Posts Tagged ‘election

24
Aug
14

2014 Mesa, Arizona, Mayor race

2014 Mesa, Arizona, Mayor race – check out Danny Ray.

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Mesa has a choice this August:

• Do you want to continue building massive debt? The City of Mesa has amassed a total debt of nearly $1.5 BILLION (billion with a B). Since 1984, our debt has increased tenfold. Since just 2003, our debt has nearly doubled with no significant change in population size.

• Do you want your cost of living to keep rising? The cost of city services and taxes (water, sewer, trash, sales tax, and property tax) is rising much faster in Mesa than in neighboring communities. In 2004, Mesa boasted the lowest average cost of living and provided services at less than $1,200 per household. We have since increased to over $1,800 annually, surpassing Chandler, Gilbert, and even Scottsdale. This rapid increase reflects the fact that all city fees have been creeping up to satisfy interest payments on our massive debt.

• Do you want a healthy local economy? Economic vitality comes from free-market principles with a level playing field for businesses of all sizes. It is not within the scope of government to pick winners and losers; rather, government is obligated to treat all businesses equally under the law. This is not the way things currently stand. In addition, red tape created by an inefficient and costly permitting process is driving employers, shops, and services to neighboring communities.

Danny is working to bring attention to these important issues and increase citizen engagement in government. The burden is on us as citizens to fully engage and keep the rights and liberties that our Founding Fathers secured for us. We CAN work together as the people of Mesa to reverse the trend toward more control and less freedom.

Danny’s opponent is for continuing Mesa’s “upward momentum” but Danny believes we can continue to have positive growth and preserve the community we love WITHOUT massive debt.

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06
Aug
14

2014 Primary Election: Arizona, CD5, LD17 (Chandler)

It is my duty as a citizen to vote and participate in politics. I consider myself a heavily leaning Conservative Libertarian and these are my initial thoughts on who to vote for in CD5/LD17.

FEDERAL:

REPRESENTATIVE, CD5: Salmon, Matt (no contest)

 

STATE:

GOVERNOR: Frank Riggs

STATE SENATE, LD17: Yarbrough, Steve (no contest)

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, LD17 (2): Mesnard, J.D.; Weninger, Jeff

SECRETARY OF STATE: Wil Cardon [1]

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Horne, Tom [2]

STATE TREASURER: DeWit, Jeff

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: Douglas, Diane

STATE MINE INSPECTOR: Hart, Joe (no contest)

CORPORATION COMMISSIONER (2): Little, Doug; Forese, Tom [3]

 

COUNTY:

COUNTY ASSESSOR: Petersen, Paul (no contest)

CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT: Jeanes, Michael (no contest)

 

CITY OF CHANDLER:

MAYOR: Tibshraeny, Jay (no contest)

COUNCILMEMBER (3): Roe, Terry; Hartke, Kevin [4]

 

PROPOSITION:

470: Yes

 

NOTES:

[1] I do not get a warm and fuzzy with anyone for Secretary of State. Reagan seems like Brewer who gave us Common Core. Pierce seems unenthusiastic. And Cardon is the rich-boy. Cardon may be the pretty-boy that doesn’t have any political ties or favors to repay.

[2] This is another toss-up. Nobody here is really pleasant to vote for in GOP. Brnovich Horne are neck-and-neck but neither of them really float my boat. I know that many people will shy away from Horne from his reputation but I personally feel that people enjoy slinging mud at him – none of the accusations have stuck. Is he really good at covering up or did someone paint a target at him that we all haven’t seen? I believe I erad that Brnovich hasn’t bothered practicing in quite some time.

[3] Ah, corporations. They are good… and bad. This seems like one of those positions that it will be hard to get into unless you have some sort of secret back-door money (uh, from corporations). That is the rumor with Little/Forsee but who knows.

[4]  I like Roe and voted for him last time. Hartke also seems like he has done decent. I am allowed three, but I don’t know if I will vote for three.

NOTE: Also to note locally, but out of my area that you may want to consider:

TEMPE: Matt Papke for Tempe City Council

MESA: Danny Rey for Mesa Mayor

LD20: Thurane Auck Khin for State Representative

19
Sep
09

Why Communism Is Bad

By James Freeman (original here)

I remember very few occasions when I was ashamed of my country. One time happened recently while I was watching a documentary about the fall of Saigon in 1975. The last of the U.S. personnel in Vietnam were ordered to abandon their allies. So our guys had to lie to the South Vietnamese in the U.S. embassy compound, tell them that more planes were on the way to save them, and then quietly slip through a hedge to board the last flight to freedom. As the plane turned while making its ascent, one U.S. soldier recalled looking down into the compound and seeing all the faces – men, women and children – looking up into the sky for the next flight that never came.

When the United States abandoned its allies in Southeast Asia, the communists created the killing fields that led even anti-war activists like Joan Baez to recoil in horror. Tragically, the millions murdered in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos were just one chapter in the bloody history of 20th century communism. In the Soviet Union, more than 20 million people were murdered in Stalin’s purges.

Millions more died during China’s Cultural Revolution. For much of the world, the history of the last 100 years is the history of communist oppression. And for us, of course, much of the 20th century was a struggle to defend the free world. From Harry Truman to John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan, supporting democratic governments against communist attack was the major foreign policy challenge.

But things are so good now. We feel so secure. There doesn’t seem to be anyone who could really threaten us. Communism seems pretty harmless. I think that’s why most people see the Elian Gonzalez case as a simple custody issue. Cuban dictator Fidel Castro certainly doesn’t threaten us, and he’s fairly benign compared to a Stalin or a Pol Pot. From what we can tell, Castro’s not murdering lots of his own people.

Still, it’s worth considering what kind of life Elian can expect under Castro’s regime. Many reporters treat the anti-Castro sentiment in south Florida as some kind of strange obsession among Cuban Americans. And when Elian’s relatives fight so hard to keep him here, they’re ridiculed and called unreasonable. Are they right to be unreasonable?

Let’s look at the facts. Fidel Castro has ruled Cuba since 1959, after taking power by military force. According to the State Department, “Within months of taking power, Castro moved to consolidate his power by imprisoning or executing opponents. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans fled the island. Castro declared Cuba a socialist state on April 16, 1961.” In the four decades since then, Castro has not allowed a free election.

Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Commission again condemned Cuba’s human rights violations and called on the regime to allow basic freedoms. Three weeks ago, Amnesty International released a new report on Cuba’s harassment of political dissidents. According to Article 53 of the Cuban constitution, there is no freedom of speech. So, by definition, Elian’s father does not speak for himself. According to Article 62 of the Cuban constitution, there is no freedom of assembly and no freedom of association.

There is no independent judiciary. There are now people rotting in Cuban jails for the crime of “disrespect.” In a recent case cited by Amnesty International, Lázaro Constantín Durán was detained for attending a political demonstration, beaten and then sentenced to three years of imprisonment for the crime of “dangerousness.”

Amnesty also reported on another member of the opposition. “Milagros Cruz Cano, who is blind, was re-detained by State Security officials whilst waiting for a bus. She was initially held at the Maria Luisa police station in Havana where she was reportedly beaten by police officers which resulted in a swollen cheek and a bruise and scab below her eye. She was then transferred to Mazorra psychiatric hospital…”

Democracy activist Cecilio Monteagudo Sánchez was detained in 1997 and then sentenced in 1999 to four years in prison for writing an anti-Castro leaflet which was never printed. A journalist also drew a prison term because he knew about the draft leaflet but did not report it to authorities.

In October 1998, when Manuel Antonio González Castellanos, a reporter for the independent Cuba Press, was arrested, his family wrote anti-government slogans on the walls of their house. Amnesty explained what happened next: “Their home was reportedly surrounded by several hundred people, reportedly led by State Security agents and members of the Rapid Response Brigades, who chanted threats and abuse. Government agents then forced open the door and beat two members of the family, Yoani and Leonardo Varona, as well as a visitor at the house, Roberto Rodríguez Rodríguez.”

What about regular day-to-day living? According to the State Department, per capita income in Cuba is equivalent to US$1,540 per year.

Moreover, it’s a crime to try to escape.

So Elian will have no freedom of speech or assembly, no right to a fair trial, no right to vote and no right to return to the United States.

How will the boy adjust to his return to the island nation? Cuban officials have announced that Elian and his father will be taken to live in a government compound where Elian will be re-educated.

There’s a famous picture of a teen-age Bill Clinton shaking hands with President Kennedy and it shows Clinton’s obvious admiration for JFK. I wonder what Kennedy would have done about Elian or another young escapee from communist oppression. Would Kennedy have sent Elian back to Cuba after a demand from Castro or Khruschev? If a boy’s mother had been killed during an escape from East Germany, would President Kennedy have tossed the kid back over the Berlin Wall? I think we know the answer.

17
Feb
09

Arizona, Quit Thinking About Raising Taxes You Morons!

Man, these politicians just don’t get it, do they? During a slowing economy it is not good to raise taxes – much less a recessive economy. This is what is being rumored here in Arizona.

Faced with a sliding economy and deepening state deficit, Gov. Jan Brewer’s office is quietly making plans for a spring special election at which voters would be asked to raise taxes and loosen spending mandates on certain state programs, The Arizona Republic has learned. (link)

Hello!?

I always like to boil things down to a lower level. The amount of money that governments deal with is not something we can really fully understand. But, In this situation the government spends money on programs X, Y, and Z. In our scaled-down version, let’s say you are paying for your car , food , and entertainment. You learn that you are going to have less income coming in, let’s say your spouse had their hours cut back. So, what do you do right away?

Well, I know when I was growing up the answer was to completely cut out the unneeded stuff such as movies, music, and new clothes. The stuff that couldn’t be cut back, such as food, was redone – coupons were snipped every day (and used), if clothes were messed up we either wore them anyways or they were patched and if needed a trip to Goodwill, car pooling to sport practices to save gas. This was the immediate response to the dillema, not the afterthought.

But even so, with government, let’s say that they raise taxes. Let’s just say that they raise the sales tax from 5.6% to 7.0%. This may not seem like a lot, but when you go to buy groceries or WHATEVER, then you are going to feel it.  I believe that the term for this is called nickel-and-diming you to death. Of course, likewise, this increase in taxes will NEVER be a temporary tax either. Even if things get better, you can be assured that whatever tax raise they did will remain.

Note to Arizona politicians: Quit talking about raising taxes! Go through your duty list and find out what things are garbage and trash them. If you still need money, then look through your box again and find out where you can cut spending by 5%-10%. I’m sure you can find the money between those two ideas somehow.




Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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