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By John Semmens – Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that “the President emphatically believes that we are all citizens of the world. This ideal cannot flourish if we bar our doors to fellow citizens. We would do more damage to our image as leaders of a global community if out of fear of contagion we sealed our borders to those wishing to enter.”
Earnest also cited “humanitarian reasons” for not blocking travel to the US from regions known to be infested with the virus. “Suppose it is some afflicted person’s dying wish to visit America before he succumbs, should the President cruelly deny that wish?” Earnest queried. “Besides, it is entirely possible that innovations made by the Affordable Care Act will prove a crucial weapon in the battle against this disease. Is it not part of our obligation to share this benefit with those who are less fortunate?”
David Quammen, author of Ebola and Spillover—books on infectious diseases—argued in support of the Administration’s policy saying that “America’s legacy of slavery demands that it bear the burden of succor to ailing Africans. Many of those suffering from Ebola are ancestors of former slaves sent to Liberia by the American government. If this endangers Americans, well, just consider that part of the reparations they owe for that ancient crime.”
GOP Refusal to Extend Unemployment Benefits Leads to Job Growth
A study published by the New York Federal Reserve found that the number of job openings rose by an estimated 20% in the six months following the lapse of the federal government’s extended unemployment benefits. The lapse occurred because the Republican controlled House refused to vote to extend the benefits.
Fatih Karahan, one of the authors of the study, cited the “mutually reinforcing effects of decreasing the burden on businesses to fund the benefits and decreasing the incentives of recipients to shun employment. If your tax burden of supporting benefits declines you can afford to hire more workers. Similarly, if the reward for idleness is taken away your need to seek and accept employment rises.”
Jason Furman, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers didn’t dispute the economic logic of the study’s findings, but suggested that “certain intangible factors may have escaped the authors’ attention. The lapse of the extended benefits may have sent more people back to work, but the study failed to calculate the loss in leisure time experienced by those compelled to take jobs in order to feed themselves and their families.”
“A person receiving unemployment benefits is relieved of some of the stress of making a living,” Furman pointed out. “Being forced into the work-a-day rat race will have long term negative health consequences. So too will the loss of extra time to spend with one’s family—both for the employed individual and his children.”
The fact that four out of five new jobs added this past month were in the low wage sector bolstered Furman’s concern that “more may have been lost than gained. When all factors are considered is a low wage job really better than unemployment payments from an individual’s perspective?”
Obama Calls November Elections “Referendum on My Policies”
Miffed that so many Democrats running for reelection have shunned his endorsement and declined to appear in public with him, President Obama sought to take control of the narrative by insisting that “though I’m not on the ballot this November my policies certainly are.” Mortified Democrats raced to microphones across the nation to dispute the President’s assertion.
Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) called the President’s words “very discouraging and a ‘stab in the back.’ We supported his programs. He needs us in the Senate if he hopes to push ahead with his transformation. We’re on-board with that, but we can’t get there if voters know where we stand. It’s discouraging that his need to be the center of attention has caused him to forget his obligation to his fellow Democrats.”
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) expressed her own frustration, saying “doesn’t he realize how unpopular he and his ideas are with the voters? Obamacare irritates more people each day as they see their insurance premiums rise and find the roster of doctors willing to treat them shrink. The open borders have let in illegal immigrants by the hundreds of thousands. It was bad enough when the biggest risk was exploding costs for welfare to feed, clothe, and house these indigents, but now they appear to be vectors for diseases that may kill untold numbers of Americans.”
Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes was especially aggrieved. “I wasn’t in Congress,” Grimes fretted. “I didn’t vote for any of the President’s programs. Now, with his latest statements I may never have the chance to help him transform America. It’s just stupid. I thought he’d be a lot smarter than it appears he is.”
A possible rationale for the President’s pitch of a “referendum” theme may be his disappointment that “the gains for the economy have not been broadly shared. People who make investments or who have jobs are reaping a disproportionate share of the nation’s collective wealth. Voters dependent on government for their sustenance need to realize that their votes are needed to ensure the continuation of federal benefits. It is crucial that this key constituency understand that this election is a referendum on my policies.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) sort of backed the President’s view. “Republicans might win this year, but when voters start seeing their benefits cutback and are herded into jobs they’d rather not have by Republican policies they’ll be champing at the bit to restore Democrats to control both Houses and the Presidency in the 2016 elections,” she predicted.
GOP Criticism over Obama Missing Intel Briefings Panned
Revelations that the ISIS grew while President Obama skipped nearly 60% of his scheduled intelligence briefings has sparked harsh criticism from mostly GOP sources. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) characterized the missed briefings as “disturbing and possibly irresponsible. Is ignorance of what’s going on in the world behind what appears to be this Administration’s feckless foreign policy?”
Former Vermont Governor and Democratic presidential aspirant Howard Dean dismissed the criticisms as “baseless. The erroneous premise is that any information that the President might have gleaned from any briefings would have altered his policy decisions. People who know the President are confident that no quantity of intel would have changed his policies in any significant way.”
“President Obama is a once-in-a-life-time transformational figure in world history,” Dean said. “He has insights and inspirations that go beyond what more ordinary men can conceive. The chattering of supposed intelligence experts are just distractions that could only deflect him from his destined course of action. Should such a giant fritter away his time listening to the ill-conceived notions of others? I believe ‘no’ is the obvious answer.”
UK Bans Bomb-Sniffing Dogs
Protests from Muslims that dogs are “unclean” has prompted United Kingdom Transport officials to ban the use of dogs to sniff out explosives that terrorists might attempt to smuggle onto transportation vehicles.
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin explained that “for Muslims contact with a dog or even being in the presence of a dog is a certain and serious defilement. Since this is a religious belief rather than just a personal quirk it ought to merit the full protection of the law. I mean, we can’t trample this right merely on the theoretical possibility that without these dogs explosives might make their way onto a plane or train.”
Muslim spokesman Ayatollya Ibombu praised the decision as “a true victory for Allah. Protecting the faithful from being tainted is vital for their ultimate salvation. Even if they are blown to bits their clean status assures that they will enter paradise. This same assurance is available to unbelievers who convert to Islam.”
Reporter “Creeped Out” by Michelle Obama Campaign Rally
Meg Kissinger, a long-time reporter for the politically liberal Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, attempted to cover a Milwaukee campaign speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. She was stunned to discover that she was prohibited from talking to members of the audience.
Michelle’s aide Mary Burke explained that “it is important that the message the First Lady is trying to communicate not be confounded by inappropriate crowd comments to any reporters. This is, after all, her event. She has a right to control how it is perceived and reported.”
“To say that I was creeped out is an understatement,” Kissinger said. “We members of the press have been very friendly toward the Obamas. By now I would think we could be trusted not to portray their message in any negative way despite whatever feedback the audience might have given us. For me to get the ‘Potemkin Village’ treatment was a disheartening insult.”
In related news, conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza was sentenced to reeducation camp in order to undergo therapeutic counseling by Judge Richard Berman of the Federal District Court in Manhattan. “Mr. D’Souza’s contention that others, including President Obama, who have committed a similar offense were not subject to a similar punishment is irrelevant,” Berman ruled. “He holds no government office or related position that would entitle him to the exemption he requests. The very fact that he would ask demonstrates a serious lack of understanding of how the campaign finance laws work.”
A Satirical Look at Recent News
John Semmens is a retired economist who has written a weekly political satire column for The Arizona Conservative since 2005. He says working on his satires is one of the ways he tries to honor the liberties that our nation’s Founding Fathers tried to protect.
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The Arizona Conservative has, since 2012, warned voters about the liberalism and the veracity of now State Senator Bob Worsley. Unfortunately, unprincipled Republicans voted him in anyway. We have constructed a debate between what Sen. Worsley’s campaign materials (website and ads) have claimed about his beliefs and his record, and our advocacy of conservative principles. The results of this cyber debate speak for themselves. Read with interest below:
BOB WORSLEY: For all the talk about limited government, our legislature passed 500 bills last session alone. That’s big government, not small government.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: Americans for Prosperity Arizona Chapter rated you a “Friend of Big Government.” You are also using your government position to push your wife’s music program.
BOB WORSLEY: A vote for Bob Worsley is a vote for commonsense conservative leadership.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: Pure unsubstantiated rhetoric. Your campaign website lists seven issues of importance to you. Not one of them has anything to do with conservatism, and you didn’t even mention a single social issue. It is typical of Democrat candidates not to list social issues as important to their campaigns. In a cowardly way, you voted for the religious freedom bill, SB1062, and then when homosexual pressure groups protested against it, you retracted your support of the bill and ran for the tall grass, where you found two fellow RINOs hiding there with you. Have you ever attended a pro-life rally in your life? Are you viewed as a Reagan Republican? No and no. When you were on the board of directors of United Families International, headquartered in your home town of Mesa, you questioned its championship of conservative values. We know conservatives and we know conservative leaders. We have associated with them for years. And you’re not one of them.
BOB WORSLEY: It was time to use conservative principles as solutions, not purity tests.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: So, by including conservative principles and purity tests in the same breath, you admit you are not a pure conservative then. Like you, Mitt Romney is not a conservative, but he tried to claim you are conservative when he endorsed you. Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) oppose conservative principles and just demand we all get along. Politically, you are just another liberal “Republican,” or RINO.
BOB WORSLEY: Free markets, limited government, liberty; these are timeless principles that elevate and unite.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: This statement is correct. It’s just that your walk doesn’t match your talk. You actually helped erode liberty by caving in to the demand that Governor Brewer veto the religious freedom bill. You eroded liberty by supporting an Obamacare exchange. And by legislating for big government, you remove freedom from your neighbors and your employees, not to mention every other citizen in Arizona. Big Government statist lawmakers hurt Arizona, hurt its culture, and hurt children, working people, families, and senior citizens.
BOB WORSLEY: There’s no reason partisan bickering should get in the way of serving our citizens’ best interests. … “Elevate Arizona” is a philosophy. A way of thinking. An attitude. It permeates everything I do. Its closest synonym would be “uplift.” It was born out of the troubled times of 2010 and 2011, when civility and decorum among our representation seemed dormant. We needed to repair our image and heal the scars of divisive politics.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: You’re pretty good at bickering with those you oppose, and you are no authority on civility and decorum. You sound like someone else we all know who called for people to use reasoned words in political debate. But you, like President Barack Obama, do not put your money where your mouth is. You called conservatives “extremists.” You called Arizona a “police state.” That kind of description fits North Korea — not Arizona. You called conservatives “haters.” You judge self-righteously. For an alleged “conservative,” you sure are good are demonizing conservatives with poisonous, hateful rhetoric. That’s rank hypocrisy. You need to repair your image and heal the scars of the division you have created.
The Arizona Conservative will continue to comment on Sen. Worsley’s Big Government statism in the future. In the meantime, share this cyber debate with friends who may have supported Worsley, to educate them.
(1,516 of 1,566 precincts reporting)
Doug Ducey 36.3% Scott Smith 22% Christine Jones 16.2% Ken Bennett 12.1% Andy Thomas 8.5% Frank Riggs 4.5%
Mark Brnovich 53.7% Tom Horne 45.8%
Jeff DeWit 44.6% Hugh Hallman 32.8% Randy Pullen 22.4%
Secretary of State
Michele Reagan 43.5% Justin Pierce 34.4% Will Cardon 21.7%
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Diane Douglas 57.6% John Huppenthal (incumbent) 41.6%
Arizona Corporation Commission (Two Advance to General Election)
Doug Little 28.7% Tom Forese 28.6% Lucy Mason 23.6% Vernon Parker 18.7%
State Mining Inspector
Joe Hart 99.4%
The Arizona Conservative is endorsing candidates for public office in the Grand Canyon State in advance of the August 26 primary elections. Voters have two choices: candidates who will champion FREEDOM for the individual and those who will push policies that deny and reduce personal freedoms – the candidates of socialism and excessive government CONTROL of your life. Whom do you want in office? Those who protect your constitutional freedom, or those who would expand government and take away more and more of your freedom? Your vote will impact every facet of American society and culture. Check back frequently as we are examining more candidates and propositions and making recommendations:
|Governor||Andy Thomas||Fred DuVal|
|Secretary of State||Will Cardon||Chris Campas, Terry Goddard|
|Attorney General||Mark Brnovich||Felicia Rotellini|
|State Treasurer||Randy Pullen|
|Supt. Of Public Instruction||Diane Douglas||Sharon Thomas, David Garcia|
|Mining Inspector||Joe Hart||Manuel Cruz|
|Congress-District 1||Adam Kwasman||Ann Kirkpatrick|
|Congress-District 2||Martha McSally, Chuck Wooten||Ron Barber|
|Congress-District 3||Gabriela Saucedo Mercer||Raul Grijalva|
|Congress-District 4||Paul Gosar||Mikel Weisser|
|Congress-District 5||Matt Salmon|
|Congress-District 6||David Schweikert|
|Congress-District 7||Steve Gallardo, Cesar Chavez|
|Congress-District 8||Trent Franks||Helmuth Hack|
|Congress-District 9||Wendy Rogers||Kyrsten Sinema|
Arizona Corporation Commission
Tom Forese, Vernon Parker
House: Linda Gray, Karen Fann
Senate: Connie Uribe
Senate: Kelli Ward
House: Sam Medrano
Senate: Chester Crandall (State Sen. Crandall tragically died in a horseback riding accident near Heber August 4th)
House: Brenda Barton
Senate: Irene Littleton
House: Darla Dawald
Senate: Steve Smith
House: Vince Leach, Mark Finchem
Senate: Andy Biggs
House: Eddie Farnsworth, Warren Peterson
Senate: Don Shooter
House: Darin Mitchell, Steve Montenegro
Senate: Gail Griffin
House: David Gowan, David Stevens
Senate: Nancy Barto
House: John Allen, David Smith
Senate: David Farnsworth
House: Kelly Townsend, John Fillmore
SenateA Steve Yarbrough
House: J.D. Mesnard, Jeff Weninger
Senate: Tom Morrissey
House: John King, Jill Norgaard
Senate: Kimberly Yee
House: Paul Boyer, Carl Seel
Senate: Debbie Lesko
House: Rick Gray
Senate: Judy Burges
House: David Livington, Phil Lovas
Senate: John Kavanaugh
House: Jay Lawrence, Michelle Ugenti
Senate: Dr. Ralph Heap
House: Rusty Bowers, Justin Olsen, Jerry Walker
House: Shawna Bolick
Senate: Gary Cox
Mesa Mayor — Danny Ray
Chandler City Council — Kevin Hartke, Rene Lopez, Terry Roe
Gilbert Town Council – Victor Peterson, Eddie Cook, Jordan Ray
Bullhead City Mayor — Kathy Bruck
Tempe–475: Non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity
NO: This proposition is not in the best interests of individuals who are struggling with same-sex attraction and who are confused about their gender. Furthermore, these non-discrimination bills, fronted by leftists seeking to destroy traditional marriage and family structure, are cited by activist judges to over-rule the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and the free exercise of religion. For these reasons, VOTE NO.
Dr. Ralph Heap vs. Bob Worsley, Legislative District 25 Senate Race
DR. RALPH HEAP
Quote: “I believe in the promise of America”
Friend of taxpayers
Favors securing the border
RINO who wants the Republican Party to move to the Left
Quote: Called Arizona a “police state”/he called conservatives “extremists”
Voted for Obamacare exchange
Rated “Friend of Big Government” by Americans for Prosperity Arizona Chapter — scoring just 36 percent
Killed a bill for transparency in government that passed the Arizona House 57-0
Criticized lawmakers who attempted to protect Arizona from border invasion, calling them haters
Joined left-stream media and homosexual pressure groups in opposing religious freedom for Arizonans
Voted with Democrats more times than Democrat minority leader Chad Campbell
Campaigned with and supported former State Senator Rich Crandall, who funraised with Democrats and skipped two-thirds of the Senate votes in his last year in the legislature — all while living in Utah!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), a ranking Republican Member of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke to Eric Shawn on Fox News this weekend about the rampage of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) across Iraq. Franks criticized the Obama Administration for failing to listen to the generals who warned that a failure to secure a Status of Forces Agreement would lead to the sort of scenario currently unfolding, stating that the Administration has a “magic ability…to get it wrong every time,” and that the notion of “ignoring the danger of this jihadist ideology has bewildered our friends and emboldened our enemies and it’s left suffering and death in the wake every time.” The full segment and a transcript is available below:
Eric Shawn: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are on the march. They are said now to be only 40 miles away from Baghdad. And with those 300 U.S. military adviser on their way to Iraq to help the Shiite government get the crisis under control, will they? Republican Congressman Trent Franks from Arizona sits on the House Armed Services Committee and joins us now from San Diego. Congressman, good to see you. Look, 300 American adviser. Can that number turn the tide against these fired up, ruthless Islamic militants?
Trent Franks: Well, our special forces and some of the advisers we are sending have an incredible ability to organize and to understand the danger that we face there, so there is certainly some efficacy to that. But, you know, the bigger story here: when you opened the program, you mentioned the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. That really tells the whole story if we examine carefully. Because this administration somehow has this magic ability when it comes to the middle east or really anywhere else in the world on foreign policy to get it wrong every time. Their generals warned them that if we pulled out of Iraq without a status of forces agreement that something like this could happen. And this ISIS group that makes al-Qaeda look like a bunch of cub scouts — one of the most dangerous and brutal groups in the world — they are beheading their way across Iraq, they are killing especially Christians. And yet, we have known about this group for quite some time. This administration simply had to read their own (ISIS’) reports of some 10,000 operations of military capacity there, and they claimed to have had 4,000 improvised explosive devices, over a thousand assassinations. I just don’t know how this catches this administration every time. It seems like the naiveté and the hell-bent notion of ignoring the danger of this jihadist ideology has bewildered our friends and emboldened our enemies and it’s left suffering and death in the wake every time.
Eric Shawn: Congressman, excuse me for interrupting, someone pointed out al-Maliki didn’t want us there. That the Obama Administration insisted on the parliament approving that status of forces and that wasn’t going to happen. So, you know, this is al-Maliki’s fault.
Trent Franks: Well, Maliki is obviously a failed leader. There is no question about that. But this administration has projected weakness and vacillation and naiveté all over the world. And, if you just grant me diplomatic immunity here, Eric, I don’t mean to be harsh, but somewhere, on a peanut farm in south Georgia, Jimmy Carter must be breathing an enormous sigh of relief, because he knows now that he will not go down in history as the most inept president we have ever had.
Eric Shawn: I want to point out again that you are a Republican. If I could point that out. But there is something in the Wall Street Journal – front page today — about a secret U.S. plan to aid Iraq that fizzled among mutual distrust. The administration tried to do something secretly, says the Wall Street Journal, but in just didn’t work. We won’t read the whole thing, Congressman, but let me just get your reaction, because we only have a minute.
Trent Franks: Well, ultimately, as you know, there are issues all over the country and the world now that I think represent some pretty serious danger to this country. This administration has even talked about allying ourselves with Iran and that will only give them additional credibility. If iran gains a nuclear weapons capability, which I think this helps them in that pursuit, we will need a new calendar, Eric. It will change our world that much. And our children will then walk in the shadow of nuclear terrorism. And I have to suggest to you it just boggles and be bewilders me to no end.
Eric Shawn: We have to leave it there. Thank you for joining us.
June 19, 2014
“The White House is incompetent and the dumping of illegals is intentional.”
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio takes the dumping of illegal aliens in his Maricopa County as an “affront” because Arizona has been a high-profile critic of federal immigration policy, and Arpaio has been “like the poster boy” for slamming the Justice Department and the White House.
He doubts the massive wave of illegals, many of them unaccompanied minors, is a result of mere administration ineptitude.
“I got my own theory,” he said. “I think the White House sometimes is incompetent, but I can’t imagine them doing this without realizing that there was going to be controversy.”
Arpaio thinks President Obama is deliberately courting that controversy because the current crisis on the border gives him a chance to issue more executive orders, or prod Congress into passing immigration reforms that suit the president’s taste.
Having worked extensively on both sides of the southern border, Arpaio doubts that most politicians have a proper understanding of conditions in Mexico or the southern United States. He thinks the drug and gang problems are frequently underestimated, noting that when criminals are deported, it doesn’t seem to take long before they reappear in the United States — sometimes 10 or 15 times.
He said he has written to the new secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, about the problem of repeat offenders but has yet to receive a satisfactory response. He says he hasn’t been able to attract much attention from the media, either, which is leading him to appreciate the power of social media and viral video, after some initial resistance to using the technology.
He criticized the way the media and Border Patrol agents have been given limited access to the refugee camps springing up in response to the unaccompanied wave of minors.
“Why are they hiding these kids from the media?” Arpaio said. “Well, I think I have a theory here. I don’t think they’re all young kids. I would bet there are 16-, 17-year-olds. How do we know they’re not members of a gang coming across?”
Sheriff Arpaio’s suspicions on this point appear to be well-founded, as The Washington Times has reported complaints from the National Border Patrol Council that some of the “children” surging across the border are indeed teenage gang members, often with blatant gang tattoos.
The 82-year-old sheriff has 55 years of law-enforcement experience. (His birthday is Flag Day, and he says this year he spent it “locking up deadbeat dads.”) After spending many of those years fighting the drug trade as a federal agent, he finds it disappointing that the federal government spends so much time hassling him.
“That’s sad, in a way,” he said. “But you know what? It doesn’t bother me. Actually, I love challenges. The more they go after me, the more happy I am, and I’m not going to surrender.”
He doesn’t think America should surrender to an illegal immigration crisis some describe as intractable.
“We’re the greatest country in the universe,” Arpaio declared. “You’re trying to tell me that we can’t control the illegal immigration coming into our country?”
Among the other issues he has no intention of retreating from is his challenge to the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate, which he remains convinced is a forged document. Arpaio is well aware of the criticism this crusade generates, from accusations of racism lobbed against him, to charges that he’s an obsessed eccentric. He repeated his determination to push harder in the face of such adversity, and suggested his critics consider that he knows how much trouble he’s causing for himself, and how quickly it would all go away if he dropped the subject.
He’s also aware of the support he receives, especially from the constituents who keep re-electing him sheriff. He speaks of his commitment to treating legal immigrants, such as his own parents, with fairness and respect — which means enforcing the laws they respected in turn.
“It’s a fairness issue,” he said. “Many people obey the laws, and yet those that don’t, reward them. That’s not right.”
By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy
When Planned Parenthood loses, women win. [The] decision by a federal court to deny a request by Arizona’s largest abortion provider to temporarily block a common sense health and safety standard is a victory for anyone who cares for the well-being of women.
Passed in 2012, the purpose of this law is to ensure the abortion industry distributes the dangerous and deadly abortion pill in line with FDA protocol. While the FDA protocol requires the pill to be distributed within the first 49 days of a pregnancy, Planned Parenthood has dispensed the pill through 63 days of a pregnancy.
With all the evidence that shows the abortion pill presents serious risks to the lives of women, it should be distributed with the utmost care. It is irresponsible for Planned Parenthood to persist in ignoring this protocol for a pill that is responsible for at least 14 deaths in the United States.
Based on the fact that now the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals have rejected similar challenges to this law, and the Arizona Federal District Court has ruled that Planned Parenthood is not likely to succeed in this latest legal charade, I call on the abortion giant to drop their challenge. It would be shameful for Planned Parenthood to continue to waste state resources by pressing on with this frivolous lawsuit.
AZ Congressman Matt Salmon: “The president is our nation’s elected leader and has the privilege and responsibility to set the tone for our nation. Unfortunately, this cannot happen with a president who remains tone-deaf and unwilling to listen to the American people. We learned last week that President Obama believes he can lead our nation with only a pen and a phone. But Americans don’t care about pens and phones; they care about jobs and paychecks. This requires a president who will work with Congress to pass bills that grow the economy, not the size of the government. If the president is serious about working with Congress he should start by asking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to take up the 40 jobs bills the House has sent to the Senate, finally approve the Keystone Pipeline and remove job-killing regulations through legislation such as the REINS Act. I firmly believe that job creation and higher-wages are a product of economic growth, not mandates from Washington. Americans have a strong spirit of ingenuity and will. We can and should support policies that foster these values, not hinder them.”
AZ Congressman David Schweikert: “For those who watched the president’s speech and the Republican response, the difference could not be more stark. The Republican message of optimism and opportunity contrasts with the president’s speech of recycled proposals from his previous years in office. If the president is ready to accept responsibility for his policies that have led to stagnant economic growth over his 6 years in office, he needs to follow through this time and address the issue with more than just talk of job creation. I am hopeful 2014 can be a productive year, but it will require President Obama to do something he has refused to do until now. And that is, reach out and work with Congress in good faith.”
Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs: “President Obama’s SOTU speech is more of the same: big government proposals that shift more power to DC, and dominion and control over our lives, despite the fact that the federal gov’t can’t stop deficit spending or secure our state and national border with Mexico. We need to put our fiscal house in order, revive our economy and create jobs, and promote more competition and choice in education and health care to build a better future for all Arizonans! The common sense conservative solutions we need are in Arizona, not Washington, DC.”