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Top Democrats Ready to Push Economy Over Fiscal Cliff and Risk a Recession, Is Ann Kirkpatrick?

Democrats Wage Political War For Tax Increases to Feed Their Spending Addiction and 700,000 Jobs are the Casualties 

WASHINGTON — Washington Democrats have proposed their fiscal plan – to attack job creators with new tax hikes to fuel their massive government spending addiction. As Democrat leaders champion devastating tax hikes in order to grow the government even more, will Ann Kirkpatrick join their cause?

“Democrats are so addicted to spending that they’re doubling down on sky high tax increases on small businesses that could send the economy spiraling further into financial decline,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “Will Ann Kirkpatrick stand up against her party’s political ploys and demand that tax hikes for small businesses be taken off the table?”

A newly-released Ernest & Young report exposed that Democrats’ proposed tax hikes will devastate the economy and cost more than 700,000 jobs. (Robert Carroll & Gerald Prante, “Long-run macroeconomic impact of increasing tax rates on high-income taxpayers in 2013,” Ernst & Young LLP, 7/17/2012)

But Senate Democrat Leader Patty Murray refuses to give up her party’s addiction to limitless spending sprees and government takeovers in favor of economic stability:

“’If we can’t get a good deal, a balanced deal that calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share, then I will absolutely continue this debate into 2013,’ Murray plans to say, according to excerpts of the speech provided to The Washington Post.” (Lori Montgomery, “Democrats threaten to go over ‘fiscal cliff’ if GOP fails to raise taxes,” Washington Post, 7/15/2012)

According to the CBO, if Washington Democrats were successful in pushing America over a fiscal cliff, the economy could fall into a recession as early as next year:

“A stalemate over how to tackle a series of fiscal deadlines at year’s end would likely push the United States economy into recession in the first half of next year, the Congressional Budget Office warned on Tuesday. A wave of U.S. tax hikes and automatic spending cuts – dubbed the “fiscal cliff” – are set to take effect in January unless Congress and the White House agree on ways to delay or revise at least some of them.” (“’Fiscal cliff’ could cause U.S. recession: CBO,” Reuters, 5/23/2012)

More Evidence that Obama’s Recruiting of Democrat Carmona Will Haunt Arizona

PHOENIX – On the heels of last week’s devastating 8% unemployment report, two new reports on the economy confirm President Obama’s tax hike plan and defense spending cuts will destroy even more jobs, including 50,000 in Arizona.  Democrat Richard Carmona, who was recruited to run for the U.S. Senate by Obama, would increase the power of Democrats to push these damaging tax proposals and cuts in defense industry jobs.

Ernst & Young released a study today showing unemployment would increase by .5 percent – meaning roughly 710,000 fewer jobs nationally – if the president’s small business tax hike is imposed.  And new research prepared for the Aerospace Industries Association predicts a loss of 1.1 million jobs nationwide if defense spending cuts go into effect.

“At a time when our country is so desperate for economic recovery, President Obama and his Democrat friends like Richard Carmona are raising taxes and hurting job creators,” said Tim Sifert, spokesman for the Arizona Republican Party.  “Carmona and his liberal Democrat pals are once again showing how ineffective they are in encouraging job growth and a strong economy.”

BACKGROUND …

Democrat tax hikes will cost 710,000 jobs:

* Output in the long-run would fall by 1.3%, or $200 billion, in today’s economy.
Employment in the long-run would fall by 0.5% or, roughly 710,000 fewer jobs, in today’s economy.
* Capital stock and investment in the long-run would fall by 1.4% and 2.4%, respectively.
* Real after-tax wages would fall by 1.8%, reflecting a decline in workers’ living standards (“Long-run macroeconomic impact of increasing tax rates on high-income taxpayers in 2013” Ernst & Young, July 2012)
Defense Cuts will kill 50,000 Arizona Jobs:
“Arizona: 49,189 Total Job Losses,” (Stephen Fuller, George Mason University, “State Employment Impacts of the Budget Control Act of 2011, Table 3.”) 

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Senator Rich Crandall Threatens Representative Brenda Barton in Voicemail

Update on last week’s story about State Senator Rich Crandall’s campaign workers removing the signs on his primary opponent, John Fillmore:

The following message was left by Senator Crandall last Thursday on the voicemail of Representative Brenda Barton after Barton happened to witness Crandall’s campaign removing the political campaign signs of candidate John Fillmore in east Mesa. Barton reported the incident which resulted in the phone call by Crandall.

Crandall then contacted Jim Small at the Arizona Capitol Times attempting to head off any political damage by explaining his accounting of the incident. Clarification: Jim Small with The Arizona Capitol Times contacted Rich Crandall after receiving a press release from John Fillmore. Crandall provided his account of the incident. (Crandall was not present at the scene of the crime but his daughter was actually involved.)

Barton was then contacted by Jim Small from the Arizona Capitol Times to clarify Barton’s accounting of the incident. When she learned that Crandall had lied about what really happened, she called Crandall asking for a retraction.

That resulted in the following message from Crandall on Barton’s voicemail:

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As you can hear, Crandall threatens Barton politically by telling her she better not introduce any education-related legislation in the next session, or else.

Crandall serves as the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Before that, Crandall served on the Board of the Mesa Unified School District.

This certainly gives us an idea who the real extremists are at the legislature and how things really work when it comes to egos and political vendettas.

Crandall should have know better than to leave a recorded message on anyone’s voicemail. He should have also instructed all members of his campaign to never touch another campaign’s signs without first receiving permission.

Barton and Fillmore released the following joint statement:

Last Thursday morning (July 12), I received a call from Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson) who stays in East Mesa at her in-laws home during Session. She had a doctor’s appointment that particular Thursday morning. She called and told me that while she was returning from her doctor’s office, she spotted two individuals that appeared to be taking my sign down and replacing it with a Sen. Crandall sign on the corner of Sossaman and the Apache Trail (East Main Street). 

Being involved in politics and having that sort of thing happen to her in another County in the past she knows that is not supposed to be done. She asked her husband, who was with her to pull over to the roadside and take some pictures. At this point Rep. Barton inquired as to what they were doing with my sign. They said that they were replacing the sign with one for Senator Crandall and that he had had one there and it blew down sometime ago, and that I had stolen his t-poles. (That is a blatant mistruth. If anyone has been by there they have seen my sign there for well over a month as I put it up myself as soon as I was able – on or about June 30th I believe). The two young women said that the poles were Senator Crandall’s but the rebar belonged to Representative Fillmore. They asked Representative Barton if she was “…with the Fillmore campaign” to which she replied, “No, I am a member of the Legislature and am aware of campaign sign laws”. 

At that point Representative Barton asked them if they had any form of identification on the t-posts to show they were the property of the Crandall campaign, to which they said no. Representative Barton then informed them that it was illegal to tamper with an opponents political signs and that the best course of action would be for Senator Crandall to work this out with Representative Fillmore before simply taking his signs down unilaterally. The two young women then hastily put the Fillmore sign back up and fled the scene. 

Within minutes Senator Crandall phoned Representative Barton on her cell and made polite small talk for a few minutes before referencing the incident. He stated that his daughter and a friend were replacing a sign of his that had blown down sometime ago and someone had replaced it with a Fillmore sign. He was very polite and inquired if Representative Barton was just driving around East Mesa. She informed him that she had just come from her doctor’s appointment and witnessed the incident. His demeanor was friendly and he made no mention of what he has since asserted his daughters relayed to him regarding Representative Barton’s alleged behavior towards his daughter and her friend. The Senator inquired of her re-election race and they made small talk regarding the health of a mutual acquaintance and the conversation ended. 

Mrs. Barton sent me those pictures. I am in a primary campaign against Senator Crandall and did not know the ladies in the pictures but I knew that the sign, its poles and location were mine. I called the police, reported the attempted sign tampering and put a press release out with the pictures and story. A legitimate story of campaign workers removing the sign of their candidate’s political opponent and replacing it with a sign of their candidate. 

At the time, I did not know that one of the young women in the pictures was his daughter. Often over-zealous campaign workers and supporters commit such actions. Had Senator Crandall called me and simply said that his daughter made a mistake and had the wrong location, apologized and moved on, I would understand that. I would have accepted that. I too have a daughter that loves me, as deeply I am sure, as Senator Crandall’s and I could see her doing what his daughter was doing. Then the shoe would have been on my foot. 

However Senator Crandall chose not to do that. Instead it appears that when he was contacted by the Capitol Times, he immediately attacked me with profanity, calling me a (S.O.B.) and a liar, (see Yellow Sheet attached), then he attacked Representative Barton, calling her a liar, that swore and yelled at his child. Senator Crandall concluded by claiming Representative Barton had been following his daughter around Mesa and monitoring her all day. 

The reporter called Representative Barton to ask her side of the story. Upon hearing that Senator Crandall had accused her of swearing and cursing at his daughter and stalking them, she immediately refuted that allegation and explained to the reporter that “…swearing and cursing” are not part of her means of dealing with people and she was simply returning to her in-laws following her doctor’s appointment. 

Following the phone interview with the Capitol Times, Representative Barton phoned Senator Crandall, who did not answer, and left a message that his statements were false and she wished him to publicly retract his statement, apologize and tell the reporter the truth. Had he done that, this matter would be over. 

Senator Crandall instead phoned Representative Barton and issued a threat against all education legislation she may wish to propose and to inform her that “her trashing (or thrashing) is coming, you need to grow up”. 

Senator Crandall has put his own personal vendetta above potentially excellent education legislation that may be proposed by Representative Barton and thus depriving the Arizonans of LD-6 their education voice in the State Legislature. 

This is abusing his chairmanship authority; in essence by reference saying her legislation would all be killed by him. As a Senator he spoke down to her, to humiliate and abuse her as if she was a mere wayward child and not someone who is his equal as well as a duly elected State Representative of several hundred thousand Arizona residents.

Barton and Fillmore have indicated that they will likely file ethics complaints with the Senate Ethics Committee.

New Study: Higher Tax Rates Will Hurt Economy, Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2012 —New research, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business, shows that allowing tax relief on the top individual rates to expire will hurt job creation and the economy. The report, published by top accounting firm Ernst & Young, shows raising top individual rates would hurt small-business job creators in particular.

“This report clearly shows that raising taxes on job creators will have a negative impact,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “It is absolutely the wrong time to hike taxes on millions of business owners. On top of that, the threat that small businesses could get pushed over the Fiscal Cliff in order to push through this tax increase is creating an immeasurable amount of uncertainty among small businesses trying to plan for the future.”

Link: Long-run macroeconomic impact of increasing tax rates on high income taxpayers in 2013

The study, authored by Dr. Robert Carroll and Gerald Prante, estimated the effects of the policy advocated by President Obama and some Members of Congress to allow the top tax rates paid by small-business owners to rise sharply starting January 1, 2013. It finds that over time the economy would be 1.3 percent smaller and there would be 710,000 fewer jobs. More than 72 percent of S corporation income is earned by the half-million S corporation owners who pay the top two rates.

Increasing individual rates directly impacts small businesses organized as S corporations, partnerships, LLCs and sole proprietors, also known as “pass-through” businesses. NFIB research shows around 75 percent of all small businesses are organized in such a manner.

Together with the new 3.8 percent tax on investment income introduced in the health care reform law, the study finds that the top tax rate on pass-through business income would skyrocket from 35 to nearly 45 percent.

The study was commissioned by NFIB in partnership with the S Corporation Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Independent Community Bankers Association.

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Risky Business: Understanding the Business Side of Government Bonds

By Mark Flatten, Goldwater Institute

Three law firms dominate the legal work that goes into issuing state and local government debt in Arizona, according to a review of bond documents done by the Goldwater Institute. That finding is consistent with what bond lawyers and government officials have said in interviews about the industry.

Near the end of the lengthy documents that describe government bond offerings to investors is a section called “relationships among the parties.” This is where potential conflicts of interest among the law firms and bond houses involved in the deal are disclosed. The number of names that appear is small but the relationships are extensive.

The Goldwater Institute analyzed the official statements in 75 recent bond sales with a total value of almost $6.8 billion, issued by a variety of state and local governments, to determine who profits from putting the deals together. All but one of those issues involved at least one of the three law firms: Greenberg Traurig, Gust Rosenfeld or Squire Sanders. Two-thirds of the transactions involved more than one of the three firms in different roles.

Two other firms were involved in far fewer transactions, but did work for agencies such as the City of Tucson and state universities that issue large amounts of debt. Those firms are Ballard Spahr and Kutak Rock.

There is nothing illegal or unethical about the close relationships among the law firms, the bond houses they work for and the governments that issue the debt, as long as those relationships are disclosed and conflict-of-interest waivers are obtained.

To read the entire Watchdog Report, click here.