Saturday, October 05, 2013

Jan Brewer and AZ's Republicans showing their priorities during the federal government shutdown: tourists and photo ops over poor people

Republicans doing a mean two-step during the shutdown...with the emphasis on "mean"...

Step 1:

From the Associated Press, via KVOA (Tucson) -
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is taking an offer to use state money to keep the Grand Canyon open to the top.

Brewer and state legislative leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to approve funding the Arizona park and other national parks.

Step 2:

From the Arizona Republic, written by Mary K. Reinhart - 
Policy experts say Arizona appears to be the only state in the nation so far to have withheld welfare checks because of the federal shutdown, a move key state lawmakers want Gov. Jan Brewer to reverse.

The shutdown halted funding Tuesday for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, which states use to provide cash assistance and other support for low-income children and parents. Arizona officials announced this week that 5,200 eligible families would not receive payments, which average $207 a month.

“It basically means that families who already have very low income, who are approved and expecting their payments, didn’t get them. And with very little warning,” said LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for family income support at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C.

So is there a special room somewhere, maybe the headquarters of the AZGOP, or in the offices of the local Chamber of Commerce, or even the offices of the Goldwater Institute, where elected GOPers (and wannabes) have to store their souls?

...And I know someone who reads this will want to spout off about how President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are responsible for the shutdown.

To that I say -

You can have and express your opinion, even when it is wrong.  Like now. 
However, what is *fact* is that every statewide elected official in Arizona is Republican, and they are the ones who have decided to use the shutdown to deny aid to the poorest in Arizona.

For that, they should be ashamed.

Of course, if any of them had a sense of shame, we probably wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.

1 comment:

Phoenix Justice said...

Interesting how they can "find" money to offer to "open up" the Grand Canyon, but are so miserly when it comes to TANF.