SHAME on AZ Education


Can we all agree on something?

Does everyone want better schools?  Answer, YES.

Does anyone want worse schools?  Answer, NO.

Forget the political name calling.  Ducey wants better schools same as DuVal. Grandma Jones living in PebbleCreek on a fixed income and seeing her property taxes going up by double digits year after year also wants better schools same as Juan and Maria Hernandez and their four kids under the age of 7.

Everyone wants better schools.

Can we all agree on one other small item?
What is the MOST IMPORTANT factor that determines better schools?
Answer, GOOD TEACHERS.

But here are two interesting issues that have confronted me in the past few days.

Issue ONE
There is an interesting article in the AZ Republic today.  Front page.

Arizona school systems are hiring people from overseas  (example, the Philipines) to come teach our children because teachers’ salaries in Arizona are so LOW that Arizona schools can’t find qualified candidates to fill the open positions.

The average starting salary of an AZ school teacher is only $31,000. That’s about $2,600 per month, only $85 per day.  HHS defines the poverty level for an individual at about $30 per day.  We’re paying teachers $50 per day over the defined poverty level for God’s sake.

The average starting salary of an AZ school teacher in the HIGHEST PAID school system in Arizona (Phoenix) is only $38,000.

There are nearly 100,000 certified school teachers living in AZ, and only 52,000 positions. So nearly half the teachers living here are doing something else.  Is it any wonder?

SHAME ON YOU, Arizona.

Want to know something else disgusting?

Issue TWO
The Litchfield Elementary School District (LESD) wants you to pass a bond for more more than $50,000,000 this November.  According to the pamphlet they sent to my house, do you know how much of that $50 million is going to go towards teacher salaries?

ZERO

Litchfield Elementary School District wants Grandma Jones in PebbleCreek to pony up an additional $100 per year in property taxes to pay for school buses, furniture, “technology”, and renovations.  Nothing for school teachers.

And keep in mind, NONE of this includes the cost of West-Mec, the valley industrial arts school for area kids.  West-Mec spends an additional $20 million per year basically providing an apprentice program for “chosen” businesses at tax payer expense turning out cosmetologists, welders, auto repairmen, and medical technicians.

But I digress.  Here is a link to LESD’s most recent budget documents.  LESD Budget

LESD 2014 budget is about $70 million dollars.
How much of that goes to regular teachers? (Classroom Instruction)
Only $27.5 million dollars of the $70 million.

That’s less than 40%.

Admin and staff are $7 million.
Special education is $4 million
Support services are $2 million
“Federal” Classroom Site expenditures are $6.4 million.  What the heck is that?
Food service is $6 million.  Is that what Michelle Obama is causing them to spend?
Debt service on existing loans is $4 million.

That’s $30 million dollars right there in only those six items.

We elect school boards and pay school superintendents big salaries to make trade off decisions on WHAT IS THE BEST USE OF FUNDS.  It appears to me that we’re getting some pretty poor management decisions from them.

So when Grandma Jones says she does not want to pay any more for “other peoples” kids education, and the Hernandez family says, “others paid for your kids”, they are not really arguing about the real issue, are they?

When Grandma Jones’ kids went to school, they learned reading writing and arithmetic, teachers were relatively well paid, admired individuals from the local community, every kid who did not want to study was not given a “special needs” card, and if you wanted to be a hair stylist, you dropped out of school and started your own business.

It’s not that we disagree about what we all want, what we disagree about is how the work is being administered and executed by those in charge.  Where does that start?

It starts with the almost completely incompetent politicians that you have been electing all these years over and over.  The ones who bend over backward for political correctness, the ones who will not implement Tort Reform, the ones who won’t secure our borders, the ones who refuse to put public employees into 401k type retirement plans, and on a local level, the ones who buy $36,000 motorcycles, pay $12 million for $8 million dollar buildings, “pick winners” by giving money to favored businesses and call it “economic development”, build and operate stadiums at a huge loss for billionaire owned sports franchises, spend millions developing property for billion dollar mall operators like Macerich, and get re-elected by a consortium of public employees, developers, the chamber of commerce, and special interest groups.

And oh yeah, the median pay for a corrections officer (not a cop) in the US is about $39,000.

Good luck, Grandma.

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Juvenile Narcissits


In our last episode, our hero (that’s me, howardsgoodyearblog) had graciously invited a far left liberal (Terwilliger) to post his opposing views on our hero’s blog. This, even though the far left liberal had initially name called our hero on the community message board.

 In today’s episode, we find our hero beleaguered by an apparently even farther left loon, who repeatedly refers to himself in the third person plural (that tells you something, eh?) as one of the “Boji Boys” whatever that means*. Boji rants interminably on the message board in literally hundreds of words in multiple postings (all of which break multiple message board posting rules about discussions, debates, political opinions, etc etc) about our hero’s inexcusable behavior of posting links on the previously mentioned community message board which Boji says should be outlawed because these links lead to our hero’s opinions and “everybody know they are just his opinions”.  It is as if Boji enjoys staring into someone’s high beams coming at him and cursing instead of just looking away from them.

 But hold on just a minute, something is not adding up here. First of all, this latest post on our hero’s blog, the link to which Boji finds so objectionable, was Terwilliger’s response to our hero’s invitation to post his facts supporting Terwilliger’s opinion.

It was a LIBERAL’s opinion, not our hero’s opinion.

 And second, the message board moderators, who have more than once in the past moderated our hero and explained to our hero what the message board rules are and that he MUST obey all the rules, (which he does) are firm in their position that posting links on said message board is COMPLETELY WITHIN THE RULES.

 So why is some guy who refers to himself in the plural third person breaking all the message board rules while ranting on about obeying message board rules?  Is this a political thing?

 I don’t think so.  On the surface maybe, but let’s take a closer look.

 I Met a Liberal This Week
This past week a lady who I do not even know came up to me and said, “are you Howard, of howardsgoodyearblog?”  Yes. “Well, I want you to know that I have considered myself to be a liberal all my life, and while I do not agree with most of what I read on your blog, I want to apologize to you for the behavior of those people who have recently posted on your blog and on our message board and want to restrict it. They are as much of an embarrassment to me as a liberal as I am certain far right conservative kooks are to you.”

 That lady was saying, “don’t paint me with the same brush as Boji and others.”

 I gave that lady a hug.

 Thanks, Moderators
Credit to the message board moderators for allowing Boji to continue his rant even while breaking all the message board rules.  I think they have done a service to the community by allowing Boji to have an extended temper tantrum in the public square.  It lets people know who and what they are dealing with.

 Next, what the liberal lady has suggested in her comment to me is that what Boji is doing is not about politics, opinions, rules, or anything close to that. Boji is simply an attention starved juvenile narcissist. By throwing a temper tantrum on the community message board, Boji sees first and foremost, that he gets attention.  That is because others respond to his posts and then he gets to post something else. More attention. This is what attention craving babies do when they want something they can’t have.  They just keep on crying until they either run out of gas, or get what they want, or… get attention.

 In fact, most of the time it may not get them what they want, but unless their parents have the will power, it will at least get them attention. And every time it gets them attention, it reinforces their behavior so they are even more apt to do it again and again and again.

 A Message to All the Adults in the Room
What is the best way to handle a child having a tantrum?  Any teacher, concerned parent, or child psychologist will tell you the best way to handle a child having a tantrum is to IGNORE THEM.

 So my advice to message boarders, IGNORE THEM.  Hit the delete button with joy in your heart even if Boji or others like him is simply looking for his lost cat (I know that sounds mean but I don’t like cats anyway) Don’t even read Boji’s next post because you are really doing Boji and other attention craving juvenile narcissists a favor by denying them attention.  It may take awhile, but they’ll eventually get the message. Maybe it will help them out in some way.

 And as the moderators have wisely stated, hit the delete button with my posts if it makes you feel better too.

*Boji defined on the web.     You see, they just want attention.

Name Calling Liberals


Some of my liberal neighbors took exception to an article I recently posted where I gave several current examples of how liberals like to control things. As is typical with liberals, rather than make a fact based counter argument to what I had written, these guys just name-called on our neighborhood message board accusing me of getting special treatment, not knowing anything, etc.  Here is what they wrote:

From: Dabear <amkjpk@yahoo.com>
Date: December 1, 2013 9:02:57 PM MST
To: pebblecreek@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [pebblecreek] Re: Liberals Know Best

  Absolutely correct but keep in mind it is not what you know but who you know.
Being a drummer I am sure helps his cause.
John Kuck

On Sun, 12/1/13, Twig <twig85395@aol.com> wrote:
Subject: [pebblecreek] Re: Liberals Know Best
To: “pebblecreek@yahoogroups.com” <pebblecreek@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sunday, December 1, 2013, 8:51 PM
No political comments allowed unless your name is
Howard Brodbeck!!!!!
Jim Terwilliger

I suppose that years of support from the main stream liberal leaning media, has made name calling the favorite liberal response to any information that liberals disagree with.

But nice guy that I am, I decided to give these guys another chance and I called the first guy, Terwilliger, and asked him what exactly had I written that he did not agree with? And while he could not enunciate that on the phone,  I went even further and offered that if he did not like what I wrote, why not send me a fact based article that refutes what I said and I will publish it on howardsgoodyearblog.  After all, howardsgoodyearblog is open to that kind of fact based discourse.

I got Terwilliger’s response in the mail today and it is included IN IT’S ENTIRETY below.

Here is the Reader’s Digest version.
Terwilliger wrote that:

  1. Tea Party Republicans are, “white supremacists”
  2. George Bush started the bailout of the auto industry, not Obama
  3. Republicans “see war as the answer to every geopolitical question”
  4. “the only answer Conservatives ever see is war”
  5. Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq. (Never mind that every legislator from either party who saw the data at the time agreed with him).
  6. “Unlike Fox (News), the rest of the media goes after the President, regardless of his party”. Oh puulleeze.
  7. “Lying about Benghazi has been the operating basis of propaganda by Fox (News) and House Republicans ever since those four Americans were murdered”
  8. It is an “out right lie” that the IRS did anything to delay conservative groups from getting proper tax status
  9. Voter ID is just, “an effective minority disenfranchisement method”
  10. “Blaming liberals is pure projection.  Isn’t projection the term used when you project your sins, actions, skills and attributes on others?”
  11. “The only groups telling which healthcare people MUST buy are the health insurance companies” NOT Obamacare?
  12. Obama did not lie about Obamacare (as recently as September of this year) because, according to Terwilliger, “The law was still being edited and negotiated by the House and the Senate up until the moment it was passed”
  13. “the Confederate traitor flag is ALWAYS present at Tea Party rallies”
  14. And of course, I’ve saved the best for last.  The reason for all of this is that, “Was it simply because there was a WHITE Republican in our White House instead of an African-American Democrat.  (Conservative denial of right-wing & Tea Party racism is a joke.)”

I’m not making this up.  As I said above, his entire email is included below.

In Summary.
Terwilliger’s FACT BASED counter argument is that, if you are either a Conservative or a Republican, it is because you are a lying, racist, Fox News watching, misled, war mongering, moron who has all these problems simply because you feel guilty for all the sins you have that you project on others.

I rest my case.

Now here is the entire email:

Terwilliger Response

Twig <twig85395@aol.com>
12:33 PM (7 hours ago)

to me

Mr Howard Brodbeck,

I’ve copied your blog entry, then I’ve broken it up into individual statements and added my comments.

Liberals Know Best
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Howard’s Goodyear

Make a deal with Assad on chemicals which gives him time to kill off more of his opposition.
Make a deal with Iran. Don’t worry, we liberals can control them.
Control the press. Tap their phones, reduce access to photo ops so the WH network controls images, and while we ‘re at it, lie about Benghazi, it doesn’t fit our narrative.
Control and steal an election by having the IRS delay opponents’ organizing.
Tell everyone which healthcare they must buy, how much they have to pay for it and lie about it in advance to get it passed.
It’s ok, though, liberals know what’s best so the end justifies the means.

,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.

,.,Mr Brodbeck, you said that each statement you made in your blog entry, Liberals Know Best, was fact, supported, and if I disagreed, I would have to support my arguments.

With the exception of members of the white supremacist ‘tea’ wing of the Republican Party, I don’t know of many who consider President Obama to be a liberal.  Certainly not the Wall Street, corporate Republicans.  He has followed a great many of George Bush’s policies, he adopted a conservative Republican think tank’s health care plan, he kept the Republican Secretary of Defense and followed his advice about expanding the war,  he continued George Bush’s policy on dealing with the Wall Street disaster,  and followed Bush’s bailout of Detroit automakers.

………… Make a deal with Assad on chemicals which gives him time to kill off more of his opposition.

It is hard to discuss alternatives to war when you are talking to Republicans who see war as the answer to every geopolitical question.  For Republicans, war is the logical answer.  Have any of us heard a Republican argue against a chance to go to war?   Those who die in war are usually the poor and minorities.  The Republican financial machine, the Defense Contractors, make billions in profits from war.

…If the alternative to war is diplomacy, yes, give peace a chance.  We have one war still underway in the Middle East, and we’ve just ended one.  The neocons sold Americans a package of lies, to convince Americans to support a war in Iraq.  Mr Cheney, Bolton, and the rest of the neocons told us that the U.S. Involvement would end in six months and that war would pay for itself.  Lies.  That Saddam had WMDs.  Lies.  That Saddam was this and that. Lies.  The only true thing that the Republicans had to say about Saddam was that he was a bad guy, but there are a lot of bad guy dictators out there, but only one had massive oil reserves.

Mr Brodbeck, who do you support in Syria?

Assad, a ruthless dictator, murdering citizens and sponsored by Iran?

The opposition, made up of al Qaeda and other terror groups.

If the U.S. Alliance can negotiate the destruction of the chemical weapons, isn’t that a better solution for every except executives with the defense industry who won’t be able to sell more missiles.     Of course, the only answer Conservatives ever see is war; afterall, diplomacy isn’t as much fun as watching C-5As unload caskets at Dover Air Force Base.  (Under President Obama, the press is allowed to cover those ceremonies, unlike under Bush, when it was hidden and off-limits to the media.  The families wanted the press to cover it, but it wasn’t a photo op that Bush wanted.  Who is it that tries to control the press?)

…………   Make a deal with Iran.

What is your proposed alternative?

War – an insane proposal.  Conservative answer for all questions.

The status quo – letting things stay the same?  Let the Iranians continue enriching uranium, preparing for a weapon.

Bush faked and danced at diplomacy over the fake Iraqi WMDs.  He turned Iraq over to the  Conservatives and neocons, and all they could accomplish was dead Americans, million-dollar bonuses for defense contractors and Wall Street, and trillions in U.S. Debt.

………….. Control the press.

Yeah, that has been a terrific success, hasn’t it!

What politician doesn’t try to control the press?

Fox news no longer exists.

All coverage has been positive.

We haven’t heard all of the Republicans, the media, even so many Democrats, complaining about everything from health care to Syria to Iran etc.

Unlike Fox, the rest of the media goes after the President, regardless of his party.

We saw Fox fawning over Bush-Cheney, offering a forum for Bolton to babble, while the rest of the media offered Donald Trump and Arpaio an open microphone to go after where the President was born.  (Too bad Cruz can’t run for President, since he is a dual citizen of Canada and the USA.  Of course, he has one parent who is an American, so he is a natural born citizen.  No different than John McCain. Nonetheless, Conservative racists continue to call our President a ‘Kenyan.’)

………….. Tap their phones

Let’s see, using the Patriot Act to take extra-ordinary steps to find the government official who leaked the information that let Al Qaeda learn that we had an informant in their leadership actually worked.  Secret wiretaps of AP phones to find the leaker was wrong, but are allowable under Bush-Cheney’s miss-named Patriot Act, which gives the federal government to do as it pleases.  Isn’t it funny how right-wingers loved the Patriot Act up until a Democratic President started using it.  The trust us, trust us litany became, not that guy.

………….. reduce access to photo ops so the WH network controls images

– golly, politicians controlling photo ops.

Maybe this White House learned something from the coverage of Bush being on vacation for a third of his Presidency.  When you don’t control photo ops, you end up with John McCain singing ‘bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.’  You end up with Sarah Palin doing a stand up about saving a turkey, while a worker slaughters three turkeys in the background.

………….. “lie about Benghazi”

Lying about Benghazi has been the operating basis of propaganda by Fox and House Republicans ever since those four Americans were murdered.  Darryl Issa conducted sham hearings which did wonders for the reputation of the Republicans.

How many embassy personnel were killed under the Bush/Cheney regime?  (Over 25).

1. Jan. 22, 2002: Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami Attacks Indian U.S. Consulate
2. June 14, 2002: U.S. Consulate, Karachi, Suicide Car-Bomb
3. Oct. 12, 2002:  U.S. Consulate, Bali, Bombed
4. Feb. 28, 2003: Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, Second Attacked
5. May 12, 2003: U.S. Compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 9 Americans Die
6. July 30, 2004: U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
7. Dec. 6, 2004:  U.S. consulate, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 5 Staff & 4 Security Guards Die
8. March 2, 2006: U.S. Consulate, Karachi, Killed U.S. Diplomat David Foy killed
This was a planned and coordinated attack that nobody covered as more than a news item.
9. Sept. 12, 2006: U.S. compound, Damascus, Syria, four killed
10. Jan. 12, 2007:  U.S. Embassy consulate, Greece
11. March 18, 2008: U.S. Embassy, Sana’a, Yemen, killing 19 people & injuring 16.
12. July 9, 2008: U.S. Consulate Istanbul, Turkey,
13. Sept. 17, 2008: U.S. Embassy, Sana’a, Yemen, killing 16 People Including 2 Americans Die (Eighteen-year-old American Susan El-Baneh and her husband of three weeks died holding hands.)

How much did you & Conservatives complain about those attacks and their deaths?
…Silence…
How loudly did you & Conservatives demand investigations?
…Silence…

Why not?
Was it simply because there was a WHITE Republican in our White House instead of an African-American Democrat.  (Conservative denial of right-wing & Tea Party racism is a joke.)

Benghazi is the most powerful statement of right-wing hypocrisy and dishonesty.  This is absolute proof of the inability of the right-wing Tea Party and other Republicans to express integrity, or offer honest and pro-American criticism.

How would you have handled Benghazi?

Not knowing what was going on, would you have sent in the 12 Marines you had in the capital?

Would you have sent in fighter jets to level the  site?  That would have ended the attack, but the results would have been the same.  Maybe, if the Republicans had not slashed hundreds of millions of dollars out of the State Department Embassy and Consulate security budget, they could have had adequate security instead of relying on hired local militia.  That is just supposition, but it was a contributing factor.

The U.S. is moving the Vatican embassy behind the protective walls of the U.S. embassy to Italy,  because of security concerns , and Jeb Bush & the RNC are leading the right-wing propaganda attack on that move, claiming that the President is closing the Vatican embassy.  One second, Republicans are slashing funding for embassy security, then they are whining about security at Benghazi, then they are whining about making the Vatican embassy safer.

………….. Control and steal an election by having the IRS delay opponents’ organizing.

Outright lies are hard to debate.  If you want to make up things, quote Fox and Limbaugh writers, go ahead, but don’t pretend to expect honest, intelligent debate over lies and fairy tales.
How did the IRS prevent Republicans from dishonestly registering far right political organizations as non political, tax-exempt social organizations?  The only groups blocked were liberal groups.
That is a lie, sir.

Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats do not prevent legitimate voters from voting.  Passing anti-voter laws that do not apply to Republican primaries, but do apply to national elections, was an interesting, but anti-American idea. It allowed any registered Republican who wanted, to vote for Republicans; but, when it comes to national elections, carefully limit who can vote.
Passing ID photo laws, after researching which forms of ID are not in widespread use in minority groups is an effective minority disenfranchisement method.  Picking and choosing which government issued IDs are accepted.  Aiming disenfranchisement efforts at African-Americans & Hispanics would be considered racist by most Americans, but right-wingers consider it a means to an end.

Controlling, stealing elections and gerrymandering has been an extremely useful right-wing enterprise in recent years.  Between gerrymandering and disenfranchising minority voters, the Republicans control the House.

Blaming liberals is pure projection.  Isn’t projection the term used when you project your sins, actions, skills and attributes on others?

………….. Tell everyone which healthcare they must buy, how much they have to pay for it and lie about it in advance to get it passed.

Once again, you validate my accusation of your inability to offer a honest argument.  The only groups telling which healthcare people MUST buy are the health insurance companies.  That is one of those unfortunate facts.

The one fact, actual fact, than truly angers right-wingers is that the health care act was designed, developed, and sold by Republican Conservative Intellectuals, starting in 1994.  (At one time, conservative intellectuals actually existed.)

The Heritage Foundation used to be the Republican think tank until the Tea Party’s former Senator Jim DeMint took it over.  The Heritage Foundation developed and spent years selling the national health care proposal.  Heritage worked with Romney to develop and institute that health care act.  Heritage, Romney, and the right-wing kept pushing for their health care act on a national scale.  President Obama brought the Heritage and Romney ‘experts’ together to design the national health care act.  Republicans were demanding it until the President adopted it, then they hypocritically decided they hated it.  Conservatives lack the integrity and patriotism to honestly admit that this is their plan, that they lobbied and demanded that it be instituted nationally.

Your falsehood that Democrats lied about it to pass it adds zero value to the discussion.  You claim that the healthcare law tells citizens which healthcare they must buy from insurance companies.  Just because it is a Fox talking point, doesn’t make it factual.

You are correct on one point.  The law does not limit what health insurance companies can charge.  It requires Health Insurance Companies to spend over 80% of the premiums they receive on health care. That means, they can’t claim million dollar bonuses for executives, conferences in Tahiti, private jets, vacation junkets, as deductible overhead, and deduct it from premium income.  They have to actually provide the service that people pay them to provide.

How did the President lie about the law before it was passed?  The law was still being edited and negotiated by the House and the Senate up until the moment it was passed.  That is just the way Congress works on major legislation.

The healthcare law is not the law that liberals wanted.  It isn’t a single payer.  The healthcare law protects Americans from being ripped off by con men posing as healthcare insurers.

……….  It’s ok, though, liberals know what’s best so the end justifies the means.

We all understand that conservatives actually know what’s best, so the end justifies the means they use to gain control.   We see that in voter suppression efforts.  We saw that in Iraq.    We know it because the Conservatives want to slash food stamps given to the poor, of which 90,000 are veterans.  We saw that as tens of thousands of minority and poor voters are dishonestly disenfranchised in state after state across America.   Conservatives have discovered that they can win when they don’t allow the Americans they hate to vote, and they actually steal elections.  Republicans tried that in our home state of Virginia.  It was voted down in my family’s home state of Illinois.

The next attack I expect will be that President Obama has closed the embassy to the Vatican, because the Republican National Committee said so.  The embassy is actually moving from one building to another because of security and leasing costs.  We wouldn’t want a Benghazi in the Vatican would we, but Jeb Bush is now peddling the latest Republican lie.  Wonder why Jeb Bush is repeating the Pope’s comments about trickle-down economics and capitalism, but then, last Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told us that the Pope is preaching Marxism.  Thank goodness, we have a Republican leader setting us straight about that Pope!

As an addenda, when the Tea Party faction took over the Veteran’s Day rally on the Mall, the Tea Party invited Larry Elliot Klayman to speak.  This hate-spewing, nullification-preaching, anti-Christian thug spoke in the presence of a current United States Senator and the House member who was the candidate for Vice President.  That Senator has viable aspiration of running for the Republican nomination for the Presidency.  Yes, the Tea Party is the strongest conservative faction in the Republican Party, and those Tea Party supporters cheered the cretin standing in front of our White House with the confederate battle flag, the same flag that the confederate traitors carried into battle against the United States of America.  Why is it that the Confederate traitor flag is ALWAYS present at Tea Party rallies?

Jim Terwilliger

Obama and Your Water Bill New Post by the Lone Ranger


by Clayton Moore  aka, The Lone Ranger

ON THE NATIONAL SCENE, there seems to be an overwhelming amount of activity by our President to obfuscate his own blunder. He is wandering the Country in his private jet (at $100,000.00 an hour at the taxpayers’ expense) frightening everyone into believing that life as we know it in the United States will forever change if the sequestration takes effect. He may be correct that life as we know it in the United States is changing, but it has nothing to do with the sequestration.

He is telling everyone that national security will be compromised, hundreds of thousands of people will lose their job, and we’ll have dirty water, dirty air and poisoned meat. Criminals will be running free in the street; children will be uneducated and go hungry.

So how would that be different than what is happening now? But let’s get serious. What Obama is not telling us is that the sequestration is his idea. He helped author it and he signed it into law. It was his answer to bribing the Congress into raising the debt ceiling almost a year ago and to show his commitment to deficit reduction in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. That was just another campaign lie.

Now that his idea is about to explode in his face, he wants to find someone to blame and direct attention for the chaos away from himself. He has no commitment at all to deficit reduction. Indeed, he wants to increase spending and grow government and entitlement even more!
Another item he will not discuss is that he can fix his own dilemma himself in about an hour. He created his own predicament with the stroke of his pen and he can correct it with a stroke of his pen.

President Obama is certainly aware of the power of his executive pen. He has used it more in the past four years than all of his predecessors combined in the preceding 219 years. What he is not telling the people he is so subtly trying to scare is that he has the executive power to transfer funds. But why won’t he do it? He won’t do it because he is looking for a fight, not a solution.

So how does that fit into the local scene?
Some time ago Howard’s Goodyear Blog told us that the City admitted to “…funneled in excess of $3 million dollars in each of the past several years from various utilities (water, wastewater, sanitation) in order to continue to fund the excessive spending in the General Fund” (Goodyear Admits… Funneling… September 28, 2012).

See how easy it is Mr. Obama? Perhaps a visit to the Goodyear City Council chamber would ease the pain of the impending sequester. See how they did it. But how could that happen? Where did the “extra” money come from to skim?

The utilities are supposed to be “enterprise funds”. That means they collect enough funds (taxes from their service bills) to pay for themselves and not take funding from the general fund to operate. So you pay for the amount of service you use. Like a Use Tax. Sound fair? Perhaps, if it was done correctly. But rather the enterprise funds have been transformed into slush funds. Rather than raise property taxes or sales taxes that everyone sees and watches, somehow the rates for the utilities continue to climb to build far reaching excess. Then when the time comes, and no one is watching, behind closed doors and smoke filled rooms, funds are transferred from the enterprise fund to the general fund (play sinister music). Eureka, a pile of money to give raises to City employees and buy yourself a public sector union or two! Never mind that you lost your job in the private sector.

But where did the money come from? Here is some food for thought. I took a perfunctory look at the water/sewer bill for my home since I moved into it. Below represents the average of my monthly bill from the City of Goodyear and how it has so quietly and gently increased. Remember, this is water. It falls from the sky free of charge. Just as a matter of comparison, my use of water has not changed. I did not have any more children to increase washing or bathing, I did not build a pool nor have I added any irrigation to my property.

2004    $66.60

2005    $64.51

2006    $92.16

2007    $99.00

2008    $110.22

2009    $129.78

2010    $138.32

2011    $132.14

2012    $154.73

Keep in mind that all but two of the people that made the decisions to make this happen have been on the Goodyear City Council for the past six of the nine years shown here.

Free Lunch


I recently wrote about how lower property taxes from the city of Goodyear might allow us all to pay a bit more in local school taxes, which might help improve our local schools, and thereby increase our home property values since better schools = higher property values.

What if you could do the same thing, increase your property values by improving schools, for FREE?

In Arizona you can. You can donate up to $400 per married couple or $200 per individual to your local Arizona schools and take an EQUAL TAX CREDIT off your state income taxes. Not a deduction, A CREDIT for the full amount you contribute as long as you pay AZ income taxes of at least the amount you contribute.

Here is the simple form you need to fill out and send in no later than December 19. TAX FORM

So go ahead, fill out the form and send it in with your check. Keep a copy, take the credit on your Arizona income tax, feel good about yourself, and increase your home property value all at once.

Multi-tasking.

And who said there are no free lunches?
PS you DO NOT have to itemize in order to receive this credit.

Letter to Robson re; Pigeons


From: hdb275
Date: Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Subject: Pigeon Problem
To: jlkiek@cox.net, johnspooler@yahoo.com, george.atwell@robson.com, theresa.evans@robson.com

I would like to respectfully suggest and encourage the PC HOA to look into solving our pigeon problem here in PC before it gets even more out of hand.
Here is a link to a solution; https://howardsgoodyearblog.com/2012/10/16/pebble-creek-pigeon-solution-proposal/

For a few thousand dollars over two years, it appears that the pigeon issue could be resolved.  Compare that to hundreds of dollars being spent every week by each homeowner “pigeon proofing” their homes.  I hope the HOA feels that this would be homeowner money well spent.  If it were mosquitoes or rodents, there would be no question but that the HOA would do something about it.

As for it’s cause out here?  Many say it is the abandoned race track stand that is where they are breeding and coming from. If that is the case, then I believe the city of Goodyear has a responsibility to either force the owner of that property to deal with it, or, in the interest of public health, the city should deal with it.

Five different Robson’s contributed to Georgia Lord’s recent campaign for mayor for a total of over $2,000.  One of them should be able to call her up and tell her to do something about this before it continues to sully the name of their development as a result of stories on the TV news.

Robson Steven 3/1/11  $   410.00
Robson Linda 3/1/11  $   410.00
Robson Kimberly 3/1/11  $   410.00
Robson Mark 3/1/11  $   410.00
Robson Edward 3/1/11  $   410.00

Howard Brodbeck
PC Homeowner

Free Lunch at Augie’s Sports Grill and Help Out Local High Schools


Augie’s is located on Roosevelt Rd across the street from the Walmart at Pebble Creek/Estrella Parkway and I-10 in Goodyear.

FREE LUNCH AT AUGIE’S, Sat Nov 3 when you register for Augie’s Fundraising Golf Tournament.
Details here; http://www.augiesfundraiser.myevent.com/ and below.  Only $75 per golfer.

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Augie’s Sports Grill wants you to join them in fundraising for our local high schools! Get involved in the community by having fun!

Augie’s has teamed up with Tres Rios Golf CourseDesert Edge High and Estrella Foothills High to put together a great event!

Come and enjoy a round of golf in a Four Player Scramble Tournament at the Tres Rios Golf Course. There will be a variety of contests and prizes throughout the tourney. Afterwards, join us at Augie’s Sports Grill for a complimentary meal!

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