"Gabby's image finally appeared on an Arizona Democratic Party mailer last week, and she's coming to town this weekend for her first local public appearance since she stepped down in January. She'll be at a get-out-the-vote concert at downtown's Rialto Theatre on Saturday, June 9, that's going to put a spotlight on the Barber campaign in the final weekend."
Did anyone bother to check if the Barber Campaign is paying to use the Rialto and if so how much? Could the Kelly Campaign, or any one else, have gotten the same deal? Rumor has it that its a no charge deal.
Ron Barber says we need to balance the budget, but not how to accomplish that laudable objective. I believe that the reason is that he has absolutely no idea how to balance a budget. Mr. Barber is a 30+ year bureaucrat at the State and Federal level. I'm sure that he did a good job helping the disabled in Arizona and I believe that he did a good job as Gabby's district director. However, he has never been a leader, an inovater or a producer. He has been a consumer of tax revenue for more than 30 years. Did he ever give money back out of his budget...no. Did he ever argue for less money in his budget...no. His objective was to give away (spend) more and more tax dollars for what, I'm sure, he believed to be, good causes. He has sucked on the public teat for more than 30 years, that is enough. We need fresh ideas in the congress not re-runs of Obama or Bush. We are at the precipice of financial ruin in this country and need to address the issues of debt, deficit and entitlements, not new and expanded government programs, which is what Ron Barber's history is all about. Sorry guys...you got it wrong on this one.
Jim, please take a geography lesson...the San Pedro River is one set of mountain ranges to the east of us. It is the Santa Cruz River that flows (sometimes) from Nogales north (after entering the U.S. from Mexico) thru Tucson.
"State Sen. Linda Lopez, who has represented Tucson's south and southeast side for the last 11 years, in both the House and Senate, is running unopposed for the Senate in the new LD 2. [[The northern end of the district includes parts of Tucson and all of South Tucson, and then snakes south along the San Pedro River to swallow up Sahuarita, Green Valley, Arivaca and all of Santa Cruz County, including the border city of Nogales.]]"
This is another case of bureauracy gone wild. There was nothing wrong with the prior system that a little common sense wouldn't have fixed. However, as we can see, bureaucrats refuse to allow simple answers to simple problems. The Royal Navy had it right with keelhauling. Thanks Tom, for staying on top of this, and congrats to your young ladies. They are champs in my book.
I have heard that the City anticipates having to subsidize the Streetcar to the tune of $10 million dollars. I could be wrong, and I'm sure that if that number is correct, that it is wrong, because the City always screws it up. It will cost waaaaay more than the City Coucil says (check out Sun-Tran). So the citizens of Tucson get the shaft again. Most Tucsonans don't go downtown, don't need to go downtown, and don't want to go downtown. So, once again, we have the political elite building a project they think is cool and serves only a minute segment of the population. Just a fact for your consideration...what did every city west of the Mississippi River that has a succesful mass transit system (be it a trolly, a light rail or other) have before that mass transit system was in place...a sophisticated system of freeways or limited access roads to get around the city. What does Tucson not have...a decent roadway system. Heck, the City Council won't even fill the potholes.
You are right, we do have a choice. We can choose a young conservative businessman whose goal is to reduce the size and scope of government, or we can choose a career bureaucrat who has sucked on the public teat for more that thirty years. This country's greatest problem is the huge debt that the federal government has piled up (republicans and democrats alike). If we do not do something to start reducing the size of the debt, not just slow the rate of growth, we will wind up like many of the European economies, stagnant wages, high inflation and unemployment and a population that thinks they deserve something for nothing. Look at Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy as examples of what this type of activity leads to. I'm sure that Ron Barber is a very nice guy (you gotta love a guy that looks like Col. Sanders), and to give credit, he was a terrific district director for Gabby. However, I believe that he is bureaucrat not a legislator. I also believe that he is inexorably linked to super liberals like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Nancy Polisi, and others.
Tom, your liberal bias is leaking...better get those media gaskets checked. Reading this piece, someone would get the idea that you don't like Republicans. Perish the thought.
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