Raw deceit keeps local columnist Montini employed

June 24, 2019

When one lies for a living, telling the truth doesn’t come easy. Being employed when colleagues have been given their walking papers in systematic cutbacks, no doubt presents a conundrum.  It’s good to have a salary, though tough to know former co-workers are facing hardships.  But disgorging odious spew three days a week is what keeps the bills paid. And if you’re E. J. Montini, writing columns for the Arizona Republic newspaper, bile automatically erupts by way of your leftist politics.  Dishonesty? That’s your stock in trade.

You’ve hung on longer by repeating falsehoods and denigrating American patriots who were repeatedly elected to office by Arizona voters.  Revulsion for Republicans oozes from your every pore.

The headline of Montini’s recent column contains the words “Operation Wetback,” relating to a mass deportation of illegal aliens in the 1950’s. The program was put into effect during the Eisenhower administration with the support of the Mexican government, facing a national worker shortage, since a majority of the illegals crossing the border were young men. It was only later when the Mexican government realized the value of reparations, bolstering its economy by over $30 billion each year.

The fascinating thing about liars is the ease with which they spin tall tales. Nowhere in the column is Pres. Eisenhower mentioned. Known as “Ike” he was the popular, two-term president who was a five-star general in the U.S. Army during World War II and served as the first supreme commander of NATO. He had previously been president of Columbia University.

Most assuredly not a bigot, in 1957 he ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to protect nine black children integrating into a public school — the first time the US federal government ordered troops in the South since the end of the Civil War.

Though Eisenhower was mysteriously absent from Montini’s screed, President Donald Trump was maligned, hammered and battered for desiring to halt the unfettered invasion of our country by illegals. The United States welcomes approximately a million legal immigrants each year with the reasonable expectation of assimilation, which is too few and too restrictive for the ethically challenged E.J.

Also worthy of bashing are former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, who sponsored SB 1070 (actual title: “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”), and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose deputies enforced the law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010. Major portions of the law were later gutted by a federal court judge.

What do Trump, Pearce and Arpaio have in common? They are all men of unquestioned patriotism, principled courage and a deep commitment to the United States of America.

Those patriotic traits rankle Montini, who robotically tailors his vacuous verbal vomit to fit the newspaper’s agenda — facts be damned. He’s earning his keep.

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George Will proves libertarians are not conservative

June 12, 2019

In his dotage, Will alters position on open borders and illegal invasion

After suffering through Jeff Flake’s political machinations far too long, Arizonans are ahead of the game when it comes to discerning the difference between libertarians posing as Republicans and conservatives. Libertarians are epitomized by opposition to what they perceive as government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions, believing in few personal constraints. Societal anomalies such as prostitution, illicit drug usage and late-term abortion including infanticide, are all given the stamp of approval.

Here in Arizona. the libertarian Goldwater Institute, which previously rated state legislators and made recommendations on ballot issues, has abandoned that noble cause and took no position on the legalization of marijuana or raising the minimum wage, which raised prices and displaced low end workers when small businesses were forced to cut staff.

Author and columnist George Will is a case in point. A onetime Republican with a libertarian bent, he re-registered as an Independent in protest of Donald Trump‘s candidacy. A dedicated baseball fan with a penchant for the Chicago Cubs, he has written extensively about the game and appeared in a documentary series, ‘Baseball.’ It’s a topic to which he is irretrievably bonded — and one we think he should stick to exclusively.

Will has transitioned from a rational political observer/commentator to a radical leftist on the border. He recently was quoted in The Hill:

“I believe immigration is an inherently entrepreneurial act. It’s people uprooting themselves, taking a risk for themselves and their families. I think a country where the baby boomers are retiring, where we have an aging workforce, where we have seven million unfilled jobs at the moment, and we have people clamoring to get into our country and get to work, I’m for as much immigration as the economy can take and the economy needs immigration just as much as the immigrants need the American economy.”

In 2006, Will took a decidedly different stance, writing:

“Border control belongs at the top of the agenda, for four reasons. First, control of borders is an essential attribute of sovereignty. Second, conditions along the border mock the rule of law. Third, large rallies by immigrants, many of them here illegally, protesting more stringent control of immigration reveal that many immigrants have, alas, assimilated: They have acquired the entitlement mentality created by America’s welfare state, asserting an entitlement to exemption from the laws of the society they invited themselves into. Fourth, giving Americans a sense that borders are controlled is a prerequisite for calm consideration of what policy that control should serve.”

This Rasmussen Reports survey shows overwhelming support for strongly controlled borders and rejection of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s charge that it is immoral for the United States to build a border wall. Democrats view illegals as permanently swelling their voter base, relegating the GOP to Whig status.

The unrestrained invasion of the United States, with no controls on who is entering our country, is the most significant issue of our time. President Ronald Reagan said it best: “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”


AZ Gov. Ducey’s selective $alary hike$: lawmakers off his radar

June 10, 2019

Charitable with other people’s money — Arizona taxpayer’s, to be exact — Gov. Doug Ducey was unconstrained as he awarded generous salary increases, along with hefty bonuses, to his staff and administration appointees in 2016. The substantial pay hikes were extended to nearly four dozen state employees.

Ducey was equally magnanimous as he caved to the demands of striking REDsForED teachers who, in violation of their contractual agreements, abandoned approximately 840,000 Arizona students for a week as they followed a 24-year-old hip hop music teacher and avowed socialist Pied Piper. After initially rejecting their demands, Ducey acquiesced and gave them a 20% raise for their part time employment.

Where he draws the line, however, is with the per diem daily allowances for state legislators, which he just vetoed. There is no doubt the effort was a back door route to provide them a living wage, and it’s a shame they had to resort to such drastic measures as SB1558.

In 2013 we wrote, “AZ legislature: It’s not a “part time” job,” pointing out that Arizona legislators haven’t had a pay increase since 1998, when their salary was boosted from $15,000 to $24,000. In the intervening years, several ballot proposals to increase the annual salary to $30,000 have been nixed. Yet our legislators are entrusted with passing multi $billion state budgets and writing the laws that effect each and every state resident.

 Due in large part to the relentless negative publicity hurled at Arizona’s Republican majority legislature in the past by the leftist daily newspaper, voters repeatedly rejected pay increases when they appeared on the ballot. With the newspaper on the skids, and readership in the tank, its negative influence has diminished.

The job is erroneously referred to as part time. But constituents rightly expect to have access to their state senators and representatives throughout the year. Numerous issues arise requiring legislators’ attention. Additionally, governors can, and do, call special sessions after the regular session has concluded.

Because the pay is so low, the legislature has become a haven for retirees, various “consultants,” housewives, and a plethora of school board members, who do not have to rely on the low legislative salary to support a family.

The job’s long hours, coupled with the abysmal pay, restricts many average Arizonans from participating in what was designed to be a citizen legislature. All leftists actually care about, however, is domination. That’s why the legislature has become a Democrat family legacy profession, with parents and children serving together or succeeding one another. Husbands and wives have been legislators. That familial institutionalism is newly exemplified by a Democrat brother and sister team. Alma Hernandez and Daniel Hernandez, Jr., were recently elected to the AZ House in adjacent districts.


How do Phx’ lower property taxes = higher tax rate?

June 9, 2019

Taxpayers get creative trickery, mathematical magic

There’s more than a bit of sleight of hand passing as news in the local disseminator of left-wing skew pretending it’s still a newspaper. On the auction block again, the failing Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic’s days are numbered. Reporters have been replaced by ASU Cronkite J school students. Actual journalists are a mere memory. Editors took a forced hike when layoffs turned what was once a newsroom into skeletal remains. The newspaper, now a homeless vagrant, was recently forced to sell its downtown building and parking garage.

An example of the bizarre reporting emanating from this mess is a mind-boggling gem, topped with the hope-inducing headline, “Phoenix council to lower property tax rate.”  Puzzled readers have to remind themselves that the minority majority city council districts, that were put in place for the sole purpose they now serve, (read the bold type portion under the link) have succeeded in making the capitol of red state Arizona, a deep blue. The Democrat majority including the newly elected Dem mayor Kate Gallego, are obviously disinclined to return to taxpayers any of their own money. There must be more behind the headline.

Yep! 

The 25-year-old reporter, lacking any historic memory and obviously hustling to turn out agendized “news” to curry favor with those still able to pay her salary, lets the cat outta the bag with this reality:

“The city is projecting a $55 million surplus in its $1.4 billion general fund budget — extra money beyond what is needed to maintain current city services.

The average Phoenix resident will see a 3% increase in property taxes. The city’s property tax rate is decreasing, but rising property values will result in a higher tax bill.

About 70% of the surplus will go toward city employee salary increases and other compensation, which was negotiated with the city’s unions earlier this year, leaving less than $20 million for other investments.”

Fiscal trickery is nothing new for the City of Phoenix. As an example, in December 2009 we wrote $14.3 million was paid in “retention bonuses” to nearly 14,000 employees. This, as the City Council cut $270 million, or 22 percent, from Phoenix’s general-fund budget, including $156 million from programs and services in order to balance the city budget.  In 2010, under Democrat Mayor Phil Gordon, Phoenix imposed a 2% tax on food.

In 2012, problem-plagued, then-City Manager David Cavazos was gifted with a 33% raise, which amounted to an extra $78,000 a year boosting his base salary to $315,000 a year plus a $600 monthly car allowance, $35,000 a year in deferred compensation, and a $4,000 “longevity” bonus.

Think you can effect change next election cycle and vote the Dems out? Unless droves of middle class Phoenix residents are willing to move into neighborhoods where English is not the primary language, the chances for turning this lopsided city council around are beyond remote — which was the whole point behind Democrat former Mayor Terry Goddard dividing the city into districts where ethnicity reigns supreme.


AZ border hawks McSally, Schweikert now equivocators

June 3, 2019

Charade exposed as pre-election gambit

Almost a year ago to the day, we were treated to this political ad (shown below) featuring U.S. Reps. Martha McSally and David Schweikert — before McSally was appointed to the Senate following her stunning loss to radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema.  McSally and Schweikert were resolute border security supporters — when it benefited them.

Now they each appear to be throwing in with the anti-Trump Dems. McSally has morphed into opposing the president’s calls for tariffs on Mexican imports which will be implemented beginning June 10 contingent on Mexico’s halting its aid to massive hordes of Central American illegals invading the USA.  The incrementally increasing tariffs, preceded by a warning, will only be imposed if Mexico chooses to continue facilitating the invasion. Meandering McSally views tariffs as too harsh, as we noted in our weekend post,Memo to McSally: Thrashing Trump is key to failure.”

And Congressman Schweikert? He’s now singing an off-key, one note tune. Appearing on Friday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast,” Schweikert railed against President Trump’s tariff warning to Mexico and criticized the logic of “taxing” Americans to punish Mexico.

Schweikert said the tariff threat “doesn’t help” the prospect of passing the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement) “because it just creates more noise.” The USMC is the new NAFTA.

He repeated that while Mexico needs to secure its border, he doesn’t support “taxing” Americans. Schweikert, previously known as a numbers cruncher, misses the point that Americans are not taxed if they are not purchasing items from Mexico — which has enabled the illegal invasion, allowing hundreds of thousands of impoverished and uneducated Central Americans unimpeded passage to our border. As they caravan through Mexico, they purchase food and other necessities, aiding Mexico’s economy as they come to sap ours.

Schweikert concluded with a craven mixed message that if the threat is designed to get Mexico to take its border security responsibilities seriously, it’s a “powerful message,” but if it’s taxing Americans to punish Mexico, “I’m not sure that line of logic completely works.”

Mexican Economic Minister Graciela Marquez announced on Sunday she will meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington today. Mexico understands President Trump’s logic better than U.S. Rep. David Schweikert does.

For a memory refresher, this was McSally and Schweikert in campaign mode.


#RedsForEd teachers aggressively stalk legislators

May 29, 2019

The May 29 edition of the Hillary-endorsing local newspaper features a large photo of teachers, incorrectly headlined as “educators,” clad in their #RedsForEd tee shirts monitoring  state legislators. They filled the gallery of the Arizona Senate chamber to keep a “close eye on the new state budget.” The threat in the tagline is, “they want to hold legislators accountable.” Most are on their cell phones.

Let’s cut to the chase. In 2018 Arizona public school teachers, in violation of their contractual agreements, abandoned over 840,000 students for a week following a 23-year-old avowed Socialist— as they marched, danced to a brass band at the state capitol and clamored for a 20% pay raise for their part-time employment. Gov. Doug Ducey, momentarily balked, then caved to their outrageous demands.  SocialistWorker.org gloated.

SRAZ directs your attention to the 2019 activism expansion, which includes a brief video of how President Reagan handled the PATCO Air traffic controller strikers: May Day: Significant day for teachers to abandon students.

Today’s newspaper’s account calls their “activism more subdued.” They are given credit for sitting in the gallery through the late night through early morning session, which is often typical for legislators. The irony of the leftwing, unionized teachers* keeping a hawk eye on the state budget negotiations and threatening to “hold  legislators accountable,” is Arizona legislators have not had a pay increase since 1998. Unlike neighboring state California, where legislators are paid $110,459 and a hefty per diem of $192, our legislators receive $24,000 with $35 per diem for those within Maricopa County and $65 for those who often have to find local accommodations in a state that is larger than many eastern seaboard states. Sparsely populated North Dakota pays $177/day plus a lodging reimbursement up to $1,682 per month.

Political activism far supersedes a desire to positively impact students. Arizona public school students continue to under-perform as a shockingly low 41% of Arizona students passed math and reading on the 2018 AzMERIT test administered in grades 3-12 as reported by North Phoenix News.

Teachers are busying themselves electing Democrats. That is their commitment. It is not Arizona’s students. In Cave Creek School District, they’ve teamed with Planned Parenthood to sexualize elementary school children, but the kids can’t read with proficiency.

*Open Secrets


Pres. Trump’s legal shakedown from Dem DC judge

May 21, 2019

Obama appointed Judge upholds Dem subpoena for president’s tax records

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta issued this 41-page order in favor of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Oversight sub-committee* seeking President Donald Trump’s personal and business tax records from his accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP.

The flamboyant opinion filled with inflammatory quotes, opens with an 1860 statement of protest from President James Buchanan which Mehta parallels to President Trump, writing, “Some 160 years later, President Donald J. Trump has taken up the fight of his predecessor.” Mehta gives cover to the partisan committee writing, it “has shown that it is not engaged in a pure fishing expedition for the President’s financial records,” disingenuously adding that “the documents might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions.”

“Might”? In Mehta’s convoluted, partisan thinking, that meets a sufficient legal standard.

Judge Mehta also denied a request to stay his decision pending an appeal. Additionally, Mehta provocatively asserted that Congress can investigate President Trump without beginning formal impeachment proceedings.

These are the Judges on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia:

District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan (appointed by Bill Clinton: 1994)

District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly (Bill Clinton: 1997)

District Judge James E. Boasberg (Barack Obama: 2011)

District Judge Amy Berman Jackson (Barack Obama: 2011)

District Judge Rudolph Contreras (Barack Obama: 2012)

District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson (Barack Obama: 2013)

District Judge Christopher R. Cooper (Barack Obama: 2014)

District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan (Barack Obama: 2014)

District Judge Randolph D. Moss (Barack Obama: 2014)

District Judge Amit P. Mehta (Barack Obama: 2014)

District Judge Timothy J. Kelly (Donald Trump: 2017)

District Judge Trevor N. McFadden (Donald Trump: 2017)

District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich (Donald Trump: 2017)

 

* Scroll through to see the committee members and their party affiliations.