Archives for June 2012

Brian Terry Foundation Spokesman Prepared to Comment on Holder Contempt Vote

Family Seeks Answers and Justice
Phoenix, AZ –Chairman of the Brian Terry Foundation, Robert Heyer is available to discuss the Holder contempt vote taking place in Congress. Nearly 18 months ago, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed at the hands of Mexican drug cartel bandits armed by a failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
On Wednesday, Representative John Dingell (D-MI), the Representative of the Terry’s in Congress, invoked the Terry family name while saying he would not back the contempt resolutions but instead wants the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to conduct a more thorough investigation into Operation Fast and Furious.
The Terry Family made the following statement in response:
“Congressman Dingell represents the district in Michigan where Brian Terry was born and where his family still resides, but his views don’t represent those of the Terry family. Nor does he speak for the Terry family. And he has never spoken to the Terry family.
His office sent us a condolence letter when Brian was buried 18 months ago. That’s the last time we heard from him. A year ago, after the House Oversight and Reform Committee began looking into Operation Fast and Furious, one of Brian’s sisters called Rep. Dingell’s office seeking help and answers. No one from his office called back.
While Mr. Dingell call’s for more investigation, we are calling for action. The Terry family has been waiting for over 18 months for answers about Operation Fast and Furious and how it was related to Brian’s death. If Rep. Dingell truly wants to support the Terry family and honor Brian Terry, a son of Michigan, he and other members of congress will call for the Attorney General to immediately provide the documents requested by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.”
The Brian Terry Foundation website www.honorbrianterry.com is collecting donations to raise funds for the families of slain Border Patrol agents, to raise public awareness of the flawed Fast and Furious investigation, and to establish educational scholarships. The Terry family wants to make certain that any mistakes made by the Justice Department during the investigation are never repeated.
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Statement from Jeff Flake on the Supreme Court’s Decision on Obamacare

Campaign releases new video revealing Richard Carmona’s support for unpopular law

PHOENIX – Jeff Flake, a conservative candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the healthcare law known as Obamacare:

“Today’s ruling makes it clear that the burden now falls squarely on Congress to act. I opposed Obamacare in 2009 because a government-run healthcare system would lead to unmanageable costs at a time when the country can least afford it. I still oppose Obamacare today, and until Congress is able to fully repeal it, I will work to defund it and prevent its further implementation.

“This November Arizonans will have a choice — whether to elect someone who stands with President Obama in supporting Big Government solutions like Obamacare, or to elect a candidate that will fight to repeal Obamacare. Our healthcare system is badly in need of reform, but Obamacare is not the answer. We need to replace it with effective, market-based health care reforms that increase competition, lowers costs, and raise the level of care for everyone. That’s what I have fought for in the House, and it’s what I will continue to do in the Senate.”

The Flake campaign has also released a new web video today revealing what liberal Democrat Richard Carmona thinks about Obamacare. Click the link or image below to watch:

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Governor Jan Brewer: Repealing ObamaCare Now Up to the American People

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court flies in the face of what most Americans know to be true: ObamaCare is an overreaching and unaffordable assault on states’ rights and individual liberty.

“For defenders of freedom and the free market, the decision to uphold ObamaCare is nothing short of disheartening. The ramifications are sure to be vast, including a new tax on middle class Americans and the erosion of individual liberty as Americans begin to see their health insurance choices dictated by an overbearing federal government.

“Everyone recognizes that the American health care system is not perfect. Costs are too high, and accessibility remains a hurdle for many Americans. But the answer to rising health care costs is not – and will never be – Big Government.  We need real, responsible reform. We need the innovation of states like ours – states that have enacted leading health care models promoting private sector competition, consumer choice, quality coverage and controlling costs. True reform will spring from sovereign states that are free to provide the coverage that best meets the needs of their citizens at a price they can afford. I stand ready to work alongside Congress, state legislators and stakeholders alike in developing sound proposals that enhance choice and competition and bring stability and predictability to our health care marketplace.

“If nothing else, today’s decision officially sets the stakes for the November election. It is now up to the American people to save our country from the fiscal and regulatory nightmare known as ObamaCare. Come November, we must elect a President who understands the economy, represents free enterprise and respects the Constitution and individual liberty.

“If Arizonans are to have access to the health care they need from the provider they choose, ObamaCare must be fully repealed.”

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Richard Carmona’s ObamaCare Can’t be Fixed, Must Be Repealed

(PHOENIX) – After helping the Obama Administration create ObamaCare, Richard Carmona and his fellow liberal Democrats are now facing calls for the budget-busting law to be repealed.  Arizona voters will have a chance in November to send responsible leaders to Congress and the White House who understand the damage this law will do to our economy.
“ObamaCare is still a wild, over-reaching attempt to regulate every aspect of our lives,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert. “It defies common sense that Democrat Richard Carmona would support the heavy-handed policies of the Obama Administration that so many of his potential constituents find abhorrent.”
BACKGROUND …
“As The 17th Surgeon General Of The United States (2002-2006) And Chairperson Of The Partnership To Fight Chronic Disease (www.FightChronicDisease.Org), I Have Been Working For Nearly 2 Years With The Presidential Candidates’ Policy Teams To Help Ensure That Health And Health Care Were Among Their Top Policy Considerations.”  (Richard Carmona, “Reform Requires A Transformation,” Family Practice News, 1/1/09)
“Today, I Continue That Effort With President-Elect Obama’s Staff, Focusing On Health Care Reform.”  (Richard Carmona, “Reform Requires A Transformation,” Family Practice News, 1/1/09)
“An Important Part Of Health Care Reform Will Include A Basic Set Of Benefits For All Americans, Regardless Of Their Socioeconomic Status.”(Richard Carmona, “Reform Requires A Transformation,” Family Practice News, 1/1/09)
“We have many respected thought leaders in this country who understand the factors that contributed to our current predicament.”  (Richard Carmona, “Reform Requires A Transformation,” Family Practice News, 1/1/09)
“We Need To Bring Them Together And Have Them Figure Out A Way To Accomplish The Goal Of Ensuring That All Americans Have Access To A Set Of Basic Health Services.”  (Richard Carmona, “Reform Requires A Transformation,” Family Practice News, 1/1/09)
In March 2010, Giffords Cited Carmona In Announcing Support For ObamaCare, Quoting Carmona: “We Need To Move Toward A Health Care System, Not The Sick Care System That We Have Today. This Legislation Moves Us Closer To That. This Bill Is Not Perfect. But These Are Complex Issues And We Must Move Forward.” “Carmona served as the 17th surgeon general of the United States under President George W. Bush. Last year, he participated in series of health care town halls that the congresswoman held in Tucson, Sierra Vista and Green Valley. ‘The issue facing our country is how do we get the best care for the most people at the least cost,’ Carmona said. ‘We spend more for health care than any other nation on Earth, but the metrics of our results don’t reflect that. We need to move toward a health care system, not the sick care system that we have today. This legislation moves us closer to that. This bill is not perfect. But these are complex issues and we must move forward. And then I hope we can sit down with level heads and make it even better for the benefit of the American people.’” (“U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Announces Support For Historic Health Insurance Reform Legislation,” Congresswoman Giffords Press Release, 3/20/10)
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Kirk Adams Statement on SCOTUS Ruling on Obamacare Lawsuit

Kirk Adams, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s health care law:

“I am shocked that the court has upheld the president’s health care law. In 2010, the people of Arizona passed the Health Care Freedom Act in opposition to being forced, by the government, to buy a product that they either don’t want or can’t afford. This is the biggest tax increase in history. The people of Arizona and America do not support this bill.

I am the only candidate in this race that has fought Obamacare from day one. As Speaker of the Arizona House, I joined the lawsuit against the law. I fought Obamacare in Arizona, and you can be sure that as your representative in Washington its repeal will be my top priority!”

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A Tale of Two Cities

By Stephen Slivinski

It was almost like the gold rush all over again in Stockton, California. With booming property values and tax revenue during the past decade, city coffers were flush and cash was flying to sports arenas, retail centers, office buildings, and parking garages.

Today, Stockton faces bankruptcy. Property values have plummeted, blowing a massive hole in the city budget, and police and fire forces have been cut by around 30 percent. The newly built city hall – which never officially opened – has been repossessed after bond defaults by the city. Bond holders have also repossessed a few new parking garages. The arena – mainly a home to the local minor league hockey team – is under-booked for the foreseeable future. The city has dwindling reserves and is expected to run a budget deficit of around $26 million this year.

Stockton will be entering Chapter 9 bankruptcy to reorganize its hemorrhaging balance sheet and renegotiate with public-sector unions that have heaped hundreds of millions in unfunded liabilities and unsustainable short-term costs on the city. It will be the biggest American city to ever declare bankruptcy.

The tale of Stockton is also a cautionary tale to many cities across the nation that heavily indebted taxpayers during the boom years, including Glendale, Arizona. Just last weekend, for instance, the Arizona Republic reported that the city might need to pledge city hall and the police station as collateral for more bonds.

Like Stockton, Glendale gambled on retail centers and sports arenas. In both cases, much of it was fueled by public debt. Glendale’s overall long-term bonded debt load is just over $1 billion, according to data from the Arizona Department of Revenue. That’s $4,341 per resident of Glendale (over $17,000 for a family of four). By contrast, Stockton’s bonded debt was around $700 million, or around $2,400 per resident – about half of Glendale’s.

Of course there are plenty of differences between the cities. But it’s important to note that for many cities across America, avoiding Stockton’s fate might be simply a matter of making sure they don’t over-leverage themselves during boom periods in the first place.

Constitutional debt limits can provide such a barrier, but in Arizona and many other states, judges have eviscerated debt limits. Policymakers across the nation owe it to taxpayers to consider the importance of limiting public debt, particularly for risky ventures that provide more benefit to private interests or government unions than the public at large.

Stephen Slivinski is a senior economist with the Goldwater Institute.

Learn more:

Goldwater Institute: Living Debt-Free: Restoring Arizona’s Commitment to its Constitutional Debt Limit (PDF)

Sacramento BeeVote Tuesday could send Stockton to bankruptcy court

Arizona RepublicGlendale weighs options to cover sports-related debt

Travis Grantham Responds to Obamacare Ruling

Tempe – Travis Grantham, candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare.

“I am extremely disappointed that the United States Supreme Court ruled to uphold the individual mandate as a tax today in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

“This disastrous bill is anything but affordable and will only act as a burden on the American people. Never before has there been such an immense effort on the part of any American President to implement such a crippling law on America’s economy. This is a 2,700 page bill that was not read by anyone who voted in favor of this monstrosity. There are ways to solve the problems within our health insurance laws but never should these solutions share the same foundation upon which Socialist policies are derived from.”

“ObamaCare continues to be an economic burden for not only the United States but for all working families. We must work together to replace those in Washington D.C. who refuse to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety. If elected to Congress, I will make the repeal of this tax and the full repeal of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act my top priority. We must repeal ObamaCare before the crushing aspects of this bill take effect.”

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Travis Grantham is a Conservative Republican candidate for Arizona’s Ninth Congressional District. He serves as the Chief Operations Officer at International Air Response based at the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. He is also a Captain and Pilot in the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing based out of Sky Harbor International Airport. Travis and his wife Patricia have two daughters

Rep Ben Quayle Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare

WASHINTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” on a 5-4 majority.

“I believe that today’s decision was a disaster for the American people and the American healthcare system. Even before full implementation, Obamacare costs drastically more than promised, raises the costs of healthcare for American families and harms the ability of businesses to offer health insurance, or even hire new workers. 

“I will continue to fight every day for the full repeal of this government takeover of healthcare. The fight against Obamacare doesn’t end today – it’s just getting warmed up”

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Rep. David Schweikert on Supreme Court Ruling on ‘Obamacare’

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) made the following statement Thursday after the Supreme Court announced its decision on the constitutionality of President Obama’s government takeover of healthcare:

“When the Democrat controlled Congress passed ObamaCare over two years ago, it was the single most economically devastating government mandate our country has ever seen.

“Today, after the Supreme Court ruled ObamaCare’s individual mandate a tax, it still remains the most economically devastating government mandate our country has ever seen.

“If the Supreme Court will not repeal this job-killing, tax-hiking mandate, then I will fight until every ounce of ObamaCare is repealed and replaced.”

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Congressman Paul Gosar on Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling

“If it walks like a tax, talks like a tax, and quacks like a tax, the Supreme Court will tell us it’s a tax”

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold President Obama’s nationalization of our country’s private health care system. The constitutionality of the law was challenged on several grounds, including its justification grounded under the Commerce Clause. The Court ruled that the Commerce Clause would not support such a broad federal power grab, but, the Court also ruled that Congress had the power to nationalize healthcare under the taxing powers.

“When Obamacare was sold to the American public by Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other Democrats, they essentially lied to the public and said it was not a tax. However, in order to pay for this monstrous government takeover, taxes were imposed in a variety of ways, including through the individual mandate that required everyone to buy government insurance or pay penalties. Today, the Court said Congress can impose new taxes and that the individual mandate is constitutional as a new tax. In short, if it walks like a tax, talks like a tax, and quacks like a tax, the Supreme Court will tell us it’s a tax. And so it did.”

Gosar continued, “Hard working American people already suffer under a crushing weight of taxes. The last thing they need is yet more taxes. This is what Obamacare is, however, and I will not rest until this excessive and wasteful tax is repealed.”

“Americans stand resolved that this legislation will spell the ruin of health care in this country by driving up taxes, increasing health care costs as well as weakening the physician patient relationship with bureaucratic interference,” Dr. Gosar, stated.

“As a healthcare provider, I remain confident that the best solution is a full repeal of this costly burdensome legislation which will hurt patients by undermining access to quality care while adding billions to our deficit. I will continue to advocate for stronger, smarter and more cost effective measures to solve our nation’s healthcare crisis without government interference. We must remember that the driving force for all healthcare reform should be a patient centered and patient friendly system.”

The U.S. Supreme Court decision can be found here.

Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. is a member of the GOP Doctor’s Caucus and has been a healthcare provider for over 25 years. Congressman Gosar has voted for the full repeal, partial repeal, or partial defunding of Obamacare 28 times.

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