Southern AZ needs a Congressman who will roll up his sleeves and get to workby David Pinar on Apr. 18, 2012, under Pol. & Govt.
My esteemed colleague Don of Ft. Buckley seems to think that a member of Congress who is not of the party of the majority has little or no chance to get meaningful things done. Well, in this Do Nothing Congress no one of either party has got anything meaningful done. While the special election for the remainder of Gabby Giffords’ elected term is only through the end of this year, it will actually be a very important term. Simply put, the extremes on the right and on the left of this Do Nothing Congress will have to stop playing games, meet in the middle, and get things done. A compromise on keeping the middle class tax cuts of the Bush tax cuts needs to be reached or they will ALL expire at the end of the year. A budget has to be passed. Last year, to avoid a government shutdown an increase in the deficit limit and outline for a budget was agreed to and passed by a large bipartisan majority. It laid out very clear guidelines for spending levels and the levels of funding for the different governmental agencies and departments. While it passed with a large bipartisan majority, you know who didn’t vote for it? The far right Tea Party Republican freshmen members of Congress, as well as a few members on the far left. This year those same far right Republicans have successfully pressured the GOP leadership to renege on the promises they made last year and pass the Ryan Budget which doubles down on more tax cuts for the wealthy, gut social programs, give more money to Defense than the Pentagon even wants, and does almost nothing about the deficit. Have Republicans in Congress lost their grip on reality???? It ain’t going to happen!
We need for Congress to quit playing games, stop the political brinkmanship, roll up their sleeves and get to work. Voters of southern Arizona have a unique opportunity to send a message to Congress, by sending a moderate to join them in June, a moderate who is ready and willing to work with reasonable, responsible members across the aisle and get things done. That man is Ron Barber, and the difference in approach and attitude between Ron Barber and his opponent Jesse Kelly couldn’t be more stark.
Jesse Kelly has called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and that he would love to “eliminate it”. Jesse Kelly thinks all government workers are “leeches”. When asked if he could work with Democrats in Congress Jesse Kelly said “I hope there’s no Democrats left in Congress when I get there.” Sorry Jesse, a totalitarian government isn’t in the cards, and your type of “my way or the highway” is what got us into this gridlock. After spending a trillion dollars and thousands of lives “rebuilding” Iraq & Afghanistan we need to stop playing policeman for the world and bring those troops and dollars back home and rebuild America. What are Jesse Kelly’s foreign policy views? ” We’ve got to kill all members of radical Islam.”
Southern Arizonans also deserve a person who knows them, and knows the challenges they face. Jesse Kelly grew up in Montana and moved here to work for his father’s construction business. After losing the last election he moved to Texas to work again for his father and returned just after Giffords’ resignation to run for office again. Ron Barber has and owned and operated a family business in Tucson for 22 years with his wife Nancy. His children and grandchildren live here. Ron has pledged to protect the middle class at a time when families have seen their standards of living decline. Barber has made specific pledges to protect Medicare, Social Security and veterans’ benefits, and promised to support members of the military and their families. But here, let him tell you in his own words: