Legacy to our kids: $14 trillion and counting

Federal spending lacks common sense

By Mike Matteo


 
The U.S. Treasury Department has estimated that the national debt, which is currently 14.1 TRILLION dollars, is estimated to expand to 19.6 TRILLION dollars by 2015.  Since large numbers are not always easy to comprehend let’s take a look at what a “trillion” really means.  It would take 1.8 trillion pennies to fill up the Empire State Building.  A trillion seconds is 32,000 years.  A stack of 1 trillion $100 bills would be 789 miles high, which is 144 times the height of Mt. Everest (the world’s tallest mountain).  If you went into business on the day Jesus was born

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Mark Sharpe on trains, entitlements, and the debt

The question is, how do we prepare for continued growth and the limitation imposed on governments by the cost of sprawl. It also means engaging in a vital bottom up / top down review of our long and short term transportation plan for America that puts an end to piece meal efforts which often appear to make no logical sense.

An open letter to concerned Floridians:

The debate over high speed rail has yet to focus on the merits of advanced transit systems and how in combination with other public and private modes of transportation it can be the catalyst for the next transformative period in American history.  Transit, be it rail or bus, offers mobility options which a reliance on a car or road alone does not afford. This is not to suggest that the hundred of billions of public dollars used to subsidize our amazing network of roads was wrong.  Roads have transformed America’s economy. 

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Thank you Governor Scott

Scott rejects high-speed rail boondoggle

By Chris Ingram

Rick Scott has announced he has rejected the proposed high-speed rail train between Orlando and Tampa. The mostly federally funded project came with strings which left Florida taxpayers immediately on the hook for a portion of the proposal. Additionally, Floridians would have been liable for certain cost overruns and other under-performing  measures for the line.

As taxpayers, we all owe Rick Scott a collective “thank you” for killing this boondoggle. Continue reading “Thank you Governor Scott”

Hijacked: the downfall of the G.O.P.

Although I am a registered Republican, I never really considered myself a party-line kind of guy. Party-line people are concerned with the survival of the party, no matter the consequence. Although I realize that this isn’t the ideal situation or approach to political governance, party survival is critical if the party you are trying to preserve is representing your political values in the governing process. However, I consider myself a conservative first, Republican voter second.

How getting reelected trumps real values

By Scott Factor

Although I am a registered Republican, I never really considered myself a party-line kind of guy.  Party-line people are concerned with the survival of the party, no matter the consequence. Although I realize that this isn’t the ideal situation or approach to political governance, party survival is critical if the party you are trying to preserve is representing your political values in the governing process.  However, I consider myself a conservative first, Republican voter second. Continue reading “Hijacked: the downfall of the G.O.P.”

It’s the Debt Stupid

David Brooks in today’s New York Times:

“The second biggest threat to America’s vibrancy is the exploding federal debt. Again, Democrats can utter the words of fiscal restraint, but they don’t feel the passion. This bill is full of gimmicks designed to get a good score from the Congressional Budget Office but not to really balance the budget. Democrats did enough to solve their political problem (not looking fiscally reckless) but not enough to solve the genuine problem. ” Read Brooks’ full column “The Democrats Rejoice” by clicking here.

The Water Cooler: Obamacare; ABC’s slanted News; More of Atwater’s GOP Hypocrisy

I’m not so much upset about the fact that Obama and the Democrats have taken over one-fifth of our nation’s economy with their healthcare bill, as I am upset that with their accounting tricks (front-loaded revenues and back-loaded spending, as former CBO director Douglas Holtz- Eakin calls it) and disregard for our economic future. In short, Obama and the Democrats have been disingenuous with the American people about how we will be pay for all this largesse.

An occasional look at what people are talking about in politics.

By Chris Ingram

Healthcare Debacle

I’m not so much upset about the fact that Obama and the Democrats have taken over one-fifth of our nation’s economy with their healthcare bill, as I am upset that with their accounting tricks (front-loaded revenues and back-loaded spending, as former CBO director Douglas Holtz- Eakin calls it) and disregard for our economic future. In short, Obama and the Democrats have been disingenuous with the American people about Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Obamacare; ABC’s slanted News; More of Atwater’s GOP Hypocrisy”