Treacherous Medicaid expansionists
Yesterday’s treachery at the legislature was totally predictable. Gov. Brewer’s creation of an alliance of Democrats and complicit Republicans betrayed the Republican Party and the state of Arizona. The signs of this Arizona Day of Infamy were clearer than the signs that foretold the actions on December 7, 1941.
Last night the Brewercrats in the Senate — Crandall, Pierce, McComish, Worsley and Driggs — who hold the bottom five rankings for senators in the Arizona Conservative Coalition (ACC) evaluations lived up to their dismal scores.
Michele Reagan, the sixth lowest ranked, now a candidate for Secretary of State, obviously listened to her political sense telling her she had no chance at higher office if she stayed with these long-time cohorts. She is now a politician without a base.
No surprise that on the House side their nine like-thinking comrades racked up the lowest ACC rankings. From the bottom up are: Brophy-McGee, Carter, Robson, Goodale, Shope, Coleman, Orr, Pratt, and Dial. Two of the lowest ranked eleven House members who did not join their session-long chums were Speaker Tobin, who harbors congressional aspirations — and like Reagan is now distrusted by both sides — and Paul Boyer, who put his ear to the political ground and shrewdly decided to abandon Brewer’s Medicaid expansion over the mandated taxpayer funding of abortions.
The question on many minds is what constitutes the appropriate response to these colluders as we look to the future? Should we fight for our Constitution and way of life as America did in the 1940s or implement the Neville Chamberlain/Barack Obama policies of appeasement and concession allowing our great state to devolve into a replica of New York or California?
Republican members in the Senate and House should exile the Brewercrats from Republican Caucus meetings. McComish and Driggs should immediately be removed from their Senate leadership posts. To allow them to remain in their current positions would be tantamount to placing Benedict Arnold in charge of the defenses of West Point and having Janet Napolitano as Director of Homeland Security.
Will there be “fallout” from such actions? Without a doubt. Taking the courageous path of valor requires determination. Appeasement paves the footpath of the coward. Brewercrats who bow to the Ninth Floor as a source of power should experience consequences for their indefensible actions as the 2014 election cycle approaches.
All one needs to do is follow the money. Chuck Coughlin and Peter Burns who worked together 2 decades ago have long had Brewer’s ear on health, budget and political issues. Coughlin, a trusted advisor, ran her gubernatorial campaign. Burns was Gov. Fife Symington’s state budget director. He now has a lucrative contract with Brewer’s office to provide an analysis of the federal heath-care overhaul’s impact on Arizona. Burns will be subcontracting through Coughlin’s business (High Ground) to fuse a coalition that will benefit them mightily. Meanwhile their efforts will be sending the rest of us to the poor house when the tax dollars that Brewer thinks are endless and coming from sources other than taxpayers, run out. This article in the daily is from August 2012, but it provides the backdrop to the current scenario.