Gov. Perry’s bold border action: Left v. Right views

July 22, 2014

After it was announced that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to his state’s southern border to provide much-needed security, the liberal Dallas Morning News ran with this headline, “Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s border sheriffs pan Perry’s plan to send National Guardsmen.” 

Perry described his decision as an imperative response to help U.S. Border Patrol agents overwhelmed by an estimated flood of 60,000 unaccompanied children from Central America who have arrived since October. With border security spread thin and distracted, drug cartels and human traffickers might push into a state where their crimes already have taken a toll, he said. At the current rate, the illegal arrivals, mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and, of course, Mexico, are expected to reach 90,000 by fall.

This was the Drudge Report’s top-of-the-page take on Perry’s action:

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The Dallas newspaper’s VP and editorial page editor is the same Keven Ann Willey who set the leftwing tone of the Arizona Republic before her move to Texas a dozen+ years ago.

The time has come to deduct the costs of this invasion from the foreign aid cash-strapped American taxpayers are ponying up to send to these countries that hold the United States, our sovereignty, rule of law and generosity in utter disdain. In 2013, El Salvador got $27 million, Guatemala received $84 million, Honduras took in $52 million and Mexico put its hooks in us to the tune of $265 million. Check it out on this U.S. government Foreign Assistance website. Make sure you haven’t eaten before you move the cursor over the map. There is also a drop-down box to facilitate your search.


America speaks: illegal immigration top problem

July 18, 2014

Americans citing illegal immigration as the top problem surges to 17% this month, up from 5% just a month ago

Those who repeatedly refer to the invasion of the United States as a “humanitarian crisis,” need to rethink their misplaced compassion and place it in context with the facts.

Laura Ingraham got it right when she defined this as “an invasion facilitated by our own government”  —- which we refer to as the “Obama regime.”

Our cultures are world’s apart from Mexico, Central and South America. As an example, on Thursday the South American country of Bolivia passed legislation allowing 10-year-olds to be able to work, and sets 12 as the minimum age for a child to work under contract. 

It’s estimated that 1 million Bolivian children work regularly, accounting for 15 percent of the workforce. They toil in factories, on farms and as street vendors, coca leaf pickers and porters at markets. One in three don’t attend school. Bolivia’s previous labor code permitted no exceptions to a minimum age of 14. The new measure was approved by Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales, a former trade union activist.

Americans are finally beginning to take notice of the long-lasting and negative impact of the influx of uneducated, impoverished and often diseased populations. The most recent Gallup poll identifies the issue this way: “With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation’s southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17% this month, up from 5% in June, and the highest seen since 2006. As a result, immigration now virtually ties “dissatisfaction with government,” at 16%, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country’s top problem.”

Gallup, hardly considered a conservative leaning pollster, still acknowledges that when respondents were asked to say which party can better handle the issue, “the results are relatively positive for the Republicans.” This is similar to the Republicans’ positioning on this question in 2010, shortly before voters gave the GOP a sweeping victory in the midterm House elections. Republicans were also practically tied with Democrats in 1994 and 2002 —- both years when the GOP fared well in the midterms, Gallup concludes.

Conservative Dave Brat’s stunning 56 – 44 percent victory over amnesty-pushing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should signal continuing good news in the upcoming congressional elections. Voters must vigilantly discern that those with an “R” after their name are the real deal.

Arizona conservatives, who have Republicrat agents of deception John McCain and Jeff Flake as U.S. Senators, can attest to the fact that the con is turned to high pitch during campaign season, only to have the amnesty proponents revert to their long-held open borders agenda, and collude with Democrats immediately after the ballots are counted.

 


Obama destabilizes America by colluding with, bankrolling churches

July 13, 2014

Catholic and Baptist churches being bankrolled by HHS

Liberty News reports on the alarming findings that the Obama administration was bankrolling America’s churches back in 2010. The tens of millions were flowing in to prepare for the invasion currently underway.

We urge you to make time to read the shocking report titled, EXCLUSIVE: HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for Obama’s 2014 Invasion!

The following information is lifted in its entirety from the report:

Between Dec. 2010 and Nov. 2013, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Galveston received $15,549,078 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Project” with a program description of “Refugee and Entry Assistance.”

Last year, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth received $350,000 from Department of Homeland Security for “citizenship and education training” with a program description of “citizenship and immigration services.”

Between September 2010 and September 2013, the Catholic Charities of Dallas received $823,658 from the Department of Homeland Security for “Citizenship Education Training” for “refugee and entrant assistance.”

From Decrmber 2012 to January 2014, Baptist Child & Family Services received $62,111,126 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Program.”

Documentation regarding the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Project, compiled by the University of Texas at El Paso, can be read here. And, yes, Phoenix is mentioned. Along with the Rio Grande Valley. Texas, we are noted on page 15 as having “the most shelter beds based on DHS request.”


Obama’s deplorable display of hilarity illustrates border disconnect

July 10, 2014

The adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” is twice as potent when viewing the President of the United States at a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday. These must-see photos linked on PJ Media were taken during a discussion of the crisis resulting from the flood of unaccompanied children and teens —- now estimated at 57,000 —- illegally crossing into the U.S. from Central America.

Although Barack Obama has described the situation on the border as a “humanitarian crisis,” he clearly is not taking the discussion as seriously as others at the table. Contrast his unbridled hilarity with the seriousness displayed by Gov. Perry and other members of the governor’s team.

While visiting Texas for a $10,000 a person to $32,400 per couple a plate barbeque fundraiser raising money for Democrat congressional candidates, Obama refused to visit the border. His lack of first-hand knowledge of the magnitude of the crisis that he has done nothing to alleviate has not restrained him from requesting nearly $4 billion in emergency funding —– with the majority earmarked for processing and care for the children, and not securing America’s sieve-like border.

There’s nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of and briefed on,” Obama offered.

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina) has criticized the funding request, suggesting foreign aid should be docked to pay for it. “I think it’s a charade,” he said. “I think the president has set it up to make it look as though the only reason he’s not enforcing the border is because he doesn’t have the money. And that’s not accurate.”

H/T: Reuters photos PJ Media


AZ GOP Governor’s race: And then there were six? & Updates

June 22, 2014

Al Melvin considers dropping out of GOP Gov primary 

Speculation is running high that Arizona state senator Al Melvin may well drop his bid for the Republican primary nomination for governor before the end of the week.

Melvin’s campaign strategist Constantin Querard acknowledges he is lagging in collecting the required 4,500 qualifying $5 contributions to enable him to receive $753,616 in public campaign funding for the Primary Election. The final date for Melvin to voluntarily remove his name from the ballot is June 27.

The amount awarded to the winner of the Primary Election —- if  qualified to use the “Clean Elections” public financing scheme in the General Election —- is a hefty $1,130,424.

In the crowded Republican field, only Secretary of State Ken Bennett has qualified for and received the citizen-paid funds. In addition to Bennett, Al Melvin and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas are participating in the public funding system. Thomas is currently scrambling to get his final $5 contributions after 113 were disqualified by the Secretary of State’s office on Friday.  

Those taking the traditional route funded by supporters attracted to their specific messages, are State Treasurer and former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery Doug Ducey, former Go Daddy exec Christine Jones, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and former U.S. Rep. Frank Riggs, who represented California CD 1 in the 1990’s.

Update-tag

Monday, June 23, 2014:

KTAR reports Al Melvin has exited the governor’s race.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014:

Within days after withdrawing from the gubernatorial race, State Sen. Al Melvin, a candidate who cast himself as a conservative, has disappointingly endorsed Doug Ducey, the McCain approved candidate for the state’s top office. Since Ducey has amassed a huge campaign $tash and is considered the front runner, best bet is Melvin must be angling for a job to supplement his retirement.

 


Phoenix City Council hides increa$e$ behind blather

June 20, 2014

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The illustrious Phoenix City Council has voted to give Phoenix residents a soaking of gigantic proportions. In a maneuver sure to harm businesses in the downtown area and cut into the pockets of cash strapped ASU students, the council raised parking rates from $1.50 an hour to an astounding $4.00! Along with the astronomical increase, free weekend and after 5:00 pm parking will be a thing of the past.

The City of Phoenix under the leadership of a leftist Napolitano crony and Obama canoodler, views us as reliable taxable and fee paying golden egg laying geese, so it makes sense they want us to stay healthy. The officials who have spent us into a $38 million deficit,  say the increases will encourage us to bike or walk. If the idea of a 10-mile hike to and from work in 110 degree heat doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always the aromatic option of riding mass transit such as the transient friendly light rail or the bus.

Not only don’t the council members avail themselves of public transportation, they cordially conceal their nearly party line votes to raise the parking rates.  Republican Thelda Williams voted with Democrats Daniel Valenzuela, Michael Nowakowski, Laura Pastor and Kate Gallego. These Republicans who voted against the measure,  Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates and Jim Waring, clearly prefer congeniality to irate exposure.

Although they go mute on revealing this crucial information, those in opposition  are  eager to ply constituents with emailed advice on beating the heat, and newsy information about the Top City of Phoenix retirees. One even shares his hopes for a USA soccer team victory over Ghana at the World Cup. Another has the raw nerve to attempt to persuade residents to “Dump the Pump” and buy a $20 7-day transit pass since “gas is currently $3.52 a gallon.”

Always thinking of ways to accommodate us geese, the city has reconfigured many of its meters to accept credit cards and adjust rates upward for higher demand times and events.

Flap your wings and honk if you appreciate your council member. Then lay another golden egg.


Top 44 Gov’t salaries went to Phx VA employees

June 2, 2014

Astronomical salaries eclipse all other Gov’t agencies

Since the ongoing scandals at the Veterans Hospital were first revealed in Phoenix, we thought it might be interesting to see how our tax dollars earmarked for the health care of America’s military veterans are being spent.

“Open the Books* — a project of American Transparency” has done a masterful job in compiling the numbers. There are 100 entries per page, with 6 pages devoted to Arizona.

Page one, alone, lists 2013 salaries ranging from $357,526.00 to $217,404.00. All employees are identified by name.

The top of the page indicates a limited number of views are available before registration is required.

WND reports that the VA handed out $9 million in bonuses since 2011. Breitbart notes that the Edward Hines Jr. VA hospital outside of Chicago spent over $1 billion on salaries for over 4,200 employees for the three years ending in 2013. Just 309 of these employees are doctors, and less than a quarter of the total employees provide direct medical care. 

*H/T Adam Andrzejewski —- Open the Books


Amnesty? Not everyone’s onboard

June 1, 2014

DC elites not representing black American workers in amnesty debate

Breitbart News provides this weekend’s reading guaranteed to make you smarter, as Tony Lee reports that black Americans are disproportionately and negatively affected by the issues relating to amnesty for illegals.

“Illegal immigration has a disparate impact on African-American men because these men are disproportionately represented in the low-skilled labor force,”  U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow  wrote recently to the Congressional Black Caucus in urging them to oppose amnesty legislation. “Giving amnesty to illegal immigrants would only exacerbate this problem facing low-skilled men, who are disproportionately African-American.”

In January 2013, Seeing Red AZ questioned the wisdom of the local black community advocating for amnesty when their own unemployment numbers were staggeringly high. Our post titled, “Illogical coalition shills for illegal immigration,” exposed the fanciful thinking.

The overriding question is, why would black leaders, whose own communities have excessive rates of unemployment both locally and nationally, be among those encouraging more illegals be given legal status — allowing them to compete for jobs these American citizens need and should have?

The illogical thought process responsible for causing activists within the black community to promote an even less hospitable employment atmosphere for their own brethren struggling in a still stagnant economy is based in the irrational thinking of the left.


Maricopa College board raises your property taxes…again

May 30, 2014

Easy come, easy go….it’s only other people’s money

The Maricopa County Community College District governing board met earlier this week and approved yet another property tax increase. The daily reports this is the fourth tax increase in seven years and the second in a row for the 10-college district —- increasing taxes $128.24 yearly per $100,000 in property.

We reported just last month on the governing board increasing tuition by $3 per credit hour, to $84 per credit, noting MCCCD tuition has skyrocketed nearly 60 percent in just 10 years. 

This latest 2 percent increase in the tax levy, along with the tuition increase and taxes on new construction in the county, will generate about $21 million in additional revenue for the insatiable colleges.

The vote on the tax increase was 4-1. Only board member Debra Brimhall Pearson voted against the hike, although she voted for the previous increase. Pearson, who served in the state legislature as Debra Brimhall representing Snowflake from 1997 to 2004, said the state Legislature “has been derelict to the community colleges” for decreasing funding over the last several years. State aid went from 10 percent of the district’s revenue a few years ago to about 1 percent now, at $7.4 million for 2014-15.

“But I don’t believe the answer is in property taxes,” she said. Later in the meeting Pearson announced she would not run for re-election to the District 3 seat, saying, “I have a moral objection to property taxes.”

About 60 percent of the district’s revenue is from property taxes, and the community colleges account for about 12 percent of property owners’ annual bill.

After the tax vote, the members voted 5-0 to give a 1 percent pay increase to residential and adjunct faculty and most other employee groups. The board also approved the 2014-15 budget. The $774 million operating budget is about 8 percent higher than this year’s budget. The total budget, including the auxiliary, restricted and capital funds, is $1.7 billion.

Arizona’s Constitutional mandate for the state’s higher education to be as “nearly free as possible” is becoming increasingly quaint. These are the words contained in Article 11 Section 6 of the Constitution of the state of Arizona: Section 6. Admission of students of both sexes to state educational institutions; tuition; common school system.


Lawmaker Andy Tobin: Do as I say, not as I do

May 29, 2014

Paid property taxes late nearly 30 times

As Speaker of the Arizona House, Andy Tobin might be expected to have at least a shred of respect for the law. Now that he’s running for Congress in Arizona’s First Congressional District such a basic consideration should be a requisite.

According to the daily, Tobin faced the possibility of a foreclosure on his home nearly two decades ago due to racking up $2,000 in back taxes. That can happen. But far more egregious, he subsequently paid his property taxes late nearly 30 times between 2000 and 2014. At the time the Tobin’s owned three properties —- in Prescott and Paulden, including their current home —–after having sold their home in Dewey, in 1996 in lieu of foreclosure.

Tobin has other problems every bit as taxing as his taxes. He’s sorely neglected both his legislative duties and his constituents, passing them up for a south-of-the-border soiree with Democrats and RINOs. Although he’s been censured by Maricopa County Republican leaders, the union pushing Tobin has captured the support of the toxic pro-amnesty U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Sens. John McCain, Jeff Flake, Jon Kyl have jointly hosted a high-dollar fundraiser for him.

We’ve written about some of the tax woes of Tobin’s primary opponent, rancher Gary Kiehne. He’s racked up 15 past-due tax bills, for at least eight homes and parcels of land. Kiehne claims he lost track of due dates because he was campaigning.

State Rep. Adam Kwasman, an economist and the third Republican candidate in the CD1 race, is in the best possible position in this pack. He doesn’t own any property.


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