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Teachers and Firefighters and State Workers are not bargaining chips

Sedona AZ – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

I’m reaching out to you today at a crucial time…

Emily Seidel from our team sent an email on Thursday about the proposal by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to bail out states that for decades have been reckless with their spending worth up to $1 trillion.

We should be helping the people who are hurting, not bailing out politicians for irresponsible decisions they made prior to this crisis.

But states like New York, California, and Illinois are requesting hundreds of billions in federal bailouts to pay for their past mistakes and fuel spending for their special-interest projects and expensive programs.

That’s outrageous! But it gets even worse.

Speaker Pelosi’s new trillion dollars in federal funding for these bailouts – is on top of the record spending in the past few weeks! These numbers are outrageously unfair to Americans and unrelated to the current crisis we face, almost always helping special interests more than the people who are hurting.

We all want to help our teachers and firefighters and other state workers we all rely upon. States should do that by making them priorities for the funds they have and have already received. They should not be exploiting them as bargaining chips to seek massive federal bailouts.

States that are in a precarious fiscal position because of bad decisions made before the COVID crisis need to make reforms that enable them to meet the needs of their people.

Big bills like this are ripe for corruption and special interest cronyism. There are better ways to help the people who need it.

We’re asking you to stand up with us and reject these political bailouts. You can start by clicking here to sign our pledge against them.

With your help, AFP has an important role to play in defending against the worst kinds of political opportunism and mobilizing millions behind a better path for a stronger country. Together, we will continue to advocate for the solutions that will help Americans get safely back to work, get our economy moving without bankrupting the country, and improve health care both during the crisis and once we’ve made it through.

I hope you’ll take a moment today to join the thousands of Americans who have already signed the pledge to oppose the state bailouts.

Your activism is vital to laying the foundation for coming out of this unprecedented time stronger and more dynamic than before.


Americans for Prosperity Foundation


  1. Always wrong says:


    Being on the LOSING end of every election is becoming a habit for you. Both local and national.

  2. Matthew says:

    This Democrat is taking a hike around Bell Rock on Election Day. Bring your fave beverage of choice and meet me and we’ll watch the sky and contemplate the universe and talk about the future. Bring your mail in ballots and we will put in a burn bag for an after party at my house and live well and prosper. Mail in ballot required for entry. You’ll find me there waiting fellow disgruntled Democrats.

  3. Hillary wins again ! says:

    HiIlary wins the presidential election again !!

    Tell me about it when Trump wins again.

  4. Always wrong...AGAIN says:

    Ha ha, so your head is so far where the sun doesn’t shine you did not notice Hillary Lost? Democrats are about to be destroyed in the coming election. You have not noticed all the closed businesses and collapsing tax revenue? You did not notice that the CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce is leaving town? The rats are leaving a sinking ship. It looks from here that losing is becoming a habit and trend for you.

    Karma baby !

  5. Ginet Magee, Ctnwd, AZ says:

    MSNBC financial news Housing, manufacturing, retail, small business hiring, new business applications—signs of an incredible recovery are showing all over the U.S. economy.

  6. @giney says:

    Aren’t you one who said months ago that”masks don’t work” . Absolutely no credibility

  7. Ginet says:

    ?!!?WHAT??!!! You smoking or drinking??!!!!?

    That’s straight from MSNBC & NYT. It’s all over the TV and internet news. The economy is recovering because its opening back up and we can put money on Our pockets and Our food on the table.

    BYW minimum wage laws don’t exist in socialist countries.

  8. steve Segner says:

    Iowa Never Locked Down.
    Its Economy Is Struggling Anyway.
    President Trump has blamed Democratic officials’ rules for impeding the recovery. But even where restrictions are few, business is far from normal.

  9. @ginet says:

    As I said ZERO credibility…..empty words

  10. Ginet says:

    @stevesegner Thanks for making my points that we need to get back to work. You may have a lack of understanding that health and wellbeing are as important as work and recreation for a sense of full life and that goes to your credibility issues. Not engaging with you further as you just comment without substance.

  11. Nate Jackson says:

    “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.” —David Burge, 2013

    With Big Media obsessively “fact-checking” President Donald Trump’s “pillows and sheets” comment in last night’s debate, that old quote came to mind because Big Media is vigorously smothering news about the Biden Crime Family. The corrupt alliance between the Democrat Party and the Leftmedia is the biggest threat to American Liberty we face today.

    Let’s survey the landscape just this week.

    We’ll start with National Public Radio, which receives $250 million in annual taxpayer funding. Will NPR commit actual journalism by asking a few questions about Joe and Hunter Biden? Nope. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories,” says Terence Samuel, NPR’s managing editor for news. “And we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”

    NPR Public Editor Kelly McBride agrees, first saying there are “many, many red flags” about the New York Post’s Biden exposé, while also regurgitating the debunked canard about it being “Russian disinformation.” Then she adds that even “if that story could be verified” (fact check: it has been), NPR still won’t touch it because “the assertions don’t amount to much.”

    A candidate for president is alleged, with some pretty damning apparent evidence, to have exploited his drug-addicted son and his public office to rake in millions of dollars for his family. That’s a “pure distraction” that doesn’t “amount to much”? Ponder that one for a moment.

    And as the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams quips, “Anyway, for no reason at all, it is probably worth mentioning now that a search on NPR’s website for the term ‘Russian collusion’ produces 2,859 results.”

    Which brings us to another story the Leftmedia is smothering.

    President Trump sat down for an interview with CBS’s Leslie Stahl for an upcoming “60 Minutes” episode. He obviously smelled a rat, because he preemptively released the interview himself before CBS could selectively edit it. What was the rat? There were at least two: the debunked narrative of Russian collusion and the Biden corruption scandal.

    When Trump asserted that Biden is embroiled in scandal, Stahl shot back, “He’s not. He’s not. No.” Obviously, her assertion is false. When Trump argued that the even bigger scandal was the way his campaign was subjected to spying by the FBI, Stahl again argued contrary to the facts, “There’s no real evidence of that.” She even indignantly lectured, “This is ‘60 Minutes,’ and we can’t put on things that we can’t verify.”

    You can now wipe up the coffee you just spewed on your keyboard.

    Fact check: The FBI did spy on Trump’s campaign, and it did so based on the phony Steele dossier that Hillary Clinton paid for. The Left spun the yarn for three years that Trump colluded with Russia to win in 2016. Given Stahl’s demonstrably false claims, it’s not surprising that Trump cut off the interview and preemptively released it.

    CBS hilariously responded, “The White House’s unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter ‘60 Minutes’ from providing it’s full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades.”

    In a separate interview also set to run Sunday night, Stahl huffed to Vice President Mike Pence, “I feel that you both have insulted ‘60 Minutes.’”

    No, it is “60 Minutes” and the rest of the Leftmedia that have insulted the American people by serving as the dezinformatsiya outlet and super PAC for the Democrat Party. When the full might of the mainstream media is leveled against one candidate while covering for the other, American Liberty is in danger. And as Trump put it to Stahl, “I don’t have to discredit you. You’ve discredited yourself.”

  12. Mark Alexander says:

    Biden arrogantly chuckles and scoffs at mention of this corrupt scheme, as would a lying career politician who believes he is entitled to a pass. He has avoided any substantive response concerning his knowledge and role in a lucrative “political influence for profit” arrangement with a ChiCom company, and there has been a massive Demo Leftmedia and social media blackout to assist his obfuscation and evasion.

    That effort has been aided and abetted by high-profile political assists from former Obama-Biden deep-state hacks, with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) leading the “dezinformatsiya” charge. Schiff has summarily and repeatedly declared the Biden/ChiCom story “comes from the Kremlin” and is a Russian disinformation campaign, and the “disinformation” mantra has been repeated everywhere.‘

    Recall that Joe Biden has repeatedly declared, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” in the Ukraine and China. (Watch Biden’s denial.) When asked why his son received an $80,000-per-month check for sitting on the board of corrupt Ukrainian oil company, Burisma – at the same time the then-VP was in charge of our policy in Ukraine, he responded, “’Cause he’s a very bright guy.”

    However there is now direct evidence that Joe lied about his knowledge of his son’s Ukraine and China pay-to-play schemes to collect millions of dollar for himself and Joe Biden.

    We now know that the party who validated the China pay-to-play email from Hunter Biden, who identified the 10% cut for “the big guy” as Joe Biden, is Hunter’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski. He is a former naval officer, was approached by Hunter Biden to head up the ChiCom deal, and has briefed Joe Biden directly about the political-access-for-profit setup. It is apparent that there was a template for these corporate fronts, as details of others in Russia, Romania, and ­Kazakhstan are emerging.

    Yesterday, an hour before the final presidential debate, Bobulinski, a registered Democrat, met with members of the press to “set the record straight.” What follows are the highlights of his statement:

    “My name is Tony Bobulinski. I served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy with high security clearance. My father and grandfather both served for decades in our country’s armed forces. Since leaving the Navy, I’ve been involved in various successful businesses both in this country and abroad. I’m making this statement to set the record straight about the involvement of the Biden family, Vice President Biden, his brother Jim Biden, and his son Hunter Biden in dealings with the Chinese.

    “I have heard Joe Biden say that he’s never discussed business with Hunter. That is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden. I have also heard that Vice President Biden said on Tuesday that Senator Ron Johnson, the chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, should be ashamed for suggesting that Biden family sought to profit from their name.

    “Well, here are the facts I know, and everything I’m saying is corroborated by emails, WhatsApp chats, agreements, documents, and other evidence, and the American people can judge for themselves. … I was told this past Sunday by somebody who was also involved in this matter that if I went public this information it would bury all of us. … I have no wish to bury anyone. I’ve never been political; the few contributions I’ve made have been to Democrats. But what I am is a patriot and a veteran. To protect my family name and my business reputation, I need to ensure that the true facts are out there.”

    Bobulinski detailed how he was contacted and how the Bidens proposed to structure the company.

    He then noted his conversation with Joe Biden:

    “On May 2, 2017, the night before Joe Biden was to appear at the Milken conference, I was introduced to Joe Biden by Jim Biden and Hunter Biden. At my approximately hour-long meeting with Joe that night, we discussed the Bidens’ history, the Bidens’ family business plans with the Chinese, with which he was plainly familiar at least at a high level. After that meeting, I had numerous communications with Hunter, Walker, Gilliar, and Jim Biden regarding the allocation of the equity ownership of Sinohawk. On May 13, 2017, I received an email concerning allocation of equity, which says, ‘10 percent held by H for the big guy.’ In that email there’s no question that H stands for Hunter, ‘big guy’ for his father, Joe Biden, and ‘Jim’ for Jim Biden. In fact, Hunter often referred to his father as the ‘big guy’ or ‘my chairman.’”

    “On numerous occasions, it was made clear to me that Joe Biden’s involvement was not to be mentioned in writing, but only face to face. In fact, I was advised by Gilliar and Walker that Hunter and Jim Biden were paranoid about keeping Joe Biden’s involvement secret. I also had a disagreement with Hunter about the funds CFC was contributing to Sinohawk. Hunter wanted $5 million of those funds to go to himself and his family, so he wanted the funds wired directly to an entity affiliated with him. I objected because that was contrary to our written agreements concerning Sinohawk. He said referring to ‘the chairman,’ his father, that CFC was really investing in the Biden family, that he held the trump card, and that he was the one putting his family legacy on the line. He also said to me on May 17, 2017, that CFC wanted to be my partner, to be partner[ed] with the Bidens.”

    “During these negotiations, I repeated to Hunter and others that Sinohawk could not be Hunter’s personal piggy bank and I demanded that proper corporate governance procedures be implemented for capital distributions. Hunter became very upset with me. CFC through July 2017 was assuring me the funds would be transferred to Sinohawk, but they were never sent to our company. Instead, I found out from Senator Johnson’s September report [”Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption“] that the $5 million was sent in August 2017 to entities affiliated with Hunter.”

    “Tomorrow I will be meeting with the Senate committee members concerning this matter, and I will be providing to the FBI the devices which contain the evidence corroborating what I have said.”

    The Biden response: Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter allegations.

    Despite three years of fake Russian-collusion allegations that Trump was in the Kremlin’s pocket, the emerging ChiCom links to Joe Biden are much more direct in affirming he was picking Beijing’s pockets.

    Political analyst Kimberley Strassel observes: “The former vice president is running on trust and good judgment. The Hunter tale is … at worst, an example of the entire Biden clan cashing in on its name with a U.S. rival.”

    As Wall Street Journal editor James Freeman concludes, “Now the corruption story is about Joe, not Hunter.”

    At this point, we can say for sure that EVERYONE who has declared Joe Biden’s corrupt involvement with this scheme to be “Russian disinformation,” most notably Adam Schiff, is LYING. Biden’s ChiCom deception is rapidly unravelling. Whether any of his equally corrupt constituents cares is another matter.

  13. Tony Perkins says:

    Dishonesty has become second nature for the former vice president.

    Maybe the mistake for Joe Biden wasn’t going into his basement — but coming out. After Thursday night’s debate, liberals have to be counting their lucky stars that so many Americans have already voted, because if that was their last impression of the Democrat running for president, it was not a good one. When Biden wasn’t telling outright lies, he was shocking viewers with the truths that he let slip about his radical agenda on oil, energy, lockdowns, socialized medicine, and government regulation. For a man who says he cares about the environment, he created a mess. And not even the Left’s allies in the media will be able to mop up this one.

    This was the President Trump America had been waiting for. He was measured, confident, exacting, and brutally honest. When he had the opportunity, he cut straight to the quick. At one particularly powerful moment, he turned to Biden after another string of untruths and said, “You know, Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama, because you did a poor job… [You’ve] been in government 47 years… You were vice president. You keep talking about all these things you’re going to do and you’re going to do this. But you were there just a short time ago, and you guys did nothing.” When moderator Kristen Welker asked Biden to respond, he shrugged and said, “Republicans controlled Congress.” Now, that wasn’t just a lie — it was a lazy lie. Anyone with a search engine (or a good memory) knows that not only did he and Barack Obama have a Democratic Congress when they were elected, they had a supermajority.

    But unfortunately, dishonesty has become second nature for the former vice president, who also tried to convince Americans that he knew nothing about his son’s shady deals with China and Russia (despite his business partner’s testimony to the contrary) and never took “a penny” from foreign sources. He yoyo-ed on health care, insisting he didn’t want a government takeover (even though his own platform calls for it). He claimed “not one person with private insurance” had lost their plans under Obamacare — a whopper so big it deserves its own sandwich at Burger King. Biden’s fiction on fracking is almost comical at this point, since he’s made enough statements on banning it to fill a whole YouTube channel. Remember when Obama talked about shovel-ready jobs? Well, this was a shovel-ready debate, and Biden just kept digging the hole deeper.

    On the subject of immigration, the vice president thought he had a “gotcha” moment bringing up family separation at the border. Then, Trump took the opportunity to remind people which administration put the children in cages. “Who built the cages, Joe?” he asked. When Biden wouldn’t answer, the president persisted, “Who built the cages?” “Let’s talk about what we’re talking about,” the flustered Democrat tried to say. “Parents were ripped — their kids were ripped from their arms and separated.” Not all of them, Trump fired back. “Children are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels, and they’re brought here and it’s easy to use them to get into our country.”

    The president is right. I know, because I’ve been to the border and seen the cages. I’ve also talked to several experts, border agents, and senators who will confirm the tragic reality that a number of these kids were brought in by horrible criminals to be trafficked. How do we know? Because there’s DNA testing to prove it! If the media did its job, more people would know that Homeland Security launched a pilot program more than a year ago to determine, through genetic testing, who the real families are. What they discovered is that at least 30 percent of the “parents” who consented to the test turned out to be frauds! If there’s real family separation, a large portion of it happens well before these caravans get to the border.

    On the rare moments when Joe Biden was telling the truth, his advisors were probably wishing he could be interrupted. His oil “spill” was one of the worst moments of his campaign, horrifying tens of millions of voters who care about jobs, energy, and the U.S. economy. Saying you want the oil industry to disappear is as big of a swing-state kiss-off as it gets. And yet, Biden kept repeating it. “I would transition away from the oil industry.” “That’s a big statement,” Trump said, genuinely surprised. “It is a big statement,” Biden agreed. Even moderator Kristen Welker then seemed stunned, asking Biden, “Why would you do that?” By that point, Biden’s advisors were desperately wishing they had control of the mute button.

    A better question might be: what wouldn’t Biden shut down? He wants to turn off the lights in the oil industry, the economy, he wants to lock us all back down, and force us to wear masks. He’s not Sleepy Joe Biden — he’s Board ‘Em Up Biden! But if the night was a disaster for Joe, it wasn’t the media’s fault. They did everything in their power to win the evening for Joe, right down to the questions themselves. Did we hear a single thing about Joe Biden’s late-term abortion extremism or his plan for eight-year-old gender transitions? No. Did Susan Page ask Kamala Harris about her two votes for newborn infanticide or her push to legalize prostitution? No, because deep down, the media understands how incredibly unpopular the Left’s social agenda is in mainstream America. If voters were truly on board with Joe Biden on his anti-faith, abortion, LGBT agenda, the moderators would have tripped over themselves to cover it. They didn’t. And that ought to say everything voters need to know about where this country would be headed.

    Get the facts. Check out our election headquarters at PrayVoteStand.org. See the truth for yourself in Trump vs. Biden on the issues, what Trump has accomplished, and the two party platforms.

  14. Platinum Plan Matters More says:

    Leftwing media outlets recently attacked rapper Ice Cube for his support for President Donald Trump. The real story, however, was that Ice Cube drew up a plan for black Americans which was dismissed by the Biden campaign but read with interest by the Trump campaign. Some of the ideas put forward by Ice Cube were also adopted into President Donald Trump’s “Platinum Plan” for black Americans, which includes making more capital accessible for black Americans to start their own businesses. Charlemagne Tha God says young black men listen to Trump because he can hear them when the speak but Biden who failed them for 49 years continues with dream selling but Trump is a doer. #blexit

  15. Samantha Armando Coker says:

    Joe Biden is too frail and not quite with it and after the debate I have changed my vote.

    I’m a Christian and anti abortion but believe in women’s right to make choices for themselves but never after first trimester. I’ll vote for Trump and Pence and am proud to say it.

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