"Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed.Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen.Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism."
Many American's remember Ronald Reagan as the founder of the modern conservative movement. Arizonan's know better. Barry Goldwater, who ran for president in 1964 and 1968, was the person who truly brought modern conservatism to the national stage and articulated the idea of minimal government in response to Lyndon Johnson's Great (socialist) Society. His platform became the foundation of Ronald Reagan's rise as California governor and later as president of the United States. When we think about how to respond to Obama and the Progressive's march against our freedoms in the form of Health care mandates, deficit spending and big government, Arizonan's can be proud of our past. Obama's programs do not work because they stifle our freedoms instead of emancipating them. Goldwater understood this. In our grasp for more handouts and government solutions to the problem we have lost track of the reality so well articulated by Ronald Reagan, "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."
Two things contributed to a humungoid jump in the amount the government must pay on our debt load for this month: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm 1) the economy has tanked, resulting in much lower expected revenues across the board. 2) President Obama's spending policies, designed to help Democrats in Congress get re-elected next year are causing job loss, further hurting the economy and consumer confidence.
What's going to happen to it when the Democrats pass their Health Care Bill?
Make no mistake, this is Barak Obama's economy, created by liberals like Raul Grijalva to advance a PROGRESSIVE AGENDA, not to help America recover.
With Democrats in charge in Washington, and tons of liberal legislation and spending being passed with no end in sight, the questions arise, where are these left-thinking liberals coming from? Where do they get their marching orders from? To find out, you need to check out GovTrack.Us, a website that tracks congresspersons and senators on their voting as well as political leanings. After extensive research using approximately five minutes of my valuable time, I have found the answers.
Where do most liberals congresspeople come from? It's often liberal states like New Hampshire or Oregon where most of the followers of the liberal left arise, but its also small districts in growth states, like Florida, Colorado, and Arizona. Growth states have new populations moving in, local political organizations that are in flux and often have new elected positions, like Arizona's 7th District in 2002.
Who is the most liberal in congress? Voters in Arizona District 7 are not surprised to see Raul Grijalva's name at the far left of the spectrum for the US Congress. According to GovTrack, Grijalva is the second most liberal Congressman, quite an achievement for someone representing Arizona, the land of Barry Goldwater. Although he is considered a 'follower (meaning he doesn't sponsor bills himself, but garners support for other people's ideas) Raul has never seen a leftist bill he didn't like, including this month's complicated smoke-and-mirrors Paygo bill package, which makes it easier for the Obama administration and Congress to hide massive spending from the public and support their own reelection efforts over the next four years.
Where does their money and marching orders come from? Liberals operate on a world view that people who enhance their income (they call us rich) have too much power and money and need to give it to those who have less. This philosophy originates and festers on university campuses (hence Grijalva's largest contributor, University of Arizona Staff), but in recent elections has manifested itself in powerful political action committees that bring money from large, national liberal groups to specific, local elections. Groups like the Progressive Majority, can, with relatively small amounts of money, elect liberal candidates to local elections where voters care less about party and more about education and roads. This is why Obama and the Democrats do not care about the economy. they care about power. Republicans get money from businesses and individuals who have earned it. Democratic money comes from unions and law firms. That is why the stimulus package was not about stimulus, it was about feeding the 'community organizers' coffers to prepare for the 2010 election (local 'shovel-ready projects) and to bleed Republican coffers by keeping the economy in a slump. Franklin D. Rosevelt successfully did this by charming Americans with his fireside chats while the Depression marched on because of his terrible deficit spending policies.
How does Grijalva fit in? Grijalva is the poster child for the Democratic election strategy. He began as a community organizer, was elected to the school board, and grabbed a new House seat after final redistricting in 2002. While his origins seem humble, he is not about representing the people of Arizona, he is all about maintaining Democrats power in Washington and advancing a socialist agenda. Be aware that Grijalva, with his $93,000 war chest will promote seemingly innocent 'community organizers' in conservative areas of Yuma and Tucson with extreme liberal views.
After two weeks of hearing from Barak Obama that his health care plan is perfect, we now hear that he wants small business input presumably in order to make changes to it. If you own a small business, be sure to voice your opinion.
Obama is asking small business owners for their input and, based on my observations, they are giving him an earful. They don't want mandatory coverage or public payer options, they want more competition and less cost, and most importantly, they want the right to negotiate collectively with insurance companies for better coverages and rates (something that President George W. Bush proposed three times during his tenure and was vetoed by the Democratic Congress). Are we likely to hear any of these legitimate concerns in Obama's Wednesday town hall meeting? Doubtful. But you can bet these suggestions will be included in negotiations with Blue Dog Democrats in the Fall. You can also be sure that Raul Grijalva, Arizona's District 7 representative in the House, will ignore them. Oh, and why is the president asking for input now, after two weeks of pushing his wonderful Health Care Plan? Is it because he is committed to the best Health care bill possible? No. If that were the case, he would have asked the American people and opponents for their input in January, rather than shoving a bill designed by the Progressive Caucus down our throats. No, the president is compromising because if the bill as written by his administration doesn't pass (and right now it looks like it won't), it will be all about Barak Obama's legacy. he is doing this to save face, not to do the right thing. Power to the People!
Is Barak Obama lying or has he just not read the bill? Either way, this shows his audacity is not restricted to the truth. It also shows how Raul Grijalva, who fought for the most opressive portions of this bill, http://www.azstarnet.com/business/302221 threatening not to support it without its present draconian socialist pieces, is more concerned with meeting his own socialist agenda than in supporting your freedoms.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barak Obama touted the honing of his skills as a community organizer for preparing him for the presidency. Raul Grijalva, Arizona's District 7 representative in congress likewise champions his years as a community organizer in Tucson. What is a community organizer? Byron York's research for his blog in 2008 puts it in simple terms: "Community organizing is most identified with the left-wing Chicago activist Saul Alinsky (1909-72), who pretty much defined the profession. In his classic book, Rules for Radicals, Alinsky wrote that a successful organizer should be “an abrasive agent to rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; to fan latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expressions.” Once such hostilities were “whipped up to a fighting pitch,” Alinsky continued, the organizer steered his group toward confrontation, in the form of picketing, demonstrating, and general hell-raising. At first, the organizer tackled small stuff, like demanding the repair of streetlights in a city park; later, when the group gained confidence, the organizer could take on bigger targets. But at all times, the organizer’s goal was not to lead his people anywhere, but to encourage them to take action on their own behalf." A better description of both Obama's and Grijalva's background would be hard to find. Both began their political careers fomenting anger among specific classes of people against the establishment; Obama for Blacks in Chicago, Grijalva for Hispanics in Tucson. There is an important role for community organizers in the community. What happens when a community organizer takes on bigger and bigger targets until they gain power over government? They either adjust their thinking (ie Robert Kennedy), or they begin making up enemies to take out their anger against. In light of the past few days of Obama's attacks on police in Massachusetts, attacking doctors for "unnecessary surgeries," and attacks on Blue Dog Democrats in Congress make much more sense. A community organizer, whose primary weapon is fomenting anger is going to lash out when things do not go his way. Such was the case, according to Congressional leader Chuck Grassley, when Obama discovered that opposition against his debt-doubling health care bill was growing in Congress: Grassley said. “A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn’t going to pass if there weren’t some changes made … and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’" This is not presidential, this is not even civil. It harkens to the days of Nixon and political bullying and thirst for power. Expect more of these type of responses when 'Community organizers' turned politicians don't get their way.
Today in his blog, Raul Grijalva spoke condescendingly of Blue Dog Democrats who support debate on President Obama's government payer Health Reform bill, a plan Grijalva helped craft. “Whose interest do the Blue Dogs serve if they vote no?” Grijalva said. “They should check with uninsured families and other interests that go beyond K Street.” Is Grijalva so completely out of touch that constituents who have to live with this obscene bill should not have a say in it? The Health care bill is in trouble. President Obama went on television on Wednesday and literally lied about provisions in the proposal, including taxing self payers and the rights of insured. The president seems to know little about many of the provisions of this monstrosity. Grijalva, however, knows it front to back. He has been in continuous contact with "Progressive" and Reform groups who contributed to his campaign through ACORN and other liberal funnels. He is a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, meaning he supports higher taxes and government deficit spending. Grijalva was the first to sign the progressive promise, provisions of which are in both the Obama administration's stimulus package and the Health Care reform bill:
http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?SectionID=5&ParentID=0&SectionTypeID=2&SectionTree=5. In his position on the Education and Labor Committee, he insisted on the provision in the health care bill which requires a government payer provision to the bill. What that means to those of us with health insurance is that employers may drop existing insurance in favor of the government's plan. What THAT means is that President is lying when he says you can keep your insurance; your insurance is completely up to your employer. In addition, Grijalva's Progressive caucus insisted on a "tax" for persons who choose not to have health insurance and pay out of pocket, even if they have the ability to do so. Make no mistake, the worst of the Health Care bill's provisions are directly linked to Arizona's Congressional District 7 representative. We have the ability to influence or change this thing if we speak up. Let Rep. Grijalva know how you feel about increasing your taxes to pay for HIS Healthcare reform.
Rather than address concerns about his own voting record and the tab he is running up on Arizonan's dime, Raul Grijalva is spending his time criticizing Arizona Senators for voting their concience. Grijalva spent time this week creating a press release criticizing news reports that Arizona senator John Kyl may vote against Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court. Kyl, a Rupublican minority leader, has good reason to question Sotomayor's abilities as a judge. Her most recent written poorly written decision was overturned on appeal by the Supreme Court. Contrary to Grijalva's assertion that Soromayor "has excelled in her career for making decisions based on the law, not on her personal views" The facts, and her statements speak clearly otherwise. In a 2002 speech, Sotomayor told students their “experiences as women and people of color” in their decisionmaking, which she believes should “affect our decisions.” She is described by coworkers as a “bully” who “does not have a very good temperament,” and who “abuses lawyers” with “inappropriate outbursts.” In fact Grijalva's attacks on Kyl are part of a Democrat and liberal Hispanic interest groups' hatchet job on any criticism of the nomination, designed to bring Sotomayor through the process unscathed and to make President Obama look good, see http://michellemalkin.com/2009/07/13/day-one-spotlight-on-sotomayor/
Grijalva continues to act on behalf of President Obama and not on behalf of the people of Arizona. Wouldn't Grijalva's editorial time be better served explaining how his liberal Democratic Caucus intends to pay for the trillions of dollars it has wasted trying to stimulate the economy and the trillions more it intends to waste on a national government-run health care system?
Tonight President Obama goes before the nation to pitch his unversal health care plan to the american public. Unfortunately for many Americans who believe what they here from the President, there is a marked difference between what he is saying about the program, and reality. According to a new study of the plan by the Lewin Group, an independent health care consulting firm, much of what the president has been saying and will say tonight are flat untruths: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/lewin-house-bill-heritage.pdf According to the study, most Americans who are presently insured will be worse off under the plan. Approximately 103 million people would be covered under the new public plan and as a consequence about 83.4 million people would lose their private insurance. This would represent a 48.4 percent reduction in the number of people with private coverage. About 88.1 million workers would see their current private, employer-sponsored health plan go away and would be shifted to the public plan. Yearly premiums for the typical American with private coverage could go up by as much as $460 per privately insured person, as a result of increased cost-shifting stemming from a public plan modeled on Medicare. Arizonans would be stuck with this plan and its costs while our Congressional representatives and Senators would be exempt. Chair of the House Nancy Pelosi recently requested that the bill only tax household incomes under $1 million instead of the requested $350,000. Why? Does she feel sorry for American small business owners and farmers who fall into this middle income criteria? No. Pelosi realized that if the $350,000 tax 'surcharge were passed, she would have to pay, even though she was covered separately under congress's health care plan. She didn't think it would be fair to have to pay for health care she was't recieveing. So why is it unfair for Nancy Pelosi and Raul Grijalva but okay for hardworking Arizonans? It looks like Blue Dog Democrats, fearful of their reelection campaigns, are going to hold off the vote on this until after the August break. Why not ask your representative to pledge to include themselves in this rotten health care fiasco. Ask Grijalva how this is going to be paid for when all budget estimates say it will add a trillion dollars to the national debt http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/104xx/doc10431/07-02-HELPltr.pdf. Ask him what his response will be when China, Saudi Arabia or Russia, who hold most of that debt, ask for defense secrets or access to American markets through land purchases in Arizona in exchange for continuing to carry that increasing debt http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/massive_port_grab.html. Wake up Arizona!
Southern Arizona's District 7 Representative Raul Grijalva recently posted his excitement over voting for HR 3200 the House version of the Health reform Bill proposed by President Barak Obama, a bill that the Congressional Budget Office estimates will cost Americans more than 1 trillion dollars over ten years. When constituents began calling Grijalva's office to complain, how did Southern Arizona's representative respond? He asked the director of American's for Tax Relief, a radical Washington interest group, to write an explanation and post it on his website. And what was Washington Wizkid Steve Wamhoff answer to paying for this monstrosity? Arizonan's can pay more taxes http://www.ctj.org/payingforhealthcare/az.pdf. That's fine for Grijalva, he is exempt from the healthcare plan. But what about the rest of us? What about the promises made by President Obama and repeated by Grijalva that taxes would not increase? Grijalva loves to talk about the stimulus money he has brought to Arizona, but what about the costs. Grijalva and other Democrats seem to live in a world where debt is irrelevant. Like an insecure absent parent, they walk into the room with the video game system and the plasma tv and say, "look what I brought you, family, isn't this nice? Doesn't it make you like me?" while the family debt goes through the roof.
Who am I? Like yourself, I am a concerned citizen who is sick of elected officials who's only concern is their own political future. In 1994 I moved to southern Arizona to work and live because of the large number of jobs being created in this fabulous state. Like most Arizonans I value the freedom of economic opportunity that this state is known for and that has helped us to thrive. Unfortunately, many politicians, having passed themselves off as sharing these values, now promote a socialistic agenda, wanting to spend the wealth that Arizonan's create on large government and programs that stifle creativity and initiative. I wish to be a voice in opposition to these charlatans. Enjoy my blog.