The Water Cooler: Marco’s mail; Castor’s propaganda; Tampa set to party

This was rather unusual coming from a guy who is a United States Senator whose mom was a maid and dad was a bartender. The statement hardly seems to be the “Marco Rubio” story and certainly slaps in the face of most Republican rhetoric about hard-work and determination being the primary factors that influence success in America.

The Water Cooler is a snapshot of some of the things people are talking about

By Chris Ingram

Marco’s PAC Mailing

Yesterday I received a solicitation in the mail from Marco Rubio’s new political action committee.

The piece included a letter from Marco that read, “For too long leaders in both parties have gotten away with [spending money we don’t have]. Washington Republicans have acted like Democrats…and literally passed the buck to future generations.”

Rubio should be applauded for this frank assessment, though he could have gone a little further by naming some of those Republicans – though it would have made the mailing about 40 pages long if he had.

Also included in the mailing was a reply card with the following in big bold letters: Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Marco’s mail; Castor’s propaganda; Tampa set to party”

Why Kathy Castor is running scared

Bad ideas and scare tactics are this Democrats hallmarks
I received the following e-mail from Kathy Castor’s campaign today. The subject line was great, it said “Have you seen this?” The letter is pasted below with my comments back to here in red. I think we might have struck a cord with Mrs. Castor…

Bad ideas and scare tactics are this Democrats hallmarks

I received the following e-mail from Kathy Castor’s campaign today. The subject line was great, it said, “Have you seen this?”  The letter is pasted below with my comments back to her in blue. I think we might have struck a cord with Mrs. Castor…

Chris Ingram

 

Dear Friend:

Did you see the recent Tampa Tribune op ed where a local Republican political consultant highlighted two politicians who intend to run against me?  (Why yes, Kathy, I did. In fact, I wrote it!) “With the scent of the tea party’s brew in the air, at least two ‘A’-team candidates smell a political opportunity … in hope of facing U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor next year,” the consultant wrote.

I understand that I will be a target.  I am outspoken and not afraid to stand up to the special interests that have so much influence in Washington, D.C. (Really? When was the last time you spoke up to a labor union boss, the Department of Education, or George Soros?) Continue reading “Why Kathy Castor is running scared”

Biggest threat to America: Congress

WASHINGTON – The Senate Tuesday rejected a plan backed by President Barack Obama to create a bipartisan task force to tackle the federal deficit this year despite glaring new figures showing the enormity of the red-ink threat.

Washington politicians continue to pander, avoid tough problems, and focus on next election — not next generations. America gets what it deserves. Remember, we elected these people…

— Chris Ingram

CBO: Federal deficit projected at $1.35T

By Andrew Taylor, AP

WASHINGTON – The Senate Tuesday rejected a plan backed by President Barack Obama to create a bipartisan task force to tackle the federal deficit this year despite glaring new figures showing the enormity of the red-ink threat.

Read the full AP story by clicking here.

10 Upsides of a McCain Loss: #1) Exit Jesse and Al

There was no passion for or from Republican presidential nominee Sen. Bob Dole in the waning days of his1996 campaign. No energy. No excitement. No…nothing. And down the stretch, when the electoral writing appeared to be on the wall, Sen. Bob Dole decided to lose with dignity rather than throw the kitchen sink into the final days of the campaign hoping that something, anything, might stick and pull out a win. It’s déjà vu all over again in 2008.

This is what happens to Republicans when they nominate someone simply because it’s “their turn.”

Losing with Dignity and Ten Silver Linings

By Chuck Muth

The McCain campaign isn’t – as the Obama campaign likes to claim – Bush II. It’s more like Dole II.

There was no passion for or from Republican presidential nominee Sen. Bob Dole in the waning days of his1996 campaign. No energy. No excitement. No…nothing. And down the stretch, when the electoral writing appeared to be on the wall, Sen. Bob Dole decided to lose with dignity rather than throw the kitchen sink into the final days of the campaign hoping that something, anything, might stick and pull out a win. It’s déjà vu all over again in 2008. Continue reading “10 Upsides of a McCain Loss: #1) Exit Jesse and Al”

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”

GOP’s Squandered Opportunity

Despite Obama gaffes, Democrats’ hopes to regain White House this fall remain strong thanks to failures of Bush and GOP-controlled Congress

By Chris Ingram

Despite the Pennsylvania Primary and the self-inflicted implosion of the Democrat Party, I really wanted to write something this week about how disappointed I am with the Republican Party. Specifically, how Republicans (President Bush, the GOP Congress and Republican voters) have squandered such a terrific opportunity to do great things over the last eight years. Continue reading “GOP’s Squandered Opportunity”