Jim Ward, running for Congress in District 5, celebrates his first anniversary as a registered Republican in Arizona this week. Letting no grass grow under his feet, he got right into the swing of things after registering to vote. Within a couple of months he became an appointed precinct committeeman, and then decided to run for congress. Quite a whirlwind of activity!
Ward’s slick website lists his “affiliations and honors,” is chock full of videos and gives a glimpse into his life of privilege. He even tells us his mother played the harp. There is a good-looking logo and self-authored commentaries galore. On issues of importance such as illegal immigration candidate Ward has perfected a nifty-two step worthy of John McCain himself. Ward begins with: “I do not support instant amnesty.”
He then moves into: “We must open up legal avenues of immigration to this country and incorporate patriotic immersion programs, while respecting cultural differences…”
Finally swinging into full gear with: “In addition, immigration will be an important economic driver to us in the future. We will face a labor shortage in this country. Our current birthrate of 1.6 children per family is far below the sustainability rate of 2.1, a rate that will leave us with a deficit of workers.”
Ward is clearly out of sync with the impact of the economic crisis on unemployment numbers, as millions of Americans are out of work or underemployed, and record homes in foreclosure.
Yesterday fed chief Ben Bernanke said the harsh reality is that 40 percent of unemployed people have now been out of work for over six months.
Earlier this month, the Labor Department released information that while the unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent from 10 percent, employers still cut 20,000 jobs. The economy has lost 8.4 million jobs since the recession began.
Ward’s slogan is “The Right Kind of Change.”
We agree with the Arizona newcomer Jim Ward on that sentiment. Here’s our take.