Monday, January 26, 2009

urges citizens to sign AFP’s national “No Stimulus” petition

AFP Arizona Calls Federal Deficit Spending Package

a “Dangerous Temptation” for State Politicians

The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP Arizona) today urged Arizonans to use an online petition to oppose the trillion-dollar stimulus package put forth by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Obama Administration.

“The so-called stimulus package would not only harm the long-term economic health of the country,” said AFP Arizona director Tom Jenney. “It would also provide a dangerous temptation for Arizona’s politicians in the short term, by allowing them to avoid making some of the tough budget reductions necessary to truly balance the state budget.”

Resistance to the federal bailout is weak in the Arizona Legislature, where members are struggling to close a $2 billion budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends June 30th. Even the budget plan put out by the Legislature’s fiscally conservative appropriations chairmen, Sen. Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) and Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Scottsdale/Fountain Hills), conceded the political reality that Arizona would likely take a projected $800 million in federal grants over two years, if those grants are offered to the state.

AFP Arizona urged Arizonans to visit and sign AFP’s national “No Stimulus” petition, which tells President Obama that expanding government and growing debt are not productive reactions to the nation’s economic troubles. By visiting the website, online activists can also learn facts about the Congressional spending proposal, contact their legislators, and write to local media.

“We have experimented with large-scale expansions of government in the past, and each one coincided with economic failure,” said AFP president Tim Phillips. “We cannot simply tax, borrow and spend our way to prosperity.”

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. For more information, visit


Anonymous said...

I have an Idea for all levels of government faced with a reduced budget. Reduce the size of the people employed by the government and eliminate many not needed government handouts and programs.

Anonymous said...

you need to dp something about the nostimulus site we can'y get on it. i have sent 1000's of emails to sign and we can't get on.