Archive for April, 2009

Great. Just Great.

April 30, 2009

Secretary of State Ken Bennett is showing a lot of gratitude to the Governor for his appointment.  How is he doing this?  By disagreeing with her on her budget plan.

Doesn’t the old saying go, “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?”  Doesn’t this double-plus apply to the person who got you your current job?

So what is his master plan?  The same as everyone else:  No plan at all.  Gee, that was helpful.  Here is master strategist Bennett’s plan at work:

Step 1:  Crap on the person who gave you the job.

Step 2:  Talk in generalities about task forces and whatnot.

Step 3:  Don’t really offer a plan.

I am pretty sure that the Governor cannot fire him now that he is appointed, but if she were able, this would be a firing offense.  Talk about loyalty!

Conservative blogs VERY quiet on GOP budget

April 29, 2009

Speaking of the GOP budget, where are all of the conservative blogs in supporting the leadership’s effort to balance the budget without raising taxes?  I see a lot of talk about Arlen Specter  leaving the party, but the GOP budget is conspicuously absent. 

Obama’s hundred days in office?  Check.  Republican plan?  Nope.

Afterall, all of these guys have been anti-tax and chiding anyone who says otherwise.  Where is their praise for the plan taking money from the cities and the schools to avoid a tax increase?

Sonoran Alliance
No posts about the GOP budget, but good news, you can get a warning on Obama as the anti-christ and Specter as a RINO.  Plus, there are 4, count them, 4 articles about the swine flu, and ZERO about the leadership budget.

Espresso Pundit
There are 4 recent posts (here, here, here, here) about how bad Napolitano is screwing up and 3 posts (here, here, here) about how newspapers are going down the tubes.  Don’t call him a one trick pony, he has at least two.  Writing about the Democrats failed budget is right in his wheelhouse, but talking about the GOP plan appears to be off limits.

Seeing Red Arizona
Able to muster a brief mention of the budget when it was launched, but no follow up.  Meanwhile, they were able to muster quite a diatribe against Specter.  They mustered 65 words about the GOP budget vs 333 words against Specter – not even to mention the 482 words against the Swine Flu (or as they call it, the Mexican flu – classy!) and how Napolitano refuses to close the border.

Gila Courier
Silence.  Even gave Specter the short-sale.  However, they were all over the Tea Party (here, here) and quick to denounce anyone who would consider a tax and the GOP for the way they are doing business.

Arizona House Republicans
Following their meager announcement of the biggest news they could possibly have, they back it up with if Washington can do it without taxes, so can we which speaks nothing to the details of their plan or why they chose to cut what they did, or why they have cancelled two hearings so far.

IC Arizona
Typical Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio love fest, with a few posts from Americans for Prosperity and Goldwater Institute rolled in.  Speaking of, both Americans for Prosperity and Goldwater Institute are shockingly silent so far on this budget fix.

So where is it?  Where is all of the support?  They finally got what they were asking for, and now the silence is deafening.

Is the GOP budget DOA?

April 29, 2009

The criticism for the GOP’s current budget plan has been swift and plentiful.  With the cities and the Democrats quickly lining up against it, the Republicans cancelled two hearings without explanation, sounding like Secretary Napolitano trying to rationalize the ascinine “Scare Force One” incident in New York.

Is this a failure of the leaders to rally support for their budget before they rolled it out, or is this a failure because the plan is a stinker?  In looking deeper into the details of their plan, it looks like their budget is pretty much untenable to everyone.  Completely eliminating the department of commerce and sending all of that cash to the border?  Blatantly cutting Goddard’s staff while not touching the executive offices held by Republicans?  Making Arizona the first state in the nation to lose its Federal Welfare program?

Its no wonder why the cities hate this plan, it makes them make the choices that the legislature are unwilling to make.  If I were a Republican Mayor or city councilman, I would be especially livid, since they are unwilling to raise taxes because of their Republican principles, but they don’t care if their Republican brethren in local government are forced to do so.

They keep saying, “We’re trying desperately to avoid a tax increase,” but what they fail to mention is that they are going to send Arizona back into the stone age to do it.  It sure will be helpful for our economic development and the long-term health of our state when Arizona can’t attract businesses to town, but hey, we spent another $900,000 on the border! 

High Five!

High Five!

Legislature passes the buck to the cities

April 28, 2009

In a fantastic showing of heroism, the Legislature has announced a plan to make their problem the cities’ problem.  The plan we have been waiting for all of this time comes down to taking $300 million from the schools and $200 million from the cities.

To make matters worse, some of the more timid members immediately backed off of the plan and call it “preliminary.”  Well, what is this?  Is this your plan or not?  Man up and admit to this pile of garbage if this is what you really think.

So, what it really comes down to is that the Legislature is physically uncapable of making a decision on their own, so they are going to turn around and take the money from everyone else so the cities and counties have to make the tough decision.  Then, if the cities and counties decide to raise taxes, they are covered because they didn’t have to do it themselves.

Real bold!  Is this what Kirk Adams envisioned when he put out his Jerry Maguire style manifesto that got him chosen as speaker?  With up to

If I were a mayor or councilmember or a county supervisor, I would be PISSED right now.

GOP legislative dominance on the line

April 27, 2009

The Eye on the 9th floor has this very interesting article breaking down the districts that could be in trouble in the upcoming election if something isn’t done about the budget.

I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but I don’t see President Burns, Speaker Adams, or Senator Gould’s districts on that list.  Perhaps they are safe, but are their Republican colleagues? 

A quick count of the Senate roster shows an 18 – 12 Republican advantage, if the Republicans lost 3 out of the 8 listed in their report, we would see a split Senate.

Enter Global Scare

April 27, 2009

Anyone who has ever played any sort of world simulation video game should have seen this pandemic coming from a mile away.  Afterall, the economy is in the crapper, we haven’t talked about anything for months, our focus has been so much on the economy, that this is when, BAM, the computer punishes us for not paying attention to the rest of the game.   

The real reason the computer does this?  To give us something else to focus on.  The same goes with this latest scare – we have been talking about the economy for MONTHS so now we need something new to talk about.  The death of Bea Arthur, unfortunately, is not big enough news, so enter the swine flu.

I am not trying to make light of this situation, but have you looked around the web today?  Every news outlet is talking about it, and people are asking why Governor Brewer hasn’t weighed in.  I hope its because her and her staff are working on a budget.

We are looking at 73 confirmed cases and 149 potential deaths?  This is now taking the front page news over the billions of dollars we are in the hole?  This is a problem, but its not the only problem. 

Come on folks, we need to be able to multi-task here.

Am I missing something here?

April 24, 2009

Hello?  Is there anyone out there?  I went back and looked, and I was under the impression that there was going to be a budget presented yesterday with the $500 million gap magically filled.

Did I miss it?  Where is it?  Instead, we got an update on the House vs. Senate softball game!  Come on guys!  What is more important here:  fixing the state budget or watching a bunch of politicians huff and puff around the bases?

Buy me some peanuts and education cuts

Buy me some peanuts and education cuts

So, let me get this straight, they have time to play softball, but they don’t have time to hold hearings on a budget?

Now the rest of the country is getting a taste of Napolitano

April 24, 2009

Congratulations, America, you are now seeing something that we here in Arizona already understood: Janet Napolitano is not all that great.  She is already getting a bunch of heat for her wacky comments about right wing activists and soldiers as well as her besmirching of Canada. 

Now, the tough talking secretary is standing her ground and not making nice.  Uh oh, someone is going to have to go through “smile to everyone, even dictators” school again.

What the people don’t know is that she also plunged Arizona into the steepest deficit in the Nation and took off the second she could to avoid the blame.  How is that for change we can believe in?

Napolitano is the reason we need to Fix Arizona.  I see that www.FireNapolitano.comis already fired up.  How long before we need to fix homeland security?  Perhaps she should go get a job on Isaiah Thomas’ staff, he is always looking for people to help him destroy things and stick blindly to misinformation.

Things are getting worse, not better

April 22, 2009

As our state becomes unseasonably hot, the chances of fixing this budget crisis continue to grow colder.  Pretty soon, we are going to be able to keep our freezer doors closed, and just go down near the legislature to cool off.

First, Arizona doesn’t really have that far it can go to improve the tax system.  Columnist Robert Robb admits that even if there is more to be done, it wouldn’t be a very politically viable option.  Well, that’s helpful.  How do the anti-tax folks read that one and still figure there is some magical source they can use to get money?

Next, even some of the people who were willing to consider all options to fix the budget are now backing off and changing their mind.  Representative Michelle Reagan now says that she wouldn’t refer a tax to the ballot, but she doesn’t say what she would do to fix the $3 billion hole.

And what do we get for all of this bad news?  A daily bill to the taxpayers for $10,000 for the legislature’s inaction.  What a treat!

Doesn't this remind you of the budget?

Doesn't this remind you of the budget?

GOP Leaders say: “Trust Us”

April 21, 2009

GOP Leaders now say that they have a budget that doesn’t need to raise taxes.  They also say that they aren’t going to borrow against the lottery (good!) and its not an expansion of gaming, but also can’t be from just cuts, because they said themselves that “cuts alone cannot solve this problem.”

So what is it?  How did the finally fill this $500 million hole that everyone keeps coming up with?  That is the mystery?  What is their great and all powerful plan?  Here is their plan…wait for it….wait for it….bam: 

They won’t reveal any details.  Can you feel the excitement?!?

Basically, they are saying “Trust us.”  The same group that couldn’t solve the problem for weeks on end have now made some sort of epiphany, and now we all have to wait around for it?  Could you give us a hint, fellas? 

I don’t mean to be rude, but the last time a budget was forced on us out of nowhere, it was the bloated mistake that got us in this mess in the first place.