McSkewed survey: Smoke, mirrors, hand in your pocket

April 21, 2016

McCain strategists obviously turn to focus groups as Arizonans continue to get McScrewed

In another of his campaign beg-a-thon emails to his “friends,” John McCain has included a survey. The 80-year-old aisle-crossing maverick running for another six-year term, and who has been a key advisor to the Obama White House, is once again a candidate, and disingenuously talking tough. He’s also acting as if he cares about those of us outside the D.C. beltway.  “I’m taking the fight to President Obama and I want your help to prioritize my next step. Please take just 30 seconds to share your opinion on five important issues in our country,” McCain pleads.

Of course it’s a fraud, just like everything else McCain hypes or touches. He doesn’t care what the answers to the insultingly ridiculous questions are.  He wants our money. By now he’s sent us so many donation solicitations that he signs off chummily as “John.”

His McSurvey asks inane questions on Veterans, National Security, the Economy, Immigration and Education —- all of which have suffered under John McCain’s watch. The choice of answers are Yes, No and Not Sure.

A sample of the questions:

Do you agree that veterans should have choice in their health care and not be locked into a broken system?

Do you think Arizona’s military assets are important to our national security? Do you agree with the President and Democrats that the sanctions on Iran – a country with known ties to terrorists – should be lifted, even after it violated the terms of the agreement?

Are you concerned about America’s out-of-control federal debt — now nearly $19 trillion and rising?

Are you concerned by President Barack Obama’s handling of our nation’s border security and the flow of illegal immigrants to the United States?

In the last few years, I helped stabilize pay rates for Border Patrol agents in Arizona, effectively providing more man power on the border. And just last year, the National Defense bill directed more than $170 million to critical border projects, including towers, communications, and critical air assets used by law enforcement. Do you believe these are important steps to securing our border?

 Strong schools make Arizona’s economy stronger, providing more opportunities to retain local talent – do you agree?

Had enough of the campaign related blather from the dodgy codger? Here’s the logical solution.


AZ School funding sham exposed: Vote NO on Prop. 123

April 20, 2016

Problematic Proposition 123 fraught with deception

 The Arizona Daily Independent runs a fact-filled report titled, DeWit: Arizona “Run Like A Mini Dougtatorship.” State treasurer Jeff DeWit boldly states his opposition to Prop. 123, the flim-flam education funding scheme being relentlessly pushed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

The far left Arizona Republic newspaper gives it an editorial  stamp of approval, writing: “Proposition 123 represents an opportunity to infuse big money into Arizona’s K-12 public schools. It is step one in a long journey of restoring proper funding to our schools.” The editorialist unconvincingly adds, “but with tough expectations for Arizona’s governor.” 

Take a look at that “big money” being donated to the promotion of Prop. 123 by some of the wealthiest individuals and business entities in the state. Then ask yourself what’s in it for them. Rest assured it’s not the ability to nurture warm feelings of benevolence.

The donor’s names and their campaign donations follow the final paragraph of the ADI report.

When asked about the large donations to the pro-Prop 123 campaign, DeWit said that the money was provided by “the richest people in the state. From what I understand – what they say down there,” referring to the Capitol, “there is talk that they have been promised future tax cuts. There are cuts that are targeted to that, and that’s why they are giving the money. There is a reward kind of return. I have been told that there was a fundraiser at the Governor’s house where they wrote these checks. He invited them over, and there were some closed room talks and they wrote big checks. And that’s it.”

Seeing Red AZ posted Vote NO on deceptive Prop. 123 on Monday. It contains important information to enable voters to make an informed choice against this duplicitous measure.


McCain plagued by severe case of tax amnesia

April 19, 2016

In another zany email, John McCain noted on Monday — tax  day — that “millions are finalizing their tax returns and cringing at just how much they have to keep sending to Uncle Sam.” He says, “This year, they have one person to thank for higher taxes: Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.” 

Calling us “friend” repeatedly throughout his fundraising plea, amnesty supporter (cost per state) McCain asserts that he’s “going to be honest” — finally acknowledging he most often isn’t.

As he begs for money, McCain actually states: “I am always working and voting for bills that will lower taxes and lessen the burden that government places on our families. But I must have your help to fight back and win.”

McCain, who will be 80 by Election Day and running for another 6-year term, appears to be suffering from…ahem…shall we say, memory loss? His bonding to tax increases is long and renown. In 2001, he broke party ranks to oppose President Bush’s tax cut, a vote he continued to defend.  This has long been his modus operandi. Over three decades ago, in 1983 McCain voted to raise Social Security taxes as part of a “reform package” that was enacted into law.

Liberal Kirkpatrick, like McCain, has repeatedly chosen Washington and left-wing D.C. cronies over Arizonans, and with his long-standing penchant for tax increases, the case is easily made the two are on the same side of the issue.

But McCain, who neglects to mention his very able primary opponent, Dr. Kelli Ward, a physician and two-term state senator, sticks to his script and says, “my campaign against Congresswoman Kirkpatrick is not going to be easy. My reelection is being targeted by the National Democrats and Harry Reid and she is going to have unlimited resources in her effort to defeat me — that’s millions of liberal dollars flowing into the state. “

Make no mistake.  We at SRAZ are not Kirkpatrick supporters.  But duplicity from those claiming to be Republicans is harder to take than lies from Democrats, which we expect. 

McCain continues, citing the deceptive Robert Graham to validate his claims. “But, Friend, don’t just take my word for it. Earlier this week, Arizona Republican party Chairman Robert Graham said, “Ann Kirkpatrick and her fellow tax-and-spend liberals insist on pushing their liberal agenda and forcing the rest of us to pay for it.”

Arizonans deserve better.  Follow the lead of Senate Conservatives Fund.


Vote NO on deceptive Prop. 123

April 18, 2016

Special Election May 17, 2016 — Early balloting begins April 20

Proposition 123 is being heralded as Arizona’s education panacea, providing school funding without raising taxes. If you believe in the tooth fairy, this will be right up your alley. Ballots are being mailed this week. We all have busy lives, but it’s imperative we get up to speed on the ramifications of this proposition.

Ask yourself why current state treasurer Jeff DeWit and previous treasurers Carol Springer and Dean Martin oppose amending the Arizona Constitution, raiding our state’s Permanent Land Trust Endowment and guaranteeing tax increases, including raising your property taxes without adequately addressing our state’s school funding problems. As Arizona’s Chief Banker and Investment Officer, Treasurer DeWit oversees more than $13 Billion in state assets and serves as an investment manager for local governments. His extensive background in finance makes him a credible source on this issue.

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office provides arguments filed for and against Proposition 123. Since we strongly oppose the measure, we are providing the No on Prop. 123 opinions. Read them over carefully.

This brief video explains the better answer to school funding for Arizona‘s students   Protect the future of Arizona’s K-12 education system. More information is available here.

7 reasons to vote NO on Prop. 123

Prop 123 in a nutshell.

What got us here?

A different path to take.

Knowledge is power. Vote wisely. Our children and their futures are too important for this quick, but deceptive, fix.

Arizona’s K-12 education system is underfunded, but Proposition 123 will make sure it stays that way for the next generation. No one would argue that Arizona’s schools have enough money.  We all know that Arizona students deserve better, but Proposition 123 doesn’t solve the problem.  It doesn’t bring any revenue that is not currently owed to our schools, it spends future money today, while constitutionally limiting spending for future students.


Billions of US dollars sent as remittances….

April 10, 2016

….in addition to foreign aid

Former five-term Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) knows a thing or two about illegal immigration.  In 2003, before most people were focused on the issue, the grandson of legal Italian immigrants introduced the Mass Immigration Reduction Act, which imposed an immigration moratorium, granting legalized status to spouses of U.S. citizens or priority workers. By 2007, Tancredo’s advocacy for strictly enforcing immigration laws was well-known.

Previously, in 2004, he spoke out against the practice of sending cash remittances.

In a recent Breitbart article titled: Stop Remittances to Reduce Illegal Immigration, Improve National Security, Tancredo again calls for a halt to the practice that allows tens of billions of American dollars to routinely be sent to India and China, both of which outpace Mexico — which raked in nearly $24.8 billion in 2015 alone — more money than Mexico makes from oil revenues.

Muslim countries including Egypt, Bangladesh, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Somalia receive incalculable amounts in remittances annually — sent by relatives living in the US. These countries are not benign bystanders. They have longstanding ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, PLO and Jihadist groups including al-Qaeda and ISIS affiliates.

This fact-filled Fox News report is five years old, but details the Muslim/Arab nations that routinely vote against the United States in the United Nations, yet still get billions of taxpayer-funded foreign aid.

Check out today’s links. Knowledge is power.

 


Why Justice Scalia mattered

March 30, 2016

On Tuesday we witnessed the full impact of the unexpected loss of Justice Antonin Scalia who died February 13. The U.S. Supreme Court rendered a 4-4 decision on a challenge to organized labor, giving unions a major victory in a case they had previously seemed certain to lose.

The deadlocked decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association upheld a lower court ruling dealing with union fees and is a substantial setback for union foes. Lyle Denniston writing for SCOTUS blog provides an opinion analysis.

A decision in favor of the petitioners would have eliminated what’s known as agency fees –– money paid to unions by non-union members.

Plaintiffs in the case argued that agency fees presented a “significant impingement” on their First Amendment rights of free speech and free association, since collective bargaining is unarguably political. In negotiating with school boards, for example, unions can take positions on issues such as tenure that nonmembers may not support, so teachers who decide not to join the local union should not have to contribute to those costs.

The California Teachers Association and its parent union, the NEA, argued that the fees are not a violation of First Amendment rights because a portion is reimbursed annually, claiming the money covers things that benefit non-union members.

In 1977, the Supreme Court’s decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, held that no one can be forced to join a union or contribute to its political activities, but that teachers unions can charge nonmembers a fee to cover the costs of nonpolitical activities, oddly including collective bargaining.

In recent years, public sector unions have experienced numerous setbacks, with Republican governors and state legislatures successfully challenging collective bargaining — even in Michigan and Wisconsin, regarded as longtime labor strongholds.

The Friedrichs case was not the first to challenge union fees. Last year, in Harris v. Quinn, the justices ruled 5-4, that Medicaid home health workers were not full public employees and therefore could not be compelled to pay collective bargaining union fees –– a  decision that many Supreme Court watchers viewed as a sign the court seemed poised to overturn the precedent set by Abood.

Open Secrets (Center for Responsive Politics) reveals the $19.2 million the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, teachers unions contributed in the 2012 elections and their continuing donations in 2016. Democrats and liberal groups are their favored beneficiaries. Since 1989, the NEA has been the fourth biggest donor out of all organizations tracked by CRP.


AZ GOP chair Graham imposes “poll tax” on delegates

March 25, 2016

There are occasions when something is so well articulated that there is no point in veering from the original wording.  Today we take our readers directly to Frosty Taylor’s March 24, 2016 Republican Briefs for the latest on the illicit $50 per delegate “poll tax” being levied against Republican delegates attending the State Convention by AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham and his establishment cronies. The allegation is this “brazen attempt is being imposed in a concerted effort to dissuade participation, rig the proceedings and the election of the delegates to the RNC National Convention.”

We urge you to read the fact filed post, citing legal opinions, with a link to a detailed analysis and contact information.


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