Contagion afflicts Arizona Republic employees

February 27, 2009

Today’s daily greets us with another pro-illegal immigration/amnesty spin. This one, again winning front page placement, tells the tale of woe of Arizona university graduates who are unable to legally find jobs.

In the current economy, that includes a lot of job seekers.

But this is a specific group we read about this morning. Reporter Daniel Gonzales brings back memories of the Clintonites who, before vacating the White House offices, removed the “W” key from computers to make it impossible for the full name of the incoming president to be typed.

With Gonzales, the missing component is the normal ability to type the word “illegal” He can manage “immigrant” and even “undocumented,” but somehow the actual defining word eludes him. It is a severe and chronic affliction affecting the reporters and editorial board of the newspaper.

Here is an example: The immigrants have put their hopes in immigration reform, including a proposal in Congress called the Dream Act that would allow undocumented students who complete high school to become legalized if they complete some college or military service.

Then readers are treated to the complaints of Guillermo (last name omitted for obvious reasons) “It stinks having this education (bachelor’s degree in business management) and not being able to use it.” Meanwhile, according to the report, he sells shoes at a retail store, a job he got using an invented Social Security number and fake green card.

State Treasurer Dean Martin, during his previous stint as a state senator, was the main sponsor of Proposition 300, which makes students illegally in this country ineligible for in-state tuition, tuition waivers, grants or any other financial assistance paid with state funds. Those students already are ineligible to receive federal financial aid.

Martin, who says out-of-state tuition more accurately reflects the cost of an education, estimates Arizona has saved millions of dollars by disallowing tuition reductions. In 2006, Arizona taxpaying citizens agreed with Martin, overwhelmingly passing the measure by 1,060,444 (71.4%) to 423,994 (28.6%).

As of 2005, the pro-illegal immigration Migration Policy Institute, estimated there were over 1 million illegal aliens between the ages of 5 and 24 who would qualify for the DREAM Act, including about 360,000 who were college-age. The institute estimated about 50,000 illegals were enrolled in college or university that year.

For another perspective, read author Warner Todd Huston’s exposé on the New York Times coverage of this same topic.


The other Limbaugh brother writes of pragmatism and socialism

February 27, 2009

Remember when liberals were wringing their hands and accusing President George W. Bush of being a dictator and a king? Of course, that was breathtakingly absurd, but what’s really ironic is that these people actually want a king, provided they get to pick him.

As Barack Obama feverishly presses forward with his socialist agenda, one wonders whether any act of executive overreaching might cause the compliant, nay, conspiratorial Democratic congressional majorities to pause or, better yet, to resist.

The rest of this spot-on article can be read here.


The biased dog and the sheriff

February 26, 2009

The AZ Republic can be likened to a dog with a bone in its teeth. Once the flagging newspaper has an issue, in this case illegal immigration, there is no way to get them to part with it. Though the meat was long ago chewed away and the bone wet with the drool of repeated bites, it is guarded and rechomped as the growl grows more fierce.

So it is with the paper’s continued assault on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It is no secret the editorial board (hopefully, with the exception of his son-in-law Phil Boas) detests the career law enforcement professional and repeatedly attempts to embarrass him. A lesser man would have caved to the relentless pressure long before now — which is likely why he has the resolute support of the citizens who recently elected him to his fifth four-year term since 1992.

Today the Republic touts the findings of a study by another group of illegal alien proponents known as Justice Strategies, which calls Arpaio’s illegal immigration sweeps a “failure.” Checking their website, they also refer to crackdowns on gang violence as a “failure.” a “tragic failure,” or the “wrong approach.”

The group is linked with the Center for Community Alternatives, which has a page devoted to the defense-based Innovate Solutions for Justice, and “sentencing mitigation,” and another providing numerous “tools” for defense attorneys in drug and sex offense cases. It’s not difficult to get a picture of their bent. They voice objections to state legislatures implementing fines for criminal penalties.

Yet it is their biased study which the daily newspaper cites on the front page in the continuing assault on Sheriff Arpaio.

Buried at the bottom of the report are these two paragraphs:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which has supported Arpaio in his efforts to enforce the law credit’s the [enforcement] program with identifying more than 70,000 people suspected of being in the country illegally,” Smith said.

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and author of the 287 (g) program, defended it. “It is astonishing that anyone would want to end a successful, voluntary program that protects American communities from criminal illegal immigrants.

It is Rep. Smith’s comments which merit the front page coverage.  Don’t hold your breath waiting for that day.


Give Democrats power and this is what you get

February 26, 2009

You’ll have trouble unclenching your jaws after reading this

Check out who and what is receiving funding with the passage of the 2009 Omnibus spending package approved by the Democrat congress.

This information was made available by Taxpayers for Common Sense, a non-partisan budget watchdog organization, which has been doing “earmark” analysis for years.

And, in its own inimitable and highly readable style, the New York Post provides a fascinating look at the excesses you are underwriting. 

We guarantee you’ll be Seeing Red AZ.


More on Obama: Intelligence Choice

February 26, 2009

The Wall Street Journal has an opinion piece by Gabriel Schoenfeld regarding Barack Obama’s highly controversial selection of a China apologist and Israel basher to head the National Intelligence Council.

This informative overview of the selection of former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Charles “Chas” Freeman Jr., will likely leave you shaking your head in bewilderment.


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid maintains that paying income taxes is “voluntary”

February 25, 2009

 Those Democrats are such cut-ups!


Make plans to join the Arizona Taxpayer Tea Party: Friday, February 27, Noon

February 25, 2009

Tom Jenney, AZ Director of Americans for Prosperity (AFP), issues an invitation to one and all to join taxpayer activists for an Arizona Taxpayer Tea Party, this Friday, February 27, at noon at the Tempe Beach Park, to protest (and stop!) the tax increases proposed by big-spending politicians at the federal, state, and local levels.

Join them in sending a powerful message to the politicians, special interests, and the mainstream media by taking part in the Arizona Taxpayer Tea Party.

The initial meet-up will be at 11:45 a.m. at the Tempe Beach Park, west of the Mill Avenue Bridge. A parking lot is available next to the park, on Rio Salado Parkway.

Map and driving directions are available here.

Please let them know you will attend by sending an email to infoAZ@afphq.org

18th-century attire welcome. Tar and feathers optional, Jenney notes.

For more information, check out AFP’s website here.


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