Chewie thanks Phoenix New Times

Thanks to the efforts of the Phoenix New Times, a policy of prohibiting Bible Studies at the Dept. of Revenue state cafeteria has now been reversed. New Times also got it confirmed that the Dept. of Economic Security cafeteria would not ban them either, which is helpful considering it is the larger cafeteria with marginally better food. Thanks for the extra work guys, didn’t mean to confuse the two and give you extra work.

We’ll leave it to our readers to decide whether some Christians who wanted to hold a Bible Study were lying, or whether it was the DOR employees who would get in trouble if they admitted denying them.

We got what we wanted, to permit Bible Studies, and the Alliance Defense Fund is probably also grateful to the New Times since they won’t need to get involved. Maybe the New Times might like to attend Bible Study after all that effort helping it? Might do them some good.

Governor Brewer on State Budget Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2009

Statement by Governor Jan Brewer

Phoenix – “I want to thank the leadership and members of the Arizona Legislature for their hard work and diligence in promptly addressing one of the most difficult budget challenges in the history of the State of Arizona. They have answered the call, and they have done the people’s business.

“Make no mistake – the seeds of this significant budget crisis have been sown for many years, and thus the solutions are neither easy nor painless. In just over 5 years, spending in the state budget increased from approximately $6 billion to $10 billion. Last year, with most economic indicators suggesting significant economic downturn, a new state budget was built on the false hope of increasing state revenues. More shockingly, new discretionary spending was approved without realistic funding and the state’s rainy day fund was drained. This insatiable appetite for spending has left us with enormous challenges and few options.

“This is not a Republican or Democrat problem, it is a problem that all of us must confront with vigor and regardless of partisan affiliation. Additional fixes are very likely to be required for the fiscal year 2009 budget, and even more difficult decisions remain as we confront the realities of a $3.4 billion deficit for fiscal year 2010.

“We will be back working very hard next week to confront the adversity and to place our great State of Arizona back on the path to prosperity.”

Pullen Wins Race For RNC Treasurer

Arizona State GOP Chairman Randy Pullen has been elected as the new Treasurer of the Republican National Committee.  This will give Pullen a seat on the RNC’s Executive Board, working alongside new RNC Chairman Michael Steele.  The increased visibility for Pullen and his involvement in national fundraising is also expected to be a boon to the Arizona State Party.  Congratulations to Chairman Pullen!

Congratulations Michael Steele!

Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor, Michael Steele has captured the Republican National Committee Chairmanship.

It took six ballots but the first African-American Republican candidate won in a stunning turn of events when current Chairman Mike Duncan withdrew from the race throwing several committments to South Carolina candidate Katon Dawson. The final ballot resulted in Steele winning the race with 91 votes to Dawson’s 77.

Capping his victory speech, Steele said, “It’s time for something completely different, and we’re gonna bring it to them. Get ready baby. It’s time to turn it on.”

Congratulations to Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steele!

PR: Brewer Appoints Interim Department of Corrections Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2009

GOVERNOR BREWER NAMES CORRECTIONS INTERIM DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer today named Charles L. Ryan as Interim Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections and named Charles Flanagan as his Interim Deputy. Both appointments are effective today.

Charles L. Ryan has thirty years of experience in the field of corrections, having served most recently as a corrections consultant on the national and international levels. He has also served as Assistant Program Manager for the Department of Justice, as Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, as a prison warden and as a prison administrator. He possesses in-depth, hands-on institutional skills developed at entry-level, supervisory, administrative and executive level positions from minimum to super-maximum security.

Mr. Ryan has extensive experience in the development of correctional institution policy including the formulation of the inmate classification system, the staffing and activation of various prison complexes and the development of budgetary requirements all presented to the executive and legislative branches of government. He has also been instrumental in developing operational processes designed to enhance inmate accountability and safer prisons and detention facilities. He has executive experience in human resources and inmate management processes at an agency employing over 10,000 personnel and the custody and control of more than 31,000 inmates.

Charles Flanagan has extensive and diverse experience in correctional leadership, academic/work-based education leadership and correctional industries administration. He has over 23 years of professional correctional experience, having been promoted from officer through warden and Assistant Division Director, with fourteen years of experience in executive positions and an additional five years experience in supervisory and senior security positions. Prior to his appointment by Governor Brewer, Mr. Flanagan served as Director of the Correctional Education Division of Cochise Community College in Arizona, as well as program co-chair of the college’s Administration of Justice Studies program.

Republican Whips Wants Your Input

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January 30, 2009 – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) today announced the launch of http://republicanwhip.house.gov/jobs, a new website outlining the House Republican Economic Recovery Plan. The website details the smarter, simpler stimulus plan proposed by House Republicans that will create twice the jobs at half the price of the economic package that Democrats forced through the House despite bipartisan opposition.

Franks stated, “American families and job creating small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges, which is why House Republicans have proposed an Economic Recovery Plan that will actually create jobs for the people of the Arizona’s Second Congressional District. We believe that the focus of any stimulus package must be on helping working families and small businesses. I hope my constituents will visit this website and learn more about the House Republican Economic Recovery Plan.”

House Republicans are committed to an open and transparent exchange of ideas to find the best solutions to get the U.S. economy back on track. The House Republican Economic Recovery Plan contains the constructive, common-sense ideas that should be included in any stimulus legislation.

“The House Republican plan is smart, simple, and stimulative at have the price of the Democratic Majority’s proposal. It is laser focused on helping working families and small businesses while protecting, preserving and creating jobs. Our goal is to get America back on track without saddling future generations with trillions in debt or higher taxes. Let me say it again – the House Republican plan has no waste, just jobs,” said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, leader of the House Republican Stimulus Working Group that crafted the recovery plan.

The House Republican Economic Recovery Plan

Immediate Tax Relief for Working Families: Rather than a refundable credit based on payroll taxes, House Republicans propose reducing the lowest individual tax rates from 15% to 10% and from 10% to 5%. As a result every taxpaying-family in America will see an immediate increase in their income with an average benefit of $500 in tax relief from the drop in the 10% bracket and $1,200 for the drop in the 15% bracket. A married couple filing jointly could save up to $3,200 a year in taxes.

Real Help for America’s Small Businesses: Small businesses (those employing less than 500 individuals) employ about half of all Americans, yet they can be subject to tax rates that siphon away one-third or more of their income. House Republicans propose to allow small business to take a tax deduction equal to 20% of their income. This will immediately free up funds for small businesses to retain and hire new employees.

No Tax Increases to Pay for Spending: The stimulus proposal pending in Congress includes record levels of government spending that will substantially increase the current deficit. House Republicans are concerned that this level of spending will result in new tax increases on American working families. House Republicans are insisting that any stimulus package include a provision precluding any tax increases now or in the future to pay for this new spending. House Republicans believe that any stimulus spending should be paid for by reducing other government spending, not raising taxes.

Assistance for the Unemployed: Incredibly, the Federal Government actually imposes income taxes on an individual receiving unemployment benefits. House Republicans propose to make unemployment benefits tax free so that those individuals between jobs can focus on providing for their families. The plan would also extend unemployment benefits for a full year.

Stabilizing Home Values: The real-estate market is paralyzed as potential buyers wait on the sidelines waiting for prices to fall even further. This is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. In order to encourage responsible buyers to enter the market and stabilize prices, House Republicans propose a home-buyers credit of $7,500 for those buyers who can make a minimum down-payment of 5%.

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Congressman Franks is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is a member of the Committee on Armed Services, Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Military Readiness Subcommittee, Committee on the Judiciary, Constitution Subcommittee, and is Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.

AIA to Governor Brewer: Rescind Napolitano Union Boss Payoff Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2009

ARIZONANS IN ACTION BEGINS PETITION DRIVE DEMANDING BREWER RESCIND NAPOLITANO “UNION BOSS PAYOFF” ORDER

“Governor Brewer now has the responsibility and the obligation to the taxpayers of Arizona to immediately repeal this payoff to the unions. By rescinding this order, Governor Brewer will restore honor and integrity to the office of governor, protect the rights of state workers, and preserve the voice of the taxpayers.” — Nathan Nascimento, Executive Director of Arizonans In Action.

Phoenix, AZ – Arizonans In Action (AIA) Executive Director Nathan Nascimento today announced an online petition demanding that Governor Brewer rescind the Napolitano executive order awarding public employees “meet and confer” privileges with government agencies.

Nascimento called the order “nothing more than a political pay-off by Napolitano to union bosses.” He added, “It’s pay to play at its worst — all on the running tab of the taxpayer.”

In a study released earlier this month, Nascimento revealed a 10-year summary of public employee union contributions to the Arizona Democratic Party. The study showed that union contributions rose from under $75,000 to more than $1 million over the past decade, with most of the increase coming after Governor Janet Napolitano took office.

“Napolitano’s move was simply a ‘pay to play’ reward to the special interests and unions for their loyalty to the Democratic Party during her tenure as governor. They paid in, she paid out. It’s that simple. Arizonans will not stand by and watch their public employees sold to the highest bidder,” said Nascimento.

He continued, “Not only did she allow for unions to get a foothold in state government and become a drain on the taxpayers, Napolitano circumvented the legislature and betrayed the taxpayers who have already spoken on this issue through their legislators.”

Arizonans In Action, in response, started the online petition to Governor Jan Brewer demanding that she rescind the Napolitano order.

“Governor Brewer now has the responsibility and the obligation to the taxpayers of Arizona to immediately repeal this payoff to the unions. By rescinding this order, Governor Brewer will restore honor and integrity to the office of governor, protect the rights of state workers, and preserve the voice of the taxpayers,” said Nascimento.

The petition can be found on the Arizonans In Action website. Arizonans In Action indicated that the responses will be delivered to Governor Brewer’s office.

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Arizonans In Action is a 501c4 organization focused on the principles of limited government, protecting private property rights, government accountability and transparency, and true education reform.

Rejected! NBC Says “No” to Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad

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Why am I not surprised that the paranoid-of-controversy big wigs over at NBC have rejected the incredible pro-life ad created by CatholicVote.com? Apparently the ad involves “political advocacy or issues.” At the same time, NBC rejected an ad by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) because it depicted “a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.” Yet PETA is probably one of the most controversial advocacy organizations today. Remember when PETA compared the killing of chickens to the Holocaust?

While we would agree with NBC’s assessment that the PETA ad is clearly sexually explicit, we’re surprised that they said nothing about the ad being “political advocacy or issues.”

The big question is whether one can honestly criticize the beautiful ad put together by CatholicVote.com. It is a positive and inspiring ad that criticizes no one and affirms a comittment to perserverence and overcoming odds.

I’m just waiting for the folks over at NBC to bleep out Kurt Warner’s victory speech.

Correction: DOR, Not DES

Earlier this week one of our writers, “Chewie”, posted on an incident regarding a possible violation of religious freedom at one of the State-run cafeterias.

In that post, it was reported that when “a group of employees tried to hold a Bible Study at a table off in a corner of the cafeteria, they were told it was prohibited.” The post also reported that the incident took place in the Department of Economic Security. In fact the story was even picked up by The Phoenix New Times which also looked into the incident and reported on their findings. Their post included a statement by DES spokeswoman Liz Barker-Alvarez who stated that, “there is no problem to look into.” In fact, that DES statement is correct. The incident did not occur at the DES cafeteria.

Sonoran Alliance has instead confirmed that the incident actually occurred at the cafeteria located at the Department of Revenue.

Sonoran Alliance will also confirm other details once we have more information.

Gov. Blagojevich Offered Job By AZ’s PR Heavyweight

We got a good laugh over this one… Next time, I’m going to charge him for advertising like this!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2009

MOVE OVER ARPAIO – THERE MAY BE A NEW PR SHERIFF IN TOWN
Local PR Firm Extends Job Offer to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, JAN. 27, 2009 – Rod Blagojevich is a wanted man. Wanted by the media, wanted by the law, and now, wanted by Arizona’s top PR firm. In an unprecedented move, Scottsdale-based Rose & Allyn Public Relations is extending a job offer, through the media, to Illinois’ most infamous politician and alleged senate seat salesman.

What makes him perfect for the job? Is it the unfortunate coif? His recognition of the value of press above all else, including court dates, trials and deadlines? His pure, unadulterated, shameless self-promotion? His ability to thread the political needle with his savvy selection of Roland Burris to the US Senate?

We think so.

“Rarely do we see an individual with the combination of such brazen confidence coupled with the ability to fascinate the media and public,” said company President Jason Rose. “We thought friend and client Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the greatest political pitchman of our time. No more. So we want Rod to know there’s a home for him here in Arizona, at Rose & Allyn.”

After all, Arizona has long been a respite for the famous and infamous. Think Mike Tyson, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and Gary Condit, among others.

Salary is negotiable, but in the event Blagojevich doesn’t pan out, Rose is not willing to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

Since 1996, Rose & Allyn Public Relations has been the top PR firm in Arizona, representing more than 230 companies, characters and causes. For more information, visit www.RoseandAllynpr.com or call 480 423 1414.

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Paid for by one aggressive, creative, public relations firm who admires the same in others, even though we disagree with antics concerning US Senate seat appointments. Please note that we broke this story on our Facebook page, and via Twitter. Are you following us? You should be.

Republican Solutions to Economic Recovery

In case you’re wondering what Congressional Republicans are proposing as a solution for economic recovery, the following statement was issued by the Republican Study Committee on January 14th. (Bear with us, it is a little lengthy but worth the reading.)

Of course the likelihood of any of this passing is remote because Democrats control the House, Senate and Presidency. Elections have consequences.

The Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act of 2009

“Responsible and immediate economic stimulus for every American family and business without burdening future generations.”

Financial markets are tumbling worldwide. The unemployment rate is climbing. It is clear that more Americans are struggling to make ends meet and that the economy needs a boost. The question is: from where should that boost come, Washington or the private sector? Conservatives believe the answer is the private sector. History shows that the best way to encourage an economic turnaround, help preserve jobs, and spur widespread economic growth is to ensure that job-creators face a lower tax burden.

That’s why the Republican Study Committee (RSC) is introducing the Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act of 2009-to provide some much-needed, incentive-based relief to job-creators and to reduce the cost that government imposes on middle-class families.

The RSC’s Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act is designed to provide broad, growth-oriented, permanent incentives for economic activity across all sectors and industries, with immediate application and sustained, long-term implications. This will ensure that Washington takes a back seat to Main Street and job creators are empowered to do what they do best-create jobs.

Highlights: The RSC’s Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act is based on three main themes: 1) Support Families through Tax Relief; 2) Provide Economic Relief for American Businesses and Entreprenuers; and 3) Save Future Generations from a Crushing Debt Burden.

Support Families through Tax Relief

  1. Five Percent Across the Board Income Tax Cut. This provision would reduce the six federal income tax rates by 5% beginning with 2008, and make the new rates permanent. Under current law, by contrast, income tax rates will increase in 2011.
  2. Increase the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $5,000. Under current law, families are eligible for a $1,000 tax credit for each child under the age of 17. This provision would increase, and make permanent, an increase in the child tax credit to $5,000 beginning in 2008. This will provide a substantial, immediate tax cut for middle-class families. The increased credit would not be refundable.
  3. Make the Lower 15% Rate on Capital Gains and Dividends Permanent. The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 lowered the top tax rates on capital gains and dividends to 15%. Under current law the lower rates currently in effect expire at the end of 2010, which means that the top capital gains rate will go back to 20% and the top tax rate for dividends will be 39.6%. The last time the capital gains tax rate increased (1987), capital gains tax collections fell by 54% over the first five year and then took a full decade to recover. This provision makes the 15% rate permanent.
  4. Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax on Individuals. The AMT was created in 1969 to prevent 155 wealthy taxpayers from using loopholes in the tax code to avoid paying taxes altogether. Under current law, the tax will hit more than 30 million people in 2009. There is a broad consensus that this is both an unintended result and an unfair one, which is why Congress has repeatedly passed an “AMT patch” to limit the scope of the tax. The legislation would permanently repeal the AMT.
  5. Permanently Repeal Required Distributions on Retirement Accounts. Under current law, senior citizens, beginning at the age of 70-and-a-half, are required to make mandatory withdrawals from their IRAs and 401(k)s. Though temporarily suspended for 2009, this provision in the tax code is scheduled to go back into effect in 2010 and for every year thereafter. This provision in the tax code needlessly complicates financial planning for retirees, restricts the freedom of seniors to make their own decisions on when to make withdrawals, and in the short-term will force many seniors to sell a portion of their assets at a loss. The bill permanently repeals this provision.
  6. Make All Withdrawals from IRAs Tax- and Penalty-Free During 2009. As a general matter, the purpose of 401(k)s and IRAs is to incentivize retirement savings. However, individuals who are facing foreclosure or some other financial emergency during the current recession should have penalty-free access to all of their savings. Especially since, without any other alternative, some families facing hardship will have no choice but to take the penalty. The bill would, for 2009, make all withdrawals from IRAs penalty- and tax-free.
  7. Increase by 50% the Tax Deduction on Student Loans and the Tax Deduction on Qualified Higher Education Expenses. Under current law, the tax code provides a tax deduction of $2,500 for interest on student loans and a tax deduction of $4,000 for higher education expenses. This provision would increase the value of both by 50% or to $3,750 and $6,000 respectively, and apply both provisions to a larger number of middle-class families by allowing any individual earning up to $75,000, or any family earning up to $150,000, to claim the full deduction.

Provide Economic Relief for American Businesses and Entrepreneurs

  1. Full, Immediate Expensing. The bill would allow all businesses to immediately expense-or fully deduct on their tax returns-the costs of assets (including buildings) they purchase for their business in the year that they buy such assets (“Section 179″ expensing). Under current law, businesses can only take limited deductions in pieces, over several years. By uncapping and accelerating the expensing, this provision would encourage the purchase of assets with which to grow a business.
  2. Significant Reduction in the Top Corporate Income Tax Rate. The bill would immediately cut the top corporate income tax rate from 35% to 25%, aligning it with the average rate in the European Union. By allowing businesses to keep more of the money they earn, this provision would encourage the expansion of businesses, the hiring of more workers, and an acceleration of investment, while making American companies more competitive internationally.
  3. End the Capital Gains Tax on Inflation. The bill would index for inflation the cost basis used when calculating the capital gains tax on assets acquired before the end of 2009. Under current law, the capital gains tax is based on the difference in the original purchase price of the asset and the sale price of the asset. However, some of this difference, or “gain,” can be attributed to inflation. By effectively reducing the amount of a gain that is taxable, this provision would encourage the movement of capital in 2009 and spur voluminous economic investment.
  4. Simplify the Capital Gains Rate Structure. The bill would allow corporations to benefit from the 15% capital gains rate. Under current law, individuals pay a top capital gains rate of 15%, but corporations are subject to a 35% top rate. By encouraging corporations to sell unwanted assets, this provision would unleash funds and materials with which to create jobs and grow the economy.
  5. Make the R and D Tax Credit Permanent. The Research and Development tax credit is currently due to expire at the end of 2009. Originally enacted as party of President Reagan’s Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, it has since been extended on 13 separate occasions without being made permanent. The purpose of this tax provision is to spur research and development in the private sector.
  6. Extend the Carryback Period for Net Operating Losses to Seven Years. A business incurs a net operating loss when its tax liability is negative in a given year. Under current law, there is a two-year carryback period for businesses to receive refunds on previously paid taxes. In other words, a business may receive a refund equal to their negative tax liability up to the amount of taxes paid over the previous two years. This legislation would extend this period from two years to seven years, which will smooth out changes in business income, and incentivize private sector investment and job creation.

Save Future Generations from a Crushing Debt Burden

  1. NO Trillion Dollar Spending Spree. Even before Congress enacts one penny of spending from a “stimulus” bill currently being put together by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid, this year’s deficit is projected to be, by far, the highest peacetime deficit in the history of the country-8.3% of GDP. And this is because federal spending is projected to be 24.9% of GDP (also the highest figure in American history, excepting World War II), even before any new spending is enacted. This legislation does not contain one penny of new spending, and rejects the idea that massive new government spending will lead to an economic recovery. Borrowing from one part of the economy and redistributing it to others will not grow the economy.
  2. A Down-Payment on Spending Restraint. The bill includes a one-percent reduction to FY 2009 discretionary spending, excepting the Defense and Military Construction-Veterans appropriations bills. This is a modest limit on the extent to which spending will otherwise increase compared to FY 2008, and is a first step toward a commitment of spending restraint.

MCRC: Jerry Davis Appointed Parliamentarian

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2009Jerry Davis Appointed MCRC Parlimentarian

Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Chairman Rob Haney has appointed former Arizona GOP Chairman Jerry Davis as the Parliamentarian for the MCRC.

Davis is also a past chairman of former Legislative District 18 in North Central Phoenix.

Davis is a co-founder of the Arizona Conservative Union, Arizona Republican Assembly, National Federation of Republican Assemblies and is a board member of Arizona Right to Life. He has also co-chaired the Kemp, Bush, and Buchanan campaigns for Arizona.

He is a graduate of Brophy College Preparatory, Gonzaga University (BA.) and the University of Pennsylvania (JD).

Whither Clean Elections?

Word from the Capitol is that Clean Elections has hired powerhouse lobbyist Mike Williams to lobby for a proposal to give every candidate seeking public financing the maximum amount of money.  This is, of course, in response to the court decision invalidating the matching funds provision of the Clean Elections Act.  To their credit, Clean Elections realizes that without matching funds or a change in the law to give candidates seeking public financing the maximum amount which in the case of the State Legislative races would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $55,000 or so, Clean Elections will effectively cease to exist as a credible means to run a campaign.  

However, the likelihood of getting the requisite 75 percent necessary to make changes in the law is all but a non-starter at the Capitol.  Why would any Legislator who does not use public financing vote to give their potential opponents $55,000?  Money that would, if races from recent years are any indication, be used to attack them.  That answer is that they wouldn’t.  Furthermore, giving every candidate the max would require any candidate choosing not to use public financing to work that much harder to raise money.  

In addition, there is an argument to be made that giving all candidates the max would in effect compel even more candidates to use public financing.  If you were guaranteed upwards of a $100,000 for the primary and the general, you would have no choice with our low donation limits but to use public financing.  

The more likely outcome, pending a reprieve from the 9th circuit, is that Clean Elections will cease to exist as a realistic funding source for any credible candidate and slowly whither away.  

And for those who oppose the concept of using public money to finance political campaigns, it won’t come fast enough.  

So Democrats What is the Alternative?

Anyone who has been following the efforts to close the budget gap will have seen the Democrats and their liberal allies pushing their attacks on Republicans for the inevitable spending cuts that are necessary to close the gap.  Of course, it wouldn’t take a political genius to foresee that these attacks would focus almost exclusively on possible cuts in education.  This is smart politics and it plays well in the press.

Strangely missing though is a credible alternative from the Democrats.  Their proposal of borrowing and budget gimmicks can and should be a non-starter.  These tricks come straight from our former Governor’s playbook and are frankly a direct contributor the situation we face today.  In essence their proposal of putting off payments until the next budget cycle in hopes of an upturn are nothing more than robbing Peter to pay Paul or in other words – a Ponzi Scheme.  And like all Ponzi schemes it will collapse.

The simple fact is that there are only two ways to fix the budget problem.

Cut spending or raise taxes.

Republicans in the Legislature and Governor Brewer correctly understand that raising taxes in a tough economy will lead to more economic pain for Arizona citizens and business.  Pain that in a declining job market is the last thing anyone needs.

So if raising taxes is a non-starter – not even Democrats with the exception of their new liberal State Chairman are proposing that – then the question becomes what to do?

The only answer is to cut spending, and as Democrats and their allies know, voter mandated spending is off the table.  That of course leaves education squarely in the crosshairs.

It’s easy when you are in the minority to take a shot at the majority who will have to make hard choices.  And politically, that is what the Democrats should and are doing.  But once you get past the politics, the question still remains.

What is the alternative?

Thousands of ASU students protest abortion funding at state universities

Thousands of ASU students flooded Arizona’s state capitol today, protesting a bill that would fund abortions at state universities. The students were outraged that taxpayers would be forced to pay for something they philosophically disagreed with, destroying a human life. A lead organizer stood in front of the Capitol with ASU President Michael Crowe and listed off the reasons why abortion is murder and should not be funded by the universities.

Troublesome? Surprised that THOUSANDS of students showed up, as well as the university president? This scenario is what could have happened if students were PAID to show up and protest for a politically favored agenda promoted by the universities. In reality, today, University of Arizona students were given CLASS CREDIT for showing up at the state Capitol and protesting cuts in funding to the universities (remember ASU is already the biggest university in the U.S. – not sure why Arizona’s public universities need to continue growing)

Here is a very powerful video sweeping the country this week we may as well show you while we’re on the topic –

Abortion ad

And guess who was behind today’s student-credited protest? That’s right, the Democrat Party. It wasn’t just some students. Wonder how they got UA to give students credit for showing up? Here is an email they sent out:

Subject: Join the rally against university cuts TODAY!
Arizona Democratic Party

Dear Subscriber,

Republicans are planning to slash university funding 40 percent – even while they give away hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate tax breaks!

This is irresponsible, short-sighted and unnecessary. Let’s raise our voices together and tell the Republicans we will not be silent while they shortchange our schools.

Come show the Republicans the power of our beliefs: that we need to invest in our future, that universities create good jobs and that all Arizona students should have access to a solid education!

Park at the Arizona Democratic Party, 2910 N. Central Ave., and travel to the Capitol via light rail and the Dash.

What: Rally against university cuts!
Where: State Capitol, 1700 W Washington St. Phoenix 85007 – map
When: TODAY! @ Noon

What are Goddard’s priorities?

Terry Goddard just hired Greg Stanton away from his elected position as Phoenix City Councilman for a $119,000 lobbying gig at the Attorney General’s Office instead. This at a time when the state is in the worst budget fiscal crisis ever. The Attorney General’s Office laid off 20 employees this month, including seasoned prosecutors like Gail Thackeray, a national expert in computer crimes. The office has scheduled another round of layoffs for March. Another statewide layoff is planned for October.

The question is, why is Goddard laying off seasoned employees and hiring an overpriced politician to lobby, who didn’t need a job and should be serving the people he was elected to serve? Four support staff positions could have been saved instead of hiring Stanton. Or two attorney positions.

The reason is apparent to us. Goddard is helping Stanton run for Attorney General, because Stanton currently has no legal background. Goddard is using our government – our tax dollars – to ensure that his favorite politician gets elected in two years, at the expense of retaining experienced prosecutors.

We wonder how Gail Thackeray feels about the importance of hiring Stanton for the office.

McCaffrey Joins Blue Point

Looks like former Executive Director, Sean McCaffrey has found somewhere to land as far as employment. McCaffrey has accepted a position with Scottsdale-based Blue Point, LLC, a political consulting firm headed by political consultant, Chris Baker.

McCaffrey has been named Senior Vice President of the firm. During the 2008 Election, Blue Point Consulting ran several campaigns including Pinal Sheriff Paul Babieu, Tony Bouie (LD-6), Laurin Hendix (LD-22) and David Schweikert (CD-5).

In adding McCaffrey to the team, Blue Point will further expand into development and strategic communications practices while building its voter-outreach, political and campaign practices – something in which the firm has long specialized.

Congratulations to both Sean and Blue Point on their work together!