Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hypocrisy in the Democracy

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By Raynard Jackson
Columnist

After six years in office, I am amazed that Black folks continue to blindly follow the machinations of president Obama and his administration.  In less than eight years, Obama has radically changed the fabric of America more than all the other 43 previous presidents combined.

America is totally unrecognizable from the way it was eight years ago.

Eight years ago, Blacks had more net worth than they do today; more Blacks were in university eight years ago; more Blacks had jobs eight years ago; Blacks owned more homes eight years ago than they do today.

But Blacks did get the confederate flag taken down all across the country. 

Homosexual marriage is now the law of the land.  Children are told they are no longer bound by the gender they were assigned at birth; but rather they can self-identify and choose from moment to moment how they want to be viewed.

George W. Bush did more for the Continent of Africa than the sum of all previous U.S. presidents only to have Obama reverse many of the programs Bush put in place.

But, did I mention that the confederate flag is no longer flying in South Carolina?

By every single metric, Blacks are far worse off now than we have been over the past fifty years.  Even the former head of the NAACP, Ben Jealous, had to admit that Blacks are worse off under Obama than they were under Bush.

But did I mention that “Black lives matter?”

Obama’s foreign policies have weakened us as a nation.  No one respects us internationally.  Putin of Russia and Assad of Syria are current examples of foreign leaders who have no respect for America and Obama.  They dared Obama to stop their brutality towards their own citizens or their annexation of sovereign countries.

After six years of Obama, no one can define what it means to be American anymore.  You have a significant part of the population who cannot even speak English; some are even citizens.  How is that possible?
But “Black lives matter.”

Language is the DNA of a country.  Without a unifying language, you have no country.  States like California and Virginia print government documents in multiple languages because of those in the country who don’t speak English.  That is pure insanity.
Oh, but did I tell you “Black lives matter?”  Not all lives, just Black lives.
Black on Black crime is at epidemic levels in cities like Baltimore and Chicago and we are focusing on flags and slogans that mean absolutely nothing.

If Black lives really matter, why are we putting so much energy and time on superfluous issues?  What policies has this president promoted to prove that Black lives matter?  What policies have the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) passed to prove that Black lives matter?

Not one member of the CBC has proposed any solutions to the pathologies of Baltimore or Chicago; but yet they spent a whole two weeks fighting over the confederate flag flying in South Carolina.

So, what’s going to happen when groups start demanding the removal of statues of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because he was deemed too controversial?  Blacks will scream bloody murder. 

You just can’t say remove everything related to the confederacy from government property because “we don’t like it;” but yet defend your right to put people that you respect on the same government property.

King’s legacy is just as important as the legacy of the confederacy—they both are part of our history and the whole story must be told no matter how painful.

America may never recover from the disastrous effects of the Obama presidency.  He is not only the first “gay” president (according to Newsweek); but he is also the first president of the world because he has totally subjugated our sovereignty to that of international organizations and other countries via trade agreements.

So, as opposed to devoting time and attention to things that don’t matter, just maybe all the civil rights groups should focus on promoting a better environment for entrepreneurs to flourish; provide more school choice and vouchers for low income parents; and restore a values based curriculum in our public schools as opposed to teaching about homosexuality.

We have too many serious issues to deal with in America and within the Black community.  Time out for the sophomoric games and time to focus on the tangible solutions to the problems facing us; but I am not optimistic.

I guess it really is true that weak people take strong positons on weak issues.


Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC is an internationally recognized political consulting, government affairs, and PR firm based in Washington, DC.  Jackson is an internationally recognized radio talk show host and TV commentator.  He has coined the phrase “straticist.”  As a straticist, he has merged strategic planning with public relations.  Visit his website at:  www.raynardjackson.com.

Fox News Big Deal Announcement All GOP Candidates Will Get a Chance To Debate August 6th

Fox News just made a huge announcement which changes everything. 
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Fox announced that in addition to a 9 p.m. debate on August 6, the candidates with lower polling numbers will debate together at 5 p.m. Eastern the same day.
The earlier debate will last an hour, with the prime time debate extending to two hours.
That means, no matter who you support, your candidate will have his or her voice heard by millions!
Fox News is opening its 5 p.m. debate to all the announced Republican candidates who fail to make the cut for the Aug. 6 prime-time event, removing a requirement that participants reach at least 1 percent in polling.
The change amounts to an insurance policy for candidates who were in danger of being disqualified from the vital first debate based on low polls – Carly Fiorina, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
The announcement by Michael Clemente, Fox News Executive Vice President, News, means that all 16 announced candidates will qualify for Cleveland — either the 5 p.m. undercard, or the 9 p.m. main event.
The previous rule set by Fox was the candidates had to have at least 1% in the tracking poll.
According to RCP, the prime time debaters will likely be Donald Trump, former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), Sen. Rubio (Fla.), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.), and Gov. John Kasich (Ohio). Source

AZ SOS Michele Reagan Says Will Sue Clean Elections Over "Dark Money" SOS Response

Before I published the below article I gave SOS Michele Reagan an opportunity to resond via e-mail. Her response is below article.
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The Arizona Clean Elections Commission has proposed requiring dark-money groups to quit hiding and reveal who is funding their drives to get certain people elected.
The Secretary of State's Office is threatening to sue if the Clean Elections Commission so much as tries to aim a flashlight into any of this state's dark places.Unless the agency backs down on a proposed rule that would require some campaign committees to reveal their donors, a lawsuit is "inevitable," state Elections Director Eric Spencer told the five commissioners.
In another life time then Senator Michele Reagan (R-Scottsdale) chair of the Senate Elections Committee was pushing to unmask dark-money donors. She sponsored a measure (SB1403) that would require independent expenditure committees in state and local elections to reveal the “identifiable contributors” to their campaigns, even though these funds came to them through a chain of organizations.
"We open up a very big dark door if we start saying that anything's a go in this state," she told Laurie Robert columnist for the AZ Republic in December 2013 while preparing her bill. "You're basically saying then our elections are for sale and not just for sale, but the public can't find out who paid for it."
Reagan as a candidate for Secretary of State touted her unsuccessful bill and said the state must push for more disclosure of dark money." Do not let them fool you," she wrote. "It does not need to be a complicated issue."

Now that she won the election SOS Michele Reagan no longer believes the state can require dark-money groups to disclose who is bankrolling their campaigns. Reagan won't or can’t try to regulate the dark money that is attempting to buy Arizona's elections but she'll sue anybody else who's willing to try. Why won’t she at least try to fulfill a campaign promise?
From: Michele Reagan
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:06 AM
To: barbaraespinosa@q.com ; Roberts, Matt
Thanks for the heads up, would love a chance to respond.  My comments...
The Secretary of State's office is concerned with what the Clean Elections Commission is trying to do with regards to expanding its own authority by a simple vote of its own board.  This should be troubling to any Arizonan, regardless of how noble the goal of the Clean Election board's mission.  What other agency gets to make their own laws without going through the Legislature, or more importantly, to the People?  Just because the topic deals with dark money, does that make this process ok?  What if the IRS started changing tax code this way?  Would we as a citizenry tolerate it even if some of us agreed with the tax policy they were creating?
Second, there is already a process in place to deal with dark money violations.  The Secretary of State's office reviews the complaint, the Attorney General has the "badge and a gun" to subpoena and audit records.  We just referred what we believe was a flagrant violation of a dark money group to the Attorney General last week.  Should groups be subject to government going after them multiple times by separate agencies for the same crime?  The Arizona Republic editorial wrote an opinion piece that outlines the exact constitutional crisis this could lead to.  See here:
http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2015/07/26/arizona-clean-elections-exceeds-authority/30646501/
As Secretary of State, I have a duty to protect the statutory jurisdiction of this office, for not just my term, but for others who will serve in this role long after me.    Michele

Dark Money in Arizona Report by ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy


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US Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) Indicted on Corruption Charges


Philadelphia Rep. Chaka Fattah’s indictment on 29 counts of corruption Wednesday, multiple Pennsylvania Democratic consultants on racketeering charges and accused of misusing of hundreds of thousands of dollars from federal, charitable, and campaign funds, according to the U.S. Department of Justice
While Fattah gave up his position on the Appropriations Committee in the wake of the indictment, he professed his innocence and said he plans to run for re-election in seat he’s held since 1994.
But if he is forced out, that would trigger a special election, giving local party leaders the job of selecting their party’s nominee. And candidates who have eyed Fattah’s seat for years are unlikely to anger party leadership by announcing a candidacy out of turn.

Today is Medicare's 50th Anniversary and It's Still Debated

July 30,1965 marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation that created Medicare, dramatically altering life for America's seniors.

Johnson signed the bill, he did so alongside an elder Harry Truman -- who, two decades before that, had become the first sitting president to pursue universal health care seriously. On November 19, 1945, only 7 months into his presidency, Harry S. Truman sent a Presidential message to the United States Congress proposing a new national health care program
Medicare, Johnson promised, would help realize Truman’s dream for the nation’s elderly: “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine,” Johnson said. “No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years.” 

After 50 years medicare still has it's naysayers, 2016 Presidential candidate Jeb Bush said in a speech "It's an actuarially unsound system," the former Florida governor replied. "The people that are receiving these benefits, I don’t think that we should touch that," Bush went on to say. "We need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something, because they're not going to have anything."

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham Plays the Weasel BLAME GAME for stopping Rent Check Payment for MCRC Office

I received the below long drawn out Weasel BLAME GAME explanation of why the AZGOP stopped payment on rent check for Republicans of Maricopa County office by e-mail.

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  • Highlights of the blame game: Excuses Chairman was out of town
  • It was staff’s fault-If they acted without your prior consent then fire them
  • Dig at former party chairman, who had nothing to do with stopping payment on check.
  • Failure to answer the 8 questions MCRC Briefs on 7-21-15

Dear PCs, Chairmen and Executive Committee Members,
In light of some rumors surrounding the temporary cash assistance we provided to MCRC let me provide some insights. 

The AZGOP has provided cash payments over the past few months to the MCRC and other counties.  It is now clear that based on the MCRC’s confidence in their own fundraising ability, their other priorities, and their positive press releases surrounding recent fundraising that the help was sufficient for the time being as we respond to competing requests for cash assistance.

I apologize that my decision to be flexible with financial resources was not communicated better. While I was in DC speaking at a Senate briefing against President Obama’s Iranian deal and the MCRC chair was also out of town, my staff had erroneously sent an additional check to MCRC, but corrected the mistake and cancelled the check. Before we could all discuss the issue, news media called asking if we were out of money, turning a simple mistake into fodder for gossip and rumor that I must address.

The rumor emerged that the check was cancelled because of my personal like or dislike of a presidential candidate, which is absurd. I believe our party's voters must have a chance to hear, meet and learn about each candidate, and cast their vote.  This is no different from the gubernatorial elections of 2014 or any other contested primary, and you will not see the AZGOP violate a long tradition of avoiding supporting one single primary candidate over others.

We also received calls asking why I did not attend the Trump event, to which the simple answer is I was in Oregon to celebrate my grandmother’s 101st birthday.  I am confident I was in the right place and of course the trip had been planned for some time. As you may know the Trump event was well attended thanks to leadership from Lori Klein, Aaron Borders and help from the MCRC, as well as many dedicated volunteers.

As State Chairman, I have to work and consider all counties not just “the great state of Maricopa.”  Even though the MCRC has worked for years to be the center of every hot spot in the media or center point of debate…it is important to note we have 14 other counties that are equally important to the success of our party.  The rural counties carried the state and our election successes during the 2014 cycle and must not be ignored.

When counties project their success, it is very helpful because it allows the AZGOP to shift resources where they are truly needed. Candidates are announcing every day and their announcements are shaping our 2016 strategic victory plan.

Lastly, entitlement is a word that curls every Republican’s toes. Entitlement is at the epicenter of every problem from welfare abuse to illegal immigration. The sense of entitlement drives those who think they are somehow entitled to benefit from the work done by others.

When I see a former party chairman (who was woefully unsuccessful in raising funds and did not seek re-election) publicly complaining about current leadership, especially when the state party has subsidized much of his legal defense (that he would otherwise be paying personally) and the legal defense of the county party, I'm left scratching my head.  I think there are some in our party that feel entitled to money they haven't worked for or raised.  Does this sound like true a Republican?

I am grateful for the passionate work all of you do and for the advocacy you give your favorite candidates. Be civil, but do not relent.  Endure until we have victory.  The Republicans in Arizona and the rest of the county need well-informed activists to engage and fight to win back the White House.  Together we can win and have the outcome we are all hoping for.

Thanks again for all you do.
God Bless the United States of America,
Robert Graham
Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham has stopped payment on the rental check for the Republicans of Maricopa County office that opened July 13 in Tempe.
MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer confirms reports that the MCRC received notification of the ‘stop payment’ from the bank last week. AZGOP never notified Bowyer, nor the MCRC Treasurer of the ‘stop payment.’  MCRC Treasurer David Ludwig messaged the AZGOP upon receiving notification from the bank, however, the AZGOP has not responded.

GOP 2016 Candidates Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore Makes it 17

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore officially became the GOP field’s 17th candidate Wednesday.

Jim Gilmore for America 2016 Presidential Campaign Website Now Online

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Gilmore filed his paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission, launching his longest of all long-shot presidential bids under the name “Gilmore for America LLC.”
Gilmore left elected office in 2002 after serving four years as governor of Virginia, one year as chairman of the Republican National Committee and three years as Virginia’s attorney general. He ran for the 2008 Republican nomination but ended his campaign before the first early state contests.

AZ US Senator John McCain Statements and Actions 7-22 to 7-29-2015

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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing on the military implications of the Iran nuclear agreement with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew:
“The Committee meets today to begin a series of oversight hearings on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the United States and other major powers have signed with Iran. We welcome our distinguished witnesses and thank them for joining us today. We also appreciate Secretaries Kerry, Moniz and Lew being willing to forego their opening statements so as to save more time for questions.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on his vote yesterday to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which since 2007 has provided financing for 148 Arizona businesses to reach new markets and create jobs:
“Yesterday, I voted in support of Arizona small businesses and the jobs they support by joining 65 of my colleagues in voting to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank,” said Senator McCain. “Since 2007, 148 companies across Arizona, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises, have tapped into the financing opportunities provided by the Ex-Im Bank to grow their business, create jobs, and export $1 billion in products to countries like Mexico and Australia. While I am pleased that the reauthorization included stronger oversight provisions to protect the American taxpayer, more needs to be done to reform the program. Ultimately, reauthorizing Ex-Im opens the door for businesses all over Arizona to better compete in the international marketplace and create the jobs our state needs.”
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today applauding Arizona Snowbowl on the announcement that it will build its first new chair lift in 30 years, providing visitors direct access to some of the mountain’s newest and best terrain:
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced in the Senate the Border Security Technology Accountability Act of 2015, companion legislation to a bill sponsored by Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ) that passed in the House of Representatives yesterday to improve the management and accountability of new border technology projects. The bill follows numerous reports showing Department of Homeland Security acquisition programs are at “high-risk” for waste, fraud and abuse
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the harmful effects of the Obama Administration’s federal environmental regulations on Arizona small businesses and consumers
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the harmful effects of the Obama Administration’s federal environmental regulations on Arizona small businesses and consumers:
“Mr. President:
“All Americans, but especially Arizonans, should be concerned about the crushing wall of federal environmental regulations that President Obama has been announcing is coming our way. As Politico recently noted, ‘Two years [after the president originally announced his intent to take executive action on climate change], scarcely a week goes by without the administration unveiling a new climate change initiative.’ Common among all these regulations is their complete disregard for how businesses really operate and how they’ll adversely affect those businesses and their consumers.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy this week expressing concern about the damage that the Administration’s “Clean Water Rule” is doing to the State of Arizona, and questioning whether the agency considered how the rule would impact local economies before implementing it.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on a protest in Washington, D.C. of the Resolution Copper land exchange in Superior, Arizona:
“I am very proud of our successful bipartisan effort to advance the Resolution Copper mine project, which will create thousands of jobs and generate billions in economic activity for Arizona. It’s a major victory for our state after years of hard work.
“The truth is, this land exchange legislation was a bipartisan compromise arrived at after a decade of debate and public testimony in Congress. It does not involve any tribal land or federally-designated ‘sacred sites.’ The land exchange decommissions the Oak Flat Campground, which was established by a 1955 Interior Department Public Land Order for recreational purposes, not on any religious or cultural grounds. Further, the land exchange bill included key concessions to address concerns from anti-mining activists, including requiring a full environmental impact study on the mine in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act before the land is transferred to the mine, and designating the majestic Apache Leap cliffs – celebrated by Apache folklore – as a Forest Service special management area, placing them under permanent federal protection

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and 41 other Senators today in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell following the release of footage by the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing in gruesome detail the organization’s role in harvesting the organs of unborn babies. In the letter, the Senators question the legal, ethical, and policy implications of the footage and call on HHS Secretary Burwell to cooperate with ongoing and future investigations into Planned Parenthood’s practices.

With Boehner And McConnell In Charge, Why Should Anyone Vote Republican?

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ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell said on Monday, “What we are witnessing in the U.S. Senate right now is literally the worst of Washington cronyism versus honesty, integrity and keeping your word… By prioritizing the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank over defunding Planned Parenthood, defunding ObamaCare, and defunding sanctuary cities, the GOP leadership has broken every promise it made to voters in 2014, the very voters who put them in power.”

The Federalist’s David Harsanyi asks a similar question: “If the Republican Party is incapable or unwilling to make a compelling case against the selling of baby organs or the emergence of a nuclear Iran or the funding of a cronyist state-run bank—or all three—then really, what exactly can it do?“

Harsanyi continues:

Setting aside presidential politics for a moment, three issues have filled the conservative ether the past few weeks: The administration’s pact abetting Iran’s efforts to become a threshold nuclear power, Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting controversy, and, to a lesser extent, the renewal of the Export-Import bank. None of these are hobbyhorses of the wild fringe. These are issues—ostensibly, at least—that strike at the heart of the modern GOP. And on all three, Republican leadership have, though they held plenty of leverage to raise a stink, capitulated.
At The Washington Examiner, Tim Carney writes (emphasis added):

It’s impossible to read McConnell’s mind. But it’s clear he desires, deeply, to be seen as a majority leader who knows how to govern, not merely fight. Perhaps this perception will help him keep his majority, or help his party win the White House. But it’s hard to make sense of the argument that voters should vote Republican so that McConnell can cut deals about subsidies with Sen. Maria Cantwell in order to pass Sen. Barbara Boxer’s tax-and-spend highway bill.
Exactly. Why should any Republican vote for the GOP so that its leaders can accommodate every Democrat bill and request?
What’s the point?
The Federalist’s Ben Domenech asked Monday, “Why Does The Republican Party Exist?” (emphasis added):

Why does the Republican Party exist? What is its purpose as a political entity – to what end do its members work to elect their fellow Republicans? What are its priorities? Whose interests does it serve?..

Perhaps you believe the Republican Party exists as the party of limited government and free markets. This is impossible after the past weekend, where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell went so far as to blatantly make the lie he told his fellow Senators – that no deal had been cut with interested Democrats during an earlier debate to reanimate an entity of pure corporate welfare, the Export-Import Bank…
Perhaps you believe the Republican Party exists as a national security party, which believes in a clear-eyed trust but verify approach to dealing with our enemies. This is impossible after the past few months, where the Senate Republicans completely ceded their Constitutional duty regarding the Iran deal…
Perhaps you believe the Republican Party exists as today the lone pro-life party in the United States. This cannot be possible after the weekend, where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blocked any attempt to force President Obama and all his fellow Senate Democrats to take a stand for or against not even the legality, but the taxpayer subsidization of harvesting organs from aborted babies…
The Senate Republicans have in the space of a few short months dramatically undercut their ability to be considered serious on national security, fiscal conservative, and social conservative priorities. And for what?
Domenech is right. What is the purpose of the Republican Party at this point?

Why should any conservative vote GOP given the current leadership?


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