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Oct 2

OPINION: Let’s Get Arizona Working Again

Jeff Flake


By Jeff Flake

There is no greater issue in this election than the need to put the economy back on track to prosperity and getting people back to work. 

In the last four years, manufacturing jobs in Arizona have decreased by 10%; construction jobs by 33%; home values by 22%; and the number of Arizonans on food stamps has increased by 46%.  There’s no question that President Obama inherited a fragile economy when he took office, but rather than enacting policies that would encourage the economy to grow, his administration’s agenda has made the problem worse, significantly weakening the economy and hampering job creation.

Traveling the state I hear the same thing over and over again from small business owners: we can’t grow our business and create jobs when there’s uncertainty on federal taxes and certainty of federal regulation.

The corporate tax rate may not seem like an issue thatdirectly affects working class Arizonans, but it has a major impact on job creation, or the lack thereof.  The U.S. currently has the highest corporate tax rate in the world.  If we hope to retain major manufacturers and encourage new businesses, we need to lower the tax rate.  Additionally, it’s tough for businesses, large and small, to make plans to expand when they are facing the so-called “Taxmageddon” at the end of this year when several temporary lower tax rates could expire resulting in a massive tax increase of $310 billion.

I support comprehensive tax reform that will broaden the base and lower overall rates.  It’s been decades since the tax code was reformed, and there are hundreds of credits, subsidies, expenditures, and other loopholes that need to be closed.  By giving taxpayers and the business sector certainty on taxes, they can begin to make plans to grow their businesses and create jobs.

In addition to tax reform, in order to be able to grow the economy, the private sector needs relief from burdensome federal regulations.  The U.S. Senate’s inability to pass a budget in three years has allowed mettlesome federal regulators to run amok.  Whether it’s environmental, labor, or financial regulations, the federal government seems to be going out of its way to stifle economic growth in Arizona. 

As President Obama has shown, government spending doesn’t foster long-term economic growth.  Government doesn’t create jobs either.  However, it can, and should, create the economic environment that enables businesses to thrive, creating jobs.  When that happens, it helps everyone. The federal government may have gotten the country into this mess, but it’s going to be people working that gets us out.

Jeff Flake is a candidate for United States Senate. He currently serves in the House of Representatives representing Arizona’s 6th congressional district.



OPINION: Libertarians are the Voice of the 99%

By Blanca Guerra.


I am Blanca Guerra.  Like many of our citizens, I am tired of our Congress who have decided to make our nation fail. 

The Republicans stated they will not work with our President because of his party affiliation and they do not want him re-elected.  The Republican Representatives are failing to fulfill their duties to our country because they feel a greater loyalty to their party.

The Democrats helped in this failure by taking advantage during the time of a Democratic Congress and forced an expensive mandate upon the people during our nation’s highest unemployment period since the time of the Great Depression.   This mandate will allow the insurance companies to control our healthcare and our lives on a personal and professional level.

The money from special interest groups is what rules over our government and our representatives.  We the people have lost control of our government! 

As your congresswoman, I will represent the people and push for reform of this government and remove those special interest groups from our government.

I have created a plan to reform our immigration policy that is a legal and humane avenue for those undocumented individuals and brings revenue to our nation. Instead of making a larger government and creating hate and racism.     

I will revisit those job creation proposals that failed because of partisanship wars,   i.e. NAFTA and our nation’s infrastructure.

I will work to unite our great Nation and oppose those who want to divide us.

Our defense budget should be used for just that, defense.  I believe we should walk softly and carry a very large stick.
                                           
I will work to balance the federal budget by eliminating useless government agencies such as USADA, the self imposed annual congressional salary increase… instead of eliminating the benefits that the taxpayers have paid for.  

I believe in equality and justice for ALL. And ALL to pay their fair share. 

Our president recently stated that Congress cannot be changed from the inside.  It needs to be changed from the outside. “We the People” are the outside.
   
The time to take back our government is now!  It is time to vote another party into our Congress to take the powers from the DNC and RNC and the special interest groups and give it back to the makers of this government,  THE PEOPLE!

How do we change congress?    By voting for Libertarians.  With just 50 elected Libertarians,  congressional votes can swing to the benefit of the “People” and not for the benefit of the 1%. Libertarian representatives will be the voice of the 99%.
  
I support limited government, equality, reform and JOBS. 


Our government was created ‘BY THE PEOPLE” and as your elected representative, I assure you that my votes will be “FOR THE PEOPLE’.         

I’ve been a naturalized citizen of the United States since my youth.  I live in Tucson, grew up in Tucson and studied here. 
 
I am a veteran of the United States Air Force.  I’ve supported my community for several years by providing those less fortunate in my community with legal services.  I have been an advocate for seniors, children and those less fortunate.   My background is as a freelance paralegal since 1985 retiring recently to work on my small ranch outside Tucson.  
                                   
I have a history of serving my country and supporting for my community.

I am your Libertarian candidate for AZ’s Congressional Dist 3.   I ask for your vote on November 6, 2012, And I approve this message.

Blanca Guerra is currently running as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Arizona’s Third Congressional District. The new District boundaries for Arizona’s Third Congressional District (based on the 2010 US Census) include Yuma, Maricopa, Pima and Santa Cruz counties.


OPINION: The Future of Pima County

By Fernando Gonzales

My name is Fernando Gonzales and I would be pleased to serve as your Supervisor on the Pima County Board for District 5. As a small business owner and as your neighbor, believing that you work hard and deserve better representation in Pima County, I could no longer sit back and do nothing about our current situation. Having served our community financially through non-profit agencies and as a civic volunteer during the last 35 years, I would like to serve as an elected promoter of improved change in Pima County. The November 2012 Pima County Board of Supervisors election will be a very important one as it will determine the course of our County for the next four years.

 

According to the University of Arizona 2012 Mid-Year Economic Update 75,000 jobs were created in Arizona in the past year.  The Phoenix Metro area created 69,400 of these jobs while only 800 were created in Tucson.  The lack of jobs in our County is in direct correlation to the fact that 1 in 4 children in Pima County live in poverty.

 

As your Supervisor I will work to bring economic development to our region by working with the chambers of commerce and municipalities. I will work to streamline the permitting process to encourage new, smart businesses to come to Pima County and work with current businesses to ensure that they maintain and/or grow and add jobs to their workforce.

 

According to a news article dated April 10, 2012, Pima County Administrator, Mr. Huckleberry, stated that 60% of our major streets are currently in poor shape or needing reconstruction. This does not include residential streets, many of which are also in terrible condition.  In the past 10 years, Pima County has received approximately $500 million dollars from the State to maintain our roads.  Unfortunately, much of this money has been redirected to administrative costs and benefits. The conditions of our roads today are evidence of years of neglect and misappropriation of funds.

                                                                         

As your Supervisor I will work to ensure that the millions of dollars slated for infrastructure are indeed used to reconstruct, repair and maintain our roads.

 

Pima County has a $1.4 billion bond debt – more bond debt than all the counties in Arizona combined.  While bonds encourage private investment and are necessary for infrastructure, parks, libraries, wastewater, and open space preservation, much of these bond monies have been spent on projects that do not benefit the majority of taxpayers.

 

As your Supervisor I will strive for transparency and to ensure that bond projects recommended to the Board of Supervisors serve the best interests of the majority of our constituents; that these monies are used on voter approved projects and that projects are completed on time and within budget.

 

As a small business owner, I bring a different perspective to the Pima County Board of Supervisors.  I know that we cannot continue to overspend on the backs of the taxpayers.

 

Decisions made by the Board of Supervisors affect everyone regardless of party affiliation.  This November, vote for a CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP and bring PRIDE back to Pima County.  VOTE Fernando Gonzales for Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 5.


Fernando Gonzales is running for the Pima County Board of Supervisors in District 5. 


OPINION: We Need to Approve the DREAM Act

By Richard Carmona


My mom gave me some simple advice when I was young that has guided my life. “Rich, get an education,” she said. “It will set you free”

My mom didn’t have a formal education, and she would speak to my siblings and me in Spanglish. But she was a wise woman who spent a lot of time in the library — and made sure her kids did too.

As a poor emigrant kid growing up in New York City, I experienced hunger and homelessness. Like my father and siblings, I dropped out of high school. There wasn’t much reason to expect I’d become a success, but I got a second chance in the Army.

I got my GED while training to become a Special Forces soldier. After coming home from Vietnam with two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts, I was able to go to college and medical school on the GI Bill.

The GI Bill was my DREAM Act, it’s what gave me the opportunity to become the first in my family to go to college. I went on to become a doctor, SWAT team leader and the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, but none of it was possible without someone giving me a chance.

 

I have never forgotten my heritage or where I came from. And that’s why I feel so strongly about providing education and opportunities to our kids.

 

We need to stop politicizing issues like immigration and come together around a comprehensive solution so that we stop punishing kids who are here through no fault of their own. Comprehensive immigration reform should secure the border, but it should also provide a pathway to earned citizenship and enact the DREAM Act.

 

Blocking kids from getting an education doesn’t make any sense. And as my life has shown, the next great entrepreneur, scientist or even President of the United States could very well be growing up poor somewhere in our country.

 

As Americans, we owe it to every kid to get the opportunity to succeed if they’re willing to put in the necessary hard work. I’m running for U.S. Senate to make sure the infrastructure of opportunity that allowed me to go from being a poor kid to Surgeon General of the United States is in place for every kid growing up today.

 

But to do that, I need your help. That’s why I’m asking for your vote on November 6th to represent you in the United States Senate.


For more information go to www.carmonaforarizona.com

Richard Carmona served as the seventeenth Surgeon General of the United States. He is currently the Democratic Party’s candidate for United States Senate for Arizona in the hopes of succeeding outgoing Republican Senator Jon Kyl.


Opinion: Romney’s dwindling opportunity to win Latino support

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Obama must win Latinos by a huge margin to make up for his expected dip in support from white voters.

By RUY TEIXEIRA

The minority vote looks rock solid for President Obama as we head toward November’s election, coming very close to the 80 percent support level he received in 2008.



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Opinion: Obama underestimates the Chávez threat

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President Obama doesn’t believe it, but the Chávez government poses a threat to the United States.

By REP. CONNIE MACK

Four years ago, campaigning against Barack Obama for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton said that Barack Obama’s views of Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan strongman, were “irresponsible and frankly naïve.”

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Opinion: From DREAM to reality for undocumented youth

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DREAMers take the streets of Los Angeles.

By MARIA ELENA SALINAS

The news that thousands, maybe millions, had been waiting for finally arrived. It didn’t come in the form most would have hoped: A comprehensive immigration reform that opened the path to legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants. But it’s something.

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