I Deserve It! GUEST EDITORIAL – Jeff Struble

Jeff Struble is a local Apache Junction Businessman

I find it interesting when people complain about how the government spends money. Then when it is proposed that money be taken away from a government program that they receive benefit from, they are all up in arms about the evilness of the politicians. Or when people complain about the special tax breaks and credits that other people get. Then that same person tries to find a tax break or credit for themselves, because, “by golly, I deserve it”. This is the premise; I deserve it because I am me, and they don’t because they are them. That is what people say no matter their gender, age, economic standing or political persuasion.

This premise is evident in all levels of life. Be it neighborhood, city, county, state or national. People say, “Well I deserve it. I deserve the benefit. I have the right to receive it. I live in the United States, so therefore I am entitled”. This is bogus. You only deserve what you earn. Only in the last 100 years, or so, have we developed this attitude. Before that it was taught and demonstrated that you put in a hard day’s work, you do what you are supposed to do and you will receive the pay that was promised. This attitude has been lost by some. And it needs to be rebirthed. Henry Ford stated, “The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed”.

The people of the United States are becoming dependent on their government to provide things that they can and should provide for themselves. Our founding fathers wrote a magnificent document in 1776, The Declaration of Independence. The purpose was to break ourselves away from a tyrannical king and to make this country free to live, prosper and to only be dependent on ourselves and our neighbors. The fact is that there was a huge disagreement in the late 1780’s when the Constitution was written about the level of power that the federal government should have. At that time is was determined that the only duties of the federal government was to protect us from enemies of our country, ensure a just and equitable commerce between states and to provide for the public welfare.

Obviously there are disagreements as to the definition of each of those duties of the federal government. I am going to focus on the third duty, to provide for the public welfare. The operative word is public. It does not say private. This is because the founders were stressing the need for people to be self-reliant. They were also working under the idea that a person will make choices and they would then have to deal with the consequences of those choices. This is a very basic principle. But as I stated earlier, people are fine with others dealing with the consequences of their choices. It is much easier to blame someone else for the problem.

Public welfare means those things that a government should provide that a charity or private individual or company cannot provide. These are things like, air traffic control, parks, historic monuments, roadways and K-12 schools. Public welfare does not mean utilities, recreation centers, sports complexes, animal shelters, museums or art shows. There can be a healthy debate about things liked busses and local trains/subways because they are a substitute for the roadways.

It is estimated that in 2012 the government granted $700 billion to non-profits to provide services to the public. I say that this is wrong. The government is taking my money and giving it to organization that the bureaucrats deem are worthy. I feel that it would be better spent if the money was not taken from the citizens and they would decide whom to give the money. The argument is that the people will not provide the funds to the non-profits. If that is the case then the people do not want the services provided. There are government agencies and non-profits that are set up to solve a problem that never gets solved because it is job security and a large revenue stream.

We, as Americans, are a very giving people. When we see a need: we provide the money and labor, solve the problem and then move on to the next issue. It is a very basic part of human nature. It is the biblical action of tithing. If each of us were to give 10% of our earnings to the charity of our choice the problems would be well on their way to being handled. People would have personal satisfaction and the charities would be better held accountable. The charities would have a core value of keeping the giving public content. With the government involved they only have to keep a handful of bureaucrats happy. There should never be person or group that becomes wealthy from receiving grants and subsidies from the government to provide services. This is another example of redistribution of wealth.

So what is the solution? It all starts at the local level. We need to elect local officials that will live by the three Constitutional duties: protect us, ensure equal and just commerce and provide for the public welfare. We, as a community, need to organize new and support current entities that service the people in need. As this transformation takes hold on the local level it will spread to the county, state and federal level. This in turn will mean that the government will need to take less and less money from the citizens. Then the people will have more money to provide to charities, provide jobs and spend on private businesses. Think of how we, as people, and the country will be better off.

This action will not be easy. Thomas Fuller wisely said, “All things are difficult before they are easy”. And it will not happen over night. It will take persistence, hard work, sacrifice and a strong leader with a vision. This will need to be a leader with integrity. You will know this person by the guideline that Denis Waitley gave us, “A life lived with integrity- even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come”. Is there a person that you know who may fit this description, be it local state or federal? Is that person you? If you cannot find the leader, then go out and do it yourself. There are people that will follow you if the cause is good, just and honorable.

Jeff Struble

County Assistant Resigns— Cites ‘Stress & Unofficial’ Work

Highstreet was assigned personal tasks by Pinal County official and
his wife — “not county business”

Lora Highstreet, assistant
to Pinal County Supervisor
Todd House, resigned last
month citing stress and too
much time attending to “unofficial”
tasks that House and
his wife assigned to her.
In an email to House announcing
her resignation,
Highstreet said what began
as her helping with a personal
matter grew into her
being treated “as a personal
assistant for you and Tuni
(House’s wife) working on
things [that] are not official
county business.”
Tuni House runs Paws 4 Life,
a non-profit organization that
trains service dogs and handlers—Todd
House serves as
treasurer for the organization.
In her resignation, Highstreet
also refers to duties assigned
to her to do on county time
such as assisting with Paws 4
Life business as well as planning
vacations and making
doctor appointments for the
Following is a transcript of
the email:
From: Lora Highstreet
To: Todd House
Sent: Saturday, August 22,
2015 6:04 PM
Subject: Resignation
At this time I feel that it
is best if we part ways.
There has been too much
over the last few weeks
that have convinced me
I’m doing the right thing.
Since I started working for
you things have escalated
from helping on a personal
matter to being a personal
assistant for you and Tuni
working on things that are
not official county business.
I don’t understand
what you guys did to plan
vacations or doctor appointments
before I started.
I don’t feel that downloading
Paws pics and sending
email and invitations are
county business. There are
several reasons for my resignation
that I will prepare
in a resignation letter. The
stress and unhappiness is
actually making me sick.
Please do not call or show
up at my house this I would
like some quiet time to try
and get healthier.
Supervisor Todd House
Highstreet began working as
executive assistant for House
after his election to Pinal
County Supervisor, District 5
in November 2012. In February
2014, Highstreet was one
of three Board of Supervisors
executive assistants to receive
a job reclassification to Assistant
to the Board of Supervisor,
Grade 129 and a pay raise.
At a time when the Board of
Supervisors (BOS) faced a $9
million deficit and only OK’d
2.5% merit increases for other
County employees, House
had Highstreet’s position reclassified,
circumventing the
county’s human resources
department recommendation.
Her salary was bumped
28%—from $46,985 per year
to $57,242.
At the February 5, 2014,
BOS meeting, House defended
the reclassification for
Highstreet saying that the five
districts have very different
needs and require a different
skill set from their assistants.
Supervisors Steve Miller of
Casa Grande and Pete Rios of
Dudleyville strongly opposed
the move and voted against
the pay increases.
When reached for comment,
Supervisor House said
“I can’t really comment on
an employer/employee relationship.
All I can say is that
she resigned, she was a good
There is currently no indication
from the Board of Supervisors
regarding an official
inquiry into the circumstances
of Highstreet’s resignation.

Source:  Apache Junction News ( AJNEWS.COM )


Eagle One

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors played host to the unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony of a Mobile Veteran Outreach Center at the Historical Courthouse on Saturday, September 19.

The non-profit organization, Honoring/Hiring/Helping Our Heroes of Pinal County (HOHP), acquired an RV (“Eagle One”) from Pinal County for $1.00. Veterans, volunteers, elected officials and members of the pubic gathered to hear the story of how Eagle One, one of two mobile units for veterans in our State, became reality for veterans in Pinal County.

“It was Tom Schryer that saw the need and had the vision to make this happen,” said Kim Rodriquez, HOHP Chair. Rodriquez. “Eagle One has the unique flexibility to bring multiple providers to veterans including, food boxes, counseling, educational services, and other assistance as needed.”

Rodriguez also thanked the many groups and individuals that contributed to raise the $7,500 needed to wrap the RV.

Tom Schryer, Pinal County Director of Health and Air Force Veteran, spoke at the event saying “When I met with Kim, she told me about the HOHP organization and that they were competing for a mobile vet center. As we talked, it became clear that we had what they needed.”

Schryer shared how the need was explained to County Manager Greg Stanley, Assistant Manager Leo Lew, and the Board of Supervisors, where it was clear to project had their support. After working with Kevin Costello from the County Attorney’s Office, the proper legal process was determined to sell the county RV for $1.00, since HOHP is a non-profit organization.

Mr. Schryer also publicly credited and thanked Gila River Indian Community, as they were the original source of funding for the RV. “I talked to them and they were immediately supportive. With their blessing, we put it on the December 17, 2014 Board of Supervisor’s agenda where they voted unanimously in support.”

While speaking to the veterans in attendance, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Cheryl Chase said “It’s not about us, but it’s about each and every one of you. It’s about doing the best we can to serve you who have so bravely risked your lives to protect our freedom.”

The Chairwoman specifically thanked Schryer and Rodrigues for working together to make this vehicle a possibility for Pinal County Veterans. Vice-Chairman Pete Rios, Supervisors Anthony Smith and Todd House, along with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu joined Chairwoman Chase, to celebrate the newest support vehicle to help Pinal County veterans. For many of these Veterans, their nearest help from the Veteran’s Administration is in Phoenix or Tucson

Source:  http://www.santanvalley.com/news/pinal-county-news/pinal-county-hosts-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-for-mobile-outreach-center

Impeachment resolution filed for EPA head Gina McCarthy

It may ultimately be unsuccessful, but nonetheless it is a good thing that Arizona Representative Paul Gosar has filed articles of impeachment for Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA. A press release from his office notes that this:

begins the impeachment process for Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), after she committed perjury and made several false statements at multiple congressional hearings, and as a result, is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors:

“For far too long, Congress has allowed unelected bureaucrats and executive branch officials to slowly bend and break the laws of this country in order to further their own partisan political agendas. We have reached a breaking point where the American people have no faith in the fundamental checks and balances put in place by our founders to protect liberties and freedoms.

“On numerous occasions, Gina McCarthy not only broke the law by lying to Congress, but in doing so she also lied to the American people in order to force misguided and overreaching regulations, which have no scientific basis, down our throats. Her agencies new mandates will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs and cause untold economic harm to communities throughout the country. She must be held accountable for violating the rule of law and the only way for that to happen is through the impeachment process.”

The text of the legislation can be found here.

Writing in the Washington Examiner, Daniel Chaitin explains:

The resolution is the latest saga in the battle between congressional Republicans and the EPA, which many Republicans accuse of executive overreach.

Agriculture groups, mining companies and other groups in rural regions have expressed concerns that the water rule might pile unwanted regulations on them.

During multiple hearings spanning from February to July, Gosar said McCarthy testified that regulations on previously non-jurisdictional waters were developed based on scientific data. However, memos between officials at the Army Corps of Engineers, which is helping implement the water rule, indicate that was not necessarily true.

Gosar also said McCarthy provided false statements under oath when she claimed that the EPA had met all of the rule’s legal and scientific deficiencies raised by the Army Corps of Engineers. Gosar said memos and testimony from Army Corps officials dispute those claims.

“Administrator McCarthy committed perjury and made several false statements at multiple congressional hearings,” Gosar said, “and as a result, is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors — an impeachable offense.”

Gosar has previously unsuccessfully tried to impeach then-AG Eric Holder and IRS chief John Koskinen. Unless Speaker Boehner throws his support behind this move against McCarthy, it is likely to fail, as did the first two attempts.Nonetheless, it is a good start, and with further revelations of EPA misconduct, it might even gain momentum. The Constitution provides for impeachment because the Founders understood the danger of executive misconduct.  They never anticipated that Congress would delegate so many powers to the bureaucracy, including the making of de-facto laws (called “regulations”), enforcement of penalties (taking on judicial functions) and even the issuing of subpoenas with no judicial review in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The administrative bureaucracy has subsumed the functions of the other two branches of government and must be curbed. Exercise of Congressional power of subpoena is an effective tactic and ought to be employed far more often.

Source:  http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/09/impeachment_resolution_filed_for_epa_head_gina_mccarthy.html