Pay more for gas? Radical U.S. Chamber thinks you should

August 13, 2014

U.S. Chamber is not a benign business group, but a massive liberal entity

If you think the price of a fill-up at the local service station is steep, Thomas J. Donohue will not be your favorite guy. Donohue, the President and CEO of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, is concerned about the nation’s infrastructure. So much so, in fact, he’s written a piece titled, “Let’s pave the way for infrastructure funding,” in which he opines that it’s time to “raise the gas tax.”

The U.S. Chamber believes, he writes, that the simplest, most straightforward way to fix the Highway Trust Fund is to raise the gas tax, which hasn’t been done in nearly 20 years. A modest, phased-in increase —- plus indexing to inflation —- would shore up the fund. This proposal has gained the support of labor and key industries, including trucking and shipping. We believe that motorists could get behind it as well if Congress were serious about ensuring that the money goes to the most essential projects.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says Donohue, is calling on Congress to seriously consider a long-term revenue solution this fall, with the goal of creating —-  and seizing —- the opportunity to act before year-end. Time is short and the consequences of inaction are high.

GasBuddy.com compiles and updates the lowest and highest per gallon prices in the Valley. Options include Regular, Midgrade, Premium and Diesel. Tracking prices over the past nine months, with a few peaks and valleys, the rise in the cost of a fill-up is unmistakable.

Displaying an immense disregard for Americans still struggling in a severely depressed economy, the Chamber is, in a platitude-laced screed, supportive of a continued flood of illegals to compete with American citizens for fewer jobs, advocating for earned “lawful status for the undocumented with no future bar to citizenship.”

In plain English that means the illegal labor profiteers desire a continued flood of low-cost labor, regardless of the consequences to American workers. In May, Donohue issued a threat and ultimatum to the Republican Party: Either pass amnesty or don’t bother fielding a presidential candidate in 2016.  Rick Moran covered Donahue’s blatant, partisan extremism for PJ Media.

The U.S. Chamber is also supportive of Common Core, Obama’s federal overreach into America’s education system, driven by a mindset that educational control via federal bureaucrats is preferable to state and local oversight guided by input from parents, teachers and neighborhood school boards.

And who knew the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a International Affairs Division ‘headquartered near the White House,” which “leads the business community’s efforts to shape global policy”? The division is headed by a guy with the unlikely name of Myron Brilliant. But then again, it is the brilliant and all-powerful OZ-like Chamber.


Diane Douglas surging within days of early voting

July 23, 2014

Republic endorsement of Democrat a winner for GOP Douglas

Diane Douglas, conservative candidate for AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction is on a roll. First Douglas captured the attention and the endorsement of syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, who has devoted the past two years to exposing the massive education fraud known as Common Core. Malkin describes Diane Douglas as “principled, clear-thinking, and bold.”

As if on cue, this week’s edition of the Weekly Standard features a cover story by Andrew Ferguson detailing the “Rotten to the Common Core” scheme.

Arizonans have come to expect the leftwing radicals at the Arizona República newspaper to push their own agenda, which consists of itching to replace Republicans with liberal Democrats. The promotion of Obama’s favored takeover of local control, marginalizing parental involvement is right up their alley.

A case in point are the ridiculous side-by-side editorials which ran Tuesday. One, appropriately placed on the left, touts the “Dems’ No. 1 candidate for state schools chief.” The brass of the editorial board is so thick they even advise him to hire his primary opponent! Abutting that absurd spew is a mirror image editorial for the same office on the Republican side. This dog-bites-man endeavor actually declares the “GOP lacks a good choice.”   

To principled conservatives an endorsement from the leftist Arizona República would be a negative to run from.

We’ve been had by the now toxic Republicrat John Huppenthal, who is imploding before our very eyes. He ran as a conservative and ended up not only proudly announcing his statewide travels with Obama’s educrat czar Arne Duncan, but colluding with Gov. Brewer to flim -flam furious parents by deviously changing the name of the scheme, re-branding it “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,” via this executive order.

Diane Douglas is a welcome face on the political horizon.  She is warmly received at appearances throughout the state. The Arizona Daily Independent titled its coverage, “Douglas takes Huppenthal to the mat during GOP AZ Superintendent of Instruction Debate.”

If you missed the recent debate, watch it here.

This new ad is inundating conservative talk radio in the days preceding the arrival of early ballots. Douglas is making tracks and clearly knows the issues.  She deserves our votes.


Huppenthal’s tearful apology at news conference

June 26, 2014

“My actions need to bring honor…….”

John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, broke down in tears as he apologized Wednesday for what he called “hurtful” comments posted anonymously on various blogs —- including Seeing Red AZ. Huppenthal, who has called parents who oppose the federally mandated Common Core education schemebarbarians,” was moved to tears as he repeated his earlier statement that his words didn’t reflect what he felt in his heart about either minorities or those who receive public assistance. This current situation is not the first time Huppenthal’s lack of judgment has attracted negative attention. Back in 2008, Chandler police recommended city prosecutors charge then-state Sen. Huppenthal (R Dist.20) with two misdemeanor counts of theft and cutting down a campaign sign critical of him. His actions included pulling out a sign and his confrontation with a 78-year-old Democrat activist on Election Day. She alleged Huppenthal grappled with her and snatched signs out of her hands.  The East Valley Tribune carried the entire story.


Amnesty sinks Obama, Cantor, McCain & Flake

June 21, 2014

Gallup Poll: Lack of commitment to US on illegal invasion plunges Obama to 31%

A  newly released Gallup Poll shows two in three Americans (65%) disapprove of Barack Obama’s handling of issues related to illegal immigration.

The poll finds his approval rating has plummeted to 31%, one of the lowest readings since 2010, when Gallup began polling on his handling of this unpopular issue. Disapproval of the president’s lack of management of the illegal invasion has climbed 10 points since August 2013, when more than half of Americans (55%) disapproved.

Despite protestations to the contrary by amnesty advocates, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor felt the sting of amnesty blowback when he lost his Virginia Congressional seat. Victor Davis Hanson writing for National Review’s The Corner gives an incisive post-mortem opining, “Cantor’s luck ran out when his long insistence of pushing immigration-reform legislation finally coincided with a massive and sudden rush of thousands to the U.S. border from Central America. That lining up of the planets explains why a good but obscure candidate beat a supposedly invincible insider.” 

In January we noted that even the amnesty-supporting AZ Republic admitted that Jeff Flake, McCain’s protégé, was losing support over this issue.

The Daily Caller reported that Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, who worked diligently with Democrats in an effort to pass an amnesty bill, have managed to sink their poll ratings to record lows. In fact, the duo was reported to be in a head-to-head race for capturing the least popular U.S. Senator prize. Though McCain dipped to a 30 percent approval rating from Arizona voters, Jeff Flake managed to reach even further down to 27 percent approval. 

The complete article, including a link to the embarrassing poll, can be read here. Today’s fact-filled linked reviews are definitely worth your time and provide answers to those who falsely claim amnesty —– or whatever name they choose to call it on any particular day —-  is not a defining issue. For an increasing number of Americans, it has moved to the forefront of their ballot considerations.


Huppenthal outed as anonymous commenter on blogs

June 19, 2014

After 31 years at the public trough, it’s time to retire the increasingly bizarre John Huppenthal: Vote Diane Douglas

CBS Channel 5 provides this coverage of what AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal does in his spare time.  Judging from various news reports, it appears Huppenthal has a lot of it. Seeing Red AZ has  made no bones about the fact we hope he has even more after the Primary Election votes are counted on August 26, 2014.

Conservative syndicated columnist, Michelle Malkin who has devoted the past two years to sounding the alarm on Common Core, supports Diane Douglas. Read her endorsement.

Huppenthal’s staff offered a statement explaining John Huppenthal’s proclivities which can be read in the Channel 5 link and this report in the daily newspaper, which includes Channel 12 video coverage. His comments —- sometimes posted late night/early morning —- but often during time when he should be tending to his duties and on the state computer —- use the monikers “Thucydides,” “Socrates1289,” and “Falcon9.”

The Arizona Daily Star has been following Huppenthal’s blog prowls, also.

Back in September, unaware we were dealing with the state’s top educrat —- in a post that garnered 35 comments —- SRAZ chastised Huppenthal’s alias “Socrates 1289” with these words:

You have tried dominating this section with over a dozen comments. Although some have been posted, don’t expect to see any others. Your wild accusations, name calling and warning to others that this is an untruthful site, will not fly here. This conservative, fact-based site obviously is not the place for you.

It is frenzied candidate John Huppenthal, meeting strong opposition to his bonding with Arne Duncan and Obama’s educare, who is untruthful. He deviously wants to change the name “Common Core” to “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards” hoping no one will notice. We all have and will not forget. Huppenthal is rightly sweating his upcoming election and has taken refuge in deceit.”

Huppenthal has commanded a lot of attention on this site:

Sept. 19, 2013: Huppenthal’s con job: Pushes renaming Common Core

Sept. 22, 2013:  Common Core deception: In AZ it starts with Huppenthal

Sept. 24, 2013: Gov. Brewer, AZ SPI Huppenthal, partner on education deceit

Sept. 27, 2013: Educrat trio: Huppenthal, Brewer, AZ Republic

Feb. 12, 2014:  Huppenthal urging parents to remove kids from Common Core?

Feb. 21, 2014:   Common Core gets hammered in AZ Senate

Apr. 29, 2014:  Veto of HB 2316 proves Huppenthal wrong on student privacy

May 12, 2014: AZ Education Superintendent race goes national

Check through these previous posts and it becomes apparent Huppenthal leaves a lot to be desired. Common Core is serious business. America‘s children are the pawns in the alarming game of federal overreach. As happens too frequently, those we trusted are attempting to hoodwink us with catchy jargon and glib name changes. Now as a worried candidate facing angry parents, Huppenthal has reconstructed the name, though keeping the rotten core of Common Core and spends hours defending his indefensible actions on blogs —- often on the taxpayer’s dime. 

Our education house is made of cards. It’s time to rebuild with a solid foundation. Conservative Diane Douglas deserves your vote and support.


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.


AZ Education Superintendent race goes national

May 19, 2014

Diane Douglas secures key endorsement

Within days after state Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal insulted concerned parents and other constituents by bizarrely comparing them to “barbarians” for opposing the federally imposed Common Core scheme, conservative challenger Diane Douglas submitted her nominating petitions. The initial filing is a clear indicator of the momentum her campaign has gained.

Douglas has turned what is often regarded as a sleepy race into one that promises to be extremely competitive. 

Being endorsed by conservative nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin was the icing on Douglas’ very sweet cake this week. Malkin’s straightforward, bold red headline said it all: Endorsement: Diane Douglas for Arizona state superintendent.

Malkin’s report also included a link to the Seeing Red AZ post describing Republicrat Huppenthal going off the deep end with his disparaging tirade against protesting parents whom he vowed to fight in his effort to preserve Obama’s Common Core “standards.”

As objections to the unpopular federal overreach have grown, Huppenthal and Gov. Jan Brewer deceptively conspired in re-naming Common Core as “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards” —- fooling no one.

The untrustworthy John Huppenthal actually welcomed and toured the state with Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, bragging about his collusion in this media advisory.

At 29-years of age John Huppenthal began an unbroken 31-year record of feeding at the public trough. It’s time to retire him. Conservative Diane Douglas can win this race. Time is short to collect additional signatures to provide a strong buffer and the qualifying $5 contributions.

Diane Douglas needs our help to win this important election that fundamentally affects the education of Arizona’s children.  Join her campaign.

It matters.


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