A smoke screen is defined as anything said or done to conceal or mislead. Our Arizona lawmakers are using a smoke screen to deflect their inability to address and solve the real problems of our state, i.e. the budget, education, health care, jobs, prisons, roads, tourism, transplants, etc.
Gov. Jan Brewer and lawmakers like House Kirk Speaker Adams, Sen. President Russell Pearce, and legislators Ron Gould and John Kavanagh are preoccupied with their David (Arizona) vs. Goliath (federal government) fight and it is misdirected. Blaming the federal government for many of our problems obfuscates the fact that their GOP party has a definite monopoly in Arizona. They should be solving our problems, not wasting energy, money and time tilting at windmills in Don Quixote fashion.
We, the voters, should not have given so much power to one political party in this past election. Short of recalling myopic lawmakers, our next best chance at a quiet revolution is to vote out of office those lawmakers preoccupied with finding fault with the “feds” and elect new lawmakers whose focus will be to finally fix our faltering finances.
When the current smoke screen clears, it will be obvious that too many of our current lawmakers lack bipartisanship, empathy, leadership skills, vision and wisdom.
Richard K. Meszar, MESA