GOP Showdown! Sen. McCain Right to Prevent Shutown -- Sen. Cruz Wrong While RNC Chair Stays Mum

POSTED ON
October 01

GOP Tea Party Extremist vs.  GOP Reasonable Type

GOP Tea Party Extremist vs. GOP Moderate

 

"...a team; lives, sleeps, eats, fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is a lot of crap." - General Patton

 

Many folks believe the government showdown is just a Republican vs. Democratic situation, but it isn't. The Republican Party is still having trouble finding it's own soul. The RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has been mum lately on the government shutdown, and he has not spoken a word since he supported the Tea party Republican-led effort by junior Senator Ted Cruz against "Obamacare" on September 24, 2013. One has to wonder why the RNC would use a mere freshman, yet, Cruz is making extremist rookie-like moves that is not in the best interest of our national security for his own political expediency. Cruz proceeded though leaders believed that Republicans would be blamed for a shut down. Polling backed up their concern according to a recent CNN/ORC International Poll indicated that 51% of respondents would blame Republicans.

The politically astute understand Tea Party junior Senator Ted Cruz is the pawn-like force behind the government shutdown in an effort to defund Obamacare. Hell, even the Texans over at the Dallas Observer understand that. But Cruz's lust is doing so at the expense of services military veterans depend upon and the 800,000 federal employees who could not go to work this morning to serve fellow Americans.

Todd Gillman of the Dallas News writes: "Cruz's 21-hour overnight speech last week, the fourth-longest in Senate history, dramatized anti-Obamacare ardor. But it also made the freshman the face of GOP obstruction."

But it is Cruz's ambition that is getting in the way of what is in the best interest of our Nation and American morale. That said, it appears almost 70% of Americans believe that a government shutdown is bad for our Nation according to CNN. Unfortunately it appears the junior senator forgot we are still in war time and having a unified front still matters to Americans -- particularly veterans who have a certain stake and pride in our Nation.

Cruz weakens our National image for his own Tea Party political gain, and I'm afraid his obstructionism will backfire soon because as General Patton once said: "The Very Idea of Losing is Hateful to an American." Senator McCain understands the meaning of this. Countless times Senator McCain has jumped out into the forefront with regard to our National Security and there is an absolute purpose why McCain does not support shutdown.

Tom Tarantino, Chief Policy Officer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, writes:

"....a government shutdown does not bode well for top priorities within the veterans' community."

Jon Soltz of Vote Vets writes:

"By now, the myriad of articles that examine how a Republican government shutdown would affect people has a lot of folks confused, even scared. The truth of the matter is, we know who will be impacted by a shutdown by Republicans, and we know it will be bad. The degree to which it will be bad is what is up in the air, as various government departments finalize their plans for the shutdown event. When it comes to troops and veterans, much of that holds true. We know they're going to be hurt. We know our national security will be hurt."

That said, the experienced Senator John McCain understands the negative fallout as a result of a government shutdown (junior Senator Ted Cruz supports), and Cruz has an awful lot of growing up to do with regard to the consequences of his political actions as a public official.

You see, McCain knows that a government shutdown does not help our unified front image Americans ought to maintain with regard to how the globe perceives us.

McCain knows that our National Security should always come to the forefront before all other issues and this is more important than toeing the Tea Party GOP line Cruz is guilty of.

McCain knows our enemies want our Nation to be divided, yet the junior Senator Ted Cruz has an agenda to be as extreme as he can in hopes of becoming the 2016 Republican Presidential candidate. Never mind the fact that it was Sen. Ted Cruz's father who worked for communist Fidel Castro. Never mind how Ted Cruz bribed an official to come to the United States.

McCain knows how the Tea Party leaders will eventually turn against Sen. Cruz after they use him as a pawn in light of Cruz being born in Canada after his Cuban immigrant father bribed an official to come into our Nation. But for now it appears the junior Senator chooses to relish being the political drama king at the Hill. McCain has been there and done that with the Tea Party rhetoric and he knows it is a matter of time before they turn on Cruz for being born in Canada just as the Tea Party people turned on him in Arizona for being moderate.

As an independent registered voter who has no party loyalty to either one of the 2 major party systems, and as a Gulf War I veteran who served honorably -- I am going to have to side with Senator John McCain on this issue, and it is unfortunate to hear Arizona Democratic Reps. Kyrsten Sinema and Ron Barber voted along with the Tea Party Republicans and the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz.

Below are more interesting stories with regard to the ongoing infighting between Senator John McCain and the junior Senator Ted Cruz.

From the HUFFPOST:

John McCain Rips Ted Cruz's Anti-Obamacare Speech, Criticizes Nazi Comparison (VIDEO)

From the NYT:

It's no secret that Senator John McCain doesn't much like Senator Ted Cruz, whom he once called a "wacko bird." His main grievance is that Mr. Cruz isn't interested in the business of governing, which requires compromise. If Mr. Cruz can't get what he wants, he'd rather muck up the Senate than give in. ... Mr. McCain was among those who felt Mr. Cruz was merely grandstanding, and earlier today he went so far as to suggest that Mr. Cruz's diatribe was fundamentally undemocratic.
I'd remind my colleagues that, in the 2012 election, Obamacare, as it's called -- and I'll be more polite, the A.C.A. -- was a subject that was a major issue in the campaign. I campaigned all over America for two months, everywhere I could. And in every single campaign rally I said "we had to repeal and replace Obamacare." Well, the people spoke. They spoke, much to my dismay, but they spoke and they re-elected the president of the United States. No that doesn't mean that we give up our efforts to try to replace and repair Obamacare. But it does mean elections have consequences and those elections were clear, in a significant majority, that the majority of the American people supported the president of the U.S. and renewed his stewardship of this country. I don't like it, it's not something that I wanted the outcome to be. But I think all of us should respect the outcome of elections, which reflects the will of the people.

  Senator McCain embraces bipartisanship; Sen. Cruz embraces obstructionism.

The good ol' days "pre-Tea Party" days.

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Rep. John Boehner and Eric Cantor Responsible for Impacting VA Disability and Veterans Benefits During Government Shutdown

POSTED ON
September 30
Rising Independent Voters need to vote out tea party Republicans who are in Support of Government Shutdown affecting Veteran pay and disability benefits.

Rising Independent Voters need to vote out tea party Republicans who are in Support of Government Shutdown affecting Veteran pay and disability benefits.

 

As an American Veteran who served during Gulf War I, I am disappointed in the Tea Party Congress for supporting government shutdowns that negatively impact Veterans who have served.

According to Tom Tarantino — Chief Policy Officer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America:

While veterans may be more protected than other constituencies, a government shutdown does not bode well for top priorities within the veterans’ community.

Does that mean that I won’t get my benefits in November?

Possibly. The VA has not given any specifics on what will happen if the shutdown continues for the next few weeks, and they run out of cash on hand. IAVA will keep pushing for more information and get it to you as soon as possible.

I’m still waiting for the VA to process my claim. How will that be affected?

If you filed a claim before the shutdown, the VA will continue to process it, but expect there to be some delay. While the VA employees that are working on your claim are protected from the shutdown, many of the information sources that they use to develop your claim are not. This may slow the process down.

I was just about to file a claim? Should I wait?

No, go ahead and file but be aware that the VA won’t be processing any new claims during the shutdown. However, you should still file to protect your effective date. To reduce any confusion or to ensure that the VA doesn’t lose anything during the uncertainty of the shutdown, we recommend that you file your claim through a National Service Officer from the Disabled American Veterans. They can help guide you through the process and ensure that the VA is on top of it. You can locate a local service officer here.

New Post 9/11 GI Bill claims for next semester will also likely be delayed if the shutdown goes longer than a few weeks since they will not be processing new claims during a shutdown. The VA’s education hotline will be shut off during a shutdown as well. If you are experiencing problems with your GI Bill, you can visit www.NewGIBIll.org for assistance.

I’ve appealed my VA disability claim. Does this mean that I’ll be waiting longer?

Yes. All work on appeals will be halted during the shutdown.

I’m currently serving in the military. Will I still get paid?

Yes. Just before the shutdown, the President signed the bill passed by Congress that would ensure that the military continues to get paid during the shutdown.

What about on base services? How will those be affected?

Military hospitals and clinics should remain open. However, expect many MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) and community services (like commissaries) to be either closed or limiting operations. Your chain of command will have detailed information about what is happening on your local base.

Shutdown? I’m deployed to Afghanistan right now. What does this mean?

DoD has stated that combat operations will continue as planned. Be safe and keep driving on. Your chain of command will have any details you need to know and your unit’s FRG (Family Readiness Group) should be able to pass information to your families back home.

What about this whole debt ceiling thing? How will that work?

If America hits the debt ceiling and defaults on our existing bills, virtually all cash on hand will have to be diverted to paying the interest on the debt. This may halt virtually all pay and benefits and further shut down the government. Since the US has never defaulted before, there is not a lot of clarity on what will happen. IAVA will keep pushing for more information and update you as soon as we can.

How can IAVA help?

As Congress remains gridlocked and plays games with the budget, there remains a great deal of confusion and uncertainty for veterans.

IAVA’s case managers are trained to help veterans navigate all types of transition issues. If the government shutdown affects your benefits, livelihood, or wellbeing and you need support, contact us at 855-91-RAPID (72743). We can get you connected to resources and help minimize the disruption to your life.

 

Follow Tom Tarantino on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@tomtarantino

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Rising Registered Independent Voters Should Vote Out Tea Party Republicans for Government Shutdown

POSTED ON
September 30

How do we solve and avoid government shutdown?

Easy -- we ensure that our US Representatives and Senators will not get paid while our government has been shutdown. 

We also ought to vote out the tea party extremists and inform the rising independent voters to participate more during off year election season.

Congress must not get a paycheck for their failure to work on a bipartisan level and conduct what is in the best interest of our Nation.  Their actions confirm why many are leaving the GOP and joining the ranks of other independent registered voters. 

 

 

 

We are the key swing independent voters in national elections, voting on the issues instead of party.  Somos Independents and their members are encouraged to participate in the below national call.

Join Jackie Salit on a National Conference Call for Independents

We’re Just Getting Started!

Tuesday, October 15
at 8:00 PM ET
(7:00 CT, 6:00 MT, 5:00 PT)

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Latinos Condemn DreamActivist.org Exploitation of Mexican Minor Children For Their No Sovereign Borders Agenda and Financial Scams

POSTED ON
September 30
For Immediate Release-- September 30,  2013
info@nationaltequilapartymovement.com
 
 
 
National Latino Immigration Rights Activists Condemn DreamActivist.org Exploitation of Minor Children and No Sovereign Borders Agenda
 
 
Phoenix, AZ -- Somos Independents (formerly known as the National Tequila Party Movement) is a group consisting of leaders who are in support of legal immigration reform.  We believe in family reunification once undocumented parents have been forced apart from their children. We believe that it is the best interest of a child to be with their loving parents. We believe that Mexican minor children should not be used by the DreamActivist.org movement to promote their no sovereign borders agenda.  Children should not be put at risk and we condemn the actions of DreamActivist.org for exploiting children.   Prerna Lal (Fijian immigrant) and Mohammad Abdollahi (Iranian immigrant) are cofounders of this no sovereign borders movement are on the record for not supporting immigration reform in 2013.  Both people have been identified as people who frequently request donations and Mohammad does so in the name of "legal coyote" work (even though the FBI states there is no such thing and it is probable this organization is running a financial scam).  
 
The minor child is identified as "Ingrid" and is being used in this video and exploited by DreamActivist.org and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA). We condemn any hints of exploiting minor children.  This thirteen year old unaccompanied minor is crossing the border and leaving her father and mother behind because she claims that at school she was persecuted and was fearful to go back to school. The child states that she is coming back to the United States at thirteen, by herself, to join a sibling in Mesa, Arizona, because she wants to study and help her parents. Children should not be sent away from their families to work -- and in the United States we do not support children working at that age.  Ingrid states that she lived with her parents in Mesa, Arizona, for nine years, but her parents returned to Mexico with her because of the climate that Sheriff Arpaio created in Arizona.
 
It appears there is ZERO law enforcement escort security for the Bring Them Home 30, and unfortunately it is a well known fact bilingual deportees are prized by the cartels for their knowledge of American customs and territory, thereby, opening a dangerous situation.   Lawyer David Bennion ought to be investigated for the guidance he has been giving DreamActivist.org because this child belongs to her parents and should not be involved in an U.S.A action at such a young age.  In the best interests of this child, the Mexican government should be contacted so that they can provide security and protection for this child in her native, Chetumal , Mexico where both her parents live.
 
We know that to have a grant for political asylum a person has to show that he or she fears for their lives and proof country wide persecution, on account of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. We know that political asylum for children is very difficult to obtain because this difficult threshold is twice as hard for Mexican immigrants.  The child can be found dependent on the court if it is found that she is abandoned, neglected and or abused by a family court in the United States and then, the child could be protected under Special Immigrant Juvenile provisions. Yet, the YouTube video of this child, does not mention in any way, any abuse, abandonment or neglect of the natural parents. Quite the contrary ,the child speaks with love about her parents and of her wishes to help them. 
 
 
 
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SOMOS INDEPENDENTS (formerly known as the National Tequila Party Movement) is a woman-led political movement.  It is our goal to communicatto women and Latina matriarchs across the nation with regard to the need in fixing the broken immigration system. We organize events, and college rallies that encourages a massive Latino Get Out The Vote and political participation. This movement is a non-partisan movement. We don’t care how people vote, we just want them to get on the early ballot system, become consistent primary and general election voters.
Immigration Activists often fight to keep families together, but DreamActivist does not.
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Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego Inappropriate For Threatening “Old Guard” Latino Community — Shows Nepotism

POSTED ON
September 28
Left:  Rev. Warren Stewart -- Right:  Kate Widland Gallego

Left: Rev. Warren Stewart — Right: Kate Widland Gallego

 

One thing I hate is when an official politician tries to exert his political influence over fellow Mexican-American / Latino peers.

Whatever happened to the politician who remembers he is a humble public servant working for the American tax paying people?

Do Arizona legislators really believe they are the “almighty and powerful” that negates grassroots efforts lending freedom to support who we want to support?  Perhaps that is what Harvard is teaching these days when Rep. Ruben Gallego appears to threaten the ‘old guard’ within our community in an email blast he sent out while soliciting for his wife’s campaign.

Sorry Gallego, but just because your wife is your wife – this does not mean we all have to accept her as our new leader at your insistence. And your letter below threatening the “old guard” is inappropriate with regard to your capacity as an Arizona legislator.

arizona representative ruben gallego threatens community for not accepting SRP lobbyist

Here are some reasons why some in the Mexican American community will not give your wife the nod:

Your wife, Kate Widland is an SRP lobbyist.   Reverend Warren Stewart sits on the board of the National Immigration Forum – a group formed by Al Gore that is helping immigrants and the Mexican American community.

Rev. Stewart protested football during a tough time for minorities when Arizona would not support the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to honor our Civil Rights. On the hand, minorities continue to go through tough times in your wife’s district with having to pay for high utilities and deposits despite the corporation she works for.  As you may already know, SRP donated $1 million dollars for Super Bowl football, while charging higher rates to low-income customers in District 8.

Your wife, Kate Widland is a carpetbagger and new to an area [as of January] that has a high brown and black population.   Rev. Stewart has lived in south Phoenix for a significant time with strong roots and knows the area better than your wife does.  He was one of the chief organizers during the 2005 and 2006 immigration marches when lawmakers were on the verge of passing the Sensenbrenner Bill during a crucial time.

Rev. Stewart displayed leadership and helped form the Black and Brown Coalition and has served on numerous boards and commissions.  In fact, he has played in an advisory capacity role for every Phoenix Mayor since 1977 in light of his considerable Civil Rights experience. It is disingenuous for Kate to say she is the only candidate with leadership experience.  Working at a utilities corporation that screws over low income people is not the leadership we are looking for.

Rather than showing leadership skills at her own corporation, your wife Kate Widland is complicit in funneling rate payer money to lure the Super Bowl to Arizona instead of fixing decrepit and hazardous transformers, power lines and canals that could make south Phoenix look better.  Meanwhile, Rev. Stewart rolled up his sleeves, took leadership and began a non-profit organization that feeds thousands of poor people for free every Wednesday.  He helped build hundreds of units and affordable housing in District 8 and throughout other parts of Phoenix.

In other words, Ruben, why would you insist and impose this sub-par candidate to confront the issues that Reverend Stewart has spent a lifetime preparing himself for?  By comparison the answer is clear: your wife is a carpetbagger outsider and what district 8 needs is one of their own to fix their own problems.
Indeed a pothole is just a pothole and it will continue to be empty until a man like Stewart fills it just as he has helped fill thousands of empty stomachs in poor communities.

That said, we encourage your wife, Kate Widland, to demonstrate real leadership by fixing the “potholes” of SRP policies with their hazardous lines and decrepit transformers and canals instead of using rate payer funds for Super Bowl programs.  We hope to see her garner a little more experience under her belt besides working for a greedy corporation.

 

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Mexican American Latino Voters Observing RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Avoiding Legal Immigration Reform

POSTED ON
September 27

I went over to Reince Priebus' Facebook Page to see why the Republican Party is avoiding the No. 1 issue that is important to the Mexican American Latino Voter  -- the legal immigration reform issue.  I did a bit of perusing and discovered he has not mentioned the immigration issue since 12 July 2013.   In fact,  the Republican Party has been trying to avoid the large elephant in the room.  The GOP will discuss Syria, Obamacare and everything else under the sun while avoiding what is most important to the people they claim to want to do some outreach with

Let me be clear, both Parties need to understand that they cannot take advantage of our vote. Mexican-Americans make up of almost 70% of the entire Latin population pie and we are the key swing voters.

We will be paying attention to politicians in 2014 and 2016 with regard to their actions on immigration reform. According to a 2012 USA Today/Gallup poll and POLITICO: “A slight majority of Hispanics in the country, 51 percent, identify as politically independent, according to the survey released Monday. About a third, 32 percent, consider themselves Democrats, while just 11 percent say they are Republicans.”

51% politically independent Mexican American Chicano / Latino voters  equate to a key swing vote.

And while the RNC Chairman criticizes Obama on immigration (even though Obama has promised to sign a fair and reasonable immigration bill) I see no real leadership from the RNC Chairman and/or House Republicans after the Senate passed a historic legal immigration bill via the Gang of Eight.

We will be keeping track of the RNC Chairman and the signals and direction he is sending.  Right now we see him avoiding immigration, and his lack of leadership on such which probably has to do a lot with the Tea Party stronghold he cannot seem to defeat.

 

RNC Chair avoiding immigration reform issue.  Gives lip service on "Hispanic" Outreach
RNC Chair avoiding immigration reform issue and pays lip service on "Hispanic" Outreach.

Immigration is a federal issue -- thus it must be solved by Congress. House Republican Representatives are dragging their feet to fix the broken immigration system. Last I checked -- Obama isn't King ... he is the President and Congress should all work together to fix this tough issue. We know immigration policy is protected by the Supremacy Clause of our United States Constitution, and Congress has a responsibility to address this tough issue. The 2013 Legal immigration reform bill is a major step forward in securing our Nation because only after everyone is registered and documented will we know who is in our Nation and where we can find them. We know that once we fix the broken immigration system, and once we document all immigrants — then they can feel safe to help law enforcement agencies to target criminal activity without the fear of deportation when they report suspicious activity to the law enforcement authorities. Therefore, bringing the immigrants out of the shadows will only strengthen our Nation’s security.

 

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Texas Governor Race: Mexican American Latino Voters Hawkish on Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott (Supported Arizona SB1070)

POSTED ON
September 26

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Both Parties need to understand that they cannot take advantage of our vote. Mexican-Americans make up of almost 70% of the entire Latin population pie and we are the key swing voters.

We will be paying attention to politicians in 2014 and 2016 with regard to their actions on immigration reform. According to a 2012 USA Today/Gallup poll and POLITICO: “A slight majority of Hispanics in the country, 51 percent, identify as politically independent, according to the survey released Monday. About a third, 32 percent, consider themselves Democrats, while just 11 percent say they are Republicans.”

As a result, we will be keeping watchful eye on the Texas Governor Race. We are aware that

the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott supported Arizona’s harsh and anti-immigration SB1070 law. That said, Independent voters refuse to toe a Party line and we will be looking at (R) Greg Abbott’s and (D) Wendy Davis’ actions — not lip service.

We want to see both candidates pressure all Texas Congressional United States Representatives fix the broken immigration system since it is a federal issue. We know the Texas economy is fueld by revenue provided by ports of entry, trade and tariffs, and this state shares 64% of the entire southern border length with Mexico.

Senator John Cornyn and Canadian-born and son of Cuban immigrant Ted Cruz (who’s father helped Fidel Castro and bribed his way in here) were missing in action when it was their federal responsibility to fix the issue since immigration is protected by the Supremacy Clause of our United States Constitution.

How is it that the Texas U.S. Senators are not taking a legal immigration reform lead particularly when Texas has the majority

of the border length to Mexico?

Why is a freshman Democratic Congressman via Joaquin Castro taking a lead and a plan to Washington D.C. while the border Texas State senators look the other way?

Indeed Texas is wasting tax payer dollars and benefiting from the prison systems and their detention facilities to the point where the Texas Senators choose to not really take a lead on the 2013 legal immigration reform plan?  The battleground for immigration is NOT at the Senate level because the Democrats hold the majority in the Senate … the battleground will be at the Congressional level in light of Texas Rep. Lamar Smith.

Here’s a snap shot of the bordering states:

Texas: 1,255 miles/64% of border length and has 24 ports of entry

Arizona: 354 miles/18% of border length and has 8 ports of entry

New Mexico: 180 miles/9% and has 3 ports of entry

California: 165 miles/8% of border length and 6 ports of entry

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51% Mexican American Chicano and Latino Voters identify as politically independent

POSTED ON
September 26

51% is exactly where we ought to maintain.  Both Parties need to understand that they cannot take advantage of our vote.  Mexican-Americans make up of almost 70% of the entire Latin population pie and we are the key swing voters.

We will be paying attention to politicians in 2014 and 2016 with regard to their actions on immigration reform. 

 

According to a 2012 USA Today/Gallup poll and POLITICO:

A slight majority of Hispanics in the country, 51 percent, identify as politically independent, according to the survey released Monday. About a third, 32 percent, consider themselves Democrats, while just 11 percent say they are Republicans.

However, the poll found that the majority of Hispanics in the U.S., 52 percent, lean toward the Democratic Party, compared to 23 percent who lean toward the Republican Party.
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Texas Immigration Scares Will Negatively Impact Republican Races Like Greg Abbott

POSTED ON
September 26
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Christian Movement Unveils “Illegal” Video Regarding Immigration

POSTED ON
September 25

A Christian movement has launched an immigration video you may see here.

Here is what the youtube description says:

How many laws do you break every day? 5? 15? 20?

We all break laws – and we’re not saying that’s a good thing. However, it seems that only one group of people gets the label “illegal” applied to them as a way to define their entire existence.

When laws don’t make sense, we need to fix them instead of dehumanizing people. Let’s work together to change our tunes, and to change our broken laws. Make a difference at http://www.G92.org.

Produced By: J. Oxford Studios (http://www.jesseoxford.com)

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