Things for the Flori-duh Legislature to consider

I digress; that’s old news. But the players haven’t changed much, and I’m not optimistic that the same knuckleheads in Tallahassee, who in the midst of an economic recession last year spent four days talking about abortion and just one day talking about jobs, will get their priorities in order.

Instead of just complaining about what a bunch of out-of-touch do-nothings they are, I’ve made a list of a few things the Legislature ought to consider. They are:

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published January 10, 2012

Call in the kids, lock your doors, and cover your eyes and ears, the “Flori-duh” Legislature convenes today to conduct its annual business.

Last year’s embarrassing session saw Senate President Mike Haridopolous outmaneuvered by the House. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering this is the same guy who wrote a book with finger paint and got paid $150,000 to do so by some Podunk community college. The book sold about 100 copies.

I digress; that’s old news. But the players haven’t changed much, and I’m not optimistic that the same knuckleheads in Tallahassee, who in the midst of an economic recession last year spent four days talking about abortion and just one day talking about jobs, will get their priorities in order.

Instead of just complaining about what a bunch of out-of-touch do-nothings they are, I’ve made a list of a few things the Legislature ought to consider. They are:

∙ Act on Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign slogan of “jobs, jobs, jobs.” What can government do to create jobs? Easy; leave more money in the people’s pockets. Providing tax relief and cutting costly, burdensome and unnecessary regulations will spark economic growth.

∙ Ban texting and talking on a mobile phone without a hands-free device while driving. Thirty-five states ban texting, and nine states ban phone usage without a hand-free device. Texting is a huge problem, and it gets worse every day. Nearly every slow driver I see in the left lane is doing so because they’re more focused on their phone than the road. This is obviously a major safety issue as well as being an annoyance.

Click here to read the full column in The Tampa Tribune.

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 atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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2 thoughts on “Things for the Flori-duh Legislature to consider”

  1. Hi Chris,
    First I don’t like reading your e-mail then having to click to your site and then clicking to the Trib to finish. Yes, I am lazy but I think your readers dwindle with each re-direct.
    Now for one of the few things I disagree with you on: Cell phones in cars are not the problem. It is distracted driving. The danger of cell phones is not physical, it’s mental. Some folks can’t walk and chew gum much less drive a car and chat on the phone (even with a hands free device). We have a Careless Driving statue that covers everything that makes people dangerous. We don’t need laws preventing drivers from talking, eating, or nose picking if they can drive safely while doing so. We could use some stepped up enforcement of careless driving laws and the one that prohibits smokers from throwing lit cigarette butts out the window. As a motorcycle rider, I really hate getting hit by them, not to mention the fires they start and the litter. That brings me to the helmet law. While I always wear mine, it is a matter of choice. Public education is fine but the choice to wear a helmet, seatbelt, smoke, or eat cheeseburgers should be mine, not my government’s. There are some things that do need more regulation like the insurance and tort business you discussed. I like your idea about not be able to sue for more than your coverage. Of course like other great tort reform ideas it would be opposed to oblivion. A new area that I’d like to see some Florida law is in my business of polygraph. William McAlister, who was arrested for druging and molesting a woman he was testing, (after doing 7 years in prison for the same thing) is the poster child for why we licensing with some minimum qualifications.
    Keep up the good work! See you around,
    —Dave

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  2. Oh hell, Chris, why hold back? I’m calling for bringing back hanging for texting and/or cell phone yakking while driving.
    The hands-free devices would only help a little. What we need is a brain-free device. It’s not the use of hands that’s the problem in texting or wheeling and dealing on the cell phone. It’s the fact that 98.9 percent of the driver’s available IQ and attention are invested in the phone call or message and not in what’s happening on the road. I’ve seen cell-talking drivers completely adrift at 20 mph with hands firmly at 10 and 2 o’clock. Driving is quite enough to occupy all of a driver’s attention, and our laws should reflect this.
    As for the personal liberties angle (I know this case is made; some Libertarians consider stop signs immoral), next time someone trots this fatuous argument out, ask him if it would be a personal liberties issues if some wished to drive with their heads shoved directly up their asses, the equivalent of driving while texting.
    Cheers,
    –Larry

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