March 30, 2011

Who’s more responsible: Charlie Sheen or Washington?

Who is more fiscally responsible: Charlie Sheen or Washington? Duh! Charlie the Warlock. Washington spends $30 million, the same as Charlie’s salary, in less than five minutes. Now that’s a fastball… At least Charlie knew not to spend more than Two and a Half Men was paying him.

Bankrupting America: At first thought, Charlie Sheen hardly seems like a model for fiscal responsibility. But, somehow, Washington has managed to be far worse.

Washington's habit of spending far more than it takes in has driven the country into debt. And our economic situation is projected to only get worse.

The solution is clear, but not easy: spending cuts. History shows that reducing government spending leads to sustained economic growth. And that's something (even Charlie Sheen) can get behind.

With the help of Charlie (sort of), our latest video explains that after years of spending far more than we take in, Washington has driven us deep into the red. And there’s only one viable solution. Check out the video below and then sign up to be one of the first to receive our latest products!

Excerpt:
Charlie Sheen (impersonator): “Yeah, well, being a ‘rockstar from Mars’ is expensive. Duh. But I still brought in more than I spent. WINNING. You can’t say the same for Washington. LOSING.”

Here are a few facts:
Last year, Washington brought in 2.3 trillion in taxes, and spent it all, plus a lot more. One and a half times to be exact. Losing!

It took over 200 years, and every president from George Washington through Bill Clinton, to rack up a $ 6-trillion debt. But Washington politicians have more than doubled that in just 10 years. Losing!

Our current debt of more than 14 trillion means every American household is on the hook for $130,000. Losing!

We pay almost $1 trillion, every year, on interest payments alone. Losing!

After World War II, the U.S. government cut spending from 44 percent of the economy to 11 percent.
We need solutions NOW and Public Notice’s latest video shows what we already know to do. Cut Spending!

If Charlie Sheen can figure out how to turn a dire situation around, there just might be hope for Washington.

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March 28, 2011

Hurri"cain" Crosses Florida

Herman Cain and Bill Smith
Traveling Together and Supporting
the Spending Revolt Bus Tour
Bill Smith, Editor: The difference between a Hurricane and a Hurri"Cain" is that the first is a big wind and storms that destroys. Florida has faced many Hurricanes and has suffered losses of friends, family and property. The second is a play on words for conservative Herman Cain who brings restoration of freedoms, values and property to the people.

Herman has traveled around the country, including the early primary and caucus states, to gauge voter and donor support for a potential presidential campaign. The momentum for a potential candidacy has grown stronger than ever, with recent victories in straw polls indicating that Americans appreciate his "common sense solutions" to getting this country back on the right track to freedom and prosperity.

Some recent victories include:
  • In late 2010, before forming his Presidential Exploratory Committee, Herman Cain won the RedState.com Presidential Bracket Straw Poll.
  • In February 2011, Herman Cain won the on-air and online presidential straw poll for WHO, Iowa's largest talk radio station and former home to President Reagan.
  • In February 2011, Herman Cain won the Tea Party Patriots Presidential Straw Poll at their policy summit with 22 percent of the vote in a field of 14 potential candidates.
  • On March 26, Herman Cain won the presidential straw poll at Congressman Steve King's Conservative Principles PAC Conference, with 2 1/2 times as many votes as his nearest competitor.

The people of Florida can meet and hear Herman Cain at one of the following events:

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2011
5 p.m. Eastern -
Americans for Prosperity Foundation Florida 2011 Summit- Keynote Address
The Doubletree Hotel
101 South Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011
12:30 p.m. Eastern -
Friends of Herman Cain, Inc. “Common Sense Solutions” Reception
The Beach Club
755 North County Road, Palm Beach, FL

7 p.m. Eastern -
Friends of Herman Cain, Inc. “Common Sense Solutions” Reception
The Marriott- Heron Bay
11775 Heron Bay Blvd., Coral Springs, FL

To request an interview with Herman Cain or get an update of future speaking engagements, contact Ellen Carmichael at (678) 601-2772or visit the Herman Cain website.

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March 27, 2011

Florida Politics & News

Via eGOPNews: and Google Alert:
Miami Herald: Post recall: Let the circus begin - upcoming election - Lions and Monkeys invited
BusinessWeek: FL House OKs bill ending union dues pay deductions - Seeking to Stop the Union Thuggery
The Ledger: Lake Wales Voters Will Face 14 Amendments on Ballot - Grandma Bring a Chair to the Poll to Relax In Line
FTU: Jacksonville Journal: Sen Ben Nelson (D) backs Brown in contest for mayor - Who's Helping Who Here - Nelson smells like a "dead fish"
PNJ: Proposal passes to limit union political activity - They Can No Longer Use Cement Shoes To Resolve Disputes
SPT: Case against Ray Sansom and Jay Odom is dropped Each agreeded to pay Northwest Florida State College $103,000
NYT: Florida: Charges Dropped Against Ex-Speaker Judge Boots Only Witness
SPT: Connie Mack will not run for U.S. Senate Staying With The House Home Team
Roll Call: Mack Won't Run for Senate in Florida Impressed - Passes Senate - Stays Closer To His Constituents
Hill: Biden: If Bill Nelson loses Senate race, Obama won't win Florida in 2012 We Can All Dream: No Nelson - No Obama Win In Florida
Wash Times: Freshman Rep. Allen West has GOP abuzz with talk of ‘12 Love West To Be On the Big Chair in the East But We Need His Freed Voice in the House
SPT: Mixed messages on Fla from Team Romney Message 1: Take off the stuffed suit. Message 2: Communicate with bloggers and grassroots.
Miami Herald: Joe Biden slams Gov. Rick Scott over high-speed rail line Biden is a RR Hobo who likes to Spend your money for the ride. Kick him to the rail.
SPT: Charlie Crist's testimony pans Ray Sansom's college deal - So Charlie Got Another 10 Minutes of Limelight - Who Cares

If you think Florida Politics is strange, consider the following "Clueless Bunch." as detailed by Michael Ramirez:



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March 26, 2011

CAIR Confronts Florida US Representative Allen West

The Shark Tank Video Report shows CAIR supporter challenging Rep. Allen West at a Twon hall meeting over stated positions on Muslims. Almost all Floridians at the meeting sided with Rep. West.


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March 22, 2011

Allen West's Call to Action!

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is back in his district talking with his constituents. Watch the following video posted by yugmralaWa for a "breath of fresh air." Allen West's Call to Action! Allen West Impersonates Harry Reid during an impromptu speech Allen West in 2012! Shark Tank


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March 18, 2011

Florida Senate Approves Opt-out Amendment To Obamacare

The Florida Senate passed (29-10) the proposed Florida State Health Care Freedom Amendment. All Republicans and one Democrat votes for the amendment. It now goes to the Florida House. If passed by the House, the proposed amendment to the Florida State Constitution will be placed on the ballot next November for Floridians to vote on. If approved by 3/5 of the votes the amendment would be approved. The amendment would allow any person or employer to opt out of the ObamaCare mandates for purchasing or providing health care coverage.

Senate President Mike Haritopoulos (R-Merritt Island) sponsored the proposal and put it on a fast track for passage in the first week of the session. He said, "This proposed constitutional amendment is about an individual’s right to make his own health care decisions without interference from the federal government. It also sends a message to Washington D.C. that its one-size-fits-all approach to health care doesn’t work. I’m thankful for the support of my Republican colleagues on this constitutional amendment. We believe in patient-centered, not government-centered health care. After approval from the House of Representatives, Floridians will have the opportunity to decide for themselves at the ballot box."

The Florida Supreme course stopped a similar amendment from appearing on the 2010 ballot by claiming that it was misleading. Sen. Haritopoulos included in the new proposal language to prevent this from happening again. The language states: "To preserve the freedom of all residents of the state to provide for their own health care.... A law or rule may not compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system."

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March 17, 2011

Florida Legislature Passed Bill To Support Merit Pay Verses Teacher Tenure

By Michael Peltier, KDAF-TV 33: Florida lawmakers on Wednesday passed a sweeping and controversial measure aimed at replacing teacher tenure with a merit-based system tied to student test results, handing newly elected Governor Rick Scott his first legislative victory.

By an 80-39 vote, the Florida House approved largely along party lines the Republican-backed measure that decides teacher pay using a yet-to-be determined matrix of student performance on standardized tests and other criteria put in place by local school boards. The bill passed the Senate earlier in the week on a 26-12 vote.

While allowing existing teachers to remain in the tenure system that bases pay predominantly on seniority, new teachers will have less job security because they will have to be rehired each year.

"This bill is going to improve our system to the benefit of our students," Scott told reporters on Wednesday. "We will make sure the best teachers stick around, that we retain them, we train them and we'll find the money to make sure they are paid fairly."

The measure pitted the Republican-led legislature and governor against the Florida Education Association, the state's largest teachers union. Last year the union prevailed when former Governor Charlie Crist, then an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, vetoed a similar bill that had passed both chambers.

Backers of the measure say it replaces an antiquated system that values seniority over competency and provides little incentive for young, energetic teachers to remain in the field. "The current system in place in Florida is not only illogical but fundamentally unjust," said Representative Erik Fresen, a Miami Republican who sponsored the House bill. "The concept of last-in, first-out puts blinders on us."

Critics argued that the move was another attempt to bust the union under the guise of education reform. The vote comes as the debate over union representation has spread across the country, with governors in Wisconsin and other states trying to reduce their influence. Critics also argued that with an expected $1.6 billion deficit in public school spending in Florida, the funds won't be available to reward teachers who excel.

"There's no money here for any merit pay. There's no money to create all the new tests demanded by this bill," said Representative Elaine Schwartz, a Democrat from Hollywood. "So-called 'merit pay' is just a euphemism for the nation-wide attempt to kill unions, taking away the core job security and benefits that can be negotiated for members."

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March 15, 2011

No More Short-Term Budget Continuing Resolutions

Washington politicians of both parties scrambling to put together two and three week plans to keep funding the government, while not fundamentally changing the behavior that has gotten us into this mess to begin with.

Sen. Marco Rubio
Florida US Senator Marco Rubio: Our country faces a brutal reality: for far too long, the federal government has been recklessly spending money it does not have. It is the reason we now have a $14 trillion debt that threatens to bankrupt our country and why, each day, our government borrows $4 billion - almost half from foreigners and most of that from China.

Despite the seriousness of this debt crisis, an absurd pattern has clearly developed in Washington. Last year, when they still controlled the House, Senate and White House, the Democrats failed to pass a budget at all. In the first two months of this year, Senate Democrat leaders have spent invaluable time not on tackling the debt but on re-authorizing the F.A.A. and reforming the patent system. Their only attempt at addressing our debt was a plan to cut $4.7 billion in spending, which only equals what our government borrows approximately every 30 hours alone.

Democrats’ unwillingness to engage on this issue is leading us closer to a catastrophic debt spiral that will irreversibly damage our government, our economy and ultimately our country.

The absurdity of what we have witnessed on the Senate floor is only eclipsed by the lack of leadership demonstrated by the White House, and a President who has been absent from this debate and even sent his lead negotiator on a five-day foreign trip.

All this has led to a very predictable outcome: Washington politicians of both parties scrambling to put together two and three week plans to keep funding the government, while not fundamentally changing the behavior that has gotten us into this mess to begin with.

Running our government on the fumes of borrowed spending is unacceptable, short-sighted and dangerous. I commend the efforts of House and Senate Republican leaders to deal with this, but I did not come to the U.S. Senate to be part of some absurd political theatre.

I will no longer support short-term budget plans. While attempts at new spending reductions are commendable, we simply can no longer afford to nickel-and-dime our way out of the dangerous debt America has amassed. It is time our leaders in Washington wake up and realize that we are headed for a debt disaster.

With Congress set to begin another week-long recess next week, every senator and representative should feel ashamed if they have to go home again, look their constituents in the eye, and explain why nothing is being done about our debt crisis.

If the federal government keeps spending money we don’t have, we are going to do permanent damage to our economy’s ability to grow and create jobs while ultimately destroying Medicare and Social Security.

Despite the lack of leadership demonstrated so far in Washington, we still have a choice. A government shutdown is entirely avoidable if the President steps up to lead and if politicians from both parties finally get their act together, pass a budget for the rest of the year, and move on to the real debate to save entitlements and tackle America’s debt crisis.

If we deal with these issues seriously and immediately, we can leave our children with a country better than the one we grew up in. If we don’t, we will be the first Americans to leave our children worse off than ourselves.

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March 12, 2011

The New Union Label

Matt Ross, Conservative Hideout:
Here is a special video from the Conservative Hideout. I tried to show the new “civil discourse” from the labor unions…

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March 11, 2011

Governors’ Decisions Show That Elections Matter

The Wall Street Journal editorial today showcased the contrast between the decisions being made by GOP governors like Scott Walker of Wisconsin to rein in spending and hold the line on taxes and the choices of Democrat governors like Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Jerry Brown of California, and Dan Malloy of Connecticut to raise taxes.

An excerpt of the editorial is below:
Badgers vs. Gophers
A political lesson in the Upper Midwest

“Wisconsin and Minnesota are often lumped together as similar states, but this year they are showing how elections matter. In November the Badger State elected a GOP legislature and Republican Scott Walker, who is trying to cut spending and taxes, while Minnesota voters narrowly chose liberal Democrat Mark Dayton, who is doing the opposite.

… To close Minnesota's budget deficit, Mr. Dayton first proposed to raise the state's top income tax rate to 13.95% from 7.85%. That would have given Minnesota the distinction of having the highest state income tax in the nation, racing ahead of current leaders Oregon and Hawaii at 11%. The Dayton plan would even have topped New York City's combined state-city rate of 12.62%.

New Democratic Governor Dan Malloy is trying to raise income, sales, liquor, cigarette and other taxes in Connecticut. In California, Democrat Jerry Brown wants a $12 billion extension of income and sales tax hikes that were supposed to be "temporary." New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to hold the line against a tax increase, despite pressure from fellow Democrats who dominate the state assembly, but he's a rare exception. We can't remember when the fiscal policy gulf between the two parties was as great as it is today.”
. . . Read More at WSJ

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March 10, 2011

Harry Reid: One Big Fat Moron - He's Not A Cowboy

Cartoon by Michael Ramirez:


Ozark Guru: For the "One-in-five (20%) have no opinion" of Harry Reid (D-NV), Wake-up, he is the "moron" wrecking our lives as Majority leader of the US Senate. No thanks to the Nevada voters! As of the a month ago, Rasmussen Reports had Harry Reid with an unfavorable rating of -32%, difference between those who are very favorable and very unfavorable.



"Moron" Reid's opinion is also summarized in a humorous tweet by Mary Katharine Ham, "John Boehner's America is a land in which cowboys would be forced into back-alley poetry recitations."

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March 9, 2011

American Oil Production - Where Are The Drilling Permits

ARRA News Service - Wonder where the oil drilling permits are? White House rumor sources have it that they are somewhere on the floor of BO's (the POTUS BO's Dog) kennel.
By Lisa Benson:

H/T eGOPNews

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March 4, 2011

Florida High Court: Governor Can Reject Rail Funding

By Bill Kaczor, GOPUSA: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday that $2.4 billion in high-speed rail funding intended for Florida will be sent to other states after the state Supreme Court upheld Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject the money.

The Republican governor's decision effectively kills the Tampa-Orlando route.
Until Scott's election in November, it had been on track to become a leading example of how the Obama administration's stimulus plan is creating jobs and reviving the nation's passenger rail system.

Several states, including New York and Rhode Island, have asked LaHood for Florida's rail funds, but the only project that would achieve the high speeds associated with bullet trains in Asia and Europe would be California's. "I know that states across America are enthusiastic about receiving additional support to help bring America's high-speed rail network to life and deliver all its economic benefits to their citizens," LaHood said in a statement.

Scott submitted a formal rejection of the funding shortly after a Friday morning telephone conversation with LaHood. The U.S. Department of Transportation said in a statement that it now will evaluate its options for making the $2.4 billion available elsewhere.

The Florida Supreme Court had put the bipartisan lawsuit filed Tuesday on a fast track because LaHood had given Scott until Friday to accept the money.
Scott, an outspoken critic of the stimulus program, has said he believes the rail project would put Florida taxpayers on the hook for billions in cost overruns and operating subsidies.

State Sens. Arthenia Joyner, a Tampa Democrat, and Thad Altman, a Viera Republican, disagreed and sued Scott. They said overruns and subsidies would be the responsibility of the private company contracted to build and operate the system and argued state law gave Scott no choice but to accept the money.

The Supreme Court issued a brief but unanimous decision siding with Scott less than 24 hours after hearing oral arguments. The unsigned opinion said the senators did not show they were entitled to an emergency court order that would have required Scott to accept the money.

Scott spokesman Brian Burgess said in a statement that Scott was pleased with the court's decision. "He is now focused on moving forward with infrastructure projects that create long-term jobs and turn Florida's economy around," he said.

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March 2, 2011

March 10th, 12PM Capitol Steps - "Stand With Florida" - Tallahassee,

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For several years now, Floridians has seen government spending continue to grow.  Now we are facing $3 Billion dollar debt from last year's budget.   The time for easy decisions are over. Floridians must stop the spending now.
Please consider joining tea party/912 leaders and patriots across Florida on Thursday, March 10th in Tallahassee for the Florida Tea Party Summit. This is the first week session and critical for setting the tone for the session. Our goal is make our voices heard early on.

12 Noon - Tea Party Rally at the Capitol Steps - Get ready to get informed and inspired by speakers who will talk about specific issues and getting involved.  The current list of invited speakers are:
  • Local Tea Party Leaders
  • Senator Marco Rubio
  • Governor Rick Scott
  • Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll
  • CFO Jeff Atwater
  • Attorney General Pam Bondi
  • Senator Mike Haridopolos
  • Speaker Dean Cannon
  • Former Majority Leader Adam Hasner
  • Many More To Be Invited - Contact us if you have a recommendation
Can't make it to Tallahassee? Sign Our Petition "Stand With Florida"
I, as a citizen in great state of Florida, strongly support Governor Rick Scott's budget proposal to cut spending, consolidate departments and implement pension reform.   Our state is broke and cannot afford any more spending.  Raising taxes or costs for permits is not acceptable. Florida has one of the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the country. We can't afford to increase taxes when many of the citizens are facing difficult times.  Do the right thing, cut spending, not my paycheck.
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March 1, 2011

Florida's Rep. West Willing To Consider VP Slot In 2012!

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Rep. Allen West
NewsMax: Rep. Allen West says he's open to the possibility of being the vice presidential nominee for the Republicans in 2012, The Hill reports. West made his comments after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said West would be a good VP.

"I have to pray about it and I have to clear it with my wife and two daughters," said West, R-Fla. "I never thought that seven years ago when I retired here I'd be a United States congressman, and that I'd be standing in front of your news camera. So we don't know what the future holds, but I'm always willing to serve my country."

West was first elected to Congress in the 2010 midterm elections.

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