Arizona is a freedom loving, red state. We love our guns, our military, our beautiful desert land, and our nation’s Constitution.
All the things we Arizonans hold dear, the Obama administration seems to regard with contempt. Upon reflection, the administration’s actions affecting Arizona seem to go further than mere contempt; they are better described as malicious retribution.
In a state where gun ownership is protected and even encouraged, we have the crime scene of Obama and Holder’s Fast and Furious illegal gun running scandal, which resulted in the brutal murder of one of Arizona’s own Border Patrol heroes. In a state that hosts multiple military bases that contribute to the safety and efficiency of our Armed Service members, the administration supports mothballing the A-10; the most effective close air support military plane ever flown. In this western state that is comprised of beautiful desert land, the administration polices its use with the BLM, and refuses to give management of those lands over to the state. In Arizona, where we love religious freedom provided by the Constitution, the administration encouraged a fascist power play that portrayed us as bigots when we tried to reiterate the religious freedom act through our state legislative process. And now, in the very state where we passed SB 1070, which was at the time, the broadest and strictest anti illegal immigration bill in modern history, president Obama has directed that the surge of illegal, unaccompanied minor immigrants be callously and unceremoniously dumped at our border—the border that we have repeatedly asked to be reinforced and secured.
Although that list is not comprehensive, when observed altogether, doesn’t it look like the administration has it in for Arizona? If you are not yet convinced, let’s drill down into the details of the Obama Children’s Crusade. When these illegal minors showed up in Texas, FEMA was on the scene immediately. Contractors, including at least one from Tucson, were putting in bids to provide emergency services for the kids. FEMA wouldn’t allow any contractors outside Texas to be involved with the bid. They kept the services local. In the Nogales teen camp detention facility, they are feeding and housing over 1,000 illegals, and expecting to reach 1,500 at that facility alone. According to the price list for the government supplier that was awarded the contract, the feeding of these children is expected to cost over $42,000 a day. This doesn’t include showers, bathroom facilities, and support staff. A contractor who is able to provide the emergency services for this camp could receive and infuse a great deal of capital into the local economy.
Knowing that some local folks will be employed in the process of responding to this crisis is some little comfort. The unfortunate problem is that in Arizona, the local companies were completely shut out of the bid. Not only is the administration directing that the state of Arizona receive the influx of illegal minors that we cannot turn away, but they have demanded that our economy absorb the blow of caring for these children long-term without the courtesy of granting a local company the contract. We know that there are several companies right here in Tucson that are government contractors adept at providing emergency services. They have been employed at the scene of hurricane Katrina, the space shuttle Columbia explosion and other natural disasters, and are local, within 30 miles of the Nogales camp. Why would the administration not utilize local businesses to quickly accommodate these children’s needs like they did in Texas? The contractor that the government has chosen is Deployed Resources out of Rome, NY. Now the government will pay the extra expense of shipping all that is needed to be a self contained emergency food provider. Arizonans’ federal tax dollars will be spent paying for the importation of an outside company to do this job while being stuck with the bill for caring for these children long term. It is a slap in the face.
But this is a humanitarian crisis; you can’t plan for this, right? According to the June 2-6, 2014 State Director Update of NEMA, The National Emergency Management Association, this trend has been tracked for quite a while.
“As many of you know a serious influx of unaccompanied minors have entered the United States illegally in the last few months. Since October 1st, 47,017 children traveling without parents or a legal guardian have been caught at the southwestern border. This represents a ninety-two percent increase over the same period in the previous year. In 2011, the total for the fiscal year was about 6,560 unaccompanied minors caught at the border. With the influx of minors the President’s Administration has asked FEMA to deal with the situation. The administration announced Monday a more than one billion dollar increase to the fiscal 2015 budget request to try to handle a tidal wave of unaccompanied minors entering the United States from Mexico, driven here mostly by drug violence.”
How good of the administration to have found that billion dollars so quickly in anticipation of this influx! How horrible that the president refuses to step up and announce to the countries sending their children here that they must stop. Rather than securing the border, he is paying our Border Patrol officers to provide childcare to children that have been raped, pillaged, used and hardened by drug and human traffickers. This is a Children’s Crusade redux of sorts. Soon, if the administration has their way, these young people will be Americans. What could go wrong?
One can only imagine the malicious grin as the president essentially wagged his finger right back in Governor Jan Brewers face, reminiscent of the iconic photo of her telling him that we didn't want Obamacare here in Arizona. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Hopefully, some politicians will find a backbone and speak out because elections have consequences, and voters don’t like the bilious taste of revenge.
Yolanda Weinberger is a Christ follower, wife, former homeschooling mom, small business owner, and conservative thinker, writer and speaker. She is a frequent guest of The James T. Harris Show, afternoons 3:00 - 6:00 on 104.1 KQTH.
U.S. Air Force briefing on the capabilities of the A-10. click here
Two shots of the same scene.
Residents and concerned citizens gathered in Oracle, AZ to protest the busing if illegal immigrant children into a boys home in their area and NBC News chose to leave out the Mexican protestor when they covered the scene, while the Arizona Daily Independant News chose to include him.
No media bias here ...
At exactly 1:02:33 PM today, 2 days after the 2014 Arizona Primary Election, the Secretary of State reported that 519,187 or 15.99 percent of registered voters had cast their ballot.
At exactly 1:26:29 today, 2 days after the 2014 Arizona Primary Election, the Secretary of State reported that 727,627 or 22.41 percent of registered voters had cast their ballot.
No big deal right, the numbers went up. But they didn’t for a while. The latest numbers of ballots cast - 727,627 – disappeared for a while today. That’s right – an entire County – the biggest county- in the state of Arizona disappeared for a while.
No big deal right? Maybe, but where are the 160,000 votes that are still outstanding? Yup, you heard me right. OUTSTANDING – as in – not yet counted!
Counties come and they go randomly from the count. Where do they go? What happens to them while they are gone? Why do we still have 160,000 ballots yet to be counted?
Why do we have an experiment going on in Yavapai County that CANNOT BE VERIFIED? YUP! The election in Yavapai County cannot be verified because they are experimenting with new equipment.
I just have to ask – WAS OUR SECRETARY OF STATE TOO BUSY RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR TO RUN AN ACTUAL HONEST ELECTION?
Or has this been the plan all along?
The Air Force is floating a new plan to ground almost a third of the active duty A-10s to train A-10 ground crews to care for the F-35. But lawmakers, military veterans and budget watchdogs are lining up to defend the A-10 as the best plane by far to protect troops in the types of battles we are fighting right now.
The Air Force says the A-10 is a great plane but budgets are so tight it wants the A-10 to make way for newer more sophisticated aircraft, specifically the F-35. Thursday some of the Warthog's toughest defenders went into battle on Capitol Hill.
Senator John Mc Cain, Congressman Ron Barber and other lawmakers defending the A-10 promised to fight the Air Force's latest efforts to retire it. Now budget and policy watchdogs are flying to the A-10's defense.
The Tactical Air Control Party, commonly abbreviated TACP, is reaching out to Secretary's Hage and James and SASC and HASC Chairmen and Ranking Members. TACPs advise ground commanders on the best use of air power. They also establish and maintain command and control communications, control air traffic and naval gunfire and provide precision terminal attack guidance of U.S. and coalition close air support. Since the Korean War, TACP’s have deployed and served our country in every engagement. TACP’s were in Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Kosovo, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and other operations around the world. With that much experience and expertise, perhaps their recomendations will be heard. The Project on Government Oversight says with conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria the Air Force wants to retire the A-10 for ".. reasons that defy combat needs and budgetary logic", while it looks for ways to buy more sophisticated F-35s not specialized to protect troops. Analyst Ethan Rosenkranz says, "It would cost at least 400 million dollars (a year) to retain the A-10. That's the cost of purchasing two F-35s that are not yet operational." The Project On Government Oversight says it will probably be at least a couple of years before the F-35 is operational and it's a false argument to suggest the A-10 is getting in the way of the F-35.
Inclusions in this post;
- TACP-A Letter to SASC and HASC Chairmen and Ranking Members
- TACP-A Letter to Secretary Hagel
- TACP-A Letter to Secretary James