December 11th, 2012

Friends of Capitalism
Since 2009

You've got to come tomorrow(Tuesday)!!!

This Spaceport thing just keeps getting...better??

Just for starters..

-Virgin Galactic [Sir Branson] S.A.'s Only tenant says it will fly the coop if NM doesn't pass an "informed consent" law.

-For two years, Martinez Admin tries to push through such legislation, but patriotic Trial Lawyers in NM Legislature say '"no way"!?! WHAT??

-Tomorrow the US Air Force launches its Secret Space Plane (again) from (no, not NM)...Florida, and scheduled to land! California! Are you ready? It then is transported back to Florida by truck?!

It gets better..

-Former Governor Richardson signs on as consultant to help get "informed consent" passed in..No! California!!

-the only thing that has seen lift-off is our $209 million dollars..gone!!

So,Tomorrow,Tuesday, December 11th
Note: Back to normal!!!
Same time: 5:30-6:30pm
Same place: President's Room.  Rio Chama Restaurant

Program: New Mexico's Spaceport


If anybody has their (her) finger on the future of this, surely it's....

Dr. Christine Anderson, Director, NM Spaceport Authority. 

Dr. Anderson is responsible for the development and operation of the world's first purpose-built, commercial spaceport - Spaceport America. She retired from the United States Air Force as a civilian with 30 years' service in 2008. In the Air Force she achieved the rank of Senior Executive Service, the civilian equivalent of the military rank of General Officer. Anderson was the founding Director of the Space Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

She also served as the Director of the Space Technology Directorate at the Air Force Phillips Laboratory at Kirtland, and as the Director of the Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles where she directed the development, acquisition and execution of a $50 billion portfolio.

She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Anderson earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Maryland, and completed the National Security Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University and the Senior Management in Government Program at Harvard University.


Paul Gessing, President, Rio Grande Foundation.

Paul has been a reliable friend of FOC and New Mexico. Paul's Rio Grande Foundation has been following the Spaceport project since inception. Paul will give us his perspective on this State investment. 

Paul Gessing became the first full-time President of the Rio Grande Foundation in March of 2006. Since joining the Foundation,Gessing has been a prominent voice for limited government and individual liberties in policy areas including: Constitutional liberties, taxes, health care, education, and transportation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Gessing headed up the lobbying efforts of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) a respected taxpayer-advocacy organization in Washington, DC. 

Paul is one of the Founders and Board Member of NM Connections Academy that is seeking approval on December 19th of this year from the NM Department of Education to provide virtual online learning for a needful segment of NM's school age children. 

He has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News & World Reports, The Albuquerque Journal and several other major publications. He writes for and appears regularly in media outlets around New Mexico. Paul has also testified in Congress and before a variety of state and local bodies.

Paul graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a degree in Political Science in 1997 and he received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland in 2005.