Sen. Kelli Ward: Conservative leadership AZ needs in DC

May 21, 2015

Appearing on ‘Fox and Friends” (video) Wednesday, state Sen. Kelli Ward discusses with host Steve Doocy Arizona’s push for more jobs and fewer handouts for the majority of Arizona’s welfare recipients.

Sen. Ward, a physician, is serving her second term in the state senate. Her impressive bio can be read here.

She says, “While career politicians in Washington, D.C. fight to fund welfare for illegal immigrants, we are working in Arizona to scale back entitlement programs and get people back to work with good jobs.”

If you are tired of the status quo and want to see real reform, it’s time to replace a smug, career politician and elect a true conservative pragmatist who will fight against — not for — welfare for illegal immigrants and extended entitlements that discourage capable people from finding decent jobs.

The encouraging news is Sen. Kelli Ward, a Lake Havasu Republican, has opened an exploratory campaign for the U.S. Senate.

If you share her belief that capable workers should be hunting for jobs instead of hunting for handouts, and if you want your elected representatives to fight for conservative values, Sen. Kelli Ward is the obvious choice.

She needs our help to level the political playing field against Arizona’s very senior senator, who has spent over three decades in Washington, D.C.  During his 2010 senate campaign, he outspent his conservative challenger roughly 10 to 1, using 2008 taxpayer matching funds in addition to the mega cash infusions from the lobbying interests with whom he has spent his career currying favor.

John McCain, who tries to conceal his liberal bent by characterizing himself as simply a “maverick,” actually urged the IRS to target conservatives.  Concerned about his reelection, he was behind the statewide purge of conservative elected precinct committeemen as he colluded with Obama donors in the effort, detailed in FrontPage magazine.

Sen. Kelly Ward is a lawmaker, family physician, a military wife and mom, as well as a small business owner. She is uniquely qualified to represent Arizona’s citizens. 

Read this message titled, “Replace John McCain” by Ken Cuccinelli II, President of the Senate Conservatives Fund. The group includes a petition on its website urging the defeat of John McCain. Arizona Republican elected precinct committeemen who have previously censured him, are ready to replace the unpopular McCain. Join the effort to return principled leadership to our state.

Contribute to Sen. Kelli Ward here. It’s important.


GOP establishment conspires with Obama on trade deal

May 18, 2015

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McConnell: Obama ‘has done an excellent job’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning, telling host George Stephanopoulos that he supports Hillary Clinton’s Obamatrade deal. (Transcript here)

McConnell has come under fire from both Republicans and Democrats this past week for pushing the slippery Trade Promotion Authority that would fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership trade liberalization deal Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton negotiated with eleven Pacific Rim nations.

Conservative Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, contends McConnell is jeopardizing Republican control of the U.S. Senate in the next election by pushing this tremendously unpopular trade deal through Congress.

But McConnell is not to be dissuaded. He previously described his coordination with Obama on trade as “an out-of-body experience.” 

Fast-track authority faces a significantly more difficult path in the House. Nearly all Democrats are opposed to the scheme, along with strong a contingent of Republicans.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, expressed confidence that the measure will pass in the House. “We will have the votes,” Ryan declared on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’re doing very well. We’re gaining a lot of steam and momentum.”

Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon (R-CD-5) exhibiting eel-like slipperiness, was quoted as saying, 

“The president I don’t think has any political capital at all with this place, and it’s coming to bear right now because the president needs a real heavy lift, and nobody feels any real connection with him or like they owe him anything.”

Still, Salmon plans to vote for Obama’s trade agenda when it hits the House floor, though unlike Ryan, he claims doesn’t think House GOP leadership has the votes.

 “I’m voting for it,” Salmon stated, “not because of him but in spite of him. I don’t think he could pick me out of a crowd, which is so different from when I was here when Bill Clinton was president because President Clinton was really engaged with everybody.” 

Sunday’s Arizona Republic weighs in with an mega-editorial urging Democrats Kyrsten Sinema (CD-9) and Ann Kirkpatrick (CD-1) not to side “with extremists” and to ignore pressure from labor unions which oppose the trade pact and, coincidently, fund their campaigns. 

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


Pope Francis embraces leftist doctrines

May 14, 2015

Capitalism is the culprit

In a deeply disturbing move that negatively affects peace talks by removing  incentives for Palestinian leadership to return to the negotiating table, Pope Francis has given his recognition to the “state of Palestine.”

The United States, many Western European nations and Israel —- which the Palestinians and other Arab nations have pledged to annihilate —- oppose such recognition. 

According to The Blaze, the treaty was finalized days before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ scheduled visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Abbas, a Muslim, is heading to Rome to attend the upcoming canonization of new Catholic saints. The Pope will bestow sainthood on two Palestinian nuns this Sunday.

“This (Palestinian state recognition) is a very important recognition as the Vatican has a very important political status that stems from its spiritual status,” said Abbas’ senior aide, Nabil Shaath. “We expect more EU countries to follow.”

This disappointing position is not a stand alone.

Pope Francis is also a proponent of the Global Warming farce, more recently known as “Climate Change” since the warming has failed to materialize. Regardless of the name, the culprit remains the same: The United States of America. Third World polluters such as China, India, Korea and Iran are given a pass as we are constrained.

The pope’s closest adviser recently denounced climate change skeptics; blaming capitalist motivations from “movements in the United States” for opposing his upcoming environmental letter issued in tandem with a U.N. sponsored agreement and a U.N. summit on climate change in Paris later this year.  “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,” opined Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga. 

Last May, during a speech at a gathering of several U.N. agency leaders, Francis, sounding a lot like Karl Marx,* called on governments to redistribute wealth and benefits to the poor to help curb “economy of exclusion.”  Latin America’s first pope has frequently lashed out at what he terms the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system.

Staying with the economic theme, Francis even delved into the issue of equal pay declaring it a “pure scandal” to pay women less than men, though he gave no indication that he would be putting that plan into effect at the Vatican.

Days ago, Cuba’s President Raul Castro received a warm welcome at the Vatican from Pope Francis, who played a key role in normalizing relations between the United States and the hostile island nation just 90 miles off our shore.  

“Bienvenido!” Francis greeted the Communist leader. The meeting lasted nearly an hour, as the Argentine-born pope and Castro spoke in their native Spanish. Francis will pay a visit to Cuba in September opting to stop there first en route to the United States. 

*Income redistribution is the main theme of Marx’ Communist Manifesto: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”


Scott Walker separates from Pres. Pack on amnesty

May 12, 2015

Consulting with Sen. Jeff Sessions pushes Gov. Walker ahead in Iowa

There’s a lot to admire about two-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. A solid conservative, in his 2010 race for governor, Walker soundly defeated a popular Democrat Milwaukee mayor. After being sworn into office in 2011, Walker introduced Wisconsin Act 10 to address the state’s projected $3.6 billion budget deficit. The Act limited many unsustainable union protections for public employees.

Declaring, “We’re broke,“ the new governor wanted public employees to pay more for their health insurance and toward their pensions. Massive protests erupted at the state capitol culminating in a recall against Walker. Ultimately he emerged victorious —- the only governor in U.S. history to win a gubernatorial recall election. 

At 47, he brings youthful vigor to the largely uninspiring GOP candidate list, rife with retreads. This recent Quinnipiac Poll shows still undeclared candidate Walker leading the Iowa Republican caucus pack, with establishment favorite Jeb Bush at a distant seventh.

National Review reports that Walker has met with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions* and is adopting a firmer stance on illegal immigration —- separating himself from the politically correct, open border, squish pack, even moderating his own former position. National Review refers to Walker’s position as “hard line.” We call it rational.

As border state front-liners, Arizonans have endured the amnesty duplicity of Sens. John McCain,  Jeff Flake, and previously, Jon Kyl. Gov. Scott Walker breathes new life into the political landscape on this crucial subject.   

“The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal-immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages,” Walker told Glenn Beck. “It is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today, is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward,” he said, citing Sessions by name as someone with whom he’d discussed the issue.

This Gallup Poll reports that 60% of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the level of immigration into the country today.  Only 7% want more. To the larger plurality of Americans, Scott Walker’s position makes sense.

* Sen. Jeff Sessions is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.


AZ Regents grant illegals in-state university tuition

May 8, 2015

ABOR and Superior Court judge reward illegality in Arizona

With this May 7 announcement, the Arizona Board of Regents reversed previous policy and will now allow illegal alien students to pay lower in-state tuition rates instead of  non-resident rates.

There was not a single voice raised in dissent. The Regents’ vote was unanimous.

This new policy, granting foreign nationals lower tuition than your Arizona-born niece who has grown up in California and wants to attend Arizona State University, is a farce.

On April 21 we posted AZ Board of Regents: Double talk on tuition, noting in-state tuition for illegals provided another costly incentive for the illegal hordes invading the U.S. Just days ago, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson unilaterally ruled in direct contradiction of Arizona voters* that students in possession of work visas under Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, are eligible for the lower in-state rate.

“Federal law, not state law, determines who is lawfully present in the U.S. The circumstance under which a person enters the U.S. does not determine that person’s lawful presence here,” Anderson haughtily opined. Judge Anderson’s decision will save the illegals thousands of dollars a year. ASU in-state basic tuition rates are $10,157 this year. Out-of-state students pay $24,503.  (Full cost schedule here).

By executive order in 2012, Barack Obama provided illegal aliens work authorization and other benefits if they qualified for “deferred action” as “childhood arrivals” (DACA) under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. An additional executive order announced on Nov. 20, 2014, extended deferred action benefits to “childhood arrivals” regardless of age, and to illegal parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident children (DAPA). Implementation of the second executive order has been temporarily enjoined by Federal judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas.

Obviously, there is no way to substantiate age at entry claims, which is why forged and counterfeit birth certificates constitute a big business.

According to a report in the daily, Regent’s Chairman Mark Killian was quoted as breezily saying, “Let’s move forward and get our kids educated in Arizona.” The “kids” Killian so warmly describes as “our(s)” are actually the responsibility of their foreign national parents. 

This decision comes on the heels of Killian‘s April 10, statement that included a condemnation of the “reality of $100 million in budget cuts that went far beyond expectations has made it considerably harder to balance university budgets. While we will focus on efficiency and realigning our strategic plan for long-term sustainability, these cuts have real impact on our students, and result in $1,000 less per student from the state. We must take into account the harsh reality of the magnitude of these cuts that may result in reductions in positions, programming and services as well as increased costs for students. “

Arizona taxpayers will ultimately be on the hook to ante up those increased costs, while our actual children will be forced to compete for college placement with those Mark Killian has foolishly concluded are also “ours.”

 

*In 2006, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 300, 71 to 29 percent. Among its provisions was the prohibition of those without proof of legal residency being classified as in-state students and receiving state and federal financial aid or in-state tuition.


Baltimore an example of decades of liberal control

April 29, 2015

Law abiding citizens gasp once again as chaos reigns in yet another American city. This time it’s Baltimore, where lawlessness, rioting, looting, arson and the injuring of 15 police officers rolls over into yet another day. It’s a repeat, on larger scale, of the anti-law enforcement mentality that rocked the black majority small town of Ferguson, Missouri in the heat of last August following the police shooting of a black youth. The per capita income of $21,000 is indicative of too little education resulting in too little opportunity. Setting the town on fire and looting stores is strangely regarded as a catharsis.

Now it’s Baltimore. Another death, this time a man in police custody, leads to more rioting, seemingly condoned by those who are supposed to be in charge.  Baltimore’s Democrat  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she instructed police officers to allow protestors to express themselves saying, “we also gave those who wished to destroy, space to do that as well.”

These reckless words were spoken as stores were looted and set ablaze, police cars torched and a flaming metal garbage can was hurled toward a line of police officers in riot gear as they tried to push back the violent crowd. Some officers were hit with bricks.

Later the mayor denied ever saying the words that were captured by news cameras. She unashamedly blamed the media for twisting her words and misleading viewers.

The actual misleading message was the one that echoed in the months preceding the 2008 election of Barack Obama. We were told electing the first black U.S. President would be historic. That it would be a balm for race relations.  In fact, they haven’t been worse since the days of the 1965 Watts riots which left 34 dead, more than 1000 injured and caused over $40 million in property damage in the predominately black section of Los Angeles. Over 2,000 National Guardsmen joined the police trying to maintain order on the streets at the time.

According to 2013 Census figures, Baltimore has a 63.3% black population. with 23.8 % living below the poverty level. It’s long been reported that well over half of the high school students in Baltimore City Public Schools are “chronically absent.” The connection is clear.

Race relations in America under Barack Obama have descended to levels most of us never lived through. Rather than healing, he has inflamed. Yet after four years of his failed policies, he was reelected by a stunning 87.4 % of the Baltimore City vote. In nearly 60 years, there have only been only been two Republican governors in the state of Maryland. 

Democrat policies are the root cause of the unrest. Liberalism fosters toxic government dependence. Cronyism, union corruption and the tragically failed schools (video) that follow in their wake, have run amok in Baltimore for over a half-century. 

Fifty-three percent of Americans polled by Bloomberg say race relations have worsened under the man who was supposed to usher in a golden era of “post-racial” relations.

Read Arnold Ahlert‘s “How Obama Poisoned Race Relations in America.” Though written in 2013, it remains relevant.


Middle class incomes plunge as immigration surges

April 24, 2015

Congressional report confirms dire predictions

Wages of America’s middle class have dropped below 1970s levels as immigration has surged 325 percent, according to a new congressional report that puts to rest leftwing claims that native-born Americans are economically enhanced by greater immigration.

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) report studied immigration and middle class income from 1945-2013 and found that as immigration slowed between 1945 and 1970, American incomes increased. But when immigration expanded, the incomes of the bottom 90 percent of Americans went flat and then dropped beginning in 2000.

In the report to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the CRS confirmed that the foreign-born population of the United States surged 324.5 percent, from 9,740,000 to 41,348,066, from 1970 to 2013. The impact is not insignificant.

Competition for university placement and fewer jobs will increase as our elected representatives continue to ignore the crisis, as the influx of illegal invaders continues unabated.

Yet Barack Obama has virtually erased our southern border. Using executive orders  that even he declared were unlawful, (video) he has granted amnesty to millions of illegals, confident when they vote, they’ll show their appreciation by voting a straight Democrat ticket.

Additionally, he ignores reports of Islamist terrorists entering our country through our unguarded southern border.

Read the fact-filled report by Paul Bedard and the dismal economic predictions in the Washington Examiner. If you have concerns about America’s future and the lives your children and theirs will face, this is reading definitely worth your time.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) a steadfast voice exposing amnesty schemes said it best back in 2014, “Never in recent memory has the divide between the everyday citizen and the political elite been as wide as it is now. A sovereign nation establishes rules about who can enter, work, and live within its borders. In every imaginable way, the President has worked to dismantle these rules -— on the border, in our courts, through our visa system, through our asylum system, through our exit-entry system. And with this planned executive action, the President proposes to scrub away what remains of these rules. And Senate Democrats will have been partners in its commission.”

Since then, it’s all too clear Republicans have been equally complicit, falling in line with Obama’s schemes as in Thursday’s confirmation vote of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch who has acknowledged she will continue to support Obama’s policies. John McCain, standing for reelection couldn’t afford to be in the “yea” column, but his toadies Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham voted with the unified Democrats.

Have you had enough yet?


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