Gilbert Watch Blog
- April 7, 2017
- Members of the Freedom Caucus Speak Out about the AHCA's Bait and Switch
When the House of Representatives, mostly led by members of The Freedom Caucus, recently refused to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), it seemed like a treasonous debacle to the American people. Even President Trump expressed his anger. Several Pro-Life groups supported the AHCA, because it would have defunded Planned Parenthood.
But, what the American people didn't know was that the American Health Care Act would not have accomplished its primary mission and promise: Repeal and Replace ObamaCare.
The American Health Care Act was a kludge of a health-care policy. Described as a way to simultaneously repeal key elements of the Affordable Care Act and replace them with market-oriented reforms, the bill in its final form managed to do little of either. Freedom Caucus members were particularly concerned about the willingness of House leaders to leave the vast majority of Obamacare’s regulations on the books — after Republicans spent seven years promising that the party would “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Even the rationale that the AHCA would be better than nothing was hard to justify; it probably would have further destabilized the individual market, while millions fewer would have been insured. See It's Wrong for Trump to Blame Conservatives.
Even as Obamacare continues funding Planned Parenthood, the foundation supporting abortion is weakening through other means. Since the AHCA's defeat, President Trump has taken action to defund a UN agency that supports forced abortion. Also on March 31, Congress voted to "restore the ability of states to stop one stream of our tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood and redirect it to community health centers that provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care.” See Major Victories for Life and Bill Passes to allow states to redirect funds away from Abortion Clinics.
And, on April 7, 2017, Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards tweeted that Gorsuch's confirmation is "the worst" because Gorsuch has written that "the intentional taking of human life by private persons is ALWAYS wrong." See Why Justice Gorsuch will have an immediate (and big) impact on the Supreme Court.
Hear what several members of Congress, including the House Freedom Caucus, have to say about the disastrous flaws in the AHCA, and why they must be corrected.Click here to read more
- April 2, 2017
- Can Muslims and Christians Live Together in Peace?
Please join Mr. Aaron Atwood, vice president of Advancement for Summit Ministries as he interviews Dr. Mateen Elaas. Mateen was the second of four children born to a Syrian Muslim. While studying at the University of Wisconsin, he began a search for God. Mateen was guided by Christians who pointed him to Christ. "Read the four gospels of the New Testament. Get to know Jesus," they said. He did. Eventually, he became a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. As is common in Middle Eastern families, he soon paid a high price for his newfound faith: isolation from his father for more than a decade. Today, Mateen works with churches and Christian groups eager to learn about Islam, its claims and challenges, and how to share the gospel winsomely and effectively with Muslims. He is eager to respond to opportunities for teaching and training Christians in these timely matters. Read more about Mateen Elaas.Click here to read more
- March 21, 2017
- Announcing Website for New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center
Since 1994, New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center in Payson has been meeting the needs of young women who find themselves pregnant. The Center now has a website which provides detailed information on its free services. Click HERE.
New Beginnings offers faith-based loving support to women, men, teens, and families in our community.
All services are FREE, including Pregnancy Testing, as well as Educational programs that cover Prenatal Care, Parenting, Sexual Integrity, Life Skills, and Bible Lessons. New Beginnings provides a safe place where clients can talk confidentially about their concerns and fears, and introduces them to the facts about pregnancy, abortion, and adoption.
Parenting Points are earned for each completed lesson. These Points can be spent in the onsite shops where clients will find diapers, formula, clothing, toys, furniture, strollers, maternity clothes, etc., all of which have been donated by Payson's caring community.
For more information, please visit the New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Center website.
See Also:Click here to read more
- March 21, 2017
- Arizona Origin Science Association Meeting March 28
(Originally scheduled for March 21, this meeting will take place on March 28 instead.) The Arizona Origin Science Association (AZOSA) will be meeting Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm at the Payson Public Library Meeting Room. Mike Riddle, president of the Creation Training Initiative, will present "4 Power Questions to ask an Evolutionist." If you have anyone in your circle of influence who likes to challenge your views on biblical origins, posing these 4 questions will provide you with evidence that your opponent will not be able to disprove!
Further, these 4 foundational questions establish why evolution cannot be defended scientifically and must rely on faith.
The seminar shows how the layperson can successfully witness to an evolutionist.
This meeting, as with all AzOSA meetings, is open to the public and is FREE!
The featured speaker, Mike Riddle, has a B.A. from Colorado State University, and an M. Ed. from Pepperdine University. In addition to being president of the Creation Training Initiative , Mr. Riddle is also an Adjunct Staff member for Answers in Genesis.
For more information, call or email Michael Calcagno, the AzOSA Gila Division VP, at 503-476-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the AZ Origin Science Association website.
God is Good... All the Time!
- March 17, 2017
- What's the Difference between a Possum and OPossum?
- March 6, 2017
- A Picture is Worth a Thousand Common Core Standards
Golly, I don't know who to believe. Diane Douglas or my own lyin' eyes?
(Slide of the above image provided by Robert Michael.)
To read the Common Core Math Standards compared to the "Replacement," click HERE.
To read the Common Core ELA (English/Language Arts) Standards compared to the "Replacement," click HERE.
You don't need a college degree to see that Arizona hasn't "replaced" Common Core. All you need is the ability to put on your thinking cap and read.
- March 3, 2017
- ALERT: Contact AZ House to Say NO to SB1314
Please take action on the SB1314 'Student Data Privacy' Bill. As written, it is not a good Bill. Members of the Mommy Lobby are working with House Education Committee members to get an amendment to get our 3 concerns addressed.
Right now, we OPPOSE SB1314 as written.
HERE ARE THE 3 MAIN OBJECTIONS TO SB1314:Click here to read more
- February 21, 2017
- LaVoy Finicum - Part 1, by Senator Sylvia Allen
He was born in the back hills of Northern Arizona, hunting and riding horses with his father and siblings. Born within him was a love for God, family and freedom. "We need to put God first in our lives, strengthen our families, and fight to restore our freedoms." LaVoy Finicum
This is a two-part update on the death of rancher LaVoy Finicum at the hands of the FBI and Oregon State Police. Western ranchers had gone to Oregon in support of the Hammond family. Their peaceful protest was labeled by law enforcement and some elected officials as domestic terrorism. Federal statutes were used to prosecute western ranchers who were trying to bring national attention to the overreach of federal agencies in taking western ranchers' leases.
Part I: LaVoy FinicumClick here to read more
- February 21, 2017
- Legislation Co-Authored by Frank Riggs might help to Overturn Onerous Education Regulations
Did you know that the new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has cited a piece of legislation co-authored by Frank Riggs, as the reason that recently enacted federal education regulations under the "Every Student Succeeds Act" could be nullified?
Frosty Taylor carried the following post in Sunday's MCRC Briefs.Click here to read more