Americans deliberately being mislead on economy

October 6, 2015

Just days ago, in a report titled, “Grim Jobs Report Is Likely to Delay a Move by the Fed on Rates,” the New York Times wrote of the unexpectedly dismal job growth last month casting a shadow on the nation’s economy.” The newspaper described Friday’s government report as sending analysts scrambling for adjectives like “dreadful,” “a body blow” and “grim” to describe just how disappointing they found the latest employment figures.

The U.S. Department of Labor oddly boasted that the jobless rate held steady at 5.1 percent in September — despite wage gains stalling, the labor force shrinking and employers creating far fewer positions than they had been averaging in recent months. The latest Employment Summary makes clear that American workers are still failing to take home the kind of monetary rewards normally expected from a recovery that has being going on for more than six years.

If the staggering economy were a patient, it would be on life support.

So why does the USAToday edition — tucked into the anorexic Arizona Republic in an effort to give it heft — report that the Army has hit its target for recruits in 2015, exceeding its goal, because “the improving economy has offered young men and women more job options….”

The obvious takeaway is that the lackluster economy offers few opportunities, lessening employment choices and causing youth, who might have other aspirations, to sign up for the military as they seek a steady income.

There appear to be major discrepancies in economic analysis among the sources. Then again, does anyone actually put any faith in the rosier numbers coming out of the Obama administration with Thomas Perez — the exceedingly left-wing and political former Assistant Attorney General in Obama’s DOJ — now in the position of Secretary of Labor? Here is Perez announcing his intention to sue Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in a May 2012 news clip.

AZ’s 3 university prez, coach, net huge pay raises, bonuses

September 26, 2015

In this March 7. 2015 statement from the Arizona Board of Regents, we read, “Universities were dealt a big blow in the fiscal year 2016 budget with $100 million in cuts. Cuts to university budgets represent 63 percent of all hard cuts made in the name of balancing the state budget.”  But ABOR president Eileen Klein also notes, “Our governor challenged our state to think big.”

That “challenge” was obviously taken literally with the massive salary, benefits and 6-figure performance bonuses “for meeting goals,” being doled out to the presidents of Arizona State University (Michael Crow), University of Arizona (Ann Weaver Hart)  and Northern Arizona University (Rita Cheng). Cheng, the most recent hire, didn’t fare as well as her peers  — this year.

Crow took a $10,000 hit for falling short of the “benchmark” of bachelor degrees conferred. 

As they were distributing the big bucks Thursday, the regents generously threw in a $200,000 pay increase for ASU’s head football coach. Todd Graham’s annual salary now skyrockets to $3 million a year — excluding bonuses.

We recommend you read the facts and figures — printed in the daily newspaper — on an empty stomach.

AZ GOP establishment, past and present party on — for the party

September 24, 2015

Portrayed as a reception in support of the AZ GOP, it doesn’t take a clairvoyant to recognize what the Oct. 20, gathering thousands of miles from Arizona at the members only Capitol Hill Club is actually about. At this tony soiree, held in Washington, DC, the local Republican hoi polloi can’t even hope to make the guest list. It’s the esteemed lobbyists and PAC contributors whose presence and checkbook is requested. The rest of us need to stand at the ready to pound campaign signs and go door-to-door in 115° delivering campaign materials and getting the vote out. We also get to stand like sheeple and applaud when those we put in the swank offices along the Potomac enter a room.

Featuring Gov. Doug Ducey and AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham,  co-hosts include the entire AZ GOP delegation: Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake and AZ U.S. Reps. Trent Franks (CD-8), Paul Gosar (CD-4), Martha McSally (CD-2), Matt Salmon (CD-5), and David Schweikert (CD-6).

There is even an honorary host committee including a host of formers — U.S. Reps. Jim Kolbe, now a lobbyist, John Shadegg, also lobbying and former Sen. Jon Kyl, who currently works for the powerful D.C. lobbyist/law firm Covington & Burling.

There will be a gala closer to home in affluent Paradise Valley, but don‘t count on being invited to that high dollar Oct. 17 event either. It’s in a gated community, specifically intended to keep out the riff and the raff. Besides, chances are good you didn’t rate an invitation. Bet these guys did.

Donald Trump illuminates illegal invasion

September 17, 2015

American job losses assessed by NumbersUSA

Illegal immigration, a costly and key issue negatively affecting the United States in countless ways,* is finally being addressed by GOP presidential candidates  — a fact for which we can thank Donald Trump.

Prior to Trump’s entry into the 2016 race, the matter was given short shrift, if mentioned at all.  Wednesday’s Republican debate at the Reagan Library demonstrates the topic has become a central theme as voters evaluate the presidential hopefuls.

NumbersUSA uses a grade card system to assess the candidate’s immigration stances and their effect on Americans’ jobs and wages. The site is fact-filled and is sure to interest political observers. Five Democrats and nine Republicans are represented.

The ratings and grades reflect an urgency about the economic status of tens of millions of American workers who are in occupations where real wages are lower than they were 15 and 20 years ago. With nearly 60 million working-age Americans not even holding jobs, NumbersUSA reserves A and B grades for those who have shown they are truly serious about reducing the flow of foreign labor into these giant pools of surplus labor.

This Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration audit report substantiates Donald Trump’s assertion that $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits was paid to illegals working in the United States in 2011 alone. Those numbers are exclusive of the cost of benefits the illegals impose upon us. Illegal immigration is a no-win for the citizens of the U.S. 


Phx election today! Don’t let the left decide our fate

August 25, 2015

Judging by the large number of searches for information on the 2015 City of Phoenix election we‘ve received, we’re reposting a link to Phoenix Councilman urges “No” vote on ALL Props — which provides an overview of the ballot Propositions. We also direct your attention to Phoenix election: Vote NO on Props, YES for Brennan. Don’t be fooled by the $ multimillion campaign being waged in support of Prop. 104 by liberal political insiders, the Chamber of Commerce cadre and unionists who would benefit from the passage of this monstrosity.

Americans for Prosperity answers the questions and exposes the fallacies about Arizona ballot Proposition 104. SRAZ urges a NO vote against doubling the city transit tax over 35 years and spending over $31 billion on the unaccountable light rail expansion. Notice all of the professional campaign signs in support and the home made ones opposition?  That alone tells who has the money and benefits from the massive extension of the essentially rider-less light rail. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club recently released its study on the Phoenix Transit Plan Tax Hike, which debunks many of the claims made by the tax increase proponents.

Special polling places are open 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Aug. 25 (Election Day). Any registered city voter residing in Phoenix can use any one of the 29 voting centers to cast a ballot. Additional questions? Call: 602-262-6837.

The unions and liberal special interests have voted their early ballots. We need to make getting our own voices heard a priority in this vitally important election. If you haven’t already voted, make it a point to do so today. There will be no do-overs.

Dems to enlist Pope on illegals, voter base expansion

August 24, 2015

Breitbart News carries an intriguing report on the less-than-devout Catholic Democrats in the U.S. Congress who are now looking to Pope Francis for aid in expanding their political base by increasing illegal immigration.

In a first, the Pope is scheduled to address Congress on Sept. 24. He intends to follow that by meeting with a group of Hispanic illegals. Liberal lawmakers hope his advocacy will inspire their colleagues and constituents.

Last year, Francis called the calculated flood of Central American children crossing the border into the U.S. a “humanitarian emergency.” In a June encyclical where he delved into the issue of climate change using the left‘s talking points, Francis cited the “tragic rise” of immigrants fleeing poverty.

The Pope is clearly opposed to capitalism. Earlier this year, using his closest adviser Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, as his spokesman, he issued this statement: “The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits.” 

In May we posted Pope Francis embraces leftist doctrines, in which we noted Francis sounded a lot like Karl Marx, as he called on governments to redistribute wealth and benefits to the poor to help curb an “economy of exclusion.” That was followed by  Pope Francis: “Global Political Authority” needed to tackle climate change. His provocative mastery of Marxist, anti-capitalist buzzwords is disturbing, with redistribution of wealth one of his frequent themes. Yet he does not deny himself the latest technology as he travels the globe like a jetsetter, frequently tweets and even takes selfies. Last year his tweet, “inequality is the root of social evil,” set off a heated debate in which he was  criticized for increasingly driving a wedge between conservatives and the Catholic Church. Francis previously blasted ‘trickle-down’ economics, a basic tenet of President Reagan’s economic policy as a “crude and naive” theory.

Francis clearly relishes promoting radical political positions. The Blaze reported Vatican Officially Recognizes ‘State of Palestine’ in New Treaty, observing he shifted to referring to PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine,” giving authenticity to those who are sworn to the annihilation of Israel.  

The Institute for Works of Religion, often referred to as the ‘Vatican Bank’ manages $8 billion of the church’s worldwide wealth, and investments, as well as 33,000 accounts for clergy and parishes, held in Euros. This is in addition to priceless High Renaissance art collections on display as well as in vast underground storage facilities.

Pope Francis has written, “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity and should be accorded ‘their human dignity’ in the countries where they reside.”

Kevin Appleby, policy director on migration for the pro-amnesty U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., said: “What we do know from his record is that it’s an issue close to his heart” and “one of the issues central to his papacy.”

Rather than lecturing the United States, the time is ripe for this political Pope to put his mouth where his money is on his central issue and swing open the doors of Vatican City to accommodate and respect the “human dignity” of the hundreds of thousands of impoverished, uneducated and unwilling to assimilate, North African Muslims fleeing Libya in an effort to reach Italy. Their plight should also qualify as a “humanitarian emergency” demanding immediate action.

Thousands unite to protest Planned Parenthood

August 23, 2015

Nationwide protests against Planned Parenthood were held Saturday in the wake of the release of vile videos showing PP executives coolly haggling over prices in the calculated harvesting and sale of pre-born baby body parts. Pro-Life activists demonstrated at a reported 320 clinics across the country.

In Phoenix hundreds of protestors heard Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, U.S. Reps. Trent Franks and David Schweikert as well as AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham speak out against the gruesome practices that are funded by tax dollars funneled to the abortion mills of Planned Parenthood by the federal government. Protests took place in several other Valley cities, including Chandler, Tempe and Glendale.

“We call on Congress to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood,” declared Montgomery.

CNS News, citing numbers from Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report, reports PP’s net revenue increased 5% to a total of $1.21 Billion in its organizational fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013. About 45% of that revenue —- $540.6 million —- was provided by taxpayer-funded government ‘health services” grants. Breitbart News’ “Planned Parenthood Annual Report: All About Abortions and Profits,” contains updated 2014 information. 

Although Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, it cloaks itself as a women’s health care organization.

Seeing Red AZ posted “Planned Parenthood’s gruesome realities in mid-July, revealing the death industry’s deeply embedded roots in Arizona.

The Center for Medical Progress, which released the Planned Parenthood exposés, is to be commended for bringing the macabre truths of this monstrous industry to light via these videos.

It’s past time for the taxpayer-funded money spigot to be turned off.


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