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Update 8/20/13:
Yarnell Fire Shows Gosar Hypocrisy!

Gosar along with with Jeff Flake and John McCain want FEMA to designate Yarnell, Arizona a federal disaster area, but since FEMA was given limited funding because of the Boehner sequestration, FEMA won't do it.



Paul Gosar opposed giving relief to Hurricane Sandy victims because of too much "pork" spending.

Which is mostly nonsense because much of this spending was broadly used.
Instead, the versions that passed between the House and Senate laid out the spending in broad terms. Replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s budget; allocate funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild beaches and channels destroyed by superstorm Sandy; repair damaged roads, bridges and railroad infrastructure; and fund disaster relief and long-term housing needs through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Those broad, unspecified categories — as well as a Senate bill that once included $400 million for projects like a new roof on the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and funding for fisheries in Alaska — allowed critics in Congress and elsewhere to claim the aid package is laden with “pork,” or unnecessary spending.
- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/national/national_politics/Broad_604B_Sandy_relief_bill_criticized_as_pork.html?c=y&page=1#sthash.8UFpWQjp.dpuf
Instead, the versions that passed between the House and Senate laid out the spending in broad terms. Replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s budget; allocate funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild beaches and channels destroyed by superstorm Sandy; repair damaged roads, bridges and railroad infrastructure; and fund disaster relief and long-term housing needs through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Those broad, unspecified categories — as well as a Senate bill that once included $400 million for projects like a new roof on the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and funding for fisheries in Alaska — allowed critics in Congress and elsewhere to claim the aid package is laden with “pork,” or unnecessary spending.
- See more at:


Instead, the versions that passed between the House and Senate laid out the spending in broad terms. Replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s budget; allocate funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild beaches and channels destroyed by superstorm Sandy; repair damaged roads, bridges and railroad infrastructure; and fund disaster relief and long-term housing needs through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Those broad, unspecified categories — as well as a Senate bill that once included $400 million for projects like a new roof on the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and funding for fisheries in Alaska — allowed critics in Congress and elsewhere to claim the aid package is laden with “pork,” or unnecessary spending.
- See more at:




Because Gosar helped pass an austerity budget FEMA has limited funds to help people and know that Yarnell, was hit hard he wants federal aid for the area.


This reinforces the belief that conservatives don't care about progressive ideas unless it affects them personally: example Nancy Reagan supporting stem cell research and Senator Rob Portman supporting same-sex marriage after his son came out.

Update 7/23/13:

Counting the Ways Paul Gosar Hates the ACA


“I voted to delay implementation of Obamacare with the intention that in the next year we will scrap the worst law Congress has passed since Prohibition."

Really ? It's the worst law Congress has ever passed since Prohibition ? 

Wouldn't the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, or the PATRIOT Act of 2001 to be considered much better candidates for the category of the worst law law ever passed by Congress since Prohibition ? 

"Obamacare destroys the relationship patients have with their doctors and puts bureaucrats in the middle. The impact of this law has cost workers their jobs, raised policy premiums and limited health options.”


"When family premiums for employer plans jumped 9 percent from 2010 to 2011, experts told us the Affordable Care Act was responsible for a 1 percent to 3 percent hike, with the remainder due to higher medical costs, the usual culprit for increasing premiums. The law’s provisions that caused the bump were the elimination of preexisting condition exclusions for children, the requirement that dependents be covered on their parents’ plan to age 26, free coverage of preventive care, and the increase in caps on annual coverage."

Update 7/20/13:
(courtesy of Eugneio Cifelli):

I Hereby Resign in Protest Effective Immediately
by  Brandon Toy


I hereby resign in protest effective immediately.

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down. At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naive, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.

Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes including counterinsurgency “dirty” wars, drone terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current US Government. I encourage you to read more about these topics at the links I have provided below.

Some will say that I am being irresponsible, impractical, and irrational. Others will insist that I am crazy. I have come to believe that the true insanity is doing nothing. As long as we sit in comfort, turning a blind eye to the injustices of the world, nothing will change. It is even worse to play an active part, protesting all along that I am not the true criminal.

I was only a foot soldier, and am now a low level clerk. However, I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.

Sincerely,
Brandon M. Toy

Stryker Engineering Project Management, 
General Dynamics Land Systems, 
Sterling Heights, Michigan








Update 5/23/13:
by Eugenio Cifelli: Gosar and Protecting the IRS

 

Rep. Gosar said, “It’s time to fight back against the IRS’ bully tactics. If the IRS can target and discriminate against one group of Americans, it can do it to anyone. This is unacceptable.

 

http://www.westernfreepress.com/2013/05/21/reps-gosar-salmon-schweikert-introduce-the-irs-anti-abuse-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reps-gosar-salmon-schweikert-introduce-the-irs-anti-abuse-act


First of all the head of the IRS during the scandal was Steven Miller, a Bush Appointee. The scandal started because IRS employees had to weed out political organizations disguised as social welfare organizations.
 Many conservative groups were simply money funneling operations instead of social welfare groups.  There was no clear definition to work off, many of these groups could claim tax exempt status and hide the identity of their donors. 

 

http://www.salon.com/2013/05/13/how_irs_scandal_could_help_karl_rove_and_dark_money/


In reality, campaign finance experts say, the IRS’ impropriety in targeting Tea Party groups is proof positive of the need for new regulations, as the whole problem started because employees charged with weeding out camouflaged political groups from actual social welfare organizations had no official definition to work off of. After Citizens United and attendant decisions eliminated the restrictions on how much money these groups could spend, their numbers doubled, mainly on the right as conservatives saw an opportunity to push unlimited secret money into elections. Some of these groups were
 blatantly political, even though they told the IRS they’d stay out of politics.

 

Why didn't conservatives raise any concerns when the IRS audited the NAACP and Green Peace under the Bush II Administration ? The IRS didn't target large right-wing organizations such as Freedom Works or Cross Roads GPS. Only a third of the groups targeted by the IRS were conservative groups. It had also targeted progressive groups and it denied tax exempt status to at least three of them. None of the Tea Party groups had their tax exempt status denied.

 

 

http://origin-www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-15/irs-sent-same-letter-to-democrats-that-fed-tea-party-row.html

 

 

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/4451984

 

 

The Citizens United decision helped conservative groups pour money into influencing elections. There should be some campaign finance legislation created so that the common folk's voices aren't drowned out by the interests of millionaires and billionaires.

 


Update 5/16/13:

Here's more nonsense from Gosar when he was in Bullhead City:

"(It) is not over; it’s just beginning,” Gosar said. There will be additional House oversight on the Benghazi terrorist attacks, as well as “Fast and Furious,” the government’s unsuccessful attempt to track gun sales in Arizona to drug cartels in Mexico."

 

http://www.mohavedailynews.com/articles/2013/05/02/news/local/doc518215dcb25f0741158862.txt

There were a good deal of embassy attacks under George W. Bush's presidency, why weren't there any investigations by the House Republicans then? The Democrats didn't demand any investigations either during that time.

http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2013/04/benghazi-bs.html

 

On March 2, 2006, just two days before President Bush was scheduled to visit Pakistan, a suicide bomber targeted the U.S. consulate in Karachi, killing four, including a US diplomat believed to be the target, and as many as 50 others. (Source)

 

On September 12, 2006, four armed gunmen stormed the U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria. In the 20 minute attack, they threw grenades and fired automatic weapons at guards. In the end, one person was killed and 13 wounded. (Source)

 

On January 12, 2007, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the US Embassy in Athens Greece.  Thankfully, it was early morning, and the building was empty and no one was injured. (Source)

 

On July 9, 2008, men armed with a shotgun and pistols stormed the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. At the end of the five-minute battle, three Turkish policemen were killed. (Source)

 

In 2008, there were two attacks on the U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen. The first was a mortar attack on March 18, that missed the embassy and hit a nearby girls’ school, injuring 13. (Source)

 

On March 2, 2006, just two days before President Bush was scheduled to visit Pakistan, a suicide bomber targeted the U.S. consulate in Karachi, killing four, including a US diplomat believed to be the target, and as many as 50 others. (Source)

 

On September 12, 2006, four armed gunmen stormed the U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria. In the 20 minute attack, they threw grenades and fired automatic weapons at guards. In the end, one person was killed and 13 wounded. (Source)

 

On January 12, 2007, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the US Embassy in Athens Greece.  Thankfully, it was early morning, and the building was empty and no one was injured. (Source)

 

But the biggest attack came on September 17, 2008, when terrorists dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles and grenades. There was also a car bomb. In the end, 16 were killed and many more were injured.  (Source)



Maybe if the House Republicans hadn't cut some funding for State Department's security back in 2011, the Benghazi attacks affects would have been at least been less destructive.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/02/secretary-clinton-house-republ.html


Perhaps Gosar should scold his conservative colleagues Darrel Issa and Jason Chaffetz for amateurishly leaking confidential information to the media during the congressional hearings on the Benghazi attacks. The Benghazi complex, fielded secret CIA buildings which was part a CIA intelligence gathering-plan in Libya.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-letting-us-in-on-a-secret/2012/10/10/ba3136ca-132b-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_print.html

"We're getting into classified issues that deal with sources and methods that would be totally inappropriate in an open forum such as this ... I totally object to the use of that photo ... I was told specifically while I was in Libya I could not and should not ever talk about what you're showing here today."  Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)


"In this hearing room, we're not going to point out details of what may still in fact be a facility of the United States government or more facilities." Darrell Issa (R-CA)


Because of these leaks U.S. intelligence-gathering in Libya was seriously set back:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/12/us-usa-libya-intelligence-idUSBRE89B1EU20121012


As for the Fast and Furious "gun walking" scandal there was a similar program under the Bush Administration called "Wide Receiver"  which also attempted to track dangerous firearms. The ATF used the same tactics of allowing US purchased guns to illegally enter Mexico.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/earlier-atf-gun-operation-wide-receiver-used-same-tactics-as-fast-and-furious/2011/10/06/gIQAuRHIRL_story.html

In the Operation Fast and Furious matter the ATF was told by federal prosecutors to not arrest the straw purchasers.

http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/27/fast-and-furious-truth/?hpt=hp_t2

This was not the view of federal prosecutors. In a meeting on Jan. 5, 2010, Emory Hurley, the assistant U.S. Attorney in Phoenix overseeing the Fast and Furious case, told the agents they lacked probable cause for arrests, according to ATF records. Hurley's judgment reflected accepted policy at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona. "[P]urchasing multiple long guns in Arizona is lawful," Patrick Cunningham, the U.S. Attorney's then–criminal chief in Arizona would later write. "Transferring them to another is lawful and even sale or barter of the guns to another is lawful unless the United States can prove by clear and convincing evidence that the firearm is intended to be used to commit a crime."


The weak gun laws in Arizona makes it very difficult for federal prosecutors to go after straw purchasers.

http://www.thecrimereport.org/news/crime-and-justice-news/2013-02-laws-on-gun-trafficking-status


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Update 4/25/13:
Eugenio Cifelli:
Paul Gosar & The Balanced Budget Myth

Paul Gosar says he wants balanced federal budgets because he claims that having surpluses can help the US economy and lead to the elimination of the national debt. Well, he's quite wrong as usual.

 

http://gosar.house.gov/press-release/rep-gosar-growing-national-debt-threatens-nation

"Congressman Gosar cosponsored a balanced budget amendment proposal, also known as the “Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment” (H.J. Res. 81) to restore common-sense budget solutions and to stop Washington’s spending addiction. Congressman Gosar is committed to restoring fiscal order and prosperity."

  

Having balanced budgets actually hurts the economy in the long run. Let’s look at when balanced budgets existed in succession throughout American history:

 

1817-1821

 

1823-1836

 

1852-1857

 

1867-1873

 

1880-1893

 

1920-1930

 

1998-2001

 

 

Now, let’s look at years when the great US economic panics began: 1819, 1837, 1857, 1873, 1893, 1929, 2007.

 

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/21/opinion/la-oe-kelton-fiscal-cliff-economy-20121221

 

 

Bill Clinton was the last US President to have balanced the budget in consecutive years; his fiscal restraint was seen as being a wise strategy for creating a strong US economy.

 

http://www.factcheck.org/2008/02/the-budget-and-deficit-under-clinton/

 

 

Unfortunately his surpluses actually created much of the US's economic woes:

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-bill-clintons-balanced-budget-destroyed-the-economy-2012-9

 

Here is the equation for the Gross Domestic Product:

 

GDP=C+I+G+(X-M)

 

C is private consumer spending, I is investment spending, G is Government spending, and (X-M) is exports minus imports, the trade surplus.

 

Clinton supported and still to this day supports free trade. He supported and signed NAFTA, GATT, and the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000, into law. This lead directly to the loss of US manufacturing jobs; which were outsourced to countries where safety conditions and labor rights seldom exist. The free trade agreements helped weaken the union movement, because many unions were active in manufacturing industry. The US economy was then shifted to the service and retail business where there was virtually no history of organized labor. US household incomes declined and US investors and executives began making fat profits. A trade deficit was created because the US started importing more products than it was exporting. Retail outlets such as Wal-Mart introduced cheaply made products that were made in China and Mexico.

 

Clinton didn't make the situation any better by signing the Gramm-Leach-Biley Act of 2000, which repealed the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. Glass-Steagall kept the commercial banking and investment banking separate. Between 1933 and 2007 there were no banking panics at all. The Great Recession was partially caused by Clinton repealing Glass-Steagall. He added more problems to the US economy by supporting and signing the Commodities-Futures Modernization Act, which deregulated derivatives and exempted credit-default swaps from regulation. The lack of adequate legal oversight lead to out-of-control investing by the private mortgage industry, banks, and Wall Street firms. Clinton rewriting the Community Reinvestment Act in 1995, added pressure to banks to lend money to low-income house holds that couldn't afford their mortgages.  

 

Spending under Clinton went down because of his willingness with House Republicans to balance the budget. Because federal spending couldn't stimulate the economy, consumer spending became the stimulus. Household debt went up dramatically, households were saving less money, and borrowing through loans and credit cards.

 

Also, since the federal government was running a surplus there wasn't much debt to issue. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had to pick up the slack by issuing mortgage backed securities. This negatively affected both of these institutions in the long run when the private sector economy went into a tailspin.

 

Also, there's a myth that F and F helped caused the crisis, by issuing loans. They can't, both can only buy loans that have already been made by those in the private sector.

 

http://www.freddiemac.com/corporate/company_profile/our_business/?intcmp=AFCPOB

 

The conservatives wish to shut down these two for being bailed out by the federal government, but it was mostly the private industry that cause the Great Recession which was aided by government deregulation and neglect which lead to the Great Recession.

 

Both are set to repay their bailout loans

 

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/rick-newman/2013/04/12/surprise-fannie-and-freddie-are-set-to-pay-taxpayers-back

 

 

Well, that's all.

 


Update 4/22/13:

Call for Action on AZ State Senator Kelli Ward's Hypocrisy:

CALL KELLI WARD TO EXPAND OBAMACARE IN ARIZONA.  She is soliciting republicans to call her AGAINST health care for America.  Kward@azleg.gov    602-926-4138     She is trying to get LOTS of republicans to call in to SQUASH Obamaczare in Arizona.  If you get a message saying she was not accepting calls I would like to know this as well.  This is vitally important to Americans!  

  • Kelli Ward Kward@azleg.gov

  • ***

    Update 4/18/13:

    Guest Column by Eugenio Cifelli:

    Gosar Watch (Part 2)

    Paul Gosar Voted NO Against:


    The Re-Authorization of the Violence Against Women Act 2013. 

    Extending Student Loan Interest Rates 2013

    Disaster Relief Appropriations Act 2013

    Job Protection and Recession Protection Act 2012

    An Amendment for Public Disclosure Of Bonuses and Golden Parachute Arrangements
      2011

    Removing Troops from Afghanistan 2011

    Repealing Laws That Limited The Funding for The Endangered Species Act 2011

    Limiting The Use of Funds In Support of NATO Operations in Libya 2011


    Paul Gosar supported:

    Stop The War On Coal Act 2012

    Extending Various Patriot Act Provisions 2011

    Repealing ACA 2011

    Reducing Federal Funding of the US Institute of Peace 2011

    Prohibiting Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood 2011

    School Vouchers For Washington DC 2011

    Prohibiting Federal Funding of National Public Radio 2011

    Energy Tax Prevention Act 2011

    No More Solyndras Act 2012


    *****

    Update 4/11/13:

    Guest Column by Eugenio Cifelli:
    Gosar Watch, Episode One: What Are Some of His Bad Policies?

    1. He a climate change denier and blamed the AZ wild fires on "extreme environmental groups"


    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/07/07/263226/climate-denier-paul-gosar-blames-arizona-wildfires-on-extreme-environmental-groups/


    (History Question: Who was one of the the first world leaders to recognize the threat of climate change? Reagan's female clone Maggie Thatcher:) 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSrBO4_qPzo



    That goes against him since Thatcher is a conservative icon in the US, even though had she been born in the USA, she would have been kicked out of the Republican Party for being too much of a moderate. She at least would have never had a political career in the South as a Republican.


    He also opposes
     the carbon tax, even though countries such as Australia, South Korea, Switzerland, have already created and implemented such tax. Even some US businessmen support such a tax. The Netherlands uses the money it collects from its carbon tax and uses it to subsidize the alternative energy industry.  http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=gosarp


    2. He oppose cap-and-trade:


    "The government should not pick market winners and losers.” Further, “global warming” now known as “climate change” is likely not in our control in any event. Historical records clearly demonstrate vast temperature swings long before Man arrived, from temperate zones in Alaska to ice ages in New York. Cap and Tax (Trade) is just another Big Government goal of taking over private markets and dictating lifestyle choices."

    Cap-and-Trade was a Republican idea, and George H.W. Bush supported this and signed it into law in 1990:

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Presence-of-Mind-Blue-Sky-Thinking.html



    3. He thinks that Iran is an existential threat to Israel and the USA.

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=gosarp

    North Korea already has nuclear capability yet is viewed as a joke, yet Iran which doesn't have nukes, and couldn't defeat Iraq during the 1980's is a legitimate threat.  Plus, the Supreme Leader issued a fatwa against Iran having nuclear weapons.
     

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57564199/iran-religious-decree-against-nuclear-weapons-is-binding/


    I see this as the US using Israel as a proxy to impose the USA's power in the Middle East. Iran has much wealth in oil, but it needs to diversify its energy resources. Even though North Korea has nukes, it doesn't have any natural resources for the US to exploit, plus South Korea on it's own is more than capable in defeating North Korea in a conflict.

    The US would be in a better position to advise Iran to not have a nuclear program due to the hazards of nuclear energy, and there should be a movement to halt the nuclear industry in the USA and world wide. It's too dangerous to harness.
     

    4. Gosar’s answer to this: “What steps can or should the United States take to ensure that nations such as Iran don't get nuclear weapons?

    "We should support Israel, its peaceful right to exist and its right to preemptive self defense. I have done just that with my amendment in H.R. 2219, which prohibits U.S. funding if a country does not acknowledge Israel’s right to peaceful existence and H. Res. 630, which reaffirms Israel’s right under international law to defend itself from existential threats from weapons of mass destruction. We should ensure Iran is an international pariah through sanctions."

     Also, Israel already has nukes, they have built illegal settlements in Palestinian land, they've used excessive military force on the Palestinian people, and they persecute Palestinian Christians. 
     

    Why don't the American evangelicals ever call out Israel over how it treats the Palestinian Christian community?

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/christian-palestinians-israel-manipulating-facts-by-claiming-we-are-welcome-1.420718


    5. He opposes federal spending on education and wants the private sector be more involved in this matter:

    http://azdailysun.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/gosar-school-spending-not-sacred/article_09c5fe4a-5a5f-5bc6-a507-dc434e8e3210.html

    So he would have called Dwight Eisenhower a socialist for signing the National Defense Education Act of 1958 ?

    http://npaphistory.wikispaces.com/National+Defense+Education+Act



    6. He wants to underfund or eliminate federal agencies like the EPA:

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=gosarp

    "by severely reducing, if not eliminating, some federal agencies such as the NLRB, the EPA, Dept. of Education, and other agencies"


    So Gosar wants corporations to regulate and police themselves, because they are trustworthy and look out for the safety and well being of others.
     Ironically, a Republican President Richard Nixon created the EPA and supported the Clean Air Act of 1970. Today, he probably would have been purged by the Republican Party or would have chosen to join the neoliberal wing of the Democratic Party. 

    7. His position on District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, (H.R. 3803)

    Here are Gosar's own word's about it:

    I am deeply saddened and disgusted that this simple, humane and moral bill failed to pass the House today. I find it deplorable that our nation’s capital allows the genocide of its unborn children,” said Dr. Gosar. “These procedures undeniably rob the world of a human life in a most cruel fashion – and can often cause severe complications and health risks for the child’s mother. It is worth noting that these procedures are more lucrative to the abortion industry, however. The right thing to do is to ban these procedures.”   

     

      “Just yesterday, a federal judge upheld Arizona state law to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, unless the mother’s life is at risk.  As a father and a health care provider, I applaud Arizona in protecting the unborn from ending their short precious lives in excruciating pain. I hope that those in Congress who supported the District of Columbia’s genocide can one day join me and other pro-life members of Congress in banning these gruesome and inhumane procedures, which have no place in a civil society.”   


    Yet, he doesn't care if the mother and her baby have to rely on food stamps in order to survive if they are poor. They are moochers and not makers like the Kochs and the Waltons.
     


    Here's a website that deal with this matter:

    http://chronicle.com/blogs/percolator/do-fetuses-feel-pain/27805

    8. Indulging Racists for Political Gain: Birth Right Citizenship Act 2011

    This was supported by far right organization such as the John Birch Society and the American Resistance Foundation....to me this is just a scheme to disenfranchise Hispanics, so that they can't gain political power by creating a voting bloc. You should poin out that the oldest US city is St Augustine, Florida which was colonized by the Spanish. Spain's colonies and the Spanish language had just as much significance in the USA the British       
     

     
     http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0204-mehta.shtm



    9. He refuses to compromise on taxes, even if they mostly affect the rich he ants to shrink the federal government, and have the state governments have more power.
     

    "But by comparing spending on these needed programs to an "addiction" that is "out of control," Gosar insults the intelligence of local voters, most of whom either rely on these programs or know someone who does. And compared to spending in other countries, U.S. outlays for these programs, and its debt in general, are hardly out of control -- interest rates on U.S. Treasury bills, a key indicator of the faith by the financial markets in this country's long-term fiscal viability, have never been lower."

    http://azdailysun.com/news/opinion/editorial/gosar-marginalized-with-stance-against-tax-hikes/article_51e8d39b-598d-5e86-a6e8-4e996eaf5209.html

    The federal budget would be better off if tax deductions, tax credits and exemptions were eliminated, and the USA changed it's trade policies: raise tariffs, leave the WTO and create fair trade agreements. A financial trade tax and a federal value added tax would help the country as well.


    *****
    update unknown June 2012

    a poem by Carl "Cal-Oakie" Stilwell

    Lefty had to go.
    He not only said the world was round
    but according to his calculations
    revolved around the sun
    and not vice versa.

    Uncle Albert thought Lefty’s unorthodoxy no big deal. 
    What did it matter which orbited which?
    It was all relative.

    Aunt Demeter wondered with all the work
    we had to do to keep everybody alive
    why in hell were we arguing religion?

    Our priest, Holy Bull, knew better.
    Hanging was too good for such a blasphemer.
    The unbeliever should be burned alive
    but nobody knew how to start a fire.

    It was then that Coyote showed us how to ignite fires.
    So that is how Lefty became the first heretic
    to be burned at the stake.

    We also found out how much better food tasted
    when it was cooked.
    Soon our hunting and foraging band got tired of eating out 
    and built houses so we could enjoy home cooking.

    Our village grew to a city and then a country.
    We cut down so many trees for cooking and heating
    that the Sahara forest became a desert. 

    Coyote to the rescue again.
    He disclosed to us how to extract coal and oil
    from the bowels of Mother Earth.
    Soon everybody was cooking with gas
    and living better electrically.

    Coyote also got the bright idea of replacing horses
    with internal combustion engines to pull carriages.
    Soon honking autos cruised concrete highways 
    dotted with lots of gas and fast food stops.

    Moreover, Coyote demonstrated ways to make styrofoam cups, 
    toothbrushes, plastic bags, fertilizers, pesticides, lego blocks
    and a host of other fossil fuel based products.

    Prosperity followed but also problems.
    Aunt Samantha visits Coyote. 
    She thanks him for all the affluence he’s brought throughout the land 
    but there remain pockets of poverty.

    “Tell them lazy turds to get a job!” Coyote replies.

    She also reports an epidemic of obesity among the people.

    “No problem. Market more diet books, sodas and pills.”

    They’ve had 100 straight days of 100 plus temperature.
    Most scientists connect this extreme heat wave to global warming.

    “Tell them whiners to turn up the A/C and use more sunscreen.”

    The ocean is filled with carbonic acid and patches of plastic debris.
    Scientists fear the extinction of most if not all marine species.

    “Must I do everything for you goddamned homo moronus? 
    Figure it out for yourselves!”

    Before leaving Aunt Samantha asks him has he-- 
    by any chance--seen her missing cat?

    Coyote burps as he shakes his head.

     --CaLokie


    John Nichols Arizona Uprising

     

    “WE’RE NOT PLAYING BY THEIR RULES ANYMORE.”  Nation magazine and MSNBC contributor John Nichols raises the roof at Arizona Advocacy Network when he talks movement politics. From Arizona’s successful Russell Pearce recall to the upsurge to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio and governor Jan Brewer, grassroots Arizona is rising up to take back our democracy. 

     John Nichols is the author of Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street.

    Alison McLeod, RN, BSN
    Southern Arizona Field Organizer
    Progressive Democrats of America
    "The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities."
    --John F. Kennedy



    I protest because I have been seeing this great country of ours become the laughing stock and debtor of the world under cowboy- what all the Europeans I have met called him -  Bush, our disgrace of being the only developed country in the world without a national healthcare plan because of the lies told to the United States public, the constant attack on and decline of all our public and private sector unions and the attacks by the christian right - they are neither - on women, the poor, people of color, immigrants and the LGBT community to show how tough they are, the destruction of the World economy by the stupidity and greed of the too big financiers - as evidenced this week AGAIN by JP Morgan - getting away with no accountability or criminal prosecution, our incomes and monetary worth being stripped from the middle class and pushed up to the plutocracy who hoard it in hedge funds and private investments that never go to help our economy and the obstructionism of the GOP Congressmen who will destroy our economy further to get that Black man out of their White House.
    Whew, that is quite a load and their are so many more attacks on anything and anyone that is not 'them' that I could go on seemingly forever.



    I have two battles going in my small town and I seem to be losing both of them.
     
    I've been trying to stop government meetings from starting with sectarian prayer.  The Town Council has been quite vicious in refusing to consider it.  Last word from the mayor was, we're going to say Jesus Jesus Jesus and if you don't want to hear it go outside.
     
    I've also been trying to get the Desert Caballeros Western Museum to unlock the handicap doors on its new Learning Center.  They don't even want people to exit through those doors.  Why is a mystery.  The Director of the museum threatened to charge me with harrassment so I filed a complaint under the Americans With Disabiilties Act.  The Department of Justice in Arizona and the museum have been in negotiations for some time now but I suspect I'm losing that one too.
     
    Nicki Hamilton


    Values Made Visible

    Christine M. Meisenheimer -  5/12/12


    Standing firmly for something, such as peace, fairness, justice, or respect of women’s rights, is an ennobling stance to take. No raging. No shouting. No rejection of other’s belief system. Just a direct and simple statement to express passionately held beliefs.

    I continue to stand witness to guiding principles I believe in and to do this for those who can’t - or are simply unwilling to do so, IS important. The first time I participated in a peace vigil, or any other number of causes over the years that I strongly support, it was exhilarating and a bit threatening. I have made a public overt expression of my support and this does make an audible, hard to ignore, statement to the public. I liken it to a grammatical exclamation mark. At first it IS intimidating and yes downright scary but I know it is important to be willing to push beyond my comfort zone for change to happen.

    I passionately believe in guiding principles such as respect, compassion, honesty, justice and care for those who are unable to care for themselves. When I stand on a street corner, with my placard stating my beliefs clearly it reinforces the strength of my principles. I look at activism as Alice Walker so eloquently stated when she said “Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.”

    Standing for values and principles I believe in makes visible opinions that otherwise remain unspoken or unseen. I am a poet and this is but one additional poetic way I speak truth to power, truth that is the way I see it. I refuse to be in this life slinking my way to anonymity with unspoken principles being washed lazily against distant and far shores.

    (This is from Christine Meisenheimer in Kingman. A wheelchair bound retired Air Force officer, Christine is the leader of Kingman's local anti-war effort and has organized peace vigils on Sundays in Kingman for the past two years continuing work she'd begun with anti-war groups in Wisconisin. I originallly wrote about Christine in a series on veterans.)




    "Hear Me Now"


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