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Call the Republicans what they are on fiscal responsibility: phonies

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama, the only two Presidents in the last 40 years to preside over falling budget deficits while growing the American Economy. Clinton left this country with a budget surplus.

When Ronald Reagan raised the national debt from one trillion which took 200 years to accrue to over four in eight years, where was the Republican outrage on deficits?

When first-term popular vote loser George W. Bush took an inherited surplus and blew it on two unpaid tax cuts, an unpaid war in Iraq and a partially unpaid Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, where was the Republican outrage on deficits?

When the current popular vote loser President and his allies passed a major tax cut without paying for it, where was the Republican outrage on deficits?

Over the last 30 years, there have been two general reactions by Republicans when Presidents try to prudently manage the economy.

The first reaction on deficits is when they ridicule Presidents like George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barrack Obama when they pass tax increases on the rich to bring deficits down, saying it is the wrong strategy to combat the national debt because it will bring down the economy. Here is a quick history lesson. Economic expansion occurred after Bush, Clinton, and Obama tax increases (the Reagan ones too but Republicans seem to have a memory lapse when it comes to that inconvenient truth.)

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We are a Republic Sir, Not an Absolute Monarchy

The President and his devout counsel must think we are a Banana Republic. Despite his, and the zealots in his party, best efforts to facilitate this development, we are fortunately not there yet.

It was revealed today in the New York Times that some of the Presidents lawyers (including those no longer serving him) argued that obstruction of justice charges against the President cannot be pursued because, as head of the Executive Branch, he has the power to supervise investigations.

This is the zenith of chutzpah because if the President had such power, former Presidents Nixon and Clinton would have had their Justice Departments strangle the Watergate, and Whitewater Investigations in their infancies.

We are a Republic Mr. President, not an Absolute Monarchy or a Banana Republic. Being a Republic, you are not above the law and your people have to wonder if you are so innocent, why are you acting so guilty and making pronouncements and gestures that show culpability.

Sooner or Later the truth will come out. It always does. Just ask those who served Presidents Nixon and Clinton. It is inevitable.



Watch the Democratic National Convention from Tucson


“Downtown’R American Grill (is) inside the hotel. Bring friends & family and watch our POTUS candidate accept the nomination.” Hosted by Pima County Democrats CD 3.

Carolyn’s note: Here’s an event for those of us not in Philadelphia, PA this week.  The Democratic National Convention is likely to nominate the Democratic team of Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine for U.S. President/Vice President for the Nov. 2016 general election, to face Donald Trump/Mike Pence on the Republican ticket (selected last week at the Republican National Convention).  Clinton, the former First Lady under former President Bill Clinton, and formerly a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, will be the first woman nominated by any major party for POTUS (President of the United States).

Ducey’s cruel move on welfare continues the legacy of “reform”

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

New Republic welfare cover
This was seriously on the cover of the New Republic in 1996.

Gotta love this headline and lede:

Facing $1 billion deficit, Arizona sharply limits welfare

PHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation.

Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after just 12 months.

Oh, yes, it’s all about the deficit. Sure it is.

The cuts of at least $4 million reflect a prevailing mood among the lawmakers in control in Arizona that welfare, Medicaid and other public assistance programs are crutches that keep the poor from getting back on their feet and achieving their potential.

“I tell my kids all the time that the decisions we make have rewards or consequences, and if I don’t ever let them face those consequences, they can’t get back on the path to rewards,” Republican Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, said during debate on the budget. “As a society, we are encouraging people at times to make poor decisions and then we reward them.”

I saw several people on social media wondering how Arizona could enact such limits to TANF when these are federal dollars in question. Understanding that requires historical context that the AP report touches on briefly in the very last paragraph: Continue reading

Democratic Party Glitterati Coming to Arizona

President Bill Clinton speaking at ASU in 2012

President Bill Clinton speaking at ASU in 2012

Do the Democrats smell blood in the purple waters of Arizona? Given our Tea Party Legislature’s current assault on the citizens of Arizona. Let’s  hope so.

Democratic Party superstars–Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton and Nancy Pelosi– are coming to Arizona this spring for separate events.

The Clinton Global Initiative University is sponsoring a university-based event at ASU on March 21-23. Details in our Calendar here and background here. Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea are all attending.

As we look forward to the 2016 presidential race, you’ll remember that Hillary took Arizona in 2008. My theory has always been that she won Arizona (over Barack Obama and John Edwards) because she didn’t send the “second string” to Pima County (where the Democrats live!). She and Chelsea rocked the house in Bear Down Gym and to the overflow crowd that filled the mall and watched her on remote TV. It was one of the most exciting political speeches I ever heard.

Nancy Pelosi talking with reporters at the Democratic National Convention, 2012.

Nancy Pelosi talking with reporters at the Democratic National Convention, 2012.

In April,  Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will a special guest at the Arizona Democratic Party’s State Committee Meeting. This is obviously a “rally the troupes” moment. This meeting was scheduled originally for April 12 in Tucson but has been changed to Phoenix. (As one BfAZ author remarked, “Didn’t they think Pelosi could find Tucosn?) Stay tuned for more information on both of these events and, most likely, related campaigning while the stars are in the state.


President Clinton campaigns for Carmona in Arizona, as polls show race tightening (video)


by Pamela Powers Hannley

Despite Arizona’s reputation as a stalwartly red state, with
a capital R, Democrats are hoping to take back one of the state’s US Senate in November.

Although Democrats have held a percentage of the state’s
Congressional seats for years, the Republican Party has controlled both Arizona
US Senate seats since 1994, when embattled Senator Dennis
retired, and Arizona Congressman Jon Kyl won it.

early 2012
, former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona has been
crisscrossing the state, campaigning
to move that Senate seat to the D column. Over the summer,
Carmona climbed steadily in the polls against Kyl’s heir apparent and
six-term, conservative Congressman Jeff Flake. A recently released poll shows
Independent-turned-Democrat Carmona
leading Flake
by four percentage points—a statistical dead heat.

This close—and important—Senate race has attracted the
attention of heavy hitters from both parties. While the Koch Brothers’ Freedom
Works PAC has been pumping money into Flake’s campaign
, this week Democrats
sent their secret weapon—President Bill Clinton—to Arizona to help Carmona.

Wednesday night, Carmona and Clinton addressed an estimated
5500 Arizonans at an outdoor rally on the Arizona State University (ASU)

More details and a videos after the jump.

Following a rousing musical set by Jimmy Eat World and a glowing
introduction by former Phoenix Suns basketball player and current Mayor of
Sacramento Kevin Johnson,
Carmona was obviously pumped up as he took the stage.

“My government made an investment in me, and I’m paying it
off,” Carmona said, alluding to the GI Bill and the community college open
enrollment policy that allowed the Puerto Rican street kid to become surgeon
general and perhaps a US Senator. Carmona explained that one of the reasons he’s
running for the Senate is that he wants to protect our country’s “infrastructure
of opportunity”—veterans’ benefits, Pell Grants, Social Security, Medicare, and
other social safety net programs.

Feeding off of the enthusiasm of the overflow crowd that
spilled out onto the sidewalks, Clinton continued the themes of working
together and investing in the American people.

“Shared prosperity is better than trickledown economics,”
Clinton said repeatedly. “A philosophy that says ‘we’re all in this together’—that’s
what the GI Bill is all about—is better than ‘you’re on your own.’ The more we
expand opportunities for everybody,
the more we build a great middle class.

“In every successful country on Earth today, there is the
realization that we face a blithering array of complex challenges, and in an
environment like that, creative cooperation beats constant conflict every, single time,” he emphasized.

“We’re in this boat together, and we’ve got to row.”

Although Clinton was scheduled to speak only 15 minutes, the
folksy elder statesman was on a roll for 30 minutes, as Carmona stood by
chuckling at Clinton’s jokes and nodding in agreement. Clinton never mentioned
President Barack Obama, but he touched on a multitude of subjects that are
important to the President’s campaign—from the DREAM Act and the importance of
our diverse society to education, student loans, veterans, healthcare reform, job
creation, solar energy, and, of course, the importance of electing Carmona to
the Senate.

Earlier in the evening, Carmona and Flake
finished his first
. Flake, who had refused to debate Carmona, more than one time in a Phoenix PBS studio
with no audience, recently acquiesced and agreed to three
in Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma. The coming weeks will be crowded with
dueling campaign ads, debates, and public appearances.