Tuesday, June 30, 2009
What are we calling upon our leaders to do now? We want a responsible budget that will not sacrifice our future or make our children pay for our short-sightedness. If we have over spent now, we need to be pay it back now, not years later with interest. If our tax structure is weak, we need to re-write it so that it reflects reasonably across all income levels and commerce. We also need to keep our long-term responsibilities in mind. There are some costs that while they may not be technically our responsibility now, will greatly reduce if not eliminate costs to which we will be responsible for later.
In the United States we have a Republic and not a Democracy because it is unreasonable to think that each voting member has time to familiarize themselves with all the nuances of the government issues. That is what we have elected/hired you all to do for us. We trust that you will spend time learning how to make good government for us, not simply put the responsibility for that back on us with special elections that cost us more money.
It is time for our leaders to decide whether they are going to step up and start doing what we elected them to do, or if they are going to continue on the path that they currently are on. If we need reasonable cuts to programs, that needs to happen because those programs have been evaluated as being wasteful, not to solve lack of funding issues. As a homeowner and head of household I need to make sure that my bills are paid, that expenses are met, and the needs for my family are paid for. It is time for Arizona and it's leaders to step up and pay for expenses in a responsible way.
We need leaders that our "winter soldiers". Ones that are willing to sacrifice more than they are asking us to, ones that are willing to do the job that we have entrusted them to do.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
What ever happened to the focus on serving the people? You know, it's difficult not to get extremely frustrated watching the AZ State Legislature "work" on the budget. The governor releases a budget that the ultra-conservative Republicans don't like. What happens? Do the Republican leaders point out where it will hurt the state? No. Do they articulate a coherent rebuttal based on economic data, etc? No. What do they do? They complain that the governor's budget isn't Republican enough. That the governor is not supposed to raise taxes because that's not Republican. That she's not supposed to protect social programs like aid to the disabled because that's not Republican. Not Republican? Not REPUBLICAN? Aren't our officials supposed to be working for the good of all Arizonans? Shouldn't reality take precedence over ideology?
If Governor Brewer's budget is bad, then I expect the State Legislature to spell out why it's bad in sound economic terms. If their budget is better, I expect them to be able to compare and contrast without resorting to ideological name calling. Is that too much to ask?
No I admit that I don't know the specifics on either budget, but I do know that when Governor Brewer's budget came out, nobody was asking "Is that even legal?" The State Legislature's budget didn't fare so well in that department.
Now if we could just get everybody together and look at how these budget proposals will affect us - not just this year, but 5, 10, or 15 years down the road. Look at the short and long term effects, debate the best course of action and pass a budget that will help Arizona. I'm tired of the partisan bickering.