AZ Republic: In-tandem, agendized news to distrust

April 13, 2014

It’s known as “The Repugnant” for a reason

Today we present this brief, but consummate example of the agendized newspaper’s relentless hounding.  This illustration involves what was previously known as a “Quick Hit,” until last week —- when the failing daily became an official charge of its Gannett parent, and transformed itself into an embarrassing wince inducer.  Previously the newspaper was principally known for liberal distortions, half truths, innuendo and the inability to impartially present the facts. Its main thrust is promoting same-sex issues and the open borders/amnesty agenda as policy. Opinion is never relegated to the editorial pages, but is scattered throughout its shrinking pages.

Quick Hit Number One: “Women are from Venus; men just can’t hear.” This inconsequential quip recounts a conversation between editorial writer Doug MacEachern and his wife and relates to his misunderstanding a word in her response.

MacEachern comes closest to resembling a Republican on the Republic’s staff.

Quick Hit Number Two: Flanking MacEachern is resident leftwing, amnesty-pushing shrew, Linda Valdez. Her three sentence effort “Legislators failing their legal duty toward schools,” concludes with the need to raise taxes in order to fulfill what she construes to be a Constitutional mandate to get more money in the public school system. Of course Valdez argues we need to raise taxes. What other conclusion could this liberal reach?

The following day the business section blasts an in-tandem headline: “Arizonans’ combined tax load is mild compared with most states.”  Obviously, we just don’t pay enough.

Get the idea? Now the Repugnant can substantiate its own perspective by quoting itself. And the most traditional voice on staff at the newspaper has been relegated to a Rodney Dangerfield styled,  self-deprecating jokester who writes his exasperated wife refers to him as a “dummy.”


Taxing problems for AZ CD1 candidate Gary Kiehne

April 10, 2014

Gary Kiehne, an honest to goodness ropin’ cowboy from rural Arizona, is running for Congress in Arizona’s First Congressional District.  At first glance he appears to be the real deal, but according to Wednesday’s Yellow Sheet (subscription only), Kiehne has a problem or two.

It seems Kiehne, a reputed multi-millionaire, has not paid his 2013 property tax on a Casa Grande mobile home. Also, this public document available from the Pinal County Assessor’s office indicates he is claiming more than one primary residence, defined in Arizona as Legal Class 3.

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Kiehne also lists a home in Eagar as his primary residence, according to the Apache County Assessor’s website.

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State law precludes claiming two separate properties as primary residences, unless a close relative is residing in one of the homes. Arizona gives a tax break on primary residences. Unlawfully claiming more than a single primary residence is gaming the system for an undeserved tax credit.


Wage inequality: Dem’s latest great divide

April 9, 2014

First it was the minimum wage that anti-capitalist Barack Obama claimed needed to be hiked. Never mind that raising the pay for entry level jobs meant fewer jobs for the mostly young people seeking them —- thereby thrusting them out of the workforce. Government contractors are now obligated to follow this mandate, and fast food restaurants responded by closing on military bases.

Then came the impoverished Congress. Democrat James Moran (VA) contends that “the American people should know that members of Congress are underpaid,” and he plans to highlight that injustice by introducing an amendment to a bill that funds member’s $174,000 salaries and enviable benefits packages. “Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” Moran whined. He’s further upset by the fact that since Republicans took control, the House has been working a 120+ day a year schedule.  Not bad pay for working a third of a year.

Women, it turns out, are also victimized and underpaid. But Obama has boasted he can correct any wrongs he perceives by bypassing the underpaid Congress and enacting executive orders. His latest focus, the Paycheck Fairness Act, applies executive actions to the workforce at large.

Few would be surprised to learn that hypocrisy reigns at the White House. Hot Air reports that critics immediately demanded to know what Obama planned to do about his own gender-pay gap, as women in the administration only earn 91 cents for every dollar earned by men. 

This NRCC Memo calls the Act a “desperate political ploy,” correctly assessing, “It will make it nearly impossible for employers to tie compensation to work quality, productivity and experience, reduce flexibility in the workplace and make it far easier to file frivolous lawsuits that line the pockets of trial lawyers.”

Yet here in the City Of Phoenix, Democrat mayor Greg Stanton, is fixated on the same issue of gender “income inequality,” regardless of the misrepresentations in his Obama-like pitch. Stanton and councilwoman Kate Gallego have announced their intention to create an equal-pay ordinance that includes enforcement of this policy for contractors dealing with the city.

Astute citizens are keenly aware of intentional divisions, the goal of which is fomenting classes of victimhood in America. This concept is fundamental to the far -left mindset. Democrats are only too happy to churn the victimization brew and let those so “afflicted” know the answer to their problems comes through expanded government, thereby relieving people of their need to take personal responsibility.  In tandem, every misbehavior from overindulgence in food, drink, use of illicit drugs, gambling  or even shopping (shopaholics) is now labeled a disease, requiring others to pay to support those who claim they are incapacitated —-  by their own excesses.

No wonder our border is a floodgate.


Pullen for state treasurer: Qualifications galore

April 8, 2014

Managing AZ’s $ multi billion investment portfolio requires a pro

No right thinking conservative would ever accuse former Tempe mayor Hugh Hallman —- a marginal Republican, at best —- of being a conservative. So it’s no surprise his list of endorsers is rife with similar Republicrats, with John McCain leading the charge of cohorts. There are a few head scratchers tucked in among the left-of-center brigade of lobbyists and political operatives, but in the main it’s a list no candidate seeking conservative support would proudly proclaim —- even given Hallman’s colossal egotistical disconnect. 

Associates of questionable stripes do not an elected official make. Actual experience related to the office being sought —- in this case the crucial office of state treasurer —- is where the rubber meets the road. Selecting the right person for the position of Arizona’s chief banker and investment officer has never been more important than in these shaky financial times.

Measure Hallman’s list of prominent McRINOs against Pullen’s list of prominent conservative endorsers —- among them Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Senate President Russell Pearce, and former Maricopa County Republican Chairmen Rob Haney and Tom Husband.

Randy Pullen is a CPA, a businessman with an MBA in finance, and former partner with the international accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. He served ably as the Treasurer of the Republican National Committee and currently is Treasurer of the Arizona Housing Finance Authority. Pullen is founder and President of WageWatch, Inc., a premier internet based compensation and benefit survey firm serving Fortune 1,000 companies. WageWatch has over 5,000 subscribing companies representing over 1.5 million employees nationwide.

Pullen’s credentials for the job are solid.

Under Pullen’s leadership during his two terms as Republican state chairman, Arizona made unprecedented strides, with election victories in 2010 resulting in super majorities in both the Senate and House and winning every statewide office.

There is no question Pullen is the most qualified candidate for state treasurer.

Last November we wrote about a would-be “Kingmaker” (be sure to read the link to Robert Robb’s excellent exposé) who was rumored to be busying himself reconfiguring Arizona’s Republican officeholders into a faint McShadow of themselves. Now as a headliner on Hallman’s list, the buzz about Bill Montgomery has grown legs.


Land of the Freebies, Home of the Enslaved

April 5, 2014

Watch this shocker:

H/T Government Gone Wild


Fast food outlets flee military bases, blame wage hike

April 2, 2014

BHO’s minimum wage increase harms, not helps, workers

The Military Times reports on a damaging repercussion of the mandated increase in the minimum wage for companies with federal contracts.

When Obama signed the executive order unilaterally hiking the minimum wage, employees of such companies —- workers at traditionally entry level jobs —- were jubilant. But that cheer will be short-lived for those who find themselves unemployed. The hourly pay increase to $10.10 from $7.25, is causing many fast food concessions on military bases to request release from their contracts

The new rules must be part of any contract we negotiate,” said Kathleen Martin, a Navy Exchange Service Command (NESCOM) spokeswoman. Many vendor partners have verbally indicated hesitation  to accept contract changes reflecting the revised wage rules.

“At the end of the day, there will be fewer jobs,” said an industry source. “And for [the contractors] who stick it out, there will be higher costs and the customers will pay more.”

Labor Department rules issued last fall for fast food workers on federal contracts under the Service Contract Act require an increase in the minimum wage. The rules also require payment of new, additional “health and welfare” benefits at a rate of $3.81 per hour to those employees.

Four restaurants chains, including McDonald’s outlets, are slated for closure on Navy installations, according to NESCOM officials. Two other contractors —- a name-brand sandwich eatery and a name-brand pizza parlor —- have asked to be released from their Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracts to operate fast food restaurants at two other installations, according to AAFES

These closings “are the tip of the iceberg,” the source said. “I don’t think anybody has realized what the far-reaching effects of this will be.”

At the time of Obama’s signing of this executive order, critics of the mandate correctly charged that raising the minimum wage  would have an adverse effect, discouraging businesses from hiring more workers at a time when job growth is sorely needed. It would also negatively impact young workers who typically take these entry level jobs.

Just 54 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 are currently employed, according to a Pew Research Center study.  That’s the lowest employment rate for this age group since the government began keeping track in 1948. One in four 18 to 34 year olds have moved back in with their parents after living on their own.

Yet in 2012, Obama irrationally carried the youth vote nationally by 60 percent. This liberal demographic clearly is not paying attention.


Bill Montgomery’s REAL(ly) strange friends

March 21, 2014

Republican pretenders blow their cover

A group calling itself theReal Arizona Coalition,” claims it is inclusive, broad-based and represented by a respected and multicultural array of the state’s community, faith and business leadership organizations. These people, we’re advised, represent many thousands of other individuals throughout Arizona.

It’s a pitch that sounds more like a threat than a promise. Then comes, what the used car salesman at the shoddy downtown lot calls the “big closer.” The Real Arizona Coalition’s “Real Solution,” it turns out, is the “SANE Approach to Federal Immigration Reform.”

The first clue is the hackneyed old saw that our immigration system is broken. In fact the system isn’t broken at all.  What has collapsed is the will of the political establishment to push back against the vast illegal invasion of our country. The group has every trite response, including repeatedly telling us “we need federal immigration reform for a 21st century economy.”

Worse is the Real Arizona Coalition’s admission that its goal is for Arizona’s Congressional delegation to support the SANE federal immigration platform that advances such an economy. Its intent is “to move beyond issues focused only on enforcement and toward solutions that address the underlying problems with our current immigration system, while respecting the historic and ongoing contributions of immigrants. The ability to obtain citizenship must be addressed by Congress with discernment and fairness, and we have great hope that our elected officials and the American people can find and support a reasonable solution — even if it means engaging in compromise.”

Still blinking?  Go ahead and read that doozy of a goal again. It’s worth remembering as you wade through the rhetoric that the deceptive premise is to engineer congressional action to gift American citizenship to those who disrespect our laws, march through our cities making demands and issuing threats, refuse to assimilate and promote Reconquista or re-conquering the Southwestern U.S. for Mexico in our public schools. Omitted are the vast array of negative impacts on our citizens in terms of the devastation of jobs lost to illegal workers, the high costs of providing benefits and combating increased crime.

Although this list consists of the usual cast of left-wingers —- Democrats, lukewarm Republicans, ethnic advocacy groups. and organizations including the Democrat Party, there are a few surprises in the form of Republican establishment types who deceptively campaign as conservatives. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, whose job it is to enforce the law, is keeping mighty strange company these days. For him and the others of his ilk to engage in a process that suborns the interests of their constituents to those of the lobbyists and party elites whose favor they hope to curry is beyond disappointing. Also tucked in among the horde of liberals are RINOs Kirk Adams, gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith, and Lucy Mason who is currently running as a team with Vernon Parker for two vacancies on the Arizona Corporation Commission. They are all ready to sell their souls to the McCain wing of the party to advance their own political aspirations.

It’s no secret the Congressional Republicans the Coalition is diligently recruiting intend to pull a fast one on voters who oppose amnesty. The plan is to delay a vote on an amnesty bill until after the deadline passes for primary challenges across the country. That allows Republican lawmakers whose constituents adamantly oppose these provisions to wait until there are no primary challengers —- and then vote against the voters’ interest.

Don’t be conned. The “Real Arizona Coalition” stands exposed as REAL(ly) extreme Arizona liberals, regardless of which political tags they opt to use.


GOP won’t win following Dem amnesty scheme

March 19, 2014

Major polls show Americans not onboard with amnesty — Let Dems own it

As Democrats running for office run from the increasingly toxic Obama, Republicans appear to be running headlong into his amnesty embrace.

In this Politico interview, Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman, claims there is a consensus in the GOP for “serious immigration reform” as he dissects the one-year anniversary of the RNC’s divisive 2012 100-page autopsy” report that said the party “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” After all, he says, voters see the GOP as a “scary” group of “stuffy old men” who are “out of touch” with an increasingly diverse country. The only word Priebus omitted from his reckless assessment is “White.”

But Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions declares embracing amnesty is precisely the wrong approach for the GOP to take after the party got whacked by low-income voters in the 2012 presidential election, and in a country in which two major polls have found that a plurality of Americans are less likely to vote for candidates who support amnesty. (We’ve included links to both the NBC News/Wall St. Journal survey and the ABC News/Washington Post poll. Neither has a conservative perspective.)

And what did the GOP’s brilliant consultant class conclude from this resounding defeat?” Sessions asks. “They declared that the GOP must embrace amnesty. The Republican National Committee dutifully issued a report calling for a ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ that would inevitably increase the flow of low-skilled immigration, reducing the wages and living standards of the very voters whose trust the GOP had lost.”

Sessions said Republicans, by opposing amnesty, could make a “clean public break from the special-interest immigration lobby” and let “Democrats own — solely, completely, and exclusively — the unwise and unpopular policies they are pushing on these groups’ behalf.”

“Isn’t it time we made President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and each of their rank-and-file members defend their near-unanimous embrace of an immigration plan that is so contrary to the wishes and interests of the American people?” Sessions asked.

Take time to read Sen. Sessions well reasoned commentaryBecoming the Party of Workin National Review.

We hope Arizona’s four Republican Congressmen, Paul Gosar,(CD-4); Matt Salmon,(CD-5); David Schweikert, (CD-6); and Trent Franks, (CD-8), read it as well.

The poor excuses for U.S. Senators representing our state are solidly onboard the amnesty express. We’ve devoted an entire scrollable category to John McStench and his doppelganger Jeff the Flake.


You live in mediocre Arizona….because?

March 5, 2014

Left cites numerous studies attesting to  “mediocre” Arizona 

Those who read the local news might wonder what they’re doing here in Arizona. Monday’s  Page One headline tells us “Trauma common for kids in Ariz.” And the answer? According to the state‘s newspaper of record, “Several Arizona leaders say the data are the latest alarm bell indicating that the state should focus more resources on child welfare.”

“Resources” are your tax dollars that educrats never have in sufficient enough supply. 

The report is based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, which looked at “adverse childhood experiences” nationwide. Results found 31.1 percent — nearly one-third — of Arizona children have dealt with two or more adverse childhood experiences, which is significantly higher than the national average of 22.6 percent.

In the same edition, the Business section headlines a report on another study —  the results of which conclude, ”Arizona is mediocre at luring corporate facilities.”

Other headlines in the newspaper?

“Arizona: Where mediocre education is good enough.”

“The Arizona Department of Transportation recently launched a study which indicates that 52 percent of Arizona’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

Student journalists at ASU’s Cronkite News have caught on to the tactic and report “Arizona city parks receive mediocre scores in study.”

No doubt it’s merely coincidental that the Leftwing Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) which claims to “stand up to powerful interests,” uses the same terminology, declaring, “Arizona receives mediocre grade for enforcement of job-creation measures in subsidy programs.”   

Though there are numerous such headlines testifying to Arizona’s abyssmal mediocrity, we provide this small but convincing sample which appears to indicate the lefties want the state to themselves.


Another Dem income redistribution $cam

February 23, 2014

Working Americans provide baby gifts

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat wants to create legislation designed to set up universal savings accounts for all children born in the United States. Under his plan, every newborn would get a $500 savings account — part of the wealth transfer favored by Barack Obama.

Wyden said universal savings accounts would “really put a dent in the poverty rate.”

This deep thinker is new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee — the top Democrat on tax policy.

Although the federal legislation has not yet been written, Wyden cites a 2009 proposal by Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, as a blueprint for his scheme. The $500 could be put toward the cost of college, buying a home or even used toward retirement.

The city of San Francisco, represented by Nancy Pelosi, in nearly bankrupt California, currently offers these college savings accounts to every kindergartner in its school district. Each student receives $50 deposited into a trust fund under the city’s name. Low-income children qualify for more — up to $100 in the trust account. ‘Kindergarten to College’ is one of a raft of such programs offered by the city. 


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