The Water Cooler: Marco’s mail; Castor’s propaganda; Tampa set to party

This was rather unusual coming from a guy who is a United States Senator whose mom was a maid and dad was a bartender. The statement hardly seems to be the “Marco Rubio” story and certainly slaps in the face of most Republican rhetoric about hard-work and determination being the primary factors that influence success in America.

The Water Cooler is a snapshot of some of the things people are talking about

By Chris Ingram

Marco’s PAC Mailing

Yesterday I received a solicitation in the mail from Marco Rubio’s new political action committee.

The piece included a letter from Marco that read, “For too long leaders in both parties have gotten away with [spending money we don’t have]. Washington Republicans have acted like Democrats…and literally passed the buck to future generations.”

Rubio should be applauded for this frank assessment, though he could have gone a little further by naming some of those Republicans – though it would have made the mailing about 40 pages long if he had.

Also included in the mailing was a reply card with the following in big bold letters:“TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION WITH YOUR PERSONAL CREDIT CARD, please complete the following information.” (emphasis added)

I guess Marco has learned the rules about which credit cards to use – at least when it applies to other people giving him money.


Kathy Castor’s taxpayer-funded “Mediscare” mailing

U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) continues to use “Mediscare” tactics right out of the DNC playbook as part of her reelection strategy.

Unfortunately Castor’s plan is being subsidized by taxpayers in the form of a franked mail piece from her congressional office.

Castor’s taxpayer-funded mailer boasts “Kathy’s ‘Save Medicare’ Action Plan” and it includes six bullet points which really aren’t part of any “plan” but more like desperate attempts to pad her list of “accomplishments.” Here they are listed in part:

∙ “Created the Save Medicare Task Force…with an interest in preserving Medicare.” Okay, great Kathy, but what has this task force actually accomplished?

∙ “Cosponsored the Medicate Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act.” Again, not an actual accomplishment. Castor might as well have stated she cosponsored a bill to protect widows, orphans, and starving puppies. Merely cosponsoring bills with “how can you be opposed to that?” names attached to them is not a plan of action. Mrs. Castor is part of the problem, not the solution.

∙ “Co-chair of the Health Care Innovation Task Force, whose aim is to assess, advance and promote innovation in health care – including Medicare.” Starting to see a pattern here? None of Mrs. Castor’s “action plan” items are substantive in nature. An action plan would provide detailed examples of how Mrs. Castor would wean Americans off of their reliance on entitlements and actuarially strengthen Medicare for future generations.

∙ “Medicare telephone town hall meeting with AARP to answer constituent questions and hear concerns.” Holding a telephone town hall is now considered an “action plan?” Get real Congresswoman. By the way Mrs. Castor, your going to the AARP to hear concerns about Medicare is like going to Qadaffi to hear concerns about middle-east peace. Now here’s a question for you that most AARP members who are not interested in the long-term solvency of our country probably didn’t ask: what is your plan to get our country out of $14 trillion of debt? Hint: it starts with fiscal responsibility, sacrifices from all Americans, not spending more, and an end to economic pandering to constituents.

∙ “Outspoken opponent of GOP plan to dismantle Medicare as we know it.” Seriously? This is part of your “Action Plan?” America needs ideas, solutions, and an honest discussion, not more partisan finger-pointing.

∙ “Cosponsored the Preservation of Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Medicare Benificiaries Act, which would maintain the current Medicare paymen rate for osteoporosis testing through 2013.” What does maintaining payment rates for one ailment have to do with actually saving Medicare? Nothing. But I guess when you have zero actual accomplishments and no real plan to speak of, you list whatever you can.

In short, Mrs. Castor’s paid-for-by-you propaganda is a bunch of political hogwash. About the only thing that is honest in the entire piece is the disclaimer. It reads: “This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.”

Thanks for nothing Congresswoman.

This is why America is in such a mess.


Party like it’s 2012

If you haven’t already gotten your tickets to the Convention Countdown party this Saturday night, it’s still not too late.

Tampa Republicans, business leaders, community activists and party faithful along with honored guests including Republican Party of Florida Chairman Dave Bitner, elected officials and invited presidential hopefuls will celebrate the 1 year countdown to the Republican National Convention this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Tampa Club, 41st Floor of the Bank of America Building, 101 East Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida.

Tickets are $125.00 per person, however, readers of Irreverent View are eligible for a discounted ticket of $75.00 per person. Be sure to ask for the “Irreverent View” discount when placing your order.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (813) 770-4781, in person at the Countdown Tampa ticket office located at 10213 Lake Carroll Way, Suite 1, Tampa, Fla., 33618, or by sending an e-mail to: Please include your name, daytime telephone number and how many tickets you want when ordering tickets by e-mail. A ticket office representative will call you back and take your credit card information over the phone.

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Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him


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