A better approach to chairmanship mess

A well-trained monkey could probably do the job, but that didn’t keep some commissioners and their puppeteers from jockeying for the position. It apparently got nasty and personal, with commissioners cutting deals behind closed doors — a clear violation of Florida’s sunshine laws.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published November 26, 2011

If all seven members of the Hillsborough County Commission were drowning and you could only save one, would you go to lunch or read the paper?

Last week the world’s greatest deliberative body within six blocks of the Hillsborough River demonstrated why good intentions don’t mean better government.

Before it got all well-meaning, the commission went about its business of organizing its “leaders” for the coming year. Mostly this means electing who amongst them will serve as chairman. The chairman signs legal documents, represents the county at official events and manages commission meetings. For his efforts, the commission chair earns an extra 10 grand in pay.

A well-trained monkey could probably do the job, but that didn’t keep some commissioners and their puppeteers from jockeying for the position. It apparently got nasty and Continue reading “A better approach to chairmanship mess”

Ode to the Welfare State

But if Sam treats us all too well
And feeds us milk and honey,
Please, daddy, tell me what the hell
He’s going to use for money.

Democrat Dialog

Father must I go to work?
 No, my lucky son.
We’re living now on Easy Street.
 On dough from Washington.

We’ve left it up to Uncle Sam,
 So don’t get excercised.
Nobody has to give a damn–
 We’ve all been subsidized.

Photo of Pres. Truman and Pres. Obama. The more things change...the more they stay the same.


But if Sam treats us all too well

 And feeds us milk and honey,
Please, daddy, tell me what the hell
 He’s going to use for money.

Don’t worry, bub, there’s not a hitch
 In this here noble plan–
He simply soaks the filthy rich
 And helps the common man.

But, father, won’t there come a time
 When they run out of cash
And we have left them not a dime
 When things will go to smash?

My faith in you is shrinking, son,
 You nosy little brat;
You do too damn much thinking, son,
 To be a Democrat.

While the preceding is applicable in the class warfare President Obama and congressional Democrats are currently engaging in, take heart in noting it was entered into the Congressional Record in November  of 1949 by Representative Clarence J. Brown (R-OH). It seems the Democrats’ free-spending ways, general fiscal irresponsibility, and class-warfare tactics have deep roots.

Click here to view a PDF of the poem and report of it being in the Congressional Record from the November 4, 1949 New York Daily News.

Irreverent View would like to thank John Foster of Tampa for sharing the Daily News article.

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 at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.

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Sharpe declares he won’t be beholden to Washington insiders

We need more people beholden to truth, good public policy and the citizens whom we represent, not those who wield power or a checkbook. So I make this pledge – which is not to sign one. I pledge to dedicate myself to the singular cause of restoring America to its once lofty and principled perch as a shining beacon of liberty and freedom for others to emulate.

Editor’s note: Mark Sharpe is a candidate for Congress in Florida’s 11th congressional district, currently represented by Kathy Castor who is running for a fourth term

Statement from Mark Sharpe

Let me be clear.  I am not running for Congress to join the insiders and eat bean soup at the Capital Club.  I am running to divert America from its present treacherous course.

Mark Sharpe

This week’s news that the congressional “super committee” has failed should surprise no one. It was designed to fail. Washington is little more than an insider’s club where good public policy takes a back seat to crony capitalism and partisan gain.

That is why I am determined to Continue reading “Sharpe declares he won’t be beholden to Washington insiders”

Newsroom Insider: Hating on Chelsea Clinton

I found myself recalling that formative experience from my time as a cub reporter last night as I pondered the announcement that NBC had hired former first daughter Chelsea Clinton as a special news correspondent. It’s the latest hiring of a child from a prominent political family in the contracting news industry. The field I’ve devoted my life to never seems to run out of room for them, even as thousands of veteran reporters are being kicked to the curb.

Silver spoon lands plum job in shrinking news industry without paying dues

(Editor’s note: The following was submitted by my friend Victor Epstein, a veteran newspaper reporter. Victor, like a lot of professional journalists is out of a job due to the economy and the newspaper industry still trying to figure out how to make money in the age of Twitter and The Daily Show. His column focuses on how ridiculous it is that Chelsea Clinton was recently hired by NBC News — and his (understandable) frustrations. But the column doesn’t stop there. It gives an insightful first-person account of what it is like to be a journalist with real world accounts about covering the news. Those examples demonstrate how being a “real journalist” translates into better reporting and story telling. The column is longer than what we normally publish here, but if you’re interested in the news and journalism as I am, you wont be able to stop reading it.  — Chris Ingram, Publisher, Irreverent View)

By Victor Epstein

A pair of headlights cut through the darkness behind me on a two-lane road outside Claxton, Ga., one night in 1994. They closed swiftly on my pickup before matching my speed at about 200 yards.

That almost never happens on country roads. Cars either pass you or you pass them. They don’t race toward you before trailing  from a fixed distance. So, I slowed down to protect the identity of my source – a black high school student who had been warned to stop dating a white classmate in a town plagued by institutionalized racism.

The mystery car drew closer each time I downshifted, before matching my speed. We drove along in this manner for a stretch at 150 yards, then 100, then 50. We were separated by less than 10 feet by the time I brought my pickup to a complete halt.

The vehicle now visible in my rear-view mirror was a Claxton police cruiser. Continue reading “Newsroom Insider: Hating on Chelsea Clinton”

Inside the Hillsborough REC

This is inside baseball no doubt, but finally, it seems as though someone of merit has stepped up to the plate to run for Hillsborough County Republican Execuctive Commitee chair. His name is Chris Shalosky, and he is president of the Fishhawk GOP club. (See e-mail of support from Kelly Clem for more details on his background).

New candidate emerges in election to replace Cox-Roush tomorrow night

By Chris Ingram

This is inside baseball no doubt, but finally, it seems as though someone of merit has stepped up to the plate to run for Hillsborough County Republican Execuctive Commitee chair. His name is Chris Shalosky, and he is president of the Fishhawk GOP club. (See e-mail of support from Kelly Clem for more details on his background).

I am told by a reputable source in the county GOP organization that Carol Carter said she would not run if someone else with credibility (and someone other than Art Wood  — who is running) got into the race. So here is Carol’s chance to bow out, save face, and avoid embarrassing herself and the party.

As I previously wrote, Art “Bob Dole” Wood is a nice guy — and so is my plumber, but I don’t want him being county party chairman. We can do better than handing off this important position in a critical election year (nevermind the fact that the convention is in our backyard) to someone just because “it’s his turn.”

Wood: Bob Dole

 

Shalosky: not Bob Dole

 

Lastly, I still say Continue reading “Inside the Hillsborough REC”

Two dumbest ideas out of Hillsborough Co. Comm. since Kevin White was around

If Les Miller and the other Democrat do-gooders who want to carve a special district were really concerned about Hispanic representation, they’d go out and find some Hispanic candidates. As it occurred last year, no Hispanic was elected to the BOCC because no Hispanics ran! Les, if you want a Hispanic on the commission, get one to run for it.

Does Les Miller think the rest of the BOCC is that stupid?

By Chris Ingram

Just when you thought the antics of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White were in the commission’s past, the commission has begun to digress back to its dysfunctional ways.

Ironically, the commission’s new antics are being lead by the man who disposed of its former biggest clown, Mr. White – who was recently convicted of seven counts related to public corruption. (Editor’s note: Please don’t send compassion packets with things like soap on a rope to inmate Kevin White c/o Federal Bureau of Prisons until after his sentencing in January).

Les Miller's plan is a partisan power play.

White’s replacement of course is none other than Commissioner Les “double-dippin’” Miller. It seems when Mr. Miller isn’t busy doing whatever it is he is being paid $96,000 a year to do as “student ombudsman and public liaison at USF” he does stuff related to being a county commissioner – for which he is paid $92,000 a year.

That “stuff” has amounted to a very strategic plan of Mr. Miller’s to totally change the way commissioners are elected as well as how the commission annually selects its chairman. Both are what political operatives would call a “power play by the minority to regain the majority.”

Here are Les Miller’s $188,000 plans: Continue reading “Two dumbest ideas out of Hillsborough Co. Comm. since Kevin White was around”

Jon Huntsman’s path to victory

With his upbeat attitude and serious focus on the issues, Huntsman makes a convincing case for his candidacy. Until now, he has been largely dismissed by both pundits and party activists – the latter whom wrongly conclude Huntsman is a moderate.

And a few things his opponents would rather you forget

By Chris Ingram

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman was in Florida yesterday. A light day of campaigning was preceded by a coveted appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press in which Huntsman raised the issue of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s electability and his repeated flip-flops.

Photo: Jon Huntsman (center) speaks with supporters Linda and Gerald Albrecht of Tampa.

 

Following his TV appearance, Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric (who is not currently supporting anyone in the presidential contest) Tweeted, “Wow! Huntsman performance MTP (Meet the Press) very impressive. Thoughful and Presidential. Better 1on1 than debate. Deserves a second look”

From CEO’s like Welch to the few everyday Americans who are actually paying attention to the race, voters are still looking for a believable leader who lacks the baggage of candidates like Caine and Gingrich and the poll-tested and plastic nature of Mitt Romney. Huntsman may be the answer, but a lot of stars will have to line up in a row for Huntsman to become the nominee.

Live free or die

Metaphorically speaking, Huntsman has Continue reading “Jon Huntsman’s path to victory”