Seeing the recent posts regarding the MCRC meeting on Saturday, January 16th, Mark Spencer was listed among the candidates running for Member at Large. Additionally, it seems that he made the Arizona Republican Assembly (“AZRA”, read Phil Mason’s) slate of “conservative” candidates.
This is certainly a surprise, particularly when the self-proclaimed conservatives in the tightly controlled leadership of AZRA are foisting a big-government, big-taxer, big-spender as a “conservative” candidate for their AZRA members to vote on.
Someone (AZRA leadership) is pulling the wool over their memberships eyes. This one could not be overlooked.
In 2010, the City of Phoenix and the notorious big-taxer, big-spender, extreme left wing liberal, Phil Gordon – then mayor – proposed adding a new 2% sales tax on food to the already overtaxed citizens of Phoenix.
Well Mark Spencer thought 2% was far to little.
p.1 The Council heard request to amend … the Phoenix City Code to impose a transaction privilege (sales) tax on food purchased for home consumption.
p.3 Spencer did not feel the 2 percent food tax would meet the needs of the current “crisis”. Spencer thought PLEA’s position [note: Spencer is the immediate past president of the public employee union PLEA] would be a 2-year limited food tax at 4 percent.
Extreme-liberal Democrat Phil Gordon and his Agenda 21 supporters and staff continued to explain to Spencer how the 2% tax was more than sufficient to meet the current budget gap, but that was still not sufficient for Spencer:
p.4 Spencer agreed [with Phil Gordon] and noted the 2 percent would help even though it was a small amount. He [Spencer] noted the 4 percent would have been better.
p.5 Mayor Gordon questions if he [Spencer] recommended adopting the 4 percent tax at this time. In response to Mayor Gordon, Spencer agreed he would recommend 4 percent.
There are some Republicans who noted that Spencer was president of a public employee union of police at the time and was trying to support police. That may be the case, but any conservative would know that the solution is not to raise taxes, but to reduce spending on non-essential services and shift the money to essential services.
In this case, not only did Spencer not promote the conservative solution, but he exceeded the wildest dreams of the extreme-left-liberal, pro-sanctuary city, Phil Gordon, by suggesting Phil DOUBLE his proposed tax on struggling Phoenicians’ food.
There are some Republicans who have noted that Mark Spencer has become a pastor and as a “man of the cloth” he must be conservative. Al Sharpton is also a “man of the cloth”. That doesn’t make him a conservative. There are many lefty pastors.
Republicans are being infiltrated by unionists and lefties who are sometimes used by organizations to build constituencies in order to advance agendas that are not conservative… while claiming to be conservative. Pray for truth and use good discretion – DITAT DEUS.