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No fights at this Townhall so the SEIU union thugs must have been absent.

"I think people are justifiably angry at the way Congress has been operating,"

Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

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From what I have read so far the event was (relatively) well behaved and other than some heated disagreements, which is to be expected, it was a civil exchange of ideas. Now here is a Parliament fight to watch.

Rep. Flake took and responded to UNSCRIPTED questions from the people:

Q: Do you believe that the Democrats will be using this bill as a means to an end to get everyone on a government healthcare system?
A: Yes, this legislation "will inevitably lead to [everyone being on] a single-payer system," …to have insurance, you’ll have to be on the government’s rolls.

Q: How in the world can we allow our children to have to pay for this down the road?
A: "We are committing generational theft"

Q: How do you respond to the idea that the government will essentially be setting standards on who lives and who dies?
A: The "government will have to ration either by costs or by services. It’s a legitimate fear of many that the government will start to ration services."

 

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More video I can not get to embed:

Fox 10 News

ABC 15 News

I want to credit Andrew Meeusen who attend this event and provided the photos. If you have the time follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DBacks08

 

 

DISCLAIMER: I so wanted to go but this having to work thing got in the way.

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There has been some a Twitter about Jeff Flake (R-AZ-6) these last couple of days. Jeff is a great guy, the type of representation we yearn for (can we clone him 534 times?) and he is from MY congressional district. I received this in the email today and believe that we need to make sure he receives plenty of attention; why, because we want every representative to be like Jeff!

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Dear PhxG,

As you probably know, after promising on the campaign trail to eliminate earmarks, President Obama signed the omnibus spending bill this week totaling $410 billion, including nearly 9,000 earmarks.  What’s more disturbing is that forty percent of the earmark requests were from Republicans. When will we ever learn?

This week, I also introduced my third resolution asking Congress to open up an ethics investigation to look at the correlation between earmarks and campaign contributions.  While we were defeated again, please know that I will continue to offer resolutions on the pay-to-play connection between earmarking and campaign contributions until my colleagues in Congress agree that we need a higher ethical standard on the issue. 

The San Francisco Examiner ran an opinion piece last Friday on my efforts to eliminate earmarks. I hope you’ll take a few moments to read it and share it with your friends and family members.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Jeff

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With republicans like this who needs democrats

There is no doubt that Arizona, like many other states has a financial problem. Combined with the wonton free spending spree started by then Democrat Governor Janet Napolitano (now Homeland Security Secretary) and the sudden housing bubble pop in a state that was dependant upon that income. Heck, even the popular and always in demand TAZER is having problems.

From AZ Central

Gov. Jan Brewer is asking lawmakers to approve or send to the ballot a temporary tax increase that would generate $1 billion a year for state government…Chronic overspending and a deep economic downturn have left the state with a budget shortfall totaling roughly $3 billion for fiscal 2010. At its current rate of spending, Brewer warned legislators that state government would accumulate $13 billion in combined deficit by 2014.

This is not the action of a true conservative. However, there may be a silver lining on the black cloud. Also outlined by Gov. Brewer:

•  Amend the Voter Protection Act of 1998, which would allow legislators to redirect or cut funding to certain state programs that were approved via citizens initiative. This would impact everything from the First Things First early-childhood-education program to Clean Elections.

•  Use spending cuts and other fiscal maneuvers to trim another $1 billion from the state general fund for fiscal 2010.

  Reform the state budget process by limiting fund sweeps and revising how revenue estimates are reached.

•  A series of tax cuts that would begin in 2012. The cuts would be aimed at building "a more friendly tax code that attracts investment capital and helps create high wage, sustainable jobs."

Former Governor Fife Symington and Jeff Flake (R-AZ-6) “…are warning against raising sales or other taxes to solve the state’s $3 billion and growing budget gap.

Flake and Symington sent a letter to lawmakers Tuesday asking them to oppose any sales or other tax hike push, arguing it would hurt consumers and the economy.

“Last year, 120,000 Arizonans lost their jobs,” Flake and Symington wrote. “Saddling this anemic economy with higher taxes will exacerbate job losses, slow productivity, and cast a psychological pall over an increasing number of anxious Arizona workers and employers. California has tried to solve their budget chaos by raising taxes.”

There is no excuse for asking for tax increases and I am against them completely. Bravo Jeff Flake!!

 

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