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California vs. Texas

This was originally posted at the Tucson Tea Party’s new blog


They say everything is bigger in Texas. That is not entirely true. Texas has a much smaller unemployment rate than the rest of the country and a smaller deficit too. Their deficit is so small, it’s a surplus!

Compare that to California that excels in joblessness and deficit spending. How did the Golden State squander their gold while Texas is thriving in the the worst economy in a generation?

One only look as far as the ideals that have brought Americans out on the streets asking Washington D.C., pleading really, to shrink the size of Government, lower taxes and embrace fiscal responsibility. The Tucson Tea Party Peeps have been pointing out what Texas is proving. Less really is more when it comes to government and resulting prosperity.

Mark Hemingway shows the contrast between the Golden and Lone Star states in the first of his 5 part series, “Texas booms while California busts.” He compares the two states philosophies and behaviors, and the very different results they bring. From the article:

While Texas has been affected by the economic downturn, its 7.9 percent unemployment rate is well below the national average of 9.8. At 12 percent, unemployment in California is well above average.

Perhaps the most dramatic illustration of Texas’ superiority is that Americans have been stating their preference for the Lone Star State with their feet.

Between 2000 and 2009, California had a domestic outflow of 1.5 million people, while Texas had 850,000 move in from other states. From 2008 to 2009, Texas’ population inflow was double that of any other state.

So how have two similar states ended up in such radically different situations? The answer is smaller government.

What Texas is doing “appears as right-wing science fiction to many California legislators and pundits. They claim that serious reform of the tax code is unrealistic, that a large state has many duties to fulfill, and that it is irresponsible to call for a return to a 19th century view of the role of government,” write economists Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams in their annual report “Rich States, Poor States.”

Texas has no state income tax or personal capital gains tax and a small 1 percent gross receipts tax on business. In contrast, California’s 10.3 percent personal income tax is the second highest in the country, and the Golden’s State’s top marginal rates for corporate income and capital gains are 8.84 and 10.55 percent, respectively.

Unfortunately Washington D.C. and the Federal Government aren’t listening to the Tea Party and aren’t following the real world example of Texas. Instead they continue down the California path that instead of being paved with gold is littered with printed money borrowed from our kids and grandkids.

We the People of the Tucson Tea Party will be back out there holding our signs, peacefully assembling for principles that are obviously and demonstrably right. For a country that is seeking answers we only need to examine the bad and good examples being set by California and Texas.

Arizona Health Care Freedom Act

American’s for Prosperity and the Tucson Tea Party teamed up to bring, “Townhall on How to Stop Obamacare in Arizona” to the El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley. Dr. Eric Novack is a pediatrician who was instrumental in writing the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act that will be on the ballot in November. In this clip, Dr. Novack talks about the two main protections Arizonans would receive under the act.



In this clip, Dr. Eric Novack takes a two-part question on whether Obamacare will cover illegal aliens and whether abortions will be paid for by taxpayers.


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Arizona to Join Suit Against Federal Government

Earlier today the Associated Press reported:

Arizona’s Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard said Wednesday he won’t join lawsuits filed by other states’ attorneys general to challenge the federal health care overhaul, but Republican Gov. Jan Brewer plans to pursue a lawsuit even without Goddard’s involvement.

Tonight in Oro Valley we got news of how the Governor plans to do just that:


 

If Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano is right then Goddard has a point. At the same time, Arizona is still a red state and the Governor is following the wishes of the people, as well as her own convictions, no doubt.

It’s striking to me how the Democrats went ahead and passed Obamacare against a clear majority of the American people. Are they not concerned that now dozens of states are filling suit against the Federal Government?

As Al Melvin said in the video, America is still strong, but it is being pushed to the limit. This next election is another in a line of “most important elections” ever.

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Nuclear Option


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Palin Zingers from Tea Party Speech

Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker at the first ever National Tea Party Convention.  She threw out a lot of red meat to conventioneers, and conservatives watching from home.

I compiled some of the best zingers from the speech with a few others clips thrown in.


UPDATE: Thank you HotAir.com for the link in the headlines and Breitbart.tv for featuring the video.

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Tucson Tea Party Hosts Hundreds

Hundreds of people gathered outside of Gabrielle Giffords’ office Tuesday afternoon/evening to show their displeasure for her vote for Pelosi/Obama care.  Here’s my take on how it went:



Update: HotAir just picked up my video!  Thanx you guys

Also, theBCast tells me they are going to run it during their show this afternoon starting at 4pm EST.  See you in chat.

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Giffords’ Video Flashback: She’ll Fight for Tort Reform

Remember the town hall that Gabrielle Giffords hosted in Tucson on September 10, 2009?  When answering the first question, Giffords said she would “fight for tort reform” and that a bill without it would be a “mistake.”  Here’s a reminder:



The 1,990 page H.R. 3962 “Affordable Health Care for America Act” as the Democrats are calling it, is coming up for a vote probably by Saturday, November 7, 2009.  Make no mistake, it would be a government take over of health care in this country.  There is federal funding of abortions in this bill.   It would eventually lead to rationing of health care and the Congressional Budget Office says the bill will give the American taxpayer a bill of over a TRILLION dollars.

The alternative solution?  It would make so much more sense to allow insurance companies to compete across state lines.  Initiate Medical savings accounts and allow people to pay for care.   Return insurance to it’s proper place… for catastrophic care.  By returning competition to health care, you will drive down the cost and improve care even more!  Cost?  WAY less than a TRILLION dollars.  We would probably save $$.

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Tucson Town Hall Fun & Game Show

Gabrielle Giffords finally held a Town Hall on Obamacare Tuesday night at Sahuaro High School. There were about 1200 people inside the auditorium and reportedly another 1,000 in an overflow area that was fed a closed circuit feed of the proceedings.

I got in the main auditorium and did the best I could zooming around with my camera. More importantly, ordinary (I like that) Southern Arizonans got a chance to tell their Congresswoman what they thought of Obamacare. And they did!

Here’s my take:



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Signs of the Times

There’s “Astroturf” and then there’s American ingenuity and creativity.  Here’s a look at the Tucson Tea Party event held in front of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ office at 4-7 p.m. compared to the Breakfast & Rally for Health Care Reform event held at the same place at 8 a.m.



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Congresswoman Giffords Moves Meeting

Have you Seen Her?
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Gabrielle Giffords’ office has canceled an appearance in Green Valley/Sahuarita.  She’s moving her meeting on veterans issues to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.  The Green Valley News and Sun says (emphasis mine):

Giffords had planned to spend Thursday in the area, including a visit to American Legion Post #66 in Sahuarita.

Her staff on Monday said she has combined that appearance and another at Pima Community College into one at the base at 6 p.m. Thursday.  Those attending must RSVP through her Tucson office at 881-3588 to get base access.

Giffords will still attend a private event Thursday at “a retirement community” in the Green Valley/Sahuarita area, though her communications director, C.J. Karamargin, would not disclose details.

Oh my. Congresswoman Giffords is going to extraordinary lengths to avoid being faced with a crowd.  Instead of facing her own constituents, she has decided to hide behind the gates of a military base!  Even if some opponents do manage to RSVP through Gifford’s office (I don’t know if they are screening participants in any way) this move severely limits access to the congresswoman, and eliminates the possibility of a demonstration outside.

Here’s my bottom line.  I don’t want the Congresswoman to feel unsafe in any way.  I DO want her to realize that her vote on Obamacare is being watched VERY closely.  Speaking for myself, I got fired up when she voted for Cap & Trade.  If she votes in favor of Obamacare as well, Mrs. Giffords has to know she will not remain in Congress.  She represents us.  Are you listening Congresswoman Giffords?  I hope so.