As I mentioned earlier this week, the eyes of the American political world are turning from the Wisconsin Union-And-Liberal Turkey Shoot to Tucson. Today’s entry in this series of blog posts, which make the case for why Tucson should send a Republican to Congress next week, exemplifies that.
Michael Becker is one of the more prominent members of the Redstate political blog. “Redstate” is one of the most prominent conservative political blogsites in the country. Mike is an Arizonan, and I asked him to add his two cents to this week’s festivities in southeastern Arizona. I’ve added a few comments below, but what you’re about to read is Mike’s contribution to our party. (I’m referring to the election, not Second Saturday). Nevertheless, the commander, staff and garrison of Fort Buckley have approved this message.
Take it away, Mike Becker!
An easy choice for southeastern Arizona.
Assuming, of course, those doing the choosing are capable of rational thought.
I’m talking about the special election to replace Representative Giffords. We have contest between a Giffords staffer, Ron Barber, and Jesse Kelly who Giffords narrowly defeated in 2010.
The contrast couldn’t be more stark. Jesse Kelly stands for less government, for policies that will let businesses expand and hire with confidence. Who knows what Ron Barber stands for? He certainly doesn’t seem to and Politico’s June 4th article makes that painfully clear.
The article’s title: Giffords’ potential successor runs from Obama.
…as Barber seeks the seat of his onetime boss in a June 12 special election, the Democrat is loath to mention Obama’s name let alone tout any bond they formed in the dark days after the shooting spree. […]
Barber has studiously sought to distance himself from the White House as he seeks the seat Giffords resigned from to focus on her recovery. His campaign has refused to say whether he would have voted for the Obama-proposed health care bill, only explaining that he would support reforming certain parts of it if elected.
During a debate last month, Barber wouldn’t even say whether he would vote for Obama in November, though his campaign later clarified that he would.
The candidate doesn’t discuss Obama in any of his ads or news releases and, unlike some other Democratic candidates who are seeking election this year, Barber hasn’t placed an image of the commander in chief on his website.
The district is considered “Republican leaning” because there’s a 6% registration edge for Republicans so Barber is obviously taking the position that it’s better for him to just keep his constituents guessing about what he believes in and what he would actually do as their elected representative. The very idea that the Democratic House Leadership would allow him to NOT vote the party line is laughable and anybody who would buy that line has been smoking fairy dust.
Don here: Mike makes an excellent point. How far is a moderate Democrat—which Barber claims to be—going to get in the House of Representative’s Democratic party contingent nowadays? Do you think Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Debbie Wasserman Schulz will give any serious thought to really supporting moderate policy positions? Barber’s voice, or the voice of ANY moderate Democrat in Congress, is going to be ignored. If you want to make a difference in Congress, you need to have the voice of Congressional leadership. Seeing as the GOP runs the House, and will continue to run it after the November election, the best way to get southeastern Arizona’s voice heard on Capitol Hill is to send a Republican voice up there.
Speaking of smoking fairy dust, this is what Ron Barber has to say about fiscal responsibility on his campaign website:
“Getting our nation’s finances under control is critically important. We can do it—but only if we also focus on growing our economy. That is why I support a balanced approach that includes spending cuts as well as making sure that the rich and corporations pay their fair share.” – Ron Barber
The problem in Washington is not that we don’t collect enough taxes, it’s that we spend too much and the current administration and the current Democratic Leadership in the Congress refuse to address the issue in any sort of rational or realist way.
- The House has passed and sent to the Senate multiple budgets that are currently gathering dust on Harry Reid’s desk. He refuses to allow a vote on them. The Democratic chairman of the Finance Committee refuses to allow a bill to be considered for markup.
- The Congress has not passed a budget in the three plus years Barack Obama has been President.
What this administration has done is push for regulations where they couldn’t get laws passed and are working to destroy the coal industry and have shut down offshore energy exploration and exploration on public lands, in addition to stonewalling the Keystone pipeline.
These policies are directly anti-job. These sectors of the economy produce high-paying middle class jobs and would put some of the five million people who’ve dropped out of the workforce because Obama and the Democrats’ policies have strangled business expansion in the U.S.
Ron Barber’s statement on his campaign website on jobs and the economy is proof positive that he’s living in an alternative universe.
“I have worked my whole life in Southern Arizona. My wife and I ran a small business for 22 years, and now our children are raising their families here as well. That’s why making sure that our economy improves and provides good jobs is my top priority. We can’t have a thriving America without a thriving middle class.” – Ron Barber
A bunch of words with absolutely no meaning. It’s also very interesting that Mr. Barber’s website contains vanilla statements by him with a third party explanation of what his statement means. Apparently, Barber not only has a problem with thinking for himself and being truthful, he’s got a problem even speaking for himself.
What a stark contrast to Jesse Kelly who not only thinks and speaks for himself, he obviously understands what is holding back real growth in our economy and keeping people who want to work and care for their families on the shelf. From Jesse’s website:
The recent economic crisis must be a wake-up call for the US Government to end its incessant spending and regulatory vice-grip over the economy. Only free markets and the entrepreneurial spirit can save America, not the heavy hand of government. Rebuilding our economy is the moral challenge of our time, and good paying jobs lay the foundation for American greatness.
Restoring our economy begins with getting Washington out of the way and inviting businesses back to American soil. For too long, politicians in Washington implemented big-government policies that pushed businesses overseas. It’s time we bring them back with open arms. We must stop punishing success and work to reduce personal income taxes, investment taxes and business-ownership taxes. The tax and spend mentality that controls Washington will bring about the collapse of the US economy and we need to stop this Administration in the upcoming elections.
The $787 billion stimulus has failed, and unemployment in Southern Arizona has increased. The people of the United States are realizing that government cannot create jobs, as government has no resources of its own. Only the private sector can create jobs and better our standard of living through production and innovation.
“Only the private sector can create jobs… Only the private sector can create jobs and better our standard of living…”
That summarizes the approach that MUST be taken in Washington, an approach that is a complete anathema to Democrats, and is the only way our economy will start moving again.
June 12th is just one week away. Jesse Kelly is the man Tucsonans must send to Washington. He’ll work to change things for the nation, for Arizona and the Old Pueblo. If the Democratic Party has its way, the only change we’ll see is more people on food stamps, fewer people with good jobs, more power taken from the individual and the states and less individual liberty.
Vote for Jesse Kelly like the nation depended on it. It does.