Craft beer in Florida meets Karl Marx

I mean come on, this is Flori-duh! We can have a wink and a nod and drink our beer without regulation by legislators bought by Big Beer telling us they know what’s best. Competition is good. Craft beers are winning market share because their beer tastes better than the flavorless mass-produced garbage the big brewers produce. Apparently campaign cash is more important than consumer choice and free markets, and Sen. Kelli Stargel is more concerned with making Karl Marx proud.

By Chris Ingram

State Senator Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) has lead the fight on behalf of “Big Beer” interests to force micro-brewers who produce tasty craft beers to use distributors to sell their products.

Big Beer’s biggest cheerleader has taken thousands of dollars from the Big Beer lobby. She is so overcome with hallucination from her Big Beer buddies’ money, she has proclaimed to be like a mother, saying, “I believe I know what’s best.”

Among other things, the keg monitoring queen apparently knows it is best to limit competition, deny consumers the freedom of choice, increase the cost of buying a beer, and add layers of bureaucracy to budding businesses and the entrepreneurs who start them.

Photo: Florida’s keg beer monitoring queen is Sen. Kelli Stargel.

She is so caught up in the talking points of Big Beer, she has even defended the prohibition-era “three tier” system of beer distribution.

Under this neo-Marxian-like system (one that stresses the monopolistic rather than the competitive nature of capitalism), micro-brewers will be forced into a paper transaction with distributors in order for the micro-brewers to sell their craft beers at their own establishments. No beer will actually change possession between micro-brewers and distributors, but paperwork and money will exchange hands from the micro-brewers to the distributors – who will be acting as the middle-men in this non-transaction transaction; ultimately this will increase the cost to consumers.

Earlier this week Mama Stargel claimed Continue reading “Craft beer in Florida meets Karl Marx”

Mike Haridopolos’ plan to save Flori-duh

The Kool-aid drinkers eat it up! I guess none of them read the newspapers because I thought I was toast when the story about the book came out. Know what happened? They put it up on and you can now buy it for your Kindle! Ain’t America great?

We can all rest better knowing this guy is in charge…

Satire by Chris Ingram

Dear voters of Flori-duh:

Over the past year, Floridians have made their priority very clear: Create jobs and control spending. Nearly 12 percent of Floridians are still looking for work, and one of the biggest impediments to economic recovery is a track record of unpredictable government spending. What Floridians want, and deserve, is a nice $152,000 book contract. You know, one like the one I got working for that rinky-dink community college. They wanted me to write them a book about Fla. legislative history and stuff like that. So I got my nephew’s 7th grade social studies report, wrote my name on it, and turned it in. And you know what? Continue reading “Mike Haridopolos’ plan to save Flori-duh”

R.P.O.F. Saga Engulfs G.O.P. “Leaders”

Much to Charlie Crist’s chagrin, Jim Greer reared his ugly head again this week with revelations (surprise!) that secret deals covering up the secret deals existed within the Republican Party of Florida.

Greer makes Charlie Crist squirm

By Chris Ingram

Much to Charlie Crist’s chagrin, Jim Greer reared his ugly head again this week with revelations (surprise!) that secret deals covering up the secret deals existed within the Republican Party of Florida.

This is bad news for Governor U.V. Rays as he just began his attacks on Marco “Amexo” Rubio in an attempt to reverse the slide the Tan Man has suffered in the polls the last few months. It’s kind of hard to legitimately paint Rubio as ethically challenged when your own self-selected stooge is Continue reading “R.P.O.F. Saga Engulfs G.O.P. “Leaders””

Crist to Greer: You’re Fired!

It seems Marco Rubio has done what no state committeeman or county chair in Florida has been able to do. That is, get the message to Chuckles that Greer is a HUGE drain on his campaign. Rubio is now statistically tied with Crist in an independent poll published yesterday.

Or something like that.

By Chris Ingram

In what has to be the toughest choice since deciding what his position is on Obama’s stimulus plan this week, Charlie Crist is expected to announce Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer will resign this month to “focus on his family.”  No word on the exact date of the announcement, but likely in the days around Christmas when no one is paying attention to the news.

Greer recently survived a “confidence” vote by the RPOF leadership, however, according to  Continue reading “Crist to Greer: You’re Fired!”

Charlie is A RINO’s RINO

Democrats, who are presently punching above their weight because a limp, directionless, Charlie Crist-ridden Republican Party is allowing them to. The future of the Republican Party, if it’s to have one, lies in the hands of the nation’s Marco Rubios, not its Charlie Crists.

Larry Thornberry clues in Sen. John Cornyn

Senator John Cornyn,
Chairman, Committee to Keep Republicans a Pathetic Bunch of Me-Too Irrelevancies
Washington, D.C.


You just don’t get it, do you? Elected national Republicans have been behaving like Democrats-Lite for the past couple of election cycles, and have gotten exactly what this kind of behavior deserves at the polls. Continue reading “Charlie is A RINO’s RINO”

RIP: Michael Jackson, Sarah Palin, and Mark Sanford

More significantly, Rubio and Too-tan Charlie Crist (our unimpressive Florida Governor), are nearly neck-and-neck in the polls among Florida Republicans who know both candidates. These are the types of voters who actually show up to vote on Primary Election days and the numbers should have Chuckie shaking in his tanning bed.

 The Water cooler

An occasional look at what people are talking about

By Chris Ingram

Okay, so Michael Jackson died. He could dance. He could sing. But seriously folks, some of the people mourning his death are taking it to an extreme with all the tears and memorials. All I have to say is, if some generic man who had been accused multiple times of being a child molester (never convicted, but he paid millions to keep one of his accusers quiet), and who dangled one of his own children from the fourth floor balcony of a hotel for all the world to see, most people would probably fight tooth and nail to keep him from moving into their neighborhood. Yet many of the same people who wouldn’t want an accused child molester from living near them treat Michael Jackson as some sort of Saint. Give me a break! There are a lot more important things to be concerned with than the death of Michael Jackson…

Like Mark Sanford.

A month ago Sanford was the golden boy of the G.O.P. Then the relatively young, attractive, fiscally responsible, family man and Governor of South Carolina got caught with his pants down with a woman not his wife. Ouch! In a matter of a few short days Sanford ruined his political career. Having been a Sanford supporter myself, I was very disappointed to see him fall from grace. But alas, the cleansing of the G.O.P. continues and it will ultimately be good for the party as true leaders who live by the words they speak will (hopefully) ultimately emerge.

In addition to the recent death of Michael Jackson, and the political career of Mark Sanford, we also saw the self-inflicted political death of Governor Sarah Palin. All I know is Palin would never have been on the national stage if she wasn’t such an attractive gal. You put her in Jane Reno’s body and John McCain would have never picked her. She was light on ideas, experience, and gravitas. Kind of reminds me of a youthful Katherine Harris sans the blue eye shadow. The G.O.P. is lucky for the fact that she has self-destructed. While Rush Limbaugh continues to support her, ditto heads need to understand why: He’d love to see her be the G.O.P. nominee in 2012 because she would lose and his ratings and ad revenue for his radio show always do a lot better when Democrats control Washington.

My favorite Florida candidate for the open-seat for the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio, reported raising over $340,000 this last quarter. That’s a respectable showing assuming Rubio continues to impress more skeptical donors who have been holding out to see what kind of fund raising he can do. More significantly, Rubio and “Too-tan” Charlie Crist (our unimpressive Florida Governor), are nearly neck-and-neck in the polls among Florida Republicans who know both candidates. These are the types of voters who actually show up to vote on Primary Election days and the numbers should have Chuckie shaking in his tanning bed.

On another Crist-related note, in my previous column I challenged Crist supporters to email me or post on Irreverent View just three significant accomplishments of our leaderless governor. Guess what? You got it. Still not a one. Hey, and I know from my traffic reports lots of people in Tallahassee read the Irreverent View.

Finally, Al Franken is the newest Democrat U.S. Senator giving the party the filibuster-proof majority it has yearned for in the senate. I know Al. He’s a nice guy, and a smart guy, but he’s a big-time liberal who will readily embrace Obamanomics and the further indebtedness and ultimately skyrocketing tax rates our children and grandchildren will have to pay.

Chris Ingram is president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. Post a comment by registering on Irreverent View or E-mail him at: E-mail comments may be posted on the site.

Rubio offers Principled Leadership

As hurricane season opened earlier this month, Crist cautioned Floridians to be “prepared and to keep our homes and families safe.” Ironically he said that “as he prepares” to veto the free market insurance deregulation bill which will send our insurance carriers packing, leaving over 2 million Floridians without policies or protection on their homes. As a man who’s never owned a home, it makes you wonder if the governor understands this.

Crist offers half-baked populism

By Nancy Peek McGowan

As the Florida U.S. Senate race takes off,  voters should take note of rising star Marco Rubio, (R) Miami, as the “Mine That Bird” candidate not to be underestimated.
Rubio served in the Florida legislature for 8 years rising to become the youngest Speaker of the House at age 35. He is a principled focused conservative like his mentor, Gov. Jeb Bush. 
Born in Miami to parents who fled Cuba in the 50’s, Rubio is a fresh young face and dynamic speaker. He’s intelligent and impassioned, but more importantly he possesses the leadership skills and vision to provide solutions to the serious issues confronting us. Continue reading “Rubio offers Principled Leadership”