January 16, 2018 — Richard Brinkley

What do we know about the current government shutdown?  

First, President Trump wants $5.7 billion for a border wall that the American people elected him to build.  In response, Pelosi, Schumer, and the Democrats demanded that government be reopened before they would “resolve differences” with the president.  

But Democrats again, on January 15th, refused to meet with the president over lunch. In effect, their refusal to compromise means they are using the government workers as negotiating pawns. This, despite the fact that President Trump has a proposal that adds technology at ports of entry and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete. Clearly, Democrats are prolonging the government shutdown.

If the government shutdown were to be resolved before President Trump receives $5.7 billion, there would be no incentive for the Democrats to compromise. Former Border Patrol Chief in the Obama administration, Mark Morgan, in supporting the president, stated, “I’m here today breaking my silence to tell the American people that the president is correct in what he’s doing. The wall works.”

Remember the agreement between Ronald Reagan and Democrats. Reagan approved amnesty if the Democrats promised increased control and security on the border. The agreement was known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act. The promised enforcement did not occur. The Democrats lied. The ends justify the means for the radical left.

A Politico and Morning Consult poll found that 42 percent of those polled agree with President Trump that the border is in crisis. Another 37 percent believe that there is a problem at the border. This means that 79% of those polled believe the border situation is a serious issue. Only 12 percent of those polled believe that the border is neither a crisis nor a problem.

President Trump stayed in Washington, D.C., available to negotiate a deal with Pelosi and Schumer. Schumer was not available and Pelosi vacationed at a swank Hawaiian resort at a reported $900 per night. Meanwhile, the furloughed government employees were left in limbo by the Democrat leaders. In effect, Pelosi and Schumer were using furloughed government employees in a cynical ploy to deny Trump a campaign promise to the American people.

Over the next ten years, according to the Washington Times, the United States will spend $53.128 trillion on its annual budgets. The proposed cost of the border wall is .0338 percent of the $53.128 trillion, or about $18 billion. In comparison, the cost of the border wall is 2.7 percent of the money the federal government will spend on food stamp program: $18 billion vs. $679 billion. 

Schumer wants to deploy more advanced technology along the border. Pelosi calls the border wall immoral, an irrational position in the face of illegal immigration in this country. General Anthony Tata agrees with Trump: (1) a border wall is needed and (2) all the technology in the world will not stop illegal immigrants. As a commander in operational zones in Kosovo and Afghanistan, General Tata had thousands of troops and the latest technology deployed along the borders with Macedonia and Pakistan. Despite the best soldiers and the most advanced technology, he still could not completely stop enemy infiltration. 

General Tata disproves the moronic comments of Pelosi and Schumer. In fact, General Tata wrote that, “President Trump’s foreign policy accomplishments are staggering in their success and demonstrate an evolving set of principles upon which the president is acting.” The U.S. economy is remarkably strong: we have full employment, seven million more jobs than workers, very low inflation, three percent plus economic growth, and for the first time, we are a net oil exporter. All Pelosi, Schumer and other Democrat operatives can do is whine that Trump is having another temper tantrum, a patently false explanation.

In reality, it is Pelosi, Schumer,, who are still angry at losing the 2016 election.

It is Pelosi, Schumer, et. al., who are embarrassed at their poor performances in comparison to Trump’s successes. Trump has accomplished more in two years as president than Barack Obama accomplished in eight years. Under Obama, the United States lost 219, 000 manufacturing jobs.  In Trump’s two years, the country added 477,000 manufacturing jobs. It is Pelosi, Schumer,, who are acting like petulant children. They refuse to act like responsible adults.

Ironically, the Democrats are showing how hypocritical they are. The Democrats voted for 350 miles of border wall in 2013. What’s different now? The Democrats don’t want to give Trump a policy win that he can use in his re-election. Democrats are willing to betray the American people and weaken America’s national security based on a petty political ploy.

In addition to forsaking the furloughed government employees, the Democrats are denying food stamp payments to millions of low income Americans. Everything the Democrats are doing to prevent wall funding, forcing government employee furloughs, cutting food stamp payments, is wrong. President Trump is on the right side of the border wall issue. Democrats will ultimately pay a steep price in 2020 for their treachery against the American people.


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SaddleBrooke Republican Club January General Meeting


Date:  Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Time:  Doors open at 3:30 pm, event will begins at 4:00 p.m.

Location:  HOA 2 Mountain View Ballroom

Speaker:    Dr. Zuhdi Jasser

Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., is the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) and the author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’ s Fight to Save His Faith” (Simon & Schuster, June 2012). On March 20, 2012, Dr. Jasser was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) where he served two terms both as a Commissioner and Vice-Chair until May 2016.

Dr. Jasser is a first-generation American Muslim, whose parents fled the oppressive Baath regime of Syria in the mid-1960’s for American freedom. He is a devout Muslim with strong ties to the American Muslim community having helped lead mosques in Wisconsin, Arkansas, Virginia, and Arizona.

Contact Marty Warner, at for information about becoming a member or, to learn more about our club, visit our website, .


As the bells ring in the New Year – cast your eyes toward 2020. 

Preparations for victory in 2020 begin with the advent of 2019!!
Words for 2019 – for us as Republicans- resound with each ring –

    Be Prepared
    Be United
    Be Informed
    Be Alert
    Be Proactive
    Be Involved

You are invited to be an active part of our SaddleBrooke Republican Party as we prepare for the 2020 elections!  Our meetings will feature Arizona issues, Arizona leaders, speakers on the national scene and opportunities for you to continue to be informed and involved in every aspect of the governance of our state and country.


Our News Year’s Resolutions?

Pledge to make a difference in our community.
Pledge to actively become involved in preparing for 2020.
Pledge to support the effort of the AZ GOP Republican Party.
Pledge to make Arizona and America Great Again!!
As the clock strikes twelve and 2018 slips into the past – hold your head up high –greet 2019 with a wink of confidence and embrace the future!!

See you at our first fabulous General Meeting in January!!


Patricia Tarner
SaddleBrooke Republican Club President



A message to all our loyal Republican supporters

On behalf of the SaddleBrooke Republican Club Board of Directors I want to thank everyone of you for your amazing support during  the 2018 election year!! You were faithful in attending the meetings filling the Mountain View Ballroom with your enthusiasm and numbers that were huge!!  You greeted each and every one of the candidates making a sincere effort to educate yourself on their platforms. You read and listened to all the information available about the Republican candidates.  You voted in the primaries and the general election in record numbers. You did everything you could do to push your Republican candidates over the finish line.

For some of us the results were disappointing !!  But now is the time to rededicate our efforts – to continue to support Republican principles – to work tirelessly toward 2020.  Yesterday was not too soon to focus on the future – to make 2020 a true RED WAVE!! The media will try to discourage you – the Democrats will try to undermine all the accomplishments of the Trump Administration – but WE ARE STRONGER THAN ANY CHALLENGE – TOGETHER WE WILL WORK TO CONTINUE TO MAKE AMERICA AND ARIZONA GREAT!!


Patricia Tarner
President, SaddleBrooke Republican Club



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

HOA 2 Mountain View Ballroom

Doors open at 3:30 pm, event will begins at 4:00 pm

Get the SaddleBrooke Republican Club’s November General Meeting on your calendar!

It will be a great time as we celebrate election results and honor America’s Veterans and Service Members.

There will be a color guard presentation. Pinal County Sheriff, Mike Lamb and Golder Ranch Fire District Chief, Randy Kerrer, will be awarded plaques recognizing their service.

Club member, Onita Davis, will give a presentation on a nationwide program called ‘Wreaths Across America’.



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Paul C. Herr
Vice- President, SaddleBrooke Republican Club