The Republicans’ “strategic incompetence”

The Republicans clearly lost the PR battle over the shutdown and the debt ceiling limit extension. Unfortunately for the GOP, the spiraling federal debt as an issue of concern appears lost on most people. It’s significance is quite simple really: The money we’ve borrowed will have to be paid back, and it’s going to be painful.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune, October 19, 2013

You might call the Republicans’ recent efforts related to the federal government shutdown and their battle with the Democrats over the debt ceiling as “strategic incompetence.” 

Strategic incompetence is the act of appearing to not know what you are doing, all the while, knowing exactly what you want to accomplish by pretending to be incompetent.

My friend Roy engages in strategic incompetence from time to time. For example, after his wife had their son, Roy decided he didn’t like changing diapers. So he would pretend to be incompetent by fumbling with the diapers, never getting the child clean enough, and otherwise incorrectly changing the diaper and upsetting the baby. In the end, his wife believed Roy was not competent to change the diapers, and she told him he didn’t have to do it anymore — which is exactly what Roy wanted.

By shutting the government down over the train wreck that is known as Obamacare and having threatened to not increase the debt ceiling, the Republicans appeared — just as Roy appeared in the eyes of his lovely wife — to be incompetent in the eyes of voters.

The strategic part of the GOP’s shutdown and debt ceiling plan was Continue reading “The Republicans’ “strategic incompetence””

Republican Party Kool-Aid? No thanks

The fact is I don’t hate the Republican Party. But I don’t love it either. For me, the party is merely the means to an end. When the party or its candidates don’t support the end, they don’t get my support.

By Chris Ingram

Special Correspondent, Tampa Tribune

Last week Hillsborough GOP Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush asked me, “Why do you hate the Republican Party?” I wasn’t the slightest bit surprised or offended by the question as I’ve been asked this before.

The fact is I don’t hate the Republican Party. But I don’t love it either. For me, the party is merely the means to an end. When the party or its candidates don’t support the end, they don’t get my support.

As far as my Republican bona-fides go, I’ve been bleeding Republican red since I was a kid. At 10 years old, I made a hand-made sign boasting “Reagan for President” that I tacked to my bedroom door.

As an adult I’ve worked for the election of scores of Republican candidates. I’ve stuffed envelopes, walked neighborhoods, managed campaigns, attended conventions, and contributed money. I’ve been a registered Republican my whole life.

But I quit drinking the GOP’s Kool-Aid years ago.

I refuse to support Republican candidates when Continue reading “Republican Party Kool-Aid? No thanks”

Buckhorn discusses panhandling, the budget, the GOP convention, and Obama

Irreverent View spent an hour with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn over omelets and coffee this morning – Buckhorn ordered the meat lovers with hot sauce – a man after my own heart. The following excerpts are from our conversation.

Will he or won’t he campaign for Obama next year?

By Chris Ingram

Irreverent View spent an hour with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn over omelets and coffee this morning – Buckhorn ordered the meat lovers with hot sauce – a man after my own heart. The following excerpts are from our conversation.

Irreverent View: Like most local governments the city is facing a budget crisis, what are you going to do to balance the budget?

Photo: Bob Buckhorn with his girls in background (campaign photo).

Buckhorn: We have General Revenue funds coming in at $350 million and then we have self sufficient funds – things like parking and solid waste that are way under. The solid waste department for example is generating less revenue due to a shrinking customer base as a result of the economy. The city’s parking department is $7 million in the red due in large part because of the two parking garages in Ybor City that are just bleeding red ink. There are other inefficiencies in our parking system as well. Continue reading “Buckhorn discusses panhandling, the budget, the GOP convention, and Obama”

Haridopolos discloses what would cause him not to run for U.S. Senate

Irreverent View spoke with Florida State Senate President (and U.S. Senate candidate) Mike Haridopolos on Tuesday night. The following are excerpts from that conversation.

By Chris Ingram

Irreverent View spoke with Florida State Senate President (and U.S. Senate candidate) Mike Haridopolos on Tuesday night. The following are excerpts from that conversation.

I.V. What were your goals for the session?

Haridopolos: My significant goals for this session were: balance the budget, education and pension reform, no new taxes, and reform Medicaid. We’ve held the line on taxes and balanced the budget, and have votes on Medicaid coming [before the session closes on Friday]. Continue reading “Haridopolos discloses what would cause him not to run for U.S. Senate”

Mike Haridopolos’ plan to save Flori-duh

The Kool-aid drinkers eat it up! I guess none of them read the newspapers because I thought I was toast when the story about the book came out. Know what happened? They put it up on Amazon.com and you can now buy it for your Kindle! Ain’t America great?

We can all rest better knowing this guy is in charge…

Satire by Chris Ingram

Dear voters of Flori-duh:

Over the past year, Floridians have made their priority very clear: Create jobs and control spending. Nearly 12 percent of Floridians are still looking for work, and one of the biggest impediments to economic recovery is a track record of unpredictable government spending. What Floridians want, and deserve, is a nice $152,000 book contract. You know, one like the one I got working for that rinky-dink community college. They wanted me to write them a book about Fla. legislative history and stuff like that. So I got my nephew’s 7th grade social studies report, wrote my name on it, and turned it in. And you know what? Continue reading “Mike Haridopolos’ plan to save Flori-duh”

Show us the money (or at least the real costs)

For too long, infrastructure projects have been symbols of wasteful spending and deceptive budgeting and jobs projections. As taxpayers we must continue to put pressure on elected leaders to give us transparency and accountability.

Accounting gimmicks lead to cost overruns

By Jamie Miller, Irreverent View’s political insider

For too long, infrastructure projects have been symbols of wasteful spending and deceptive budgeting and jobs projections. As taxpayers we must continue to put pressure on elected leaders to give us transparency and accountability.

High-speed rail is a good example. The project that Gov. Scott just killed on behalf of taxpayers reportedly would have Continue reading “Show us the money (or at least the real costs)”

Scott’s move would make Chavez and Castro proud

Gov. Rick Scott’s tactics to kill the high-speed rail project are wrong.

Make no mistake, I don’t support a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando. I have many concerns, the first of which is the federal government doesn’t have the money it is planning to “give” the state of Florida. Today, just about everything the federal government does burdens future generations with more debt; our children deserve better.

As published in today’s Tampa Tribune

BY CHRIS INGRAM

Special Correspondent

Published: March 1, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott’s tactics to kill the high-speed rail project are wrong.

Make no mistake, I don’t support a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando. I have many concerns, the first of which is the federal government doesn’t have the money it is planning to “give” the state of Florida. Today, just about everything the federal government does burdens future generations with more debt; our children deserve better.

But the solution to our national debt crisis (currently in excess of $14 trillion) is not to reject or curtail spending on infrastructure. Rather, it is to throw out 95 percent of Congress as well as the president and to begin meaningful cuts to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.

I have argued we need to start making cuts somewhere, but as rail supporters accurately point out, Florida (or any other state for that matter) will not put a dent in the looming train wreck that is the national debt by refusing federal transportation dollars — because some other state will always be happy to take the funds.

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