Category Archives: Government

Gingrich on Jefferson, God, Immigration

I was bumming around the ‘Net recently, looking for arguments against socialism, when I came across a speech by Newt Gingrich. Well, I kept hearing stuff that I couldn’t help but question. So, I transcribed the speech and added some annotations. The bracketed numbers, if it isn’t clear, are a rough indication of where Mr. Gingrich said that in the speech.

The speech was posted without information about the venue, date, or time. I can only guess that he gave it in 2005, around the time he published Winning the Future.

The speech starts…now:

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I’m going to take just two or three topics to give you examples of this level—this is the Reagan/Thatcher level of setting up arguments so profound that the other side, in the end, can’t win them, and then just sticking to it.

So, I’m going to give you a couple of areas to think about. I’m going to deal with patriotic education and patriotic immigration. And, in order to explain the context of patriotic education and patriotic immigration, I’m going to talk a little bit about the centrality of our Creator to understanding America as an exceptional country. Continue reading Gingrich on Jefferson, God, Immigration

Immigration Miscellanea

  • Hispanics and Arizona’s New Immigration Law

    According to Pew Hispanic Center tabulations from the 2008 American Community Survey, there are 2 million Hispanics in Arizona, representing 30% of the state’s population. One-third (33%) of Arizona Hispanics are foreign born.

  • Modes of Entry for the Unauthorized Migrant Population

    Nearly half of all the unauthorized migrants now living in the United States entered the country legally through a port of entry such as an airport or a border crossing point where they were subject to inspection by immigration officials.

    As much as 45% of the total unauthorized migrant population entered the country with visas that allowed them to visit or reside in the U.S. for a limited amount of time. Known as “overstayers,” these migrants became part of the illegal population when they remained after their visas had expired.

  • Gordon H. Hanson’s “The Economic Logic of Illegal Immigration

    In this Council Special Report, Professor Gordon H. Hanson of the University of California, San Diego approaches immigration through the lens of economics. The results are surprising. By focusing on the economic costs and benefits of legal and illegal immigration, Professor Hanson concludes that stemming illegal immigration would likely lead to a net drain on the U.S. economy—a finding that calls into question many of the proposals to increase funding for border protection. Moreover, Hanson argues that guest worker programs now being considered by Congress fail to account for the economic incentives that drive illegal immigration, which benefits both the undocumented workers who desire to work and live in the United States and employers who want flexible, low-cost labor.

Napalm Sticks to Kids

Below is a poem/military chant that is a composite of one that appears in an issue of a comic book called Slow Death (#4, 1972) and one I found at the Digital Tradition Folk Music Database.

The poem/chant is preceded in Slow Death by the following:

Thanks very much for all the letters, no room for a do loop letter page or a Slow Death Quiz this time. The cartoon was sent to us by Eric Kimball. The poem was the work of a group of AF and Army GIs assigned to the First Air Cav who sat down one night in a hootch in Nam and wrote a poem. It expressed their bitterness about the things they had done and toward the military that had made them murderers. The poem was first published in the June 71 issue of helping hand; POB 729, Mountain Home, Idaho 83647. Each verse depicts an actual event that at least one of the men participated in. Continue reading Napalm Sticks to Kids

Voting

Legislative District 21

PARTISAN BALLOT

US Rep in Congress, District 6:
Rebecca Schneider (DEM)
Jeff Flake (REP)
Rick Biondi (LBT)

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State Senator, District 18:

Judah Nativio (DEM)

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State Rep, District 18:
Tammie Pursley (DEM)
Steve Court (REP)
Cecil Ash (REP)
· In favor of photo radar for traffic enforcement but not as revenue generator

Joe Brown (IND)

Corporation Commissioner:
Newman, George, Kennedy (DEM)
Wong, McClure, Stump (REP)

County Board of Supervisors, District 2:
Joel Sinclair (DEM)
Don Stapley (REP)

County Assessor:
Keith Russell (REP)
Rachel Kielsky (LBT)

County Attorney:
Tim Nelson (DEM)
Andrew P. Thomas (REP)
Michael Kielsky (LBT)

Country Recorder:
Helen Purcell (REP)
Ernest Hancock (LBT)

County School Superintendent:
Don Covey (REP)
David Hodges (LBT)

Sheriff:
Dan Saban (DEM)
Joe Arpaio (REP)
Chris Will (LBT)

County Treasurer:
Charles “Hos” Hoskins (REP)

NONPARTISAN BALLOT
Maricopa County Special Health Care, District 2 (no more than 1):
Harlan T. Stratton
Rob Carey
Greg Patterson

Mesa Unif No. 4, School Governing Board Member (no more than 3):
Steven J. Peterson
Ben Whiting
Kate J. Ali’Varius
Lance Entrekin
Michael S. Nichols

Prop 400: Proposed amendment to the Mesa city charter by the city council relation to the implementation of an individual residential rental inspection (“Slum Landlord”) program as authorized by state law, upon consent of the owner, tenant, or court.

Question 1, Public Safety Bonds
A vote “For the Bonds” shall authorize the City of Mesa to issue and sell $58,300,000 of general obligation bonds for Public Safety purposes.

Question 2, Street Bonds
A vote “For the Bonds” shall authorize the City of Mesa to issue and sell $110,900,000 of general obligation bonds for Street, Highway and Traffic Control improvement purposes.

Justice of the Supreme Court
Shall the following Justices of the Supreme Court of Arizona be retained in office?
Scott Bales

Judges of the Court of Appeals, Division 1
Shall the following Judges of the Court of Appeals, Division 1, of Arizona be retained in office?
Diane Johnsen
Patricia Orozco
Ann Scott Timmer

Judges of the Superior Court
Shall the following Judges of the Superior Court be reainted in office?
Name and Division
Helene F. Abrams, 67
Linda A. Akers, 17
Louis A. Araneta, 9
Silvia R. Arellano, 4
Anna Maria Baca, 10
Eddward P. Ballinger, Jr., 19
Craig A. Blakey, 53
John A. Buttrick, 45
Bruce R. Cohen, 68
Connie C. Contes, 52
Glenn M. Davis, 76
John Richard Ditsworth, 44
Thomas Dunevant III, 2
Lisa Daniel Flores, 77
Jeanne Marie Garcia, 65
Jo Lynn Gentry-Lewis, 69
Michael D. Gordon, 72
John R. Hannah, Jr., 74
Carie A. Harrison, 46
Ruth H. Hilliard, 1
Kristin C. Hoffman, 70
Paul A. Katz, 3
Michael William Kemp, 66
Andrew G. Klein, 48
Margaret R. Mahoney, 55
Crane McClennen, 18
Paul J. McMurdie, 73
Colleen McNally, 42
Michael R. McVey, 8
Linda H. Miles, 54
Robert E. Miles, 75
Robert H. Oberbillig, 20
José S. Padilla, 78
Karen A. Potts, 79
Timothy J. Ryan, 71
Teresa A. Sanders, 49
Roland J. Steinle, III, 43
Sherry K. Stephens, 47
Richard J. Trujillo, 50
David K. Udall, 51
Christopher T. Whitten, 80

PROPOSITION 100
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BY THE INITIATIVE RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY
A “yes” vote shall have the effect of prohibiting any new tax, fee, or other assessment on the sale, purchase or other conveyance of real estate after Dec. 31 2007.

Voted “No.” I find it extreme to amend the constitution for this purpose. I also find it suspicious that so many of the opinions in favor of the amendment were paid for apparently by those responsible for getting the proposed amendment added to the ballot. (Though, I really don’t know for sure how this proposed amendment was added to the ballot.) I find the argument against the ballot, that a potential source of revenue for the state would be lost, to be convincing.

Further, there is no indication that anyone has any intention of imposing this tax, in the near or distant future.

PROPOSITION 101
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BY THE INITIATIVE RELATING TO HEALTH CARE
A “yes” vote shall have the effect of prohibiting laws that restrict a person’s choice of private health care systems or private plans, interfere with a person or an entity’s right to pay for lawful medical services, and impose a penalty or fine for choosing to obtain or decline health care coverage or for participation in any health care system or plan.

Voted “no.” As with 100, I can find no information on who has worked to get this proposed amendment on the ballot. The arguments for and against seem equally convincing to me, though.
As I see it now, though, there is no indication that anyone is trying to take away my right to seek medical coverage however I see fit. Therefore, an amendment is unnecessary.

PROPOSITION 102
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BY THE LEGISLATURE RELATING TO MARRIAGE
A “yes” vote shall have the effect of amending the Arizona Constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, while maintaining the current statutory law of the State of Arizona, which prohibits marriage between persons of the same sex.

A “no” vote shall have the effect of maintaining the current statutory law of the State of Arizona, which prohibits marriage between persons of the same sex, but would not amend the Arizona Constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Voted, “no.” This proposal is exclusionary and the existing law is exclusionary. Anyone unreasonable enough to get married should be able to have that marriage legally recognized as valid.

PROPOSITION 105
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BY THE INITIATIVE RELATING TO THE INITIATIVE
A “yes” vote shall have the effect of requiring that a majority of registered voters approve any initiative measure establishing, imposing or raising a tax, fee, or other revenue, or mandating a spending obligation, whether on a private person, labor organization, other private legal entity, or the state, in order to become law.

A “no” vote shall have the effect of retaining the current law under which an initiative measure is enacted upon approval of a majority of registered voters that vote on the measure.

Voted “no.” This seems to be the most extreme anti-tax proposal. I would prefer to maintain the right to not vote on certain proposals in the future.

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PROPOSITION 200
PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION RELATING TO PAYDAY LOANS
A “yes” vote shall have the effect of repealing the July 1, 2010 termination date for the existing “payday loan” licensing program thus allowing it to continue indefinitely, allowing payday loan licensees to provide electronic debit agreement services, prohibiting services over 35 days, requiring payday loan agreements be in English or Spanish, prohibiting certain fees, permitting only one payday loan transaction with a customer each business day, requiring a payment plan if requested by the customer, prohibiting arrangements with customers having outstanding repayment plans, allowing licensees to make other loans and requiring licensee applicants to maintain a minimum net worth of at least $50.000 per location up to a maximum of $1,000,000.

A “no” vote shall have the effect of retaining the current law regarding payday loans, which are to terminate on July 1, 2010.

Voted “no.” I was convinced by the opposition arguments that this proposal would only lower ceiling interest rates from %400 to %391. I am not in favor of any aspect of the payday loan industry anyway. If a measure were attached that made it mandatory for those trying to acquire a payday loan to pass some basic math problems, I might be more in favor of otherwise letting the free market rule over payday loans.

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PROPOSITION 201
PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION RELATING TO HOMEOWNERS
A “yes” vote shall have the effect of granting “prospective buyers” a right to sue over a dwelling action, permitting lawsuits despite alternative dispute resolution provisions in sales contracts, shortening buyer purchaser notice and seller response period before and after filing defects lawsuit, requiring seller to inspect dwelling after receiving notice, requiring any seller offer to include repair or replace option that must be performed by a licensed contractor, eliminating seller right to receive attorney fees and costs if the seller prevails, mandating seller to provide ten year warranty of materials and workmanship, requiring newly constructed dwelling contract to include disclosure of sellers financial relationship with a financial institution, disallowing seller from requiring a buyer deposit unless contract allows 100 day cancellation period, extending from eight to ten years the time to file suit against any person making improvements to real property, and expanding remedies available to an owner who is successful in a dwelling action against the seller.

A “no” vote shall have the effect of retaining the current law regarding purchaser dwelling actions.

Voted “yes.” I was swayed by Terry Landa’s story of wrongs she suffered at the hands of Engle Homes.

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PROPOSITION 202
PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT
A “yes” vote shall have the effect of modifying the laws covering employers who knowingly or intentionally employ “unauthorized aliens,” suspending or revoking licenses of businesses that employ unauthorized aliens, adding penalties on employers who fail to properly report cash wages, increasing penalties for identity theft related to employment, and establishing a presumption favoring an employer that verifies employee eligibility under federal law.

A “no” vote shall have the effect of retaining Arizona’s current employment laws that suspend or revoke business licenses for employers who knowingly or intentionally employ an unauthorized alien.

Voted “no.” I don’t like the arguments for or against this proposition. I don’t like the organizations (Wake Up Arizona fast food franchise owners) that are apparently behind the proposition. I think I am voting with the Republicans and bigots by voting “no,” and that is somewhat troubling to me.

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PROPOSITION 300
RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMMISSION ON SALARIES FOR ELECTIVE STATE OFFICERS AS TO LEGISLATIVE SALARIES HAS BEEN CERTIFIED TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND IS HEREBY SUBMITTED TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS FOR THEIR APPROVAL OR REJECTION.
A “yes” vote shall have the effect of raising State Legislators’ salaries to $30,000 per year.

A “no” vote shall have the effect of keeping State Legislators’ salaries at $24,000 per year.

Voted “yes” and hoped that my vote is justified. I read opposition where people say that the position is part-time and requires only 100 days/year of work. I read support that says that the amendment could mean more jobs.

Arizona Congressional Districts PDF Map

Fool me once…

“You’ve got to understand there are some in this world that simply do not adhere to the ideals we believe in. In Iraq, they don’t put their hand over their heart and say, “Liberty and justice for all.” They don’t believe in liberty. The dictator who runs Iraq doesn’t believe in justice. He only believes in liberty and justice for those who he decides get liberty and justice.

There’s a lot of talk about Iraq on our TV screens, and there should be, because we’re trying to figure out how best to make the world a peaceful place. There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again. You’ve got to understand the nature of the regime we’re dealing with. This is a man who has delayed, denied, deceived the world. For the sake of liberty and justice for all, the United Nations Security Council must act, must act in way to hold this regime to account, must not be fooled, must be relevant to keep the peace.”

[source]

Russell Pearce

Party
Republican
Religious Affiliation

LDS*

Views

Education

  • “…we should pursue a more efficient path and eliminate the Department of Education, besides there is not Constitutional provision for the federal government to be involved in education, it is a local issue. In addition, all parents should have a choice of where to send their children to school, not just the wealthy (like those in Congress who send their kids to private/parochial schools but oppose school choice for those who are not wealthy).”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]

Family

  • “I am a voice for family values, freedom, constitutional and limited government.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]
  • “We must preserve marriage (by federal law if the courts make it necessary) as a union between a man and a woman.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]

Guns

Immigration

  • “We should encourage legal immigration and always discourage illegal immigration, yet Republicans and Democrats in DC are terrified to oppose illegal immigration out of fear that they will be labeled racist.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]
  • “Those that don’t pay in or are illegally in this country should not be permitted to benefit from Social Security.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]
  • “Americans can speak whatever language they choose, but anyone who doesn’t speak English loses out in the America. HR 997: Language Unity Act of 2003 (Title: To declare English as the official language of the United States) has over 80 House sponsors. We need representatives to push for this resolution.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]

Taxation

  • “The graduated income tax punishes self-sufficiency, rewards dependence on Washington, divides Americans, encourages envy and creates a permanent underclass of poor Americans dependent on the federal government. …. We will stop punishing productivity by eliminating the income tax.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]

Welfare

  • “Today, Arizona, like America, has become a huge, bloated welfare state.” [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]
Accomplishments

MVD

  • “Director of MVD: Created the on line registration (first state in the Union to offer electronic registration renewals over multiple channels.”
    [Source: Arizona State Legislature]
Controversy

Racist Email

  • Circulated racist email saying that, “ ‘media masters’ force on the public their view of ‘world in which every voice proclaims the equality of the races, the inerrant nature of the Jewish “Holocaust” tale, the wickedness of attempting to halt the flood of non-White aliens pouring across our borders….”

    Responded, “ ‘My heart is really hurt to think something like that would go out under my name,’ Pearce said Tuesday. ‘I was very embarrassed I didn’t have better diligence and read the whole article.’ ”
    [Source: USA Today]