Posts by Tom Patterson
It’s fascinating to see the American Left turn on a dime to back their Leader in the Syria fiasco. Ten years ago, they couldn’t condemn President Bush strongly enough for attacking Saddam Hussein (whose use of WMDs, by the way, Continue Reading
Standard&Poor’s is being sued by the Department of Justice for $5 billion in retaliation for its downgrade of the US government’s credit rating in 2011. You make the Obama administration look bad, you pay. How can we reliably infer Continue Reading
Sal DiCiccio’s win in Tuesday’s Phoenix city Council election was huge. Of course, DiCiccio is an incumbent and still just one of nine City Council members, so we can’t expect transformative change. But a loss would have been devastating. The Continue Reading
I wasn’t at the Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago, but I remember those days well. As I entered college that year, I felt I had lucked into the privilege of growing up in a Continue Reading
The City of Phoenix has had bad luck in recent years being ripped off by their city managers. Frank Fairbanks retired with a gigantic wad of the city’s money four years ago after shamelessly spiking his pension. Now David Cavazos Continue Reading
Here’s another one of those things that make me crazy. Lifeline, colloquially known as Obamaphones, was created in 1984 to permit Americans of limited means to make urgent calls, like 911. From its humble beginnings, Lifeline has morphed into yet Continue Reading
The crux of the debate between APS and their net-metering customers is pretty simple. Somebody has to pay the costs of building and maintaining the grid which produces the electricity that solar customers require during those times when solar power Continue Reading
Here’s why Detroit went bankrupt. Expenditures exceeded revenue. Yep, that’s it. You can talk all you want about cultural decay, suburban flight, corrupt politicians or the impact of the auto industry decline and all of those are key factors (especially Continue Reading
What can you say about Janet Napolitano leaving the Department of Homeland Security? Good riddance. Napolitano was named to head DHS as an obvious payback for being an early Obama supporter in the 2008 election. She didn’t have the slightest Continue Reading
It’s disturbing that Barack Obama believes he doesn’t have to follow the law. His decision to suspend the employer mandate in Obamacare is only his latest exercise in blowing off laws he doesn’t want to obey. The law is crystal Continue Reading
Here’s another dirty little secret from our federal government. The IRS has more than 200 employees that don’t do any tax related work at all. Instead, they spend 100% of their time on union business, according to information the IRS Continue Reading
In addition to government funded propaganda on behalf of Obamacare, we’re about to witness the rollout of the “Get Covered America” campaign. This is the full-court press to get people to sign up for Obamacare. The effort is funded by Continue Reading
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Bio: Patterson is the volunteer chairman of the Goldwater Institute and past chairman of the Arizona Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
He has served on several community boards, including Goodwill of Central Arizona, Diamondbacks Foundation and Hospice of the Valley.
He is the state chairman for Americans for Tax Reform. Previously, he served as the President of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council (public sector chair). He was the minority leader (91-92) and majority leader (93-96) of the Arizona Senate.
He is a registered Republican but not politically active. In addition, he was the organizer and lead tenor of the original Arizona Singing Senators.
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