“We are the rank and file grass roots of the Republican Party. …Aside from being Republicans we are Arizonans. The Voters of Arizona reject the state implementation of Obamacare.”
For immediate release:
Legislative District 10 GOP opposes Governor’s Plan for Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
The Republican Precinct Committeemen of Legislative District 10 unanimously passed a resolution
opposing Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid at our monthly meeting on March 9, 2013.
We have considered the Governor’s March 6th appeal to support her plan, and the information she has
presented to date, but found them wanting:
· The Governor makes an emotional appeal suggesting that if we don’t support her plan to expand
Medicaid, people will die. That is simply not the case. Under Obamacare the Federal
government will directly subsidize private health insurance to those same people. Numerous
studies have shown that private heath insurance provides higher quality care than the
government run Medicaid program.
· Her plan fails to address reasonable alternatives such as the direct Federal subsidy of private
health insurance for the poor already provided for in the Affordable Health Care Act
(Obamacare), and other models such as Wisconsin’s Badgercare. There are alternatives which
minimize or avoid financial burden to the State of Arizona.
· Governor Brewer’s plan ignores and attempts to sidestep the Constitution of the State of
Arizona. It ignores the will of Arizona voters who passed Propositions 106 and 108 to oppose
the implementation of Obamacare in Arizona and to require a super majority vote to raise taxes.
· Her plan unduly benefits select special interests such as large urban for-profit hospitals but
inadequately considers the effect of the “hospital assessment” on small rural hospitals. It fails to
install audit procedures to prevent the hidden tax of “hospital assessments” from being cost
shifted to all Arizonans who use hospitals. Thus the Governor’s plan becomes another example
of the Affordable Health Care Act making health care less affordable.
· The Governor cites support from 110 large corporate interests, governmental agencies, and
public service organizations, many of which will directly benefit from her plan. She does not
address the thousands of small businesses that will carry the brunt of the consequences and
oppose her plan, or the millions of Arizona Voters who have already told her NO.
We are the rank and file grass roots of the Republican Party. We stand with the other Legislative
Districts and County Party Organizations who have stood up to oppose the Medicaid expansion.
Overwhelmingly both the Republican Party leadership and the grass roots oppose the Medicaid
Expansion. Aside from being Republicans we are Arizonans. The Voters of Arizona reject the state
implementation of Obamacare.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2011
CONTACT: Eric Van Epps
Phoenix, AZ – To paraphrase President Reagan’s rebuke to “Fritz” Mondale, “Andrei, Andrei, Andrei, there you go again.” Last Monday, Andrei Cherny attacked Arizona Republican legislators for upholding Arizona unemployment laws. The Chairman of the Arizona Democrat Party may feel obligated to advocate that economic and employment concerns can best be solved by ever larger government subsidization but history clearly shows he is wrong.
Arizona Republican legislators look to abide by statutes which have been in place for the past three decades. Democrats should be ashamed for trying to exploit loopholes which would only increase our nation’s debt and not address the real problem, which is President Obama’s lack of focus on a declining job market.
Cherny dares to advocate that the responsible decisions made by our republican leadership only aim to punish struggling families and rob our state’s economy. Much like a child with a new credit card, Cherny fails to grasp the concept of borrowed money and doesn’t seem to understand that an increase in unemployment benefits from a year and a half to two years will only increase the fourteen trillion dollar debt already owed by America’s taxpayers.
Unemployment benefits were designed to provide stopgap financial assistance while an individual was between jobs; unemployment was never intended to serve as income for a prolonged period of time. Intrusive big government solutions instituted by President Obama have served only to extend and deepen America’s financial crisis.
“Band-Aids serve their purpose,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey, “But Band-Aids will never mend a severed limb. Instead of lengthening unemployment benefits, democrats need to support policies that will create jobs.”
While democrats in Arizona and Washington scheme to come up with new ways that exacerbate our rising unemployment problems, Republicans look to loosen regulations, lower costs and bring back many of the jobs that have been lost overseas.
Chairman Morrissey continued, “You can only ignore a problem for so long.
Eventually you have to address that problem and do something about it. I believe that by passing a jobs bill the Republican legislature has acknowledged the problem and taken the right path that will solve our state and our nation’s economic problems.”
Wildfires continue to burn throughout Arizona forcing many people to flee their homes, often without knowing when or if they’ll be able to return. I would like to ask each and every one of you to take a few moments of your time, a few dollars, or a few spare items from your cabinets to support our neighbors in their time of need.
Members of Arizona Smart Girl Politics in conjunction with Sparkle Cleaners and 5 Star Termite and Pest Control are sponsoring relief efforts in the form of a donation drive for those affected. Below are a number of items that are desperately needed to help victims of this catastrophe. You can drop off your donations at my office, 3323 N. Campbell Ave, Ste 6, or at any one of the other locations listed below:
Rincon Ventures: 3323 N. Campbell Avenue, Suite 6, Tucson
5 Star Termite & Pest Control: 1002 S. Pantano Road, Tucson
Any Sparkle Cleaners Location in the Tucson Area
These are the Items needed for donation:
*Pull-Ups of all sizes
*Travel sized shampoo and conditioners
*All personal hygiene items for adults and children
*Toothpaste, toothbrushes and other dental care items
*Walmart, Target or KMart gift cards in $5 or $10 denominations to be given to families in need while sheltered.
For those who would like to make monetary donations, you may do so through either Wells Fargo Bank or the National Bank of Arizona simply by dropping off cash or a check for “Cochise County Monument Fire”. Also, donations are being accepted through the Red Cross of Southern Arizona.
I know that all of us here in Southern Arizona are praying for some rain, for the monsoons to arrive and douse these fires, for as many people and homes to be spared as possible, for the brave men and women fighting these fires. I join you in those prayers, and I’m asking you to take one step further. Join me in helping to provide a displaced family with something of need.
In a happy coincidence, I saw a new World Bank study on entitlements and economic growth on the same day a lawsuit against cuts to Arizona’s Medicaid benefits was filed. The World Bank study provides evidence that while reinstatement of the Medicaid benefits might help some right away, in the long run it would likely hurt us all economically, including the people the lawsuit seeks to help.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit want to restore Medicaid spending on adults with incomes above the federal minimum and up to the poverty level. Arizona has covered these individuals under a voter initiative passed in 2001. A tobacco tax was supposed to cover the expense, but it has never come close to funding the population covered by the initiative, requiring general funds to make up the difference. The legislature reduced this expense in an effort to balance the state’s budget.
The World Bank study looks at 100 nations over the last 30 years. It finds that economic and political freedoms, where individuals decide how to earn and spend their money, boost economic growth. Entitlements—tax-supported benefits like health care and welfare—either do not enhance economic growth or negatively affect it.
The lesson is that while social spending might be based on good intentions, entitlement programs can harm both those who make social spending possible and the recipients. As the author of the World Bank study put it, “For developed countries, [the study’s results] suggest that prioritizing economic freedom over social entitlements could be an effective way to reform the welfare state and make it more sustainable and equitable in the long run.”
In other words, deregulation, low taxes, and limited market interference make a society more prosperous, which ultimately reduces the need for social spending.
Dr. Byron Schlomach is the director of the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Economic Prosperity.
Goldwater Institute: Put Arizona on a Real Budget: New Spending Limit Can Restore State’s Fiscal Health
Devastating photos of the once booming American city Detroit, Michigan were brought to my attention yesterday. Watch this video as photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre reveal the Ruins of Detroit.
What would lead to such devastating outcomes? I would argue several factors.
1. Industrial Exodus: Probably the most dramatic and immediate factor for the decline as major companies either went out of business or packed up operations and moved to more favorable business climates. One thing I cannot document without detailed research is whether the companies moved to other states or oversees altogether. I would presume that the majority of these companies moved to southeast Asia where labor is cheaper.
2. Impact of Unions: Most likely the rising influence of unions over the last few decades probably led to an increase in the cost of doing business. This probably forced these companies to relocate to right-to-work states or oversees where labor is cheaper.
3. Increase in Corporate Tax Rates: Another indirect result of raising taxes on Michigan-based companies, the cost of doing business increased on these companies which led to their demise or departure to more tax-friendly business climates.
4. Decline of an Ownership Society: As government and business interests conflicted, more people lost their jobs and ended up dependent on government to survive. With no personal investment in owning property, the result is no pride in ownership.
5. Inherently Doomed Public Education System: a union-controlled public education system with a voracious appetite for a rapidly declining tax base and no desire to be innovative is probably the major reason for a population of individuals who lack even basic math and reading skills. (I’d like to see how the private schools are doing in comparison.)
Now it’s your turn. I’d love to read other’s thoughts and comments about what happened in Detroit and especially how Arizona is different in the factors I’ve mentioned.
PHOENIX–Most Arizona families that receive welfare assistance have no one in the home working or training for a full-time job despite a federal mandate to do so, according to a new report from the Goldwater Institute.
In 1996, Congress passed a series of reforms commonly known as welfare-to-work, which reduced the number of people nationwide receiving direct welfare benefits from 4.4 million to 1.7 million by 2007. Welfare-to-work required states to motivate people on welfare to find at least part-time work or to enter job training to prepare for a new career.
Initially, Arizona had success with welfare-to-work. But once the state reduced its welfare enrollment by half, the federal government no longer held Arizona accountable for additional progress. In 2007, 9,662 Arizona families receiving welfare had at least one adult in the house who could work, but didn’t put in a single hour during the week. That made up 60 percent of all work-eligible welfare families.
In Making Welfare Work: Reforming Arizona’s Welfare System to Help Families and Save Money, Katherine K. Bradley, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, explains that other states continue to encourage welfare recipients to find work or job training with additional restrictions that go beyond the federal rules. “Arizona should consider reforms that would move more families into jobs and reduce the current welfare caseload in order to improve citizens’ independence and save millions of taxpayer dollars,” Ms. Bradley says.
Ms. Bradley suggests several steps that Arizona could take to move more people off of welfare, including:
· Set higher targets for getting welfare recipients into jobs or training. Hold staff at Department of Economic Security accountable for reaching those benchmarks.
· Require able-bodied recipients to immediately begin a four-week job search program. Recipients should report daily to a training site and log at least 30 hours a week of job search and training activity.
· Deny an entire welfare check the first time someone fails to report for work or job training.
· Require all parents of children receiving welfare payments to work. Illegal immigrants aren’t eligible for TANF checks, but their U.S.-born children are. U.S. citizens and immigrants alike should be required to work to support their children.
· Rely on private employers and community groups to manage work training and job placement.
Such requirements allowed Georgia to increase its work participation rate from 11 percent to 65 percent in three years, and Texas reduced its welfare enrollment by nearly half between 2003 and 2006.
Read Making Welfare Work: Reforming Arizona’s Welfare System to Help Families and Save Money online or call (602) 462-5000 to have a copy mailed to you.
The Goldwater Institute is an independent government watchdog supported by people who are committed to expanding free enterprise and liberty.
ARIZONA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE JOHN MUNGER CALLS FOR LEGAL ACTION AGAINST HEALTH CARE REFORM FIASCO
(PHOENIX, AZ) January 4, 2010 – Republican Gubernatorial candidate John Munger released the following statement today:
“Like many Americans, I am outraged at the sweetheart deals Congress has cut in order to win passage of recent health care reform legislation. Using financial breaks on Medicaid costs to buy votes from Nebraska and other states is not only unseemly, it’s unconstitutional. More than a dozen other state attorneys general agree with this legal position and they are taking appropriate action.”
“I call on Arizona Attorney General Goddard to join these other states and investigate the constitutionality of this blatant vote buying. Arizona cannot and should not pay the bill for this unseemly bribe, especially when our state finances are in such dire straits.”
More information on John Munger’s comprehensive plan for health care and medical malpractice reform for Arizona is available at http://www.johnmunger.com/healthcarereform
I’m saying this right up front, full credit for the following goes to Robert Wenzel, editor and publisher of the Economic Policy Journal. To read it at his website, the link is provided. These questions are based on material provided by three individuals, who unlike the Organizer-in-Chief or the Speaker of the House, have actually bothered to read the pages of the legislation.
When history books for this era are written, both these men’s names should go down as heroes, for letting the public know what this so called, “healthcare” bill is really all about.
Question 1: Who actually wrote this bill? Congressman can you get us the names of the people that wrote this bill, so that we can understand their views on healthcare?
Question 2: If this bill is only about getting the poor insurance, why will the Secretary of Health as opposed to my doctor determine if I should be re-admitted to a hospital, as outlined on pages 284-288, SEC. 1151?
Question 3: Why, if I am happy with the type of health insurance I have, can you force me to get different insurance as outlined in pages 167-168, section 401 or force me to pay a penalty tax?
Question 4: Why is a simple catastrophic health insurance not allowed under this plan, when that is really what insurance should be about? Is this really happening in America? I reference pages 26-30, SEC. 122.
Question 5: Why will the Health Secretary have full say over all health payments as outlined on page 124, Sec. 223? Isn’t this against the free market system and more in line with the thinking of Mussolini?
Question 6: Why does the healthcare bill on pages 195-196, SEC. 431 and on page 145, section 312 open up my tax information to federal employees, and force my employer to supply any information asked of him by the Health Choices Commissioner, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of the Treasury?
Question 7: Why MUST any Doctor who orders durable medical equipment or home medical services be enrolled as a Medicare provider , as outlined on pages 719-720 Sec 1637?
Question 8: What are these so called home visitation programs by the government for families with young children & families expecting children, as outlined on pages 838-845?
Question 9: On page 936, this bill mentions a “Healthy People & National Public Health Performance Standards”. Does this mean you are going to try and tell me what I can and can’t eat? Are you going to force manufacturers to stop making some foods?
Question 10: Most of the Healthcare Bill has little to do with providing health insurance to the poor, and a lot to do with controlling everyone. Why is this so? If I am happy with my health insurance why don’t you just leave me alone?
There are 3 recent postings on this topic I have provided you the reader; the first on the duplicity of the Whitehouse in putting out a “snitch” line to stifle freedom of speech, the second on the actual intent of this monstrous legislation, and finally this piece, specific questions to ask Gabby Giffords, Raul Grijalva, Ed Pastor, and Ann Kirtpatrick. (Look over your shoulder Ann, Bill Konopnicki is coming for your job)
With California poised to dramatically slash its welfare programs and Arizona still trying to determine how it will close the Napolitano spending spree deficit, I have to wonder if our legislators are thinking far enough ahead to prepare for a mass exodus from California? When (it’s not a matter of “if” anymore) California’s government “folds,” Arizona, Nevada, and other surrounding states should expect to be overwhelmed by those in the California welfare class crossing our border to jump on our roles. Unlike illegal immigrants, we can expect these folks to be more demanding with really no other place to go.
Here are two headlines you may not read:
“Stimulus funds for weatherization on way to Yuma families” – Yuma Daily Sun
Western Arizona Council of Governments is being allocated $5.9 million over the next three years through the stimulus program to ramp up the weatherization assistance the agency has been providing for the last 30 years in Yuma, La Paz and Mohave counties, said Gina Whittington, human resources director for WACOG.
Currently, the agency weatherizes about 85 homes a year in the three counties. With the additional funding, the agency expects to be able to provide the service to 600 homes by the third year, she said.
She didn’t have a breakdown on how much of the funding would benefit Yuma-area families. However, she said that typically 50 percent of the clients served by the WACOG weatherization program are in Yuma County, with 10 percent in La Paz County and 40 percent in Mohave County.
“The weatherization money really targets the low income who often live in the oldest and least energy efficient homes,” she said. “These are the very people who are least able to pay high energy costs.”
The program’s goal is to provide the clients with the most cost-effective measures, she said. That may mean a new air conditioner, sealing duct work, installing window screens, adding insulation or white-coating mobile home roofs.
“Some of these simple measures provide the biggest return for the clients,” she said.
“This will help the environment because of the greater energy efficiency,” she said. “Long term, with the cost savings, it could help people build wealth over time by being able to pay their utility bills.”
“Southeastern Arizona Community Action Program gets funds to weatherize” – Nogales International
Arizona will receive more than $63 million in ARRA over the next three years, reported the Southeastern Arizona Community Action Program Inc. (SEACAP). About $4.6 million will benefit low-income residents in Graham, Greenlee, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties through the SEACAP program.
Weatherization means adding insulation, sealing leaks and modernizing heating and air conditioning equipment. It can reduce home heating bills by an average of 32 percent, according to SEACAP.
Money well spent? The voters will have to determine that. Something tell me that after all the money is redistributed, all the work has been done, that some lives may be improved in the short-term but things will return to “normal” and the cycle will begin all over again.
Conservative leader and writer Michael Johns, a former White House speechwriter and Heritage Foundation foreign policy analyst, said last night that the United States needs to act with great urgency to secure its southern border with Mexico if it hopes to protect the nation’s security interests and begin reversing the many economic and other crises spurred by the nation’s apparent unwillingness to enforce federal immigration laws by fully securing its southern border.
Replays of Johns’ interview with the Grizzly Groundswell Network on Blog Talk Radio are available globally for replay from the 61.30 to 120 minute mark of the network’s June 30, 2008 show, available at:
In the interview, Johns challenges the conventional wisdom that Mexico’s illegal aliens in the U.S. are only filling jobs that Americans do not want, stating that nearly half of them–10.5 million of the 21.6 million illegal Mexicans in this nation–are illegally filling skilled jobs that almost certainly would be appealing to Americans at a time when unemployment is standing at 5.5 percent nationally. Johns stated further that the failure of the U.S. to seal its southern border from illegals represents one of the greatest ongoing security threats to the nation at a time when the U.S. continues to be embroiled in a global conflict against al-Qaeda and Islamic extremism.
Johns stated that the 21.6 million illegal Mexican aliens in the U.S. are ill-serving the U.S. economy, costing the nation approximately $397 billion annually in education, health care and other social services. Meanwhile, Johns says, Mexican illegals are returning large sums of their earnings–approximately $33 billion annually to Mexico and $283 billion annually to all of Latin America. He also said that the U.S. has spent approximately $1.5 billion since 2001 in costs associated with the incarceration of approximately 370,000 illegal aliens in the U.S.
As President of Phoenix’s Coalition for a Conservative Majority (CCM), Johns and his organization are actively supporting two Arizona ballot initiatives that would strengthen the state’s illegal immigration enforcement capabilities by empowering Arizona’s law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration laws and make the state’s criminal trespass statutes applicable to illegal aliens in the state. The deadline for the submission of signatures for these two ballot initiatives is this Thursday, July 3, 2008.
Today’s Arizona Republic is a perfect example of the coordination of Democrat politicians and their allies in the media. In a top-of-the-fold story in the Valley and State section, reporter Matt Benson writes a heavily-tilted story with the clear intent of promoting the Democrat talking points about their attempt to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Benson sets up the story in the classic “for the children” argument – even getting Gov. Napolitano to say exactly that: “We’re talking about health insurance for children here.”
Then Rep. Mitchell gets to chime in calling the veto “unconscionable” and “Every child should have health insurance.”
Benson then makes sure to point out that Arizona ranks fourth-worst for its percentage of uninsured children, but makes nary a mention about the huge illegal alien population in the state which drives that number.
Congressman John Shadegg is quoted as saying that the Democrat proposal was “not directed at uninsured poor or nearly poor children.” However, there is no explanation from Benson of why that is. Conveniently left out of the story are very important facts about the Democrat bill: it would do nothing about the problem of state’s covering adults – including childless adults (remember, this is the Children’s Health Insurance Program), it covers children in families earning as much as $83,000 per year (not exactly poor, or near poor), and it uses a massive 61-cent-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes to help pay for this expansion.
Tim Bee gets a cameo quote, which was likely a set-up by Benson so that Giffords can try to use it against him in the event he officially runs against her.
The capstone of the deceit in the story comes near the end when Benson writes “Shadegg suggested that the expansion would lead to more people dumping private coverage in favor of government assistance.” As Benson writes it, it makes it sound like Shadegg pulled that out of thin air – just made it up. What Benson failed to write was that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office study shows that, under the Democrat proposal, for every child added to the rolls of SCHIP, one child will leave private coverage – a direct one-to-one correlation.
After quoting Shadegg about people leaving private coverage, Benson writes the following line: “Mitchell called that claim a “scare tactic” and “phony argument.””
Hence, Mitchell shows that he is not above deceit in order to follow the Democrat marching orders. We’ll wait to see the next time Mitchell tries to use analysis from CBO to advance whatever argument he is making – then we can tell him that he is using a “scare tactic” and a “phony argument.”
One upcoming event I’m particularly excited about is a special presentation by the Center for Arizona Policy.
On September 26th, Arizona’s leading pro-life, pro-family organization welcomes Dr. Marvin Olasky to Phoenix in a special luncheon to be held at the Phoenix Airport Marriot.
If you are interested in the culture war, media issues and especially welfare and the role of the church, you need to attend this special event. Dr. Olasky is considered the leading expert on compassionate conservative. He also serves as Editor-in Chief of World Magazine.
Please contact The Center for Arizona Policy at (602) 424-2525 to reserve your seat or visit their website info.