Paul Ryan: Ambition trumps honor

March 26, 2016

Trust Paul Ryan at your own peril

With a contested Republican convention appearing ever more likely, and the specter of House speaker Paul Ryan ominously beginning to suck the air out of the room, today is as good a time as any to review exactly what Ryan brings to the political table.

Let’s begin with the premise that Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says he’s not interested in running for president. He was equally adamant about being disinterested in the position of House speaker, stating unequivocally in Sept. 2015, “I don’t want to be speaker,” after John Boehner’s unexpected resignation.  The Oct. edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covers Ryan being sworn in as speaker.

Then the man touted as a fiscal and budget issues wonk, with a spending plan that would overhaul entitlement programs — when selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012 — ended up giving away the store as he shepherded through Barack Obama’s massive $1.149 trillion omnibus funding bill that Rush Limbaugh exposed as funding sanctuary cities and “all Middle East immigration programs” including the ones that have been “exploited by terrorists.” The much ballyhooed defunding of Planned Parenthood never happened.

In secretive negations, the text of the 2,009-page spending bill was released at 2 a.m. while the separate 233-page tax-extension bill was released just before midnight, ensuring no one read them. Ryan whitewashed his despicable deed by saying “Congress can now move into 2016 with a fresh start.” 

If you’re interested in more on what could be the brokered fill-in GOP candidate and his lawyer and former lobbyist wife with roots in a prominent liberal family? Here ‘tiz.

Then thank John Kasich who has purposely stayed in the race with no chance of winning any state other than his native Ohio. And congratulate the manipulative Mitt Romney who made robo calls for both Kasich and Marco Rubio, despite which the Florida senator suffered a decisive defeat. Romney engineered  the schemes to subvert the votes of the American people who were voting for Trump.

McCain: Talking out of both sides of his mouth again

March 24, 2016

Worried that he’s finally worn out his welcome, as his decades of lies and distortions have come back to haunt him, John McCain is sending out desperate pleas for donations to fund his latest six-year senate campaign. At 80, he’s quite the optimist.

In his most recent begging missive he acts as if Arizona citizens have fallen prey to a plague of amnesia, as he attempts to make the fallacious case that he aggressively fought Obamacare. In fact, he did worse than nothing — he actually defended what he “more politely” called the “Affordable Care Act, saying “elections have consequences” and “we should respect the process.” This double talk was in response to Sen. Ted Cruz’ filibuster of the bill that had to be passed before it could be seen.

John McCain was so enamored with Obama’s selection of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as secretary of Health and Human Services, the agency tasked with implementing the fundamentally flawed Obamacare, that he showed up at her Senate confirmation hearing although he isn’t a member of the Senate panel that vetted her nomination.

Reading the local news would lead the marginally informed to think McCain is being challenged by Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, an on-again, off-again CD 1 U.S. Rep. who was bounced out of office after her first term and made a comeback when U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar relocated to CD 4 where he easily won reelection. The wizened McCain likely won’t have to worry about Kirkpatrick. Arizona Republicans are ready to call in the doctor…Dr. Kelli Ward, a physician and conservative, two-term former state senator who would knowledgeably work to reconfigure the medical monstrosity via her Patient Power Plan.

Check out her issues page and send her a donation. John McCain has curried the favor of lobbyists for decades. They eagerly keep funneling money to him. Kelli Ward can only be competitive with our help. John McCain was censured by elected state committeemen of his own party. The McEmbarrassment, who has spent his career colluding with Democrats can be put behind us with the election of Dr. Kelli Ward. We have a rare opportunity to make a difference.  Let’s do it!.

Matt Salmon leaves Congress — again

February 26, 2016

As Matt Salmon announces his retirement from Congress, the “I want to spend more time with the family,” line raises the curiosity factor a notch or two. Previously, Arizona’s CD 5 U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, who served in the U.S. House from 1995 to 2001, honored his term limit pledge and did not seek re-election to a fourth term in 2000. He returned after being reelected in 2012, and is now leaving after two terms.

A former chairman of the state Republican Party and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Salmon disappoints with his out-the-door endorsement of the far less than conservative Marco Rubio for President. 

Salmon is the 23rd House member to announce retirement at the end of this Congressional term.

His statement, “Why I’m leaving Congress,”  can be read here.

In this interview with The Arizona Republic the East Valley Republican revealed his plans to endorse Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs to replace him and will chair Biggs’ campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat.

Green McCain workers whipped into frenzy over slight?

February 7, 2016

In numerous ways, John McCain is AZ’s Bernie Sanders

Dan Nowicki, John McCain’s personal assigned reporter at the daily newspaper, attempts to marginalize Dr. Kelli Ward for her description of some of John McCain’s young campaign workers. He writes that her remarks during a Tucson radio interview have so outraged the young  “millennial Republicans,” that they are demanding an apology from the former two-term state senator, now mounting a credible challenge to McCain.

Nowicki refers to the aged senator who will be 80 by Election Day and is seeking his sixth 6-year term as “having nothing to do” with the contrived outrage. He never leaves fingerprints, since his surrogates take care of business.

Ward, a  Lake Havasu physician referred to “McCain kids” who “have no idea” about his record but who are “enticed by the glimmer of celebrity.”

Long-in-the-tooth Socialist Bernie Sanders is generating widespread support from young voters, consistently and strikingly outpolling liberal Hillary Clinton, as he promises to make college education free and retire student loan debt. Like McCain, Sanders vows to provide a pathway to citizenship for the approximately 30 million illegal aliens in the U.S., who will be competing for jobs and college placement with young American citizens. Obama-like, Sanders promises to take executive action, bypassing congress, to accomplish his goals.

On two consecutive Saturdays in January, Arizona elected precinct and state committeemen assembled for the Maricopa County and state GOP daylong meetings. As they entered each of the meetings, they were approached by fresh-faced young workers wearing T-shirts with John McCain’s name emblazoned on them —carrying clip boards with nominating petitions to qualify McCain for the ballot.  Approaching the arriving committeemen in the cold, still dark early morning hours, most of the workers were greeted with “No thank you” or “McCain? Are you kidding?” It was clear from the surprised looks followed by giggles as the scenario repeated that they were under the erroneous impression that Sen. John McCain has some cache among Republican voters. They were likely unaware that he has repeatedly been censured by those same committeemen in his own party, or of his retaliatory measures to purge them from their elective posts.  Dr. Kelli Ward was not off the mark in her assessment.

As to the McCain workers being described as “volunteers” a state delegate asked a couple of them standing outside the McCain booth if they were paid or volunteers. They nervously exchanged looks before the boldest replied, “We’d rather not say.” That’s not the response expected from enthusiastic volunteers.

Among the letter signers demanding Dr. Kelli Ward apologize were the former Arizona Teenage Republican  chairman, Students for Rubio Chair, along with ASU and UofA GOP activists. 

Since Rubio was integral to the McCain-Flake-Schumer-Durbin, et al amnesty Gang of Eight scheme and is endorsed by McCain’s alter-ego Jon Kyl, it’s not much of a leap to assume there’s a connection. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…you know the rest…..

Severe storms keep Congress out of D.C.

January 25, 2016

Weather or not we want them, they’ll be baaack

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has put out the following Important Schedule Announcement, making us think there’s at least a small upside to the blizzards affecting Washington, D.C.

“Members are advised that due to the severity of the winter storm in the D.C. area, and its adverse impact on travel, we no longer expect votes in the House on Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27.

Next votes in the House are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 1. This is a change from the previously announced calendar.

Members are further advised that we expect to postpone consideration of two items originally planned for this week – H.R. 3662, Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act and the Veto Message on H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Act. These two items will now be considered the week of February 1st.”

American confidence in Congress has been in steady free fall mode for several years. According to this 2010 Gallup Poll, Congress came in lower than organized labor, newspapers and television news, HMOs and banks. By June 2014, the news was even more dismal, with Gallup reporting “historic lows,” as only 7 percent of Americans said they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress.

In July, 2015, Rasmussen Reports found most voters believe their own representatives have sold their vote and think congressional elections are rigged to benefit the incumbent. Just 14% think members of Congress almost always get reelected because they do a good job representing their constituents. Sixty-five percent (65%) think it’s because the election rules are rigged to benefit incumbents.

It wasn’t much better when Rasmussen Reports conducted another survey in Dec. 2015. Only nine percent (9%) of all voters think the average member of Congress listens to the voters he or she represents. Seventy-seven percent (77%) think the average member listens mostly to party leaders in Congress. It seems that pesky term “representative” is open to question.

The severe weather conditions have made life miserable for Americans across large swathes of the U.S.  We are not making light of the dire circumstances many in the affected areas face. It is, however, worth noting that less damage is done when congressional members are furloughed.

Shocking: Liberal PC politics imperil US citizens

January 21, 2016

Democrats play dangerous political games with national security

As Obama vows to accept 10,000 additional Syrian refugees this year, on Wednesday Senate Democrats —- by a vote of 55 to 43 —- rejected a bill to require vetting of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, an attempt to verify they posed no security risk before entering the US.

Obama threatened to veto the bill.

The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 or the American SAFE Act of 2015 should have passed with overwhelming support of both parties.

2016: The most important election of our lifetimes

January 1, 2016

Gird your loins! We’ve got work to do!

This New Year brings with it both opportunity and obligation.

Barack Obama, who has worked double-time* to weaken our nation and circumvent the U.S. Constitution that ensures our freedoms, will be termed out and a new — hopefully conservative Republican president — will be elected.

It’s our duty as responsible citizens to do all we can to inform ourselves about the issues and work to get out the vote this time as we never have before.  Apathy will enable the untrustworthy Hillary to return to the White House — this time calling the shots and making key appointments. Of vital importance are the Supreme Court vacancies that will occur as justices in their 80‘s leave the bench. The 2016 election will place in office a person with the potential to change the face of SCOTUS for decades to come.

Conservatives are justifiably disheartened by the collusive actions of House Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP majority, who surrendered to Congressional Democrats on the $1.8 trillion tax and spending Omnibus Appropriations Act —- giving them all the bloat they and Obama desired.

We’ve seen what happens when our presidential choices are limited to unreliable, establishment squish candidates such as Mitt Romney, John McCain or Bob Dole. As GOP posers, U.S. House “leaders” John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell and their ilk have clearly demonstrated that it’s not only Democrats who are betraying us.

These are perilous times. As global atrocities committed in the name of Islam are given short shrift, we witness Barack Obama calling ISIS a “contained JV team;” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exposed as deceiving us about the carnage in Benghazi; and current Secretary of State John Kerry capitulating Neville Chamberlain-like, on guaranteeing a nuclear capable Iran.

We’ve got our work cut out for us.

*When not vacationing or golfing.