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House Speaker Kirk Adams, R-Mesa, and the majority Republicans lauded the budget for being balanced without new borrowing and without gimmicks. This supposed budget could not be "balanced" without the one-day loan from Kids First program. If for some reason they yanked it, then the other lie: Balanced without raising taxes, is false. "I don't believe we have a balanced budget because we have shifted costs to the counties and cities," said Rep. Nancy McLain, R-Bullhead City. (IE: counties and cities will be raising property taxes and possibly we will be seeing these "survival" taxes added to the ballot. Lies, farce, sneaky methods for yet another "non-balanced" budget. This is a manufactured crisis that hurts this state for generations. And we have next years deficit to contend with. Not voting has consequences.
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“I don’t think we have enough time to educate members and the public as to the pros and cons of the bill,” Rep. Steve Court, R-Mesa, said Tuesday. He also noted that he has received various calls and questions since the measure was approved by the House about what they saw as unintended consequences of making such a radical change. THIS contained unintended consequesnces for such a radical change? Really, not the dozens of other "junk" bills passed to get rid of public schools, demonize teachers, fire departments, police and public workers (and pensions. Destroying competitive higher education and an employment/business climate that will continue to bleed jobs and businesses away from this state. Seccession-like bills to "ignore" fed laws (and funds). Guns for all measures. But this the Tea-publicans felt was too radical.
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FAUX NEWS: snarky rules. Let's demonstrate how to bend rules, lie, cheat, steal and support our supporters (IE: money). This is a great mantra. The coverage on the "Tea Party" is disgusting. Form a real party, not just a PAC for Koch and be taken seriously. We need to stop this reference of the "Tea Party" it's framed "extreme-Conservatism (IE: Republican) and they represent now a big block of "time wasters" in Washington and several States (Arizona). All of these plants are Republicans and if you are paying attention to politics, they are obstructing and creating distractions all on the cause of a Nationwide Mantra. There is no Tea Party. I think the high disapproval numbers are due to America understanding this fact more and more. Uninformed voters believed they were voting party lines and were duped. After reading exit polls last November, it was Independents, minorities and students who sat back. Not voting has consequences.
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The institutes serve as a reasoned counterweight to both the Goldwater Institute and the nativists in the lege (of which group Kavanagh is a leading light). Seems more to me a payback to supporters. More insanity, distractions and obstructions from this Tea-publican legeslature. Lesson here: not voting has consequences.
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So, this is in the "Mantra". We need to be thinking referendum. The Tea-pub NEWS media is not reporting this. Are we kidding ourselves in thinking this won't fly through this legeslative bunch of NUTS. More payola. They know "WE" have no voice - they are making sure of that.
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Seems to be an awful lot of Government in this "smaller government" mindset of the Tea-publicans. Or is it just "over reach".
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According to the Times, it bars government employees from automatically deducting union dues from their paychecks by banning the practice for “membership organizations that use funds for political activities.” Thrasher’s bill bars payroll deductions for dues to “employee organizations” or for political activity. This is singling out "unions". Health Care deductions, AFLAC deduction? Using funds for political activities: perhaps profits. When I was in a union, there was a voluntary collection for political direction. Good thing this is not aimed at AZ, they are trying to sell license plates to support the Tea Party (not a party).
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I've seen this before also. The vitriol has not changed. Are we really going to ignore the "mantra" out there to kill off public schools by defunding them, demonizing teachers and destroying unions. None of this is a financial burden to any state. Years of unfunded pensions now coming due is an issue. Giving away hundreds of millions (state's) to the wealthy/business when states are trying to recover revenues is INSANE. There is a REVENUE problem with states and Fed Government - not a big Government spending problem. Biggest FAILED program is Tax cuts to wealthy/business in the guise of job creation. A prediction of Hospitals being over-run and financially crippled will be inevitable when states throw hundreds of thousands off Health Care and hundreds of thousands more have no chance of affording it. Put your effort into aligning your rant to the realities and keep the racist/bigoted microphone of the Tea-publicans (Tea Party not a party)in line where it should be amidst the obstruction/distraction that has now defined Tea-publicans.
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SB1402, establishing a slew of new "special" license plates, including a tea party plate. It also establishes and funds a "tea party committee" that will give grants of money to groups that support tea party "principles." This needs to be challenged. This legislative branch is now designing a product that raises funds to support a Party that does not exist. This is nothing more than handing money to supporters. These nuts want to fund a party that is not recognized as a viable "Part".
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I've noticed that "opinion" articles no longer have to carry an authors name. USA Today online is guilty of this time and again. It's a cheap method of spewing diatride to elicit anger and has no place in broadcast, print or online media.
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This administration of Gov Embarrassment is surrounding themselves with even looney-ier NUTS than they are. Today, this racist, nazi is getting their ear over border protection (isn't this the grand plan of positioning snipers to shoot anyone crossing). Arizona State Government have no clue how to solve the issues that this state faces. We have a revenue problem and 9% unemployent. It's not being addressed by taking away rights and programs. As long as are schools are dead last, we will always have a revenue and unemployment problem. our budget deficit will never be balanced with tricks like borrowing from programs on Last day of June and paying back on July 1st. (and after Pierce promised NO BORROWING).
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If passed, this is the State breaker. add to this Gov Death Panel's destruction of Medicare/medicaid, Arizona will be bankrupt. What these NUTS do not WANT to understand is there is no spending problem - there is a REVENUE problem. Giving away the farm in business/wealthy tax cuts is not the answer - it is the Tea-publican MANTRA. Unfunded pensions have come due, but the answer is to destroy unions and fire public workers (and teachers). And all of this is "fiscal responsibility". Reeks of desperation. Keep the recalls rolling. Arizona has had enough.
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This is rediculous. Tea-party NUTS are having thier extremists pass themselves as "authorities". Reminds me recently of Rep King holding these faux hearings on Muslim extremists (smells like Marxist)and an "authority" is the nutcase (name escapes me)that started the Muslim Mosk near ground zero. Japanese recall internment camps - are we headed there?
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Gov Embarrassment does not get it. Tea-publicans do not get it - none of them have an ounce of common sense. The anti-poor, anti-public sector, anti (federal) government is the mantra of the tea-publicans - not the epiphany of a brilliant politician. As she complains of lack of border control/immigration issues: what has she/they or our illustrious senators contributed. The GOP budget will cut 2,000 border patrol (and probably National Guard), yet the "answer" to our border issues is solved by giving Babeau more funding - far away from the border or cartels.
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Now we are legislatively paying back political supporters, Arizona has lost it's legislative mind. $5million of our money. Ask us. So, Border Security funds for Casa Grande - nice.
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NEWS FROM THE NUT HOUSE SB 1402 sounds to me to be a way for Pierce to apply for funds for re-election. He is correct in that the TEA Party is NOT a party. Unclear why he promotes it as such. SB 1188 Are we to believe that Pierce is the "role model" for children "do better" in an opposite sex family. Given sheer numbers, his argument is correct, now, ask how many children do poorly in opposite/vs/same sex parentages - bet there is a different scale. SB 1312 This is a tax increase, but funded with what is owed to the state. The new norm - "we don't even want your tax money"..
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Agree. The mantra of the mid-terms was "too much Government", well you get what you vote for. There is now a larger Government over-reach at the state level. As close to dictator-like than we have ever seen. The feel of a wall surrounding this state is as pervasive as if there really was one.
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2011 on The Koz Steps Up at Blog For Arizona
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If this is a serious projection of an upcoming bill (I'd be interested in hearing about), it proves that these NUTS are only interested in obstruction and distraction with regard to serious issues this Legislature/Gov do not want to address. It would be interesting to see if true, how this sits with Banking, credit card companies, retailers, and the economy as a whole. Seems to me to be larger intrests that would oppose this than simply allowing them to be distorial over voters/citizens.
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I agree with you, but what is frustrating is I wonder how many voters in this State NOW feel powerless with this legislature. Exactly their plan and in their actions are redacting this State to a very unconfortable period. NOTE: if you are following along Nationally - it's all being played out according to Plan.
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Really, he can get away with this. He doesnt get his way, so he just adds more members (votes). This is a runaway legislature. Anything tp put this state last in everything. I've had it with these NUTS.
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Does this include the military bases - because some are located in Baja Arizona.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2011 on Simply jaw dropping at Blog For Arizona
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Richard: Great link, seems a little comical. I love the idea and am ready to serve. Keep us all informed and we can all be involved in the progress.
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Are we to believe this "unfunded" public worker pension is the fault of Wall Street plunge and the Banking crash? Welcome to the club, most all of us lost heavily in our 401k and we have no recourse to recover these funds - we're F****d. I wonder how much of this "unfunded" amount is from OUR elected officials RAIDING every account they can to falsly "balance the budget". BTW: how is that going?
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Mary Jo Pitzl's reporting was short (not complete list) and watered down. I have an idea, why not float your article to a few of the "outlets" and see if anyone is paying attention. Thanks to our Tea-publican government, I tend to believe the reat of the country has written Arizonans off as NUTS.
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Tea-publicans got their way, voted these NUTS in and now get to live in the "world" they are creating. There is not one Tea-publican elected (state or fed) and even the President (who is attempting to try) who is interested in creating jobs. Possibly because there isn't any and won't be any with the policies we are seeing. History can and does teach us lessons on moving forward, but Tea-publicans are interested in creating their own history: called 1984.
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