Obamalism: Disaster in the Waiting

So, President Obama doesn’t want “big government,” he wants “smart government.” And he wants economic stimulus to get the economy moving again. Sounds like a well thought out and bold plan. You’ve got to hand it to him, he’s got a silver-tongue and he makes you feel good. Unfortunately Obama’s rhetoric and euphemisms won’t get us out of the economic crisis. It will require leadership, discipline, and hard work. Three qualities not found anywhere in Washington, D.C.

Sagging economy, $11 trillion in debt. Let’s just spend more!

By Chris Ingram

So, President Obama doesn’t want “big government,” he wants “smart government.” And he wants economic stimulus to get the economy moving again. Sounds like a well thought out and bold plan. You’ve got to hand it to him, he’s got a silver-tongue and he makes you feel good. Unfortunately Obama’s rhetoric and euphemisms won’t get us out of the economic crisis; and that “smart government” he speaks of is just a pork-filled spending bill to get Congressmen reelected.  Getting out of this mess will require leadership, discipline, sacrifice, and hard work from Americans and their elected officials. These are qualities not currently found anywhere in Washington, D.C. — from either party. Continue reading “Obamalism: Disaster in the Waiting”

Personal Responsibility?

How dare it be suggested

By Michael A. Matteo

I have often wondered what the quality of life in America might be like if people were taught, from birth, to internalize the idea that personal responsibility and consequences from actions taken were a necessary fact of leading a productive life.

In such an ideological Utopia there would be no need for bailouts, stimulus packages or government intervention to save the day for reeling consumers. Continue reading “Personal Responsibility?”

Say so long to Gov. Charlie Crist, and hello Senator Crist?

Don’t get me wrong, I like Charlie Crist. I like him the same way I like the guy who mows my lawn. He’s a nice fella with a deep tan and a friendly smile. But I don’t want my lawn man making decisions about taxes, insurance, or my children’s education. And I don’t want Charlie Crist doing so either because he doesn’t have a grasp for the issues and he’s not willing to take a stand for anything. The proof is in the pudding: despite a lifetime in public service, Florida’s governor doesn’t have many accomplishments to show for.

Perhaps just plain “sorry Charlie” would be better…

By Chris Ingram

My friend and fellow political consultant Jamie Miller recently wrote on Irreverent View that he speculates Florida Governor Charlie Crist will run for re-election.

I disagree with Jamie.

I believe Charlie has his eye on the U.S. Senate.

Here’s why and what I think will happen: Continue reading “Say so long to Gov. Charlie Crist, and hello Senator Crist?”

Not a fan of Ann Coulter

A week before Barack Obama’s Presidential inauguration, Ann Coulter was hitting the talk show circuit to promote her new book Guilty: Liberal Victims and their Assault on America. I watched her appearance on The View where the interview, as one would expect, quickly spiraled into chaos and polarity. However, despite the latte flinging and the “oh no you didn’t just talk to Barbara like that!”, I was intrigued by Coulter’s take on single motherhood. And I found the interaction of the women equally interesting.

Irreverent View’s resident comedian takes a poke at a serious issue

By Debra Cole

A week before Barack Obama’s Presidential inauguration, Ann Coulter was hitting the talk show circuit to promote her new book Guilty: Liberal Victims and their Assault on America. I watched her appearance on The View where the interview, as one would expect, quickly spiraled into chaos and polarity. However, despite the latte flinging and the “oh no you didn’t just talk to Barbara like that!”,  I was intrigued by Coulter’s take on single motherhood. And I found the interaction of the women equally interesting.  Continue reading “Not a fan of Ann Coulter”

Thank Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for State Farm’s departure

By Lawrence A. Hunter
Two years ago, Gov. Crist dared insurance companies to leave Florida if they couldn’t do business under regulations that essentially forced them to lose money. Last week, State Farm Insurance Company, Florida’s largest writer of homeowners’ insurance, announced it is going to discontinue writing homeowners’ policies in the state.

This saga began several years ago when the governor and the Legislature began playing chicken with Mother Nature and the laws of economics by imposing price controls on homeowners insurance. This prevented insurance companies from charging homeowners actuarially sound premiums that accurately reflect the risk of storm damage. Almost immediately, insurance companies began fleeing the state, and firms that remained dropped thousands of homeowners’ policies that had suddenly become actuarially unsound under Florida’s price controls.

(Read the full commentary appearing on the SunSentinel newspaper website here).

The 11 Most Expensive Catasrophes in History

Editor’s note: tabulator of this information is unknown and Irreverent View cannot confirm total costs of items 11 through 2 (however the costs associated with each item appear to be realistic).  Since item #1 (the costliest item) is ongoing it’s total cost cannot be calculated. 

# 11. Titanic – $150 Million The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today ‘ s dollars).

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