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.
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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 at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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