Archives for February 2009

3 City Council members vote to fight for $97 million corporate subsidy

Phoenix voters aren’t going to forget this. Thelda Williams, Michael Nowakowski, and Maria Baier all ran on a platform for Phoenix City Council saying they opposed the subsidy, but now that they’re in office, voted in favor of appealing the adverse decision against it.

City of Phoenix defying public trust, again

 Like most Arizona cities, Phoenix is in desperate financial shape, faced with severe cuts in essential public services. But somehow it found the money to pay tens of thousands of dollars to a private law firm to appeal the CityNorth decision to the Arizona Supreme Court–which, if it “wins,” will cost the taxpayers $97.4 million in subsidies to the developer. No wonder the City is in such a financial mess.

What’s worse, the voters had a referendum of sorts in the last City Council election, when every single candidate in a contested race opposed the CityNorth deal. But the three who won–Thelda Williams, Michael Nowakowski, and Maria Baier–all voted to appeal the decision to save the corporate welfare they opposed at election time. Only Council member Tom Simplot, who opposed the original deal, voted against an appeal. 

Mayor Phil Gordon, who used to oppose such subsidies before he embraced them, offered feeble justifications for the appeal. The ruling might affect the City’s support of Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, he said. Nonsense: the Arizona Supreme Court already has addressed such issues in the context of government support of nonprofit hospitals and K-12 scholarships. 

Nor does the Court of Appeals decision striking down CityNorth affect economic development agreements in which cities reimburse developers for public infrastructure or maintain ownership of the property. All it does is hold that subsidies that go into a developer’s pocket to build a project for the benefit of the developer violate the Arizona Constitution’s ban on gifts of taxpayer money.

It is a decision worth applauding, not appealing. In times when taxpayers and their governments are strapped for cash, the last thing we need is to lavish subsidies on a luxury shopping mall.

 

Clint Bolick is an attorney with the Goldwater Institute.

Arizona House Bill 2564 Advances Advocacy for Women

by Gayle Plato-Besley, M. Ed

Abortion is a medical procedure performed to terminate a pregnancy.  With that, there is a physical and psychological impact for each woman choosing abortion. As a vast majority of abortions are performed on young adults and teens, there is a significant need to look at potential rape and abuse against these women.  The abortion clinic or other medical facility may be the only professional help the abuse victim receives.  It is morally and legally critical that all abortion requests be considered and analyzed for potential abuse, and all seekers of the service studied for at-risk behaviors. The moment the girl or woman walks in she is, by definition of the act of abortion, at-risk. Arizona House Bill 2564 faces this controversy head on.

All therapists and counselors, and psychiatrists are trained, in-depth, about the Tarasoff case:  A college therapist had reason to believe that a patient might be violent as he’d threatened a woman friend.  While the therapist did contact campus police, it was found that the therapist had a legal obligation to go farther and warn the victim, following up with city officials.  Though the therapist had made some effort, it was deemed negligent in light of the fact that the patient did stab to death the woman after claiming he premeditated the act. Therapists and doctors have a legal obligation to notify authorities and any parent not suspected of the abuse itself of the risk to the minor. If the parent is the potential abuser, their is an obligation to contact authorities. Period. This is not debatable.

Tarasoff makes the Arizona HB 2564, of a 24-hour notification and further informative counsel to abortion seekers necessary.  If the client states potential abuse, a fear of violent reaction of the said father/partner, or notes a statutory rape situation, there is a precedent to report this immediately.  If the young woman is under 18 it is a no-brainer for anyone talking to her: you must inform the family.

This is a fact in any school, club, church youth group-why not at a medical facility?   As an experienced school counselor and high school teacher, I can personally attest to children telling me they suspect pregnancy.  I can give you sad stories, scary concerns, and girls pleading with me not to tell.  I can tell you of heated debates with teachers or staff-men and women, angry that I was breaking ‘a confidence’.

It is the law.  I’ve never regretted EVER telling a parent that their is a risk of abuse, that a child threatened suicide, that a girl might be pregnant.  I do not regret turning in suspected molestation to the police.  I lament the process, and I was doggedly annoying in making sure the parties did their jobs.  I talked very frankly with parents saying I will not tolerate any harm of the child and I would check.  Someone has to make a stand in these cases.

This issue may be a story for debate, but to me it’s personal.  You better know where you stand before you argue.  Checking in on the National Organization of Women, I wonder who they think they are helping:

According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006. That’s more than 600 women every day.6 Other estimates, such as those generated by the FBI, are much lower because they rely on data from law enforcement agencies. A significant number of crimes are never even reported for reasons that include the victim’s feeling that nothing can/will be done and the personal nature of the incident (http://www.now.org/issues/violence/stats.html)

If NOW worries about abuse, then it cannot support groups that literally encourage their “counselors” to manipulate women and children.  Sonoran Alliance posted previously about the manipulative tactics of abortion clinicians.  Girls and women worried about abortion and the result need help.  Help may not feel as good as enabling might.  Hiding facts is a crime. Please read the entire investigation footnoted with an excerpt below:

Life Dynamics conducted a covert investigation in which we called over 800 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facilities across the country. Our caller portrayed a 13-year-old girl who was pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend. Her story was that she wanted an abortion because she and her boyfriend did not want her parents to find out about the sexual relationship. In every call the ages of the girl and her boyfriend were made perfectly clear. It was also unmistakable that the motivation for the abortion was to conceal this illicit sexual activity from the girl’s parents and the authorities…

Nevertheless, these clinic workers were willing – and in many cases eager – to help this child hide the fact that she was being sexually exploited from her parents and the authorities. Toward that end, they provided step-by-step instructions on how to circumvent state laws that were enacted specifically for the purpose of protecting children exactly like her, in situations just like this.  (http://www.childpredators.com/CoverUp.cfm#investigation)

Political Arizona Takes Off!

It’s been almost two weeks since the debut of PoliticalAZ.com and needless to say, it has been a success!

According to the latest statistics, the site has had 24,250 page views and 2,000 visits!

Thanks to everyone who visits the site as their source of political news in Arizona. You may notice a certain “Drudgesque” feel to it.

I am also offering banner advertising through the site. Candidates and their committees are especially encouraged to contact me for further details.

Thanks to everyone – conservative, moderate and liberal – who is visiting and using the site as their source of political news.

Next Sat. – AZ Right to Life 5th Annual Benefit Banquet and Silent Auction

Can He Deliver?

Here is a snapshot of the Drudge Report listing the new promises as outlined in President Obama’s speech tonight.

The big question in all of this is can he deliver?

I was also under the impression that the new administration was going to de-militarize? Did I misunderstand or is this President attempting to duplicate what Ronald Reagan did with the 600-ship fleet?

Now I know that the finest researchers have been working on a cure for cancer for decades so what makes President believe that a cure can be found within the next few years?

More money for the banks? Who would have imagined!

Universal education through college? Maybe I’ll finally be able to go to law school?

Universal health care? Here comes 1993 all over again!

Arizona Taxpayer Tea Party – This Friday!

Tuesday, February 24th 2009

Dear Arizona Taxpayer:

Join the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP), allied pro-taxpayer organizations, and hundreds of taxpayer activists for an Arizona Taxpayer Tea Party, this Friday, February 27, at noon at the Tempe Beach Park to protest (and stop!) the tax increases proposed by big-spending politicians at the federal, state, and local levels. Wally the (Empty) Taxpayer Wallet will also be in attendance.

Wally the (Empty) Taxpayer WalletWally the (Empty) Taxpayer WalletTwo weeks ago, AFP delivered to Congress over 430,000 names of Americans who signed AFP’s NoStimulus.com petition. The liberals in Washington went ahead and passed the Spendulus package, but American taxpayers are now mobilized for the next fight.

And there are plenty of fights coming. Obama, Pelosi and Reed are continuing the Bush-Paulson tradition of using your tax dollars to bail out people who got themselves into bad mortgages.

Gov. Jan Brewer and the majority in the Arizona Legislature have held firm (so far) against raising taxes to fix the gigantic state deficit caused by over-spending. But they are taking heavy political flak from the spending lobbies and from newspaper editors, and will need our help during the budget battles in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, cash-hungry local politicians are raising property tax levies.

Join us in sending a powerful message to the politicians, special interests, and the mainstream media by taking part in the Arizona Taxpayer Tea Party.

Our initial meetup will be at 11:45 a.m. at the Tempe Beach Park, west of the Mill Avenue Bridge. A parking lot is available next to the park, on Rio Salado Parkway.

Map: http://phoenix.about.com/library/blmaptempebeachpark.htm

Please let us know you will attend by sending an email to infoAZ@afphq.org.

18th-century attire welcome. Tar and feathers optional.

Education vs. Capital

A few of the liberal blogs (Blog for Arizona / Random Musings) are all over a recent comment made by Representative Andy Biggs when he said,

“Education does not create jobs,” he said. “Entrepreneurs and businesses create jobs.”

Maybe this is a good time to chime in and remind our liberal bloggers that there are many highly educated Ph.D’s employed by our fine university system who could only find jobs within the university system. They have created no jobs.  Simply put, having an excellent education does not guarantee you a job.

There are many many unemployed individuals who possess graduate degrees and are having difficulty landing even blue-collar positions due to their over-qualification.

Yes, having a good education helps, but having access to liquid capital is critical to creating wealth and jobs.

I would love to hear their response regarding this correlation.

Obamanomics: A Sickly Market Takes A Turn for the Worse?

Here is a snapshot of the market since November 4th. Keep in mind that the market actually began to turn south when the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac dominoes – propped up by Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Maxine Waters – finally began to topple when our financial institutions realized that the NINJA loans (No Income, No Job, No Assets) were never gonna pay off.

The next decline starts tomorrow after President Obama delivers his speech tonight outlining the steps toward nationalizing health care.

The funny thing is that most of the job market is being held up by stability in the health care industry. Will tonight’s remarks change that? Stay tuned.

Kyl sponsoring enlightening film

February 23, 2009– Geert Wilders, chairman of the Freedom Party in The Netherlands (PVV), maker of the film Fitna, and brave fighter for Western values, will speak in Washington, DC, this week.

Wilders, the foremost defender of free speech in the modern age, will deliver an address at a reception at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, site of the Conservative Political Action Conference, on Friday, February 27, at 6:00 PM.

The reception will feature a screening of Wilders’s courageous and hard-hitting film Fitna, which demonstrates how Islamic jihadists use the Qur’an and Islamic teachings to justify acts of violence and terrorism, and which has become the focus of efforts by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to restrict and criminalize free speech about the global jihad threat. A question-and-answer period will follow.

The reception is sponsored by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Atlas Shrugs, Jihad Watch, and Dr. Andrew Bostom. It is open to the public.

However, in light of the multiple threats on Geert Wilders’ life, security will be very tight: no bags or coats will be allowed, all materials brought in to the room will be searched, and the event organizers reserve the right to deny entry to or eject anyone at any time.

Thomas: Beyond Illegal Immigration – An Agenda for the GOP

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas lists the current issues Republicans should care about in this article in the East Valley Tribune.