Trump nominates AZ Treasurer DeWit as NASA finance chief

November 30, 2017

Will this open the door for Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee to fill out Jeff DeWit’s term?

Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who was a Donald Trump loyalist from the onset of the 2016 presidential campaign is being repaid for his staunch allegiance and diligent work as Chairman and Chief Operating Officer by being nominated to oversee the finances of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The new post requires senate confirmation and a move to Washington, D.C.  DeWit previously announced he would not run for reelection.

Tuesday’s newspaper reported that Arizona Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee (R-LD20) has announced her intention to run for state treasurer. In July 2016, Sen. Yee represented Arizona as a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention. SRAZ predicted then that “she was going places.” Read her impressive bio here.

At a September press conference, DeWitt, clearly a fan of conservative Sen. Yee,  presented her with an award, saying she “truly understands the role the State Treasurer of Arizona serves in protecting taxpayers.” Yee previously worked at the Treasure’s office during the Dean Martin administration.

At the same event, DeWit also pulled no punches, as he called Arizona Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese, “Sleazy Foresey” and said he,“Wouldn’t trust him with a dollar of my own, certainly not $15 billion of taxpayer money.”

DeWit was referring to the fact that Forese, who has opened a campaign for state treasurer has become a political hot potato over allegations that more than $3 million in anonymous money was spent to elect him and fellow commissioner Doug Little to the commission. The Phoenix Business Journal reported on speculation that Pinnacle West Capital Corp, the parent company of ACC regulated utility Arizona Public Service Co., was the source of the “dark money” contributions to a PAC run by political operative Sean Noble.

Following a successful term, Republican Jeff DeWit should be easily confirmed for the NASA post. It would then be up to Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint a replacement from the same political party. DeWit’s successor would have to run in the next primary election. 

This is Arizona Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee speaking at the Republican National Convention:

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Unconstrained McCain, Flake untrustworthy on tax reform

November 28, 2017

The charade is over: AZ Senators only represent their obsessive anti-Trump rage

The expensive ad campaigns urging Jeff Flake and John McCain to say “No!” to tax reform are difficult to miss. They flood the airwaves and take up full pages in the local newspaper.

Someone should tell the hostile folks at Citizens for Responsible Tax Reform they’re wasting their resources. Neither Flake nor Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS)  need to be coerced into derailing one of President Trump’s signature issues — regardless of the potential for positive impact for spurring economic growth and simplifying the cumbersome filing process for millions of Americans. The federal tax code is over 74,000 pages.

Arizona‘s Senior Senator, 81 and ailing, is still consumed by a jealous rage that Donald Trump easily attained the presidency that will forever elude him. His legacy will be his petty, well rehearsed Caligula-likethumbs down(brief video) on repealing and replacing Obamacare. ASS is more committed to being an impediment to the president than he is to the citizens he is supposed to represent.

Flake, with an 18 percent approval rating, chose not to subject himself to the embarrassment of a big loss, and now relishes his role as a reckless lame duck. With no need to please constituents, he can vote against major reforms and spew his anti-Trump vitriol without consequence. Both men, whether overtly or covertly, supported Hillary in her failed presidential bid. McCain previously called her arock starand Flake said he voted for Evan McMullin, a fellow BYU alumni.

 President Trump is slated to meet with Senate Republicans today ahead of crucial votes expected to take place within days. The GOP drive to pass a massive tax cut package would be a major legislative victory for middle-income Americans and provide economic stimulus for businesses. The trick is to hold the precarious caucus together when members like those supposedly representing Arizona put their hatred of Trump before their obligation to those they ran to represent Republicans hold the majority in both chambers — with 52 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate. The GOP needs a simple majority of votes to pass their version of the tax cut bill.

We urge you to read Sen. Rand Paul’s fine article, “Here’s why I plan to vote for the Senate tax bill (and my colleagues should step up).In it he commends the senate tax plan writers who included his suggestion repealing the ObamaCare mandate.  He writes, “The mandate is clearly a tax, a fact that was established by the Supreme Court when it upheld ObamaCare. So including it in the tax bill only makes sense.”

Clarity works. So does integrity.

Added early evening:
The New York Times reports that when McCain was asked about what concerned him about the Senate tax bill, he replied tersely: “A lot of things.”

Republicans have ample reason to worry and not just because of his admission that he knows little about economics. It’s his finger-in-the-eye to Trump that drives him regardless of how his petty hostility affects the rest of us.


Magical McCain: Knows the past, foretells the future & Update

November 10, 2017

Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore too conservative for GOP establishment elites who try to take him down

Sex abuse has become the issue of the day. After initial complaints surfaced, emboldening others, allegations about media mogul Harvey Weinstein reached epic proportions. As per the latest script, he checked himself into rehab. We’d already seen this explosive scenario with Bill Cosby as women came forth with their stories. Then came the even more difficult exposés as young boys channeled into the entertainment industry began revealing the abuse by movie celebrities who preferred them to the glamorous females who surrounded them.

Syracuse.com provides a seemingly endless list of Hollywood celebs who have had allegations made against them.

Now it gets political. Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, recently won a hotly contested GOP senate primary runoff election in that state, to succeed Jeff Sessions who is now serving as U.S. Attorney General in the Trump administration.  Appointed Senator Luther Strange lost despite being backed with millions of dollars in support from a Senate PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“The attempt by the silk-stocking Washington elitists to control the vote of the people of Alabama has failed,” Moore declared on election night.

Maybe. Maybe not. They play hardball and don’t like to lose.

The establishment was none too happy with the election outcome. What better way to take down this strong Christian conservative, who was a Captain in Vietnam after graduating from West Point, and prior to attending law school, than to allege sexual misconduct? It’s the rage.

 The interestingly timed bombshell accusations come from Leigh Corfman, a three-time divorcee so deeply in debt she’s filed for bankruptcy protection on several occasions.  She now claims Moore engaged in “sexual misconduct” with her 38 years ago when she was 14 and Moore was 32. According to her account, there was no actual sexual contact. As a troubled teen from a broken home, she reportedly used drugs and attempted suicide.

But who does John McCain believe? McCain, the self-appointed judge and jury says, “The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they are proud of.”

Our bet is the starkly politically motivated accusations will energize Roy Moore’s supporters.

Surprise!! It turns out Debbie Gibson, one of Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore’s accusers is a dedicated Democrat activist who has worked for the DNC as a sign language interpreter for Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. This disclosure was mysteriously missing from the Washington Post’s original report which was heavy with finger-pointing and light on substantiated facts. Gibson worked for Roy Moore’s Democrat opponent, Doug Jones, prior to the accusations becoming public.

 


US Rep. Andy Biggs recipient of insults — hurled by a jerk

November 9, 2017

Leftist columnist E.J. Montini can’t handle a principled stance 

Those who still read the Arizona Republic are all too aware of its descent into oblivion. Content is flimsy, engineered to appeal to the casual reader seeking entertainment and dining reviews who definitely doesn’t want to be taxed with major issues or the seniors who are the target of the multiple full page hearing aid ads or retirement community inducements. Local news is frequently written by ASU’s Cronkite journalism students who obviously need another semester or two under their belts. National events are filtered through the liberal lens of Associated Press. International issues appear in the USA Today insert. The Hillary-endorsing newspaper’s stock in trade has been its unswerving dedication to battering former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and President Trump.  The overarching policy is amnesty for illegals.

When an issue tugs at its leftwingism, out comes the multifaceted, in-tandem grinding machine including contrived reports, columnists, the cartoonist and the trusty fallback, the editorial page to inflict punishment on the offender.

Now there is a new target. U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs. Prior to being elected to congress in 2016, Biggs represented state Legislative District 22 — running unopposed —- and served as President of the Arizona Senate. Besides being a genuinely decent man, he’s bright. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies, he earned a Master’s degree in political Science, holds a Juris Doctorate, and was licensed to practice in three states before retiring from the practice of law to concentrate on politics. He and his wife have six children.

So what causes him to be the recipient of slings and arrows and held in enough contempt by a marginal, left-wing Republic columnist to be called a “toady” and a “loser“?

Biggs is a principled, conservative. He is also a first-term member of congress.  It’s clear the newspaper thinks it has a better shot at replacing him with a Democrat than more deeply entrenched AZ Congressman Trent Franks (R-CD8), leading to this opening salvo.

According to scrawny liberal columnist E..J. Montini, Biggs has crossed the line in joining with other Congressmen in calling on former FBI director Robert Mueller to acknowledge his obvious conflicts of interest and step down as special counsel in what has become known as the Russian probe.  As FBI director in 2010, Mueller bungled an investigation into Russian bribery and extortion resulting in a deal to purchase 0ne-fifth of the U.S. uranium resources, known as the Uranium One Deal. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was complicit in approving the nefarious deal. The Obama administration Justice Department sat on information for four years and silenced a whistle-blower who tried to alert Congress to the questionable activity.

Montini’s “loser” description is his attempt at sarcasm stemming from the fact that Biggs once won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, but is a political loser for challenging the integrity of an Obama administration official.


AZ Republic fixates on pervert’s rehab;Trump’s tax redo? 0

October 12, 2017

Left-wing newspaper disregards conservative president’s tax overhaul

The Arizona Republic has taken a breather from its incessant Trump-bashing to focus on a serial sexual predator. But does anyone really care about the license plate on the van transporting Harvey Weinstein to the Van Nuys airport? Are you concerned about the model of  the private jet he was flying  to a Wickenburg, Arizona rehab for sex addicts, or to whom it was registered? The state’s  newspaper of record seems to think this is newsworthy.

Prestige, power and money — lots of it —  make the unappealing strangely compelling, especially when the aggressive predator was a high dollar honcho in Democrat circles. Open Secrets lists the 185 individual political donations Weinstein has made. His predilections were well-known and ignored by Hollywood elites and the Dem recipients, who didn’t want the money train to stop.

President Trump is dedicating his energies to tax reform, a major issue that resonates with American taxpayers, though it doesn’t have the salacious  aura of Weinstein, an Oscar-winning producer, spending decades hitting on alluring Hollywood stars, on the rise or already there. It took Hillary Clinton, supposedly the great women’s advocate,  nearly a week to denounce her prolific donor’s debauchery.

Ignore the garbage, just as you ignored the recipients of Weinstein’s largesse.

With these words: “Your government is working for you once again, not for the donors, not the special interests, but the hardworking taxpaying citizens of our country” — President Trump outlined his bold plan to lower rates for Americans in every tax bracket, simplify the tax code, and reduce the U.S. corporate tax rate, which is one of the highest in the world. There is no rational argument against keeping more money in the hands of those who earned it.


Pres. Trump praised for UN speech; AZ Republic ignores it

September 20, 2017

A classic study in contrasts: News vs. Blather

Though Pres. Trump won international acclaim for his strong United Nations speech Tuesday, you’d never know it from reading the far left, Hillary Clinton-endorsing Arizona Republic.  The fact that the president’s speech didn’t rate any coverage is telling.  When he excels on the World stage, the fish wrap passing itself off as a disseminator of news, is unable to deal with the accolades he receives. 

The AZ Republic opted instead to devote Page One to its “exclusive analysis” elevating its open borders vagueness and pretzel-like contortions to new heights as it concludes, “The border wall would disrupt lives and force seizures of thousands of properties at untold cost.”

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton praised the speech, declaring it the “best speech of the Trump presidency.”

“The only way to deal with the quagmire that the U.N. represents on so many issues is to be direct. For Americans, plain speaking is still a virtue, and there is a lot of plain speaking in that speech,” Bolton said during an interview on “Happening Now.” 

“This was the best speech of the Trump presidency in my view. I think he was as clear and direct as it’s possible to be.”

An acknowledged expert on the United Nations, Bolton credited Trump’s tough talk against North Korea and Iran as highlights of his speech and said such comments were unprecedented at the U.N.

“I think it’s safe to say in the entire history of the United Nations, there has never been a more straightforward criticism of the behavior, the unacceptable behavior or member states,” Bolton said. “I think these are about as clear an indication as a president can make that he’s not going to live with the kinds of half measures and compromises that frankly for 25 years have marked American policy and led us to the present desperate situation.”


Constitution Day: US exceptionalism unappreciated by thugs

September 17, 2017

The use of the term “American exceptionalism,” can be traced to Alexis de Tocqueville who, in the mid 1800s, described the United States as “exceptional” based on his admiration of our founding principles of freedom and liberty, rugged individualism, and free enterprise. In 1835, he was moved to write the multi-volume Democracy in America.

President Ronald Reagan spoke of America as “a land of hope, a light unto nations, a shining city on a hill.” Recent news has marred those lofty and inspiring words. We live in a time when chronically aggrieved people revere victim status. Raised with liberal dosages of moral relativism in public schools, they take exception to defining America as exceptional since in their view, there are no better or worse standards or governments. All entities are equivalent and everything should be tolerated.

The recent headlines are troubling. Black Lives Matter mobs and their claque engage in days of violence as they protest an acquittal in the case of a white former St. Louis police officer fatally shooting a black drug dealer following a high speed chase in 2011. Their motivation for rioting is raced based, without hearing the evidence presented in court. Three police officers responding to thugs breaking windows, setting fires and throwing paint at the home of the mayor were transported to a hospital after being hit by bricks and rocks hurled at them. One officer was hit in the head and suffered a broken jaw. 

After shutting down a major highway, hundreds of hooligans stormed an upscale mall breaking windows, and chanting an anti-capitalist threat, “No Justice, No Profits!” KDSK TV-5 reporter Jason Long tweeted “almost every storefront in the Loop is destroyed.”

U2 cancelled a sold out Saturday night St. Louis concert in the wake of the riots, issuing this statement. The St Louis Symphony Orchestra canceled its Friday and Saturday performances.

The U.S. Constitution gives these thugs First Amendment protections. Where else on earth could they chaotically disrupt the lives of others without consequence? Arrests were in response to violence and assaults. Their freedom to assemble, disrupt and spew their vitriol is enshrined.

For those of us who are grateful for the blessings of living in this exceptional nation, Hillsdale College offers a free and enlightening course on the Constitution. Hillsdale titles it, “Study the greatest political document ever written by man that secures your freedom.”

Sign up. It’s guaranteed to make you more knowledgeable than the entire gang of marauders could ever hope to be.

The Law Library of Congress provides a historical overview of Constitution and Citizenship Day.

May God continue to bless America.