Archives for September 14, 2011

Today’s Videos: Goddard, Gosar, Quayle

Terry Goddard on the investigation by Attorney General Tom Horne. Goddard’s comments should make your blood boil! Thank God he was not elected Governor!

Mitt Romney in Sun Lakes:

Rep. Gosar discussing the economic impact H.R. 1904, the Congressman’s jobs bill, would have in the Copper Corridor.

The Subcommittee on Water and Power today held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2842, the “Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act of 2011,” introduced by Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) and cosponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-01). The legislation streamlines burdensome red tape and reduces administrative costs for the installation of increased small canal and pipeline hydropower development projects.

Congressman Quayle reporting on the YouCut program:

WFP: Attack Watch, Obama’s New Campaign Site Created to “Fight Smears,” Becomes Laughing Stock of Internet

Attack Watch, Obama’s new website paid for by Obama for America, has become the laughing stock of conservatives.

What is this site about?

Obama for America national field director Jeremy Bird told ABC Newsthat the site’s goal is to offer “resources to fight back” against attacks. Mostly, that means fact checking statements from the likes of GOP presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and conservative commentator Glenn Beck and offering evidence to the contrary. The site is designed in bold red and black colors, and uses statements like “support the truth” and “fight the smears.”

Sadly, President Obama’s team has laid another goose egg. Almost every tweet about the site has ridiculed it. Conservative bloggers and pundits have had a field day poking fun at Obama.

Aside from the poor political strategy of creating a “snitch” site, Victor Davis Hanson points out the obvious “big brother” vibe.

Yet go onto the new (“Paid for by Obama for America”) website. It reads and looks like some sort of Stasi file (“file” is their vocabulary, not mine). It asks readers to inform them of criticism of Obama. The format is, I guess by intent, supposed to resemble a government intelligence dossier (“Attack files”), with its blaring black and red headers: “Attack” /”Attackers” (followed by names and pictures of the supposed bad guys)/”Attack Type” /(“public statements”) followed by check off boxes like “Have your seen or heard this attack?” “Yes/No”. It reminds me of of living in 1973 dictatorial Greece, when we all kept silent about the Colonels upon entering the apartment building, lest the government-paid concierge write something down not nice in her black book.

Apparently no one in the administration learned from the spooky tone of the now defunct Journolist. That obtuseness begs the question, what is it with these extra-journalistic efforts to intimidate critics, as if the 2012 campaign will be based around deterrence: e.g., as if: “Beware: if you criticize Barack Obama, your name and picture will appear on our “Attack File”. We are watching you, so you watch out!”

So creepier still is the request to snoop around and collect evidence for what the Roman emperors and French monarchs used to call maiestas/Lèse-majesté—supposed crimes against the head of state, by circulating criticism of his authority that might lessen his proper sense of majesty. Indeed, on there is a special pop-up window that is reminiscent of that supposedly will help form some sort of a clearing house: “Your email”/”content of attack or link”/”Attack type”, “Attach” with a link “Report” that pops up yet another window.

But back to poking fun, Ezra Dulis makes a hilarious parody video.

The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Flock paints a clearer picture of why this is a poor political strategy.

While the initiative is reminiscent of a similar online effort launched during the 2008 campaign, called Fight the Smears, the intimidating design and language of the new site seems to be what’s causing a bigger ruckus.

Fight the Smears looked and felt far less scary, quoting Obama at the top of its page in a classic hope-change statement: “What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon — that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge but enemies to demonize.”

Attack Watch, on the other hand, uses the shorter tag­line, “Get the Truth. Fight the Smears.”

It’s safe to say that in its 24 hours of existence, Attack Watch has already backfired, becoming a tool for conservatives to use against Obama 2012. A tweet by conservative author Brad Thor summed up the critics’s argument: “Wow, not only are Obama & Co. incredibly thin-skinned, they’re paranoid.”

Paranoid? You think? Already the conservative odd makers are betting when Obama’s people will pull the site.

President Obama is in emergency mode. Nevada and New York’s special elections were a GOP sweep. Particularly in New York’s 9th District, where a Republican has not held the seat since 1922 and where Democrats have previously won by 20 points. Even in Nevada, the Republican outperformed expectations and did surprisingly well. Even Nate Silver says, the 2010 Republican wave has not ended.

“In other words, the four special elections, taken as a whole, suggest that Democrats may still be locked in a 2010-type political environment. Democrats might not lose many more seats in the House if that were the case, since most of their vulnerable targets have already been picked off, but it would limit their potential for any gains. And it could produce dire results for the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, where they have twice as many seats up for re-election.”

The best exit quote of the night from NY-09’s Republican victory.

“I am a registered Democrat, I have always been a registered Democrat, I come from a family of Democrats — and I hate to say this, I voted Republican,” said Linda Goldberg, 61, after casting her ballot in Queens. “I need to send a message to the president that he’s not doing a very good job. Our economy is horrible. People are scared.”

Doom. What will a desperate President do next?

The post and its comments can be seen at Western Free Press.

Opposition to Phoenix Food Tax Remains Strong

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2011
CONTACT: Chad M. Willems

58% of Voters Who Vote in City Elections Opposed

(PHOENIX, AZ) Today, Summit Consulting Group released the following results from a recent citywide survey of voters who vote in the city of Phoenix elections.

“Our survey found 58% of voters who have a history of voting in city of Phoenix elections are opposed to the food tax,” said Chad Willems, President of Summit Consulting Group. “With over 41% of city voters strongly opposed to this tax, this issue will remain a hot button issue for the November ballot.”

Summit Consulting Group conducted the survey from September 12 through September 13 with voters who have a history of voting in city of Phoenix elections. The sample size for the survey was 400 voters and has a margin of error of +/-5%. Their registration breakdown is: 45% Democratic, 41% Republican, and 14% Independent.

Survey Question:

Last year, the Phoenix City Council voted to implement a 2 percent sales tax on food that is sold within the city. In terms of support or opposition to this food tax, would you say you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose?

Strongly support: 10.55%
Somewhat support: 22.48%
Somewhat oppose: 16.05%
Strongly oppose: 41.74%
Unsure/DK: 8.26%
Refused: 0.92%


NFIB: Repeal Employer Mandate to Help Small-Business Job Creation

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14, 2011 — The National Federation of Independent Business is again pushing to repeal the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on the heels of President Obama’s ask for bipartisan job creation. There is currently legislation in Congress to repeal the employer mandate, and the NFIB has long-supported and championed this important initiative.

“At the same time that President Obama is asking small-business owners to create jobs, his very health care law is preventing them from doing so,” said Susan Eckerly, Senior Vice President of Federal Public Policy at NFIB.  “In fact, small-business owners will tell you that they are suffering a crisis of confidence right now that prevents them from expanding and hiring; how do they move forward with job creation when the unknown costs stemming from the policies of the past few years continue to stand in their way?

“Instead of advocating for more Washington spending bills that do little to help the situation that small-business owners are currently drowning under, Congress should immediately review and repeal some of the policies of the past few years that stand between an employer and an employee. Simply put, the repeal of the employer mandate is an important step toward sound, long-term job creation.”

Provisions of the health care law, such as the employer mandate, have left many small-business owners unable to expand operations as they brace for new costs and taxes coming out of Washington. The health care law requires that employees with 50 or more full-time equivalent employers offer “affordable, minimum essential [healthcare] coverage” beginning in 2014.


NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at

Councilman Sal DiCiccio endorses Wes Gullett

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2011
CONTACT: Daniel Scarpinato

DiCiccio praises Gullett for pledging to repeal the food tax, cut spending

PHOENIX – Wes Gullett is proud to announce that he has been endorsed by Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio in his campaign for Mayor.

“We need Wes Gullett in order to stand up to the unions and stop the out-of-control tax and spend policies coming out of City Hall,” DiCiccio said. “Wes will cut spending, cut fees, reform government and give us the vote to finally repeal the food tax. Phoenix taxpayers need jobs and tax relief, and Wes is the leader with the plan to do that.”

“I’m thrilled to have Councilman DiCiccio’s support,” Gullett said. “Sal has been a friend for years, and he’s been a voice of sanity, fighting on behalf of Phoenix taxpayers. As Mayor, I will lead the effort to repeal the food tax and cut spending.”


Wes Is NOT Worthy

Anyone who thinks they will be casting a vote for a Republican if they vote for Wes Gullett for Phoenix Mayor is vastly mistaken.  Wes is a top supporter of liberal Democrats like Raul Grijalva, Harry Mitchell, Ed Pastor, Tom Daschle, and David Obey.  Wes gave Raul Grijalva $1,000 the same week Grijalva called for a boycott against Arizona over SB 1070, and Wes DID NOT EVEN DEMAND A REFUND!  (Check it out by going to the FEC website and typing Gullett in).

Well Wes, better late than never, if you are really a Republican why don’t you demand a refund of the money you gave to Raul Grijalva to help him keep his Congressional seat so he could continue his radical left-wing assault on Arizona and America??!!  All told, Wes has given nearly $20,000 to liberal Democrats in the last few years.

Wes is also a big contributor to the Arizona Democrat Party, shelling out $500 for them during Napolitano’s reign of error. (Search here). Oh, almost forgot—Wes has so many left-wing flaws that his support for Janet Napolitano almost gets lost in the shuffle.   Napolitano almost bankrupted our state, but there was Wes cheering her on.  Anyone who thinks this uberlobbyist insider will actually cut government needs to face the facts.

Gullett has also admitted working for the Service Employees International Union, which organized the 1070 boycott of Arizona.  

Gullett has also fought to maintain taxpayer funded welfare benefits for illegal aliens, as well as to keep it nice and easy for them to vote illegally (probably for lefties like Wes.)  Fortunately the voters of Arizona passed Proposition 200 in 2004, despite Wes’ urging a NO vote on this.  Wes thought that illegal aliens should be able to collect welfare from you and me, and not be bothered with things like having to show a real I.D. (NOT a matricula consular) at the polling place.

Wes should not be rewarded for being a RINO—his voter registration is the ONLY thing Republican about Wes.  There’s a word for such a shameless play–dishonesty.

Those who are tempted to vote for him should also consider what his real ambition is, and that is the Senate seat that Senator McCain will leave in 2016.  The timing would be perfect for Wes if he could just get elected Mayor—he could spend four years boosting his profile and getting good press from his left-wing buddies at the Republic, then run.

Senator Gullett would make even the most hardcore JD Hayworth supporter pine for the conservative by comparison days of John McCain as our senator.  Gullett is a VERY close confidante of Senator McCain, having worked for him and managed his campaigns. 

Let’s not kid yourselves, when we settle for RINOs we just encourage more of them.

NO Wes for US Senator, NO Wes for Mayor.  NO MORE RINO’s!

Republican Wes Gullett Releases New Video

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2011


I’m excited to showcase our latest campaign video today, which highlights the clear choice this campaign is all about.

As Mayor, I will put a laser focus on creating jobs by cutting taxes and getting government out of our way.

My opponent, Greg Stanton, is a partisan who wants bigger government, and inevitably, higher taxes. In fact, he’s already proposed more than 40 ways to grow the size of city government. You can find them on his Web site.

I’ve spent the last 15 years in the private sector, growing businesses and creating jobs. He’s a career-politician whose experience is with growing government – at least before he quit his job on the City Council to be a taxpayer funded lobbyist.

The status quo and career politicians just aren’t going to work anymore. We need new ideas and a new direction to create jobs and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector.

I have a Seven Point Jobs Plan to get Phoenix working again. It’s part of why our coalition is growing every day, with support from Republicans, Democrats and Independents who realize we need to change how business is done.

I appreciate your support and encourage you to share this video with your friends.

Government: A lousy venture capitalist

by Byron Schlomach
Goldwater Institute

When state legislatures reconvene in January, a priority for many will be passing some kind of “jobs” bill. What form that might take is open to debate, but there are already lessons to be learned on what not to do.

In 2009 the Arizona legislature, like many other states, passed a bill providing “tax incentives” (AKA subsidies) for renewable-energy industries. The legislature partly responded to pressure from those who thought they’d found the next big thing in “green jobs.” It also followed on the heels of a new solar panel factory in Tucson, Arizona.

Now that solar panel factory is closing only three years into its tenure. And it’s not alone. Another plant in Massachusetts has closed. Especially notable, a company called Solyndra, with a half billion dollars in federal loan guarantees, has declared bankruptcy.

That’s not a great track record, and it proves a point: Government makes a lousy venture capitalist.

Venture capitalists lose their money sometimes, but that’s the point: it’s their money. Government has no business risking taxpayer resources or disrupting tax systems to favor some businesses over others in an effort to directly create jobs.

Unfortunately, the Arizona legislature did it again in creating the Arizona Commerce Authority, with its ability to directly subsidize companies. The legislature would have doubled down on this bad bet with SB 1041 last session but for Governor Brewer’s veto.

Our legislature needs to rein in local regulation, create a more rational tax system, and free up the state’s natural resources. For example, cities require too many permits and take too long to issue them, we tax businesses too heavily, and public ownership of land ties up resources in too much red tape.

While not as sexy as attending ribbon-cuttings at solar panel plants, addressing such issues would have a more lasting, positive impact on the economy.

Dr. Byron Schlomach is the director of the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Economic Prosperity.

Learn  More:

Institute for Energy Research: Solar Manufacturers Slowly Closing Up Shop In U.S.

Arizona Republic: Solar-panel plant to open in Tucson

Bloomberg: Obama Team Backed $535 Million Solyndra Aid as Auditor Warned on Finances