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Arizona’s Con$equence$ of Ignorance – or Burning Up Your Tax Dollars for Political Punches or What Recession?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on May 4, 2010

It is nothing short of shameful and some how at the same time well deserved.  I read that 2/3 of the people in Arizona support this law, these must be the same 2/3 of the people who do not have any vested interests in the economy of Arizona, and not part of the 10% of unemployed people in Arizona, right? Right?

Listening this morning to NPR ”

Arizona’s tough new immigration law has led more than a dozen U.S. cities, organizations and foreign governments to warn against traveling there. Many hotels say guests have canceled reservations. In a state that depends on tourism and conventions, business owners who had been looking for signs of an economic thaw are concerned.

On a recent lunch hour at the Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix, owner Ben Bethel talked about the latest punch to the gut. Customers canceled 80 room reservations in just one day last week, Bethel says. That translates to about $8,000 — a big deal for a small boutique hotel, particularly one trying to emerge from a recession.

“We were so hopeful that things were recovering,” he says, “but this is a situation where it’s actually going to be very difficult to recover from this.”…..

Cities like San Francisco and St. Paul have banned public employees from traveling to Arizona on business. Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland have considered banning future contracts with Arizona businesses.

“We don’t want to hurt Arizona, but we don’t want this kind of law to continue,” says Oakland City Council President Jane Brunner, who co-sponsored a bill to boycott Arizona-based companies.

Opponents are also targeting Phoenix’s bid for the next Republican National Convention and Major League Baseball’s 2011 All-Star Game. The World Boxing Council will no longer send Mexican fighters to Arizona.

Gov. Jan Brewer, whose signature on the bill started this frenzy, says she doesn’t understand why people would use boycotts to inflict any more damage.

“Why would they want to hurt the legal citizens?” Brewer says. “You and I, and everybody else in this state. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to me.”

Brewer counters that the legislation is aimed at making Arizona safer, and better for businesses.

(Gee Jan,  ya think maybe,  just maybe you screwed the pooch on this deal? )

Many experts are reluctant to speculate whether the sanctions will actually work. But economist Elliot Pollack is not one of them. He says Arizona is no stranger to controversy — or to boycotts.

“And you know what the long-term impact of those things were? Zero!” Pollack says.

In the 1990s, Arizona lost the Super Bowl because of the state’s refusal to recognize Martin Luther King Day. Even then, Pollack says, the pain was temporary. But this time might be different.

“It’s absolutely certain for us that we’ve never seen anything like this before,” says Will Conroy, president of Tucson’s historic Arizona Inn.

Conroy selected one of a stack of e-mails from customers who have canceled their reservations.

” ‘We will not be visiting the Arizona Inn anytime soon because of the anti-immigration climate in Arizona,’ ” Conroy says, reading the note aloud. ” ‘The small role I can play is not to add my presence as if everything in Arizona is fine. I shall miss visiting the Sonoran Desert and the Arizona Inn.’ ”

“That one got me,” Conroy says.

But the immigration legislation cuts both ways. A recent Gallup Poll shows most Americans are in favor of it. And ever since the governor signed the bill, supporters from other states have written to local news agencies to say they’re considering a move to Arizona.

I am not sure of what to make of the above paragraph – when did we become this nation that is so fearful, that we are willing to enter into a “police state”?  When did we decide it was ok to stop and question somebody because they don’t look like “us” , they speak funny, have an accent, dress differently, believe differently?  I have said it before and I will say it again, yes we have a problem with illegal immigrants, yes it needs to be solved, but I do not believe that this is the way to solve it, it reeks of Nazism, racism and general cowardliness and fear.  And I am disappointed that 2/3 of the people of Arizona evidently do not see this law for what it is – a cheap political ploy.   I firmly believe that Arizona Gov. Brewer decided to sign the immigration law because she is facing a tough primary…and this would give her the support of the conservative base…but what is the cost of this political tactic to the tax payer?  She is getting some good publicity, and it hasn’t come out of her war chest, nor will it when it is challenged in court, it will come from the tax payer…

Just like the money to file the lawsuits against health care will be footed by the tax payer of the following states:

(I confess I have not finished all the research into this one, and was so disgusted by my initial findings, I will go out on a limb and say they are all up for re-election. )

Here are some morsels to chew on….

Alabama Attorney General: Troy King – up for re-election. http://www.troyking.org/

Colorado Attorney General: John  Suthers – up for re-election.

Idaho Attorney General:  Lawrence Wasden – up for re-election. http://www.lawrencewasden.com

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum – running for governor.





South Carolina

South Dakota



Virginia – Attorney General: Kenneth T. ‘Ken’ Cuccinelli II A “Birther”

Source: http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/03/15/2228356.aspx Watch the video.

QUESTIONER: Um, what can we do about Obama and the birth certificate thing, ’cause that’s–?

CUCCINELLI: It’ll get tested in my view when he signs a law and someone is convicted of violating it, and one of their defenses will be it’s not a law if someone qualified to be president isn’t signing it.

QUESTIONER: Is that something you can do as attorney general, can you like-, can you do that or something?

CUCCINELLI: Well, only if there’s a conflict where we’re suing the federal government for a law they’ve passed. So it’s possible.

QUESTIONER: Cause we’re talking about the possibility he was not born in America.

CUCCINELLI: Right, but at the same time, under Rule 11, federal Rule 11, we gotta have proof of it.

QUESTIONER: How can we get proof? [laughing]

CUCCINELLI: Well, that’s a good question — not one that I’ve thought a lot about, cause it hasn’t been a part of my campaign. But someone’s going to have to come forward with nailed-down testimony that he was born in Place B, wherever that is. The speculation is Kenya.


CUCCINELLI: And that doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility.

The Political Monkey is fair and Mr. Cuccinelli’s office finally did respond as follows:

“I absolutely believe that President Obama was born in the United States. I don’t buy into the claims that he wasn’t. On the recording, I was asked a hypothetical legal question, and I gave a hypothetical legal answer in response.

“As I said previously, this issue was not a part of my campaign, and it is not part of what I am doing now as attorney general.

Ya think he got some heat on that on and had to dig himself out of shit?

All but one of those state officials, Louisiana’s Buddy Caldwell, are Republicans.  Attorney General Bill MCCollum who is leading the attack for these states also happens to be running for governor of Florida.

While I am not a legal expert everything I have read indicates it isn’t going to fly.  For example, Yale Law profession Jack Balkin says:   “Congress has the power to require the individual mandate under the commerce clause, that is because Congress can regulate economic activities that have a cumulative economic effect on interstate commerce.”

The Attorney Generals who are challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform have their own agenda, and it is at the expense of the taxpayer.

And some how this all gets overlooked….


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