Leftist teacher issues death threats to AZ US Rep. Paul Gosar

September 8, 2020

The online Arizona Daily Independent newspaper does a masterful job of reporting what you won’t see in the radically left wing Arizona Republic

HeadlinedRepublican Congressman Receives Death Threat From Retired Teacher,” it includes the menacing, profanity-laced message left on Congressman Paul Gosar’s voice mail by retired teacher and Democrat political activist, Margaret Kathleen Spangenberg. The thought of this violent hatemonger interacting with young children should make every parent’s blood run cold. It’s a given she’s not an anomaly.

Spangenberg’s Facebook page shown in a screenshot on ADI‘s site, identifies her as a Mark Kelly supporter and Red for Ed protester — teachers who abandoned approximately 844,000 Arizona students for nearly two weeks in 2018, demanding and receiving a 20% pay increase for their part-time jobs from capitulating Gov. Doug Ducey. Like rats following the Pied Piper, they obediently followed self-acknowledged Socialist Noah Karvelis, a 24-year-old uncredentialed hip hop music teacher as they made demands.

Acquaint yourself with the teachers unions and $millions they donate to Democrat candidates. Its all substantiated on the Center for Responsive Politics web site, which states Democrats receive at least 94 percent of the funds they contributed to candidates and parties.

Congressman Gosar, a retired dentist, is doing a phenomenal job on behalf of the people of his 4th Congressional District as well as the entire state of Arizona. Read his impressive bio which includes his top-notch current and career ratings.


Bumbling Biden out-buffoons himself on tax plan

September 5, 2020

During his recent trip to riot plagued Kenosha, Wisconsin, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden was asked about his tax plan.

“Not gonna punish anybody but every[one] should pay a fair share,” he punted. “Not gonna lay out for you. I won’t now because they’ll shoot me.” Clearly unwell, he was able to string together these incoherent sentences without cribbing from notes.

Biden didn’t specify if the imagined shooters would be his handlers or the irate American taxpayers.

According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, founded in 1937, most previous tax increases were temporary, while Biden’s tax plan would raise taxes for each year over the budget window and are intended as permanent. By historical standards, the tax increases Biden has proposed are significant, ranking alongside tax increases used to help finance World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

His plan would also have a negative long-run effect on the American economy, lowering long-run output and after-tax incomes across the income spectrum. Biden’s VP running mate Kamala Harris has also proposed multiple punishing changes to the tax code, including expanding your after-death estate tax to cover increased teacher compensation. As a lawyer, Harris should know this is not a federal issue.

In Arizona after striking teachers abandoned appropriately 840,000 students (link includes numerous permanent school funding sources) for nearly two weeks in 2018, Gov. Doug Ducey rewarded them with a 20% pay increase for their part-time employment.

Joe Biden’s irrational tax ramblings are nothing new. In June 2019 candidate Biden vowed, On Day One, I will move to eliminate Trump’s tax cuts,” bizarrely expecting the news to be met with cheers by American taxpayers.

Lay in a good supply of popcorn. The scheduled debates between Republican President Donald Trump and Biden, a pathetic relic of nearly 50 years of being reelected by Democrats, will be both enlightening and entertaining.

The smart money is on Trump.


AZ teachers abandon students again

August 14, 2020

AZ Gov. Ducey should emulate Pres. Reagan’s handling of union strikers 

Mass resignations of teachers are occurring in two East Valley public school districts in the wake of schools reopening during the COVID-19 virus. 

Although the majority of parents and health officials want students back in school, the teachers are not only objecting, but are taking a permanent hike. According to news reports, other teachers plan to abandon classes in a solidarity protest with those who have resigned. That’s what they do best since U.S. education standards have been falling for years.

Pew Research Center 2017 data show U.S. students’ dismal academic achievement on science, math and reading scores significantly lag behind those of their peers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Estonia and Taiwan — to name a few

This April 27, 2018 report, “#REDS for ED: Union thugs demand more $ for less,” is worthy of review bringing relevant background to today’s topic.

Gov. Doug Ducey, a McCain protégé, created this monster scenario when he caved to the far-left unionist teacher’s* demands after they walked out for over a week following 24-year-old uncredentialed hip hop music teacher and avowed Socialist Noah Karvelis.

Taxpayers are the teacher’s employers and have a right to expect classes resume. Imagine if necessary government and utility company employees or hospital personnel unilaterally decided they would walk off their jobs due to concerns over conditions over which they had no control. They would be fired and replaced, as the teachers should be.

In 1981 President Ronald Reagan handled the 11,359 PATCO union strikers who walked off their Air Traffic Controller jobs in violation of his order for them to return to work in this instructive manner:

 

In addition, Reagan declared a lifetime ban on the rehiring of the strikers by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On August 17, the FAA began accepting applications for new air-traffic controllers. On October 22, the Federal Labor Relations Authority decertified PATCO.

 * Center for Responsive Politics


Biblically based wisdom and Nov. 2020’s political choices

August 9, 2020

Comparing the policies of Republicans and Democrats within a religious context

On Saturday, one of our commenters, VINOAZ, included a link to a Townhall column that describes why it is imperative for Republicans to reelect President Trump this coming November.

The column, worthy of today’s stand alone post is titled,Letter to an Anti-Trump Christian Friend,” by Wayne Grudem, PhD, an author and Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona. Dr. Grudem’s complete biography and links to his books and other articles can be read here.

Don’t be deterred by the Townhall’s article’s length since much of it is attributable to excessive spacing, over which we have no control. You won’t regret taking the time to read this excellent commentary which includes a link to his List of 25 Good Things President Trump Has Done For America. Both are definitely apropos for Sunday.


Marxist tax the rich school funding tossed off AZ Nov. ballot

August 1, 2020

No amount of money satisfies the #RedsforEd crowd

Amid business closures, resulting job losses and a bottom dragging stock market due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some good news emerged Friday.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury blocked a ballot initiative intended to penalize business owners and others who have worked to attain success by levying even higher taxes on them as another means of boosting education funding that delivers abysmal results. Coury found that the 100-word summary on petitions signed by voters to qualify for the November ballot was incomplete. He also ruled that a bonus system the petition company used to enhance the amounts paid to circulators violated a law banning paying per signature, though he allowed those petitions to stay, saying some were invalid but not enough to block the measure.

Don’t assume that because Judge Coury was appointed to the bench by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer that the decision indicated his aversion to this far left money grab. He stated otherwise. His decision was based on technicalities.

The judge said backers were required to write a transparent summary but instead “circulated an opaque ‘Trojan Horse’ 100-word description, concealing principal provisions of the Initiative.” They also persisted in deceptively referring to the new tax as a “surcharge” rather a tax, which was previously addressed in an earlier Supreme Court ruling. He said that ruling provided backers the “rare luxury” of an Arizona Supreme Court decision discussing how to phrase the proposed tax increase. Instead, they used the confusing term “surcharge” instead of “tax increase.” 

In January SRAZ wrote, “AZ educrats revive $5 billion “tax the rich” scheme,” which includes a link to the “Invest in Education Act.” We described it as contrived to extract an additional $500 million annually — specifically earmarked for teachers’ salaries — from higher wage earners, who already pay the highest taxes. They are the latest enemies. The most recent grab has now magically increased to nearly a $Billion yearly for the state’s education system. Taxpayers should be aware these astronomical amounts won’t obliterate routine school bond elections and budget overrides. “Underpaid” teachers put their money here.* As you scroll through the site, be sure to check out the fourth graph headlined, “Party Split, 1990-2020.” These donors are the people who turned your kids into Socialist Bernie Sanders supporters.

Leftists conveniently forget that “the rich” supply jobs that raise up individuals and benefit families. None of them work 8 1/2 months a year as teachers do. They are the people who took risks and worked long hours to realize their dreams of entrepreneurship or professions. They are those we should aspire to emulate. The Left view them with contempt.

Passage of ballot propositions — 301 in 2000 increasing the state sales tax and 123 in 2016 a grab from the state land trust — guaranteed more money for education, which apparently is never enough. School districts routinely hold budget overrides and bond elections to “get more money into the classroom” —- eduspeak for bolstering teacher’s salaries. A major premise of passing the Arizona Lottery in 1980 was that money from ticket sales would fund schools.

Education has become a big business, with undisguised leftist leanings,* that routinely produces a shoddy product — pathetically under-educated American students. Teachers, its first line marketers, now routinely go on strike as we witnessed in Arizona, where they closed over 1,000 schools and abandoned over 840,000 students for nearly two weeks.

Gov. Doug Ducey ended up caving to their demands for a 20% pay increase, after publicly stating he would not capitulate.

This model would never survive in a truly competitive environment where outcomes matter.

For a memory jogger, read #REDSforEd: Educrats push socialist political agenda.

* Center for Responsive Politics


Alarming parallels between ancient Rome and USA 2020

July 5, 2020

Today we direct our readers to a recent column by Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz titled,We can no longer celebrate our independence. We must fight for it again.”

Its truths are difficult to absorb, but we can not — must not — turn away from the hard facts that constitute our new reality.

There’s plenty of blame to go around. Parental leniency, a result of being pals rather than doing the difficult job of parenting, shares the top of the list with the hard left overtaking America’s educational system,* instituting the mod, feeling-sparing concept of rewarding participation over achievement. This irrationality sets students up for failure in the adult workplace that requires competition and successful outcomes.

Our Democracy was won, not gifted to us. It takes dedication to keep it. Our youth need to be taught history. Those with knowledge build upon the past, rather than disrespectfully destroying it.

Too many Americans are the Romans of old, watching their society crumble before their eyes but preferring to be lulled into mindlessness by the distractions of “bread and circuses.” The Roman citizens lost their will to defend what they had built. Their previously held concepts of civic duty waned and they became ripe for takeover as ignorance and complacency took hold.

 This was written by Juvenal a highly regarded Roman historical satirist around 100 C.E. as he expressed his contempt for his countrymen:

“Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the people have abdicated our duties; for the people who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”

Devising a means of gaining and retaining power, the Roman elite pragmatically provided cheap food and free wheat to the citizens as well as gladiators fighting to the death or circuses as a placating diversion.

As mentally declining Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said when attempting and failing to recite the 35-words of the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence,You know the thing.”

The “thing,” as rational Americans who value our country know, is the imperative that President Donald Trump be reelected.

 *Center for Responsive Politics


Not only have we met the enemy, we diapered them

June 25, 2020

As home grown anarchists seize American cities, plunder and venomously destroy what preceding generations have created, we are left to wonder what went so wrong in the raising of our children. 

Obviously, indulging them has been a mistake. So, too, has been the public educational system that replaces history with global warming, eliminates basics and devalues excellence by giving non-offending participation awards — a practice that extends from academics through sports. The devaluing message is pure communism. No one is superior, all effort is equal. If, as in communist regimes, a doctor’s work is compensated at the same level as a truck driver, why expend the effort to spend at least a dozen years in college, medical school and residency? A driver’s license is far easier to attain.

Respect is another antiquated notion. Perpetual anger, based on nothing in this land of incomparable opportunity, is given release by smashing business windows, stealing merchandise and wantonly destroying what others have worked to achieve.  It is the mark of the perpetual Brat Generation. Throwing bricks at police officers has become as de rigueur as toppling statues erected to honor past presidents and patriots.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a third of young people, or 24 million of those aged 18 to 34, lived under their parents’ roof in 2015. More young adults lived with parents than with a spouse in 2016. Almost 9 in 10 of those who lived with their parents a year ago are still there, failing to launch self-supporting lives. That’s more than double the number sponging off their Medicare recipient parents in 1980. Not having a job to go to enables 24-hour street protests.

The United States of America, that has offered these spoiled ingrates more than they deserve, is now held in contempt. So devoid are they of knowledge, they vandalize memorials erected to those who founded this nation or worked to ensure freedom for all, since they are intellectually vapid.

Worse, there are no consequences for their actions, so they continue to destroy and loot. In cities with Democrats in control, police are being defunded and jailed while criminals are martyred. Lives have been needlessly lost as 911 calls no longer guarantee an ambulance or police response in areas where the mob is in control.

For years we were inundated by the leftist media with falsehoods about Russia and or China influencing the 2016 election. It’s a certainty Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are watching the destruction of America by Americans, hoisting a glass and chortling.


Lawlessness takes root in Dem run cities & Update

June 12, 2020

America’s education establishment, controlled by Leftists, bears responsibility      

As Antifa political thugs take over American cities rioting, looting and now toppling historic monuments, it’s important to recognize that many ot the anarchists who align with the group identify as communists and socialists. Yet their goal far supersedes advancing a political agenda. Instead, they are committed to obliterating those they consider fascists, — mainstream American citizens, often conservative Republicans.

Under-educated in today‘s far left public schools, they abhor law enforcement, our legal system and public institutions, and justify using violence to prevent law abiding Americans from exercising such constitutionally enshrined First Amendment rights as free speech or public assembly. As far back as 2016, the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities asdomestic terrorist violence.”

Many are young, members of Generation Z, lacking memory of events we considered transformative, such as September 11, 2001 and not having it, or basic American history included in school curriculum. In seizing six city blocks of Seattle, (Hannity video) including the now abandoned police department, which they have renamed CHAZ* (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) the mob is now in control. 

Their List of Demands is preposterous, illustrating their abysmal lack of understanding the fundamentals of what has made America a beacon of hope since the Declaration of Independence was ratified on July 4, 1776.

Though many Americans are riveted, watching the raw hubris exemplified by aggression and hostility to what has made America great, focus should be directed to the fundamental causes.  Teachers unions have been donors to the radical left for decades and the proliferation of fatherless homes have corresponded to the increase in crime.

To more fully comprehend the depth of the left’s tentacles into the educational demise, read the enlightening,Witness to Public Schools Brainwashing,” posted on American Greatness. It’s an outstanding insight.

*As of June 14, 2020, the lawless area has been renamed Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) by the mobsters who have not only not been forcibly removed from the 6-block area, but the city of Seattle has caved in to their outrageous demands providing no inducement to leave. Instead of removing these lawless squatters, the radical leftist city leaders, whose priorities are skewed, have brought in portable toilets and are supplying them with free food, as businesses in the multi-block area remain shuttered and their owners suffer.


No-news AZ newspaper filled with leftist drivel

April 19, 2020

Following the death of former AZ Governor Jane Hull, the gasping its own last breaths local newspaper put one of its ace reporters to work on two inane articles, “How state has mourned past governors” and “With Hull’s death, 4 former Arizona governors still alive.”

Andrew Oxford — whose twitter account is laden with anti-Trump and Pence contempt along with liberal doses of Republican bashing, while lavishing praise on Meet the Press’ leftist Chuck Todd — writes as though he expects to be filing obits of the “still alive” governors.  He no doubt has them pre-written.

Oxford credits Hull for “successfully pushing through a sales tax for schools,” which was unnecessary and fought due to the funding mechanisms already in place.*  Yet his slanted report neglects to mention her well known animus toward John McCain, she pointedly did not endorse for President in 2000, instead giving the nod to George W. Bush. 

One of his posts takes on Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Oxford unambiguously shows his bias, writing “Arizona’s top prosecutor cannot go around suing whomever he wants.”

Oxford expresses concern that leftist propositions won’t file enough valid signatures to make the ballot since paid collectors are being hampered due to the Wujan Coronavirus pandemic.

 *Arizona has long had permanent education funding streams. Passage of ballot propositions — 301 in 2000 increasing the state sales tax and 123 in 2016 a grab from the state land trust — guaranteed more money for education, which apparently is never enough for the teachers who work 8½ months a year in addition to getting long Spring and Winter breaks not accorded to any other state workers. School districts routinely hold budget overrides and bond elections to “get more money into the classroom” —- eduspeak for bolstering teacher’s salaries. A major premise of passing the Arizona Lottery in 1980 was that money from ticket sales would fund schools. When Arizona striking teachers abandoned over 840,000 students for nearly two weeks statewide in violation of their contractual agreements, Gov. Doug Ducey foolishly caved to their 20% pay hike demands, further emboldening them and their left-wing unions. Scroll through this Follow the Money/Open Secrets link which has the unvarnished facts.


Leftist Dems are today’s Bolsheviks* indoctrinating our kids

April 11, 2020

America’s schools, from elementary through universities, are closed — replaced by online studies — due to the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic that has upended our lives.

With many formerly busy parents now quarantined at home and suddenly thrust into the anxiety of joblessness, they are also presented with an opportunity to assess their children’s education system. Parents who have paid attention, understand all too well that what is passing for a public school education today, is all too frequently agenized, leftist propaganda, being instilled from the earliest grades, exemplified by Drag Queen Story Hour aimed at preschoolers.

In Arizona, public school teachers, in violation of their contractual agreements, went on strike demanding 20% pay hikes for their part-time jobs, appropriately wearing red T-shirts. They followed Noah Karvelis, an uncertified 24-year-old hip-hop music teacher, former Bernie Sander’s Arizona campaign coordinator and self-admitted Socialist as they abandoned over 840,000 students for nearly two weeks. For background, read #REDS for ED: Union thugs demand more $ for less.

With these unsettling facts in mind, we bring youLenin’s Train Goes Chugging through American Educationby Bruce Deitrick Price, posted on American Thinker.

Reading Price’s revealing report will provide an insight into the appeal Socialist/Communist Bernie Sanders aroused among America’s youthful voters. Lacking any basic comprehension of either economics or American and World history, his vacuous promises of wiping away their educational debt and providing them with free health care held appeal. Few have any comprehension of the death and misery brought on by the politics that are the antithesis of freedom and rights we enjoy as Americans.

* Bolsheviks