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America’s National Menace Kills 18 More Innocent Lives

How many of us were surprised about the recent killings of 18 people in Colorado and Georgia? How many thought, “well another mass shooting, but what can I do about it?” How many Arizona citizens remember that this March, the Arizona Senate panel gave the go-ahead for more people to bring loaded weapons into more places.   "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is not to sell the bad guy a gun." One measure approved by the Judiciary Committee would allow more than 390,000 Arizonans with permits to carry a concealed weapon into most public [...]

By |2021-03-24T11:32:08-07:00March 24th, 2021|Gun Safety|

State Courts Become a Top Political Battleground for Voter Suppression

There have been 253 bills in 43 states to restrict voting all over unfounded allegations of rampant voter fraud. The real battle will take place in our courts, particularly in state supreme courts. To accomplish this, Republicans across the country all have come up with the same game plan, stacking state supreme courts. The only states that hold a Republican majority have tried this. Arizona, unfortunately, has not been spared. Gov. Ducey signed legislation (H.B. 2537) expanding the Arizona Supreme Court in 2016. At the time, Gov. Ducey promised Arizonans "swift justice" signing the bill he also promised. FALSE: A larger court [...]

By |2021-03-04T14:14:40-07:00March 4th, 2021|Voter Suppression|

Profiles in Cowardice

Republican politicians have been enabling Trump since day one of his Presidency. His statements before and during his Presidency have now totaled 29,508 false and misleading claims. (Washington Post and Fact Checker) But for some reason, this hasn't made a bit of difference to his followers or Republican lawmakers. For any other person running for office, something like the Access Hollywood tape would finish them. But not Trump. His hold on some of the American public was something not seen in politics often. Seditious Arizona Representatives who should be removed: David Schweikert, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, and Debbie Lesko. [...]

By |2021-01-14T14:02:29-07:00January 13th, 2021|President, US Senate|

Remember the GOP Plot Against Obama

Two writers recently had letters published in the Arizona Daily Star where one claimed Biden could destroy the country, while the other whined that Trump didn't deserve all the hate. One writer claimed Biden won because his voters hated Trump while ignoring his accomplishments. But of course, both writers completely forgot what Trump said in the past about President Obama and how the Republican Party from day one set out to destroy Obama's Presidency and make him a one-term President. The letter writer who claimed Trump didn't deserve all the hate conveniently forgot how many times Trump claimed the "birther" [...]

By |2020-11-25T20:42:48-07:00November 26th, 2020|President|

The Economic Time Bomb Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Now that Biden has been elected President, the Democratic Party had better prepare for the Republicans in Congress suddenly turning into deficit hawks. While the King of Debt Trump was in office, debt was good because deficits didn't matter. Just ask former Vice President Dick Cheney when former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill warned Cheney "that growing budget deficits -- expected to top $500 billion this fiscal year alone” -- posed a threat to the economy. Cheney cut him off, saying, "You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don't matter." This time Democrats have more to contend with than just deficits. Such [...]

By |2020-11-10T15:39:39-07:00November 10th, 2020|Economics|

The Danger of Drinking the Trump Kool-Aid

Recently a reader wrote to the Arizona Daily Star spewing bogus claims about what would happen if Biden were elected. She claimed all manner of bad things would happen financially if he were to be elected. For instance (without supplying any facts) she claimed that he would: Raise taxes by $3.4 trillion. Raise spending by 5.4 trillion. Raise corporate taxes from 21% to 28%. Spending proposals would cause the biggest Federal budget increase in half a century. Raising corporate taxes would send American jobs overseas. Let’s look at each point and decide for ourselves. The Trump administration has spent $3 [...]

By |2020-10-02T09:07:27-07:00October 2nd, 2020|President|

Attention Evangelicals: The US Has Never Been a Christian Nation

Biblicism defines Evangelicals as: Having an over-rigid adherence to certain Bible texts or teachings at the expense of context and other biblical teachings. Having a higher regard for the Bible as a higher authority. If this is true, then Evangelicals must question why they support President Trump, who doesn't follow many of the Ten Commandments nor any Christian teachings. When was the last time anyone saw Trump keep the Sabbath? Praying to the Golf God on Sunday doesn't count. Or thou shalt not commit adultery. Or thou shalt not bear false witness. Or when he bragged, "I could stand in [...]

By |2020-09-25T10:02:31-07:00September 25th, 2020|Arizona|

Republicans Vince Leach and Mark Finchem — “Please Not Again”

Having studied the issues and priorities for both Republicans and Democrats running for Arizona's State Senate and House, I can't help but wonder if both Republicans running for office ever put any thought into what is fair for all the citizens of Arizona? State Sen. Vince Leach (R-LD11) claims border security, 2nd amendment rights, job creation, health care, and life are important issues. I wonder: How many Arizonans feel Border Security is important to them now that they are out or work? How many think protecting their 2nd Amendment rights is important? How many believe that perhaps the 2nd Amendment [...]

By |2020-09-15T16:55:03-07:00September 15th, 2020|State Representative|

Are Ducey and Republicans Headed for the Woodshed in November?

Gov. Ducey had better start paying attention because by all indications a train wreck is coming for him and elected Republicans in November. Since being elected he seems to have been able to fool all the voters some of the time, but because of his record you cannot fool all the voters all the time. If predictions hold true that Mark Kelly will unseat Martha McSally, Arizona will have two Democratic Senators both on Ducey’s watch and both seats lost by Ducey’s handpicked candidate Martha McSally. It seems when Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different [...]

By |2020-08-30T12:02:57-07:00August 30th, 2020|Arizona, Elections, Governor|

Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral Raises Red Flags on Social Security

President Trump announced four executive actions, including a temporary payroll tax cut. While illegal, they are also a backhanded way to defund Social Security and Medicare. The president’s understanding of the reason for payroll deductions is in itself puzzling, or he understood it perfectly well, and his real intention is another try at defunding Social Security and Medicare.  Temporarily eliminating the payroll tax and ignoring Congress’ power of the purse on funding unemployment insurance will do nothing to help Americans recover from the coronavirus. But what it will do is withhold funds needed to fund our Federal Government, our State [...]

By |2020-08-13T19:05:57-07:00August 11th, 2020|Arizona, Commentary, President|
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