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Town Halls: America's Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb

December 21, 2011 J

AFP-Arizona’s 2011-2012
“Feet to the Fire”
Taxpayer Town Hall Series

[img_assist|nid=24548|title=Feet to the Fire!|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=300]The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity welcomes all Arizona taxpayers, tea partiers, and other concerned citizens to participate in our 2011-2012 “Feet to the Fire” Taxpayer Town Hall series. The topic 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 of each fiscal policy town hall talking about federal tax and budget issues, and the second hour talking about state and local tax and budget issues. Pasted below are a list of upcoming FTF events and information on preparing for the town halls.

This is the Biggest Fiscal Issue Facing Our Country.

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!

(Printable version of this event list)

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LIST OF AFP-ARIZONA “FEET TO THE FIRE” TAXPAYER TOWN HALLS

(List updated 8/15/11; CD and LD numbers as of August 2011)

June 6, 2011
Prescott — Prescott Adult Center

Day/Time of Town Hall: Monday, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm (lunch included)
Legislators Attending: Cong. Paul Gosar, Rep. Judy Burges
Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona
Political Districts: CD 1, LDs 1 & 4
Registration & Directions: (Past event)

August 25, 2011
Payson — Tiny’s Restaurant

Day/Time of Town Hall: Thursday, 5:00 to 8:00 pm (dinner 5 – 6 pm not included)
Legislators Attending: TBA
Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 1, LD 5
Registration & Directions: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2039432999

August 26, 2011
Pinetop/Show Low — New Living Church (Lakeside)

Day/Time of Town Hall: Friday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Legislators Attending: TBA
Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 1, LD 5
Registration & Directions:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2039449047

August 27, 2011
Safford — Manor House Convention Center

Day/Time of Town Hall: Saturday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Legislators Attending: TBA
Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 1, LD 5
Registration & Directions:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2039463089

August 28, 2011 Douglas Sunday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 8, LD 25

September 2, 2011 Sedona Friday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 1, LD 1

September 3, 2011 Flagstaff Saturday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 1, LDs 1 & 2

September 8, 2011 Willcox Thursday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 8, LD 25

September 9, 2011 Sierra Vista Friday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 8, LDs 25 & 30
September 10, 2011 SE Tucson Saturday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 8, LD 30

September 11, 2011 SW Tucson Sunday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CDs 7 & 8, LDs 29 & 30

September 15, 2011 Saddlebrooke Thursday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 8, LD 26

September 16, 2011 Green Valley Friday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 8, LD 30

September 17, 2011 NW Tucson Saturday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 8, LD 26

September 17, 2011 Central Tucson Saturday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CDs 7 & 8, LDs 28 & 29

October 13, 2011 Ahwatukee Thursday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CDs 5 & 6, LD 20

October 20, 2011 SW Valley Thursday; Avondale/Goodyear/LP; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CDs 2 & 4, LD 12
October 27, 2011 Chandler/SL Thursday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 6, LDs 20 & 21

November 10, 2011 Apache Junction Thursday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 6, LDs 22 & 23

November 12, 2011 Cave Creek Saturday; NE Phoenix; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CDs 3 & 5, LD 7

November 13, 2011 Florence Sunday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 1, LD 23

November 18, 2011 NE Tucson Friday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 8, LD 30

November 19, 2011 West Tucson Saturday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 7, LD 27

December 1, 2011 Casa Grande Thursday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 1, LD 23

December 2, 2011 Queen Creek Friday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CDs 1 & 6, LDs 22 & 23
December 3, 2011 NE Phoenix Saturday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 3, LDs 7 & 11

December 4, 2011 NW Phoenix Sunday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CDs 3 & 4, LD 10

December 9, 2011 Lake Havasu Friday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 2, LD 3

December 10, 2011 Bullhead City Saturday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 2, LD 3

December 10, 2011 Kingman Saturday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 2, LD 3

December 11, 2011 Wickenburg Sunday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 2, LD 4

December 16, 2011 Quartzsite Friday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CD 2, LD 3

December 17, 2011 Yuma Saturday; details TBA

Policy Speakers: Tom Jenney, Director, AFP-Arizona; others TBA
Political Districts: CDs 2 & 7, LD 24
More Information

For questions about upcoming events, or to schedule an event in your area of the state, contact AFP-Arizona grassroots coordinator Judy Hoelscher at judy@afphq.org or (623) 465-4767. (And please see the Civility and Security Notice at bottom.) For other upcoming Arizona town halls, tea parties and taxpayer events, visit our online calendar: http://tinyurl.com/afpazevents

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 be prepared to answer some tough questions. At this link, we have posted a few of those questions: http://tinyurl.com/hardquest

Preparing for AFP-Arizona’s Taxpayer Town Halls

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:

http://broadsidebooks.net/book/americas-ticking-bankruptcy-bomb/peter-ferrara/

A short summary of the long-term Road Map for America’s Future plan is provided here:

http://americansforprosperity.org/files/AFPRyanRoadmap.pdf
To prepare for the discussion of state and local policy, we recommend that participants read Chapter 8 (on “Failed States”) in the Ferrara book.

CIVILITY AND SECURITY NOTICE

AFP-Arizona’s Taxpayer Town Halls are private meetings. By entering our meeting spaces, participants agree to act in a civil manner. Civil discourse involves vigorous debate, but not disruptive behavior. AFP-Arizona is hiring off-duty police to provide security at some events, and disruptive persons will be escorted out of our meeting spaces. (We regret having to post this notice, given the routinely peaceful and respectful behavior of Arizona’s taxpayer activists, tea partiers, and other good citizens. Recent disturbances by labor union activists and leftist agitators have necessitated the implementation of this policy.)

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