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.


Tobin makes friends in Mexico, forfeits them in CD 1

March 25, 2014

Viva Tobin!!

The left-of-center Christian Science Monitor tag teams with the even further left Associated Press on this report that does no favors for the candidacy of Andy Tobin, currently in a tough battle to win the CD 1 primary.

Tobin’s disregard of his constituency is reaching epic proportions. He’s so busy making regular expeditions to Mexico that he’s neglecting the very voters he needs to connect with and retain. As an example, Pinal County, with the most Republican voters in CD 1, held its annual county fair this weekend. The other two candidates for the Republican nomination, Rep. Adam Kwasman and Gary Kiehne were there gaining crucial support from voters.

Tobin, arrogantly misjudging the dynamics of this primary, was in Mexico City with a pro-amnesty contingent —- including liberal Democrat Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Glenn Hamer, president of the AZ Chamber of Commerce —- connecting with a different constituency at a “binational cocktail party,” according the article in the Monitor. Not only did Tobin personally skip the Pinal County opportunity, but he had no presence whatsoever. No staff. No booth, No table. No literature. He obviously doesn’t think those Pinal County Republicans are worth his time.

But in Mexico he was singing a more congenial tune, trying to distance himself from his vote for SB 1070. “We’re just like you are,” he was quoted as saying. “Mexicans and Arizonans want the same future for their children. We’ll be here a lot more frequently, and we’re here to continue to make friends.”

No wonder Sheriff Joe Arpaio has endorsed Adam Kwasman for Congress.

Since Andy Tobin continues to disregard Congressional District One Republicans, perhaps he’s counting on his new south-of-the-border friends to ensure his election. In the meantime, he’s got establishment elites such as John Boehner fundraising for him, while the other candidates are connecting with the locals.

As he partied through Mexico, Tobin also neglected his legislative duties —- allowing the budget negotiations to fracture in the House last night as the reliable RINO contingent once again joined Democrats to block the Republican budget recently passed by the Senate.

Political watchers are witnessing Tobin unravel at breakneck speed.


Fading, agendized AZ Republic admits its irrelevancy

March 10, 2014

On life support, newspaper informs remaining readers it remains committed to radical agenda

Back in 2009 Seeing Red AZ likened the relentless diatribes in the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) to those of a nagging ex-wife, who made an art form of breathing new life into wearisome old arguments.

The failing newspaper, rife with seemingly endless layoffs, cutbacks and increasing reliance on students from ASU’s left-leaning Cronkite School of Journalism, recently informed nearly two dozen community reporters they would need to work from their laptops at Starbucks and McDonald’swhich supply free WiFi — and consider their cars to be their offices.

Yet despite the myriad problems, Sunday’s edition features a “letter to our readers” from John Zidich, the daily’s publisher, CEO and Randy Lovely, Senior VP of news and audience development, boasting about coming changes and “completely redesigned” digital content. The Republic is hemorrhaging subscribers and must move to a completely online version in order to survive, so they tout what they call enhanced “depth and quality” while acknowledging “reading habits continue to change.” So does the Republic, which has shrunken to anorexic proportions and, in large part,  purchases news feed from outside sources.

Rather than informing, the newspaper engages in persistent misinformation campaigns on a variety of subjects — most recent being SB 1062 which it refer to as a watershed issue in the “gay rights movement.”  In fact the Religious Freedom Restoration Act simply  reinforced the First Amendment’s free exercise of religion. It became a “gay” issue because it was calculatedly configured that way by the newspaper which cheered the threats and derision which it vigorously stirred.

Sunday’s edition featured an oversized profile of freshman state House member Demion Clinco, (LD -2) a 28-year-old Tucson Democrat who was appointed just weeks ago to fill the seat vacated by Andrea Dalessandro. (She was appointed to the state Senate after Linda Lopez resigned.)  Clinco‘s large profile was not serendipitous. He is identified as “openly gay“ and was quoted regarding…what else…? SB 1062.  “It’s pretty appalling to hear a dialogue about using religion to discriminate against both myself and my community,”  Clinco is so new he doesn’t even have a bio or photo up on the House of Representative’s web page.  That fact doesn’t keep him from being the newspaper’s latest darling.

In recent years, the leftist newspaper has gotten more radical in its approach, blatantly employing contemptible tactics to promote its myopic dual agendaColumnists and editorialists have donned their jackboots to facilitate marching in lockstep with the attack strategy — irrespective of the facts. If you’re looking for contrivances passing as reporting and promoting the illegal invasion of the United States, glorification of same sex “marriage and homosexuals or a relentless bashing of conservatives in which the term “tea party” is used as a pejorative, the Arizona República is the real deal.  

If you’re looking for actual news, you won’t find it in the dying Arizona Republic.  As an example, this morning’s edition front-pages a vacuous report titled, “An entire career spent in one city,” a puff piece about the new city manager. It continues for a full inside jump page. Not a word about the chaos in Ukraine and the far-reaching ramifications of Vladimir Putin’s attempts to reestablish the USSR.  


AZ CD7: Race boils down to race — and sex

March 7, 2014

Democrats’ unseemly spectacle

Democrat U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor‘s recent announcement that he would not seek reelection has had an unexpected ripple effect on the political landscape. As the panoply of congressional candidates increases daily, so do the oddities. Not only is the district declared a democrat stronghold, but it also is the sole purview of Hispanics.

Another faction has declared the soon-to-be-vacant seat the purview of homosexuals. Kyrsten Sinema, a self-identified bisexual, as well as a radical leftist, was elected last cycle to represent the newly crafted CD 9. That district is not as safe a stronghold for Sinema as CD 7, causing her to strongly consider abandoning her current seat for Pastor’s. She previously switched parties from the now-decertified Green party to Democrat, so likely considered a district change not such a major shift.

That brought on a flurry of opposition from a group of 15 Hispanic self-appointed ‘leaders’ warning her to stay put and not invade their territory — or words to that effect. Here are a few of them sent Sinema‘s way:

As your friends, we feel compelled to directly tell you that the recent political rumblings and rumors having you switching congressional seats to run in Congressman Pastor’s seat, troubles us and the Latino community in general, greatly. Latinos represent 30 percent of the population in Maricopa County. In some areas within congressional district 7, the percentage of Latinos is much higher. Currently, there are several Latinos and Latinas who have declared themselves candidates to replace Congressman Pastor.

The candidates’ names are immaterial for this dialogue. What is important is that they are Latinas and Latinos.”

Democrat political consultant Mario Diaz, a signer of the letter was quoted as saying, “I just want to make sure that this playing field is fair and that the rules to the game aren’t changed in mid-stream, and Kyrsten Sinema coming over to this district with a million dollars in her purse really changes the rules of the game.”

Pressured to stay put in CD 9, Sinema has decided not to seek the seat being vacated by Pastor.

Race, which the integration movement of the 1950’s sought to make irrelevant, rears its head again. These days the issue is front and centered by the minorities themselves, building alliances against one another and seeking separatism.  Kate Gallego, a newly elected member of the Phoenix City Council was brutalized by black race baiters for being a  a “white sham candidate in brown face,” “an interloping political puppet,“ and “a power-hungry white…who not is openly campaigning as white.” Former councilman Calvin Goode wrote a despicable letter to the editor against her candidacy and advocating contrived raced-based districts.

Gallego won despite hateful allegations that her ethnicity would render her incapable of representing all of the citizens of the district. Her husband, state Rep. Ruben Gallego, an “authentic Hispanic,”  is now among those announcing their candidacy in CD 7.

To insure his viability in this peculiar race, State Sen. Steve Gallardo, quickly rushed to disclosed his homosexuality — a surprise to few. Rather than being a negative, such revelations burnish his appeal in the odd world of Democrat politics and will likely ensure him a warm spot in the heart of the homosexual promoting Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic).

Such is life on the left.


SB 1062: Misinformation campaign in full swing

February 24, 2014

Here we go again

It’s no surprise that the Arizona Republic has embraced its usual technique of bold headlines, multi-page contrivances posing as news reports, and zealously oversized photos on the issue of SB 1062  — employing the irresponsible tactics the liberal newspaper blatantly uses to promote its myopic dual agenda. Columnists and editorialists have donned their jackboots to facilitate marching in lockstep with the attack strategy — irrespective of the facts

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act modifies the definition of exercise of religion and allows a person to assert a free exercise claim or defense in a judicial proceeding regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding. Read the legislative fact sheet here.

After reading the bill, it becomes clear that the effort to demonize people of faith is what the left is hard at work to accomplish.

The Center for Arizona Policy has done a masterful job of explaining all that is entailed in this legislation that strengthens protections in Arizona law to defend against religious discrimination. Included is a fact sheet, summary, background and talking points.

The bill is on Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk and action is expected early this week. Call her office today and let your voice be heard in support of religious liberty. This administrative staff list omits the names of her behind-the-scenes key advisors such as liberal extremist Grant Woods (formerly John McCain’s congressional chief of staff) and political strategist Chuck Coughlin (another McCain crony who also lobbied for Woods during his 1990′s stint as Attorney General) — both of whom have her ear. In this USA Today video, Brewer gives a clue to the advice she is receiving as she calls the billvery controversial.”

Faith-based conservatives see this bill not in the framework of “controversy,” but as an issue of religious liberty. Opponents have hijacked this discussion via deceit and reckless reporting. 

Grant Woods was quoted as saying, “Hopefully, from my perspective, she’ll see this will put Arizona in a national negative light, and it shows Arizona is really going in the opposite direction on important issues at a time when the country seems to be moving forward.” Woods, who frequently talks with Brewer about legislation and other matters, will urge her to not sign SB 1062.

Legal experts Joseph La Rue and Kerri Kupec with the Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom wrote this fact-based ‘Our Turn’ column demonstrating the need for this legislation by citing a disturbing case in New Mexico that, under current law, could be replicated in Arizona. Take time to read it.


Debunking the DREAMer myth

February 15, 2014

Ann Coulter has done it again.

Asking the question, “Did I move? Coulter addresses the lunacy driving the House Republicans’ “Standards for Immigration Reform,” and zones in on what she correctly describes as “this fat, honking nonsense: One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents.”

Ann Coulter’s commentary is stunning in its wisdom. After you read this column, consider sending the link to your family and friends. It’s guaranteed to make them think and view the inane arguments for legalizing illegals through a clearer lens. She also uses the more accurate figure of 30 million rather than the 10-11 million glibly tossed around for the past decade by amnesty proponents.

Did I move? is posted in the conservative publication Human Events, where Ann Coulter serves as legal correspondent.

Treat yourself to her stellar columns, on a wide range of topics, which are archived here.

These two are particular favorites relating to the subject of illegal immigration:

GOP crafts plan to wreck the country , lose voters.

Hispanicked GOP elite: They’ll respect us in the morning.


American educrats teach diversity trumps unity

February 4, 2014

The concept of America as a “melting pot,” where people of many ethnicities came together as citizens to joyfully celebrate the uniqueness of being proud, assimilated Americans, embracing our remarkable history as their own — is regrettably out of style.  Today, to the detriment of this country, multiculturalism and diversity take center stage.

To a large extent, the far-left education establishment has aided in this destructive trend, teaching relativism, and instilling the idea that no culture is superior to any other when comparing systems of morality, law or politics. The theoretical concept that all cultural beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, goes hand-in-hand with the implementation of Common Core Standards, which are alive and well and being implemented by the administrators at Fort Collins High School in Colorado.

When the student council at Fort Collins High proposed a day to celebrate the United States during next week’s Winter Spirit Week the students opted for “’Merica Monday“ —- and requested their classmates dress in patriotic colors. Their proposal was promptly dismissed by administrators who deemed “’Merica Day” celebrations offensive to the school’s “international” students.

The Coloradoan newspaper reports that students suggested a compromise in “My Country Monday,” which would allow students to celebrate any country they chose. School administrators originally turned that option down, also, but on Monday agreed it was okay since Principal Mark Eversole ultimately told students he thought it was a good way for students to show pride in their country of origin.

One senior said she thought the school’s decision was hypocritical, given that students celebrate the Mexican cultural holiday of Cinco de Mayo. She also believed prohibition of “’Merica Monday” was an affront to students and their family members who have served in the Armed Forces.

According to this analysis in US News & World Report, Fort Collins High has 30% minority enrollment and over a quarter of the student body are considered to be “economically disadvantaged.”

More to the point, they are “educationally disadvantaged” with this type of contemptible instruction.

Todd Starnes, writing for Fox News, has written an excellent commentary on this topic.


GOP constructs its own irrelevancy

January 24, 2014

The trendy fallacy promoted by political pundits is that the absence of amnesty on the Republican platter equates to a starvation death of the GOP.

Although it’s not difficult to understand the various Chambers of Commerce push for low wage, unskilled labor via amnesty, the idea of Republican politicians working to create at least 20 million more Democrat voters is effectively a sure-fire suicide plan.

Those paying attention have noticed the “A’ word “has all but disappeared from the debate.  It‘s been replaced with other less provocative terms such as “earned legalization,” favored by Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) or “the need to come out of the shadows and reintegrate into society.” These voguish slogans take the onus off of the illegals who disregard our sovereign borders and disrespect our laws, while accessing our benefits and habitually engaging in more criminal activity once they arrive.  Some of these often serious offenders have been departed numerous times.

Illegals previously released from custody have subsequently been charged with tens of thousands of other crimes, including murders, sex crimes and thousands of drunk-driving offenses, drug-crimes and felonies, according to a report from the  Congressional Research Service. Still the Obama administration refused to deport them. The Daily Caller reports an August 2012 non-partisan Congressional Research Service report stated the “decision not to deport some arrested illegal immigrants enabled a crime wave.”

The Republican amnesty-maneuver proponents claim their plan includes a fine, payment of back taxes, learning English and civics, a criminal background check and proof of employment. They are mum when it comes to actual enforcement provisions of any of those contrivances, akin to the DREAM Act which enables amnesty for those up to age 30, brought to the U.S. as young children.  Who determines the veracity of illegals claiming such status?  Counting on illegal invaders to become honest brokers is nothing short of self-delusional folly.

Yet the legislation in the works with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) driving the scheme  — assisted by Paul Ryan — is expected to make it across the finish line. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA.) has zeroed in on pushing what has become known as DREAM Act Light — legalizing those who claim they were innocents brought here by their parents. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.), has regional interests that move him toward supporting this travesty. Agricultural interests in his district are eager for more low wage laborers.

The bills initially offer a “piecemeal” approach rather than a path to full citizenship. The rest of the pieces will eventually fall into place, joining the outdated concept of birthright citizenship and chain migration, which other nations are abandoning. Meanwhile the United States will be even more vulnerable as incentives to bypass our legal immigration process are created — while disingenuously hanging the Republican party out to dry.

Nearly a year ago Ann Coulter got it right with this incisive commentary titled, “Hispanicked GOP elite: They‘ll respect us in the morning.”

Coulter was right then.  She’s even more correct in retrospect.


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.


Fed. judge assails traditional marriage as “irrational”

January 16, 2014

Liberal federal judge enacts social engineering, dismisses support of 76% of voters for traditional marriage as “irrational”

A federal judge has declared Oklahoma’s law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman to be “irrational” and well as unconstitutional. Read his 68-page Opinion and Order here.

“The Court holds that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Terence Kern — as he emulated other courts engaged in in the liberal practice of fundamentally transforming the definition of marriage.

Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment was passed in 2004, shortly after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared that state’s constitution required recognition of same-sex marriages. The Oklahoma ban passed the state Senate by a vote of 38 to 7, and the state House, 92 to 4, making its way to the ballot.

Kern, age 70 and semi-retired, stepped down from the court, assuming senior status in January 2010, yet he was able to subvert the will of 76% of the state’s voters, substituting his judgment for that of 1,075,216 Oklahomans.

His  decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by two lesbian couples challenging Oklahoma’s law restricting marriage to a union between one man and one woman. He based his ruling on his conclusion that the Oklahoma ban “intentionally discriminates against same-sex couples desiring an Oklahoma marriage license without a legally sufficient justification [for the discrimination].”

Adding insult to injury, Kern opined that  Oklahomans who passed the constitutional amendment had engaged in “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a government benefit.”

Kern was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in 1994 — one of 305 District Court judges appointed by Bill Clinton. He was confirmed by a voice vote, leaving no record of individual yeas or nays.

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Mary Fallin issued this blistering statement: “The people of Oklahoma have spoken on this issue. I support the right of Oklahoma’s voters to govern themselves on this and other policy matters. I am disappointed in the judge’s ruling and troubled that the will of the people has once against been ignored by the federal government.”

Ed Whelan’s Bench Notes written for National Review provide a brief but worthy analysis.


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