I didn't catch the whole Q&A session with former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on the radio, but what I heard was predictable enough. In response to a question from the interviewer, Brewer listed the ways illegal immigrants put a burden on taxpayers. You probably heard her make the same points in a speech between 2009 and 2014.
The last question for Brewer regarded the comment by billionaire Donald Trump, a Republican who is running for president. In case you've missed it, it seems almost everyone has ripped into "The Donald" for this statement:
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you (pointing to a person in audience). They're not sending you (pointing again). They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
And what was Brewer's take on Trump's statement? In so many words Brewer said, "Everyone knows it's true."
Following that thought, I don't think a lot of people - including Brewer or Trump - believe most illegals are inherently evil lawbreakers. But some of them do bring in drugs and do commit crimes, including rape and murder. If immigration laws were enforced, we wouldn't have this question about whether people coming here are good citizens. They would pass muster before they set foot in this country.
Apart from that, what would Brewer have said if she was still in office or running for office? The way things work today, one politically incorrect verbal misstep could lead to a loud minority - with plenty of help from the mainstream media - calling for all kinds of boycotts of the state. Lockstep liberal Raul Grijalva, a congressman whose district includes parts of Tucson and Phoenix and south to the border, would support everything that punishes the state, including his constituents.
Way to go, Raul!
Pressure the NFL for no Super Bowl in Phoenix, pressure Major League Baseball for no All-Star Game in Phoenix, and pressure the National Park Service to put the Grand Canyon somewhere else. That's how it works.
As a bonus, there would be dark hints that Brewer is a racist. You know, just like Trump.
The trash Trump party lost a whole lot of steam when Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez shot and killed Kate Steinle as she was walking on a San Francisco pier with her father. Lopez-Sanchez is an illegal immigrant - wait, let me be politically correct here and identify him as an "undocumented thug" - who has been deported five or six times and has been in custody in this country God knows how many times. The known felon was apparently safe from deportation in San Francisco, a sanctuary city.
Let's move on now to pollster Scott Rasmussen's (online at Rasmussen Reports) findings and an analysis by Fran Coombs of what it means:
"(Hillary) Clinton, still by far the leading candidate for next year's Democratic presidential nomination, said recently that President Obama's plan to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from immigration doesn't go far enough. Just this week, the former first lady and secretary of State criticized Republicans for not pushing hard enough for a pathway to citizenship for those already here illegally.
"Both of those positions are outside the mainstream as far as most voters are concerned. Only 34 percent of Likely U.S. Voters favor Obama's immigration amnesty; 55 percent are opposed. Sixty-three percent now think gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States, the highest level of support for more border control since December 2011. Just 30 percent believe it's more important to legalize those already living here, the lowest finding in two years.
"Contrast that reaction with the media firestorm that erupted after Trump noted the high level of criminality among illegal immigrants. Yet as Rasmussen Reports discovered this week, most voters (53 percent) - and 76 percent of Republicans - agree with Trump that illegal immigration increases the level of serious crime in America."
Border security sure sounds like a winning campaign platform. It appears other Republican candidates for president would be well advised to start slamming Hillary rather than Trump.
Why did the majority of county supervisors opt for a tax hike rather than shifting money from one account to another to make ends meet, hoping that economic good times will boost revenues?
Because, Supervisor Gary Watson said, the information available to local government decision-makers is that the economy is going to continue its slow slog. Regulations piled on top of more regulations, plus an unhealthy dose of Obamacare taxes and even more regulations don't make for a rising economy. The president can continue to pat himself on the back but he can't run away from the fact working age participation in the labor force is barely over 60 percent.