I didn’t always appreciate the politics of Arizona while I lived here, and in my time publishing small town newspapers, I used a lot of ink pointing out that too many of our politicians on the local, state, and national level were two IQ points short of swinging from vines and eating bananas. But I’m beginning to like the current thinking in the Grand Canyon State more and more.
I’ve always been a fan of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his no nonsense way of enforcing the law. The good Sheriff doesn’t care if you are black, brown, white, or green, if you break the law in his county, you go to jail. And once you’re in his jail, he makes sure you don’t come away thinking you just had a vacation.
As it turns out, Sheriff Joe isn’t the only elected official in the state who is not suffering from cranial-rectal inversion. State Senator Russell Pearce recently introduced SB1070, which would require Arizona police officers to make a “reasonable attempt” to determine the immigration status of anyone they come into contact with during an investigation, and empowers them to stop and arrest anyone they believe is in this country illegally. The bill also would make the mere presence of an illegal immigrant anywhere in Arizona a violation of state trespass laws.
Among the other points, the bill would prohibit illegal immigrants from soliciting work in public places (parking lots of building supply stores, for example) and make it a crime for illegal immigrants to do any kind of work in Arizona; make it illegal to stop on a street to hire temporary workers; bar state government agencies from having policies that prohibit or punish workers for informing federal officials if someone seeking a permit, license, or government benefits is an illegal immigrant; and calling for the arrest of people for transporting, concealing or harboring anyone who is in this country illegally. The new bill would also toughen penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
Now, you might say that in today’s “enlightened” society, such a bill would never make it, but SB1070 was approved 17-13 by the State Senate Monday, without debate, and will now move to the State House of Representatives for a vote.
Meanwhile, State Representative Frank Antenori has introduced HB 2770, which prohibits welfare recipients in Arizona from owning expensive cars, and consuming or purchasing alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or illegal drugs. Antenori’s bill would limit the amount of money a welfare recipient could spend on a car to $5,000, and limit him or her to only subscribing to basic cable television, and only having a cell phone if it is the recipient’s only telephone.
Antenori said he is tired of seeing people buy soda and junk food with food stamps that taxpayers are paying for, and then pull out $40 in cash to buy booze and cigarettes. He doesn’t think people on welfare should have such luxuries as HBO and Pay Per View. His bill would also encourage citizens who see welfare recipients buying the restricted items, or who know of those who ignore the law, to turn them in to state officials.
I don’t know about you, but I think we need a few thousand more elected officials like Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce, and Frank Antenori nationwide, and in Washington, D.C. Maybe if we did, the will of the people might be enacted into law, instead of the will of the do-gooders, bleeding hearts, and special interest groups who have allowed our nation to be overrun with welfare rats and illegal aliens whose only contributions to society are to break the law and suck up benefits they don’t deserve.
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