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Brewer, McComish faulted for working with local church group on Medicaid

Editor’s Note:  The group mentioned in this letter, Valley Interfaith Project, is a non-partisan organization of 40 local congregations, schools and other organizations. See its commentary that ran next to this letter in the Arizona Capitol Times: “Medicaid plan will bring affordable health care to the uninsured”

Just how desperate are Gov. Jan Brewer and political wizard Chuck Coughlin to force Obamacare on an unwilling Arizona? Dwindling resources, loss of votes, and lackluster public support seem to be a reason for the fraught Republicans to enlist the support of a Saul Alinsky based organization. What exactly do Brewer and Coughlin want the Occupy Wall Street types to do?

Brewer graces the Industrial Areas Foundation website (under IAF in Action), attending an event at the Valley Interfaith Project. With the Republican governor are Senate Majority Leader John McComish and Rep. Heather Carter.

IAF, established in 1940 by Alinsky, “trains community organizers in the tactics of revolutionary social change.” It is a Chicago-based community-organizing network consisting of 59 affiliate groups, and Valley Interfaith Project is one of those groups. IAF is not a grassroots network; its local affiliates are created as the result of careful planning by its national leadership.

So was this meeting with the governor who signed SB1070 a result of careful planning by its national leadership? What are they planning — the implementation of Obamacare in Arizona, which is second only to Texas as a leader in states’ rights, or the defeat of the Republican majority in the 2014 elections?

Valley Interfaith Project proudly proclaims a Marxist mission defining itself as “a nonpartisan organization of dues-paying member congregations, schools, unions and nonprofits committed to building relational power through organizing people for sustainable social and economic improvement.”

At the meeting, McComish states, “If you don’t have these kinds of gatherings, organizations lose momentum.” This is Republican leadership in our state Senate? The majority leader, a Republican, is publicly spurning his party and the legislative district he is supposed to represent, which happens to poll as the highest legislative district in Arizona at 78 percent as being “less likely to re-elect a legislator who votes for a hospital tax to fund the expansion of Medicaid.”

McComish seems to forget that there is a constitutionally defined separation of the branches of government and he happens to be a leader in the legislative branch, not the water boy of the executive branch.

Brewer has plenty of highly paid lobbyists. Is it really necessary for McComish to be rallying protestors against his own legislators from a group holding the extreme opposite philosophy of the people who elected him?

The Valley Interfaith Project opposes SB1070; wants to raise taxes to equalize society; claims to “continue to stand against local nativist attacks on families.” They want to “reweave our public and social fabric” and in their “Strategy for Engagement” they “believe that institutions — congregations, schools, labor unions, among others — play a crucial role in the development of public people.”

So why is the ragtag band of Brewer, McComish, and Carter enlisting the aid of Marxist-based community organizers?

To date, a rumored $750,000 has been wasted on a full-fledged campaign complete with TV ads and highly paid lobbyists to twist the arms of legislators. A full 100 percent of the Democrat caucus stands with the governor who signed SB1070. But the support of the entire minority party and all the money and arm twisting has not only failed to bring “Obrewercare” to Arizona, it has resulted in the loss of Republican votes. The Brewer/Coughlin plan is failing.

While governors of states like Florida, with legislators rejecting Obamacare, are facing the fact there is a system of checks and balances and branches of government are indeed separate, Brewer refuses to accept the fact that the public, including Democrats, overwhelmingly reject Obamacare and any new taxes.

– Christine Bauserman


  1. running concentrate camps for latinos must be costing you guys a fortune. Why dont you stop genocide them and rounding them up for secret executions? You could save a lot of money for your health care plan.

  2. So the Interfaith churches are Marxist? Those who believe in Jesus Christ are Marxist?

  3. The need for affordable healthcare for all citizens is needed. How elected officials meet the needs of citizens is why they were elected to office. I do not believe that there are citizens who would not want to have access to a good healthcare system. Whether you call it “Brewercare” Obamacare or just plain healthcare, we do not care. Just do your job and provide citizens with the most affordable, high quality care possible. Vitriol politics is not what you were elected to do.

  4. The Valley Interfaith Project opposes SB1070!!–
    They want to RAISE taxes–
    They want to “reweave public and social policy”
    Anything really good about these folks??

  5. Christine Bauserman

    Proact: Valley Interfaith Project is NOT a church. It is a project. It is community organizing. Their very own website states, “Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) is a broad based, non-partisan organization of dues-paying member congregations, schools, unions and non-profits committed to building relational power through organizing people for sustainable social and economic improvement. ”
    You are the only one calling them a church and you are the only one saying they believe in Jesus Christ.

  6. What citizens “want” or “need” is not the issue. It’s how they get what they want and need. Not long ago, charitable organizations raised money from people who had the resources and desire to contribute and the money was provided to those in need. It was called “Christian charity” as opposed to the Marxist charity with other peoples money as proposed by the Governor. Those were the days of freedom to choose how to spend your money as opposed to the “share the wealth” society we now have. Since the welfare state became the norm, more people are on the govt dole than ever before. It’s a failed system and discourages empowering people to act on their own.
    The Interfaith Project has nothing to do with freely given charity or faith!

  7. Just by the responses we see here, from the “uninformed”, we are not surprised at the vitriol of the left. BTW, Prop 108 says a 2/3 vote is required to pass a tax increase, so the Senate vote last week violates the AZ Constitution, something liberals care little about!

    With Medicaid, you do not get quality healthcare, go read and learn the facts. Google/Bing Dr. Gray’s report. Medicaid outcomes are worse then those with no insurance. You will have a card in your hand, but not healthcare. And 300,000+ will bankrupt Arizona, just like it did originally, billions in debt. Doctors will be scarce, those who take Medicaid. And Medicare patients will be hurt in the process and will struggle to find a Doctor at all.

    Why not just forget dealing with the Fed devil and let the citizens of this state pass a bed TAX, and pay for the 60,000 who were dropped, forget the Obamacare incentives and the strings attached, like covering “abortions.”

    Wake up, you uninformed people, the hospital lobby is taking you to the cleaners, and the Gov. is aiding and abating them

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