote on it can request a person, from a list linked to the portal, to provide written information on the portal “For” or “Against” it; the request can be changed prior to the 28th day. Any eligible voter can have their name added to the list, along with optional information that distinguishes them from others with the same name. As of the 28th day, the top four people requested “For” the choice and the top four people requested “Against” the choice can submit the written information that will be linked to the portal. The written information can be updated any time before the vote. The written information will show the name of the person who wrote it and the number of requests received for the person. The information will be sorted first by “For” and “Against” and second by the number of people who requested each person, from most to least. Portals used to vote for candidates will also have access to the following: Four weeks before the vote, each candidate can write why they should be elected. Then at three weeks, two weeks, and one week before the voting, each candidate can update why they should be elected and respond to what their opponent(s) have written.


    Section 4. Contributions/Spending for and against federal cost reduction laws and amendments will have the same FEC (Federal Election Commission) reporting requirements as contributions/spending for candidates. The USA-Referendum voting portal for all choices (amendments, federal cost reduction laws, candidates, and others) will have links to everything the FEC has for all of the following: By each choice there will be a “contributions” link on the portal that will show all contributors and what they contributed to the choice. For each contributor, there will be two links, “all contributions” and “affiliates.” The “all contributions” link will list all of the contributor’s contributions for all choices that ever qualified for voting in a USA-Referendum. The link will have contributions broken out by each choice that the contributor supported. The “affiliate” link will list all affiliates of the contributor. For all affiliates, there will be an “all contributions” link that will function the same as the “all contributions” link above. The information available from the portal in this section is just whatever was ever in the FEC records. The submission dates for required information to be submitted to the FEC for USA-Referendums will be early enough for the information to be available in the portals on the first day of voting for the applicable choice.


    Section 5. Within 28 days of a federal cost reduction law or an amendment being proposed, the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) will issue their forecast of the proposed law or amendment’s NPV (Net Present Value) over the first 10 years; a link to the forecast will be on the portal. The NPV forecast will be broken out by NPV for each of the following, if materially significant – federal government, state governments, and U.S. citizens. The federal government’s discount rate for future cash flows will be based on its expected cost of borrowing. The issued forecast will include all details and assumptions used in the forecast and an explanation of how all the details and assumptions were used. On the first 10 anniversaries of when each federal cost reduction law and amendment goes into effect, the CBO will update and issue, within 28 days, their NPV forecast for the 10-year period beginning when the law or amendment went into effect. The issued update will have all the supporting types of information and breakouts as the original forecast had, along with an explanation of the change in the forecasted 10-year NPV from the original 10-year forecast.


    Section 6. In states that do not allow all three of the following, the USA-Referendum can be used by 1% of the eligible voters in the state to have a statewide USA-Referendum vote where the majority of eligible voters can require any or all of the following: (1) that the USA-Referendum be used for state elections and/or primaries, (2) that run-off votes be held whenever none of the choices in the state get over 50% of the vote, and (3) that 1% of eligible voters can select candidates and other choices to be on the state ballot.


    Section 7. When the USA-Referendum gets used for voting on anything where there are more than two choices and none get over 50% of the vote, a run-off vote will be held if allowed by state law. Choices will be included in the run-off voting based on which had the highest vote count, and will include just enough of these choices so that their combined vote count exceeded 50% of the vote. Additional run-off votes will be held if needed. If the original vote was for more than eight choices, the information described in Sections 3, 4, and 5 will only be displayed for the eight choices that were originally requested by the most eligible voters.


    Section 8. The USA-Referendum must (1) keep everyone’s vote secret, (2) allow everyone to verify how their vote was counted, (3) have the Social Security Administration verify that every voter is an alive U.S. citizen who is old enough to vote, (4) have the U.S. Department of Justice verify that every voter has not been convicted of a federal crime or a crime in any state that would make the person ineligible to vote in their state, and (5) contain the following provision. Anyone convicted of violating a federal or state voting law in regards to voting in a USA-Referendum, will receive a lifetime ban from having a federal job or working, directly or indirectly, under a federal contract. Organizations can pay to use the system to conduct anonymous surveys, where responses are entered on the voting portal and the survey results get broken out based on which preceding votes the respondents voted in.


    Section 9. The Federal Government’s Social Security Administration (SSA) will manage and have the on-line USA-Referendum set-up as described in this amendment, which can also be used as needed in Section 10 and 11 and in any other Section as needed. Complete voting results will be broken out by state and included with each USA-Referendum’s result. When a vote is entered in a voter’s SSA portal, a sequential number is assigned, which gets recorded in both the portal (without being displayed) and along with the vote in the official tally of the votes. For a week after a voting period ends, voters can go into their portal and see how their vote was counted in the official tally of votes. Anytime after voting, a voter can permanently block their portal from displaying the particular vote choice. No one can go into the official tally of votes and look up who the voters are. There will be a record of all transactions to and from each portal; this record will only be used if a person says that their vote was not counted correctly. Everyone who is eligible to vote can vote, even if they did not register to vote before the last day of the vote. Registering to vote requires the person to (1) enter information that the SSA already has, such as social security number and date of birth, and (2) update information the SSA has, such as primary home address and full legal name. Voters whose registration and/or eligibility determination are not completed before the vote, can cast their vote, which will be counted when the registration and eligibility determination are completed. This will delay the overall vote result for as long as the vote result would change if all and only the remaining pending “No” votes were counted or all and only the remaining pending “Yes” votes were counted. When the USA-Referendum is used by the people to vote for candidates, the “No” and “Yes” above would be replaced by all the candidate’s names. Hacking into someone else’s voting portal will be a crime. Casting someone else’s vote without their written permission and without entering, in the portal, the name of the person casting the vote, will be a crime. The SSA will provide all available information requested by the states to verify that only eligible citizens voted on ratifying amendments, federal cost reduction laws, candidates, and other choices. Both the federal government and the state legislatures must/shall independently verify that only eligible U.S. Citizens voted in each USA-Referendum.


    Section 10. Any federal government action after 2018 that the majority of voters in each of half the states and/or half of the state legislatures consider to be a reduction in their U.S. Constitutional rights, will be blocked from being in effect until six months after the following: Congress must propose two U.S. Constitutional Amendments, each of which just reverses the action; one amendment will be designated for ratification by state legislatures and the other designated for ratification by the people using the USA-Referendum.


    Section 11. A majority vote in each of more than any one half of the states can make any changes to Sections 2 through 10 concerning the frequency and timing of things, the requirement necessary to have a federal cost reduction law and/or a candidate for office and/or any other non-amendment choice put on a USA-Referendum ballot, the content of required information to be submitted to the FEC, and the required method used by the CBO to forecast, calculate, and report NPV.


    Section 12. If this amendment is proposed by Congress, it’s designated mode of ratification is by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States. There will be no time limit for ratifying this amendment.


    State Legislatures need to Live-Up to Alexander Hamilton’s Expectation


    Congress and the Washington-special-interest groups have our economy headed for a devastating crash. After the crash, Congress and the Washington-special-interest groups will make our economy worse when they “re-build” our economy, without any meaningful input from the state legislatures or the people. In addition, Congress will use the “national emergency”, caused by the crash, to encroach further on the U.S. Constitutional Rights of the state legislatures and the people.


    The state legislatures and their people can limit federal government spending by creating and implementing a version of the USA-Referendum from the draft above that cannot be blocked by the federal government. The state legislatures need to add their version of the USA-Referendum and all ratified amendments to a copy of the existing U.S. Constitution for the people to ratify the combined document. Before the combined document is ratified by the people in each of two-thirds of the states, Congress will propose the version of the USA-Referendum for three-fourths of the states to ratify as an amendment. The Article VII Check and Balance will remain unused and it will become much less likely to be ever needed. If two-thirds or more of the states did ratify the combined document, it would not break the rules and agreements that maintain the perpetual union of the states. It would permanently restore the Constitutional right of these state legislatures to propose U.S. Constitutional Amendments, which could include the USA-Referendum as an amendment. If three-fourths of the states ratify the combined document, their citizens would be able to propose and then pass federal cost reduction laws by the same voting margin as if they were ratifying amendments. These laws could only be over-ruled by U.S. Constitutional Amendments, which Congress and the state legislatures could propose and ratify. The power to make laws will then be appropriately split between the federal government, the state legislatures, and the people, with each of these three entities being subject to a check and balance from the other two.


    Article VII of our Constitution would have allowed the Constitution to be only in effect for just two-thirds of the states, if these states had been the only states to ratify the Constitution. When the federal government, which was created by the Constitution, went into operation, two of the states had not ratified the Constitution. The Constitution did not need fulfillment of the requirements in the Articles of Confederation concerning replacing/amending/altering the Articles of Confederation; it just needed to be ratified by each of any two-thirds of the states.


    When Congress proposes the USA-Referendum, they will designate ratification by the State Legislatures, in order to move things along as quickly as possible. Congress will not want to be responsible for any delays that could be blamed for keeping the people from preventing the crash of their economy. Normally, money from Washington-special-interest groups gets split-up and used for misleading political advertisements that offset each other. If these groups worked together against ratification by the people, without any organized opposition, these groups’ misleading political advertisements could sabotage the will of the people and would alienate Congress from the people.


    If the state legislatures do not implement the USA-Referendum, they will end up being forever criticized by historians for letting things fall apart. The window of opportunity will not remain open much longer.


    The state legislatures have submitted the required number of valid applications for an Article V Convention many times, but Congress unconstitutionally refuses to call the convention. The Supreme Court uses its “Political Question” doctrine to avoid ruling on the matter. The “Political Question” doctrine has no basis in our Constitution.


    In The Federalist 85, where Alexander Hamilton reaffirms the state legislatures’ right to propose amendments, he states, “We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.”


    The different groups of state legislatures that want to propose different U.S. Constitutional Amendments, need to first work together. They need to permanently restore their Constitutional right to propose amendments. Their current lack of much interest in amendments is because the state legislatures have submitted over 500 applications for an Article V Convention and Congress just refuses to call the convention.


    These different groups of state legislatures cannot allow themselves to be split up into opposing groups, which is what will be attempted by the federal government, Washington special-interest-groups, and by some news media that advocate for a centralized federal government. The more centralized a government is, the less efficient it normally is. Governments typically get more centralized, as the government people in power tend to want more and more power. The victims of this centralization in the U.S. need to work together to permanently restore the Constitution’s check and balance on the federal government.


    The USA-Referendum Amendment will have little effect on the current balance of power between democrats and republicans or between conservatives and liberals.


    The problem today is Congress versus both the state legislatures and the people, not Congressional republicans versus Congressional democrats or Congressional democrats versus Congressional republicans. The problem is also not the poor versus the rich or the rich versus the poor, since crony capitalism and excessive entitlements make both these groups winners. The losers are the ordinary taxpayers and the states that have to pay for the debt and the unfunded mandates Congress creates to make those winners. Making those winners, also makes Congress a winner.


    Congress cannot block the USA-Referendum just like the Continental Congress could not have blocked the Constitution if only two-thirds of the states had ratified it. The Supreme Court and other federal courts cannot block it because of the “Political Question” doctrine. The President indicated in his inauguration address that he is in favor of transferring this type of power from Washington DC to the people whose country the USA is.


    USA-Referendum will uphold our Constitution including all existing amendments. The best way to uphold our Constitution including all existing amendments is to ratify them. The Supreme Court’s “Political Question” has enabled Congress to get away with not upholding the Constitution, such as in regards to Article V of the Constitution.


    The USA-Referendum is inevitable because it is the only workable solution to prevent Congress and the Washington-special-interest groups from (1) devastatingly crashing our economy, (2) “rebuilding” our crashed economy without any meaningful input from the state legislatures and the people, and (3) encroaching further on the Constitutional rights of the state legislatures and the people. The sooner the USA-Referendum is implemented, the better for our economy.


    Implementing the USA-Referendum after Congress crashes our economy will not be practical. The “national emergency” caused by the crash would delay and possibly prevent implementation of the USA-Referendum. Even if the USA-Referendum did get implemented after the crash, Congress and the Washington-special-interest groups will have new programs in effect that are in the best interests of Congress and the Washington-special-interest groups. Most likely, these programs will be consuming all available money, and will be politically difficult to change without taking responsibility for their eventual failures.


    Congress may try to coerce the state legislatures into proposing the USA-Referendum Amendment at an Article V Convention, when and where Congress decides. Congress, Washington-special-interest groups, and some news media that advocate for a centralized federal government would all make the convention so disastrous that no one will want to discuss restoring the state legislatures’ Constitutional right to propose amendments for the next 50 years.


    There is already a well-founded fear that the Supreme Court’s “Political Question” doctrine would enable Congress to manipulate an Article V Convention into doing more harm than good to our Constitution.


    If an Article V Convention is called, the state legislatures and Congress would have the same roles as they had at the Federal Convention of 1787; the Federal Convention of 1787 is the only convention similar enough to set a precedent for an Article V Convention. Congress, same as the Continental Congress, would just call the convention. Congress would have no other involvement, unless the Article V Convention’s final report gives Congress some ministerial duties to perform.


    Congress may engage in fear mongering concerning the unfounded possibility that the state legislatures proposing amendments could lead to a loss of personal freedoms, liberties, and equal rights. Congress knows that there is no such risk of this. All our personal freedoms, liberties, and equal rights come from the Constitution with Amendments, which were all ratified by the states. There is no way that three-fourths of the states would ratify an amendment that takes away our personal freedoms, liberties, or equal rights. The federal government has a long and extensive history of taking away our personal freedoms, liberties, and equal rights. I would rather trust my personal freedoms, liberties, and equal rights to a three-fourths majority vote by the states versus a 50% majority vote in Congress.


    There is nothing that is even close to being as dangerous to our Constitution as Congress devastatingly crashing our economy and then Congress “rebuilding” our crashed economy without any meaningful input from the state legislatures and the people. Congress will remain unable to stand up to the Washington-special-interest groups that will have caused Congress to crash our economy. Congress will continue down the same path, increasing federal debt, increasing unfunded federal mandates, building more inefficiencies into both our economy and the regulations that our states are forced to follow, and encroaching further on the Constitutional rights of the state legislatures and the people.


    In the ten years since the 2008 Financial Crisis, the federal debt has more than doubled from under $10 trillion to over $20 trillion. This debt is our nation’s biggest problem; we cannot wait any longer to fix it.


    When federal politicians state that the $2.8 trillion Social Security trust fund will cover Social Security checks for the next 15 to 20 years, they are leaving out a major detail. Congress borrowed the $2.8 trillion Social Security trust fund and spent it on non-Social Security programs that the Washington-special-interest groups wanted. Where is the $2.8 trillion going to come from to cover Social Security checks when Congress is already borrowing $1 trillion a year to fund non-Social Security programs? Also, where is the money to pay for the $8 trillion of Agency debt (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, and Federal Home Loan Banks)? Medicare and Medicaid will also need additional future funding.


    Early in 2018, Congress had to raise the federal debt limit to avoid having the federal government shut down. In order to vote in favor of raising the federal debt limit, Congress increased federal government spending by $400 billion without any public debate. The federal debt limit does not reduce federal government spending, it just creates an excuse to increase federal government spending. Instead of approving each other’s spending requests, the Republicans and Democrats in Congress should be fighting over how to spend the limited amount of money they are allowed to spend. For increasing the federal debt limit, there is no reason for Congress to spend more of our money.


    Congress’ devastating crash of our economy will permanently and significantly lower our standard of living versus the rest of the developed world. Our society’s safety net will collapse and probably never grow to the inflation-adjusted sustainable level it could have been maintained at if the states had implemented the USA-Referendum and prevented Congress’ crash of our economy.


    When our economy crashes, Congress will not acknowledge any fault. Just like what happens now, Congressional democrats will blame Congressional republicans and Congressional republicans will blame Congressional democrats, all of which will distract people from realizing that the real problem is Congress. Congress continues to bury the people further in debt, so that Washington-special-interest groups will continue to help the members of Congress stay in office and prosper.


    The more freedoms and liberties the state legislatures and the people get, the more different ideas that different states will try concerning things like their school systems. The ideas that work well, will spread to other states.


    The business community has identified worldwide best practices used by businesses to improve efficiency. We need to identify worldwide best practices for government, so we can make sure our federal government uses our resources as efficiently as possible.


    When the state legislatures allowed Congress to take away the state legislatures’ right to propose amendments, the people lost the power they had reserved for themselves in the Constitution. In order for the people to permanently restore the state legislatures’ right to propose amendments, there cannot be any reductions of the power being transferred to the people in the USA-Referendum draft above.


    The USA-Referendum Amendment transfers the appropriate amount of power from Washington DC to the people, so that there will be an effective check and balance on the federal government. Congress will still be able to propose amendments and designate them for ratification by state legislatures.


    There is only one path that can save our economy from a devastating crash and keep our Constitutional rights from slipping further. The path begins with the state legislatures working together and agreeing on a version of the USA-Referendum.


    Thanks for your consideration.
  • Jill Greene
    commented 2018-09-16 22:19:33 -0400
    Hello! I’m trying to locate a good email for your campaign. The League of Women Voters of PA would like to invite you to participate in our online voter’s guide Vote411.org but we’ve been unable to find a good email. Thanks!
  • Neil Angelino
    commented 2018-08-21 23:48:30 -0400
    Congratulations on getting on the ballot.

    I need information on what your opponents positions are on issues and do you expect to win? God Bless.