Sunday, August 09, 2009
I have noticed Rand Paul as he supported his father's political campaigns. Rand Paul is now running for US Senate in Kentucky as a Republican (the election is now 14 months away). I have reviewed his posted positions. He is critical of the business as usual politics that go on relative to US foreign policy and the Federal Reserve. I hope he is elected and eliminates the corrosive secrecy that the Federal Reserve currently maintains.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
With the current State of Arizona government budget is acknowledged to be in a state of deficit spending there are many plans being proposed on how to make Arizona government operation more efficient. One of those plans involves contracting out (privatizing) the operation of incarceration with private business, thereby replacing Arizona Department of Corrections staff with private employees. Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (LD-18) is often mentioned as the originator of this plan.
Voters and citizens would do well to keep in mind another recent Arizona "innovation" when it comes to contracted out government services. Photo radar enforcement is no more popular than when it was introduced and now that several levels of government are considering abolishing it, the private operators are bringing up financial penalties that the public was never briefed on.
Contracted out government operations are an option to be considered after full review and public disclosure of the terms. Arizona voters should also keep in mind the poor contract terms that government has negotiated in the past when considering the actions of their elected officials.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I have been calling the office of Representative Harry Mitchell [Democrat, CD-5] for a couple of week encouraging the congressman to support HR 1207 the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 (it calls for a full audit of the Federal Reserve). Last week the staffer told me that Mr. Mitchell had recently co-sponsored HR 1207.
I received a letter a few days later which includes the reasons he chose to co-sponsor the bill.
There is only a single (Arizona) representative to the house that hasn't cosponsored HR 1207 and that would be my former opponent Ann Kirkpatrick.