The Superstition Mountain Republic Club meeting was held at the Feed Bag Restaurant in Apache Junction on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 with President Charlie Fox facilitating.
Charlie thanked the veterans present and welcomed new members. He then mentioned two new movies currently in the theatres, 2016: Obama’s America (http://2016themovie.com/) and The Last Ounce of Courage (http://www.standusa.com/last-ounce-of-courage/). Both are highly recommended. There was also a trailer for a movie due to be released soon that looked worth seeing Won’t Back Down (http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2012/05/24/could-new-movie-spark-charter-school-movement/).
Todd House thanked everyone for their support in the primary and advised the political maneuvering was already starting for the general election (Republicans for [Democrat] Maxine Brown in Gold Canyon???) so it isn’t over yet. On a positive note, Todd was happy to report that, despite the rather tumultuous events around replacing the previous Fire Chief and concerns about how the interim Chief was chosen, the new Chief is doing very well and the Fire board has voted to keep him as existing Chief. Todd also pointed out that the Fire Board, School Board and Sewer Board have all voted to raise their tax rates in 2012 illustrating the importance of being involved on a local level. Anyone can run for positions on these boarda (or request appointment, depending on the board). The CAC (Central Arizona College) Board will also have openings in the next election two years from now
Charlie advised a local business owner had contacted him about getting a Romney/Ryan sign for his business. Charlie checked with the State GOP and found out the Romney campaign is not providing any materials to their base in Arizona. The Arizona State GOP is providing a limited supply of yard signs and bumper stickers, for a fee, through their website (http://www.azgop.org/pages/arizona-republican-party-gear). Or you can go to Mitt Romney’s website store (http://store.mittromney.com/) where you choose from an array of items at a nice mark-up (and be hit up for a donation). One is forced to presume that the State GOP is subsidizing some of the cost to at least offer better prices and other states in the ‘taken-for-granted’ column are pooling their funds to do the same (http://www.williamsoncountygop.org/2012/08/romneyryan-signs-buttons-and-bumper-stickers-now-available/). In such a close election it’s a questionable policy to take one’s base for granted – even the Democrats are noticing the dearth of usual material (http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021311995).
There was discussion of GOTV regarding evangelical Christians and not-declared voters. We need to encourage everyone to vote – well not everyone loves our choices, a failure to vote is support to the opposition.
Kelli Caplette, Club Secretary, presented an excellent summary of the Arizona Health Exchange debate held on September 5 at the Goldwater Institute (http://goldwaterinstitute.org) who sponsored the event along with the Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (http://goldwaterinstitute.org). Oddly enough, although there was no problem finding reputable people to take the con (opposed) side of a State Health exchange debate, it was impossible to “…find anyone who is willing to publicly defend the exchange (or even provide testimony as an ostensibly neutral policy expert) — even after reaching out for three weeks to the Brewer Administration and the state’s health insurance lobbyists, and even after offering them equal time, an equal share of the audience, and the appointment of a pro-exchange co-moderator for the debate“ ( http://americansforprosperity.org/arizona/legislativealerts/will-anyone-defend-the-az-obamacare-insurance-exchange/#ixzz26JqeXp8J). Since no one advocating the exchange felt able to stand up to support their position, Tom Jenney, Arizona State Director for AFP, played devil’s advocate representing the pro side of the debate. The main was that the exchange comes with a lot of built in requirements and federal powers that can override State plans leaving the State with the bill. There is also some question about how the insurance companies are involved in formulating an exchange that would result in a profitable boost for their industry but perhaps not the best outcome for citizens of Arizona. A blogger at Red Mountain Patriots also attended and posted a list of salient points (http://redmountainpatriots.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/arizona-health-care-exchange/) made in this complicated debate. We need to encourage our Governor to avoid throwing Arizona into this quagmire and urge her to preserve our State sovereignty in this matter.
Ann Fessler-Butts provided a partial showing of Glenn Becks’ Nine Eleven special providing the group with a passionate recapitulation of that terrible event and thoughtful perspective on the eleven years since then. Charlie reminded everyone that we should be considering candidates to nominate for Club officers at the October meeting and adjourned the meeting.
Anyone interested in attending or joining the SMRC can find information on the club website (www.ajsmrc.com). – PLH