AFP - Prosperity Alert: August 2011

Prosperity Alert: August 2011


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Would you rather live in Hong Kong or Burundi? Switzerland or the Republic of Congo? The United States or Venezuela? You probably chose the first option in each of those examples, and it's because those countries are more prosperous than the second options. It also happens that they are the most economically free and have higher quality of life!

Economically free countries have lower taxes, lower government spending, less regulation, less volatility of currency, more free trade, and a sound legal structure. They also have higher per capita incomes (especially among the poor), higher life expectancy, less corruption, greater civil liberties, and higher quality of life. This is no coincidence. Let's continue to promote the economic freedom that makes America great!

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Debt Limit Deal Disappointing

The deal Washington cut to raise our nation’s debt ceiling is largely disappointing. It is a bad deal with weak spending cuts in the short-term, unenforceable spending cuts in the long-term (remember, no future Congress can be bound on spending levels by a prior Congress), and a massive $2 trillion plus hike in the debt.

AFP remains firm to our commitment to the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” approach as the only way to genuinely solve the problem of out-of-control spending.

Rest assured however, that AFP is going to re-double efforts to keep pressure on Congress to cut spending while also building up our grassroots strength.

Click here to read AFP's full statement on the debt limit deal.

Take Action


Stop the EPA's Attack on Property Rights!
President Obama wants to control all the land and water in the United States. He is attempting to have his EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers ignore the Courts and the American people by having them claim jurisdiction over every drop of moisture in the United States. Click here to tell your Members of Congress to STOP the EPA and Army Corps' power grab!

Tell Congress to Cut Spending Now!
The federal government has a spending problem and everybody knows it. This year, the federal budget will run more than $1.5 trillion in deficit, and more than 40 percent of every dollar we spend is borrowed. Click here to take action now. Tell your legislators that it's time to Cut Spending Now!

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National Defending the American Dream Summit - November 4-5


AFP Foundation will be hosting its national Defending the American Dream Summit in Washington, D.C., this November 4th-5th. Join America’s foremost free-market voices, top experts on grassroots mobilization, and the nation’s largest gathering of grassroots leaders from across the country in a massive show of force for our shared belief in limited government and free enterprise.

Watch for a special flash deal on Summit registration to be announced next week.

Click here to learn more about the Defending the American Dream Summit.

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Activist of the Month - Anita Christy


Anita Christy of Gilbert, Arizona has demonstrated the power of blogging combined with grassroots activism. Anita got more involved in politics in 2009, when she saw that the Gilbert Town Council planned to raise the local sales tax. She sent emails, met with Council Members, and did all she could to stop the efforts, but to no avail. The Council ignored her and other citizens, and passed the tax increases anyway. She did not give up, however, and she began to circulate petitions, which eventually led to the rescission of the tax increases.

Anita joined a group of concerned citizens to fight other tax increases proposed by the Gilbert Town Council. The Council claimed that without the increases, 96 public employees would be laid off. She started the blog site and began broadcasting her posts and updates via weekly email alerts. She monitored the actions of the Town Council, attending their meetings. Anita kept residents informed through whenever a concerned citizen dug through the Town’s budget and discovered pockets of money. In May of 2010, through Anita's efforts, and the efforts of her fellow activists, the tax increases were defeated. Since then, no public employees have been laid off. Anita continues to keep the Council in check, and provides us all with an example of how to make an impact on local government.

Thank you, Anita, for all your efforts, and congratulations on being AFP's Activist of the Month!

AFP Upcoming Events and Local Highlights


Upcoming Events:

AFP Foundation's Running On Empty Tour to make stops in Florida, Montana, and Colorado in August. Click here to find an event near you!

Local Highlights:

AFP Texas State Director Peggy Venable joins Gov. Rick Perry at the signing of a bill which provided for a balanced budget with no tax increases.

AFP North Carolina makes some noise with a rally in support of recent veto overrides in the state.

AFP Oklahoma participates in National District Office Day in an effort to further the cause of the Balanced Budget Amendment.

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