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No Honks for DACA

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Traveling through downtown Phoenix last week, a city at the heart of the illegal immigration issue, I passed a small group of protesters carrying signs, “Honk if you support DACA.”

For the uninitiated that is Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty for young people illegally brought into this country by their parents.  We are talking up to 30-year-old children here. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 13th, 2017 at 10:42 am

Buyer’s Remorse (In Arizona and Elsewhere)

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Voters in Arizona are suffering buyer’s remorse over their decision to re-elect Senator John McCain over his challenger, Dr. Kelli Ward.  Indeed, every conservative voter in the nation has had their “what if” moment when they pause to consider McCain’s last re-election victory.

What if Kelli Ward had knocked off Arizona’s senior senator in 2016?  For those who pay attention, it is well-known that McCain is no conservative and often speaks out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to important issues like balancing the budget, cutting out waste, defending the border and even protecting the military from political correctness.

Nevertheless, McCain, a media darling (as long as he is knocking fellow Republicans) has fashioned his political career around supporting Democrats on critical issues and then suffering a conservative conversion before he’s up for reelection — just in time to fool the voters, again.

McCain has secured his seat for another five + years, barring his health issues, but voters in Arizona have another chance to send Ward to the United States Senate.  They appear ready to do just that. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 30th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Mitch McConnell Resigns! (For the good of the Country)

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In 1974, Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States after he was mired in the Watergate scandal.

In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as British prime minister after narrowly failing to win outright in the first Round of a leadership contest.

In 2002, Trent Lott resigned as Senate Republican leader after making some controversial remarks at the100th birthday party of fellow senator, Strom Thurmond.

In 2004, George Tenet resigned as Director of the CIA in the wake of criticism of the agency’s approach to the intelligence used to support the 2003 Iraq War.

In 2010, Yukio Hatoyama resigned as prime minister of Japan after breaking a campaign promise to close an American military base on the island of Okinawa.

In 2016, David Cameron resigned as prime minister of the United Kingdom after its citizens voted to leave the European Union

In 2017, Mitch McConnell resigned as Senate Majority Leader after failing to deliver a vote to repeal Obamacare.   Read the rest of this entry »

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August 9th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Nothing Burger Washington Style

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“Nothing burger” has become the operative word in Washington of late.  It was used by Democrats to describe the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and it is now being used by Republicans to describe the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

It is only a matter of time until enterprising restauranteurs add it to their menus.  So what is in a nothing burger?  It might appear to be a bun with nothing in between, but a nothing burger on display in the James Comey hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, was something quite different. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 14th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Independent Counsel? Where’s the Crime?

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There are growing calls for an independent counsel or prosecutor to investigate the Trump-Russia connection in the 2016 presidential election.  Everyone, it seems, has in interest in one.

For the media it is more fuel to feed the 24-hour news cycle.

For Democrats, it keeps the idea alive that something beyond their control caused their candidate to lose.  It couldn’t be because Hillary Clinton was deeply flawed, universally disliked, and couldn’t be trusted.  It couldn’t be that their message of higher taxes, bigger government and gender-neutral restrooms just fell flat.  It had to be something more sinister.

And for Republicans, it’s the need to simply move on.  Read the rest of this entry »

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May 18th, 2017 at 10:24 pm


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