Friday, October 21, 2011

AFP: “Feet to the Fire” Taxpayer Town Hall tonight in Glendale

Please forward this email to your friends in the West Valley!
Dear Glendale Taxpayer:
The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity welcomes all taxpayers, tea partiers, and other concerned citizens from Avondale, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park (and beyond) to participate in our 2011-2012 “Feet to the Fire” Taxpayer Town Hall series. We are holding a town hall in Litchfield Park on Thursday evening, October 20, at the Wigwam Resort.
The topic of the town hall will be America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb, a theme we have borrowed from the title of an important new book by entitlements policy analyst Peter Ferrara. We will spend the first hour talking about federal tax and budget issues, and the second hour talking about state and local tax and budget issues. Pasted below is more information about the events. The town hall is FREE of charge.
This is the Biggest Fiscal Issue Facing Our Country. 
Take our quick poll on solving America's fiscal crisis:
If America does not get a grip on its finances soon, the next generation will have to pay over $100 trillion in additional taxes over the next 75 years just to balance the nation’s books. On average, that’s over $20,000 a year in extra taxes for 50 working years for every child in the US currently under the age of 18. If America does not get government spending under control, those economy-crushing taxes will have to be paid one way or another: either through actual tax levies or through massive currency devaluations of the kind that plague Third World nations.
The only realistic long-term plan in Congress is Rep. Paul Ryan’s Road Map for America’s Future. The Road Map is a long-term proposal to stabilize federal spending at a sustainable level, keep our promises to Social Security and Medicare recipients who are too old to escape those systems, and allow younger Americans to escape from dependence on government retirement and health care subsidies. In many ways, the Road Map is an agenda for the promotion of freedom, but on the fiscal front, its objective is to create the economic growth and the budget surpluses necessary to pay down our debt and to fund the long-term transition away from inherently bankrupt systems of government-centered retirement and health care.
AFP-Arizona does not agree 100 percent with all of the elements of the Road Map plan. But we do believe that the Road Map must be the starting point for serious bipartisan and multi-generational discussions about the fiscal future of this country. Our Taxpayer Town Hall series is designed to begin that discussion in earnest. We welcome the participation of our federal and state elected officials, but our invitation carries with it a stern warning: We expect them to keep this country from going bankrupt, and we will hold their Feet to the Fire!
October 20, 2011 -- Litchfield Park/Glendale/Goodyear/Avondale                           
Location:   Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park
Day/Time of Town Hall:   Thursday, October 20, 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Legislators Attending:    TBA           
Policy Speakers:   Tom Jenney - AFP; Byron Schlomach - Goldwater Institute
Political Districts:   CD 2, LD 12
Registration & Directions:
PLEASE REGISTER AT THE EVENTBRITE LINK ABOVE. For questions about the event, please contact AFP-Arizona grassroots coordinator Judy Hoelscher at or (623) 465-4767.
For dates and locations for more Feet to the Fire events, go to
Invitation to Elected Officials and Candidates
AFP-Arizona welcomes federal, state and local officials and candidates to participate. We will recognize elected officials and candidates, and encourage town hall attendees to ask them questions. But we advise officials and candidates to remember that this is a Feet to the Fire town hall, and to be prepared to answer some tough questions. At this link, we have posted a few of those questions:
Preparing for AFP-Arizona’s Taxpayer Town Hall
No advance preparation is necessary, but we recommend that taxpayers, tea partiers, and other concerned citizens obtain copies of America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb, an important new book by policy analyst Peter Ferrara:
A short summary of the long-term Road Map for America’s Future plan is provided here:
To prepare for the discussion of state and local policy, we recommend that participants read Chapter 8 (on “Failed States”) in the Ferrara book.
For Liberty, Tom
Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity
(602) 478-0146

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