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PIMA GOP equates the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion to expanding Socialism

The Pima County Republican executive committee released a scathing condemnation of Governor Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid.  Beginning with accusing the Governor of  a “disingenuous attempt to skirt the requirement” of a super-majority vote to raise taxes,  to declaring the expansion will bankrupt the State of Arizona, the resolution ends strongly asking the Governor to “hold the line” and to not “sell out our republican principles” and then issues a rebuttal to the Governor’s seemingly favorite line in her expansion campaign  “elections have consequences”:

“She is wrong in believing that it means that we must roll over and forsake our core values as the Arizona Republican Party whenever Republicans lose a national race.”

The seriousness of this issue to the Republicans in Pima County is indicated with the  quote:

“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

John Parker, Battle of Lexington, 1775.

Game on Pima County!

 

Resolution of the Pima County Republican Party in opposition to

the Governors expansion of Medicaid  (AHCCCS) in support of Obamacare.

Preface: Governor Jan Brewer asked the Republican Party leadership from across Arizona, including County and LD Chairman, to attend a meeting regarding her plans to expand Medicaid  (AHCCCS) on January 23, 2013. Her plan would implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) to raise Medicaid eligibility to 133% of the Federal poverty level with Arizona ultimately paying at least 10-20% of the cost. She proposes to finance Arizona’s cost by an “assessment” on Hospitals. Having heard the Governor’s proposal, and given serious consideration to her position, the Executive Committee of the Pima County Republican Party, including the Pima County GOP Chairman, the Chairman and representatives of each of the Legislative Districts therein, voted unanimously to oppose the Governor’s plans to expand Medicaid in support of ObamaCare.

Whereas, The Voters of Arizona clearly expressed their will to reject implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) when they voted to amend the Arizona Constitution via Proposition 106 in 2010. The State of Arizona cannot afford to be saddled with the costs of implementing this federal program, AND, the People of Arizona do not support Obamacare, assisting in the implementation of Obamacare or subsidizing the Federal Government with state funds in implementing Obamacare.

Whereas, The “assessment” on hospitals is in reality just a tax – and worse yet a hidden tax – that will ultimately be passed on to all hospital patients in higher costs. A tax increase requires super-majority approval in the legislature, and labeling it as an “assessment” is a disingenuous attempt to skirt that requirement.

Whereas, No government entitlement program has ever effectively been scaled back, or eliminated, or held within its initial cost projections. The long term and evolving costs of the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion will surely bankrupt Arizona just as surely as Obamacare will bankrupt the USA.

Whereas, The US Supreme Court explicitly ruled that each State is free to reject implementation of the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion and Insurance Exchanges. These two programs are the cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act. Without implementation of these programs Obamacare collapses as a practical functioning program. The Federal government is incapable of implementing these programs by 2014 or even 2016 without the local organization, legwork, and financial subsidies by the States. Thus the fastest and most efficient means to end Obamacare is simply for each State to refuse to do the Feds job for them and allow them fail.

Whereas, Governor Brewer touts AHCCCS as the conservative model for Medicaid and encourages us to expand the program to show the other states how to do it right. We believe There is no such thing as a conservative model for expanding Socialism. Supporting the big government takeover of our health care system, even for a short term gift of federal funds, does NOT reflect the values of the Republican Party or the interests of the taxpayers of Arizona.

Therefore it is Resolved:

We, the Executive Committee of the Pima County Republican Party, Officers, Members at Large, Chairmen and representatives of LD 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 14, unanimously affirm and declare our opposition to the Governors plan to expand Medicaid in support of Obamacare.

We applaud Governor Brewer’s decision to stand firm against the Exchanges and urge her and all Republican legislators to hold the line against enabling the socialist takeover of our health care system and insurance industry by supporting the medicaid expansion. Do not sell out our republican principles and our birthright of Liberty for a bowl of lentils and the promise of 3 years funding that will benefit a few special interests at the cost of our State sovereignty and our core Republican values. We will adamantly oppose those who compromise our core values for short term political expediency. Governor Brewer is correct that “elections have consequences”. She is wrong in believing that it means that we must roll over and forsake our core values as the Arizona Republican Party whenever Republicans lose a national race.

“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

John Parker, Battle of Lexington, 1775.

Pima County Republican Party Executive Committee:

Chairman: Carolyn Cox

1st vice chairman: Tyler Mott

2nd vice chairman: Alan Beuerlein

3rd vice chairman: Bob Moss

4th vice chairman: John Lesko

Treasurer: Ed Miller

Secretary: Shellie Simler

Members at large:

Linda Barber

Parraleee Schneider

Pat Sexton

Bob Westerman

LD2     Chairman: Phil Opdenbrouw

LD3     Chairman: Harold Hough

LD4     Chairman: Richard Gaydosh

LD9     Chairman: Donna Alu

LD10   Chairman: Paul Diggins

LD11   Chairman: Richard Brinkley

LD14   Chairman: Sean Collins

 

 

 

Thoughts on the City of Phoenix LGBT Ordinance

A few thoughts on today’s culture war battle at the City of Phoenix.

I attended the meeting for the purpose of testifying against the tax on food. I signed a card for that specific agenda item having no intention of testifying on the LGBT ordinance.

My position on this has been very clear. I simply do not believe that the City of Phoenix should inject government policy into the personal and private lives of any Phoenicians except when a crime is committed. Some liberals and libertarians would say “keep government out of our bedrooms.” OK, so how about a little consistency by keeping government to a minimum in our private business matters? What the City of Phoenix did tonight was invite a huge conflict between Constitutional rights and individual sexual identity.

By now social conservatives should realize they have lost the culture war on issues related to sexual identity and behavior. The most reasonable position social conservatives can now take is to hold back any level of government from the power position of  picking winners and losers in the conflict between sexual identity and free speech, religious freedom and freedom of conscience.

Locally, social conservatives did not lose the culture battle in Phoenix tonight. Social conservatives lost the culture battle in November of 2011 when it failed to elect conservatives to the Phoenix city council.

We knew this was coming. The signs were there in 2011 when mayoral candidate Greg Stanton made wide overtures to the LGBT community and efforts to align Phoenix with San Francisco values. Anyone who dared to point it out was labeled a bigot. So goes the spirit of tolerance on the left.

(Too often, both sides fail to see this as a debate over public policy rather making it about personal attacks on individuals and their sexual identities.)

Tonight’s meeting was a reflection of the very intolerance those pushing for tolerance decry. Anyone who dared to oppose the ordinance was booed and jeered. No respect for human dignity and certainly no respect for the public policy process.

Social conservative did turn out at the meeting – certainly not in number. And those who did engage were speaking a different language to the huge LGBT majority who did turn out (probably with plenty of advance notice). Two different languages because there are two different worldviews – one based on faith, the other clearly sexual and secular in nature. There were translators in the testimonials – individuals who know the difference and can communicate between the two worldviews – Cathi Herrod from the Center for Arizona Policy, an attorney from the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Rev. Jarrett Maupin spoke. These individuals are bilingual on issues that tangle logic and emotions.

And there was a tremendous amount of emotion – mostly from the LGBT – about living with a sexual identity that conflicts with traditional societal norms. Who was going to argue with the dozen of transgendered individuals who gave personal stories of rejection, anger and sympathy?

Which brings me to my personal feelings on the whole matter.

My pastor, my church, my Jesus preaches love. The Word commands us to love God first and to love our neighbor as ourselves second. There are two commandments in the New Testament. That’s it – pretty simple. My pastor (who happens to oversee five campuses in Phoenix Metro) reminds us to look past a person’s self-identity and love them no matter what. We are to love them like Christ would love them – regardless of their sin(s) (I’m not going to name them here. You can look them up.) But most important, we are to bring others into a real and living relationship with Christ allowing Christ to work in their lives toward God’s glory.

This is where I separate matters of faith from the role of the state (in this case the City of Phoenix).

If I were Mayor of Phoenix I would have rejected the idea of injecting my sliver of government into the personal and private lives of individuals. To do otherwise is asking for the wailing and gnashing of teeth. This seems to be the only position a reasonable community of people can hold without forcing a cultural conflagration to take place.

Entangling sex and politics is a messy business as we learned tonight. Hopefully our politicians will take note and keep social engineering to a minimal melodramatic level in the future. Political social conservatives lost tonight but true Christianity continues to love on.

Andrew Thomas: Another Amnesty in the Works

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N  S E N S E , in Arizona
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

When a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced plans in January 2013 to push new immigration legislation, Americans learned that the leaders behind this latest effort to deal with the nation’s broken borders would cross the political aisle. But it did not take long for them to realize that bipartisanship came at a price: amnesty for all illegal immigrants.
Coming together for this purpose was the so-called Gang of Eight. The members of the group were Democratic Senators Michael Bennet of Colorado, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, and Charles Schumer of New York, and Republican Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona, and Marco Rubio of Florida. Their proposal was the most ambitious immigration package since the 1986 reforms known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act(or Simpson-Mazzoli Act).

The Gang of Eight’s proposal would allow the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in America to remain without fear of deportation. They would be required to register with the federal government and pay a fine and then would receive “probationary legal status.” This would allow them to remain in the country and work.

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Former close friend of disciplinary judge who disbarred Andrew Thomas wants judge’s corruption exposed

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Distributed by C O M M O N  S E N S E , in Arizona
Friday, February 22, 2013

Former close friend of disciplinary judge who disbarred Andrew Thomas wants judge’s corruption exposed 

Files notice of claim against state demanding relief from cronyism that was involved in the persecution of an honorable man

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Arizona House,

Before you delete this email with the thought of another crack pot complaining  please read the enclosed Notice of Claim and how it severely impacts your current dilemma regarding additional funding of CPS and the Judicial system.  I have been in a battle with Pinal County and CPS for some time now and the atrocious abuse of power has resulted in the destruction of my family is totally unacceptable.

On December 2, 2009 I had the unfortunate experience of having 3 Pinal County Sheriff Deputies illegally seize my dog, yes, my involvement all started with a dog.  As far as my particular case is concerned this was done thru the influence of then Pinal County Superior Court Judge William J. O’Neil, doing a favor for my ex-wife.  Simply O’Neil arranged for my dog to be stolen and given to my ex-wife, she, in exchange, assisted O’Neil in getting a $300,000.00 loan.  This seizure was done without any warrant, order of court etc.,  I sued Pinal County,  in the end the federal judge sent me back to Pinal County for State remedy.  I was told by the president of the Pinal County Bar Association that the only way I would get justice in Pinal County is if I “took out” O’Neil, his influence is at the root of my problems.

At this time I began doing research into the activities of O’Neil within Pinal County and the State.  I found myself looking into the Andrew Thomas disbarment and recalled conversations I had with O’Neil.  O’Neil, by all ethical standards should have recused himself from this entire case which led me to write an affidavit outlining those conversations.  I had no idea what a can of worms I was jumping into.  What I have uncovered since then, which is beyond belief.  and the retaliation by the “establishment” has led to the enclosed notice of claim.

The enclosed email from the President of the Pinal County Bar Association, who is supposed to be representing me on the CPS dependency issue, gave this response to the affidavit I wrote regarding William J. O’Neil.

Mark, 

I read the affidavit.   With the exception of some gramatical issue, it reads well.  You sure are putting your neck on the chopping block.  Frankly, I agree with you disclosures and ultimate position, but you need to be prepared to deal with fall out.

I would expect O’neill to come out and blast you.  I would also expect the “establishment” to try to bring you down.  As long as you are willing to confront them, you can submit it. 

                I expect the attorneys to clean it up and correct a few errors and then send it back to you to be signed.

Finally, realize that everyone will be questioning your integrity and calling you a liar.  Be prepared to provide copies and supporting documentation to back up your statements.  

Best Regards,

Kent P. Volkmer

Cooper & Rueter, LLP

PO Box 15005

Casa Grande, Az  85230-5005

(520)  836-8265

Fax:  (520) 421-0916

Thru conversations it has become apparent that “everyone” is aware of the problems but the “establishment” will do nothing about it.  When many other tactics to silence me did not work O’Neil and others tried to use CPS and my daughter to cover up their unethical and ultimately illegal activities.  All of these problems have come about over a dog, my dog, my companion, my property.

What is not in the notice of claim and needs to be addressed is the corruption within the Arizona State Bar and the “establishment”.

1)       As evidenced by a complaint filed with the Commission on Judicial Conduct, William J. O’Neil committed mortgage fraud.  Melissa Blasius with Channel 12 investigated the complaint.  According to Blasius, O’Neil stated he did not know  Brien Blenfleck the short sale buyer, yet Blasius discovered Brenfleck lived with O’Neil for a significant amount of time.  Blasius further informed me that they were dropping the story, myself and channel 12 were threatened with a slander/liable lawsuit if the story aired.   This threat was also passed on to Jim Sharpe with KFYI radio by Blasius.

2)      The Commission on Judicial Conduct failed miserably in their investigation or rather succeeded in the cover-up.  One item in the complaint is O’Neil wrote a complaint against another judge for me to sign and turn in to the Commission on Judicial Conduct.  If any diligence had been done someone would have pulled the court documents on the cases O’Neil referenced in the complaint.  All files are signed out when reviewed by anyone.  Upon looking at the sign out sheets with each of the many court cases O’Neil referenced it would have been noticed that I never signed out these files to look at, rather it was O’Neil.

3)      O’Neil, in at least 5 hearings resulting in the disbarment or Arizona State Bar licenses not being reinstated failed to make critical disclosures. In the 3 person panel hearing these cases the public member Robert Gallo’s close persona relationship was not disclosed to the defendants. Robert Gallo is O’Neil’s next door neighbor and has been for years. In  one case Gallo was listed as a resident of Maricopa County. This severe lack of ethical disclosure should be cause for the Commission on Judicial Conduct to take action.  When I discovered this information I contacted each of the 5 individuals, none were aware of the conflict.  Currently the only person to win an appeal with the Arizona Supreme Court to O’Neil’s decision is Richard B. Johnson who was represented by Scott Rhodes.  It seems to me this would be an automatic decision by the Arizona State Bar and the Supreme Court to at least retry these remaining 4 cases.

4)      William J. O’Neil presided over several cases as a Pinal County Superior Court Judge which found favorably on land dealings which directly benefited Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley and Conley Wolfswinkle revolving around Wolfswinkle’s  Vintage Farms properties located in Pinal County.  With a little research and investigation any common sense person would realize these are many of the same attorneys etc. which were involved in the whole Maricopa County Court Tower scandal.  In so far as that scandal Maricopa County Superior Court Judges  Donahoe, Anna Baca, Kenneth Field and Barbara Mundell who were accused of engaging in “improper conduct” have all since retired.  So what happens to the wrongful deeds they leave in their wake and the people/taxpayers who have to suffer from their activities.

5)      Thru public court records and recorded documents the past involvement of O’Neil in these actions causes a concern for extreme bias in many of the cases he has heard as a Pinal County Superior Court Judge and now the  Arizona Supreme Court Presiding Disciplinary Judge.  Taking all the documents, public records and statements by individuals into account it is apparent that O’Neil has had and does have a personal agenda in many cases, most prominently protecting Arizona Judges regardless of their indiscretion and influencing court proceedings for some form of personal gain.

6)      Central Arizona College purchase 208 acres from BVF Holdings  on September 30, 2011 for $43,000.00 per acre.  This same property was sold to BVF Holdings on January 14, 2011 by Vintage Farms a  Wolfswinkle enterprise for $23,500 per acre.  At the same time, then CAC President, Dennis Jenkins gave BVF Holdings a 20 year right of first refusal to the same property.  On September 19, 2011 faculty and staff at Central Arizona College registered votes of no confidence with Jenkins, in part by some to stop the purchase of property.  The staff offered to produce employee testimony and documentation of the breaches, “provided that their employment is protected.”   Apparently the Keating 5 scandal and Conley Wolfswinkle’s involvement coupled with his federal prosecution was not enough for this state now Central Arizona College funds are being used to support the failed real estate activities of the “establishment”.

This is just a very small portion of what I have discovered and I am nobody.  Consistently, through my research, the same large and powerful law firms keep coming up and the same attorneys, real estate companies and the very same actions.   Judges protect Judges, just as O’Neil has protected Maricopa County Judge Donahue.  The system is broken and it is past time to fix it.  The actions, inaction and manipulation of the law in order to pursue a purely selfish motivation for some form of personal gain is costing the taxpayers of this state and country millions of dollars.  Pinal County alone stands to lose millions of revenue thru O’Neil’s attempts to assist the Wolfswinkle machine in circumventing impact fees etc. in Pinal County.

We can file complaints, prosecute and file law suits or you, the legislature, can address the head of the problem.

The Arizona State Bar is mandatory in Arizona and they have control over who is disciplined or who is not disciplined. Half of the states have a voluntary bar and discipline handled by the respective state’s supreme courts. In Arizona attorneys are shielded or persecuted based on Bar’s discretion.  Routinely attorneys who have valid complaints filed against them are protected by the Arizona State Bar while an attorney who have stepped on the wrong toes will be persecuted by the Bar at its own discretion.

As a result of Mortgages ltd failure, the law firms Greenberg Traurig LLP and Quarles & Brady LLP have agreed to pay 87.5 million to cover claims against them as the legal counsel for Mortgages LTS. ponzi  scheme they oversaw.  Mortgages ltd is directly tied to Wolfswinkle and Don Stapley.  There has been no action against these law firms by the Arizona State Bar.  Would not these attorneys and law firms pose a danger to the general public?

The Arizona State Bar has large role over judicial selection due to influence on commission or via initial appointments in smaller counties. There is a lot of behind scenes lobbying in large counties and if you are not liked by a commission member you never make it to a higher position.  Selection is based on the alignment with the “establishment”  and a willingness to play ball regardless of the law, not a knowledge of the law and being a fair and impartial judge.  As a control, the legislature should have a role in confirmation of all appointed judges from the Superior Court level on up along with a role in the judicial review process.

The Arizona State Bar Board is controlled by  large firms and the good old boy network.  They basically tell the whole firm to vote for a candidate.   As a result, there is a cyclical “I did you a favor or protected you now you me”.  The do me a favor reality permeates the system.  At the controls are a few people that move around from positions of power like Edward Novak, President of Arizona State Bar during the Andrew Thomas Administration, who was the attorney for Attorney General Terry Goddard, Maricopa County Superior Court and Maricopa County all at same time protecting each.  We could also reference the past Pinal County Attorney James Walsh, who was originally appointed from the Attorney General’s office under Terry Goddard.  Walsh not only failed miserably in cleaning up problems in Pinal County but compounded the problems during his administration.  Lando Voyles, the newly elected Pinal County Attorney, hopefully will not suffer the same fate when he attempts to clean up the many problems within Pinal County.  I am sure in his attempt to fairly represent Pinal County by trying to clean up the past establishments, decisions William J. O’Neil and the establishment, Voyles will find the “establishment” attempting to force a similar fate as Andrew Thomas.

In the process of my formal education of the inner workings of the “establishment” my family and life have been destroyed.   I have had my name drug thru the mud, every state agency which I have turned to for help have been swayed by the power of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (under Terry Goddard as Attorney General) and the Judiciary to silence me.  There have been threats and intimidation tactics used and even attempts to have me arrested for contempt of court among other charges.  In the end the Judicial system or “establishment” have chosen to completely deny me any due process and have resorted to flat out lying and making up false accusations to discredit me.  Please look at the facts, public record and not the water cooler gossip which the “establishment” and some of the media have tried to spread.  Any and all questions I will answer and provide documentation for the answers.

I was told by my attorney referenced above “your too slick for them, how do you know their next game”.  I am not too slick rather I have gotten many early warnings from employees within county and state agencies.  Just as with the employees at Central Arizona College who would come out and speak up “provided that their employment is protected” those within CPS, Pinal County Superior Court, Pinal County Attorney’s Office, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Registrar of Contractors and the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicle are also afraid of losing their employment … the whistle blower act does not work in Arizona.

Please review the enclosed Notice of Claim.  I ask you to request any additional information and I shall provide it.  The deplorable actions of CPS are inexcusable all in an effort to cover up the activities of 1 man, so many have been hurt.  The laws passed by our legislature and signed into law by our governor are simple and easy to understand.  It is past time to put safeguards in place which will hold the Judiciary and attorneys accountable in order to have a truly fair and unbiased system of justice.

I am at your disposal, lets clean up the system and put the power back in the people, Arizona can not afford any more of this garbage.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Mark Dixon

520-705-2945

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Ask Senator Bob Worsley to help rein in government employee unions!

To all LD-25 Republicans!

Government employee unions in Arizona are out of control

Government employee unions withhold dues automatically from employee wages, siphon political funds out of paychecks without safeguards for employees who disagree with the unions’ political agendas, and give workers paid time off (on the taxpayer’s dime!) to engage in pro-union lobbying.  Then, the unions meet and confer with elected officials (many of whom they helped elect) in closed-door meetings!  Finally, the unions use all that money and paid time off to lobby for more taxpayer dollars and to block pro-market and pro-consumer reforms such as school choice!

And then there is union political spending, which is heavily partisan.  According to data available at the Secretary of State’s website, government employee unions gave money to the Democrat and Republican parties in a ratio of 48 to 1.  Even in House legislative races, where the unions were reportedly going to go “easy” on Republicans, the ratio of support for Democrats versus Republicans was four to one.  On the Senate side, the partisan spending ratio was 13 to 1. This involuntary, partisan spending by union bosses does not reflect rank-and-file workers’ political views.

ASK BOB WORSLEY TO VOTE FOR UNION REFORM BILLS

State Senator Bob Worsley (R-Mesa/LD25) failed to defend taxpayers and voted against a key union reform bill, Paycheck Protection (SB 1182) on Thursday, February 21.  Please contact him and encourage him to allow vote for Paycheck Protection and ALL of the union reform bills next time around.  Rather than following a failed policy of trying to appease the unions, conservatives need to take away the unions’ political slush funds.  Please contact Sen. Worsley (bworsley@azleg.gov and/or 602-926-) with the following short message: “I am writing/calling to respectfully request that you vote for ALL of the labor reform bills (especially SB 1349 — Paycheck Protection — but also HB 2438, HB 2330, HB 2343 and HB 2026) when they come to floor and/or committee votes.

Paycheck Protection (SB 1349 and HB 2438)  —  Of the labor reforms moving in the Legislature this year, passing Paycheck Protection is the most important objective for 2013.  Aside from the principled objective of protecting workers’ freedom of association, the political impact of Paycheck Protection cannot be overstated.  After Washington passed Paycheck Protection, teacher union PAC funds in that State shrank by 75 percent.  After Utah passed the reform, teacher union political funds shrank by 90 percent.  Paycheck Protection (SB 1349 and HB 2438) would prohibit government employers from taking money from employee’s paychecks for political activities without express annual authorization.

Transparency in government union negotiations (HB 2330)  —  HB 2330 would protect taxpayers by requiring that union collective bargaining (“meet-and-confer”) be subject to the same open meeting laws as other government meetings, including the requirement that meetings be recorded by audiovisual means.

Reform abuses of government union release time (HB 2343)  —  HB 2343 would protect taxpayers by prohibiting governments from giving government workers paid time off (on the taxpayer dime!) for engaging in pro-union lobbying. 

(For more info, contact:  Tom Jenney, AFP-Arizona, www.aztaxpayers.org, tjenney@afphq.org)

Romana Acosta Bañuelos – Citizen, Deportee, Businesswoman, and First Hispanic U.S. Treasurer!

Romana Acosta Bañuelos Banuelos

Romana Acosta Bañuelos

Many Arizonans might be surprised to know that Romana Acosta Bañuelos, the first Hispanic treasurer of the United States, was born in Miami, Arizona! This blog originally appeared on the Cafe Con Leche Republicans web site.

Romana Acosta Bañuelos has a fascinating ‘rags to riches’ life story that exemplifies the American dream, someone who persevered and succeeded despite severe adversity and one of the ugliest chapters of bigotry in American history. Although she was a natural born U.S. Citizen, she essentially faced the same challenges as many Mexican immigrants of the era, and over came those challenges.

She was deported at age eight, returned at age 18 with no English ability, two young children, with just $7 in her pocket, and worked as a factory worker until she could save up $400 to start her own business, later started a very successful bank helping aspiring Latino business owners, and was appointed the first Hispanic Treasurer of the United States!

Early Life of Romana Acosta Bañuelos

Whites onlyRomana Acosta Bañuelos was born a U.S. citizen in 1925 in Miami, Arizona, of Mexican immigrant parents. Her father was a copper miner. In 1933, during the great depression and administration of Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt, approximately one million “Mexicans” were deported to Mexico, including Romana Acosta Bañuelos, although she was a natural born Citizen! Eight year old Romana would never forgot the humiliating and shocking experience of becoming unwanted Mexicans, and joining the migrant stream. She later said “As a citizen of this country, I was told to leave. But they certainly didn’t ask those of European descent to leave.”

U.S. Soldiers Rounding Up "Mexicans"

U.S. Soldiers Rounding Up “Mexicans”

Historians estimate that during the “Mexican Repatriation” approximately 60% of those deported were U.S. citizens, and most of the rest were here legally. “Mexicans” were blamed for high jobless rates, though deporting huge numbers did little to nothing to improve unemployment. Legislation to ban “Mexicans” failed in Congress, but mass deportations proceeded anyway.

Romana and her family moved in with relatives on a ranch in the state of Sonora, Mexico. Her family rose early each morning to tend the crops, and then Romana helped her mother in the kitchen, preparing empanadas that her mother sold to bakeries and restaurants to make extra money. Romana later said her mother taught her great work ethics and discipline that served her well later in life.

Romana married at age 16 (not unusual in that era), had two children by age 18, and then divorced after her husband deserted her. She moved back to the U.S. in 1943, arriving in Los Angeles, California with her two young children, unable to speak English, and with just $7 to her name. With the ongoing war and one million less “Mexicans”, by 1943 the U.S. was experiencing severe labor shortages, had started the braceros guest worker program, and welcomed back “Mexican” U.S. citizens.

Romana Acosta Bañuelos the Businesswoman

Romana Acosta Bañuelos

Pan American Tortilla Shop

Romana soon found work in Los Angeles, working in a defense plant. Little by little she saved, and married again at age 21. When she had saved up $400, she opened her own tortilla factory with a tortilla machine, a fan, and a corn grinder, and with her aunt helping her she made $36 on the factory’s first day of business in 1949. As sales increased she incorporated the company and named it Ramona’s Mexican Food Products, Inc., which still exists today, run by her children and grandchildren.

Pan American Bank Romana Acosta BañuelosIn 1963, Romana Acosta Bañuelos and some businessmen opened the Pan-American Bank, to finance Latinos who wanted to start their own businesses. Romana also believed that if Hispanics could increase their financial base they would have more political influence and improve their standard of living. In 1969, Romana was appointed chairwoman of the bank’s board of directors. Within a ten‐year period, the Pan‐American National Bank held deposits of $38,864,000 and assets of $41,472,000.

Romana Acosta Bañuelos instituted scholarships for poor Mexican-American high school graduates to pursue higher education, from both the Pan American Bank and Ramona’s Mexican Food Products. Her stature grew in the community, and she received the city’s Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award. Later that year, Mayor Sam Yorty presented her with a commendation from the County Board of Supervisors. The Pan American Bank was extremely successful, as was Ramona’s Mexican Food Products, which pioneered Mexican food across the U.S. Romana became a widely respected businesswoman and community leader, respect that drew the attention of President Richard Nixon.

Romana Acosta Bañuelos – First Hispanic U.S. Treasurer!

Nixon looked for a way to reward the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and bring diversity to his administration, and asked RNHA for candidates for positions in his administration. Romana volunteered for U.S. Treasurer, not expecting the appointment, but to her great surprise President Nixon appointed her Treasurer of the United States. She was swiftly confirmed despite an INS raid of her tortilla factory, an obvious effort to embarrass her and derail her appointment, but that didn’t work! Soon dollar bills were being printed with her signature!

Romana Acosta Bañuelos

Dollar Bill signed by Romana Acosta Bañuelos

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Return to Successful Businesswoman and Retirement

In 1974, Ramona Acosta Bañuelos, left the Nixon administration to return home and run her businesses. Ramona’s Mexican Food Products continued to thrive. By 1979, Ramona’s was manufacturing and distributing 22 different food products, had more than 400 employees, and annual sales of $12 million. Ramona’s was instrumental in the making Mexican cuisine popular throughout the United States. By the late 1990s, Romana gradually let her children and grandchildren run her businesses, as she became semi-retired. In 2011, the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles presented her with a Latino Business Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

She’s now around 88 and still living, with many fine memories of her ‘rags to riches’ life story.

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Bob Quasius is the president and founder of Cafe Con Leche Republicans

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STOP Medicaid Expansion in Arizona!

Americans for Prosperity - Arizona

IMPORTANT ACTION ALERT!

To all Arizona Taxpayers and Health Care Consumers,

First, please register now for AFP-Arizona’s debate on the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, which will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 21 at the Goldwater Institute. To register, send an email here (For more info about the debate, scroll down.)

Gov. Jan Brewer and powerful lobbyists are pushing Arizona to impose statewide taxes, including a hospital bed tax, to fund an expansion of Medicaid (AHCCCS) under ObamaCare. It is vitally important for Arizona to stop the proposed Medicaid expansion, because the human and fiscal costs of that expansion would be enormous. TAKE ACTION NOW.

The most important issue in the Medicaid expansion is the human cost. If Arizona were to expand Medicaid, it would railroad at least 250,000 Arizonans into a low-quality, government-managed health insurance system. Medicaid patients not only have worse medical outcomes than patients with private insurance, but often have worse medical outcomes than low-income persons without insurance — even when they have the same medical conditions. Please go to http://tinyurl.com/gottliebwsj to learn more about this important issue.

But the proponents of the expansion are also trying to do an end-run around Prop 108, the most important taxpayer protection ever passed by Arizona voters. Thanks to Prop 108, the Arizona Constitution requires a two-thirds majority of the Legislature to raise taxes. But Medicaid expansion proponents want to allow unelected bureaucrats at AHCCCS to raise state taxes (mainly hospital bed taxes) by $369 million over the next three years — without a two-thirds vote of the Legislature! If Legislators use a simple majority to delegate to bureaucrats the authority to impose gigantic taxes on hospital patients, they will kill Prop 108 and destroy its protections for Arizona taxpayers. If that happens, we will blame those Legislators — not the lawyers and judges who help them carve out a gigantic loophole in Prop 108.

Gov. Brewer told Arizonans to “do the math” on the Medicaid expansion. With all due respect, she should do the same. According to Brewer’s projections, the Arizona Medicaid expansion would cause the (already bankrupt) federal government to spend $3.6 billion over the next three years alone. The people who will pay those taxes include most of the people of Arizona and — thanks to the federal debt — our children and grandchildren.

The current JLBC projection of $325 million per year in tax increases in 2016 (as bad as that is!) hides the actual future cost of the proposed taxes. By 2019, Arizona will have to pick up at least 10 percent of the cost of the expansion, which will be hundreds of millions of additional dollars annually. And the Obama Administration has already proposed several times to shift additional costs of the expansion to the States.

TAKE ACTION!

Please use this link to send a quick and easy email to your Legislators, asking them to resist the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion. At the very least, even if they are tempted to engage in short-term thinking and take a bunch of “free” money from Washington, legislators should comply with the voter-imposed constitutional requirement to raise taxes with a two-thirds majority.   

REGISTER FOR THE DEBATE!

Please register now for AFP-Arizona’s debate on the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, which will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 21 at the Goldwater Institute.

At the event, Michael Cannon of  the Cato Institute, Goldwater Institute health care policy analyst Christina Corieri, and Phoenix surgeon Jeff  Singer will take on any three pro-expansion advocates who want to debate these issues publicly. We have extended the invitation to debate to the Brewer Administration, to Brewer advisers Chuck Coughlin and Peter Burns, AHCCCS director Tom Betlach, Democratic Legislators, and members of the hospital and insurance lobbies. All concerned citizens who wish to attend the debate should RSVP here.

LEARN MORE!

For more about the problems with the proposed Medicaid expansion, read AFP-Arizona’s line-by-line refutation of Gov. Brewer’s pro-expansion arguments in her January 14 speech.

For Liberty,

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director, Americans for Prosperity

Representative Bob Robson – Release HB2026 & HB2330!

Conservative activists Marcus Huey just released the following email:

US House Representatives Franks, Schweikert, Salmon and Gosar have sent a letter to Arizona House Speaker Tobin, urging him to debate and vote on the union reform bills currently proposed in the legislature.

As of today, Tobin is still holding these bills. The logic (excuse?) Tobin seems to be using is to wait and see if the AZ Senate passes any union reform bills. If the Senate does not pass union reform bills, then why should the House be bothered?

UnionsThis is not true leadership. A real leader would be working for the distressed taxpayer and rallying his membership to get behind union reform. Passing off excuses and hiding behind the Senate is cowardly and WILL have consequences. If you are a government union supporter then man up and publicly admit it, stop using the system to hide. What happens at the legislature no longer stays in the legislature. Those days are gone.

Please help get Representative Ugenti’s HB2026, Paycheck Protection, and Representative Montenegro’s HB 2330, Union Transparency, moved out of Robson’s Rules Committee so that these important bills can be debated and voted on on the House floor. This is how true Democracy is supposed to work.

Please Email Rep. Robson at: brobson@azleg.gov | 602-926-5549

Also, let’s call Tobin’s bluff and get Senator Griffin’s Paycheck Protection bill SB 1182 approved in the Senate. This bill will be voted on at the beginning of this week. The vote is EXTREMELY close.

Please email and urge the following Senators to vote YES on SB 1182:

Senator Biggs: abiggs@azleg.gov | 602-926-4371

Senator McComish: jmccomish@azleg.gov | 602-926-5898

Senator Crandall: rcrandall@azleg.gov | 602-956-3020

Senator Worsley: bworsley@azleg.gov | 602-926-5760

Time is short – we need to get this done in the next few days or these bills will die!