Sam Rashid for U.S. Senate

Sam Rashid, known for being a behind the scenes political puppet master in Hillsborough County and an occasional target of my irreverent views has an excellent column in today’s Tampa Tribune about the budget fight, spending and taxes.

Tampa’s political kingmaker calls it like he sees it — and he’s right this time

By Chris Ingram

Sam Rashid, known for being a behind the scenes political puppet master in Hillsborough County and an occasional target of my irreverent views has an excellent column in today’s Tampa Tribune about the budget fight, spending and taxes.

Rashid’s column is refreshing in that it takes responsibility for the mess, instead of blame; and recognizes the shared sacrifice all Americans will have to accept to get out of the hole we’re in (including cuts to entitlements and yes, raising taxes).

The debt-limit “deal” expected to be signed by President Obama this week is just that — another “deal.” It’s based on projections and expectations that the next Congress will act responsibly — don’t count on it.

Deals are what got us into the current mess we’re in. What we need is Continue reading “Sam Rashid for U.S. Senate”

Watch your wallet, Barack Obama is in the room

Suddenly, Obama thinks fiscal stewardship, responsible government, and controlled spending are a bright idea. He’s full of the stuff that line a baby’s diaper, but hey, he’s giving it a shot – which is more than George W. Bush ever did (to my Bush defending friends please send hate mail to: openyoureyesandpayattentiontorealityandquitdrinkingtheRNCkool-aid@biteme.org)

Republicans will steal from you too, so don’t feel too confident around GOPers either

By Chris Ingram

Facing dwindling poll numbers following the Obama-care fiasco, President Obama is now attempting to fool Americans into believing his Number One concern is jobs and the economy – as opposed to socialism and a government take-over of 1/5th of our economy. O-say-anything-Bama is also touting his concern over the federal debt – which is the Number One peril facing America’s future and its children.

Suddenly, Obama thinks fiscal stewardship, responsible government, and controlled spending are a bright idea. Of course, he’s full of Continue reading “Watch your wallet, Barack Obama is in the room”

Why the G.O.P. will continue to lose elections

Until the G.O.P. learns that the message comes before the messenger, and that the messenger shouldn’t be some career politician whose “turn it is” to be the next candidate for (fill in the blank), the party will continue to lose elections. Here in Florida, that is exactly what the party is doing in the case of the U.S. Senate campaign (anointing Charlie Crist because he’s the boss), and the gubernatorial race (it’s Bill McCollum’s turn).

And the Democrats have nothing to do with it

By Chris Ingram

I just got back from the Tiger Bay Club meeting in Tampa, Florida. The club invites politicians to come and speak, and then gives an award to the club member who asks the toughest question of the day’s guest politicos. The lineup today included three members of the Florida legislature. I won’t bore you with who they were as two of them don’t deserve the attention and the other probably doesn’t want it.

But one of them was a four-term member of the Florida House, who facing term limits, now feels compelled to run for the state senate. He’s a Republican. I’ll call him “Rep. Rambler.” During his opening remarks Rep. Rambler commented about how serving in the legislature is all about building relationships, finding consensus, and working with people. He should have just ‘fessed up and admitted if you want a plum committee assignment you better do what the party bosses tell you.

Rambler went on to say how proud he was that this year the state legislature cut over a billion dollars worth of services that “you won’t even feel” because it was wasteful, and duplicative services that were cut. Kudus to you Rep. Rambler. What I want to know is, why does it take a budget shortfall for you and your fellow cronies to look at the budget and start cutting wasteful and duplicative services?

And if you don’t think Rep. Rambler is “in” with the party bosses, consider this. He spent ten arduous minutes defending the indicted former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Mr. Ray Samson. He even admitted they used to be roommates as though that somehow makes him a good guy. Talk about out of touch…

Anyhow, this clown of a Republican legislator (Rambler that is) and the rest of the Republicans in the Florida legislature as a whole are not unique. Most every legislative body in America suffers from the same problem, and the U.S. Congress is the leader of the pack of wasteful spending Republicans who tell you with a straight face they’re fiscal conservatives. At least the big-government/wasteful spending Democrats are honest about wanting to tax and spend you to death. Continue reading “Why the G.O.P. will continue to lose elections”

George W. Bush has left our economy in shambles

…at some point, all of the people who own our Treasury notes expect to be paid back. While that is a novel concept to our president and Congress, most Americans understand that if you don’t pay back what you borrow, the lender eventually comes after you to claim the money, or whatever it is (such as your house) you bought with it. Even most high-school drop-outs understand this principle as do anyone who has ever watched the Sopranos. Unfortunately, our politicians in Washington do not.

Reckless spending by the G.O.P. is the cause of our fiscal woes

By Chris Ingram

Make no mistake George W. Bush is no conservative. Sure, under the tutelage of Karl Rove, Bush managed to fool a significant number of voters into believing he shared their conservative values. But you can’t argue with his record: he’s a free-spending liberal who could make Ted Kennedy blush. Continue reading “George W. Bush has left our economy in shambles”