Scandal with the Court Taj Mahal

Court House Project

Author Chewie Shofir over at the Sonoran Alliance blog has a great post on the new Superior Court building.  I strongly encourage you to pop over and read the post.  Essentially we are talking about $347 million taxpayer funded project that is already under investigation.  Believe me, you must read this post as it promises to be eye-opening.

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Robbing the Taxpayers — Or How We Can Save Money and Promote Liberty

azcapitolWhen Diane Sikokis’ does her job the taxpayers lose.  When Diane does her job well, the taxpayers lose doubly.  She serves as the Director of Government Relations for Maricopa County, making her the lead lobbyist for its policy issues.

Over the weekend, the Arizona Republic had a puff piece interview with Ms. Sikokis discussing how difficult it is for her to do her job in this present political and economic climate.  As if the interview were not disgusting enough because of its lack of substance, there was gross negligence for failing to ask reasonable questions like “Why does Maricopa County need a lobbyist?”.

There are two excerpts from the interview that I would like to draw your attention to.  The first question is a follow up to a discussion of Maricopa County not being able to cut any further because of mandates:

Q: Would Maricopa County consider legal action?

A: Yes. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that if the state approaches us in such a way . . . this board is no longer to be accountable and answerable to the taxpayers who elected them to do the jobs that they need to do because they’ve taken all of the revenue that we count on and depend on. Then yes, I think this board would look at all of their options.Sikokis

The second excerpt that I think is worth pointing out is:

Q: Who do you consider the county’s allies at the Capitol, and which relationships need some work?

A: Certainly the governor. Our board strongly considers both the Senate president and House speaker friends. We feel like we have an excellent relationship with all of the legislative leadership and certainly the members that comprise the Maricopa delegation. We really appreciate the out-of-county members as well. The problem seems to be those legislators who perhaps are not keeping an open mind on the governor’s five-point plan . . . the more conservative Republican legislators in both bodies.

[emphasis added]

In other words, Ms. Sikokis is not only openly admitting that the county is advocating for a tax increase during a recession, which in turn will trigger an economic depression, but is also blaming conservatives for being a roadblock to the tax increase flying through the Legislature.

As I mentioned above, there is one element that is not being discussed.  Why is it that we even need taxpayer-funded lobbyists?  Essentially, we are paying for employees of government to head to the legislature to lobby for more of our money.  That, my fellow patriots, is insane.

GI BuildingThe Goldwater Institute has a great report that they published in 2007 by Benjamin Barr.  I strongly urge you to visit their site and download a copy.

Here is the dirty little secret that Maricopa County is not telling you but the Goldwater Institute discovered.  Maricopa County, as of 2007 when this report was published, had 85 taxpayer-funded lobbyists.  Now, imagine the tax dollars that are allocated just to pay for salaries.

Thus, we are left with a natural conclusion.  Maricopa County can make more cuts — starting with reducing the number of lobbyists on staff — if they were interested in doing what is best for the taxpayers of Maricopa County.  Unfortunately, much like the empty rhetoric Ms. Sikokis in this train-wreck of an interview, Maricopa County is only interested in growing government on the backs of an already stressed economic base — us.

Keeping Tabs on Socialized Medicine

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This morning I received an email from Campaign For Liberty which featured a piece by Dr. and Congressman Ron Paul on the uptick in activity to promote socialized medicine, commonly known as universal healthcare.

paulRon Paul is a OB/GYN with well over 30 years of experience in medicine and has keen insights on how government has crept its way into healthcare — for the worse.  He proposes a couple of bills that we should pass to protect us from an even bigger government, the further erosion of our freedoms, an poorer quality healthcare because of government interventionist policies and regulations.

I encourage you to read the article Fight Government Encroachment into Health Care! (Shared via AddThis ) and leave me your thoughts.

“All Bark No Bork”

No Elephant Stampede

That about sums it up!

Another Scam on the Taxpayers

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Phil Gordon, Mayor of Phoenix, believes in cheating not only Phoenix taxpayers but also the taxpayers of the country.  The Phoenix Business Journal has a piece today about Mayor Phil Gordon heading to DC this week to meet with the Obama administration and to beg federal government agencies for bailout moneyto fund a new scam — a “Green” college. 

The supposed mission of this new campus will be for environmental and sustainable architecture, engineering, and workforce development.  What adds a new dimension to this money grab of taxpayer dollars is that ASU has already increased the number of “green” classes on its campuses.

Folks, this is simply about extorting more money from the taxpayers.  Check out this opinion piece featured in the Washington Examiner.  The final line sums it up:

When America is in recession, the last thing we can afford to do is destroy more jobs than we create in the name of “stimulus.”  The American people deserve to hear the truth about “green jobs.” Unfortunately, as long as Al Gore and his allies continue to have the loudest bullhorns, they won’t.

The deal is that this is just a move to create an even bigger government with more regulation on business, industry, and individual liberties.  Not to mention the unlawful taking of taxpayer money with even less accountability.  It looks like Phil Gordon definitely has a green finger in the air.  Unfortunately, it appears that it is not just his green thumb that he is showing to the taxpayers.

Wait a Minute, What?

What About the Constitution Cartoon

This is what we have to look forward to — a jurist who believes that the mission of the courts at all levels is to make law!

The question that we have is what are we going to do about it to stop this nomination?!

Reducing the Carbon Footprint

PelosiNeedstoGo

Let’s do our part for the environment by removing Nancy Pelosi!