Ron Barber’s Blank Check To Obama

Pelosi And Barber Want to Give President Obama Unrestrained Power to Waste Money and Borrow from China

WASHINGTON – Over the weekend, Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi proudly proclaimed the cupboard was bare and there were “no more cuts to make” to wasteful government spending. Pelosi and Ron Barber are just completely out-of-touch when it comes to bringing fiscal sanity to Washington. They want to raise the debt limit without any meaningful reforms, increase spending, and fund wasteful government programs such as robotic squirrels and climate change musicals.

“Ron Barber and Nancy Pelosi may think there’s nothing left to cut out of the federal budget, but the American people aren’t stupid,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Instead of giving President Obama a blank check, Democrats should be working with Republicans to lower our debt and rein in wasteful spending.”

BarberCheck  

Nancy Pelosi Said There Are “No More Spending Cuts To Make.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that while deficit reduction is a laudable goal, there are precious few spending cuts left to negotiate in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. ‘The cupboard is bare,’ the California Democrat said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’ ‘There’s no more cuts to make.’ (Elizabeth Titus, “Pelosi Says ‘The Cupboard Is Bare’,” Politico, 9/22/13)

Democrats Have Vowed Not To Negotiate Over The Debt Ceiling. “House Democrats are pressing for a so-called “clean” extension of the debt limit in a letter to President Barack Obama – laying down their marker in what is likely to be a nasty battle over fiscal policy in the coming weeks. In the letter being circulated by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), a slew of House Democrats – including all five members of its leadership – warn of the dangers of defaulting on the nation’s debt and urge Obama to stand firm on his pledge to not negotiate on raising the debt limit.” (Seung Min Kim, “Dems Pledge Support For ‘Clean’ Debt Limit Bill,” Politico, 9/17/13)

Pelosi Has Called For Increased Spending. “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wants more spending than House Republicans have put in their stopgap spending bill in return for Democratic votes. Pelosi on Thursday came closer to suggesting that Democrats would withhold votes from a ‘clean’ continuing resolution that continued the sequester at $986 billion.” (Emma Dumain, “Pelosi Wants More Spending In Return For Democratic Votes,” Roll Call, 9/19/13)

The Federal Government Spent $325,000 To Develop A Robotic Squirrel. (2012 Waste Book, Office Of Senator Tom Coburn, Accessed On 2/27/13)

$697,177 Was Used To Develop A Musical On Climate Change And Biodiversity. (2012 Waste Book, Office Of Senator Tom Coburn, Accessed On 2/27/13)

Maricopa GOP Chair Rallies LD Censures

To all Arizona County and LD Republican Committee Chairmen –
Below is the front page article of the July 15 Arizona Capitol Times. I want to express my appreciation to those courageous and principled County and LD Republican Committees who have already conducted votes of “censure” and/or “no confidence.”
Jan Brewer, the legislators and their crony capitalist friends that support ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion have betrayed Americans, Arizona Republicans and the Republican Party Platform.  Their lack of ethics, integrity and egregious acts are motivated by only two things – greed and the lust for power – at the expense of hard working tax paying Americans.
The law was expected to cost $898 billion over the first decade when the bill was first passed, but this year the Congressional Budget Office revised that estimate to $1.85 trillion.  Money that will have to be borrowed from the Chinese or printed in the backroom of the Federal Reserve.  Latest polls indicate a majority of Americans are opposed to ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion with an overwhelming majority of Republicans in opposition.
During the past six months, we did everything we could to make a solid argument against ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion, we tried to reason with these people and even tried to make them see the light.  Unfortunately, our lobbying efforts fell on deaf ears and without success.
During one of Ronald Reagan’s difficult political battles he said,
               “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
I’m asking all the County and LD Republican Committees to make these people feel the heat by passing public censures for their actions.  They are elitists who think what they have done should be forgiven. They are mistaken.  We are not going to be able to defeat all of them, but we can defeat a majority of them in the 2014 Primary Election.
You can go to “MCRC Briefs” and get examples of public censures that have already been passed.  http://briefs.maricopagop.org/  Just type “censure” in the search field on the left.
Warmest regards,
 A. J. LaFaro
Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee
P.S.  Please encourage all of your PCs to keep up their daily efforts in getting petition signatures for www.urapc.org  Getting ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion on the November 2014 ballot will be historic for Arizona’s grassroots conservatives.

NFIB Poll: Small Business Strongly Opposes Expanding Medicaid

NFIBforwebSurvey reveals Arizona entrepreneurs’ deep skepticism of federal funding promises

PHOENIX, Ariz., May 14, 2013 — In a poll released today by their leading association, small-business owners overwhelmingly oppose the high-stakes effort at the Arizona State Capitol to expand Medicaid coverage to all Arizonans at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level as envisioned by the federal healthcare law.

The recent survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/Arizona) found 79 percent of Arizona small-business owners opposed to the proposed eligibility expansion for the state’s Medicaid program, also known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or AHCCCS.

Eighteen percent support the Medicaid expansion proposal with less than 3 percent saying they are undecided.

NFIB Medicaid Poll ResultsThe controversial Medicaid proposal, a centerpiece of Gov. Jan Brewer’s legislative agenda, is principally backed by hospital systems and opposed by key legislative leaders like Senate President Andy Biggs and conservative activists.

The political impasse over Medicaid expansion has stalled the Legislature’s work on the state budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2013.

“Small businesses in Arizona clearly feel they are under siege by the Obamacare law, with its harsh employer mandates, new taxes and pervasive uncertainty,” said Farrell Quinlan, the Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. “Our survey found that Arizona’s small-business owners continue to strongly oppose expanding AHCCCS eligibility, because they have no faith in the federal government’s promises to pay for adding hundreds-of-thousands of Arizonans to our Medicaid rolls. Our small-business owners know Washington is more than $16 trillion in debt and Congress will be under increasing pressure to cut the biggest drivers of federal spending – entitlements like Medicaid.”

NFIB/Arizona’s May survey on Medicaid expansion reaffirms small business’ sentiments against expanding Medicaid found in a prior survey conducted before Governor Brewer announced her support for the policy change during her State of the State Address in January.

NFIB Medicaid Poll Results 1/13 and 5/13

In that poll, 77 percent opposed the expansion with 13 percent favoring it and 10 undecided.

“It’s instructive that after months of intense promotion and expensive radio and television advertising campaigns, pro-expansion forces have utterly failed to move the support needle with Arizona small business owners,” said Quinlan. “The public’s attitudes have clearly hardened on Obamacare and the fundamental transformation of health care occurring in the United States.”

Respondents to NFIB/Arizona’s survey were also given the opportunity to provide an open-ended answer on the Medicaid expansion issue and implementation of Obamacare in general. The majority viewpoint is best summarized by one respondent’s declaration: “Arizona won’t be able to afford AHCCCS expansion when Washington realizes America can’t afford Obamacare.” Another opponent expressed his profound ambivalence over the decision before Arizona lawmakers: “Either choice is going to be tough and expensive, but to trust the federal government is a mistake. I do not feel that they will make good on their promise to cover the expenses.”

A Medicaid-expansion supporter wrote: “As I understand it, the expansion goes away if/when the federal money goes away. That is the only reason I am supporting it now. When Obama doesn’t want to pay for it anymore, neither should Arizonans.” Another supporter exclaimed: “Believe we are trapped. If O C [Obamacare] stays this seems like the only way to go. But we must have the 90 percent funding from the Feds.”

The latest poll was conducted May 6 to May 13, 2013, as an online and fax-returned survey with 375 Arizona small-business owners responding. The prior poll mentioned above was conducted November 9, 2012 to January 4, 2013 consisting of 449 Arizona small business owners responding. Both polls tested the same question though the set-up explanations of what proponents and opponents say about the policy proposal were updated and expanded in the latest survey. The online version of the May survey can be viewed here.

NFIB routinely surveys its members to determine the organization’s public policy position on issues at the federal and state levels. Due to the overwhelming and consistent results of the two surveys, the upcoming votes by the Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives on Medicaid expansion have been identified as ‘key votes’ eligible to be used on NFIB/Arizona’s legislative score card for the 2013 session.

Commemorating its 70th anniversary, the National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small-business association with 350,000 members nationwide and 7,500 in Arizona. NFIB has 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 sends its 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 about NFIB is available at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Congressman David Schweikert discusses upcoming debt ceiling fight on CNBC

There is no one better able to discuss and debate our pending economic crisis than Congressman David Schweikert. Watch as he schools two CNBC business reporters on what’s really happening with the debt ceiling debate.

The First BBA That Will Check and Balance Washington without Brinkmanship

By Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute

According to the Financial Times, at least one U.S. Senator has declared the nation should jump off the fiscal cliff rather than compromise on a budget that brings the national debt under control.

No wonder why Thomas Jefferson said over two hundred years ago, “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for their reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.”

With unbridled fiscal brinkmanship in Washington, no doubt the federal government deserves to have its credit cards cut up. But we shouldn’t forget that there is a legitimate role for a reasonable level of debt in responsible hands. That’s why the Balanced Budget Amendment advanced by the Compact for America Initiative would do the next best thing: It would require a majority of state legislatures to approve any increase in federal borrowing above an initial debt limit. In other words, 26 state legislatures would be required to cosign on the federal government’s credit card. In addition, to ensure the initial debt limit is respected, the President would be empowered and required to designate spending cuts when 98% of the debt limit is reached. Congress would then be required to override those designations within 30 days with alternative cuts.

Unlike the current national debt brinksmanship, the Compact for America Initiative is designed to force Washington to agree upon a budget that can command a wide national consensus long before the midnight hour arrives. The Compact for America would keep the nation’s credit rating from being held hostage to a game of chicken between the President and Congress. With the states serving as Congress’ fiscal control board, and the buck stopping at the President’s desk, the Compact for America Balanced Budget Amendment Initiative would powerfully check and balance Washington.

This initiative is just the sort of powerful, yet pragmatic reform that could only be originated outside of Washington, D.C. It’s time for the states and the people, led by their Governors, to seize the day.

Nick Dranias holds the Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan Chair for Constitutional Government and is director of the Joseph and Dorothy Donnelly Moller Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute.

Learn more:

Financial Times: Don’t Fear the Fiscal Cliff

Compact for America: Home page

U.S. Debt Clock: Home page

Ann Kirkpatrick: A reckless and irresponsible record that cannot be repeated

Jonathan Paton

Kirkpatrick broke the public’s trust, bankrupted our country 

Jonathan Paton warned Thursday that Ann Kirkpatrick’s record in Congress was reckless and irresponsible, and said that if she’s elected again, Kirkpatrick will continue to add to our deficit and destroy American jobs.

One of Kirkpatrick’s first votes as a member of Congress was for Nancy Pelosi’s budget, which would have added $1.2 trillion to our national debt. The budget was called “the most fiscally irresponsible budget in the history of the federal government.” (The Union Leader, April 5, 2009)

That’s in addition to her voting for the failed stimulus and ObamaCare – two massive spending packages the country cannot afford.

And who can forget how Kirkpatrick wasted more than $100,000 on bonuses for her staff and campaign aides after she lost her election.

“Ann Kirkpatrick was reckless and irresponsible with taxpayer dollars, voting for policies and spending packages that further bankrupted our country. As if that wasn’t enough, Kirkpatrick went on a personal spending binge after losing her race, burning through more than $100,000 to reward her staff and political aides,” Paton said. “Ann Kirkpatrick has broken the public trust. She simply cannot be trusted ever again.”

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Four More Years?

Sometimes, we must see the future clearly to act boldly in the present.
Take a glimpse into the darkness of Obama’s America in 2016.
High unemployment. Record high gas prices. The Middle East in chaos.
Religion on the run. Record debt levels. America downsized.
America downgraded.

Legislative Analysis of Prop 117

Vote No on Prop 117!

This is from JLBC’s own fiscal note.   It’s clear this will hurt the State General fund and shift more property tax to homeowners.

 

http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/2r/fiscal/scr1025.doc.htm&Session_ID=107

 

BILL #   SCR 1025 TITLE:   property tax assessed valuation; limitation
SPONSOR:   Yarbrough STATUS:   As Introduced
PREPARED BY:     Hans Olofsson

Description

 

SCR 1025 would amend the Arizona Constitution, upon voter approval, by limiting the annual growth of locally assessed real property to 5%, beginning in Tax Year (TY) 2014.  By way of comparison, current law limits the annual valuation growth of such property to the greater of:  (1) 10% or (2) 25% of the difference between the parcel’s full cash value in the current year and the parcel’s limited value in the prior year.  In addition, under current law, as well as under the resolution, a parcel’s limited value can never exceed its full cash value.

Under current law, primary taxes are levied on a parcel’s limited value, whereas secondary taxes are levied on its full cash value.  Primary taxes are levied to pay for the maintenance and operation of local governments and secondary taxes are levied to pay for debt service, budget overrides, and special taxing districts.  SCR 1025 would provide that all property taxes be levied on the limited value.

If approved by voters in the 2012 General Election, SCR 1025 would become effective in TY 2014.  Under the state’s valuation calendar, the 5% cap would first apply to 2013 property valuations, which are not subject to taxes until FY 2015. For this reason, the fiscal impact of the valuation growth cap would not occur until earliest FY 2015.

Estimated Impact

When future property values grow by more than 5%, there could be a relatively small increase in the state’s General Fund cost for the constitutional 1% Cap provision (see discussion below).  The timing of this fiscal impact is uncertain, however, since it depends on when residential and commercial property values will begin growing again, which cannot be determined in advance.  Additionally, it is also difficult to predict the exact rate at which future values will grow.

Analysis

According to historical county levy limit worksheets, the statewide annual growth in locally assessed real property values has varied over time.  For example, primary assessed real property appreciated at an average annual rate of 4.8% between TY 2000 and TY 2006.  This was followed by average annual growth of 9.7% between TY 2007 and TY 2009, and average annual decline of (11.5)% between TY 2010 and TY 2012.

Preliminary notice of value data indicates that real property values will decline in TY 2013.  It is still uncertain, however, whether real property values will increase or decrease in TY 2014.  It is also difficult to predict exactly when statewide locally assessed valuation growth will first exceed 5%.  When this occurs, however,  the resolution’s growth cap would result in a higher truth-in-taxation (TNT) rate for the K-12 qualifying tax rate (QTR) and state equalization tax rate (SETR) than under current law.  Under TNT, the QTR and SETR are adjusted each year to offset the change in statewide existing property values.  For example, if property values grow by 7% under the current law, the QTR declines by 7% to hold the tax levy on existing property constant.  Under SCR 1025, the growth will be limited to 5% and the QTR will only decline by 5%.

Unless the Legislature decided to override the automatic rate adjustments under TNT, SCR 1025 would have essentially no impact on Basic State Aid to schools since the higher K-12 tax rates would be offset by commensurately lower property values.

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The 5% growth cap would also result in higher maximum allowable tax rates for local governments than under current law.  The Arizona Constitution allows counties, community colleges, cities and towns to increase their primary property tax levies on existing property by 2% each year.  While levy limits would not change under SCR 1025, the lower tax base under the resolution could result in higher local property tax rates than under current law.  These higher local tax rates could potentially raise the cost of the “1% Cap.”  Under the Arizona Constitution, the total combined primary tax levied on owner-occupied residential property is limited to 1% of the parcel’s value.  When the combined tax rate exceeds 1% of residential property values, the state holds school districts harmless by paying them the amount in excess of 1% that otherwise would have been paid by homeowners.  The estimated statewide cost of the 1% Cap was $6.8 million in FY 2012.  The increased cost of the 1% Cap under SCR 1025, if any, cannot be determined in advance.

Local Government Impact

Since all property taxes under SCR 1025, including taxes to pay for bonds, overrides, and special districts, would be based on limited value rather than full cash value, the resolution would limit future bonding capacity for local governments in years when full cash value would grow faster than 5%.

 

2/17/12

Sewers vs. Sports Arenas

By Stephen Slivinski, Goldwater Institute

When government issues debt, you probably think it’s paying for the construction of a highway or water and sewer improvements – the sort of things that we usually expect government to provide.

For almost a quarter of state and local government debt in Arizona, however, the bonds pay for projects that directly benefit private interests instead of the public at large. And none of this debt is subject to the constitutional debt limits, nor did voters approve much of it.

The city of Glendale, Ariz. is a prime example of what can happen when government is not bound by constitutional debt limits. Over 40 percent of Glendale’s current long-term debt load ($475 million out of just over $1.12 billion in debt) goes to finance the hockey arena, the Cardinals stadium, hotel and retail centers, and subsidies to retail giant Cabelas. Glendale has used financing methods that keep its debt outside of the debt limits in the state constitution.

Repayment of the bonds is premised on the revenue that these projects are expected to generate from, say, well-attended hockey games or highly popular retail centers. But if that revenue never materializes, as has happened often, someone else will have to pay the bonds. Taxpayers are the likely target.

One way to protect the public’s money from special debt-financed subsidies to private interests is to put an overall cap on all government debt and to subject all local debt issuance to voter approval. These steps would require elected officials to make the case to voters that a bond to give subsidies to a sports team or a big retail corporation is more important than keeping open some of their bonding capacity for things like sewer improvements or public safety. When the trade-offs are so explicit, it’s unlikely that voters will approve letting local governments abuse their power to issue debt.

Stephen Slivinski is a senior economist at the Goldwater Institute.

Learn More:

Goldwater Institute: Cutting up the Credit Cards: Seven Ideas to Reform the Culture of Debt in State and Local Government

Goldwater Institute: Debt and Taxes: Arizona Taxpayers on Hook for $66 Billion Tab Run Up by State, Local Governments

City of Glendale: Debt Management Plan

Obama’s Failing Agenda Tour in Tempe this Monday!

Americans for Prosperity - Arizona

Dear Freedom Fighter,

 

AFP-Arizona will be traveling the state this week educating citizens about President Obama’s failing agenda and putting grassroots pressure on him.

Join us this Monday in Tempe to get the tools you need to educate your neighbors and family about Obama’s failing agenda!

WHAT: Obama’s Failing Agenda Bus Tour Stop in Tempe

WHEN: Monday, September 17th — Bus Stop Rally, Noon to 1:00 pm and Freedom PhoneBank Training, 1:00 to 2:00 pm

WHERE: 12 PM at Monti’s La Casa Vieja, 1 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ

REGISTER TODAY!

We’ve faced a government health care takeover, burdening Americans with over $500 billion in new taxes, four straight years of spending trillions of dollars we don’t have, billions wasted on green energy companies like Solyndra which then went bankrupt, and over 42 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent.

It’s time for President Obama to change his failing agenda and support policies that will help families and not drive America deeper into debt.

Hope to see you this week; it’s time to make your voice heard!

Yours in Liberty,

Tom Jenney
State Director
AFP-Arizona