Taxpayer Protests – This Friday!

To Arizona Taxpayers and Tea Partiers:

The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity is joining the National Tea Party Protest Day this Friday (July 17) with protests at the offices of key members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation.

The leftists in Congress are twisting arms right now, trying to complete the national government’s takeover of American health care. The same folks who have taken over private banks and the auto industry now want to take over even more of the health care sector. The same folks who make you wait in line at the Post Office want to create a system in which you will have to wait weeks, months, or even years for life-saving or life-improving medical services.

Some of the central planners in Washington want to give government the power to say which doctors you can go to, and which medical procedures you can and can’t have. President Obama is not sure whether the government should have allowed his own grandmother to get a hip replacement. Imagine how Washington bureaucrats will treat OUR grandmothers!

We must take a stand NOW to protect elderly patients, to maintain the high quality of health services in America, and to preserve the essential doctor-patient relationship. Government has already distorted US health insurance markets by making private health insurance too expensive for many Americans, and by making American workers dependent upon on employer-provided insurance. But if you think things are bad now, wait until government completes its takeover of the medical sector. We must STOP the relentless march of socialist medicine!

Here in Arizona, it appears that U.S. Reps. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Pima County), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Prescott/Flagstaff) and Harry Mitchell (D-Scottsdale/Tempe) are not hell-bent on creating a single-payer, Canadian-style system of government-directed health care. But they are under intense pressure from President Obama and their hard-left colleagues in Congress. We need to give them some grassroots pressure in the direction of freedom!

In MARICOPA COUNTY, protesters will meet at the office of U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, at 7201 East Camelback Road, Suite 335, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (on the SE corner of Scottsdale Road and Camelback) from 9 to 10 a.m. Please bring protest signs and water. AFP Arizona will bring literature, as well as iced coffee and doughnuts. For more info about the Harry Mitchell event, contact Tom Jenney at

In TUCSON, the members of the Tucson Tea Party will protest outside of the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, on the southwest corner of Swan and Pima, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Tucson Tea Party suggests that everyone wear red. For more info on the Tucson event, contact Trent Humphries at

In PRESCOTT, members of the Prescott Tea Party will gather at the office of U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, at 240 South Montezuma, beginning at noon. They will walk over to the office of Sen. John McCain, at 122 North Cortez Street. The Prescott Tea Party suggests that protesters wear hospital gowns, nurses, scrubs, and/or lab coats (or just wear blue). For more info on the Prescott event, contact Mona Patton at

IMMEDIATE ACTION: If you haven’t already done so, please go to and sign our Hands Off My Healthcare petition:

Also: This week, be sure to check out a new TV ad from Patients United Now, entitled “Shona.” It will air on a number of national cable news outlets, including Fox News, CNN, Headline News, MSNBC, and others. Shona Holmes, the subject of the commercial, is a Canadian citizen who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Under the Canadian government-run health care system, Shona was told she would have to wait six months to see a specialist, but her condition needed immediate treatment. She and her husband mortgaged their home and came to the United States to get the care she needed, which saved her life. Unfortunately, her story is one of so many in Canada and Great Britain in which those who are sick are not getting the care they need. You can watch the TV commercial online at

For Liberty,

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity
(Arizona Federation of Taxpayers)



  1. “We must take a stand NOW to protect elderly patients, to maintain the high quality of health services in America, and to preserve the essential doctor-patient relationship.”

    You mean protect them government health care like, oh, Medicare.

    “Here in Arizona, it appears that U.S. Reps. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Pima County), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Prescott/Flagstaff) and Harry Mitchell (D-Scottsdale/Tempe) are not hell-bent on creating a single-payer, Canadian-style system of government-directed health care.”

    Since none of the proposals being seriously considered before Congress creates a “single-payer, Canadian-style system of government-directed health care” (unfortunately) this is hardly news.

    The level of fear-mongering in this Press Release is stunning. It makes claims about the supposed negatives of a health care system that is not even being proposed.

  2. kralmajales says

    All the people that organize this stuff and fund this (which is NOT grassroots) care about is killing the health plan because they dont want to pay more taxes. These being very wealthy individuals who have insurance. I can see there point, they will loose out…unless it allows a system of healthcare that will be cheaper for the businesses that they own, which is why this plan has more legs than ones in the past.

    Todd is right. This is fear mongering. Allow yourselves to be manipulated by the wealthy some more here folks. This is the insurance leaders of this country duping you into the same system that they profit from and that does not work. Millions are uninsured, costs are going up, and it aint lawsuits that are driving it.

  3. kralmajales says

    Here is one such post about who is backing the tea parties:

  4. kralmajales says

    Here is a bit more and what a mistake by American Prosperity. Some of those who think this is an organic movement should look up American Prosperity and Freedom Works, which are both corporate (thats Wall STREET folks) lobbyists who are funding, organizing, and managing this whole so called “grassroots” movement.

  5. kralmajales says

    Here is a nice YouTube that shows the linkage between the Tea Parties and Freedom Works…right out of their own mouths…about how they help sponsor and even start up Tea Parties.

    Note that Freedom Works is run by folks like Dick Armey, Steve Forbes, etc etc etc. The Republican establishment and it is, like the parties, backed by corporate lobbyist that need you all to do their bidding.

  6. kralmajales says
  7. kralmajales says

    Oh…and here is the Board of Directors of Freedom Works and note on its website its project…National Tea Parties.

    For those of you who wont touch this link the board includes Dick Armey as its Chair, Steve Forbes, and a host of corporate insiders who get donations from their corporate friends…

    All for your corporate financed “grass roots” protests.

  8. kralmajales says

    Here is the national board of Directors of the American Prosperity (prosperity for the rich they mean!!!). Again, corporate, Washington insiders…

    Astroturf, not grass roots!

  9. kralmajales,
    The link doesn’t mention who the Chairman is – David H. Koch.

    Of course the connection to Koch industries explains the whole AFP campaign to convince people global climate change is a myth. David Koch is also on the board of Cato.

    Interestingly, the Koch brothers’ father, Fred C. Koch, was a founder of the John Birch Society.

  10. OH GOD! The John Birch Society! Everyone run away! The John Birch Society is coming!

    Gimmee a break! Kral and Todd, the country is heading to hell in a handbasket. It’s been heading that way for a long time. It looks like the only way it will be corrected is if the system in overwhelmed and completely collapses and the American people can rebuild it back into a constitutional Republic with limited government.

    I can’t wait for the day!

  11. So Pinko Kral, do your public employers know that you spend all day posting your left wing rhetoric on blogs?

  12. kralmajales says

    Cant argue against what I have posted. Its OK that corporate funders and wealthy americans fund and orchestrate the tea parties. That is America. But thought that some of you who have a more “revolutionary” streak in you might like to know that you are joining a group that is about promoting and protecting the very corporate establishment that many of you are railing against.

  13. kralmajales says

    Sorry to have bothered you, Tom, by telling the truth about this movement.

  14. You didn’t answer my question? Oh but wait, I forgot liberals like you want to trample on the free speech and association rights of others. If people have money, then they can’t protest or fund protests eh? Well at least it’s a helluva lot better than unions who just take the money and fund protests.

  15. Kral,

    One other thing. You are right, I DON’T want to pay more in taxes for Nationalize healthcare and I suspect most people don’t either.

    What could possibly make you think that your incessant rantings tinged with class warfare and anti-corporate rhetoric would fly on a blog like this.

    Every time you get worked up, you post your lefty clap trap and then one of your liberal friends – in this case “Todd” chimes in to support you. Do you ever realize that everyone else pretty much thinks you are a liberal kook?

    My question is – what’s the end game? Are you on a quixotic battle to convert conservatives? Or perhaps you think it’s funny to show how “liberal” you are on a conservative blog? Or perhaps you just don’t have anything better to do?

    I mean, come on, on this thread alone, you made seven posts in less than 40 minutes. Maybe that’s why you can’t afford health insurance?

  16. Interesting Tom, maybe you can point out to everyone where kral suggests people should have there speech censored or be banned from forming political associations. Pointing out who is behind something or who funds it is hardly an effort to repress speech unless you believe anyone who disagrees with you is trying to silence you. Persecution complex?

    Speaking of not responding, how about explaining why the press release talks about Canadian or British style health care systems which are not even being considered in Congress. Or how about explaining the cognitive dissonance of referring to protecting our grandmothers who are already in a government run health care system.

  17. I’m not defending what is in or what isn’t in the press release. My comments have been focused exclusively on your liberal friend’s silly comments. Who would you have these groups have on their boards of directors? I know its tough for the left to believe, but the majority of people don’t want to pay higher taxes for these crazy ideas.

  18. kralmajales says

    None of my comments were the least bit silly. It simply exposes what a corporate sponsored ruse this is. And yes, it WOULD matter to a lot of good Americans who are interested in this movement to know that it is decidedly NOT bipartisan, decidedly not “anti corporate” or “Wall Street” as some believe and that they are essentially being used to perpetuate the poor healthcare system that we have now…and that allows those with insurance to get and those without to not.

    I wont even go into the false rhetoric that is being used.

    Last, I enjoy this blog. Sorry if that offends you. Ignore me if you like, but I think it is sometimes useful to have someone at least give a different perspective…and…I suspect sometimes there are a few on here that might even listen.

    And yes, it is a bit fun to point out your hypocrisy as much as it is fun for you to do so with Dems.

  19. kralmajales says

    And you know Tom, if you make over $350K, I suspect you will be paying more taxes. It galls me to think that the paltry amount that average people pay for the service they get…just doesn’t stick for them… A reasonable amount of govt. infrastructure is necessary for competitiveness. You know it, I know it. We just disagree on what is reasonable.

  20. “I know its tough for the left to believe, but the majority of people don’t want to pay higher taxes for these crazy ideas.”

    Unfortunately, there might be higher taxes for a plan that, as far as I can see, has a decent chance of not doing anything about costs and simply further filling the coffers of insurance companies. I’m sure this isn’t what you mean by a crazy idea but rather “government run health care” which all Western countries besides the US provide. Too bad that is not what we are going to get.

  21. kralmajales says

    Exactly…those other countries you talk about Todd are beating us in just about everything now too. Quality of life, education, health, the works. If this list is truly patriotic and America first then how can you support this philosophy which puts us in a position of no longer being the great leader of the world that we once were.

    It will take govt expenditures to educate our youth, have a healthy country, a safe one, and the like.

    On safety, our cops are down to below 1.9 per 1000 people …below the national average of 3. Cops are govt. folks…and they needed. Just like teachers, social workers, and yes, administrators.

  22. kralmajales says

    Are you willing to continue paying one of the largest sums of our budget for the defense industry? If so, why that and not a fraction of that to pay for insuring those who cannot afford it or who are not allowed insurance because it isn’t profitable for companies?

    You DO want to pay for govt Tom…but govt at a much higher cost and to fight wars in foreign lands…that is…if you are a good republican.

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