Tired of 'political fighting,'Crist will run for Senate as independentST. PETERSBURG — Nearly 20 years after winning his first elected office as a Republican, Gov. Charlie Crist declared the political system broken today as he announced an unprecedented independent campaign for U.S. Senate."They've had enough of political fighting," Crist said of voters. "They're tired of the games and the name calling and the politics of destruction."Crist, 53, referred to political parties as "clubs" and conceded he was in "uncharted territory," saying it would have been easier to run for re-election.He's the first governor in Florida to decline a chance for a second term. And unlike the two independents in the U.S. Senate, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Crist would have to beat credible candidates from both major parties to win.The last competitive independent candidate to run statewide in Florida was Ross Perot, who was drubbed in the 1992 presidential race by 1.1 million votes.Opponents cast Crist as an opportunist and traitor."This is one of the biggest betrayals in American history since Benedict Arnold," House budget chairman David Rivera, R-Miami, said.Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, is running a new ad reminding voters -- lest we forget -- of what Crist said on FOXNews last month ...
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
In a surprising development that sets the stage for a dramatic political showdown, tea party and grass-roots conservatives tell Newsmax they have seized control of Utah's GOP delegate system, and are now in a position to select which candidates will represent the party in the midterm elections."Our feeling is that the majority of the Republican Party delegates are now tea party people," Brian Halladay, one of the founders of the grass-roots Utah Rising organization, tells Newsmax.Utah GOP leaders say they can't be sure, but concede the activists' assessment may be accurate."I'm sure they have a very strong bloc, and they may have control," Dave Hansen, chairman of the Utah GOP, tells Newsmax. "But we won't know that until we get to the convention."
Saturday, April 24, 2010
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criticism from President Barack Obama on Friday and signed into law a bill supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration in Arizona, the nation's gateway for human and drug smuggling.With hundreds of protesters outside the state Capitol shouting that the bill would lead to civil rights abuses, Brewer said critics were "overreacting" and that she wouldn't tolerate racial profiling."We in Arizona have been more than patient waiting for Washington to act," Brewer said after signing the law. "But decades of inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation."Earlier Friday, Obama called the Arizona bill "misguided" and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it's legal. He also said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level — or leave the door open to "irresponsibility by others.""That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe," Obama said.The legislation, sent to the Republican governor by the GOP-led Legislature, makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It also requires local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants, allows lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws, and make it illegal to hire illegal immigrants for day labor or knowingly transport them.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 4 million Americans -- the vast majority of them middle class -- will have to pay a penalty if they don't get insurance when President
Barack Obama's health care overhaul law kicks in, according to congressional estimates released Thursday.
The penalties will average a little more than $1,000 apiece in 2016, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report.
Most of the people paying the fine will be middle class as Obama's comprehensive law is phased in over the next few years. In his 2008 campaign for the White House, Obama pledged not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 a year and couples making less than $250,000.
Republicans have criticized the requirement that Americans get coverage, even though the idea was originally proposed by the GOP in the 1990s and is part of the Massachusetts health care plan signed into law in 2006 by then Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican. Attorneys general in more than a dozen states are working to challenge it in federal court as unconstitutional.
"The individual mandate tax will fall hardest on Americans who can least afford to pay it, many of whom were promised subsidies by the Democrats and who the president has promised would not pay higher taxes," said
Rep. Dave Campof Michigan, the top Republican on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
MOUNT DORA — A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care "elsewhere.""I'm not turning anybody away — that would be unethical," Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."
Four in 10 Tea Party members are either Democrats or Independents, according to a new national survey.
The findings, first reported in The Hill, offer one of the most detailed looks so far at the conservative grassroots movement that started last year.
According to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group:
- The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democrat.
- Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.
- Tea partiers are united around two issues – the economy/jobs and reducing the deficit. They believe that cutting spending is the key to job creation and favor tax cuts as the best way to stimulate the economy.
- 61 percent of Tea Party members believe infrastructure spending creates jobs. Moreover, given the choice Tea Party members favor 63-32 reducing unemployment to 5 percent over balancing the budget.
- The group has a favorable view of the GOP generally but that drops from 71 to 57 percent if they’re asked about Congressional Republicans.
- Congressional Democrats are viewed very unfavorably by 75 percent of Tea Party members. An overwhelming 95 percent said, “Democrats are taxing, spending, and borrowing too much.”
- Over 80 percent of Tea Party members disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing as president, whereas 77 percent of Republican respondents said they disapprove of Obama.
In 1773 our forebears expressed their disapproval over Parliament's taxes by dumping several hundred creates of tea into Boston Harbor instead of paying the duties attached to the import. The more things change....Modern-day tea partiers are in good company, but they can do more than pick up their protests from our ancestors. They can also peel a few pages from their playbook. While researching the life of Boston patriot Paul Revere, I came across four tactics that may serve his descendants.1. Keep it principled.2. Keep it simple.3. Keep it up.4. Keep connected.
Monday, April 19, 2010
These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.
5. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
THE ONION SHUTS DOWN: "NO MORE SATIRE POSSIBLE"
The Onion, the United States oldest and most revered satirical newspaper, first published in 1756, has announced that they will close their website and cease all publishing activities, effective immediately.
Said the owner, "No more satire is possible. Nothing can beat the outrageousness of what comes out of Washington today. In a sentence: We are plum out of satire."
Satirical headlines planned by The Onion, such as "Pelosi: Pass Health Care To Find Out What Is In It", "Major Tax Increases To Reverse Recession", and "Obama Bows To Communist Leader", have been superceded by actual news headlines, causing these satirical headlines and corresponding articles to be pulled.
"I was working on this great concept: Obama would win the Nobel Peace Prize within a few weeks of being inaugerated, " said Abe Iggoof, writer for The Onion, "Then it happened."
The National Security Agency monitors Satirical Possibility Quotient, which is the ability to create satire in the United States. Occurances of satire being superceded by real events, it reported, happened at least 189 times from 2009 to 2001, causing the SPQ to plummet to an all-time low of -75.54. Dr. N. Umber Kruntcher, analyst for the NSA SPQ program, testified before the Satire Investigation Panel commissioned by Congress that it made satire nearly impossible.
"How can I work", lamented Sil E. Gouse, "Every time I get a great idea, it's a lead story on MSNBC. I mean, I was going to write something about how the unpopularity of Health Care Reform was a driving factor in its passing, and the next day MSNBC lead with 'Pelosi: Unpopularity of Health Reform Very Positive For Lawmakers'."
The ability to be satirical is projected to plunge further in 2010, said The Onion's owner, making The Onion an unviable business proposition. Bankruptcy has been filed as of Thursday, April 15, and the assets of the firm will be auctioned in the next two months.
I hope all those spelling and grammar errors are just satire, too ...
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Tea partyers rally at West Palm Beach tax day protest;urged to be better activistsWEST PALM BEACH — After failing to derail health care overhaul in Washington last month and failing to sway a special congressional election in South Florida this week, tea party activists were challenged Thursday to do more than just protest."This week I saw a disaster unfold before my very eyes," conservative talk radio host Joyce Kaufman told a tax day crowd that approached 1,000. She was referring to Democrat Ted Deutch's 62.1 percent victory in a congressional race where tea partyers once vowed to make a national statement."I'm here today to warn you that if you don't activate and if each one of you doesn't bring somebody else to the tea party, bring somebody else to the table in August (for the primaries) and in November, then we have failed and we will go down in flames," Kaufman said."We've got to take it to the next step," South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson said. "We've got to become activists, and that doesn't mean just coming out to protests."Click here to read more.