Scorpions for Breakfast: My Battle with Washington to Secure Our Country's Border

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Harper Collins, Nov 1, 2011 - Political Science - 240 pages
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In Scorpions for Breakfast, Jan Brewer, America’s toughest governor and one of the most popular conservative political figures in the nation today, proudly defends her embattled state of Arizona and challenges President Obama to do his job and keep our border safe. Unfairly tarred by liberal critics as a state comprised of racist rednecks, Arizona is on the front lines in the battle against illegal immigration—and the courageous stand of its leader, a national hero who’s been called so tough that she “eats scorpions for breakfast,” will educate and inspire Americans from coast to coast.

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Jan Brewer tells of the problems Arizona is facing with “illegal immigration” and the lack of border security. Whatever your political views are she makes a good argument for addressing this problem ... Read full review

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Q. What did you think of this book? A. Jan had an opportunity to present her own side of a controversial issue, and I think she did a good job. She comes off as perhaps a bit naive, but certainly not biased or intentionally discriminatory toward Hispanics. Q. So the book gives an honest insight into the mind of the governor of Arizona who signed the controversial bill on illegal immigration enforcement? A. Well, it is a book, so of course Jan can spin things her way, as she should. After all, even though she came up through the ranks, from the school board to the office of governor, still she is a politician. But she does present as more honest than other politicians. Q. You talk about her as if she were a case study? A. Sorry. Jan was put into a difficult position, not entirely of her own choosing, but I think she rose to the occasion. It is easy to give in to what is considered politically correct, but she did not. She emphasizes this throughout the book. Q. And what is politically correct in this case? A. The Hispanic vote is growing every year. Hispanics do not vote as a bloc, but most of them do vote for Democrats. So all politicians must give them at least a nod. That is politically correct. What Jan seems to fear, as do others, is that one day people of Hispanic descent will actually run the entire United States. This will happen sooner or later, but sooner if illegal immigration is permitted. Q. So she is naive to believe that illegal immigration can actually be stopped? A. To a certain extent, yes. Water runs downhill, immigrants run to where the work opportunities are, or where the money is. This seems to be a fact of nature. People never seem to wonder why Americans are not sneaking into Mexico, because the answer is pretty obvious. But Jan never asks why the United States is laden down with riches at the bottom of the hill, while the immigrants are running from the top of a barren hill down to the pool. Q. But why should she? That is not her perspective. A. Exactly. Her perspective is the state of Arizona at this time. She does not get into what caused the problem, except to say that a funnel was created when Texas and California tightened their borders. But could it have anything to do with the system of capitalism? It could, but this is not the province Jan is exploring here. Within these limitations, she does a good job and becomes a sympathetic politician in this book. 

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Jan Brewer became Arizona’s twenty-second governor in January 2009, upon the resignation of then-Governor Janet Napolitano, inheriting one of the worst fiscal crises in the country for any state. Born to a close-knit family during World War II, Governor Brewer aggressively confronts the trials of life and government with conservative common sense. Governor Brewer is now serving her second term, after winning a convincing 2010 election victory.

Few if any elected officials in Arizona have a broader range of productive experience in public service than Governor Jan Brewer. She was first elected to public office in 1982 to the Arizona House of Representatives and later to the State Senate. She also served on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and was elected twice as Arizona’s secretary of state. A tough leader, Governor Brewer has always fought for her fellow citizens during her twenty-nine years of public service.

Governor Brewer and her husband, John, live in Glendale, Arizona, where they raised their three sons.

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