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Next Friday, December 13, Judge Katherine Cooper of the Maricopa County Superior Court will hear oral arguments in Biggs v. Brewer.
In that lawsuit, the Goldwater Institute ‘s legal team is representing dozens of Arizona legislators and their constituents against the unconstitutional actions taken by Governor Jan Brewer and some legislators when they voted in June to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare.This is an extremely important lawsuit.
Proponents of the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion are trying to do an end-run around Prop 108, the most important taxpayer protection in the Arizona Constitution.
Under Prop 108, it is supposed to take a two-thirds majority of the legislature to raise taxes.
But Medicaid expansion proponents want to allow an unelected bureaucrat at AHCCCS to raise state taxes (mainly hospital bed taxes) by hundreds of millions of dollars per year — without the constitutionally necessary two-thirds vote of the Legislature!
In their efforts to squeeze a giant hospital bed tax (“provider tax”) through a tiny loophole in Prop 108, Governor Brewer and others are trying to pretend that the provider tax is not a tax — even though the provider tax is a TAX under the Social Security Act. They are also trying to pretend that: the provider tax is not allocated according to formula, although it plainly is; the provider tax does not have a limit, although it is limited by federal law to six percent; and, we don’t know how much money will be raised by the tax, even though the governor and some Legislators are building budgets around the expected revenue. Gov. Brewer and her allies are also in violation of Arizona’s constitutional regime of separation of powers.
History shows that removing taxpayer protections inevitably leads to higher taxes.
If Gov. Brewer and a group of Arizona legislators are allowed to unconstitutionally delegate to an unelected AHCCCS bureaucrat the authority to impose gigantic taxes on hospital patients, that action will kill Prop 108, clearing the way for other departments and agencies to raise taxes without getting approval by legislative supermajorities.
The oral arguments in Biggs v. Brewer will be heard from 3:00 to 3:45 pm in Courtroom 514 at the East Court Building at 101 West Jefferson.
Seating will be very limited, so if you wish to attend, we recommend arriving at the court at least an hour early.
|Constitution||Limits the government in order to protect the citizen; the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are what they are and don’t allow for imagined intentions||A living, breathing document whose meaning changes arbitrarily; creative interpretations by activist judges, at the urging of special interest groups, fabricating new “rights” that infringe on the Bill of Rights; revisionist casting of the Bill of Rights seeks to create utopia; rights are to be rationed by the government|
|Family||The basic unit of society: married mother and father caring for their children contributes to healthy society||Based on adult happiness, regardless of gender; government content to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on family breakdown|
|Marriage||One man and one woman committed to the best interests of the family||Any coupling or grouping and based on adult happiness|
|Theology||Jesus died for the sins of all mankind for all time; all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; the government is not a theocracy, but religion is the moral conscience of the nation||Secular humanism is the religion of government, public schools, and mass media; government is “god”; man is the master of his fate, the captain of his ship (Invictus)|
|Morality||Transcendent moral order; God’s Word in the Bible; obedience to something higher than one’s self||Relative: determined by the individual; situational ethics|
|Government||The Constitution protects the citizen from the government; localized control preferred; powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states by the 10th Amendment to the Constitution||Centralized federal control over state and local levels; seemingly every human activity imaginable requires government regulation administered by an ever growing army of regulators; there are almost 1,000 federal agencies and divisions enforcing laws; the executive and judicial branches of government are free to usurp the legislative branch to set and enforce policy|
|Basis of freedom||The Bill of Rights; God-given natural law; inalienable rights||Open to government interpretation; Non-discrimination laws, “hate” crime laws|
|The Courts||One of three equal branches of government; decisions based on originalism; bound by the Constitution, which protects citizens from the government||Superior to the executive and legislative branches; decisions open to interpretations favored by leftists; to be used for gains that special interests are not able to achieve legislatively; the judiciary makes unilateral “amendments” to the Constitution; protects government interests at the expense of citizens|
|Supreme Court justices||Limited by the Constitution||Unlimited by the Constitution; open to citation of international law and the fabrication of new “rights” under the guise of constitutionality|
|The Church||Protected from the government by the First Amendment||Naturalism; science; government needs protection from the government from the church based on the ACLU’s false claim of a “separation of church and state” not based on history or original intent|
|Public education||The student is to be served by the best educational choice possible; local control||Public schools, run by teachers’ unions, are prioritized over the education of students; federal government control|
|Taxation||Low tax rates stimulate business investment, hiring and job creation; tax rates should be fair across the board; the federal government should raise only the revenue needed to fund the activities authorized by the Constitution||High tax rates allow government to expand social welfare programs; whomever earns the most should be taxed more; the tax rate on the wealthy could extend all the way to 100 percent; Karl Marx urged “a heavy progressive or graduated income tax”|
|Economy||Capitalism; economic equality is unachievable because people invest differing levels of education, motivation and risk||Socialism, which is the path to communism, and centralized control by the federal government; government intervention; the redistribution of wealth is staged by coercion|
|Market||Free enterprise and minimal government regulation; the free market is the most transformative economic system; the free market creates the most wealth and opportunities for people||Massing of centralized control and power over the market; high tax rates removing money from the private sector; statists oppose the free market and seek to control it; demonization of wealth creators by government and unions|
|Political competition||Compete against opponents; freedom to disagree||Destroy the enemy; punish anyone who opposes us (fascism)|
|Crime||Man is fallen and susceptible to evil and must be punished with stiff sentences for law-breaking||Man is a victim and subject to forces beyond his/her control; light sentencing|
|Government||Constitutionally ordered, divided into three branches to provide a system of checks and balances||Domineering and with few restraints; to be used for personal and special interests’ gains; the courts are to be used to gain what cannot be achieved through the legislative process|
|Property||Private ownership of personal property; what belongs to one man is the object of his care and economy||Maximum government ownership; taxation and laws intrude upon private ownership; what belongs to no one in particular is wasted by everyone|
|Achievement||Self determination; hard work and achievement are rewarded||It’s unfair if some have more possessions than others; everyone should have the same amount of things, with government acting as regulator; those with what government deems excessive must be punished|
|Life||Man is made in the image of God; humans should be protected from conception to natural death; human embryos should not be used as a commodity or sacrificed for experimentation||Man is just another animal and nothing special; human life is expendable; only “wanted” children should be born; depressed citizens should be allowed to find another person to kill them; the elderly and the disabled are using up too many medical resources and should not be allowed to continue living; people and government have the right to determine who lives and who dies|
|Autonomy||Citizens should be left alone to tend to their own affairs; private enterprise; private decisions in work, life, education, worship; government’s intrusion into personal lives must be extremely limited||Increasing government control of and regulation over citizens’ personal lives|
|Second Amendment||Citizens have the constitutional right to bear arms and to self protect; a gun is vital to a citizen’s self defense and is no better or worse than the person holding it||Only the government should have the right to own a gun; citizens have no right to protect themselves|
|Law||Uphold the rule of law||Selective use of the rule of law and liberal preference for applications of “law”|
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OneNewsNow.com reports a legal group has joined Arizona’s attorney general in defending a law restricting non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks:
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney General Bill Montgomery are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court ruling that shot down a law restricting non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Arizona’s HB 2036, reversing a previous district court ruling which had upheld the law. Steven H. Aden, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, explains the argument for keeping the law in place.
“Every innocent life deserves to be protected,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Not only does this law protect children in the womb who experience horrific pain during a late-term abortion, it also protects mothers from the dangers and tremendous psychological consequences of late-term abortions. Arizona’s law is entirely reasonable and constitutional, and we hope the Supreme Court takes this invitation to revisit the extreme constraints Roe v. Wade imposed on state safeguards for women’s health.”
Alliance Defending Freedom, based in Scottsdale, filed a friend-of-the-court brief support of the law in May. The petition noted medical research proving that, by 20 weeks, an unborn child has developed pain sensors all over its body. As a result, many states have adopted laws that limit access to abortion after 20 weeks.
By Becket Adams, The Blaze
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 230 -189 Friday morning to strip all funding from Obamacare, the 42nd vote of its kind to come to the floor.
“This is hurting our constituents. This is hurting the American people,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters afterward, surrounded by fellow House Republicans.
The short-term funding is designed to prevent a partial government shutdown when the federal budget year ends Sept. 30. The bill will allow for an increase in the nation’s debt limit — but only if President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is defunded.
The bill will now head to the U.S. Senate where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will most likely remove the provision that defunds Obamacare. Senate Democrats have referred to the House measure as a huge “waste of time.”
And even if the bill manages to make it out of the Senate with the defund portion intact (which seems extremely unlikely), the White House promises it will veto the bill.
It is now up to Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who really created this whole “defund” movement, and a handful of other Senate Republicans to see how their legislative body approaches the House-approved bill.
Here’s a basic breakdown of how the House voted Friday morning [via the Washington Post]:
Final tally: 230 to 189
How many Republicans voted for the bill?: 228
How many Democrats voted against the bill?: 188
How many Republicans voted against the bill?: 1
How many Democrats voted for the bill?: 2
How many lawmakers didn’t vote?: 14
How many seats are vacant?: 2
Which Republican voted against the budget plan?: Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.)
Which Democrats voted for the budget plan?: Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.)
Arizona’s conservative congressmen — Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert — voted correctly, for the American family. The state’s socialist representatives voted incorrectly, against the American people — Ed Pastor, Kyrsten Sinema, Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick and Raul Grijalva (co-leader of the largest socialist group in the U.S. House of Representatives). This vote will be a huge wedge issue to use against the socialists in next year’s elections.
ObamaCare(less) was written in part by Planned Parenthood, in order to force Americans to fund and ultimately proliferate the greatest attack ever conceived on the sanctity of human life.
By Cathi Herrod, Center for Arizona Policy
Arizona continues to be a national leader in the effort to protect the health and safety of women and preborn children – and the numbers prove it.
The Department of Health Services annual abortion report shows a 7.4% decrease in the number of abortions performed in Arizona in 2012 as compared to 2011. This is encouraging news to everyone who values life. It is also a testament to what the thriving pro-life movement in Arizona has been able to accomplish.
We are now seeing that through strategic public policy and a commitment to loving and serving women with crisis pregnancies, we can save lives.
While this is certainly an encouraging report, it is clear that the efforts to safeguard women and preborn children from the dangerous and deadly practices of the abortion industry are far from over.
The revelations of the atrocities in Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic, along with the recent Live Action undercover video at the late-term Phoenix abortion clinic Family Planning Associates prove that we still have a long way to go to ensure that every life is protected and respected.
Last night Gov. Jan Brewer and 15 Republican state lawmakers made history. They were censured by the leaders of Legislative District 25.
The resolution presented by LD25 Republican Precinct Committeeman To Censure The Governor And 15 Arizona State Legislators passed with just two dissenting votes. An smendment to add the hovernor’s name to the resolution passed unanimously. Read the resolution below:
·LD25 Resolution to Censure Gov. Jan Brewer and 15 legislators: Whereas, Governor Brewer and 15 Republican state legislators formed an alliance with Democratic elected officials for the express purpose of thwarting the will of the Republican majority in the legislature and violating Republican Party principles and the Republican Party Platform, including but not limited to the following:
o They implemented the passage of Medicaid expansion.
o They implemented government healthcare.
o They approved taxpayer funding for abortion and increased funding for abortion services.
o They expanded eligibility for welfare benefits, and invited 300,000+ new people into the welfare system.
o They raised taxes.
o They voted against tax relief & kept Arizona as the state with the 2nd highest tax rate in the nation.
o They voted against auditing the hospital bed tax.
o They increased property taxes.
o The only tax relief they offered was for special-interest industries who could afford to hire lobbyists.
o They rejected a balanced budget and voted for one with a structural debt of $400 million.
o They removed government oversight for special interests.
o They voted against verifying citizenship as a requirement for Medicaid benefits.
o They removed funding for English immersion for non-English-speaking students, thus ensuring the continuation of the failed, Democratic-Party-supported, bilingual programs.
•Whereas, they corrupted the legislative process by suspending the rules and depriving the public of the opportunity to scrutinize and comment on the proposed legislation.
•Whereas, they stymied the legislative process, dishonored American legislative traditions, stifled democratic notions of fairness and openness, and violated decorum by refusing to debate.
•Whereas, they violated the wishes of the vast majority of Republican precinct committeemen in the State of Arizona who had overwhelmingly opposed the passage of Medicaid Expansion, making their wishes known in formal resolutions.
•Whereas, they voted in favor of national health care, disregarding the will of the voters of Arizona who amended the Arizona Constitution via Proposition 106 in 2010 to oppose national health care.
•Whereas, they violated the separation of powers defined in the Arizona Constitution by voting for a budget amendment originated by the executive branch of government.
•Whereas, they violated the Arizona Constitution by surrendering the legislative authority to tax to an unelected bureaucrat in an executive branch agency, and made such taxes subject to approval of the federal government.
•Whereas, they forced passage of a tax increase by a mere majority vote instead of the constitutionally required 2/3 vote.
•Therefore be it resolved, that we, the precinct committeemen of Legislative District 25, do censure the following Arizona State legislators:
Governor Jan Brewer
LD1 Senator Steve Pierce (Legislative District 1 precinct committeemen also voted “no confidence” in Sen. Pierce)
LD16 Senator Rich Crandall
LD18 Senator John McComish
LD23 Senator Michele Reagan
LD 25 Senator Robert Worsley
LD28 Senator Adam Driggs
LD5 Rep. Doris Goodale
LD6 Rep. Thomas “T.J.” Shope
LD8 Rep. Frank Pratt
LD9 Rep. Ethan Orr
LD15 Rep. Heather Carter
LD16 Rep. Doug Coleman
LD18 Rep. Jeff Dial
LD18 Rep. Bob Robson
LD28 Rep. Kate Brophy McGee
Former Graham County, Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack says county sheriffs can prevent federal and state officials from imposing unconstitutional policies on America’s citizens. Mack, a member of the National Rifle Association Hall of Fame, made his remarks in an anonymously written book, They Fired the First Shot, published in 2012.
Among those unconstitutional policies sheriffs can prevent from being imposed on citizens are Obamacare and the HHS mandates forcing Christians to pay for abortion murders, Mack said. The HHS abortion pill mandate forces Christian-owned businesses and ministries to fund abortion. Any business or organization refusing to do so will be fined so heavily it will be forced to close down. That’s unconstitutional, despite the mistaken ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court a year ago.
Mack told the author of The Fired the First Shot:
“The sheriff actually does have a responsibility and a duty to make sure that the Obamacare regulations and the bureaucratic regulations and policies of Washington, D.C., do not supersede and never will supersede a church’s right to conduct its affairs according to its own dictates and conscience.”
Never before Obama has a U.S. president so blatantly and brazenly attacked Christians, religious freedom and the Constitution.
“What I hope would happen is that the sheriffs nationally would let the federal government know there’s certain things we are not going to allow you to do within our communities and our jurisdictions. And as the duly elected sheriff, I represent the people of this county and we are not going to allow you to come in and shut down any hospitals. We are not going to allow you to fine churches or arrest anybody out of the churches. Your Obamacare and your policies do not supersede the Bill of Rights. We put them on notice that we are going to stand in the way.”
Mack said such actions would actually prevent armed conflict over jurisdictional authorities. Also, he said sheriffs could form posses to protect the citizens from the federal government’s attempt to enforce unconstitutional policies.
It would take numerous sheriffs across the country willing to stand up to federal/Obama bullies, Mack says. If it was just a tiny effort by few sheriffs, it would likely fail.
On what constitutional grounds could sheriffs thwart Obama, the IRS and others who would attempt to impose tyranny on America’s citizens? Mack says …
“We are focusing on the principle that the county sheriff has the authority and the responsibility to protect our Constitution and to protect our rights against tyranny. People have gotten this brainwashed notion that the federal government can do anything it wants, and they cannot. And local and state governments can do anything they want, and they cannot. So the entire premise of our governments is basically based on this false notion that government can do anything it wants to us. That the government can violate all our rights, violate the Constitution, even though they have sworn a sacred oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.”
Isn’t the Conservative movement all about legislating morality?
In a word – no. All legislation, all lawmaking is someone’s morality. Those who say we’re imposing our morality on them are trying to impose their morality on us.
The Conservative movement is about advocating commonsense principles which have stood the test of time and which offer society the greatest opportunities of health and well-being.
Americans have the freedom to do a lot of things which were once considered harmful to the person, to others – and immoral. Rather than ask themselves “Can I do xyz,” people should ask themselves “Should I do xyz,” and “what are the consequences?” They don’t need government to decide that or ask for them. If everyone did this more often, we’d have fewer social problems, less crime, fewer divorces, less gambling addiction, less drug and alcohol addiction, less crime, and fewer socially transmitted diseases. And the bottom line is that we would then see healthier families, neighborhoods and communities, and far less government spending on trying to pick up the broken pieces. It’s a matter of personal accountability.
Aren’t we as a nation progressing by doing away with so-called “archaic” morality laws?
We are not progressing as a nation, period. American society is in a tailspin. We are going in reverse; progressives just aren’t willing to admit it. It is not possible to progress given the current direction and worldview of those shaping the culture.
C.S. Lewis wrote: “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function.”
We have removed the Judeo-Christian morality as the source of morality and decision making at the highest levels of state and federal government. But we act shocked when someone commits a horrible crime. We’ve said “no more of that old morality, we’ll take it from here.” But they’re taking it all in the wrong direction.
So we’re teaching children – through government and the influence of the mass media culture – that it’s not only okay, but preferential, to kill the defenseless and treat people with incivility. Look at the titles of movies and TV shows: Everybody Hates Chris, Kill Bill, The Weakest Link. And we’re surprised children are killing children? You can’t expect a high level of civility when the foremost messages presented to the public are negative and destructive.
And then there are the special interest pressure groups raising huge sums of money to buy politicians and demand judges fabricate special privileges radically altering society. Anyone who opposes them, no matter how civil the opposition, is demonized and called “hater.” Many of them are threatened. The radicals are demanding opponents lose their jobs just for having a different viewpoint. This is disturbing. And it’s not the recipe for a civil society.
The real story of “progressivism” can best be described as man’s inhumanity to man.
Should Conservatives support influential Republicans who are supporting amnesty and same-sex “marriage”? They don’t have anywhere else to go, do they?
No, no and yes they do.
We as a nation should never abandon the rule of law. If we do, we get chaos – everyone just doing their own thing. It will be a nation in great conflict. Every self-respecting, orderly nation must control its borders. Mexico certainly does, though it criticizes those in the U.S. who demand we control ours.
It is not fair to legal immigrants for people to walk across the border illegally, going around the U.S. points of entry, and then demanding legal recognition and taxpayer benefits. Most people who immigrated here oppose illegal entry. Democrats only want to use these people’s votes: let them in, legal recognition and control over them and then demand their votes at election time.
Only about 2 percent of the population struggles with same-sex attraction, less than that in Arizona. Why should a tiny segment of the population be allowed to re-define marriage and subject more children to fatherlessness or motherlessness? The kids are not all right with this. In states where same-sex “marriage” is legal, very, very few homosexuals get married. For the most radical of the homosexual activists, it’s not really about marriage. It’s about destroying the traditional notion of family and marriage. We re-define marriage only at our own peril and a monumental loss of freedom. We opt for adult happiness over the well-being of children at our own peril and reap the social whirlwind. Homosexuality is not genetic, and same-sex “marriage” is not a civil right. That’s offensive to the people who truly suffered the indignation of slavery and denial of civil and human rights.
Republican leaders who want to join others by walking over the social cliff and into the moral abyss are absolutely undiscerning of what the end results will be. Conservatives must never acquiesce, must never join them or approve of this. There are more than enough conservative Republicans, independents and members of the Constitution Party to uphold principles and policies that will point this nation in the right direction.
Senator Harry Reid, other Democrats and many media and educational elites claim Conservatives are polarizing the nation. Is this accurate, and did conservatives create the culture war?
This is pure propaganda intended to direct attention away from those pushing for the most radical departure from U.S. history and tradition. The biblical explanation for this is calling evil good and good evil.
For most of America’s history, Judeo-Christian morality was the dominant worldview. But when those disagreeing with that worldview – John Dewey, Roger Baldwin, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and others – moved the nation in a different direction, Christians and Conservatives were slow to defend the nation’s traditional ideals. By the time Dr. James Dobson, President Ronald Reagan and many others began to respond, the moral center had collapsed. Christians had been lulled to sleep by how things had always been; they were the frogs in the pot who were boiled before they what hit them.
Now the Conservative movement is organized and defending the worldview that enabled America’s greatness and freedom. But the recent decades of indoctrination by educators and the mass media culture, along with the government’s shift to the secular humanist religion and animosity toward Judeo-Christian morality have taken a terrible toll on the country. It will be a long, hard climb to get out of this mess. It will not happen through politics. It will take a cultural shift. Everything else flows through the culture, and our culture is weak, decadent and in turmoil. We cannot allow leftists to steal our children’s hearts and minds and turn them against us. Every year millions of our kids are graduating from indoctrination in school and college and moving us further away as a nation from where we need to be. Our focus needs to be on salvaging our youth and saving this nation from the policies and worldviews that are poisoning our culture. We must change the direction our young people are being led into following. It’s that simple. If we do not accomplish this, our culture will only continue to deteriorate.