Tuesday, August 28, 2012

America’s worst governor, Arizona’s Jan Brewer, also “terrible human being”

Erin Gloria Ryan is an irreverent writer for Jezebel and I mean that in the most complimentary of ways.  You have to love this lady for her honesty and clever writing; believe me, she holds absolutely nothing back.  Her latest article on Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer starts with Brewer’s illustrious background of being “…Glendale {AZ} Community College's most famous radiologic technologist certificate recipient.”  Apparently perfect training for doing nothing.

Maybe Brewer just needs to
put on her glasses
Her latest bungle in the media is described by Ryan simply as “assholery,” not because the New York Times Magazine article in which she says 99.9% of gun owners were responsible people was released on the day of the Empire State Bldg. shootings, but because of the latter comment and other stupid remarks she made in the interview.  The interviewer, Andrew Goldman, also pulled no punches with questions on Brewer’s most infamous blunders:

Things like what about the “tacky,” and “shouty” confrontation with Barack Obama on the airport tarmac; her obvious racist immigration policy; the incarceration of her son for sexual assault in the 1980s, then as governor pushed to preserve state spending on mental health while cutting funding for rape victims.

But perhaps the classic in the interview was the following:

Q: You signed a law that entitles people to carry concealed guns in bars as long as they don't drink. I wouldn't trust myself in a bar with access to a gun.
A: I think a bartender knows who's drinking and who isn't.

Q: But a bartender wouldn't know who's carrying a concealed weapon.
A: Ninety-nine point nine percent of the people that are gun owners are very responsible.

Erin Gloria Ryan commented profoundly, “Wow, what an asshole. To follow that line of reasoning, we should probably get rid of the driver's license requirement, speed limits, and center lines on roads because 99.9% of drivers are responsible about what side they're supposed to drive on and when they should pass. Let's also get rid of prescription requirements for addictive drugs like Xanax and Valium, because 99.9% of people who use them do so responsibly.”

Jan Brewer on Pres. Obama's executive order for young undocumenteds:

Ryan’s piece on Jan Brewer is by far the best writing I have seen recently but there is more.  The Funny or Die site released a video recently starring Mary Steenburgen as Brewer and a cameo by George Lopez at the end.  This video is a must-see for anyone who thinks Arizona has gone too far with its anti-immigration law SB-1070.  Things like this have made the state the laughing stock of the country.  One local comment after seeing the video was:

“Wouldn't it be nice, just every now and then, to be in the news for winning a Super Bowl or something instead?”  Purely pathetic. 

Jan Brewer hasn't a clue

And Brewer has family problems other than her son, but equally as close to home.  John Brewer, her husband, was fired as the executive dir. of the naturopathic board in 2001 from allegations he shredded public documents and misrepresented his credentials.  And recently Brewer appointed Robt. Gear in that position who has a history of complaints against him by the same board.  He also has strong ties to John Brewer.

The Governor has a PAC to raise money, as she describes it, to help other politicians to be able to govern like her.  God help them!  But the treasurer of the organization is on probation with the board that licenses accounts, and had his registration as a securities salesman revoked in 2009. Robert Hockensmith violated state laws and was dishonest and unethical.  He was fined $200,000 and put on probation for three years in 2010.

But Jan Brewer’s push to turn over Arizona inmate care to private prisons is one of her greatest achievements.  Chuck Coughlin, Brewer's campaign chairman and policy adviser was also a lobbyist for the largest private prison company in the country, Corrections Corporation of America, who operates six prisons in the state.  Professed to save Arizona lots of money by the GOV and the GOP legislature, the move is costing taxpayers $3.5 million a year.

I have said this several times in the past.  This poor soul doesn’t realize what a nationwide example of brainlessness she is.  Brewer plows on making the kinds of statements above and shackling Arizona with the kind of burdens like SB-1070 and the private prison debacle.  The end result is a state in chaos with gun laws that allow anyone, yes anyone, to own a gun.  The problems are numerous and many, including myself, are sick of her and her minions in the legislature.

Like Michael Moore said, I don’t like where this country is going but I have no plans to leave it.  Therefore, guess I’ll just have to change it.  Let’s do it.

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