Congress makes its own case for term limits

December 7, 2017

After first digging in his heels against calls for him to resign from his U.S. House seat amid allegations of tens of thousands in payoffs from a congressional taxpayer paid “hush fund” — maintained solely for victims of sexual harassment —- John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) has conceded to the charges against him and quit. In his case being able to brag about assaulting female staffers might fall into the arena of braggadocio.  Conyers is 88 years old.  Implausibly, he has been  reelected in his Detroit district for 52 years. He wants his same named violent son, to follow him into the hallowed D.C. halls. John the Third was arrested for stabbing his girlfriend, but mysteriously never prosecuted.

Here in Arizona we’ve had the misfortune of having octogenarian John McCain run for, and win, another 6-year senate term in 2016, so we know firsthand how clueless voters can be. He remains in office, intentionally causing incalculable damage, though suffering from a malignant brain tumor. These facts led us to explore the elderly in the U.S. House and Senate. As of December 7, 2017, 5 senators are in their 80s, 18 are in their 70s,

Quorum provides the facts inThe 115th Congress is among the oldest in history,” noting “18 of the 33 Senators running for reelection in 2018 will be 65 or older. If they win, another six years in office would put Senators Feinstein, Hatch, Nelson, and Sanders well into their 80’s. Looking ahead at the 2020 elections, 21 of the 33 Senators running for reelection will be 65 or older.” Many House members are more than twice the median age of their constituents and could be their grandparents. Be sure to read the concluding portion regarding President Trump’s call for term limits

Legistorm  breaks down the members and staffers ages, showing clear evidence that the younger staffers do the work while the senior citizen members haul in the six-figure salaries and perks. These same D.C. insiders continually push for amnesty for illiterate illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America, absurdly telling us we need these workers to underwrite Social Security. Minimum wage earning illegals with a third grade education are not going to keep Social Security afloat  Legal immigrants, who respect our country and laws, possess educational credentials and skills are a different story.

Breitbart News reports lame duck Sen. Jeff Flake is working with Democrats on revising another Gang of Eight style amnesty scheme. Not surprisingly, by the time he dropped out of the 2018 senate race to avoid an embarrassing defeat, Flake had a paltry 18% approval rating.

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Big spender Jeff Flake donates to Ala. Dem

December 6, 2017

On his way out the door, Flake is once again colluding with Democrats to push amnesty for illegals

With the crucial Alabama U.S. Senate election taking place next Tuesday, Dec. 12, we view the pathetic spectacle of lame duck AZ Sen. Jeff Flake interjecting himself into that race. Flake would rather see Doug Jones — a  pro-abortion, liberal Democrat who opposes repealing and replacing Obamacare — win than political conservative Judge Roy Moore.

Moore has been assailed at every turn since exhibiting the temerity to run for the seat previously held by Jeff Sessions, now U.S. Attorney in the Trump administration. Roy Moore has previously confined his political forays within the state of Alabama, running in four intrastate elections and twice elected state Supreme Court Chief Justice. But it was his ambitious move to run for the vacant U.S. Senate seat, that inflamed the Republicrat establishment which came after him with a vengeance, knowing they couldn’t control him.

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein et al, suddenly women came forward, waving never before heard — and impossible to validate —- allegations that he made overtures to them while they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s, 40 years ago. They took to the media armed not with verifiable facts, but with notorious lawyer Gloria Allred, ever eager to preen for the camera.

Flake’s own political future is in flush mode as he has alienated conservatives to the point that he was forced to make the face-saving decision not to run for a second senate term due to embarrassingly low polling numbers. During his 2012 election he barely squeaked into office by 3 percentage points though several polls predicted him to win by double digits. By the time he dropped out of the 2018 senate race, amnesty supporting Flake had a paltry 18% approval rating.

Interjecting himself into the Alabama senate race is par for Flake’s course. He did the same when Donald Trump sailed past 16 other GOP candidates to win the presidential nomination in 2016..The marginal Flake attempted to belittled Trump declaring, “He can’t and shouldn’t win,” while repeatedly proclaiming his refused to vote for Trump — putting him squarely in Hillary Clinton‘s column, whether by acts of omission or commission.

Now Flake isn’t merely giving the middle finger salute to Judge Roy Moore, but backing it up with money. Despite sitting on a massive pile of campaign cash collected from Washington lobbyists and gullible constituents, he wrote out a whopping $100 check to Democrat Doug Jones and was so proud of it he posted it on twitter.

And speaking of middle finger salutes, Breitbart News reports the slippery Flake is aiming another one in our direction. On his way out the door, he is once again colluding with open borders/amnesty Democrats, trying to legalize between 800,000 to 3.5 million illegal aliens.

We’d suggest calling his office to protest, but loose cannon Flake no longer has to consider constituents since he’s got one foot on a political banana peel and will do all the damage he can until Nov. 2018.

Your time will be better spent assisting principled conservative Dr. Kelli Ward, who is running for that soon to be vacant senate seat. Do what you can to help her get elected. It’s critically important.


We’ve been conned on “tax reform”

December 3, 2017

Republicans were so enthralled that President Trump was finally able to achieve a victory getting his signature tax reform measure passed, that we failed to see the big picture.

This was far more than a tax break for middle-income families, a simplification of the onerous federal tax filing, a repeal of the Obamacare mandate forcing Americans to buy health insurance, and a means of creating a level playing field for businesses, enabling them to return their off shore operations to the U.S. to provide jobs for American workers.

The senators were so proud of their 479-page bill, they voted on it in the dead of Saturday night when no one was looking. HR 1 passed by a 51 to 49 margin.

Tucked in among a limitation on wagering losses, repeal of deduction for alimony payments, repeal of the deduction for lobbying expenses,  dealing with rum excise taxes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the myriad “striking” this and “inserting” that, is the crème de la crème means of expanding the Democrat party —-  those alleging they were brought into the U.S. by their illegal alien parents when they were children. There is no means of verifying their claims, but their supporters don’t care about authentication. David Inserra, writing for Heritage Foundation has compiled an excellent analysis on the topic, noting that amnesty provides an incentive for more lawlessness.

Democrats and their mirror image Republicrats have said they won’t support a measure that doesn’t provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly a million so-called “Dreamers” in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, illegally put in place (brief video) by Barack Obama, who admits he had no authority to do so.

Our antenna should have been raised when Trump-hating John McCain and Jeff Flake voted in the affirmative. Amnesty for illegals is the glue that binds them.

Did you know that every single individual tax cut contained in the Senate bill is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2025? There is no permanence attached. Even if President Trump is elected to a second term, this date is outside of that time frame.

Pay attention, This deceptive bill is now headed to the House.


Kate Steinle verdict: Calif. condones travesty of justice

December 2, 2017

illegal acquitted of homicide, receives slap on the wrist

The San Francisco Chronicle struck the right note with the headline that sits atop its editorialJustice not served in slaying trial of Kate Steinle.” It veers far off base from there, commending the judge for admonishing the jurors not to consider the overriding political implications that made this a national story. The editorialist writes, “President Trump and Fox News commentators have often invoked Kate Steinle’s name as justification for cutting off federal funds to sanctuary cities and building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.”

The editorial concludes, “The judge was absolutely right: The political dynamics had no bearing on Garcia Zarate’s culpability for Steinle’s death.”

In our view the judge was absolutely wrong. Uncontrolled lawlessness breeds more of the same as we’ve seen countless times. The citizens of the United States deserve a secure border and enforcement to protect them from a continued influx of criminal aliens.

The facts of the case are well known.

Kate Steinle, 32, was strolling the San Francisco Pier with her father, when she was struck in the back by a bullet shot from a stolen gun wielded by seven-time felon Jose Garcia Zarate an illegal alien who repeatedly reentered the U.S. after multiple deportations. Kate Steinle died h her father’s arms.

 On Thursday, Garcia Zarate was acquitted of the homicide — or even on a charge of involuntary manslaughter — though the jury convicted him of illegally possessing the gun. He could be released on time served as he awaited trial.

Disbelief at the disgraceful verdict has been followed by outrage.  President Trump was elected in large part on his promise to build a wall along the southern border. Exacerbating the situation is the proliferation of what have become known as “sanctuary cities” which refuse to cooperate with federal authorities on deporting these costly lawbreakers. These lawless cities, such as San Francisco, have given rise to “sanctuary states,” such as California.  The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR} estimates the burden nearing a staggering $135 billion a year.

Public safety is imperiled by increasing criminality. The mindset of the liberal lawmakers in these jurisdictions is incomprehensible.

 There is something the rest of us can do. Stop vacationing in San Francisco.

Let the loss of your tourist dollars speak for Kate Steinle as California’s criminal justice system failed to. Arizona has a growing wine industry. Fine restaurants and upscale resorts can be found around the state. We have the renown splendor of the Grand Canyon, the unparalleled beauty of Sedona, along with both water and snow skiing. The White Mountains are mossy underfoot, a  cool and densely green summer getaway and in the winter, white with snow. For dune buggy enthusiasts, Yuma has sand dunes that rival the Sahara. Fishing and boating in our many lakes and rivers is a favorite pastime. Golf can be played in the Valley year round.

San Francisco is a liberal bastion undeserving of our support.


Leftist faith “leaders” tell McCain, Flake tax bill morally wrong

November 29, 2017

AZ duo urged to “listen to God’s call” and reject Senate tax bill

A new tactic is at play in the effort to dismantle President Trump’s tax bill, which benefits American families, returns outsourced jobs to the USA and strengthens the economy. A full page ad claiming to represent 500 faith leaders is urging lame duck senator Jeff Flake and failing John McCain to vote in opposition to the tax bill, which they claim — using over 6-inch tall caps — is “MORALLY WRONG.”

The ad, paid for by Faith In Public Life Action Fund, apparently has money to burn. Full page newspaper ads are expensive, and its paid staff of 14 is large. It refers to itself as a “powerful force for justice, compassion and the common good,” code words for wealth redistribution, a basic tenet of Marxism. A full  page is devoted to #RESISTANCE, giving a clear understanding of the group’s far left bent.

One column on the site begins with the words, “Donald Trump’s election left my soul weary.”  Since aiding the illegal invasion is an obvious priority, President Trump‘s promise to provide national security by constructing a wall, is not on its liberal agenda.

No wonder they feel they have a chance to sway short-termer Republicrats McCain and Flake.


Calif. learns what AZ already knows about Janet Napolitano

November 27, 2017

As conservatives who chafed under the heavy hand of Janet Napolitano, we were gratified to see that she is finally being outed for her ruthlessness and corruption. Here in Arizona, Napolitano was known for hamhandedly pushing through leftist issues.

Emily DeRuy, writing for the Mercury News reports University of California President Janet Napolitano is under fire for interference in a state audit, and has been forced to apologize for her actions. At least one Bay area lawmaker is calling on Napolitano to resign.

“From what I’ve seen, I really do think it’s time for the UC system to make a break from President Napolitano,” Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, vice chair of the Higher Education Committee. She has not taken full responsibility — and she has not been completely forthright with the committee.”

But the Board of Regents that oversees the 10-campus system unanimously decided Thursday that Napolitano should remain at the helm, even as some regents expressed outrage at her actions.

According to the report, Napolitano has faced blistering criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for her handling of the audit, which showed her office failed to disclose $175 million in funds in a secret account even as it paid executives hefty salaries and prepared to raise tuition. This is the letter sent by the California Auditor General to state political leaders detailing the deception.

Rather than showing her the door, the spineless Regents merely requested Napolitano apologize for her office’s interference — which she did, expressing “regret” for her “mistake.”  She was hired at a $570,000 yearly base salary as of 2013 and has likely had raises since. This palatial estate is part of her benefits package.

A new law, AB 562, has been enacted to deal with Napolitano-style deception in the future. Even far leftwing California Gov. Jerry Brown has expressed disappointment, saying he will withhold $50 million from UC until it implements a series of reforms recommended by the state auditor.

Know this: Janet Napolitano is not prone to apologies. Her “mistake” was getting caught. Napolitano’s modus operandi is to dig in her tasseled Gucci loafers. Somehow this liberal Democrat who left the Arizona governor’s office midterm to join the Obama administration as the ineffective Secretary of Homeland Security, and boogied from that post to become president of the University of California college system — manages to land on her feet. Arizonans have known her since she carpet-bagged into the state, where Bill Clinton appointed her U.S. Attorney. From there she was elected as Attorney General,  which she used to spring-board to the governor’s office, where she was known as “J-No” for her unprecedented penchant for wielding a veto pen and for her statement against providing security along Arizona’s southern border: “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works.”

Napolitano was integral to the attempt to “slime” Clarence Thomas as he was put through a brutal hearing prior to his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Napolitano represented Anita Hill.

As Homeland Security chieftain, she issued this publication warning that returning U.S. military personnel posed a “rightwing extremist” threat since they possess combat skills.

The actual danger is arrogant liberal Janet Napolitano.

H/T to valued reader and commenter Conservative Since Birth


Do you prefer a sleek jaguar or a secure border wall? & UPDATE

November 25, 2017

Liberals are fond of telling us why building a secure border wall is a bad idea.

A wall won’t stop those who are determined to enter the United States: As though desire provides rights. Ask Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Charlie Rose and the myriad other high profile sexual abusers about that.

 We can’t stop the illicit drugs coming across the border: We just have to consider our kids collateral damage.

Our population is aging:  Regardless of the fact that many illegals have the equivalent of a grade school education and limited skills, we are told we need a younger labor force. Illegal aliens, though prized by  the illegal labor profiteers who belong to the Chambers of Commerce, are not educated high tech workers. Crops are able to be harvested mechanically. When they are trained to work in the service industries and construction trades, they undercut wages and  take jobs from American workers. Their American-born children then compete against our own American students for university placements and jobs.

It’s cruel to break up families: Although deported illegal aliens are free to take their children home with them, this bogus claim remains high on the faith-based community’s list.

Now there are even more novel approaches to advocating for an open border. We are to consider the “fragile ecology” of the desert border region, and  big cats —  Jaguars, to be exact. The Arizona Republic devoted three pages to telling us about the “beautiful cats” that are “known to cross the border in the same mountainous region as people.” Bet you didn’t know “building an unbroken barrier to stop the people, means extinction of the America jaguar.” The article is titled, “A big cat, a big wall, a big question.” The bold subtitle hits the preposterous button:  “Keeping border crossers out of the U.S. would also affect jaguars, symbols of a strong Southwestern ecosystem. Is it worth it?”

To which we say, Yep. Sure thing. Or as the Lone Ranger‘s trusted sidekick,Tonto, often said, “You betcha, Kemosabe. “

Sunday’s front page report, continuing on to three jump pages, reveals there is another wildcat endangered by the construction of a border wall. Ocelots, described as spotted night stalkers that prowl the Amazon, are also threatened. Most migrate from Mexico into Texas. We are told they live a life of mystery in the borderland shadows, evading even the eyes of the biologists who study them, except during occasional live trappings or roadkill cleanups.

Though biologists miss them, they haven’t escaped the notice of the open border proponents at the Arizona Republic, writing, “In Arizona, at least occasionally, a few slink along the tree-lined mountains that rise from the Sonoran Desert, a place where they face local extinction if a border wall cuts off migration routes.”

Next we’ll be told that construction of the border wall will further endanger exotic species, previously unknown in the southern deserts. Watch for articles on the newly spotted white rhinoceros, penguins, zebras or gorillas. The Arizona Republic is not above using any scheme in its attempt to halt the much needed wall.

Many Americans who voted for Donald Trump last year did so, based in large part, on his promise to build a barrier. Illegal invaders on two feet, must be stopped.