Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bud Chiles Is A Selfish Bastard...

That is going to turn purple Florida into a right-wing paradise...

With Scott as the GOP nominee – and his nearly $30 million ad blitz has vaulted him into the lead in the Republican primary – he gets 29 percent, Sink 27 percent and independent Bud Chiles 14 percent.

With McCollum as the Republican nominee, McCollum gets 27 percent, Sink 26 percent and Chiles 14 percent. Scott leads McCollum by 11 percent in the GOP primary

Rick Scott is a bona-fide criminal, and is (of course) backed by the extreme right-wing teabaggers. With a right-wing corrupt teabagger at the helm, there will be NOTHING to stop our gerrymandered, far right legislature from making purple Florida into a wingnut paradise.

Arizona's anti-brown people law (which has ruined their economy) will be brought here, as will coastal drilling, as will the forced rape bill that was narrowly defeated, as will the anti-teacher law.

Because Bud Chiles, who is only running on his father's name and has 0% chance of winning, is siphoning off votes from Alex Sink. This allows Rick Scott, who has TONS of money from DEFRAUDING Medicare patients, to spring over the top and wreck our state.

If he truly cared about Florida and its citizens, he would back out and save us from the certain devastation that a Glenn Beck run government would bring us. But that would be putting people and principles ahead of ego...and that is something bad politicians don't know how to do. That is why I know Sarah Palin, who should know she has no business running a fruit stand much less a government, is going to run in 2012. Because some people want to BE something, not DO something.

Bud sees the numbers. Bud knows, and doesn't care. He is a failed politician who desperately wants to BE somebody, but will only be a GOP stooge that will bring the failed policies of the past to our vulnerable state along with a radical right-wing social agenda.

The only thing that can help us is an informed voter. Here in Florida.

GOD help us all.

Monday, July 26, 2010

GOP Steps On Unemployed to Fight for Super-Rich

Deficit hawks?

The spend-crazy GOP that spent like drunken sailors under Bush for bridges to nowhere and tax cuts for the wealthy decided to make a stand... they will FIGHT tooth and nail to prevent the unemployed (or "funemployed", as teabaggers call them) from getting payments.

Costs too much, really. And these people don't really want to work, as some GOP Congressmen argued that it would be a "disincentive" to find work. (The fact that these people have been unemployed for over 12 months and in dire straits never enters their radar screen).

No, a few million added to the deficit so families with kids can feed their children and keep their homes is crazy. Even though, I might add, it is money that comes right back into our economy since they need to spend it all just to survive.

No, we have to fight that because the GOP ARE DEFICIT HAWKS now.

Except...when it comes to the super-rich.

That's right. The GOP is ready to fight to permanently keep in place tax cuts for the richest of the rich. These cuts for the super-rich add HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS to our national debt. Hundreds of billions that do not go back to our economy (there aren't that many billionaires, and there is only so much discretionary spending a multi-billionare can do for Gods' sakes). Hundreds of billions that go to the people who need it least, and are not asking for it. Hundreds of billions that kill jobs, not create them.

Obama is asking that we keeps the tax cuts for those who make less than $250,000 a year, but let the Bush tax cuts for the super-rich expire. That means Bill Gates' 50 billion will have to pay 39% as opposed to 35%. I think he'll be okay. They all will.

Where is your soul, GOP? How can you fight against the unemployed middle-class who are struggling in one breath and fight for the richest of the rich, in the words of Republican Mike Pence, "with everything we've got?"

For all your Bible-thumping, I guess you really don't believe in an afterlife, do you?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Jobs? Economy? NO! GOP Candidates Only Focus on AZ Immigration Law

From the Miami Herald:
More than 1 million people in Florida are out of work. The oil spill is wreaking environmental and economic havoc. The state is one hurricane away from catastrophe.

But anyone listening to Republican gubernatorial candidates Rick Scott and Bill McCollum would think that one of the most pressing concerns in this non-border state is illegal immigrants scaling palm trees and jumping over hibiscus bushes.

The article gives the numbers and shows how illegal immigration has dropped by hundreds of thousands here in Florida. This is not as a result of any fence or strong immigration policy, but mostly because there is little point in sneaking over here since we have no jobs. This is a factor you might think would give McCollum and Scott more to talk about: Neither one has a plan for the economy, how will stop our 6 billion deficit, or ideas for job creation.

Arizona's law is misguided, but at the very least they can point to problems of Mexican cartels smuggling drugs into the US--which, by the way, is not a primary issue here in Florida since they tend to use the border states. Florida doesn't even have a large Mexican population. Primarily, Florida's hispanics are overwhelmingly Cuban, who become legal if they make it here, and Puerto Ricans-who happen to be US citizens. Even Haitians have an easy time applying for temporary legal status given the earthquake. In fact, the majority of immigrants here are South Americans who have overstayed their visas.

Can we can the "scary brown people" meme and focus on the real issues affecting Florida?

Friday, July 02, 2010

Presidential Scholars Rank Obama 15th Greatest Prez!

From Politico:

A new poll of leading presidential scholars ranks Barack Obama as the 15th best president of the United States, just below Bill Clinton but ahead of Ronald Reagan.

The Siena College poll, which surveyed 238 presidential scholars at U.S. colleges and universities, asked scholars to rate the nation’s 43 chief executives on 20 attributes ranging from legislative accomplishments to integrity and imagination.

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Ahead of Reagan... which will really explode a teabagger's head. Given that Obama has gotten things done with unified GOP opposition on everything, I'd say that's pretty amazing.

P.S.: No surprise... W. is ranked as one of the worst.