There are now 15 states considering an immigrant-bashing bill similar to Arizona’s. Some are also considering legislation similar to a bill currently in the Arizona legislature that challenges the 14th amendment. And many states are trying to match Arizona’s insane gun laws.
Living in Arizona, all I can say is that other states should be more careful in selecting role models.Since President Obama selected Arizona’s Governor Napolitano to lead the Homeland Security Department, the state has gone bonkers. After turning our citizens against each other by passing SB 1070, Republican legislators passed a bill that allows anyone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Faced with an enormous budget crisis, Republicans have continued to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy. And having labeled public education as another form of socialism, they have made draconian cuts to education budgets.
Now these same geniuses have turned their wrath on the federal government.
They plan to challenge the Medicaid program by denying health care access to nearly 300,000 Arizona citizens. They are in the process of suing the federal government over the health care mandate. They have passed a “birther” bill that requires federal candidates to produce their original long-form birth certificate in order to be listed on the ballot in Arizona. (Never mind that, although most of us can easily obtain a copy of our birth certificate, we would find it virtually impossible to get our hands on the original.) They are in the midst of passing a bill that denies any future cooperation with the EPA. Now Arizona Republicans are sponsoring a bill that would allow a state legislative panel to ignore any federal laws or mandates it deems unconsitutional. (In other words, they would usurp the power of the U.S. Supreme Court!) And the Arizona legislative session is just getting started.
What’s next? Secession?
If so, Arizona is certain to be the next third world country.