I don’t know about the rest of you, but if I get caught cruising porn while at work, I will most likely be at the unemployment office the next day, being informed I don’t qualify for gross negligence or something like that.
Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a colleague’s voice in the background debating a controversial right-wing-sponsored abortion bill. “I’m against this bill,” said the colleague, “because it disrespects too many women in the state of
I can’t make this shit up, folks…
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SB1070: Symbol of
[Note: While doing some research for a post I had in mind, I came across the following. I can’t improve on it, and I feel it’s too important. It offers a brief highlight of the failed economic policies that have brought
If other state leaders, even conservative ones from border states like Texas, are not rushing to copy SB1070, it's because whatever their partisan politics, they don't share the peculiar brand of pathological right-wing politics and the hollow economy that has left Arizona such a political and economic basket case.
Other states have grappled with a range of programs to reform their economies and budgets during the current economic crisis. That
Individual Incomes Fall Behind the Nation: For decades,
An Economy Built on a Construction Bubble: The Urban Land Institute has referred to
Part of the problem is that state leaders encouraged a low-wage, bubble-based economic strategy that added a mirage of job and population growth during the last decade, but left the state with poor fundamentals for long-term growth when the financial bubble collapsed nationally. Highlighting the weak economic underpinnings of the state economy, the Arizona Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metropolitan area ranked near the bottom, 192nd of 200 metro areas, for growth in high-tech gross domestic product from 2003 through 2008, according to the Milken Institute.
Fiscal Solutions More Irresponsible Than Any in Nation:
But what truly distinguishes
- State leaders passed a law to abolish the state’s KidCare program providing children's health care to 40,000 kids, the only state in the country to take such a step, and only reversed themselves when they discovered they would forfeit billions in federal dollars if they did so.
- Wide-ranging cuts in programs across the state, from eliminating full-day kindergarten to cutting state employee salaries to removing 10,000 families from TANF cash assistance.
- Two-thirds of
state parks will be closed. Arizona
And this has been combined with a whole range of other right-wing and just plain kooky laws promoted by the
SB1070 Will Make Arizona's Economic Problems Worse: Passing SB1070 will simply deepen the state's economic crisis. As the National Employment Law Project points out, smaller-scale anti-immigrant ordinances have cost individual localities millions of dollars. And other studies estimate SB1070 will further decimate
“So, rather than massive deportations, we are basically going to encourage them to leave on their own,” said State Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, who is also a criminal-justice professor at
The Texas-based Perryman Group found if all unauthorized immigrants were removed from
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and other local leaders anticipate a drop in new business creation in the state because of the new hostile environment. Phoenix Vice Mayor Michael Nowakowski observed: “We’re the laughing stock of the country because of these crazy laws.”
(From the Progressive States Network. H/T to the antiracismdsa blog)