The Bloodlust of the Maricopa GOP

Judas Iscariot is back! This is the latest episode of insanity being spearheaded by former Maricopa County Chaurmen AJ LaFaro and company. This will be brought up from the floor at this Saturday’s State Party meeting. 

AZGOP State Committeemen’s Resolution To Censure Chairman Robert Graham

We, the State Committeemen of the Arizona Republican Party (AZGOP), from which Chairman Robert Graham was elected, are obligated to hold all of our leaders accountable for their actions. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both in as much Robert Graham is by far one of the worst Party Chairman the AZGOP has ever endured. So with conviction we rise and declare:

WHEREAS, Chairman Robert Graham

· has continued to violate the Arizona Revised Statutes, the Bylaws of the Arizona Republican Party and several of the County and Legislative District Republican Committees; and 

· has repeatedly disregarded and disrespected the will of an overwhelming majority of the AZGOP State and Precinct Committeemen; and

· has conducted dictatorial actions that have been a calculated and insidious conspiracy to purge grassroots and conservative Republicans from the AZGOP for his personal benefit, the benefit of his cronies and the Republican establishment cabal. 

BE IT RESOLVED that Robert Graham’s constant intimidation, bullying, overreach and unilateral policies will no longer be tolerated;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the AZGOP State Committeemen have lost confidence in Robert Graham and will no longer support him or his actions;

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED the AZGOP State Committeemen censures Robert Graham for his continued disservice to our Party, State and Nation.

Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims, Socialism, and Free Markets

pilgrims-300x215The story of the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving is widely taught in all our schools. What is seldom taught, however, is what those Pilgrims learned, at great pain, about Socialism versus Free Markets.

The Pilgrim experience stands as the most authentic-ever, real-life comparison of socialism versus free-markets for human interaction, commerce, and governance.

As a reminder, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in November, 1620. They promptly lost half their population to starvation, sickness, and exposure that first winter, and they fared little better the second winter. We were all taught that a Native American named Squanto taught the survivors to fish, plant corn, use fertilizer, and hunt deer.

What most of us never learned (or glossed over) was that the original contract the Pilgrims brokered with their London sponsors required that everything the Pilgrims produced was to go into a common store, and every member was to be allotted one equal share.  Further, all the land they cleared and all the buildings they constructed were to belong to the whole community rather than to any individual.

To those with visions of utopian egalitarianism (which today’s Left piously calls Social Justice), this must have sounded like the ideal society.  Free of outside evil influences from Europe, personal property and greed were to be banished.  Everyone was to work hard for thecommon good, and altruism was to be its own reward.

How did it work out?

williambradford.statue3Horribly!

In the two winters beginning in 1621 & 1622, many died from starvation, pneumonia, or both.  Here are excerpts from Governor William Bradford’s own retrospective summary of the community’s experience with what we now variously call collectivism, socialism, or communism:

This community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.

For the young men, that were most able and fit for labour and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense. 

And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it.

Let none object this is men’s corruption, and nothing to the course itself. I answer, seeing all men have this corruption in them, God in His wisdom saw another course fitter for them.

In other words, said the Governor, it simply didn’t work. Mankind’s nature simply wouldn’t accommodate it, no matter how “ideal” it may have seemed.

Bradford had discovered that even these most idealistic of peoples had no reason to put in any extra effort without the motivation of personal incentives to do so.

Wisely, in April, 1623, Bradford abruptly abandoned collectivism. Instead, he assigned a plot of land to each family, permitting them to keep everything they grew or made and to market anything they didn’t consume themselves.  He actually harnessed all that awful human ”greed” and put it to work in a free-market system.

So how did free markets and private property work out for the same people in the same place under the same circumstances?

corn-187781_640Boffo!

The Pilgrims soon had more food than they could eat or trade among themselves.  So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Native Americans.  They paid off their debts to their London sponsors and soon attracted a great European migration. They still had plenty of problems, but hunger was never again one of them.

As Bradford summarized the new approach:

The women now went willing into the field, and took their little ones with them to plant corn, while before they would allege weakness and inability, and to have compelled them would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.

This [new approach] had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content.

Most importantly for us today, Bradford wrote about the bitter lessons learned from the failure of original plan:

Let none argue that this is due to human failing rather than to this communistic plan of life in itself ...

In modern times, when confronted with the undeniable historical record of socialism’s failures, the Left usually argues that the “right people” weren’t in charge, and if only they had been, their utopian socialist vision would have succeeded. If Bradford could speak, he would surely disagree based on the Pilgrims’ real-life experience.

So …

Why isn’t this lesson featured up front, in neon lights, in American history classes? Why isn’t it the lead story of the Pilgrim experience?  Why has the history even been falsified and its most important lesson ignored?

Perhaps it’s because the people who write our history textbooks still don’t want to believe it. Perhaps those authors still cling to the hope that some form of their beloved utopian socialism, collectivism, Marxism, communism, … will one day triumph over Private Property and Free Markets.

Unfortunately for those authors, the historical record couldn’t be clearer. For Americans, the Pilgrims’ experience should rightfully be our Exhibit One. In our own time, Milton Friedman said much the same in this now-classic video clip.

milton-friedmanWhen it comes to bettering the life of the common man, Free Markets and Private Property work — the alternatives don’t.

Granted, socialism, fascism, communism and other grand central-planning systems may work for a little while, after a fashion, most especially for those in power. But eventually they always fail, hurting most the people those systems were supposed to help — to the point of killing them. Yet even to this day, people keep falling for the false promises of those failed systems of human interaction and governance.

Finally —

For more than 3000 years at Passover, Jews around the world have been re-telling the story of their deliverance from slavery. And for over 2000 years at Easter, Christians have been re-telling the story of their redemption.  Now that it’s been nearly 400 years since the Pilgrims landed in America, perhaps we could begin re-telling the real story of Thanksgiving every year, headlining those life-and-death lessons the Pilgrims learned about the differences between Socialism and Free Markets.

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The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Winston Churchill

[Note: This is an updated version of articles written in January, 2011, and the Novembers of 2012, 2013, and 2014. This article was originally published at http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/11/22/thanksgiving-story-the-pilgrims-socialism-and-free-markets-2/]

Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims, Collectivism, and Free Markets

pilgrims-300x215The story of the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving is widely taught in all our schools. What is seldom taught, however, is what those Pilgrims learned, at great pain, about Collectivism versus Free Markets.

This story stands as perhaps the clearest and starkest-ever before-and-after comparison between those two rival systems for human interaction and governance.

Read the full article at this link.

State Bar terrorizing conservatives‏

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

State Bar reneges on promise not to charge conservative attorney hundreds of thousands of dollars of out-of-state attorneys fees 
Denies ever promising conservative attorney they would not seek attorneys’ fees – yet we’ve got the email to prove they did!  

We’ve been following the attacks on Sheriff Arpaio the last few years, including the left going after his attorneys. The left successfully got the Arizona State Bar to disbar former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his deputy Lisa Aubuchon, even though the Obama Justice Department cleared Thomas and Arpaio of any wrongdoing. Now, the State Bar is coming after Thomas and his deputies personally for the costs of prosecuting them.The State Bar went out and found expensive out of state attorneys to prosecute Thomas and his deputies, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. Really? They couldn’t find one attorney of the thousands of attorneys in Arizona who could have prosecuted them? Does anyone believe actually believe that?

We obtained pleadings that were recently filed regarding the allocation of costs. During settlement proceedings, one of the two special out of state prosecutors, John Gleason, assured Andrew Thomas’s attorney in an email, attached, that the attorneys’ fees and out-of-state costs would not be assessed against him.

Now, the other out of state prosecutor, Jamie Sudler, has filed a pleading with the Arizona Supreme Court stating that the assurance does not apply, even to the lower level attorney Lisa Aubuchon. He wrote in his pleading, “Respondent Aubuchon’s reliance on that email, if sincere, was misplaced and not warranted.”

Utterly amazing the nerve to treat them differently than other attorneys who are prosecuted by the Bar! Other attorneys prosecuted by the Bar aren’t assessed hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional legal costs for out of state attorneys! This is a clear violation of due process if we’ve ever seen one, unequal treatment under the law. If Aubuchon had realized the Bar would renege on its promise not to charge attorneys’ fees and out of state costs, she probably would have taken the settlement offer!

This is nothing more than a personal, political vindictive attack on Thomas and his deputies. They have already lost their licenses to practice law. The State Bar is out of control on a jihad against conservatives and it is time to stop the corruption. We here at American Post-Gazette will continue to keep you informed about this as information trickles in. The legislature needs to reform the State Bar, NOW. 
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State Bar terrorizing conservatives

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

State Bar reneges on promise not to charge conservative attorney hundreds of thousands of dollars of out-of-state attorneys fees 
Denies ever promising conservative attorney they would not seek attorneys’ fees – yet we’ve got the email to prove they did!  

We’ve been following the attacks on Sheriff Arpaio the last few years, including the left going after his attorneys. The left successfully got the Arizona State Bar to disbar former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his deputy Lisa Aubuchon, even though the Obama Justice Department cleared Thomas and Arpaio of any wrongdoing. Now, the State Bar is coming after Thomas and his deputies personally for the costs of prosecuting them.

The State Bar went out and found expensive out of state attorneys to prosecute Thomas and his deputies, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. Really? They couldn’t find one attorney of the thousands of attorneys in Arizona who could have prosecuted them? Does anyone believe actually believe that?

We obtained pleadings that were recently filed regarding the allocation of costs. During settlement proceedings, one of the two special out of state prosecutors, John Gleason, assured Andrew Thomas’s attorney in an email, attached, that the attorneys’ fees and out-of-state costs would not be assessed against him.

Now, the other out of state prosecutor, Jamie Sudler, has filed a pleading with the Arizona Supreme Court stating that the assurance does not apply, even to the lower level attorney Lisa Aubuchon. He wrote in his pleading, “Respondent Aubuchon’s reliance on that email, if sincere, was misplaced and not warranted.”

Utterly amazing the nerve to treat them differently than other attorneys who are prosecuted by the Bar! Other attorneys prosecuted by the Bar aren’t assessed hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional legal costs for out of state attorneys! This is a clear violation of due process if we’ve ever seen one, unequal treatment under the law. If Aubuchon had realized the Bar would renege on its promise not to charge attorneys’ fees and out of state costs, she probably would have taken the settlement offer!

This is nothing more than a personal, political vindictive attack on Thomas and his deputies. They have already lost their licenses to practice law. The State Bar is out of control on a jihad against conservatives and it is time to stop the corruption. We here at American Post-Gazette will continue to keep you informed about this as information trickles in. The legislature needs to reform the State Bar, NOW. 

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Stop Pension Spiking / Sign Online Petition

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613 Days and Growing…

The number of days since Mayor Stanton promised he would end pension spiking and after 613 days not one single public meeting or public vote has been scheduled.  “It’s time to end pension spiking, it’s time to keep the promise to end it and it is time to schedule a public meeting and vote. So we now need to go directly to the voters to put the pressure on the politicians” said Councilman Sal DiCiccio.

The online petition can be found at  http://StopPensionSpiking.com

After six letters and a request for a personal meeting with Mayor Stanton, Councilman Sal DiCiccio launched an online petition hoping to get a public meeting and a vote to end pension spiking.

DiCiccio, a staunch opponent of the practice, has maintained pension spiking is in direct violation of the Arizona Constitution.  In every communication to the Mayor’s office, he has requested a public discussion and vote so the public can know where the Mayor and Council stand on the practice.  Pension spiking has contributed to Phoenix’s $2.4 billion unfunded pension liability.

The Goldwater Institute recently filed a lawsuit against Phoenix to end the practice.  Delaying council action puts Phoenix in legal jeopardy.

“I figured after seven attempts to contact the Mayor it was time for a new approach. Hopefully, this petition will get his attention. 613 days without a public discussion or vote is no longer acceptable. Everyday wasted is another day taxpayers are left footing the bill for extravagant pension packages. It is time to schedule a vote.” said Councilman DiCiccio.

Survey Shows Immense Support for the Referendum on the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion

 

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives released the results of a statewide survey conducted last week that shows immense support for the referendum on the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion. The statewide survey shows that 69% to 70% of respondents continue to reject Governor Brewer’s plan to implement the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion in Arizona.

The survey asked:

Do you believe that the voters should have the opportunity to vote on the Obamacare / Medicaid Expansion in the 2014 election?

  • (30%) No
  • (70%) Yes
  • (0%) Unsure

The survey also shows that regardless of political affiliation, income, or gender people in Arizona believe elected representatives should participate in any law they impose upon the people with an extraordinary 97% positive response to the question:

Do you agree that Congress and their employees should be on the same plan as taxpayers?

  • (02%) No
  • (97%) Yes
  • (01%) Unsure

The Governors attempt to ignore the facts that Proposition 204 was a vote on how to spend the tobacco fund and a population increase to 100% versus her 2013 Medicaid Expansion bill that is funded by new taxes and increases the population to 133% is rejected by a consistent 69% to 70% of those surveyed.

The survey was conducted from August 19-21, 2013 with on online survey and 541 respondents. The heavily Republican response shows that 72% oppose ObamaCare, 69% reject a tax increase to pay for it, and 70% reject a repeat of the 2010 cuts to education, roads, or public safety.

The numbers reveal a steady pattern consistent with the poll conducted in April of this year by Magellan Strategies, proving once again that Arizona voters reject participation in ObamaCare including the Medicaid Expansion.

URAPC presents the survey as evidence that the referendum will experience the same resounding victory that occurred with the overwhelming passage of Proposition 106 in 2010. The survey clearly shows the Governors attempt to ignore the copious differences between her 2013 Medicaid Expansion and the 13-year old Proposition 204 is rejected by the majority of Arizona voters.

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives continues its mission to unite the voters in Arizona to defeat Governor Brewer’s ill conceived and unconstitutional legislation so it can be referred to the ballot and vetoed by the people of Arizona.  The Governor and Restoring Arizona continue to openly mock and ridicule

the Precinct Committeemen, Small Businessmen, and Hard Working Taxpayers that have taken up pen and clipboard to thwart the alliance of Corporate welfare recipients, greedy lobbyists, and rogue Republican legislators. URAPC grows as those committed to having their voices heard by collecting the required signatures to send this critical decision to the voters.

 

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Jim Sharpe: Stop protecting bar disciplinary judge O’Neil and release public documents

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Distributed by C O M M O N  S E N S E , in Arizona
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jim Sharpe: Why is crooked Bar Disciplinary Judge O’Neil being protected? 

O’Neil let his friend practice law in prison after he killed a woman in a hit-and-run DUI, while he disbarred Andrew Thomas for political reasons 

Here is a loose

Above the law
ABOVE THE LAW: No judge or attorney will dare take O’Neil on, since he has the power to take their license to practice law away.

transcript from the Jim Sharpe show Friday afternoon on KFYI:

We learned that judges are above the law when it came to the Andrew Thomas deal, but it goes beyond that. It’s the job of William O’Neil, bar disciplinary judge, to determine whether lawyers keep or lose their license. He sits on a 3-member panel, which is made up of an attorney from the State Bar, and a public citizen. They took away Andrew Thomas’s license. They never looked at the allegations Thomas had brought against public officials, even though the grand juries found them valid. They claimed that Thomas just didn’t like the way the judges were ruling.

There’s been some interesting goings on over the past few years with Judge O’Neil. There is a former friend of O’Neil’s who is trying to get the information out there. The story is convoluted, which benefits the wrongdoers. The average person doesn’t pay attention and the wrongdoers keep going.

There’s an attorney named Christopher Perry who hit an elderly couple while driving drunk, killing the woman, and he fled the scene. He was indicted by a grand jury, and was sentenced to only a year and a half in prison. Perry’s name appears on about 1,600 documents as an attorney- all while he was behind bars! If you or I had done what he did, we’d probably be doing 7 years behind bars. He served only a little over a year. You’d think his law license would have been taken away. But it wasn’t. This goes back to Judge O’Neil. He issued an order of stay on the suspension. People have been asking to see these orders, but they’re not being produced.

Perry held the loan on O’Neil’s mother-in-law’s home. That house was sold in a short sale in 2010, and purchased by a business partner of O’Neil’s, who then turned around and transferred a 50% interest to the judge! You or I have a short sale, we move out of the house, we lose the house. Well O’Neil’s mother-in-law has continued living in the house the entire time!

I have a string of emails here, there is an attorney who had her license taken away by Judge O’Neil, who tried to ask for these documents, but she was told they’re not part of Perry’s file!

I have been contacted by someone from the State Bar. Why does this private organization get to decide who gets to keep their law license? They’re a bunch of liberals who don’t like people like Andrew Thomas. Whereas people who kill little old ladies get to continue practicing law! The Arizona Supreme Court can pass along the authority to manage attorneys’ law licenses to anyone they want. They need to oversee this and make sure the right thing is done. No lawyer wants to jump into this, because the judge they’re going after could take away their law license! That’s what happened to Andrew Thomas. If you try to go after anyone in power who has control over your law license, they will take you out.

I don’t know why the governor’s office isn’t all over this. It’s starting to become clear that they’re preventing folks from putting the documents all together to stop them from figuring it all out. Come on, produce the documents that have been requested. People are trying to protect a judge that should not be protected. Enough is enough is enough. These people are supposed to be unbiased and judging cases. Put some confidence back in the legal system.

Listen to the show here, it’s the first 10 minutes.

We recommend concerned people contact your legislators about this situation, because clearly the State Bar and Arizona Supreme Court aren’t going to do anything on their own.

House Speaker Andy Tobin atobin@azleg.gov 602-926-5172
Senate Majority leader Andy Biggs abiggs@azleg.gov 602-926-4371

Rep. John Allen has indicated he would like to help out in this area, so you may want to contact him too – allen@azleg.gov 602-926-4916

Read our last five exposes on O’Neil here:

http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/13/radio-talkshow-host-jim-sharpe-shocked-that-nothing-has-been-done-about-az-bar-disciplinary-judge-oneil/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/08/corrupt-az-bar-disciplinary-judge-teaching-ethics-to-gop-lawyers/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/04/az-bar-disciplinary-judge-using-work-resources-to-investigate-political-opponents/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/03/bar-disciplinary-judges-unethical-short-sale-going-viral-makes-radio-show/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/06/21/az-bar-disciplinary-judge-walks-over-crooked-short-sale-michigan-judge-gets-prison/
 

 

 

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Dr. Art Laffer: E-Fairness Is A Pro-Growth Solution


Marketplace Press Release-1Study projects 1.5 million jobs in the next 10 years; Over 39,000 in Arizona

For Immediate Release

July 18, 2013

Contact: Paul Layeux

paul@colemandahm.com

Phoenix, AZ – Small business owners in Arizona welcomed a study conducted by economist Art Laffer and Donna Arduin that shows closing the online sales tax loophole has a myriad of benefits, including the potential to lower overall tax rates and jumpstart economic growth.  Laffer’s study suggests that passing e-fairness legislation like the Marketplace Fairness Act would create a tax system with fewer loopholes, a larger base, and lower rates for all taxpayers, which could lead to an increase in GDP of $563.2 billion and over 1.5 million jobs over the next 10 years.

“As a small business owner, I think a level playing field is essential, but Dr. Laffer’s study makes it crystal clear that this is something that will create jobs in Arizona” said Sole Sports Running owner Lance Muzslay in Tempe.  “It’s hard to argue with the possibility of adding over 13% to Arizona’s GDP while also helping Main Street businesses.”

The Marketplace Fairness Act received a bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2013, and similar legislation is already pending in the House of Representatives with over 60 bipartisan cosponsors.

Dr. Laffer’s findings support the efforts of a growing coalition of small business owners, governors and free market conservatives across the country who are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to act and to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act.

“The Laffer study shows we have a chance to not only correct the inequity of the current system, but also to boost economic growth by cutting taxes across the board” said Jim Mapstead of Accurate Signs & Engraving of Phoenix.

Click here to download a copy of the report.

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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.