A Jake Fuller cartoon. Republicans to “Big Beer”: For all you do, this cash is for you!

The Republicans in the Florida Legislature are crawling with scum-bags like Don Gaetz who speaks out of both sides of his big fat mouth!

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GOP takes its cash and tramples on free-markets and consumer choice in favor of big business.

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””

A tale of two Tweeters

I didn’t find any embarrassing or controversial tweets from Charlie, though I’m sure he deleted all the ones from back in the day he may have sent to @JimGreerRPOFChair. Perhaps one like this: “meet u 4 pancakes 2 plan next donor meeting?” or, “Rubio is such a twerp! He’ll scream uncle when AMEX records come out!”

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune, September 19, 2013

Twitter, the Internet platform where users send brief “tweets” of 160 or fewer characters is part of the social media rage and is frequently used by politicians and elected officials. I recently took a look at the Twitter accounts of Gov. Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) and former Gov. Charlie Crist (@CharlieCristFL) to compare the two likely opponents in next year’s race for governor and to analyze what their accounts say about them.

Although he’s been posting since 2010, Crist is an infrequent user of Twitter except around election time. Crist has just 169 tweets, he follows a mere 146 other Tweeters, and has 12,788 Tweeters who follow him.

I didn’t find any embarrassing or controversial tweets from Charlie, though I’m sure he deleted all the ones from back in the day he may have sent to @JimGreerRPOFChair. Perhaps one like this: Continue reading “A tale of two Tweeters”

A year after Tampa, can the GOP fix itself with a third party?

Unfortunately for the GOP, there is truth to both concerns, and the present dichotomy between these two views from within the party is unenviable.

The problem is compounded by the fact that millions of people are abandoning the Republicans (as well as the Democrats), preferring instead to register with no-party affiliation.

So what is the GOP to do?

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune, August 27, 2013

One year ago, the GOP convention came to town, albeit delayed for a day because of sensitivities to what Tropical Storm Isaac, brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, might do.

As Isaac passed and the party began to convene, Republicans began what they thought was the last leg of their road to retake the White House. The convention ended up being a seemingly seamless and perfectly choreographed affair — unless you consider the Isaac issue, Clint Eastwood’s performance with “Obama’s chair,” or the fact that the assembled delegates on the convention floor looked whiter than a bowl of cottage cheese.

Mitt Romney left the convention without much movement in the polls, and days later, the Democrats met in Charlotte, where they held one of their most successful conventions in recent times.

The hopes of Republican voters jumped after the first debate, but Romney couldn’t sustain the enthusiasm and lost big to Obama on Election Day.

Caption: Delegates cheer for Mitt Romney at the Republican Convention in Tampa last year.
Caption: Delegates cheer for Mitt Romney at the Republican Convention in Tampa last year.

For the GOP, the Tampa convention and the Romney campaign with the flaws that came with the candidate are now mere asterisks in the annals of party history. The question is, what have we learned since, and when will the party change?

Since the election, the most common comments I hear about the party contain one of two views, one being Continue reading “A year after Tampa, can the GOP fix itself with a third party?”

Chris Ingram on WMNF and WFLA

I will be guest hosting, and filling in for Jack Harris on AM Tampa Bay on WFLA 970 AM, Tampa from 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. with Tedd Webb and Cory Dylan. Listen live on the air or click here to listen on your computer or smart phone.

On Wednesday, I was interviewed by Warren Elly, hosting “Last Call” on WMNF 89.5 FM, Tampa. We discussed the Republican Party, elections, “stand your ground,” Rep. Jamie Grant, Mike Fassano, and “voter suppression.”  Click here to listen.

WFLA

I will be guest hosting, and filling in for Jack Harris on AM Tampa Bay on WFLA 970 AM, Tampa from 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. with Tedd Webb and Cory Dylan. Listen live on the air or click here to listen on your computer or smart phone.

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”

Florida politics interview

Chris Ingram interviewed by Dan Maduri on AM 820 Tampa. Topics: Jim Greer trial, Rick Scott’s reelection, Charlie Crist and what’s wrong with the GOP

Chris Ingram interviewed by Dan Maduri on AM 820 Tampa

Topics: Jim Greer trial, Rick Scott’s reelection, Charlie Crist and what’s wrong with the GOP

Click here to listen.

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