As many Tea Party™ supporters have noted, the government budget is much like a household budget. We cannot spend more than we earn and entitlements such as a nice place to vacation or a lovely view may not be affordable with our pocketbooks already challenged by creating jobs with deep tax cuts. Following that logic, it is time to begin looking around for items to sell that will help the country gain ground and reduce the deficit.
Is Arizona Really the Best Example of Tea Party™ Values?
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, sometimes confused with the mummified remains of Nefertiti of the Egyptian civil uprising, recently vetoed the “birther bill” which would require candidates to provide proof of citizenship prior to being allowed a ballot in the state.
Oddly, a recent Washington Post article shows that Americans believing President Obama was born in Hawaii was 48% of the population in 2010; increasing to 70% in 2011. “Hard proof” advocates of the POTUS foreign birth ideology dropped from 9% in April 2012 to a meager 1% this year. Arizona Governor Brewer’s big government role in this change in sentiment cannot be overlooked.
While Governor Brewer did throw a dog’s breakfast of public support to the Tea Party™ with official state Tea Party™ license plates and signed a bill making the Colt® single action pistol the state gun, ignoring issues of Immigration® for elected officials in this border state is more than many within the Tea Party™ can secretly stomach. Some have called her Patriotism® into question and say she is bowing to the Mecca of liberalist sway for bigger government. The NYT reports even license plate support is being publically snubbed by Tea Party™ activists.
“This [license plate TP™ tags] is classic government; I don’t know a Tea Party person who supports this.” – Trent Humphries, a co-founder of the Tucson Tea Party
But Don’t You Need Electric to Boil Water for Tea?
Land, the asset that never depreciates, is found within Arizona’s borders in abundance. Nearly 25% of the land of Arizona is Federal Trust Land with over 70% of the state owned by the Federal Government.
The Big Government Monolith, Hoover Dam, sits in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. Arizona receives approximately 19% of the power from Hoover Dam, which is also decried as Big Government interference by some within the Tea Party™.
The Hoover Dam is massive, not only from the standpoint of engineering techniques, but in the far-flung impacts and results which have accrued to the economy of the United States Southwest region via the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation making it Big Government at its most invasive. Even Mr. Rachel Maddow can be seen in MSNBC commercials touting the benefits of this government waste.
What If We Sold Arizona to Mexico?
Mexico has a government structure that is more in line with Tea Party™ tenets and would free the state from the shackles of statehood within the United States and ensure the newly formed Mexican state is free of any federal Sharia law like is found in the US.
According to the constitution, all constituent states of the federation must have a republican form of government composed of three branches: the executive, represented by a governor and an appointed cabinet, the legislative branch constituted by a unicameral congress and the judiciary, which will include called state Supreme Court of Justice. They also have their own civil and judicial codes.
Because a large majority of the Arizona populace reflects the values of the Tea Party™, a new Mexican state can immerge that serves as an example to other states, like Texas that might want to become part of the Mexican empire.
As has been well documented, Arizona is overrun with illegals that despite both State and Federal efforts, continues to be a part of the snowballing Big Government issue within the state. Mexico has tougher more Tea Party™ favorable legislation for immigration and health requirements than the law signed April 23, 2010 by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.
The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents.
How Much Can We Get at a Yard Sale?
The Arizona state GNP was $232 billion in 2006, making it the 61st wealthiest economy in the world. Mexico is 13th, which makes the acquisition akin to buying a 1981 Subaru when your everyday car is a Lexus for the Mexican government. Needless to say, once Arizona experiences the freedom from the ball and chain of big government, one can be assured the newly formed state will flourish under the new citizen state.
Adding to one year of GNP, the land prices for Arizona real estate are off the charts compared to the rest of the states. If we calculate about 10 cents on the dollar for the lowest rate ($11.5K per acre) for the approximately 73 million acres of land, we can easily sell the property for $839 Billion that will go directly to reducing the deficit. It would take much longer to receive that much in reduced tax revenues on the paltry $232B of GNP for the state.
Another source of post sale income come from the contracts for electric power from the Hoover Dam, which end in 2017. The land sale should not include the Hoover dam as part of the acquisition. This is plenty of time for alternatives to be found for Arizona to stand on its own if they wish to remain autonomous after the sale. The surplus electric can be re-routed to California (6th wealthiest economy in the world), which can benefit from the additional power source, or sold to Arizona while hedging exchange rates with a premium.
Like a desert watercolor sunrise, Americans are beginning to wake up to the fact that Arizona isn’t really a testament to American values. In coffee shops and firehouses, working men and women are starting to question the 48th state as a “Big Government” socialist nation within the union. It is a deficit morning in America and clouds are gathering over the Painted Desert.