August 28, 2010

Allen West's First General Election Campaign Ad


Allen West For Congress: This is what America is all About - Governing with Constitutional Principles; Guided by our Core Values; Giving Everyone the Opportunity to Succeed - Everyone.

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August 27, 2010

Crist says he 'misspoke' on healthcare

By Shane D'Aprile, The Hill Campaign Blog: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) is walking back comments he made in an interview earlier today about the recently enacted healthcare law.

Crist is mounting an independent bid for Senate against Republican Marco Rubio and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Crist told a local TV station Friday that he would have voted in favor of President Obama's healthcare proposal were he in the Senate. That was a reversal of his previous position against the healthcare law.

"I would have voted for it," Crist said in the interview. "But I think it can be done better, I really do."

But now, Crist says he "misspoke" in that interview. . . . "If I misspoke, I want to be abundantly clear: the health care bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much," Crist said in a statement. "Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program."

The campaigns of both Rubio and Meek are having an absolute field day with Crist's flip-flop. The Rubio campaign blasted out an e-mail with the subject line, "Crist flips for sixth time on Obamacare!" The headline on an e-mail from the Meek campaign reads, "Breaking: Governor Crist diagnosed with political amnesia."

For Crist's opponents, this feeds right into the narrative both have been pushing about the independent governor — that he's willing to shift his positions in whatever direction the political winds are blowing.

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August 25, 2010

Florida Governor GOP Primary: Scott Win Over McCollum

Rick Scott and Bill McCollum
FoxNews Reports: [P]olitical newcomer Rick Scott narrowly defeated state Attorney General Bill McCollum for the Republican nomination in the Florida gubernatorial race.

Recent polls had suggested McCollum was pulling ahead in the contest. The attorney general was making a name for himself on the national stage . . . But low turnout on Tuesday, among other factors, gave outsized importance to Scott's efforts to pull in support through early voting and absentee ballots. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Scott led McCollum 46 percent to 43 percent.

Scott described his win as a shock to the establishment during his victory speech Tuesday. "In Tallahassee tonight, the dealmakers are crying in their cocktails," he said. "Today's vote rocked the political establishment in this state -- the voters have a mind of their own and they found that out tonight."

McCollum conceded via written statement but did not endorse his rival, lamenting the "negative tone" of the campaign. "This race was one for the ages. No one could have anticipated the entrance of a multi-millionaire with a questionable past who shattered campaign spending records and spent more in four months than has ever been spent in a primary race here in Florida," McCollum said. . . .

McCollum, who racked up endorsements from big Republican names, had hit Scott hard for past Medicare fraud allegations. Scott was the CEO of HCA/Columbia Hospitals when it settled the biggest Medicare fraud case in history -- Scott, who was forced out as CEO by his board amid the government investigation in 1997, has said repeatedly that he didn't know about any criminal activity and was never charged.

McCollum attracted national attention over the past year by leading a multi-state lawsuit against the health care overhaul and proposing tough, new immigration policies.

But Scott, who was active last year opposing the health care legislation in Washington, poured more than $30 million of his own money into the gubernatorial bid. Scott, 57, presented himself as a "conservative outsider" who will run state government like an efficient business, cutting costs and services to balance the budget. Like McCollum, he proposed cutting corporate taxes, easing regulations and taking other steps to make operating a business in Florida more attractive.

The 66-year-old McCollum served 20 years as a congressman from central Florida and twice ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate before he was elected attorney general in 2006. Scott has attacked him as a career politician who is part of the problem.

McCollum was the party's presumptive nominee until Scott jumped in the race suddenly in April. Both candidates presented economic plans they said will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Both oppose abortion rights and gay adoption, and support Arizona's tough new immigration law. Both have vowed to stop Obama's health care law from being implemented in Florida. . . . [Full Article]
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Rick Scott will face Alex Sink, 61, former president of Bank of America's Florida and the wife Bill McBride, the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, and independent candidate Lawton "Bud" Chiles III in the Nov. 2 general election.

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August 24, 2010

Florida Primary Results

America's Best Choice was 50/50 in its primary endorsement of four Florida Republican candidates. Marco Rubio won the US Senate Republican nomination with 84.57% of the vote. Allan West won the for US Representative FL Dist 22 Republican nomination with 76.64%. We did not fair well though with our two endorsements for Florida State Representative candidates. Yomin Postelnik for FL House 91 and J. Roger Shealy for FL House 29 both lost. However, we congratulate all for running for office.

The unofficial complete results of the Florida primary for all races are available at Florida Election Watch

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August 21, 2010

Crist on Greer Donation


Charlie Crist On Why He Refunded Jim reer’s Campaign Contribution: “He asked for it back, so I gave it to him.”

Charlie Crist On Why He Returned Jim Greer’s Contribution And Not Other Donors Who Have Asked For Their Money Back: “I think he [Greer] really needed it.”

RNC Comment: “Once again we see Charlie Crist doing what he does best: acting in his own self interest with no regard for the people of Florida. This is just another example that shows Charlie Crist to be an unprincipled, blatantly self-serving politician. Florida voters deserve better than someone who’s guiding philosophy is simply to do or say anything it takes to get elected.” – Amanda Henneberg, RNC Spokesman

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August 19, 2010

The Elitist Extremists

Next time Democrats liberal elitists call you extreme, show them this Video.


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Dems Admit Flawed Obamacare Bill Won't Reduce Costs Or The Deficit

ARRA News Service - Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit, and instead stressing a promise to "improve it." Their presentation's final page of "Don'ts" counsels against claiming "the law will reduce costs and deficit." The presentation advises, instead, sales pitches that play on personal narratives and promises to change the legislation.

Wow. After two years of fighting to convince the American people to embrace ObamaCare, the White House is waving the white flag. Michael Steel, Press Secretary for the House Republican Minority said today, "The American people have spoken - loudly and clearly, over and over again: they don’t want ObamaCare. They don’t want the tax hikes, the Medicare cuts, the new bureaucracy. For months, the White House promised wavering Democrats that the bill would become more popular once it became law. The White House was wrong. Now their allies are circulating talking points to explain their defeat. Hopefully, other Washington Democrats – cast loose by the White House - will now feel free to work with Republicans to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with common-sense reforms to lower health care costs.”

Out thank you to Ben Smith at Politicol for his summary today: New Dem message: 'Improve' health care, don't talk cost
Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit and instead stressing a promise to "improve it."

The messaging shift was circulated this afternoon on a conference call and PowerPoint presentation organized by Families USA — one of the central groups in the push for the initial legislation. The call was led by a staffer for the Herndon Alliance, which includes leading labor groups and other health care allies. It was based on polling from three top Democratic pollsters: John Anzalone, Celinda Lake and Stan Greenberg.

The confidential presentation, available in full here and provided to POLITICO by a source on the call, suggests that Democrats are acknowledging the failure of their predictions that the health care legislation would grow more popular after its passage, as its benefits became clear and rhetoric cooled. Instead, the presentation is designed to win over a skeptical public, and to defend the legislation — and in particular the individual mandate — from a push for repeal.

The presentation concedes that groups typically supportive of Democratic causes — people under 40, non-college-educated women and Hispanic voters — have not been won over by the plan. Indeed, it stresses repeatedly that many are unaware that the legislation has passed, an astonishing shortcoming in the White House's all-out communications effort.

"Straightforward ‘policy’ defenses fail to [move] voters’ opinions about the law," says one slide. "Women in particular are concerned that health care law will mean less provider availbality — scarcity [is] an issue."

The presentation also concedes that the fiscal and economic arguments that were the White House's first and most aggressive sales pitch have essentially failed.  "Many don’t believe health care reform will help the economy," says one slide.

The presentation's final page of "Don'ts" counsels against claiming "the law will reduce costs and deficit." The presentation advises, instead, sales pitches that play on personal narratives and promises to change the legislation.

"People can be moved from initial skepticism and support for repeal of the law to favorable feelings and resisting repeal," it says. "Use personal stories — coupled with clear, simple descriptions of how the law benefits people at the individual level — to convey critical benefits of reform."

The presentation also counsels against the kind of grand claims of change that accompanied the legislation's passage.

"Keep claims small and credible; don’t over-promise or ‘spin’ what the law delivers," it says, suggesting supporters say, "The law is not perfect, but it does good things and helps many people. Now we’ll work [to] improve it.”

The Herndon Alliance, which presented the research, is a low-profile group that coordinated liberal messaging in favor of the public option in health care. Its "partners" include health care legislation's heavyweight supporters: AARP, AFL-CIO, SEIU, Health Care for America Now, MoveOn and the National Council of La Raza, among many others.

The presentation cites three private research projects by top Democratic pollsters: eight focus groups by Lake; Anzalone's 1,000-person national survey; and an online survey of 2,000 people by Greenberg's firm.

"If we are to preserve the gains made by the law and build on this foundation, the American public must understand what the law means for them," says Herndon's website. "We must overcome fear and mistrust, and we must once again use our collective voice to connect with the public on the values we share as Americans."

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August 18, 2010

“Beautiful Chaos” – A Tea Party Manifesto

TEA Party Expressions of Frustrations
by Florida Pundit: Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe have written an editorial in the Wall Street Journal about what defines the Tea Party movement. Everyone concerned about the vast expansion of government under President Obama and the Democrats should read Armey and Kibbe's "Tea Party Manifesto"

They discuss the start of the movement and the famous rant by Rick Santelli calling for a "Chicago tea party". Those of us who have been there from the beginning know that Santelli wasn't the first to talk about a "tea party" (read, for example, Michelle Malkin's "From the Boston Tea Party to your neighborhood pork protest" days before Santelli's comments about a Chicago tea party), but Santelli played a crucial role in introducing American voters to the Tea Party movement.
The rebellion's name derives from the glorious rant of CNBC commentator Rick Santelli, who in February 2009 called for a new "tea party" from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. By doing so he reminded all of us that America was founded on the revolutionary principle of citizen participation, citizen activism and the primacy of the individual over the government. That's the tea party ethos.


What's the criteria for membership in the Tea Party?
The criteria for membership are straightforward: Stay true to principle even when it proves inconvenient, be assertive but respectful, add value and don't take credit for other people's work. Our community is built on the Trader Principle: We associate by mutual consent, to further shared goals of restoring fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government.
What frightens politicians in Washington is that the Tea Party is a movement without a centralized leader. It started at the grass roots and utilizes both traditional networking and the powerful new ways of networking made possible by social media on the internet.
The many branches of the tea party movement have created a virtual marketplace for new ideas, effective innovations and creative tactics. Best practices come from the ground up, around kitchen tables, from Facebook friends, at weekly book clubs, or on Twitter feeds. This is beautiful chaos—or, as the Nobel Prize-winning economist F.A. Hayek put it, "spontaneous order."

Decentralization, not top-down hierarchy, is the best way to maximize the contributions of people and their personal knowledge. Let the leaders be the activists who have the best knowledge of local personalities and issues. In the real world, this is common sense. In Washington, D.C., this is considered radical.
This decentralized mode of operation is the opposite of how Democrats want to run America:
The big-government crowd is drawn to the compulsory nature of centralized authority. They can't imagine an undirected social order. Someone needs to be in charge—someone who knows better. Big government is audacious and conceited.

By definition, government is the means by which citizens are forced to do that which they would not do voluntarily. Like pay high taxes. Or redistribute tax dollars to bail out the broken, bloated pension systems of state government employees. Or purchase, by federal mandate, a government-defined health-insurance plan that is unaffordable, unnecessary or unwanted.

For the left, and for today's Democratic Party, every solution to every perceived problem involves more government—top-down dictates from bureaucrats presumed to know better what you need. Tea partiers reject this nanny state philosophy of redistribution and control because it is bankrupting our country.
Armey and Kibbe also make a bold statement about the relationship between the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party:
But let us be clear about one thing: The tea party movement is not seeking a junior partnership with the Republican Party, but a hostile takeover of it.

The American values of individual freedom, fiscal responsibility and limited government bind the ranks of our movement. That makes the tea party better than a political party. It is a growing community that can sustain itself after November, ensuring a better means of holding a new generation of elected officials accountable.
Revolt Against Socialism
Democrats love to talk about how the Tea Party could hurt Republicans. They fail to understand that the Tea Party movement energizes voters who will vote for Republican candidates. There is a struggle in Republican primaries between Tea Party candidates and traditional Republicans. In some primaries, the Tea Party candidate wins, in others the traditional Republican wins. This is a healthy conflict. It challenges the Republican Party to embrace the principles it has stood for since the time Ronald Reagan was president.

We won't always agree on who is the better candidate. Some races create bitter rivalries. We will need to get beyond these conflicts and focus on getting the best candidate elected in November.

As the primaries wind down, Tea Party activists, Republicans and independent voters who oppose the policies of the Obama administration need to unite behind the Republican candidate for each office. If you support a third party candidate, you effectively increase the chance of the Democrats to continue the policies of the Obama administration. In November, voting for Republican candidates is the most effective way of advancing the Tea Party agenda.

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Obama Polling Numbers Reach New Low For Handling of the Economy

ARRA News Service - President Obama briefly drops into Ohio today, attempting to claim that his economic program is producing results. But the numbers show that the $862 billion stimulus package hasn’t improved the economy and the latest polls show Americans don’t agree with Obama’s sunny economic portrait.  After his brief Ohio stop, President Obama heads to Miami, Florida for Democratic fundraiser to try and shore-up the Democrats Senate mess.

It was 18 months ago just yesterday that Vice President Joe Biden claimed the stimulus bill, paid for with borrowed money, would “create 3.5 million jobs” in 18 months and “literally drop-kicks us out of this recession.” Yet in those 18 months, another 3.3 million jobs were lost and unemployment remains stuck at 9.5%.

Despite the stark reality, President Obama said today, “We're on the right track. The economy is getting stronger.” According to a new AP poll, Americans clearly don’t agree. Only 35% say we’re “heading in the right direction” and only 38% think the economy is in better shape than it was 18 months ago when the stimulus was passed.  The Miami Herald writes today, "Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation's financial outlook as poor. A frustrated electorate could take it out on the party in power - Obama's Democrats - in the November elections. Eleven weeks before the Nov. 2 balloting, just 41% of those surveyed approve of the president's performance on the economy, down from 44 percent in April, while 56% disapprove. And 61% say the economy has gotten worse or stayed the same on Obama's watch."

That might be why Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, told Fox Business last night that “[i]t was ‘dumb’ for President Obama and his aides to promise that unemployment would not surpass eight percent if the stimulus act passed,” according to The Hill. Frank said, “President Obama, whom I greatly admire...when the economic recovery bill -- we're supposed to call it the ‘recovery bill,’ not the ‘stimulus’ bill, that's what the focus groups tell us -- he predicted or his aides predicted at the time that if it passed, unemployment would get under eight percent. . . . That was a dumb thing to do.”

As our nation faces tough economic challenges, President Obama continues to make his priorities clear as he crisscrosses the country in an effort to bolster the war chest of his Democrat Party. With Florida facing over 11% unemployment and being #1 in mortgage foreclosure and being behind in mortgage payments, one wonders about  Obama priorities which is reflected in the previously cited new lows in the polls for Mr Obama's handling of the economy. Obama is set on fundraising and picking the pockets / checkbooks of more Floridians instead of listening to the Floridians and other American.

Amanda Henneberg, RNC Spokesman, responded today, “President Obama’s sinking approval ratings reveal that Floridians have rejected his liberal policies, his failed $862 billion stimulus, and his handling of the oil spill crisis. While he’s fundraising in South Beach, the President will have a great opportunity to explain how the Obama-Meek big-spending agenda has led to over 152,000 jobs lost in Florida, while the state’s unemployment stands at an unacceptable 11.4 percent. Floridians deserve more from their President than highly scripted, teleprompter-friendly, empty campaign rhetoric that has done nothing to improve the economic hardships of the state.” Ouch! And, Agree!

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August 17, 2010

The GOP Pre-Empts The President's Visit To FL Tomorrow

by Bill Smith: Today, I attended a teleconference with Republican Sen. George LeMieux and GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio. They were getting out in front of President Obama's visit tomorrow to Florida. This is the President's second trip this month to Florida. The first was a 27 hour photo op vacation by the President with his family to a beach. He is returning tomorrow to verbally run down Republicans and to raise money for the Democrats.

Unfortunately, President Obama is not coming to listen to the problems affecting Floridians, but to glean Floridians' checking accounts. Florida's unemployment rate is over 11% and the state is #1 in mortgage foreclosures, and people behind in their mortgage payments. Below is a rough transcripts of the comments of their initial comments prior to questions and two press reports on the conference. In full disclosure, America's Best Choice has endorsed Marco Rubio for the US Senate.
Sen. LeMieux On President Obama’s Florida Fundraiser: As you know the President is going to be here tomorrow on a fundraising mission, he’s been frolicking around the country fundraising on I guess is his largest fundraising effort since he has been elected President. What I think he’s going to find when he comes to Florida is that Florida is suffering and Floridians are hurting.

Sen. LeMieux: While it [Florida] might serve as political gold for fundraising, I wish he was down here focusing on the economy. I wish the Congress was focusing on the economy instead of trying to pass these thousand page job-killing bills. So, Mr. President, welcome to Florida, it’s always a privilege to have the President of the United States in our state, but know that the policies of this administration are killing jobs in Florida, and putting us in a very difficult spot.

Sen. LeMieux On Florida’s Economy: The economy is in very difficult shape, worse shape than anyone can remember. We have 11.4 percent unemployment, well higher than the national average of 9.5 percent. We’re number one in the country in mortgage foreclosures for the first half of the year, number one in being behind on our mortgage payments. And there’s a lot of anger out there and I think the President, if he talks to everyday Floridians is going to get a sense of that. Anger at a government that’s creating thousands of pages of bloated new federal programs that are job killers.

Sen. LeMieux On The Failed $862 Billion Stimulus: 18 months ago, this administration told us that they would create 3.5 million new jobs by August of 2010. Instead, we’ve lost more than 3 million jobs. In terms of the stimulus which was supposed to create all these jobs, it didn’t work. And I guess most disappointing, Florida was 50 out of 50 in stimulus dollars received, according to a recent USA Today article.

Sen. LeMieux: Florida is…50 out of 50…in stimulus dollars. And it goes to the problem…that the debt is the number one issue facing this country right now. We are on an unsustainable path...We need to reign in government spending, cap government spending, cut government spending, and let the private sector have some confidence about what the taxation and regulatory environment is. Unfortunately the stimulus program didn’t provide any stimulus, and it cost us a great deal of money and furthered our debt.

Marco Rubio On President Obama’s Florida Fundraiser: I think one of the important things the President needs to hear is that politicians don’t create jobs. Jobs are created by everyday people who start a business, or expand an existing business, and the reason why that’s not happening today in America is because folks aren’t certain about the future.

Rubio: This is a state that has suffered greatly because of job losses and an anemic recovery, and I think it’s a state that will benefit greatly from the right kind of leadership in Washington, D.C. So we hope that when the President comes down here tomorrow, he’ll take time to listen to the job creators, the small businessman and women who, every single day, are creating jobs for people or are in a position to create jobs, but can’t do that because of the policies of the administration and his allies in Congress have pursued.

Marco Rubio On The Obama Administration Taking America Away From A Free Enterprise System:  And this administration has taken us further from the free enterprise system than any administration in modern American history, and we need to get back on the right road in regards to that.

Marco Rubio On Debt: I think the other thing the President will hear here in Florida is that there’s a lot of concern about the debt. The fact is that we have now reached the point where America is heading towards a Greece-like day of reckoning, if our federal leaders do not take seriously the structural problems that exist in our budgeting that have created and built up this debt to dangerous levels.
"The Miami Herald - Rubio, LeMieux comment on Obama visit
by Patricia Mazzei: With President Barack Obama visiting Miami Beach Wednesday for a fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Alex Sink, Republican Sen. George LeMieux and GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio held a conference call with reporters Tuesday to highlight their differences with the president and Democrats in general.

This administration has taken us further from the free-enterprise system than any [other]," Rubio said. In Florida, Obama will hear a lot of concern about the debt -- which Rubio referred to as a "Greece-like day of reckoning" -- and about jobs and why the federal stimulus hasn't created more of them.

"Every major national issue can be found here," Rubio said of Florida. "This is a state that has suffered greatly...It's a state that will benefit greatly from the right kind of leadership.

We hope that when the president comes down here tomorrow, he'll take time to listen."

LeMieux, for his part, added: "The stimulus hasn't worked. It's done a little -- it's saved some teacher jobs...We're on an unsustainable path. We can't create jobs with government."
The Palm Beach Post - Rubio, LeMieux preempt Obama visit
By Michael C. Bender: U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., and Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Marco Rubio held a press conference this afternoon to offer their critiques of President Obama, who will be in Miami tomorrow for a fundraiser to help his fellow Democrats.

“He’s been frolicking around the country fund-raising,” LeMieux said.

“What I think he’s going to find when he comes to Florida is that Florida is suffering and Floridians are hurting,” LeMieux said. “The economy is in very difficult shape — worse shape than anyone can remember.”

But LeMieux said that was the fault of the federal government, not state government that his fellow Republicans have been running for the past 12 years.

“There’s a lot of anger out there,” LeMieux said. “The President, if he talks to everyday Floridians, is going to get a sense of that anger at a government that is creating thousands of pages of bloated new federal programs that are job killers.”

LeMieux said the stimulus has not worked.

“Florida is a very difficult place. And while it might his serve his political goals to be fund-raising, I wish he was down here focusing on the economy,” LeMieux said.

“It’s always a privilege to have the President of the US in our state,” LeMieux said. “But know that the policies of this administration are killing jobs in Florida and putting us in a very difficult spot.”

Some quotes from Rubio:
“This administration has taken us further from the free enterprise system than any administration in modern American history. We need to get back on the right road in regards to that.”

“The fact is that we have now reached the point where America is headed toward a Greece-like day of reckoning if our federal leaders do not take seriously the structural problems that exist in our budgeting that have created and built up this debt to dangerous levels.”

“In Florida, every major national issue can be found here. All the major national debates are happening here as well. This is a state that has suffered greatly because of job losses an anemic recovery. And I think it’s a state that I think will benefit greatly from the right kind of leadership from Washington D.C.”

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August 13, 2010

Best Buds Crist and Obama Both Get Low Marks On Oil, Economy

Obama - Crist - best buds
Interesting Update: The Buzz - Florida Politics is reporting that "Gov. Charlie Crist's schedule shows he will participate in a "roundtable" discussion President Obama will hold with small business owners tomorrow in Panama City."

Amanda Henneberg, RNC Spokesman noted "The Buzz" and remarked, “Perhaps Governor Crist didn’t get the message from his plummeting approval ratings that Floridians have rejected his embrace of President Obama’s big-spending, big-government agenda. Unfortunately for Florida, since the failed Obama-Crist $862 billion stimulus was passed, over 152,000 Floridians have lost their jobs as our nation has racked up over $13 trillion in debt. Having President Obama and Charlie Crist lead a small business roundtable together is like putting The Office’s Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute in charge of our economic recovery.”

The Crist-Obama Hug and Crist's self-willed actions to split the Florida vote and thereby potentially sending his friend Obama a Democrat Senator has earned Crist the ire of both Floridians and the RNC.  Looking forward to the new "Crist-Obama moment" photo.

The following article today by Ray Reyes in The Tampa Tribune reveals that both Gov. Charlie Crist and President Barack Obama have received low polling numbers with respect to handling the Gulf Oil Spill and the economy.
The oil spill did not help Gov. Charlie Crist politically, new poll results show. Crist is getting low marks for his recent job performance, the result of Floridians' view of the recession and skepticism that the economy will improve soon, according to results of the latest survey by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, released today.

Statewide, 55% rate Crist's performance over the last three months as "fair" or "poor," up from 48%, the latest survey says; 48% rate Crist as "excellent" or "good," down from 51%. These ratings are "an all-time low for Crist and the first time his performance rating has dropped below 50 percent," Brad Coker, managing director for Mason-Dixon said in the report.

The approval rating of President Barack Obama – whose stimulus plan was supported by Crist – also took a significant hit. Forty-one percent of Florida voters rate Obama's job performance as "excellent" or "good," down from 47%, and 59% rate it as "fair" or "poor," up from 53%, the poll shows.

Floridians also gave Crist and Obama low ratings for their handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Crist's performance on the spill was rated "fair" or "poor" by 51% of voters. Obama's performance was considered "fair" or "poor" by 61% of Floridians.

In the report, Coker speculated that one reason for the "less than stellar marks may be the political gamesmanship that both played during the crisis." During the spill response efforts, the Obama administration pursued a moratorium on offshore drilling and Crist called a special legislative session to ban it – even though public support for drilling increased in Florida, Coker said.

Statewide, 47% support offshore drilling and 44 percent are opposed, the poll shows.
As demonstrated by the low approval ratings of both Obama and Crist, it appears that voters are realizing that the failed, big-spending economic policies of the Obama-Crist agenda are doing nothing to improve the conditions in the Sunshine State.

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Obama’s Failed Policies Have Killed Jobs and Hurt Small Business In Florida

The Obama Stimulus

Since The Stimulus Was Passed, Over 152,000 Floridians Have Lost Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics,BLS.gov, Accessed 8/13/10)

And Florida’s Unemployment Rate Has Risen From 9.2 Percent To 11.4%. (ibid

Higher Taxes And Lower Income

The Average Florida Middle Income Family Will Pay $1,428 More In Taxes With The Dems’ Tax Hike. (“Effect Of Expiration Of Bush-Era Tax Cuts On Average Middle-Income Family, By State And Congressional District,” The Tax Foundation, 8/1/10)

Floridians Are Facing “Some Of The Nation’s Largest Declines In Income.” “‘There’s no living, there’s just surviving right now,’ Soucy said. That could be the mantra for millions of Floridians. Florida metro areas suffered some of the nation’s largest declines in income in 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said Monday. Personal income in the Miami metropolitan statistical area, which includes Palm Beach County, fell 3.1 percent, ranking 332nd of 367 MSAs. Treasure Coast personal income declined 3.6%, ranking 346th.” (Jeff Ostrowski, “South Florida, Treasure Coast Near Back Of Pack In Income Growth,” The Palm Beach Post, 8/10/10)

Fear Of Higher Taxes As A Result Of The Dems’ Tax Hike Is Causing Fear Among Small Businesses. “Mom-and-pop firms, usually the first to resume hiring, are stymied by slow demand, the real estate slump and uncertainty about the future. ... Adding to the uncertainties for businesses of all sizes are the shaky global economy and the prospects of higher taxes to deal with the federal deficit and higher costs to deal with healthcare and the recent government overhaul of financial regulations. ... Joy Staveley of Flagstaff, Ariz., said it was clear to her why people are more scared to take a risk on a new business: There are more regulations, taxes and government-mandated costs -- and fears of more to come -- with President George W. Bush’s tax cuts expiring soon, new healthcare rules and pending legislation on energy.” (Don Lee, “Small Business Sidelined In Slow Recovery From Recession,” The LA Times, 7/3/10)

Obama’s Income Tax Rate Increase Will Hit Small Businesses That Create 60 To 80 Percent Of New Jobs, “Discouraging” Their “Growth Or Expansion.” “They want to restore the higher, Clinton-era tax rates on the top two individual income brackets, increasing the 33 and 35% rates to 36 and 39.6%. But these higher rates won’t just hit high wages; they’ll hit business income ... Depending on how we define ‘small business,’ these higher tax rates would raise taxes on 45 to 55 percent of small business income ... So why should we pay attention to the way our tax code treats small businesses? They are an important source of innovation and risk-taking, creating between 60 and 80% of net new jobs, employing over half the labor force ... Higher income tax rates reduce the investment spending of entrepreneurs and the likelihood that they invest at all, discouraging the growth or expansion of small businesses.” (Robert Carroll, “Small Business And The Personal Income Tax Rates,” Tax Foundation, 10/28/08)

Obama’s Higher Income Tax Rates Will Stifle Entrepreneurship And Hurt “An Important Source Of innovation.” “The impact of the higher tax rates on the entrepreneurial sector is also particularly troubling. An often underappreciated feature of our tax system is that roughly one-third of all business taxes are paid by owners of flow-through businesses ... when they file their individual tax returns. These businesses are an important source of innovation and risk taking.” (Robert Carroll, “The Economic Cost Of High Tax Rates,”Tax Foundation, 7/29/09)

Obama Vs. Small Business

Small Businesses “Sidelined” By Obama’s Reckless Agenda. “Mom-and-pop firms, usually the first to resume hiring, are stymied by slow demand, the real estate slump and uncertainty about the future. ... Adding to the uncertainties for businesses of all sizes are the shaky global economy and the prospects of higher taxes to deal with the federal deficit and higher costs to deal with healthcare and the recent government overhaul of financial regulations. … Joy Staveley of Flagstaff, Ariz., said it was clear to her why people are more scared to take a risk on a new business: There are more regulations, taxes and government-mandated costs — and fears of more to come — with President George W. Bush’s tax cuts expiring soon, new healthcare rules and pending legislation on energy.” (Don Lee, “Small Business Sidelined In Slow Recovery From Recession,” The LA Times, 7/3/10)

Small Business Owners Reluctant To Make Decisions Due To Uncertainty In Tax Laws. “Small business owners who want to give their companies a mid-year financial checkup might find it hard to forecast what the rest of the year will bring. It’s not just the economy that’s unpredictable; there’s also uncertainty about the tax laws… This might complicate the decisions that owners typically make at this time of the year, such as whether to buy equipment.” (Joyce M. Rosenberg, “Small Business Owners Face Uncertainty About Tax Laws,” The AP, 7/19/10)

87 Percent Of Small Business Execs Don’t Think Washington Understands Their Needs. “‘When we asked how they expect the economy to perform, they have lowered their expectations looking forward,’ said Curtin. The survey results indicate significant disillusion about governmental support of small businesses, with increased taxes and intrusive regulations topping the list of concerns. More than 87% of the CEOs polled feel the federal government doesn’t understand the challenges small businesses face well enough to help expand business opportunities.” (Franes McInnis, “Small Businesses Plan Fewer Layofss, But Worry About Outluck-Survey,”The WSJ7/12/10)

ObamaCare & Small Business

Florida Medical Device Company CEO Says ObamaCare’s Medical Device Tax Will Lead To “Layoffs And Less Investment” And Smaller Companies Will “Ow[e] More In Taxes Than They Earn In Profit.” “‘The way the bill is currently written, the impact of the device tax will have some smaller medical device companies owing more in taxes than they earn in profit,’ said Matt Solar, C2C’s chief executive officer. ‘The overall effect will be layoffs and less investment in research and development. This needs to be fixed.’” (Wayne T. Price, “Tax A Concern In Medical Device Field,”FloridaToday.com, 4/7/10)

Student Loan Takeover Attached To ObamaCare Forces Sallie Mae CEO To “The Unpleasant Task Of Reducing [The] Work Force By 2,500 Persons.” “SLM Corp, the student loan company known as Sallie Mae, reported net income on a core earnings basis of $212 million, or 39 cents a share, in the first quarter. ... ‘Ironically, one quarter before the government takes over loan originations, Sallie Mae broke its own FFELP origination record, a testament to the service provided by our talented employees,’ Albert Lord, chief executive of Sallie Mae, said in a statement. ‘Of more immediate concern, however, is the unpleasant task of reducing our work force by 2,500 persons and restructuring our operations.’” (Alistair Barr, “Sallie Mae Reports Quarterly Profit Of $240 Mln,”MarketWatch, 4/21/10)

700 Of Those Jobs Will Be Lost In The Florida Panhandle. “Sallie Mae will close its Lynn Haven facility by the beginning of next year, eliminating about 700 jobs in BayCounty... The company is restructuring and will start eliminating positions in about 60 days... ‘It’s just not a very good day for a lot of families in BayCounty,’ county Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Janet Watermeier said.” (Scarlet Sims, “Sallie Mae closing; Boyd Holds Out Hope,” The [Panama City] News Herald, 04/21/2010)

Area Director For The Small Business Development Center At The University Of North Florida Says ObamaCare’s Insurance Reforms Will “Drive Up Premiums.” “Reform contains the immediate ending of several practices health care insurance companies used to hold down costs. The law includes a requirement to cover children through age 26, ending of the rejection of people who have pre-existing medical conditions and the placement of caps on what policies pay out. ‘One of the things all this will do is drive up premiums,’ Hagan said.” (Kevin Turner, “Health Care Reform May Not Offer Enough To Small Businesses,” The Florida Times-Union, 4/25/10)

And Acknowledges That Higher Premiums Will Be Passed To Consumers, Says “It’s A Cost Of Doing Business. “And that has small business owners wondering if they’ll have to pass those costs along to their customers, lay off employees or cut back in other ways, she said. ‘It’s a cost of doing business,’ she said. ‘But we have a fairly high unemployment rate. Is this really going to help that cause?’” (Kevin Turner, “Health Care Reform May Not Offer Enough To Small Businesses,” The Florida Times-Union, 4/25/10)

Pharmacy Owner From Jacksonville, FL Says ObamaCare’s Tax Credit To Help Small Businesses Pay For Health Insurance “Isn’t Enough To Help.” Jacksonville small business owner Greg Carter said he favors health care reform but doesn’t think the reform bill President Barack Obama signed last month is going to help him. Between his two Jacksonville pharmacies, Carter employs 15, but he doesn’t provide health care insurance because he can’t afford it. And he said a tax credit in the reform bill designed for businesses like his isn’t enough to help.” (ibid)

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The President's 27-Hour Guilt Trip To Florida

In Case You Missed It: Mike Memoli with The Chicago Tribune - "Obama's 27-hour Gulf 'vacation":
Last month the White House announced that the first family would visit the Gulf of Mexico for a vacation. It's a trip, as Christi Parsons reported at the time, intended in part to ‘help ward off criticism that, while the president encourages others to go to the Gulf, he will spend his vacation among the elite set on the island of Martha's Vineyard’ … The White House has just sent new details of that trip, revealing that the Obama family will have spent barely more than one day in the area when all is said and done.
With President Obama finally comes to Florida to "vacation" and briefly meet with business owners in Panama City during his 27 hour visit to the state, an RNC spokesperson shares the following insightful comment:
“It’s nice to see the President take the time out of his busy schedule of golf games and campaign fundraisers to clear his conscience and visit Florida for only the second time since the oil spill crisis began. As he meets with business owners in the Panhandle, it seems like the perfect opportunity for him to explain how his reckless spending, tax increases, and government takeover of health care are supposed to help the Gulf’s devastated economy. Not even the Sunshine State can put a positive light on the President’s failed liberal policies that have sunk his approval ratings to an all time low.” – Amanda Henneberg, RNC Spokesman
Just in case the President gets time for some R & R (which we are confident that he will!) we wanted to make sure that he had a list of near-by Florida golf courses handy should he want to work on his swing. We all remember that as oil seeped into the Gulf Coast, President Obama still managed to fit in at least a dozen golf games into his schedule. What a commitment to the sport! Nothing says leadership like golfing and campaigning during one of our nation’s worst environmental disasters. Enjoy your stay in the Sunshine State, Mr. President, we hope you find this map helpful!

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August 12, 2010

All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt?

by Wiliam Warren:


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August 11, 2010

US Senate Florida Race: Marco Rubio Leads

The race for the U.S. Senate in Florida continues to be all about Governor Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, regardless of which Democrat they face. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Rubio with 38% of the vote and Crist at 33% if Congressman Kendrick Meek is the nominee. Meek earns 21%. Only one percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. . . .[Full Report - Rasmussen Reports 8/11/10]

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Marco Rubio Responds To Harry Reid's "Outrageous" Remarks

On August 10, Harry Reid said, "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay? Do I need to say more?" The next day, U.S. Senate Republican candidate from Florida Marco Rubio responded to these remarks on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." [Video]


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August 9, 2010

The REAL Party of Wall Street - The Democrats


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August 7, 2010

Winning this Election! Trifecta Wants You This Election Season!

ARRA News Service - As identified at the end of this video: All Politics are personal! Do you really want to really restore this Republic? We need you make some small sacrifice to make a difference so we all can be in the winner circle! Contact your local Republican party or a candidate that you like. Get involved, make a few phone calls, visit a few people, kick in $5 or whatever to their campaign, lets get others out to vote, so we can all meet in the winners circle.
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Pajamasmedia: You don't win elections by watching Glenn Beck. You've got to do the hard work - walk precincts, talk with neighbors and lick envelopes. Scott Ott, Stephen Green and Bill Whittle tell you what it will it take to deliver a Republican majority in Congress on Election Day. The midterm elections, Obama and the Tea Party Movement on this edition of Trifecta. [Video]


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August 6, 2010

Tampa Bay Region to Host RNC 2012

ARRA News Service - The Republican National Committee’s members unanimously voted today to ratify the recommendation of the Tampa Bay Region to host the 2012 Republican National Convention. The vote took place at the RNC’s Summer Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.

“We are excited to be holding our 2012 Convention in Tampa Bay. The Site Selection Committee worked incredibly hard to find and present the best city to our Members, and I am very pleased with the decision made today to ratify this selection,” said RNC Chairman Michael Steele. “As we begin our planning efforts, we have been beyond impressed by the community’s hospitality and warm welcome, and I am confident that this will be a true team effort as we move towards 2012.”

“From the start of this process Chairman Steele and the Site Selection Committee have focused on what would be the best business deal for the RNC, the Convention, and the city. Tampa has easily met all of these challenges and more, and we are thrilled to bring the Republican Convention to Florida,” said Holly Hughes, Site Selection Chairman.

The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held the week of August 27th. In downtown Tampa, the St Pete Times Forum will serve as the Convention venue, and the Tampa Convention Center being used for the Media Workspace. It is expected that the convention will bring 45,000 people to the region in the 5 day period. It is also projected that the region will see over 150 million dollars in revenue during the convention week.

The 2012 Republican National Convention website was launched today.

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August 5, 2010

Charlie Crist Birthday Card for Barack Obama

Charlie Crist wishes Barack Obama "Happy Birthday"
NY Post: Wish Obama a happy birthday with ‘Barack’s Birthday Cards’. The Republican National Committee (RNC) celebrated President Barack Obama's birthday Wednesday by allowing visitors to its website to send the president an array of electronic birthday cards taking aim at his policies.

Visitors to BaracksBirthdayCards.com, redirected from the RNC official website, were given a choice of 11 different electronic greetings cards featuring various administration officials and top Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). . . .

Crist hugs Obama
One of the 11 cards features Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who left the Republican party in May in order to avoid losing the Republican Senate primary to former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio. [It reads:] “Just for you, I will officially become a Democrat until it’s no longer politically convenient. Now give me a hug,” the card reads.

A photo of the then-Republican Crist hugging Obama was used to great effect by Rubio in the early stages of his Senate campaign …

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August 4, 2010

Is This What Crist Considers "Floridians Getting Their Fair Share"?

We all have heard it over and over – Charlie Crist supported President Obama’s failed $862 billion stimulus because he wanted to make sure “Floridians got their fair share.” But news reports today revealed that Florida ranked last in the country in stimulus benefits per resident. As is the case time and time again, the Obama-Crist big-spending policies only lead to Floridians getting stuck with their UNFAIR share of higher unemployment, more spending, and more debt.

So once again, we ask: Knowing what we know now, does Charlie Crist still stand behind his support of the stimulus when his reasons for championing the legislation have all but been debunked? And is this what Floridians have to look forward to if Crist caucuses with “the people?”

NOTE: Despite having the fifth-highest unemployment in the country, Florida ranked last in the country in stimulus benefits per resident. Also, is Crist in Obama pocket? If not, why is he pursuing an agenda to split the conservative vote in a manner to guarantee that a Democrat will be sent to Congress to support Obama, Reid and Pelosi?

USA Today: Florida is country's biggest loser in stimulus benefits
St. Petersburg Times
Jeff Harrington
August 4, 2010

A USA Today analysis singles out Florida as the biggest loser in the federal stimulus rollout. Despite having the fifth-highest unemployment in the country, Florida ranked last in the country in stimulus benefits per resident.

Florida received the lowest per-capita payout in the country, the paper reported. Florida, which has a jobless rate of 11.4 percent, received $1,262 per capita in stimulus benefits.

Overall, there was little correlation between stimulus aid and unemployment suffered by individual states, the analysis showed. North Dakota, which has the country's lowest jobless rate of 3.6 percent, was fourth in stimulus benefits. Alaska, with a jobless rate below the national average of 9.5 percent, was the top winner in the stimulus sweepstakes: $3,505 per person.

The analysis included three parts of the stimulus program: government spending, tax breaks and cash benefits such as unemployment payouts. The paper concluded that stimulus benefits are skewed to better-off states because federal spending formulas are tied to such criteria as income, population density, and highway fatalities — but not unemployment rates.

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