Reflections by Florida’s senior Republican statesman

The “other side,” as Martinez refers to the Democrats, is very adept at playing politics with important issues. He points to the sequester as a prime example. Initiated by Democrats, they then turned around and pointed the finger at the Republican-controlled House of Representatives as being the villains for the forced spending cuts — which Martinez accurately points out are just cuts in the rate of growth, not really cuts in total spending, which continues to increase.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

After serving as mayor of Tampa for six years, Bob Martinez resigned to run for governor in 1986. The former Democrat became Florida’s first Republican governor in 16 years but lost his re-election bid four years later following the state’s controversial attempt at implementing a tax on services — a measure the Legislature passed but quickly repealed.

He later served for nearly two years as the nation’s “Drug Czar” under President George H.W. Bush. Since then, Martinez, who has always maintained residency in Tampa, has kept an active but mostly behind the scenes profile in Florida political circles.

I recently sat down with the former governor in the offices of the law firm where he works as a lobbyist to talk about his life in politics, his legacy and issues facing the Republican Party and the country.

We start out talking about the national political environment and the major issues facing our country — most notably the national debt and government spending.

“Since the federal government doesn’t have to balance the budget, they have the ability to just kick the can. Every time they kick the can, after a while voters stop listening,” he says.

Economic and budgetary issues are hard to explain, and are far removed from people’s lives — or so they think, Martinez says. Explaining them is “… complicated because there is no sound-bite answer.”

The “other side,” as Martinez refers to the Democrats, is very Continue reading “Reflections by Florida’s senior Republican statesman”

The Water Cooler: Greer Arrested; Israeli pirates; Obama’s sludge problem; Crist’s victory

While the media only superficially pays attention to the problem facing the United States and its staggering federal debt, if you look deep enough, you will find this is the greatest threat to our soveriegnty. The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the BBC, and yes once in a while the New York Times have stories on this subject that ought to cause all of us to be scared enough to go form a Tea Party.

What people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram

Jim Greer Arrested!

The Associated Press is reporting former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer has been arrested. According to the A.P. the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced six felony counts against Greer: one count of organized scheme to defraud; four counts of felony grand theft and one count of money laundering. Stay tuned…

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Mugshot of Jim Greer

 Israeli Pirates

Objectively you’ve got to look at the Israeli attack on the Turkish cruise ship carrying relief supplies to Palestine and wonder “what the heck were they thinking?” I can’t say as though I initially felt sorry for the Israeli soldiers who were attacked after boarding this ship which was carrying civilians, transporting humanitarian aid, flying the flag of a sovereign nation (Turkey), and in international waters at the time of the unprovoked attack.

That said, the more you know about the situation the more you’ve got to reconsider Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Greer Arrested; Israeli pirates; Obama’s sludge problem; Crist’s victory”

Just Say No to Cap-and-Trade

Before his death, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) strongly opposed measures to put a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, primarily because it would interrupt the scenic view from the adjacent Kennedy compound.

By Tom Bortnyk

“We need a solution, now! Just… well, nothing that currently exists.”

On Sunday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is actively opposing a measure to build 13 solar and wind power projects in the Mojave Desert. Of the proposed 1 million acres of desert land, about a quarter of it was donated to the federal government by a private source for land conservation, a fact that Feinstein apparently is using as justification for  her decision. Continue reading “Just Say No to Cap-and-Trade”

Less government, not more, solution to problems in U.S.

While the leadership of our party lost sight of our fiscally conservative principles over the last few years (we spent like Democrats), this should not prevent us from pointing out the ills of the ways of the Democrats and their efforts to further spend away our children’s future with greater debt.

Finally, someone in the G.O.P. is talking the truth about challenges in our party — I.V. editor

By Leonard Curry

The Republican Party needs to be forward-thinking and visionary about the future of our nation while considering the mistakes of the past to ensure we do not repeat them.

While the leadership of our party lost sight of our fiscally conservative principles over the last few years (we spent like Democrats), this should not prevent us from pointing out the ills of the ways of the Democrats and their efforts to further spend away our children’s future with greater debt.

And while some in our party lost focus of the need for open, ethical, honest, transparent and accountable government, the whole of our party believes in these principles and the pursuit of liberty and personal responsibility over big government. Continue reading “Less government, not more, solution to problems in U.S.”

The McCain speech you’ll never hear

Political Science 101 textbooks should start out with Chapter 1 reading:

You cannot expect to win a political campaign at any level if you actually tell voters what needs to be done. You will lose. Voters don’t like to be told anything other than what you are going to do for them as individuals. People are selfish. No one cares about the collective good.<!–

If candidates spoke the truth they wouldn’t get elected.

By Chris Ingram

It is a sad but true state of American politics, but modern political campaigns tell us little about the beliefs of candidates. In fact, the lack of candor about problems and real solutions has only gotten worse. In today’s 24 hour news cycle which focuses more on sensationalism, gossip, celebrity, and “infotainment” why are we surprised that the media spends days covering whether or not Barack Obama called Sarah Palin a pig  while spending nary a column inch or 30 second blurb about the looming Social Security crisis or the cause of our crumbling economy?

Political Science 101 textbooks should start out with Chapter 1 reading: You cannot expect to win a political campaign at any level if you actually tell voters what needs to be done. You will lose. Voters don’t like to be told anything other than what you are going to do for them as individuals. People are selfish. No one cares about the collective good. Continue reading “The McCain speech you’ll never hear”

Three Hotheads

By now most folks who keep up with such things have heard that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced to an astonished world that she’s “trying to save the planet.” Hardly a modest mission, even for the self-styled most powerful woman on earth.<!–

Can any one of these people save the planet?

By Larry Thornberry

With Captain Kirk, Fancy Nancy Pelosi, and John McCain trying to save it, what chance has the planet got?

By now most folks who keep up with such things have heard that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced to an astonished world that she’s “trying to save the planet.” Hardly a modest mission, even for the self-styled most powerful woman on earth. Continue reading “Three Hotheads”