Achieving conservative goals requires fundamental change

January 21, 2014

On the heels of the overwhelming 1,150 – 351 vote to censure John McCain passed at the annual mandatory Maricopa County Republican meeting recently, and the similar rebuke of Lindsey Graham in South Carolina — comes this attention-piquing article on the need to change the “incentive structure” in Washington.

Matthew Boyle covers the South Carolina Tea Party Convention, zeroing in on remarks by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) who said foundational changes to D.C. politics will be needed to achieve a conservative agenda.

“We must change the incentive structure in Washington,” he told roughly 500 attendees.

“You’ve got collusion between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C.  They’re coming together and they’re making deals. You guys have probably heard of the Ryan-Murray budget deal? It does nothing to stop the $6.4 trillion that will be added to the debt over the next 10 years. Nothing. But everybody wants you to come in and vote for it,” he told the enthusiastic crowd.

Take time to read the rest of this post, which addresses the aggressive use of “outside group” vote scorecards to punish wayward Republicans. He mentions Heritage Action, which scores Jeff Flake a low 58% (just a bit above his McMentor, faltering at 43%) the Club for Growth, and the Senate Conservatives Fund.

“There’s nothing that politicians like less than these scorecards,” Bridenstine said. “Why? Because they’re being exposed.”

Although we agree with Rep. Bridenstine’s conclusions, we part company on the issue of Club for Growth, which brutalized principled conservative Arizona businessman Wil Cardon as he challenged establishment fav, then-Rep. Jeff Flake in a 2012 senate match-up. NumbersUSA also has an Immigration Report Card, rating each state’s delegation on this critical issue. We’ve got Arizona’s scores up for you. Not a single Arizona Republican congressman rates an “A.”

The Senate Conservatives Fund, a former 2012 Flake high dollar supporterdid an about-faceas it ran ads criticizing GOP lawmakers who opposed using the appropriations process to cut funding for Obamacare.  Flake was hammered in the worst possible way — by being compared to McCain(Watch the linked ad.)

Practiced liar Jeff Flake is definitely losing popularity, dragging bottom with a 30% approval rating as he emulates John McCain. In a front page assessment of Jeff Flake’s first year in the U.S. Senate, the Arizona Republic was forced to acknowledge that Arizona’s junior senator’s “moderate path over the past 12 months, has enraged his supporters and surprised his critics but also left him in the middle of an uncomfortable crossfire between the right and the left.”

Mark this as a rare occasion we can’t take issue with the daily newspaper.


GOP prioritizes amnesty, ignores American citizens

January 20, 2014

Recent Gallup polling indicates an overwhelming majority of Americans do not think immigration reform/amnesty is even close to a top priority for 2014. Only three percent of Americans think the issue is a priority requiring attention.

Amnesty lags well behind other issues such as jobs, the economy, heath care, dissatisfaction with Washington politicians, the debt and deficit, lack of money, ethics and moral issues, poverty, education and foreign aid.

Yet despite the fact that the majority of Americans oppose Congress or Barack Obama prioritizing amnesty issues, House Speaker John Boehner and House GOP leadership are giving the issues precedence.

Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, and Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, and others are currently drafting piecemeal immigration “principles” that will ultimately recommend granting legal status to upward of 30 million illegal aliens in America, and massively increasing U.S. levels of legal immigration. These competitors for fewer jobs in a still soured economy are exactly what American citizens do not need.

Immigration issues only fit into the priorities of voters when they are viewed through the lens of how economically devastating amnesty and a subsequent massive increase in legal immigration would be to American workers —- issues that negatively affect jobs and the economy, which Gallup lists as two top priorities. 

On January 8, 16 House Republicans — led by Congressman Mo Brooks (Ala.) sent a letter to Obama, regarding the displacement of American workers if amnesty proposals succeed. Read the scathing letter on The Blaze.

Signers included Reps. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Walter Jones (R-NC), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), John Fleming (R-LA), Steve King (R-IA), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Jeff Duncan (R-SC).

 Disappointingly, not a single Republican member from the border state of Arizona saw fit to sign on. Their contact information is here if you’d like to ask why.

“Rapidly expanding unskilled immigration – at a time when factory work and blue-collar jobs are disappearing – would represent the final economic blow for millions of workers who have been struggling to gain an economic foothold,” the members wrote. “Yet, despite this jobs crisis for American workers, the White House continues to advocate that CEOs and business executives seek lower cost labor. The White House has entertained a parade of high-powered business executives to discuss immigration policy, all while shutting out the concerns of everyday wage-earners who overwhelmingly oppose these measures. You even released an economic report saying that the ‘hospitality and leisure industry’ needs ‘legislation that would legalize workers in the U.S. and facilitate the lawful employment of future foreign-born workers.’”

Read this shocking report in the Washington Examiner written by Byron York, detailing how American workers are being laid off by companies demanding “immigration reform” and the importation of cheap labor.

NumbersUSA cites the immigration plan outlined outlined by the New York Times as a horrible deal for the American people. The proposal would hand out millions of lifetime work permits, completely ignoring the needs of 20 million unemployed and underemployed Americans, and the terrible social cost of their joblessness. There appears to be no offsetting in the scheme; meaning the huge amnesty is not counterbalanced by cuts to other categories of immigration.


Sen. Sessions defines amnesty as magnet, not a right

January 7, 2014

National Review runs a commentary written by Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL), “Crowding Out U.S. Workers,” that incisively explains the rationale behind the left’s strong advocacy on behalf of amnesty.  Voices raised in a preposterous claim of “civil rights” entitlements for illegals in the United States neglect similar expressions of concern for our own American citizens — a record 91.5 million of whom are currently outside the labor force. Importing upward of 30 million low- wage workers will cause them to face further competition in the still struggling economy.

Sen. Sessions cites compelling facts and figures as he takes the RNC and Republican leadership to task for a limp response in opposing the fallacies put forth by illegal immigration expansionists. Sessions correctly calls the party’s official response “passive, weak-kneed, and lacking in principle.” He urges the GOP to oppose the White House’s immigration plan and expose its flaws.

Arizona conservatives are all too familiar with the truths he outlines. Our state’s two U.S. Senators, who dishonestly campaigned on strengthening our border, only to revert to their previous amnesty posture —  leading the ‘Gang of Eight’ hand-in-hand with Democrat proponents immediately after the votes were counted — have been prime actors in the duplicity.

Sessions asks, “So what kind of immigration policy then do we need for the 21st century? That is the conversation we should be having. Not only on immigration but on trade, taxes, welfare, and energy, Republicans should seize the opportunity to offer a conservative vision for this new century, a vision centered on the legitimate interests of working Americans.”

Talk about a winning concept!


Jeff Flake: AZ Republic admits McCain protégé loses support

January 4, 2014

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Despite 30 % approval rating, Flake’s deceptive actions earn compliments from McCain

In a front page assessment of Jeff Flake’s first year in the U.S. Senate, the daily newspaper is forced to acknowledge that Arizona’s junior senator’s “moderate path over the past 12 months, has enraged his supporters and surprised his critics but also left him in the middle of an uncomfortable crossfire between the right and the left.”

The article, complete with a large photo of the bottle-blonde streaked Flake, pensively holding his chin while a blurred specter of mentor John McCain peers from the background over his left shoulder, hits the mark. Flake’s trademark smirk is gone.

Reporter Dan Nowicki earns an A+ for his forthright review of Flake’s numerous blunders, which Nowicki refers to as Flake’s “less-than-graceful debut in Capitol Hill’s upper chamber.” His low approval ratings are also included in the review.

The Flake/McCain duo recently incurred the ire of Center for Arizona Policy’s President Cathi Herrod over their duplicity in voting  for S. 815 the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), when their pre-election answers to the faith and family-based group’s questionnaire didn’t match the reality of their senate vote. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) was the single principled member to speak for religious freedom and against the bill.

An end-of-year survey conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research Inc., sharply illustrated Flake has lost favor among Arizona voters — as have McCain and his on-again, off-again chum, Barack Obama.  In the poll of 600 “likely” Arizona voters, well over half — 57 percent disapproved of the job Flake was doing as senator — while only 30 percent approved. McCain fared even worse with 58 percent disapproving of his performance on the job he has held for decades.

The Senate Conservatives Fund, a former 2012 Flake high dollar supporter, did an about-face, as it ran ads criticizing GOP lawmakers who opposed using the appropriations process to cut funding for Obamacare.  Flake was hammered in the worst possible way — by being compared to McCain. (Watch the linked ad.)

Flake fell from grace in the eyes of a mammoth, nationally respected, conservative organization, Family Research Council.  In 2010 the group called Flake’s vote to pass Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,  ahuge disappointment,”* noting Flake’s “weakness” in being swayed from the GOP and voting “aye” on the stand-alone repeal. Chastisement this strong from a group that previously touted “celebrating Jeff’s 100% record on our last scorecard,” is not insignificant.

Last April, we exposed Jeff Flake as Sen. Vacillator for his unconscionable waffling on universal background checks. The Arizona Republic called him a “coward” for his change of heart.

It’s happened before, as we pointed out inOops — Jeff Flake’s crown slips as he sinks to mere McPolitician,” when, as an unwavering amnesty-supporting congressman, Flake did an about-face to win conservative votes for the senate seat he so blatantly coveted. At the time, editorialist Doug MacEachern called Flake’s change of heart on legalizing millions of illegal aliens “jarring.”  Imagine our surprise as the Republic declared the vacillating Flake to be a mere “politician” — no longer a “statesman” — for emulating John McCain’s border fickleness during his own 2010 senatorial campaign.

Arizona’s two coreless senators will do or say whatever it takes to stay in Washington, D.C.  They represent nothing else….certainly not Arizona voters.  Seeing Red AZ has dedicated a category to each of them. One is called McStench and the other Jeff the Flake. As you scroll through, you’ll notice the articles often overlap, as do the two men.

Add another disappointment. During Jeff Flake’s 2012 senate race, the Family Research Council removed its harsh criticism of him.


Driver’s licenses for illegals, er…“immigrants, undocumented ”

December 26, 2013

What kind of distorted thinking regards the illegal entry into the United States as worthy of rewards?

No surprise here. The open borders supporters at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic)!

The daily heralds the news that based on Barack Obama’s executive order — his regal route for bypassing congress — the  AZ Department of Transportation will uphold a policy making not only illegal aliens eligible for state issued driver’s licenses, but also their spouses, children and parents, if a non-citizen relative is serving in the military.

The online version of the article, which refers to illegal invaders as “immigrants” or “undocumented” 15 times, with the sympathetic qualifier “young” sprinkled liberally throughout, is topped by a preposterous video featuring the outer columnist E. J. Montini and illegal champion reporter Richard Ruelas. The duo are engaged in  a choreographed discourse in which they conclude Gov. Jan Brewer has been driven by “spite,” in arguing against providing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. She has contended that only Congress has the authority to grant non-citizens legal presence, which is required under state law to obtain a driver’s license or state issued ID.

A 1996 Arizona law, in statute as 41-1080 requires persons seeking a state license to show their presence is “authorized under federal law.”

We happily provide our readers with this helpful primer “Deciphering Republicese,” which includes a link to our popular “Lingo.” Number three on the list explains the actual meaning of “undocumented.”


AZ AG Tom Horne exposes voter fraud cover-up

December 19, 2013

Local news outlets collude in misreporting the facts, misleading citizens

The Arizona Republic and Channel 12, housed in the same building and promoting the same liberal agenda, have neglected to give accurate reports on the instances of voter fraud in the state — even ignoring evidence to the contrary. Only columnist Robert Robb deviated from the hard-line position of the newspaper in a commentary “Horne opinion on 2-track voting is sound, responsible,” linked to in this post.

Attorney General Tom Horne has been relentless in his efforts to expose the fact that such fraud exists.  Horne supplied the Republic and Channel 12 News with the most current and reliable information available to prove voter fraud is a serious problem. He pointed out the facts of the extensive trial and investigation in which a Federal District Court Judge concluded that voter fraud is a significant problem in Arizona. At that trial, officials of the Maricopa and Pima County Recorders Offices testified that over 200 non-citizens were caught registering to vote within the year covered by the trial.

These non-citizens were caught because they indicated on a jury commissioner questionnaire that they were not citizens even though they had registered to vote. Since only a very small percentage of residents receive a jury questionnaire, the 200 fraudulent voters should be multiplied many times to account for the fact that only a small sample received the forms in the first place.

In his capacity as Arizona Attorney General, Tom Horne personally argued before the United States Supreme Court that Arizona should require voter registrants to provide evidence of citizenship. The Supreme Court issued an opinion with favorable language toward our state’s constitutional argument, and then sent the case to the lower Courts to consider the matter. It’s a case Horne believes we will ultimately win, allowing our citizens, not illegal aliens, to vote in Arizona.

Read more on this very important topic here.


Readying for amnesty DHS hires radical lawyers

December 8, 2013

Townhall’s Katie Pavlich has written a disturbing exposé regarding the radical Obama comrades brought on as new hires to oversee and manage immigration litigation as amnesty is front-burnered by the administration and its enthusiasts in the U.S. House and Senate.

We urge you to read “Department of Homeland Security Stacked With Pro-Amnesty Attorneys Ahead of Illegal Immigration Fight.”

Former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams writing for  PJ Media has also done a masterful job researching the pro-amnesty and pro-asylum backgrounds of the new hires. In a country where normalcy reigned, these people would be revealed as reprehensible infiltrators intending to bring harm to the United States and criminally charged.

Michelle Malkin has written extensively about Thomas Perez, radical assistant attorney general for Obama’s DOJ Civil Rights Division and now Obama’s Secretary of Labor. (Senate confirmation vote here.)

Arizonans will remember that it was Perez who spearheaded the lawsuit against our state over our immigration enforcement measures and launched a three-year DOJ witch-hunt against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The vengeful investigation against Arpaio, the nation’s most outspoken local law enforcement official against illegal alien crime, was dropped without charges* by the DOJ in August of 2012. Malkin wrote that Perez was leading similar witch-hunts against police departments across the country based on leftwing junk science theories about racial “disparate impacts.”

To get a flavor of why Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is so admired, read his strong response to Perez’ intending-to-intimidate press conference December 15, 2011.

As expected, senate shamnesty gangsters John McCain, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham & Co. have folded like lawn chairs on Obamamnesty. Keep your eyes on our AZ House members and any attempts to sign on to what is being referred to as “piecemeal legislation,” but is in fact incremental steps toward full-blown amnesty. Rewarding criminality and demands with the great gift of American citizenship should not be on any of their agendas.

*letter via AZ Republic


Gift yourself with the brilliance of Thomas Sowell

November 30, 2013

On his worst day, the random thoughts of Thomas Sowell are guaranteed to put most of our best day insights to shame.  Conservative icon Sowell is a genius.

Before you head out for your holiday shopping today, give yourself a gift.  Read Dr. Sowell’s most recent “Random Thoughts” column.  It’s guaranteed to make you think.  The final sentence in this column, in which he ponders various issues, decisively dissects the current occupant of the White House in this manner: “One of the reasons it has taken so long for some people to finally see through Barack Obama is that people do not like to admit, even to themselves, that they have been played for fools by a slick-talking politician.”

H/T Townhall


Illegals voting in AZ? Never happens. Move along

November 20, 2013

Since fewer people read the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic), it’s not surprising that this front page report might have been missed. Headlined “Migrant vote-fraud cases are rare in Arizona,” the increasingly anorexic newspaper uses its “findings” to take pot shots at…who else…Republicans. The article names Gov. Jan Brewer, Attorney General Tom Horne and Secretary of State Ken Bennett among those asserting illegal voting is a problem. Bennett has recently announced his intention to run for AZ Governor.

In fact, the pro-amnesty, pro-open border radical newspaper harangues both Horne and Bennett for citing voter-fraud concerns as justification for continuing a federal court battle over state voter ID requirements. The daily also berates Republican lawmakers who have used the same argument forwarding a package of new election laws slated to appear on the November 2014 ballot.

The daily claims voter fraud cases in Maricopa County involving illegal aliens are nearly non-existent, and have been since before the changes to voter-ID requirements were enacted as the “Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act” or Prop. 200 in 2004 — by nearly 60 percent of Arizona voters — requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote.  The newspaper account states that numbers of actual cases and convictions vary and the “descriptions of the alleged fraud become foggy or based on third-hand accounts.”  Referring dismissively to illegal voting, the report says, “no one was convicted of a felony or given any jail time. A couple of the cases were dismissed; the other suspects pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and served a few months of probation.”

According to this convoluted mindset, lack of follow through on cases means fraud doesn’t exist.

Attorney General Tom Horne is unequivocal in his assertion that voter fraud by illegals is a problem in Arizona. “There are thousands of people who were non-citizens who registered to vote, and many of them voted,” he said.

Horne bases his statements on court testimony by county recorders, who said more than 200 people in a single year had stated on a jury duty summons that they were not citizens. “And jury forms only go to a small percentage of residents, so you have to multiply that to get the number of non-citizens who actually registered statewide,” he said, adding the low number of prosecutions doesn’t prove anything. “A lot of them don’t get prosecuted,” Horne said. “The county attorneys have scarce resources and bigger fish to fry.”

Attorney General Horne said he will continue to defend the voter-approved requirement for proof of identification to register to vote as it moves through the courts. He said he believes voters agree that voter fraud by those in our country illegally is a problem in Arizona, and that’s why they passed the requirements.

“If people believe that their votes are diluted by people voting illegally, they lose faith in the system and you can get a decline in participation,” he said.

The folks at the República view requiring ID to vote as “demonizing undocumented immigrants.” But last month, newspaper columnist Robert Robb supported Horne’s contentions. We include a link to his column in this post “Reason rears its head at AZ Republic: Robb lauds Horne.”


Obama calls Iran’s despotic Muslim ayatollah “Supreme Leader”

November 9, 2013

Jay Nordlinger, writing in the Nov. 11, issue of National Review, has a commentary sure to set the teeth of any thinking American on edge.

In “Entitled” Nordlinger addresses what he calls the “tricky business of addressing or referring to an unsavory foreign leader.”

The article begins with these words: “In his recent address at the U.N., President Obama referred to Ali Khamenei, the head ayatollah in Iran. Each time, he referred to him as “the Supreme Leader.” He did not even say his name: just “Supreme Leader.” Was that really necessary, for the president of the United States? Those who control Iran may refer to Khamenei as “Supreme Leader” — but do democratic leaders, such as Obama, have to follow suit?

Two months after he became president, in 2009, Obama sent Nowruz greetings to Iran. (Nowruz is the Persian new year.) His predecessor, George W. Bush, had sent such greetings too. But Bush made clear that he was sending them to the people. Obama sent them to “the people and leaders” of Iran. He also referred to the country — twice — as “the Islamic Republic of Iran,” as the mullahs style the country. Iranian democrats, many of whom are in jail, don’t see it that way.”

Sign up to read the article in its entirety. Better yet on this brisk November day, go out and purchase a copy. As a conservative, it’s a gift you should give yourself.


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