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

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

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

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


Democrat tax hikes will cost 710,000 jobs:

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


Rep. Quayle Statement on Presidential Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Cullen

WASHINGTON (DC) Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ-03) released the following statement Thursday after President Obama’s address before a joint session of Congress:

“Tonight, the American public wanted to hear President Obama’s plan to get our economy growing again. Unfortunately, the President chose to give a campaign speech filled with straw men, false choices and recycled ideas. The ideas proposed by the President mirror the same failed policies that inhibit economic growth. Billions more in wasteful spending is not going to revive this economy. House Republicans are willing and ready to work with the Administration, but they must understand that economic growth comes from economic freedom.”



Rep. Schweikert Statement on The President’s Jobs Speech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Washington, D.C. – Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) made the following statement after President Obama delivered a jobs speech to a joint session of Congress tonight:

“I appreciate that the president was willing to address the job-crushing results of over-regulation tonight, despite the fact most of them were created under his Administration. At least 219 new regulations are under consideration for the upcoming year and will cost an estimated $100 million or more. If the president is sincere in his commitment to unwinding the red tape and unleashing free enterprise, I hope he starts by repealing these 219 regulations. 

“I spent this past month travelling up and down my district talking to Arizona’s job creators, workers, and too many unemployed Arizonans about how we can get America working again. What I heard, time and again, was that regulation and uncertainty were the greatest obstacles to sustainable growth in employment. Unfortunately, this president’s response is more burdensome, overarching government. 

“This Administration’s regulatory environment has destroyed jobs and created a weak and uncertain economy. We have seen over and over that more stimulus, more government spending, and more short-term gimmicks are not the means to more jobs, but further economic decline. 

“House Republicans have passed more than a dozen pro-growth measures to address the jobs crisis this year with many more to come. It is time to stop growing government and allow the private sector to regain the confidence it needs to start employing Americans. That is a jobs plan that will work.” 




Rep. Flake on Obama Jobs Plan: “Nothing New Here”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2011
CONTACT: Genevieve Frye Rozansky

More Federal Spending Isn’t the Answer

Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today reacted to President Obama’s address to Congress on jobs and the economy.

“President Obama’s jobs plan is unfortunately more of the same – proposals that will only drive up our debt and deficit,” said Flake. “More targeted spending and gimmicky tax breaks won’t give the private sector the confidence or stability it needs to create new jobs.”



CONTACT: Melissa Wenzel,


Mailer Calling Out Incumbent Infractions, Union Ties Hitting Mailboxes This Week

PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 21, 2011) – There is little doubt budget battles have brought labor unions to the forefront of American politics. From California to Wisconsin to New Jersey, Americans are seeing city and state governments forced to contend with the unreasonable demands unions place on taxpayers already struggling with the economic downturn. What voters may not realize is how the hand of unions strikes close to home, even as close as the general election for the Town of Gilbert.

Robert S. Graham, local businessman and author of the right-to-work book, Job Killers: The American Dream in Reverse, has watched unions’ underhanded tactics infiltrate the politics of the incumbent candidates in Gilbert. As such, he is calling out the candidates’ actions in a direct mail piece that will hit Gilbert voters’ mailboxes this week.

“Voters deserve to know the truth about these incumbent candidates. I question their true support of Gilbert when they have supported tax increases in one of the worst recessions our country has ever experienced and accepted campaign contributions from outside union groups,” Graham said. “Why on earth do Phoenix, Mesa, Avondale and Goodyear unions have an interest in a Gilbert town race?”

Mailer highlights:

Linda Abbott

  • Voted for a 6% fee increase on businesses while voting for a 2% cost of living increase for public employees of Gilbert.
  • Voted to put a 17% sales tax increase on the ballot in the form of Prop. 406.
  • Accepted campaign contributions from local and national unions as far away as Washington, D.C.
  • Supported three tax increases in defiance of the Citizen Budget Committee’s recommendation of no new taxes.

Ben Cooper

  • Supported Prop 406 to increase the sales tax in Gilbert.

Les Presmyk

  • Accepted campaign contributions from public safety unions in Mesa, Apache Junction, Phoenix, Tempe and Avondale.
  • Voted to put a 17% sales tax increase on the ballot in the form of Prop. 406.
  • Supported three tax increases in defiance of the Citizen Budget Committee’s recommendation of no new taxes.

Dave Crozier

  • This year, has only attended 50% of council meetings.
  • Voted to put a 17% tax sales tax increase on the ballot in the form of Prop. 406.
  • Accepted campaign contributions from public safety unions in Mesa, Apache Junction, Phoenix, Peoria, Tempe and Goodyear.
  • Supported three tax increases in defiance of the Citizen Budget Committee’s recommendation of no new taxes.

It should also be noted all four of these candidates accepted donations from a Southwest Ambulance employees’ political-action committee. The donations to their accounts landed the same year they voted to extend the company’s contract with the city despite a request from Councilwoman Daniels to wait until after the election to expand.

“While Arizonans are fighting to keep their jobs, current Gilbert council members are working to pad the wallets of union members at the cost of tax payers,” Graham said. “It’s time Gilbert residents vote to protect their jobs and their livelihoods from the same erosive special interests bankrupting cities across our nation.”


About Robert S. Graham

Robert S. Graham is President and CEO of RG Capital, a successful financial advisory, investment banking/consulting and corporate development business in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has also profitably managed three operating companies and three venture start-ups. Graham has been regionally recognized by AZ Business Magazine as one of the Top Entrepreneurs and nationally, by Boomer Market Advisor magazine as the 2007 Advisor of the Year.

Graham’s book, Job Killers: The American Dream in Reverse, tackles the labor movement, calling for its complete eradication. Graham spent years studying labor unions, calculating their influence on each state’s ability to thrive financially. His findings, detailed in the book, are surprising and have captured the attention of national and local media outlets and organizations.

For more information about Job Killers: The American Dream in Reverse, visit To schedule an interview with Graham, contact Melissa Wenzel at 602-579-5204 or