Welfare State Programs

Before Lyndon Johnson left the White House in 1969, it had already become apparent that his War on Poverty had resulted in some harmful, unintended consequences, especially increases in illegitimacy and dependency on government.  Today, about 40% of births in America are out of wedlock, while about 15% of Americans receive Food Stamp benefits, about 20% are enrolled in Medicaid, and about 4% live in subsidized housing.

Since 2003, about half of the births in Arizona have been paid for by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.  This is unsustainable.

Government at any level should not compel taxpayers to do things for strangers that they would not do even for their own children.  I believe that most parents would not tolerate drug use, sexual promiscuity, or membership in criminal street gangs by children still dependent on them financially.  The state has no right to use tax money to subsidize such irresponsible or criminal behavior.

It is family, friends, neighbors, and philanthropic organizations that should play the largest roles in charity work, not government.  With rare exceptions such as natural disasters or acts of war, I feel that the state has no business engaging in charity work.  The Welfare State is one of the things that have hurt America the most over the last 50 years.  It has greatly undermined Americans’ self-reliance and cost many trillions of dollars nationwide over the years, while promoting drug abuse and gang membership.  It is imperative that Arizona work patiently and consistently to shrink public welfare programs.

The most obvious first step, in my opinion, should be to do everything reasonably possible to break the inter-generational chain of welfare dependency that has plagued America since the late 1960s.  To do this, the state should require adoption of babies born in Arizona to indigent mothers.  Further, state law should require the mother to identify the biological father of her child, and both mother and father should be required to pay child support until the child turns 18.  These changes, I believe, would greatly reduce the practice of some indigent women to conceive children out of wedlock.  That would benefit Arizona’s children, and taxpayers, over the long term.

Arizona should strive to be the best place possible for people who live within the law and pay their own way.  Public policies guided by fiscal responsibility, law and order, and less government will help achieve that.

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Privatize Arizona’s Public Schools

Arizona Strong!  John Lyon for Arizona State Senate

It costs about twice as much to educate a student in an Arizona public school as it would cost to pay the child’s tuition at a private school.  For the sakes of taxpayers and students, it is time to turn public education over to the private sector.

Whether in public, private, or charter schools, there is no point to having fine schools with highly qualified teachers, and then allowing young gangsters to disrupt the educational process so badly that good students and staff are driven away.  Taxpayer subsidized attendance at the nicest schools should be contingent on satisfactory academic performance and good citizenship.  Poorly behaved students should attend bare-bones schools specializing in structure and discipline.

After the sixth grade, uncooperative students should be given paid work opportunities in lieu of classwork.  A few weeks of hammering shingles into roofs, laying carpet, trimming yards, etc., may motivate some to come back to the classroom.  All will gain valuable, real-world, work experience.  They will also no longer be in a position where they can undermine the learning experiences of well-behaved, motivated learners.

In 2013, over 20,000 children were home-schooled in Arizona, up from under 1,000 in 1989.  In part, this may be because of many parents’ worries over poor academic standards, the risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, exposure to alcohol and other drugs, or recruitment into criminal street gangs among students in public schools.  In order better to serve the public, all those problem areas must be addressed.  The private sector may be better able to accomplish that then our current system.

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Introductory post

John Lyon for Arizona State Senate–American Government for the American People!

 I am a US Army veteran with a master’s degree in History from Arizona State University.  I am seeking the Republican nomination for a seat in the Arizona State Senate from Legislative District 30.  LD30 lies mostly between Dunlap Avenue and Van Buren Street, and between 19th Avenue and 43rd Avenue, with an additional northwestern section which mostly uses Grand Avenue as a southwestern border and extends from 43rd Avenue and Camelback Road to Olive Avenue and 71st Avenue.  You can find a map of Arizona’s legislative districts at the Redistricting Commission’s website:  http://www.azredistricting.org

The election will be held Tuesday, 30 August 2016, and will be open to voters registered as Republicans, Independents, or Party Not Determined.

My legislative priorities would include:

  • Replacing “weapons free” zones with second amendment zones
  • Privatizing and phasing out Welfare State programs in Arizona
  • Privatizing our expensive public schools
  • Abolishing the state income tax
  • Defending Arizona’s southern border using Arizona law enforcement
  • Blocking any NAFTA Superhighway through our state
  • Supporting a convention of states to propose amendments to the US Constitution to limit federal power and balance the budget

I will not accept any bundled or PAC money.  Please send personal checks or money orders totaling $160 or less ($320 for married couples, but both husband and wife must sign the check) to:

John Lyon for Arizona State Senate
5610 W. Belmont Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301

Please include your name, address, occupation and employer.  Call (623) 853-5661 or e-mail john_lyon56@yahoo.com with questions.  I will spend contributed money for advertising and professional services for my campaign, not for any personal use.

I am running as a Clean Elections candidate.  I need to raise 250 $5 qualifying contributions in order to receive public funding for my campaign.  Please visit the Arizona Secretary of State’s website to make a contribution on line: http://www.azsos.gov.  Click on the E-Qual button in the middle of the page, and enter my name.  You must be registered to vote and reside in Legislative District 30 in order to make a Clean Elections qualifying contribution.

Thank You,
John J. Lyon—American Government for the American People!

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