A taxing identity problem

According to the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s office (which issues driver’s licenses), another common problem is among people with multiple marriages who have to show name changes, marriage certificates and divorce decrees. People who were born in something other than a hospital — usually in a rural area — who never had a birth certificate face a different challenge, as does the occasional person whose records were destroyed from anomalies such as when a courthouse housing their records burns down.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Tuesday, February 16, 2013

Last week I took my girls to the public library to check out some books, and they asked whether they could get their own library card. The librarian said they could but that their cards would be tied to my card for fines. She also said we would need to produce a birth certificate, Social Security card, report card or some similar type of “official item” with their names on it to prove their identity.

I asked her why something official is needed, and she explained that people were getting cards for kids who did not exist, and not returning items. She said this was occurring before the library started tying youth accounts to an adult’s. So why, with the accounts tied together, do I still need to provide a document with the kids’ name on it? She said she agrees it is unnecessary now but that she does not make the rules.

As countless motorists know, if you are renewing a driver’s license, you need tons of documentation to prove your identity. Stories persist of Continue reading “A taxing identity problem”

Mark Sharpe is a Reagan Republican

Leadership is about providing what we need, not just what we want

By Chris Ingram

On Friday of last week, Josh Burgin qualified to run against Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe for the at-large seat Sharpe has held for the last six years.

Burgin, who is a nice guy whom I consider a friendly acquaintance made a calculated move based on the assumption that Sharpe is vulnerable for two reasons: 1) because Sharpe has been a strong advocate for the local option transportation improvement penny sales tax; and, 2) because Sharpe is an incumbent in a year when voters appear to be very anti-incumbent.

So now this nice fella’ Josh wants to represent us on the commission. Great! We need more young people with fresh ideas. But Burgin, who is 34 years old, isn’t ready for primetime. His life experiences include Continue reading “Mark Sharpe is a Reagan Republican”

Ethics complaint filed against Kevin White

Chris Ingram, president of 411 Communications, and publisher of IrreverentView.com has mailed an ethics complaint to the State of Florida Commission on Ethics against Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White.

Good government is a non-partisan issue; where is the Democrat’s outrage?

(Editor’s note: read our previous column on Kevin White by clicking here.)

Chris Ingram, president of 411 Communications, and publisher of IrreverentView.com has mailed an ethics complaint to the State of Florida Commission on Ethics against Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White.

Ingram’s complaint stems from the sexual harassment lawsuit against White and specifically his Continue reading “Ethics complaint filed against Kevin White”

Chambliss is Pimping for Charlie

In short, back-slappin’ Charlie has been a terrible governor and would make an even worse U.S. Senator – although at least in the senate he would only be one of 100 and arguably would do far greater damage than as governor.

Chris Ingram lets Sen. Chambliss know what he thinks about Crist

An Open Letter to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA):

Dear Senator:

We have known each other for many years, and I have always admired your conservative values and principles.

However, due to your recent endorsement of Charlie Crist in the open Florida U.S. Senate seat which is a contested race among more than one Republican (including Marco Rubio), I now doubt your sincerity for honest and fair elections, not to mention good leadership and responsible government. Continue reading “Chambliss is Pimping for Charlie”

Publisher’s challenge

Calling all Charlie supporters!

As the editor and publisher of Irreverent View, I am constantly seeking new contributors from the left, the right, and anything in between. We have peaks and valleys of contributors offering alternative perspectives. Of course the name of the site is “Irreverent View” so all submissions need to be irreverent in nature. That means a little humor or sarcasim, and a perspective that is against the grain of “conventional wisdom.” To simplify, what this means is, what you read in Irreverent View is likely not what you’ll read in your local newspaper.

Okay, so here is the challenge: if you are a Charlie Crist supporter, we want to hear from you. Why do you support him? Why do you like him? What policies of his do you like? Can you name three significant accomplishments of Governor Crist’s? — a nice tan doesn’t count as an accomplishment. 

I’ve had a small handful of Crist supporters e-mail me (compared to hundreds of people who can’t stand his practices as our opportunist governor) with shallow statements about how wonderful he is. I always e-mail these folks back and ask them to name three significant accomplishments of “TooTan Charlie’s” — I haven’t received a reply back yet.

So here’s your chance Charlie supporters. Make your case as to why Charlie is fit to serve in the U.S. Senate and why he isn’t the shallow, do-nothing, political opportunist, Republican version of Bill Clinton I think he is. And please, don’t send me some garbage Jim Greer or one of the cronies at the Republican Party of Florida (aka: the Crist campaign) wrote for you. And keep it irreverent.

Finally, your submission should be well written, and free from libelous or malicious content and it must contain your name and e-mail address for public posting. If you’re interested in submitting a column, send me an e-mail to: Chris@IrreverentView.com.  Non-Crist supporters are welcome to submit too, and if you want to write about something unrelated but has a national interest, feel free. But again, remember to keep it irreverent.

Chris Ingram

Publisher

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Obamalism: Disaster in the Waiting

So, President Obama doesn’t want “big government,” he wants “smart government.” And he wants economic stimulus to get the economy moving again. Sounds like a well thought out and bold plan. You’ve got to hand it to him, he’s got a silver-tongue and he makes you feel good. Unfortunately Obama’s rhetoric and euphemisms won’t get us out of the economic crisis. It will require leadership, discipline, and hard work. Three qualities not found anywhere in Washington, D.C.

Sagging economy, $11 trillion in debt. Let’s just spend more!

By Chris Ingram

So, President Obama doesn’t want “big government,” he wants “smart government.” And he wants economic stimulus to get the economy moving again. Sounds like a well thought out and bold plan. You’ve got to hand it to him, he’s got a silver-tongue and he makes you feel good. Unfortunately Obama’s rhetoric and euphemisms won’t get us out of the economic crisis; and that “smart government” he speaks of is just a pork-filled spending bill to get Congressmen reelected.  Getting out of this mess will require leadership, discipline, sacrifice, and hard work from Americans and their elected officials. These are qualities not currently found anywhere in Washington, D.C. — from either party. Continue reading “Obamalism: Disaster in the Waiting”

The Decline of America

As American’s, fault for our current state of economic and political affairs is stupidity which is only exceeded as a degree of fault by our greed and insatiable appetite for more.

Greed and stupidity have lead to our political and economic downfall

By Chris Ingram

I am sitting in my hotel room on a cold day in Skopje, Macedonia awaiting another week of business meetings with political and government leaders from this relatively impoverished nation. Macedonia is from the region that is home to Alexander the Great, conqueror of most of the world then known to the Greeks. To put it into a modern perspective, Alexander the Great and his empire was akin to a present-day superpower like America.

While we remain the world’s lone superpower, our country is in peril.

In just the last few days, news reports from America have included the following headlines: “Billions Vanish in Epic Hedge Fund Fraud,” “Illinois Governor Arrested in Corruption Scandal,” “Feds Shut Two Banks in Georgia, Texas,” “Bank of America to Lay Off Tens of Thousands,” “Automakers Request Billions to Stay Afloat,” “Homelessness Rising as Economy Tanks.”

As American’s, fault for our current state of economic and political affairs is stupidity which is only exceeded as a degree of fault by our greed and insatiable appetite for more.

If you are sensitive to self-analysis and prone to deny blame for your own actions, stop reading as you will be offended. If you’re open-minded and willing to accept responsibility (an inherently atypical human condition), congratulations. Read on. Continue reading “The Decline of America”