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The 2018 Campaign Trail

"What’s lacking in Arizona politics?"


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Gov. Barry Hess of Arizona_
As I set out on the campaign trail again, I’m already noticing that there’s something very wrong in Arizona politics. There are two things missing, and they’ve been missing for some time now. I listen to all of the other candidates as I await my chance to sell my ideas to an audience, and I know full well that potentially one or two of them will actually compete with me in the general election, for the governorship of Arizona this November, but I have no hopes that they will offer the missing pieces.
What’s lacking in Arizona politics are; ‘vision’, a personal view of what Arizona will be like if their mission is accomplished, if they get total co-operation from ‘everybody’, while daring to take on bold, world-class projects. Of today’s world leaders, why is it that only China and the United Arab Emirates seem to dare to do great things?
The next time you get a chance to ask your favorite politician a question, ask ‘em what they see in Arizona’s future, and how they plan on getting us there. Let me save you some time; they’ll propose to re-invigorate our State in a piecemeal way, not considering those mysterious ‘unforeseen circumstances’ that always come into play.
Have you ever noticed that candidates will tell you how they stand on, and what they think of all the little single-issue legislation; but they can’t tell you what the big picture looks like when you put all their little promises together. Now, I’m sure once this is published and available to them, that all the other candidates who keep an eye on such things will follow my lead, and their campaign staff will suddenly come up with the ‘candidate’s’ personal vision for Arizona’s future. That should prove interesting.
Based on past experiences, I rest assured that between 12 and 20 candidates will ultimately announce that they will seek the Office of Arizona Governor over the course of the dance, and each of them will come with a plan to fight for some issue, or special interest. At least one will try to bribe the People of Arizona by claiming they already have commitments from industries to bring a ‘thrillion’ dollars, and millions of jobs with them…but those industries will ‘only’ come if that particular person is elected. I always thought it would be interesting to see how CEOs explain to shareholders that they are willing to put everything, including earnings on hold for a candidate they don’t contribute to.
The rest don’t appear to even consider how their pet issue interacts with individual rights, special interests, and current circumstances; in other words, they don’t have an ‘end-game’ because they don’t have an objective, or a clear target to aim for. They do not see the bigger picture. Whether it is through negligence, or limitations in capabilities, is not the question; the bottom line is that whatever previous officeholders have done, has left Arizona mired in unemployment; home losses, enduring a brutal Depression and a continuing loss of manufacturing and employment opportunities—all while saddling Arizonans with ever-increasing personal debt, taxes and regulations to comply with, so now is not the time to do ‘more of the same’. Our constitutionally required public education system remains arguably ‘last’ in marketable ‘results’, in a nation that on the whole, now ranks 39th or lower, as compared with other nations. The stakes are the highest they have ever been; we need to choose Arizona’s future carefully.
Considering the resources we spend on educating Arizona’s student population, that is an inexcusable result; and that’s why I’m asking YOU to help turn things around. I tend to look at things ‘a little differently’ than other candidates; and I don’t mind discussing and considering the value of all points of view on issues of concern to constituents. After all, my charge as ‘chief public servant’ requires listening to all of my employers.
Let me share my thoughts on issues, and how each fits into my vision for Arizona’s future, so there will be no question as to the objectives we are going to reach. All we have to do is focus on growing our way out of this Depression, and don’t give up until we do. This is how I think Arizona should go forward, and how I see Arizona’s potential future:
I have a clear view of what Arizona’s future could look like. I’ve also set benchmarks for my administration, so Arizonans will be able to keep track of our progress. That should give Voters enough confidence to test me on keeping my campaign promises. I challenge all Arizona voters to stand with me in November, so we can finally put Arizona on the right track to a prosperous and productive future.
As a candidate I’ve been asked a lot of questions by the Olde Media reporters, and the vast majority of them are insultingly stupid, and irrelevant. The one question that I think is ‘the’ most relevant, and should always be asked of a candidate; is the one that none of them has ever asked.

How will Arizona be different, at the end of your (first) term; where will we be, and how will the People of Arizona have benefited by your service in office?”

In other words; what are the candidate’s values, goals, and objectives, and how do they fit into the ‘big picture’—the will of the People?
Isn’t that a great question? It kind of answers all other questions, doesn’t it? The ‘how’ should be of less concern to responsible voters, than is the objective. A true leader reaches his/her objective; he/she doesn’t just ‘try’, or ‘fight hard for’ something—they ‘do’. They see it through, and they get the job done. They identify exactly what they are targeting, and they don’t let the superfluous details stand in their way. Have you ever noticed that politicians these days will only go so far as to tell you what causes (s) they ‘support’, or what bills they think are good, but no further? I see that as superficial governance, and it’s the route they all seem to take.
I think a candidate’s ‘vision’ should be the number one consideration for voters, and certainly not “their political experience”. At this particular time in our history, ‘successful political experience’ is the last thing I would want on my resume; to say I could thrive in a corrupt organization would only draw questions as to my own personal character. Don’t you think? I mean, if all a career politician is successful at is what brought Arizona to where she is, wouldn’t their ‘successful experience’ be at doing the wrong thing(s)?
At the conclusion of my first term, I expect to see Arizona leading the rest of the nation in a re-invigoration of the original ideals that founded ‘America”, where government is consigned to protect, not ignore, the rights of each individual. I believe it is essential that the Arizona government be constrained by recognizing, and respecting its constitutional limitations; especially in ‘urgent’ or ‘emergency’ situations.
I also expect an economic revival that will catch the rest of the country in an economic vacuum, and I believe they will follow suit. I see the people of Arizona enjoying a dynamic and thriving economy based on eliminating oppressive regulatory restrictions and requirements that currently hinder entrepreneurs, and stifle new business start-ups. At the heart of our local economy is a thriving State Bank that keeps our money, right here in Arizona, and it is prepared to accept payment or trade in a variety of payment forms, old and new. As such, Arizona will offer a stable political and economic business environment that will attract companies who will want to settle right here in Arizona.