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1,OOO,OOO NEW PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN FLORIDA WITHOUT SUBSIDIES, TAX BREAKS OR GIVEAWAY – PART TWO Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/1oooooo-new-private-sector-jobs-in-florida-without-subsidies-tax-breaks-or-giveaway-part-two/#U0kbWF3v02439zQt.99


1,OOO,OOO NEW PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN FLORIDA WITHOUT SUBSIDIES, TAX BREAKS OR GIVEAWAY – PART TWO Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/1oooooo-new-private-sector-jobs-in-florida-without-subsidies-tax-breaks-or-giveaway-part-two/#U0kbWF3v02439zQt.99

by Farid A. Khavari

Khavari Job Creation Plan, Part 2.

As governor, here’s exactly how I will create 1,000,000 good middle class jobs in Florida, without subsidies, tax incentives or other corporate socialism. It’s simple.

A governor with an economic plan is in a unique position to create jobs in Florida without subsidies, “stimulus plans”, or other forms of corporate socialism.  When you see how this goes, you will understand that it will work like magic, and you will wonder why every governor doesn’t do it.  That’s because this is common sense economics, not politics. And it involves working for the people of Florida, not the special interests.

You have heard about “Supply” and “Demand”.  Here is why corporate socialism and stimulus plans fail to create jobs:  they focus on supply. For example, Solyndra blew $535 million to create and then lose less than 2,000 jobs, and our grandchildren will still be paying the interest on that. They made a great factory to produce something that apparently no one wanted. Oops!

 

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Anyone but a politician can understand that a business will hire people when there is a demand for its products and services, and it will lay off people when there is no demand.  What I will do as governor, and it costs virtually nothing to do, is organizedemand.

As governor, I will represent all 19 million plus Floridians.  While we are all individuals, we have many common interests and acting together we are a huge economic force because we are a huge market. By representing all Floridians, a governor is in a unique position to drive the economy by organizing demand.   Here is one simple example.

Here’s a sample phone call from the governor’s office in January, 2015.

Governor Khavari:   Hey, Solar Panel Manufacturer, we have started a new program to solarize Florida. We have about 10 million homes, and we figure that 5,000,000 of them will get solar water heaters over the next few years. Our program is voluntary but we are promoting it because it can save people five times what it costs and we are all about reducing costs.  We are arranging special pricing with manufacturers so we can have the best deal possible for our people. We have arranged special financing so that people can get solar and pay for it through the energy savings.  We have licensed qualified plumbers and installers all over the state getting special training seminars. We need product.

Solar Panel Manufacturer:  That sounds interesting.

Governor Khavari:   We assure the manufacturers that a certain amount of their products will be sold in Florida at a pre-determined wholesale price, if they make them in Florida and hire Floridians. The pricing allows you to pay middle class wages and benefits and we need that, too.  Can you make 100,000 solar collectors per year in Florida?  How many can you promise us?  And how many jobs?

Solar Panel Manufacturer:   We can only supply 50,000 in the first year but 100,000 in the second year and onward.  We would need to hire 200 people the first year, and say 200 more the second year.  I know Florida has great roads, railroads, and ports so I’m sure we’ll find a location or two right away.  If we can sell that quantity at our current wholesale prices, we can pay better than the average wage; say around $44,000 and good benefits.

Governor Khavari:  Show up at my office on Tuesday and bring a pen.  We want this up and running within 90 days.  Our staff has arranged for representatives from cities and counties around Florida to meet with you and other manufacturers here so you can see what location makes sense for you.  One condition though, you can’t accept local tax benefits or handouts.

Solar Panel Manufacturer:   You don’t get jobs with handouts, sir; you get jobs when there is demand. What time on Tuesday?

Repeat this phone call to a few dozen manufacturers of various components of solar water heaters, and at the end of the day you have 3,000 manufacturing jobs which will grow to 7,000 within two years.  That’s nice for a number of areas who get these jobs.  But the real benefit is that this program creates over 30,000 MORE equally-well paying jobs all throughout Floridabecause every one of those systems needs to be sold, installed and maintained.

I described “SuperJobs” in the last post.  A SuperJob is a job which creates more wealth than an ordinary job, because the products or services pay for themselves and then provide permanent cost savings to the customer.  In the case of a solar water heater at the right price, the product pays for itself with energy savings, and then goes on to pay for itself four or five times over time.  Even though our “Solarize Florida” is voluntary, we will need a lottery to decide who gets these systems because demand will outstrip supply for a year or two.

We can have over 33,000 good jobs just from this little deal.  Now there is something else to consider:  33,000 good middle class jobs represent almost $2 billion per year of income. That translates into at least $10 billion per year in economic activity as that income circulates.  This added $10 billion in economic activity will create 100,000 more jobs in Florida within two years.  And those 100,000 jobs will create more. And so on.

This is just one small example of how I will create 1,000,000 good middle class jobs in Florida.  You can see how simple it is.  The special financing costs taxpayers nothing, either from local banks who want to enjoy some of the state’s banking deposits, or from my proposed SuperBank.  The manufacturers pay their own way and reap the benefits of a strong market.  They even pay for the training seminars.  The customers get a great product at the lowest possible prices. The solar companies and plumbers make a fair profit while paying the middle class wages and benefits required to participate in our program.

Next time I will explain how we can create a much larger number of SuperJobs in Florida and save billions in the state’s budget, too.

Rick Scott has promised to spend $100 million to win another term as chief lapdog of big money special interests.  (Who is paying for that, and why?) Charlie Crist has already raised millions from big donors.  There is only one way to defeat big money and the special interests pulling the strings in Florida, and that is by using social media to get the message out to every voter.  Please pass these posts to everyone you know and get the word out!

If you don’t need a job, you certainly know someone who does.  Stand up to big money! Pass it on!

Khavari for Governor, Florida 2014. A million good jobs.  Really.

 

Farid Khavari, Ph.D., economist is a candidate for Florida Governor 2014.

 

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Federal Budget A Bad Deal Benefiting Only Millionaires And Billionaires


Federal Budget A Bad Deal Benefiting Only Millionaires And Billionaires

 

A bipartisan budget deal to avert another government shutdown comes before the Senate this week. The vast majority of House members from both parties approved the two-year budget agreement last week in a 332-to-94 vote. It is being hailed as a breakthrough compromise for Democrats and Republicans. The bill eases across-the-board spending cuts, replacing them with new airline fees and cuts to federal pensions. In a concession by Democrats, it does not extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people, which are set to expire this month. To discuss the deal, we are joined by David Cay Johnston, an investigative reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize while at The New York Times. He is currently a columnist for Tax Analysts and Al Jazeera, as well as a contributing editor at Newsweek.

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AMY GOODMAN: A bipartisan budget deal to avert another government shutdown comes before the Senate this week. The House approved the two-year budget agreement last week in a 332-to-94 vote. The bill eases across-the-board spending cuts, replacing them with new airline fees and cuts to federal pensions. In a concession by Democrats, it does not extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people, which is set to expire this month. Republican Congressmember Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray called the deal a win for both sides.

REP. PAUL RYAN: I think this agreement is a clear improvement on the status quo. This agreement makes sure that we don’t have a government shutdown scenario in January. It makes sure that we don’t have another government shutdown scenario in October. It makes sure that we don’t lurch from crisis to crisis.

SEN. PATTY MURRAY: Our deal puts jobs and economic growth first by rolling back sequestration’s harmful cuts to education and medical research and infrastructure investments and defense jobs for the next two years.

AMY GOODMAN: That was Republican Congressmember Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray.

The budget deal is being hailed as a breakthrough compromise for Democrats and Republicans, but not everyone supports it. Democratic Congressmember Mark Pocan of Wisconsin said in a statement, quote, “At the end of the day, the bill abandons 1.3 million Americans who desperately need unemployment insurance, and does nothing to promote economic growth or job creation. Furthermore, the legislation is paid for on the backs of the middle class and military families, while not touching the wealthiest amongst us and allowing corporations to continue to benefit from tax loopholes,” he said.

Poverty In The Land Of Plently


Poverty In The Land Of Plently

The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs. Undergirding the sale prices is an army of workers earning the minimum wage or a fraction above it, living check to check on their meager pay and benefits. The dark secret that the retail giants like Wal-Mart don’t want you to know is that many of these workers subsist below the poverty line, and rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to get by. This holiday season, though, low-wage workers from Wal-Mart to fast-food restaurants are standing up and fighting back.

“Wal-Mart was put in an uncomfortable spotlight on what should be the happiest day of the year for the retailer,” Josh Eidelson told me, reporting on the coordinated Black Friday protests. “These were the largest protests we’ve seen against Wal-Mart … you had 1,500 stores involved; you had over a hundred people arrested.” Wal-Mart is the world’s largest retailer, with 2.2 million employees, 1.3 million of whom are in the U.S. It reported close to $120 billion in gross profit for 2012. Just six members of the Walton family, whose patriarch, Sam Walton, founded the retail giant, have amassed an estimated combined fortune of between $115 billion-$144 billion. These six individuals have more wealth than the combined financial assets of the poorest 40 percent of the U.S. population.

Wal-Mart workers have been organizing under the banner of OUR Walmart, a worker initiative supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Workers have taken courageous stands, protesting their employer and engaging in short-term strikes. Wal-Mart has retaliated, firing many who participated. One of those fired was Barbara Collins, who worked for eight years at the Wal-Mart in Placerville, Calif.

“I was terminated for speaking out,” Collins told us on “Democracy Now!” On Nov. 18, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that the strikes were protected worker actions. Collins, who was speaking to us from Bentonville, Ark., where she was protesting Wal-Mart at its world headquarters, told us: “The NLRB ruling is just overwhelming. We are really excited that they found that we’re telling the truth, that they broke the law, and we want to be reinstated.”

The public-policy think tank Demos issued a report, “A Higher Wage is Possible: How Walmart Can Invest in Its Workforce Without Costing Customers a Dime.” Demos analyzed a growing demand from the Wal-Mart worker movement for a guaranteed base salary for full-time workers of $25,000 per year. “We found talking to Wal-Mart workers over and over again that their wages give them just enough to meet their basic needs, and at the end of every month, they’re making critical trade-off decisions,” Catherine Ruetschlin, one of the report’s co-authors, told us. “Determining whether they’re going to get medicine or pay their school fees or put food on the table or keep their electricity on.” The report explains that “if Walmart redirected the $7.6 billion it spends annually on repurchases of its own company stock, these funds could be used to give Walmart’s low-paid workers a raise of $5.83 an hour,” meeting the salary goal of the workers.

Parallel to the Wal-Mart campaign is a drive for higher wages in the fast-food industry. In more than 100 cities, workers are organizing protests and strikes … and winning. In SeaTac, the Washington state municipality where the Seattle-Tacoma Airport is located, voters approved a local minimum wage of $15 an hour. As with Wal-Mart workers, fast-food giants like McDonald’s and Yum Brands (which owns KFC and Taco Bell) all feast from the public trough: Their workers, earning poverty wages, depend on public-assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid, while their enormous CEObenefit packages qualify for corporate tax deductions, as reported by the Institute for Policy Studies this week.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25, equivalent to an annual income of $15,080 for a full-time worker. If the minimum wage had kept up with inflation since 1968, it would be $10.74, enough to lift a family of three above the poverty line. If the wage had grown at the same pace as worker productivity (since each worker per hour produces much more now than in decades past), it would be $18.72 per hour. And if the minimum wage had skyrocketed at the same pace as wages for the top 1 percent, it would be $28.34. These figures from the Economic Policy Institute explain why President Barack Obama is pushing for an increase in the minimum wage.

Progress on the minimum wage, and on workers’ rights at Wal-Mart, McDonald’s and the other multinational corporations that depend on public subsidies for their workers, will come not from a stroke of the president’s pen, but from the concerted efforts of workers and their allies, from the streets to the voting booths.

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,200 stations in North America. She is the co-author of “The Silenced Majority,” a New York Times best-seller.

© 2013 Amy Goodman

Distributed by King Features Syndicate

Sweat Shop Wages Thirty-Two Years Of Reaganomics – Continues With Obama As President


We are workers who need a living wage.

When Obama talks about economic numbers what he really is talking about is how well investors are doing financially; he never talks about workers and their ability to pay their living expenses or own their own home. When Obama gives his’ speeches on the state of the economy he’s being disingenuous what he doesn’t tell the American people is that there’s two economies the one he always refers to is the rich people the top 2%; he never refers to the working class where 98& of us reside. Obama refers to the top 2% because they line his’pockets with gold sad but true. I Am A Labor Trying To Feed My Family  Obama is a Blue Dog Democrat and when he gives his’ public speeches he chooses his’ words carefully to intentionally miss lead the American People. The President talks a good game; he even blast his Republican rivals to put on an act, but he agrees with them on many issues like Free Trade and expanding our military presence all over the global we have become the world police protecting the trade routes of the transnational corporations. The Free Trade Agreement have been a night mire for the North American working class because it forces the American worker to compete against workers in 3rd and 4th world countries where the people live in subhuman conditions, no running water, no bathrooms, the people are suffering from malnutrition and dying young from serious illnesses from the poor diet. Multiple family living in 12 X 12 rooms very crowded conditions, and dirt roads with no transportation.

These giant global corporations violate human rights, no labor laws to obey, no child labor laws, no minimum wage laws, no overtime laws, and workers aren’t allowed to organize. In fact the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United States Chamber of Commerce are behind this effort to take away all human rights from the working class creating  a Dictatorship Maxist Socialist World By Global Corporations. This classless society will have no human rights or any political muscle. Small business owners across North American should be outraged at these actions and small business owners should band together and leave the Chamber of Commerce because they aren’t defending your interest. Small business should come together and create their own social network to challenge corporate domination. Americans should be outraged. How Much Do Workers Earn In Third World Countries This will stock you the working conditions and their standard of living. These are sub-human conditions without any hope or human rights.

These workers have quotas they must meet meanings 16 to 20 hours days of work without enough rest, often sleeping in the factory to keep up with the demands of production, and if they fall behind schedule they ‘ll be beaten brutally by their foreman. Often these workers are cheated out of their wages, and they’re taxed unlawfully these global corporations rob these of their wages workers. These are crime that go unpunished and no one is ever brought to justice. They pollute the drinking water they contaminate the food supply they cause illnesses they even cause death, and where’s the world’s outcry for these innocent people. No one seems to care as longest as it’s not in their backward or effected by this directly.

“Exxon Hates Your Children” Ad Campaign



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34 Reasons The US Has Fallen


The following are 34 signs that America is in decline…

#1 According to the World Bank, U.S. GDP accounted for 31.8 percent of all global economic activity in 2001.  That number dropped to 21.6 percent in 2011.  That is not just a decline – that is a freefall.  Just check out the chart in this article.

#2 According to The Economist, the United States was the best place in the world to be born into back in 1988.  Today, the United States is only tied for 16th place.

#3 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row.

#4 According to the Wall Street Journal, of the 40 biggest publicly traded corporate spenders, half of them plan to reduce capital expenditures in coming months.

#5 More than three times as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005 as will be sold in 2012.

#6 America once had the greatest manufacturing cities on the face of the earth.  Now many of our formerly great manufacturing cities have degenerated into festering hellholes.  For example, the city of Detroit is on the verge of financial collapse, and one state lawmaker is now saying that “dissolving Detroit” should be looked at as an option.

#7 In 2007, the unemployment rate for the 20 to 29 age bracket was about 6.5 percent.  Today, the unemployment rate for that same age group is about 13 percent.

#8 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#9 If you can believe it, approximately one out of every four American workers makes 10 dollars an hour or less.

#10 Sadly, 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.

#11 Median household income in America has fallen for four consecutive years.  Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.

#12 The U.S. trade deficit with China during 2011 was 28 times larger than it was back in 1990.

#13 Incredibly, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since 2001.  During 2010, manufacturing facilities were shutting down at the rate of 23 per day.  How can anyone say that “things are getting better” when our economic infrastructure is being absolutely gutted?

#14 Back in early 2005, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was less than 2 dollars a gallon.  During 2012, the average price of a gallon of gasoline has been $3.63.

#15 In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance.  Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.

#16 As I have written about previously, 61 percent of all Americans were “middle income” back in 1971 according to the Pew Research Center.  Today, only 51 percent of all Americans are “middle income”.

#17 There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing.  That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

#18 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate for children living in the United States isabout 22 percent.

#19 Back in 1983, the bottom 95 percent of all income earners in the United States had 62 cents of debt for every dollar that they earned.  By 2007, that figure had soared to $1.48.

#20 Total home mortgage debt in the United States is now about 5 times larger than it was just 20 years ago.

#21 Total credit card debt in the United States is now more than 8 times larger than it was just 30 years ago.

#22 The value of the U.S. dollar has declined by more than 96 percent since the Federal Reserve was first created.

#23 According to one survey, 29 percent of all Americans in the 25 to 34 year old age bracket arestill living with their parents.

#24 Back in 1950, 78 percent of all households in the United States contained a married couple.  Today, that number has declined to 48 percent.

#25 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that receives direct monetary benefits from the federal government.  Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

#26 In 1980, government transfer payments accounted for just 11.7 percent of all income.  Today, government transfer payments account for more than 18 percent of all income.

#27 In November 2008, 30.8 million Americans were on food stamps.  Today, 47.1 millionAmericans are on food stamps.

#28 Right now, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

#29 As I wrote about the other day, according to one calculation the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”

#30 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6Americans is on Medicaid, and things are about to get a whole lot worse.  It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

#31 In 2001, the U.S. national debt was less than 6 trillion dollars.  Today, it is over 16 trillion dollars and it is increasing by more than 100 million dollars every single hour.

#32 The U.S. national debt is now more than 23 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.

#33 According to a PBS report from earlier this year, U.S. households that make $13,000 or less per year spend 9 percent of their incomes on lottery tickets.  Could that possibly be accurate?  Are people really that foolish?

#34 As the U.S. economy has declined, the American people have been downing more antidepressants and other prescription drugs than ever before.  In fact, the American people spent 60 billion dollars more on prescription drugs in 2010 than they did in 2005.

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Texas-isms

Posted on December 1, 2012

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God Bless Texas!

1. A possum (or an armadillo) is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.

2. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in Texas.

3. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in Texas.

4. If it grows, it’ll stick ya. If it crawls, it’ll bite’cha.

5. ‘Onced’ and ‘Twiced’ are words.

6. It is not a shopping cart, it’s a buggy.

7. ‘Jaw-P?’ means, ‘Did y’all go to the bathroom?

8. People actually grow and eat okra.

9. ‘Fixinto’ is one word.

10. There is no such thing as ‘lunch.’ There is only dinner and then there is supper.

11. Iced tea is appropriate for all meals, and you start drinking it when you’re two. We do like a little tea with our sugar.

12. Backwards and forwards means, ‘I know everything about you.’

13. The word’jeet’ is actually a phrase meaning, ‘Did you eat?’

14. You don’t have to wear a watch, because it doesn’t matter what time it is. You work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see.

15. You don’t PUSH buttons, you MASH EM.

16. ‘No.Jew?’ is a common response to the question, ‘Did you bring any beer?’

17. You measure distance in minutes.

18. You switch from heat to A/C in the same day.

19. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.

20. You know what a ‘DAWG’ is.

21. You carry jumper cables in your car — for your OWN car.

22. You only own five spices: salt, pepper, Texas Pete, Tabasco and Ketchup.

23. The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and high school football.

24. You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.

25. You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit ‘a bit warm.’

26. You know all four seasons: Almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas.

27. Going to Wal-Mart is a favorite past time known as’goin’ Wal-Martin’ or ‘off to Wally World.’

28. You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good stew weather.

29. Fried catfish is the other white meat.

30. We don’t need no dang driver’s ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive, dag- nabbit.

31. “All y’all” is more than one person.

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For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution.

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I’m of the opinion that in order for both to have the govt they want that a division between the two is the right and only true solution. Sentiment aside for the common roots and symbols, we are and remain two people with very different visions of America. Had the Fed remained chained to the Constitution these differences could have been expressed at the state level with little consequence, but that has not been done. Secession is not the death of the Republic, but rather an effort to preserve, even if in part, all that made us America!

Christmas!

The message of Christ is rightfully embedded in the songs of Christmas, the message of the Gospel in the power of lyric and notes, proclaiming the magic and majesty of what was done for us.  Thank you Jesus!  Enjoy this version of O Holy Night by Martina McBride, and the blessings of Christ the Lord be with you all this Christmas as we wait in joyful anticipation for His Glorious Return!

Sheriff Joe To Arm Sheriff Deputies With Automatic Weapon To The Undocumented From Escaping Or Murder Them In COLD BLOOD


By Nicole Flatow on Nov 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

A week after the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaiosurvived a reelection campaignthat spotlighted his flagrant anti-Latino practices and misuse of government funds, the Maricopa County enforcer is back to work making “every effort” to target undocumented immigrants.

In a press release issued by his office yesterday, Arpaio touted several recent operations to chase down “suspected illegal aliens” that involved violence, injuries and some smuggled marijuana. And he is pledging to escalate this effort by arming all of his deputies with automatic weapons:

During one of the investigations on Wednesday of this week, Sheriff’s deputies tried to approach a vehicle they had observed at a high rate of speed, when the vehicle sped away, going off road driving through a barb-wire fence into the desert. The suspect vehicle sustained damage to include flat tires but continued to drive for about one mile before eight occupants, including the driver, fled on foot into the thick brush. Immediately deputies created a perimeter and with the use of the Sheriff’s helicopter and K-9 units, they located one suspect hiding in a backyard of a residence and all others hiding in a wash. […]

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says, “Once again the entry into Maricopa County from Mexico by illegal aliens does not seem to have subsided by evidence of numerous arrests made by my deputies. Aside from their determination to get away we will continue to make every effort to pursue and apprehend human smugglers as well as drug traffickers. More and more illegal aliens are attempting to escape which places my deputies in dangerous positions. In the near future I will be issuing automatic weapons for all my deputies”.

Setting aside the savage tone of the press release, Arpaio’s boast of expending vast county police resources to chase down individuals in the desert is misplaced at best. While Arpaio continues to “make every effort” to snag these individuals through violent means, less local police resources are available for addressing violent and property crimes. Instead, he is increasing the risk of violence going forward by pledging to arm all of his deputies with automatic weapons.

What’s more, Arpaio’s aggressive efforts put him and his department at risk of becoming the target of yet another lawsuit. This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in striking down many of the most controversial provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that immigration enforcement is primarily the purview of the federal government. While the court left in place one controversial provisions that requires police to ask individuals about their immigration status pursuant to an otherwise lawful police stop, the five-justice majority left the door wide open for a later lawsuit challenging improper enforcement of this provision once the law went into effect.

[h/t @TedHesson]

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