We’ve been conned on “tax reform”

December 3, 2017

Republicans were so enthralled that President Trump was finally able to achieve a victory getting his signature tax reform measure passed, that we failed to see the big picture.

This was far more than a tax break for middle-income families, a simplification of the onerous federal tax filing, a repeal of the Obamacare mandate forcing Americans to buy health insurance, and a means of creating a level playing field for businesses, enabling them to return their off shore operations to the U.S. to provide jobs for American workers.

The senators were so proud of their 479-page bill, they voted on it in the dead of Saturday night when no one was looking. HR 1 passed by a 51 to 49 margin.

Tucked in among a limitation on wagering losses, repeal of deduction for alimony payments, repeal of the deduction for lobbying expenses,  dealing with rum excise taxes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the myriad “striking” this and “inserting” that, is the crème de la crème means of expanding the Democrat party —-  those alleging they were brought into the U.S. by their illegal alien parents when they were children. There is no means of verifying their claims, but their supporters don’t care about authentication. David Inserra, writing for Heritage Foundation has compiled an excellent analysis on the topic, noting that amnesty provides an incentive for more lawlessness.

Democrats and their mirror image Republicrats have said they won’t support a measure that doesn’t provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly a million so-called “Dreamers” in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, illegally put in place (brief video) by Barack Obama, who admits he had no authority to do so.

Our antenna should have been raised when Trump-hating John McCain and Jeff Flake voted in the affirmative. Amnesty for illegals is the glue that binds them.

Did you know that every single individual tax cut contained in the Senate bill is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2025? There is no permanence attached. Even if President Trump is elected to a second term, this date is outside of that time frame.

Pay attention, This deceptive bill is now headed to the House.

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AZ Rep.Grijalva accused of drunkenness, hostile workplace

November 29, 2017

Secret settlement from hush fund revealed

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat representing Congressional District 3 has found himself in the spotlight for more than his radical leftist views.

According to The Washington Times, Grijalva is revealed to have settled a $48,395 “severance package” in 2015 with one of his top staffers who threatened a lawsuit claiming the Arizona Democrat was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment.

The report details that while the Office of Compliance has been the focus of outrage on Capitol Hill for hush-money payouts in sexual harassment cases, the Grijalva payout points to another office that lawmakers can use to sweep accusations under the rug with taxpayer-funded settlements negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, which acts as the attorney for all House offices.

The employment counsel negotiated a deal for taxpayers to provide nearly $50,000— five additional months’ salary — to the female aide, who left her job after three months. She didn’t pursue the hostile workplace complaint further.

This  arrangement appears to run counter to House rules that restrict severance packages, and it caught the eye of watchdogs who were already demanding answers about payouts in the wake of rampant sexual harassment complaints.

Victims are required to sign a confidentiality agreement before the matter can be resolved, which is why this payout was so easily swept under the rug.

Over the past 20 years Congress’ Office of Compliance has paid out $17.2 million to settle 264 complaints of sexual harassment and other workplace violations on Capitol Hill, The Washington Post reported. The funds used for the settlements and awards come from a special Treasury Department account established in 1995 for such payments — in other words out of our tax dollars.


US Rep. Andy Biggs recipient of insults — hurled by a jerk

November 9, 2017

Leftist columnist E.J. Montini can’t handle a principled stance 

Those who still read the Arizona Republic are all too aware of its descent into oblivion. Content is flimsy, engineered to appeal to the casual reader seeking entertainment and dining reviews who definitely doesn’t want to be taxed with major issues or the seniors who are the target of the multiple full page hearing aid ads or retirement community inducements. Local news is frequently written by ASU’s Cronkite journalism students who obviously need another semester or two under their belts. National events are filtered through the liberal lens of Associated Press. International issues appear in the USA Today insert. The Hillary-endorsing newspaper’s stock in trade has been its unswerving dedication to battering former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and President Trump.  The overarching policy is amnesty for illegals.

When an issue tugs at its leftwingism, out comes the multifaceted, in-tandem grinding machine including contrived reports, columnists, the cartoonist and the trusty fallback, the editorial page to inflict punishment on the offender.

Now there is a new target. U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs. Prior to being elected to congress in 2016, Biggs represented state Legislative District 22 — running unopposed —- and served as President of the Arizona Senate. Besides being a genuinely decent man, he’s bright. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies, he earned a Master’s degree in political Science, holds a Juris Doctorate, and was licensed to practice in three states before retiring from the practice of law to concentrate on politics. He and his wife have six children.

So what causes him to be the recipient of slings and arrows and held in enough contempt by a marginal, left-wing Republic columnist to be called a “toady” and a “loser“?

Biggs is a principled, conservative. He is also a first-term member of congress.  It’s clear the newspaper thinks it has a better shot at replacing him with a Democrat than more deeply entrenched AZ Congressman Trent Franks (R-CD8), leading to this opening salvo.

According to scrawny liberal columnist E..J. Montini, Biggs has crossed the line in joining with other Congressmen in calling on former FBI director Robert Mueller to acknowledge his obvious conflicts of interest and step down as special counsel in what has become known as the Russian probe.  As FBI director in 2010, Mueller bungled an investigation into Russian bribery and extortion resulting in a deal to purchase 0ne-fifth of the U.S. uranium resources, known as the Uranium One Deal. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was complicit in approving the nefarious deal. The Obama administration Justice Department sat on information for four years and silenced a whistle-blower who tried to alert Congress to the questionable activity.

Montini’s “loser” description is his attempt at sarcasm stemming from the fact that Biggs once won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, but is a political loser for challenging the integrity of an Obama administration official.


Establishment candidate Jeff Flake folds senate tent

October 24, 2017

There is nothing noble about this out of touch RINO leaving the senate. He takes his leave by continuing to bash Republican Pres. Donald Trump

The Arizona Republic calls Jeff Flake’s decision not to run for reelection to the U/S. Senate “a bombshell.” We call it prudent.  As we have repeatedly written in a sidebar topic titled, Jeff the Flake, Jeff Flake is disconnected to Arizona conservatives, winning the senate by only 3 percentage points in 2012. Open borders supporting Flake has been losing to conservative Dr. Kelli Ward in poll after poll.

The question is, where does the squish elite of the AZ GOP throw its support? Conservatives will support Ward. The RINO hacks in charge of the party apparatus, will blame her for Flake’s decision and likely look elsewhere — conceivably handing a victory to radical chameleon CD 9 U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.  A first term member of congress, she recently announced for the U.S. Senate. This soft campaign ad about a young military vet who committed suicide, shows her ability to facilely switch positions.

McCain clone Flake told the newspaper, “Here’s the bottom line — The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I’m not willing to take, and that I can’t in good conscience take. It would require me to believe in positions I don’t hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone.”

Jeff Flake was not averse tocompromising his positionsin 2011, when facing Arizona voters, he backtracked on his amnesty bent, terrifying the open border newspaper — but only until the ballots were counted.

This is how Breitbart News characterized the Flake exit.

Last month, Jeff the Flake was continuing to raise money while already having nearly $3 and a half million in his campaign coffers. Where will that cash go?


Poll: Jeff Flake in deep trouble with AZ voters

August 25, 2017

As Flake lags 14 points behind conservative Dr. Kelli Ward, desperation to retain senate seat leads to recrafting of his flaky image 

A recently released poll assessing Arizona’s 2018 U.S. Senate race does not bode well for rowdy Republicrat and first term incumbent Jeff Flake. Having done everything humanly possible to insult and demean Donald Trump—  from the onset of his presidential campaign through his first seven months in the White House — his has not been a wise course of action in a state where the president is popular with the Republican base.

Townhall reports on a statewide survey of likely Arizona voters conducted by the Arizona firm of High Ground which shows Flake lagging a serious fourteen points behind his primary Republican opponent Dr. Kelli Ward. In a contrived match-up with Democrat U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (CD-9), who has not opened a campaign, Flake is eight points behind. He’s worked diligently burnishing his liberal credentials and deserves the bottom-dragging numbers he’s earned.

Conservative Ward is a former two-term state senator and physician. Sinema launched her political career running unsuccessfully as a Green party candidate for the state House. She then tried her luck as a Democrat and fared much better.  In the intervening years, Sinema has cleverly modified her radical positions, altered her appearance and stopped bashing married women and our military, even appearing in a campaign ad sympathetically interacting with the parents of a fallen soldier.

Flake’s contemptible attitude toward President Trump, whom he publicly declared “Can’t win and shouldn’t win” the 2016 election. Since then, Flake has written a 140-page pamphlet masquerading as a book, with a title stolen from Barry Goldwater’s iconic book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” in which he does everything short of burning President Trump at the stake. His internecine battles have not missed the notice of RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, who has chastised Flake for his antics. In signaling his support for Dr. Kelli Ward, President Trump tweeted, “Jeff Flake is “toxic and weak on borders.”

Worried that his pomposity will cost him the senate seat he so desires to keep, Flake tried the magician’s trick known as “misdirection,” Thursday on ‘Fox and Friends.’ His latest ploy is casting himself as “principled,” saying “I’ll continue to follow my principles” outrageously stating  he has helped President Trump on certain issues —  pointing to his vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Flake must be suffering from memory loss, but ours is keen. It was Jeff Flake, Obama’s global traveling companion and basketball teammate who personally accompanied Democrat Merrick Garland, Obama’s lame duck Supreme Court nominee, introducing him to senators, and saying “it was time to confirm him” to the high court.

Fortunately’ Donald Trump was elected President of the United  States — without the votes of Jeff Flake, John McCain and their families. As president, one of his first acts was to nominated Judge Neil Grosuch to fill the vacancy left by the unexpected death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch now sits on the U.S. Supreme Court despite Jeff Flake, not because of him.

You may have thought Fox was “all in” for McCain in 2010, wait until you see this “pander fest” featuring Brian Kilmeade with Arizona’s Junior Senator on what we’ll call, ‘Fox Befriends Jeff Flake.’ The verbal contortions Kilmeade goes through to try and help Flake are cringe-worthy and ridiculous. Watch it here. We suggest you eat afterwards.

Today we are reposting a link to the fact-filledSo you think you know Jeff Flake?  Think again.” It’s definitely worth taking time to review this weekend.


Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

July 19, 2017

Reported to be a particularly aggressive type of malignancy

At the request of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his family, Mayo Clinic released the following statement today:

“On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.

“Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria.

“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. 

“The Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.”

The office of Senator John McCain also released the following statement:

“Senator McCain appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona. He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective. Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate.”

Because glioblastomas can grow rapidly, the most common symptoms are usually caused by increased pressure in the brain. These symptoms can include headache, seizures, nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.

Depending on the location of the tumor, patients can develop a variety of other symptoms such as weakness on one side of the body, memory and/or speech difficulties, hearing and vision loss, according to the American Brain Tumor Association website.

Glioblastoma can be difficult to treat because the tumors contain so many different types of cells, the association says.

The Hill carries this account of John McCain’s condition.

The Tucson Daily Star reports on a “malignant brain tumor.”

The Arizona Republic refers to a “brain tumor.”


US House passes criminal aliens bills — will Senate act?

July 2, 2017

Kate’s Law is named to memorialize Kathryn Steinle, 32, who was shot and killed in 2015 by an illegal alien brandishing a stolen firearm as she strolled the San Francisco pier with her father. The shooter, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, a Mexican national, was a repeat felon who had been deported five times.

This past week, the U.S. House passed two bills to address the laxity that allowed this tragedy, and other such crimes, to occur.

The bills —  Kate’s Law (HR 3004) and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (HR 3003) —  increase penalties for illegals who reenter the United States after being deported for criminal acts. Sanctuary cities or states that provide protections to illegals would be ineligible for certain federal funds. Arizona U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-CD 5) co-authored HR 3003, which included his bill Grant’s Law.

It was a victory that Kate’s Law passed. That it passed with these skewed, largely party line numbers — 257-167 — stands as a stark reminder that liberals appear content with the status quo.

Rep. Biggs’ excellent commentary —Dealing with illegals who deal in crime,” appeared in the Thursday edition of the Washington Times, describing the pressing need for the legislation. Biggs provides background that takes the victims from momentary names in the news to real people whose lives were brutally taken by criminal aliens.

In 2015, Seeing Red AZ detailed the callus murder of Grant Ronnebeck, a 21-year-old Mesa convenience store clerk whose young life was cut short by the previously convicted felon who had been given a sweetheart deal, releasing him from federal custody prior to deportation.

The future of these much needed bills remains uncertain when they get to the U.S. Senate.

Call the offices Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain  (Contact information under links)  and urge them to act admirably and vote for passage of these bills. They are both committed amnesty proponents, so their natural inclination would be to protect illegals.