Joyce James 
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Re: “CD8: Jesse Kelly Says GOP's Pledge to America Is "Outstanding." Critics on Right and Left Say It's Shallow and Fraudulent

Yes, shallow and fraudulent - the Bush tax cuts made sense when there was a surplus - but that was then squandered no only with the tax cuts but on unfunded prescription drug coverage, unfunded and an UNnecessary war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan. The lowest tax rates do not translate into prosperity - look at the state of AZ - one of the lowest tax states with high poverty and failing schools. If that's how you want to whole country to look like ( a third world country where Walmart is the largest employer) go with the Republican's phoney pledge that does nothing about the deficit! If we can't ask the most affluent Americans to chip in now when unemployment is 10% - when can we ask them to chip in?

Posted by Joyce James on 09/26/2010 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Senate Showdown

Arizonans need to wake up to the fact that having the lowest income taxes and shifting the burden to sales taxes in this state has gotten us to be No 2 in poverty and number 49 in spending on education. I lived for many years in Minnesota - one of the higher progressive scale income tax states - for our dollars we had highly rated schools, much lower in poverty- and SURPRISE!! Fortune 500 companies like 3M, Medtronic, United Health, St. Jude Medical, Honeywell, American Express are headquartered there -
We need legislators like Todd Camenisch who will analyze the success of other states in the US and formulate rational policies to help AZ up out of poverty and into the 21st century! Antenori and the current republican extremist controlling the AZ legislative agenda are so hung up on states rights they are constantly taking ridiculous legislative stances designed to challenge Federal laws. ( Those challenges properly belong in federal court). So look at the long list of constitutional amendment propositions to see our state government is not acting rationally to further the prosperity of the people of Arizona! Vote out Antenori and his fellow extreme ' no government' folks and lets get some real leadership for the people!

Posted by Joyce James on 09/26/2010 at 9:48 AM

Re: “CD8: Giffords Rolls Out New Ad Hammering Kelly on Support for National Sales Tax

There is nothing Fair about the so called 23% Sales tax that Kelly calls the FAIR TAX - progressive income taxes provide for people to pay according to their ability to pay!
Arizonans need to wake up to the fact that having the lowest income taxes and shifting the burden to sales taxes in this state has gotten us to be No 2 in poverty and number 49 in spending on education. I lived for many years in Minnesota - one of the higher progressive scale income tax states - for our dollars we had highly rated schools, much lower in poverty- and SURPRISE!! Fortune 500 companies like 3M, Medtronic, United Health, St. Jude Medical, Honeywell, American Express are headquartered there -
Kelly stands for overly simplistic ideas- hardly nuanced and poorly researched.

Posted by Joyce James on 09/26/2010 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Races to Watch

I am glad Glassman is taking on McCain. McCain has had a distinguished career, but under his tenure Arizona has fallen to become a very poor state. While other states obtain some funding for improvement projects and infrastructure, McCain considers that 'pork' and gets us nothing. McCain has done nothing about the immigration policies and showed a real lack of courage on that issue in 2007. apparently McCain thinks its perfectly fine to spend $20 million on a primary race in a state that has passed clean election laws. McCain is completely out of touch with Arizonan's daily concerns. His Westpoint education is simply not relevant to the challenges we face now. And Republicans at the federal level don't want to reduce the deficit - they just want to continue excessively low taxation for themselves and all other extremely wealthy people.
In contrast, Glassman is well educated on water issues and law and cares about the future of our state. He plans to raise a family here. As a city councilman Glass man stayed in touch with constitutents weekly. Glassman is also someone who can make things happen - he has a long and brilliant history in the charitable fundraising arena! Time for a real leader - someone who is looking to our future! Glassman deserves a chance to debate McCain - then voters can decide!

Posted by Joyce James on 09/09/2010 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Races to Watch

I see Antenori as sort of a don quixote - railing at fights, light the ridiculous light bulb proposal that don't need to be fought and that waste our time and money. Antenori has only his own legalistic agenda and doesn't seem to understand that Arizona needs a rational budget, and a well educated workforce to attract more industry.
Camenisch has the education and credentials to move Arizona up and out of the abyss the current legislature and governor have ignored.

Gabrielle Giffords is a thoughtful and indepedent thinker who examines proposals and listens to her constituents. She has addressed concerns over border security in a realistic and concrete way - asking for additional national guard in the wake of the Krenz murder.
Kelly on the other hand seems like a hot head with overly simplified answers like repeal Social Security. Giffords is clearly the stronger choice.

I thik that Jan Brewer had her 16 second gap on what she's done because she failed to control the legislature for budget items and then signed SB 1070 as political cover for a very poor showing her first 2 legislative sessions. I think Terry Goddard has worked had to stop and prosecute identity theft - a far more important approach to the probelsm of illegal immigration than SB 1070. Goddard has a jobs program and irealizes that you need an educated workforce and a rational tax structure to attract business. Just having extremely low taxes does not attract business - a reasonable tax structure that makes tax increment financing and similar items is far more attractive to business.

I have no idea what Gowan has done this past term- I have had no communication from his office and see little or nothing about him in the newspaper. Delassandro on the other hand has been visible, door knocking and brings a fresh and reasoned perspective - which we greatly need!

Posted by Joyce James on 09/09/2010 at 5:03 PM

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