Arizona, North Carolina: A study in contrasts

North Carolina exhibits responsible stewardship as Arizona veers left

Although Arizona and North Carolina are separated by over 2,000 miles, the two states share some similarities. Like Arizona, with Gov. Jan Brewer at the helm, North Carolina also has a Republican governor, Pat McCrory — as well as Republican majorities in its state House and Senate — a phenomenon that has not occurred there since Reconstruction. Until McCrory’s 2012 election, it had been 20 years since North Carolina elected a Republican governor.

The similarities end there. While North Carolina’s elected officials have acted responsibly in doing the peoples’ work, a coalition of Arizona’s Republican legislators and Brewer have aligned themselves with the Democrats.

The conservative shift by North Carolina’s Republican-led government is rankling the left and drawing weekly “Moral Monday” protests at the statehouse. Dozens of outraged liberals trampled copies of legislation before being handcuffed by police after they refused to leave the Capitol building, doing their best to disrupt the session. Last week, protestors swelled to the largest yet, with police estimating 2,500 to 3,000 demonstrators in attendance. Still the Republicans stood firm.

The protesters’ complaints cover a wide variety of issues, including lawmakers’ cuts to the amount and length of state unemployment benefits, requiring identification to vote and — unlike Arizona  — refusing federal money to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare.

Along with the reductions in unemployment benefits, the state imposed higher taxes on businesses. The changes will help North Carolina pay off its $2 billion debt to Washington in 2015, three years earlier than originally anticipated.

“We’re responsible for making sure that all North Carolinians have a sound state government,” said State Rep. George Cleveland, a Republican sponsor of the proposal, which won bipartisan backing. “This was a necessary step in that direction.”

Despite the shenanigans of the liberal hooligans, what the Southern state did with its conservative opportunity is instructive. North Carolina, deeply in debt, took strong action to eliminate billions owed to the federal government along with deep state debt, by reining in spending and social benefits. It is reducing its economic crisis while responding to the will of the people who elected them. The state legislature nearly unanimously rejected the expansion of Medicaid. Arizona, shamefully, went the other way. GOP Gov. Brewer has even authorized imposing a bed tax on hospital patients to fund the unsustainable Medicaid expansion — a hallmark of Barack Obama’s administration.

“Medicaid overruns continue to threaten investments in other vital services such as education, public safety and transportation,” Gov. McCrory said. “Reform is essential if we are to successfully plan for the state’s economic future and get North Carolina’s economy growing again.”

Constitutional conservatives are winning in North Carolina. The shame is that’s not the direction Arizona — also a Republican majority state —  has taken.


13 Responses to Arizona, North Carolina: A study in contrasts

  1. says:

    “”Brewercare” on the ballot” is the purpose of a petition now being circulated. Republican precinct committeemen are soliciting signatures. Where’s the speakout from the elected Republican legislators to whom she figuratively gave the “rigid digit”?

    • Ajo Joe says:

      Yes, the opponents of OBrewercare hope to get the issue on the ballot. The problem exists in the fact that this is a monumental task under the best of circumstances. Faced with a scorcher of a Phoenix summer with temps soaring to 120 degrees, the enthusiasm will wane.

      The other consideration is the lobbyist groups who support Obrewercare are ready, willing and able to spend whatever it takes to make the sheeple think this federal overreach is a good thing. IF it gets to the ballot, that does NOT insure a victory for restraint. We have generations of people who believe in government nannism and think others “owe” them their basic needs. Self reliance has gone the way of the buggy whip. Obama has successfully driven a wedge between social demographics. Where the struggling previously worked towards bettering their situations through education and hard work, today their counterparts don’t aspire to achieving more. Instead, they demonize the successful, who are the risk takers and job providers. Obama told the sheeple, those businessmen and women who provided their jobs “didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen,“ and the sheeple cheered! This is what Jan Brewer plays into.

  2. State Committeeman says:

    A much better idea is to recruit conservatives and replace the legislative RINOs who voted with the Democrats. The state GOP should be involved in this effort, holding the leftist RepublicRATs accountable. Instead, party leadership has been mute. Thankfully, Brewer is a non issue since she is precluded from running for another term.

    • eubykdisop says:

      I wouldn’t say that party leadership has been “mute”, State Committeeman, as actions speak louder than words!

      Robert Graham appointed two people, Heywood and Martinez, from strongly pro illegal immigration organizations and Martinez actively supported and promoted Brewer’s Medicaid expansion.

      So the Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party has put his Seal of Approval on an alumnus of the Jeff “Amnesty” Flake political machine, an alumnus of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Illegal Immigration and a former Brewer Legislative Intern who backed Brewer’s Medicaid expansion.

      I wouldn’t call that being “mute”. I would call that making a very clear statement in support of the Flake/Chamber of Commerce/Brewer nexus!

  3. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    North Carolina leads the way, but Arizona has turned off the lights and is unable to see. What good is it for us to have a Republican governor and legislative majority when their efforts mirror those of the liberals? I seriously doubt things could have been any worse under Napolitano. The RINOs in the legislature would have had less cover than they have siding with Brewer.

    • eubykdisop says:

      “Study: Republicans Leaving Party Are Tired of ‘Two Evils’ Argument”

      “by Joel B. Pollak, 2 Jul 2013”

      “The Frontier Lab study includes both conservative and moderate Republicans, and identified four key events that prompted individuals to “disaffiliate” from the party. One was the rejection of the “lesser of two evils” argument–the argument that voters had to support a bad Republican because the Democratic candidate would invariably be worse.”

      “A second event was a loss of hope in the Republican Party–a sentiment connected to the feeling that the party could no longer deliver on its promises because leaders had abandoned their principles.”

      “A third reason that Republicans had decided to detach themselves from the party label was “affiliation with a new community”–primarily the Tea Party, Sorock says, which offers the kind of “camaraderie” that the GOP itself no longer provides its members.”

      “Finally, a fourth reason Republicans identified for leaving was “perceived betrayal by the GOP establishment.”

  4. LD 23 PC says:

    Gov. McCrory correctly assessed the situation when he said, “Outsiders are coming in and they’re going to try to do to us what they did to Scott Walker in Wisconsin.”

    Gov. Walker was recalled in a massive effort spearhead by the Democrat party and its union supporters. But conservatives had the best revenge when Gov. Walker ultimately won that recall election! People are obviously hungry for conservative leadership. What a shame we are being conned by liberals running as Republicans in Arizona.

  5. Sam Aritan says:

    Arizona Republicans were so grateful to have Napolitano leave that most of us thought we’d won the lottery getting Brewer. She is even more of a disappointment, since we expect to be screwed over by Dems but have been stunned by her turnaround. She is bought lock, stock and baggage by Team McCain. The traitorous RINO legislators need to be replaced ASAP. I’d rather see an effort underway to accomplish that than waste time and energy on trying to get a Medicaid do over that will disappoint us.

  6. eubykdisop says:

    The problem, of course, isn’t overcoming Obama liberals. Conservative candidates can prevail if they get on the ballot and if their message is heard. The problem is that Conservatives are fighting a two front war against both liberal Democrats and “establishment” Republicans.

    “How Republicans Learned to Love the Mainstream Media”

    “In announcing a new effort to counter the tea party, Karl Rove’s super PAC leaks to The New York Times.”

    “By Beth Reinhard, February 5, 2013”

    “If you’re going to declare war on the tea party, The New York Times is a good place to start.”

    “By laying out plans to protect Senate Republicans and other seasoned candidates from tea-party insurgents on the front page of the Sunday paper, the American Crossroads super PAC effectively alerted the donor class to its new venture, called the Conservative Victory Project.”

    “But by picking a fight so publicly in what former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin famously decried as the “lame-stream media,” the super PAC has royally antagonized the very conservative grassroots it is hoping to tame.”

    “The backlash on Monday was swift. Freedom Works President Matt Kibbe called the super PAC’s plans “Orwellian.” ForAmerica Chairman L. Brent Bozell III declared, “The days of conservatives listening to the moderate GOP establishment are over.” The Tea Party Express called the Conservative Victory Project “a big mistake that will lead to neither conservatives, nor victories.”

    • pcrcPC says:

      Administration delays key ObamaCare insurance mandate

      Published July 02, 2013

      The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying a major provision in the health care overhaul, putting off a requirement that many employers offer health insurance until 2015.

      smart move by oblamer and the dems. remove obamacare from the spotlight until after the election along with republicans abandoning the base in favor of illegal foreign invaders will give the house back to the dems.

      and this time it will be permanent

      Rubio and the amnesty republicans have destroyed the party

      • eubykdisop says:

        Of course, pcrcPC, the counter to Obama’s move is that, leading up to the elections, Conservative Republicans relentlessly attack ObamaCare as legislation so flawed and so unworkable that even the Obama administration itself is forced to “delay” implementation of it’s provisions until the year before Obama leaves office. Hardly the “success” that Obama claims for his major “achievement”!

        Next comes “guilt by association”. Obama’s “comprehensive immigration reform” will be no more of a success and no more of an “achievement” than ObamaCare has proven to be.

        Then, of course, back to basics. A record number of U. S. households are receiving food stamps and more U. S. citizens are living in poverty than at any time since the 1950’s.

        That’s just scratching the surface. There’s plenty of potent ammunition to use against Dems in the midterms, including their plans to grab individual retirement accounts and put people on a monthly dole instead. That’s a 100% inheritance tax.

  7. Hagar says:

    Beware! There are petitions being circulated to EXPAND medicare. It’s an obvious ploy to confuse potential signers of the petition to stop the medicaid expansion.. Those circulating them are being paid and one even said the governor was behind it. Has anyone heard the same?

  8. sgt flapjaw says:

    Simple answer to the Brewer bogus petitions. If in doubt, sign them both. If you want the Brewer/Obama Medicaid scam on the ballot and are not sure which petition will accomplish that goal, sign them both. Brewer’s is a fraud and has no legal, or moral, standing.