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Ethics in Government

Ethics

Ethics in Government

Ethics in Government:

Elected officials serve the people. They manage the resources of others. Along with this trust, there is an expectation from the public that they will practice fairness and equality. They are also expected to maintain openness in their workings to ensure that they are operating within the public’s perception of what is “right.”  This idea of power and control conflicts with the underlying principle of being a servant to the general public. When an elected official abuses or mis-uses this position of power, trust and control, they may legally or illegally be unethical in their activity.  Hence, it is the public who is then taken advantage of. Since the government has no money, it is the public that pays all. So, how does Arizona rate on the issue of Ethics?  See the linked article from Harvard and scroll down to the state comparisons.

Measuring Illegal and Legal Corruption in American States

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Illegal Immigration

Immigration

Immigration

Illegal Immigration

This is a controversial issue in Arizona.  Immigration is a hallmark of America.  Other than “Native Americans” there is not a person who is not a product of immigration to America.  However, for purposes of discussion, this topic addresses not legal but illegal immigration, especially through Arizona’s international border.
All things regarding this topic, including: “The Wall”, policy, anchor babies, illegal’s benefits/entitlements, etc. are fair game for this discussion.  Relevant positives and negatives should be explored.  Is the “guest worker” concept feasible as it was in the past?  Are illegals an unacceptable contributor to crime, benefit costs, etc.  What are the humanitarian considerations and how do we address them?
What are your views on illegal immigration?  How would you suggest we deal with the issue?  It is a sticky issue but one that needs addressing.  Finally, what are your thoughts?

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Crime in Arizona

Crime in Arizona

Crime

Crime

For Phoenix, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation.  Most noteworthy, this is true across neighborhoods of all sizes. Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon.
In the chart below you can compare crime in Phoenix to a US average.  Especially relevant is that this is a measure of “Violent Crime”.
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Phoenix VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 1,563,025
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 112 1,016 3,020 5,113
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.65 1.93 3.27

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/az/phoenix/crime

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