Fit to vote? Take this elections and politics quiz

What if you had to pass a knowledge quiz in order to have the right to vote? Some say it’s not a bad idea because there are a lot of people who have no idea about how our government or politics really work. Would you pass the test? Here are 10 questions to see if you’re a knowledgeable and qualified voter.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, October 27, 2012

What if you had to pass a knowledge quiz in order to have the right to vote? Some say it’s not a bad idea because there are a lot of people who have no idea about how our government or politics really work. Would you pass the test? Here are 10 questions to see if you’re a knowledgeable and qualified voter.

1. True or false: The only thing more boring than last Monday night’s debate is Continue reading “Fit to vote? Take this elections and politics quiz”

You’re invited! I.V. lunch speaker Tedd Webb. RSVP today!

Join me for lunch with the co-host of the best morning show in America, Tedd Webb. You’ve heard Tedd on-air on WFLA-970 for years, now come hear him in person as he provides his unique (and very irreverent) views on the upcoming presidential election, and other things related to politics and governement.

Mark your calendar, the guest speaker at the next Irreverent View lunch is our most irreverent guest ever!  And you’re invited! Please RSVP today! Send an email to Chris@IrreverentView.com if you would like to attend.

Tedd Webb

Join me for lunch with the co-host of the best morning show in America, Tedd Webb on Thursday, November 1. You’ve heard Tedd on-air on WFLA-970 for years, now come hear him in person as he provides his unique (and very irreverent) views on the upcoming presidential election, and other things related to politics and government.

About the lunch*: The lunch group is informal but we have some loose/suggested criteria. They are: Continue reading “You’re invited! I.V. lunch speaker Tedd Webb. RSVP today!”

Obama’s American vs. American campaign comes to Tampa

Sixteen trillion ($16) in debt and growing. Someday, the Saudi’s, the Chinese, and the institutional investors here and abroad who buy our debt are going to want their money back — our kids are going to get stuck with the bill.

We can do better.

Mitt Romney is far from perfect, but lets give him a chance. Obama’s theme is forward, but he’s always looking in the rear-view mirror.

Forget about “Hope and Change” or even “Forward,” this campaign is all about fear, envy, and hate — of the people who pay the bills.

By Chris Ingram

Forget about what you hear on the TV news tonight or read in tomorrow’s papers, the Obama rally in Tampa this morning was nothing but pure class-warfare, with a dose of gender politics (claiming the GOP is anti-woman), and a pinch of “Mediscare” for good measure.

Photo: Obama knows this much — this election is all about turn-out. Have you voted?

But relax…this is what desperate campaigns do when their backs are against the wall.

They also urge their people to get out to vote, and by most accounts the Democrats are doing a better job at getting their people to vote by mail, early vote, and get their people to the polls.

Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) went so far as to remind voters that this Sunday is “Souls to the Polls” day. That’s when the Democrat Party will be sending buses to churches (the name of the event suggests black churches), to take them to vote at early voting stations. Good for them. It’s their right.

Republicans on the other hand probably don’t need such a coordinated effort because Continue reading “Obama’s American vs. American campaign comes to Tampa”

Understanding Obama-nomics

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?

Understanding Obama-nomics — Abbott and Costello style circa 2012.

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COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 8.1%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that’s 14.7%.

COSTELLO: You just said 8.1%.

ABBOTT: 8.1% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 8.1% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 14.7%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 14.7% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 8.1%.

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 8.1% or14.7%?

ABBOTT: 8.1% are unemployed. 14.7% are out of work.

COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, Obama said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to Continue reading “Understanding Obama-nomics”

Don’t know? Vote “No”

Florida voters have voted on everything from gambling, term limits, land use, taxes, gay marriage, smoking in public, and pregnant pigs. I kid you not — there is an amendment in the Flori-duh constitution that guarantees the rights of pregnant pigs. The constitution! And pigs! You can’t make up nonsense like this.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, October 20, 2012

In 1968, Florida adopted a new constitution that provided a mechanism to amend the state’s constitution through ballot initiative. The new right was first exercised in 1976, when the “Sunshine Amendment” — which related to ethics in government and financial disclosure for elected officials — was approved.

Since then, there have been 124 proposed constitutional amendments for voters to consider. Of those, 54 percent have been put on the ballot by the state Legislature, 26 percent by citizens and 19 percent by the Constitutional Review Commission or the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Committee.

Florida voters have voted on everything from gambling, term limits, land use, taxes, gay marriage, smoking in public, and pregnant pigs. I kid you not — there is an amendment in the Flori-duh constitution that guarantees the rights of pregnant pigs. The constitution! And pigs! You can’t make up nonsense like this.

Since 1976, Continue reading “Don’t know? Vote “No””

Real hope and real change

In 2008, Rasmussen Reports was generally believed to have been the most accurate pollster in predicting the outcome of the presidential election between John McCain and Barack Obama. Assuming Rasmussen maintains that accuracy this election season, Mitt Romney will be the next president.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, October 13, 2012

In 2008, Rasmussen Reports was generally believed to have been the most accurate pollster in predicting the outcome of the presidential election between John McCain and Barack Obama. Assuming Rasmussen maintains that accuracy this election season, Mitt Romney will be the next president.

As of Wednesday, Rasmussen has Romney beating Obama 48 percent to 47 percent, with 4 percent undecided, and 1 percent preferring another candidate. Of course, that is a national poll result, and it is meaningless since we elect the president through the Electoral College in what amounts to 50 state elections.

Recognizing this, Rasmussen conducts individual state polls and then aggregates the 11 crucial swing states (of which Florida is one) to come up with a swing state average that currently has Romney up by 2 percent (49 to 47 percent). It is in these swing states where the election will be decided.

For Republicans, Romney’s change of fortune after the first presidential debate should Continue reading “Real hope and real change”