Florida forgives, and you get the bill

The state of Florida recently “forgave” $142.2 million in taxes, fines and overpaid benefits for the third year in a row. The previous two years, the state wrote off $110.5 million and $109 million. I wasn’t ever really good at math, but I can add 142, plus 110, plus 109 and realize that’s more than $350 million the state failed to collect.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, December 28, 2012

The state of Florida recently “forgave” $142.2 million in taxes, fines and overpaid benefits for the third year in a row. The previous two years, the state wrote off $110.5 million and $109 million. I wasn’t ever really good at math, but I can add 142, plus 110, plus 109 and realize that’s more than $350 million the state failed to collect.

What I lack in math skills, I make up for in knowing how government works. It works like this: Every time the state fails to collect money it is owed, somebody else has to make up the difference.

That’s you and me, folks. It works out to be about 19 bucks a person for every resident of the state — that is, if the state could collect it.

To make matters worse, Continue reading “Florida forgives, and you get the bill”

I.V. Exclusive! Secret memo from Senate President to JD Alexander

http://www.411communications.com/chrisingrambio.html

Irreverent View obtains secret memo from Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolous to Senator J.D. Alexander

By Chris Ingram

The memo speaks for itself about what goes on in Tallahassee when we elect boys to do a man’s job and egomaniacal twits born into wealth and privilege are elected to serve as our “leaders.” When they don’t get there way, issues like what is unfolding with regard to funding for the University of South Florida ensues.

Continue reading “I.V. Exclusive! Secret memo from Senate President to JD Alexander”

LeRoy Collins obituary

Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr., USNR (Ret.), 75, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. A native of Tallahassee, Collins was born on September 3, 1934 to Mary Call Darby Collins and former Florida Governor LeRoy Collins.

Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr.

LeRoy Collins, Jr.
September 3, 1934 – July 29, 2010

Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr., USNR (Ret.), 75, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, in Tampa, Fla.  A native of Tallahassee, Collins was born on September 3, 1934 to Mary Call Darby Collins and former Florida Governor LeRoy Collins.  He graduated from Leon High School where he was an Eagle Scout and served as president of the student body.  He then accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in the class of 1956, embarking upon a 34-year military career and retiring as a two-star Rear Admiral in 1990. Continue reading “LeRoy Collins obituary”

Jim Norman’s stooge

Jim Norman’s wife owns this $400,000 lake front house out in Arkansas. Said house and two boats Norman owns became the subject of local news stories last week when it was disclosed the Norman’s own these pieces of property but didn’t disclose their ownership on Norman’s financial disclosure statements required of political candidates. Norman claims the disclosure of the house isn’t required because it is in his wife’s name (the boats are another story – they’re in his name and not on his forms). On the house matter ol’ Jimbo had the audacity to claim he didn’t have any knowledge of the terms of his wife’s property (the house) or how she bought it. Okay Jim, so your wife buys a $400,000 house and you don’t know how or where she got the money. Yeah right. All of us married guys believe that one. Not! But hey, will you take your twenty-plus years of screwing up Hillsborough County and go represent us in the state legislature? You’ve really got a keen eye for managing money and paying attention to details.

Poor Ben Kelly is just trying to keep the boss happy

By Chris Ingram

Ever wonder what the appointed bureaucrats of career politicians do all day? You know, the kind of little twerps who work for a guy like Jim Norman who after twenty years of screwing things up in Hillsborough County (think traffic congestion) now finds himself term-limited so he seeks the state legislature so he can go screw things up in Tallahassee. Little minions who work for people like Norman are sycophants, so they of course will Continue reading “Jim Norman’s stooge”

Dockery says No to Teacher Bill

The devil is in the details: more government interference is not good for the classroom

By Paula Dockery

Had Senate Bill 6 simply rewarded exceptional teachers with extra pay, I would have supported it.

Had it simply phased out tenure for new and existing teachers, I would have voted in its favor.

Had it actually offered a way to remove bad teachers, I would have signed on as co-sponsor.

But as I have found so often in public life, the devil is in the details. Continue reading “Dockery says No to Teacher Bill”

When you “Lie” with the Dogs, Expect to get Fleas

Disgraced former RPOF Chairman Jim “I can’t find a job making six figures at a bowling alley” Greer has filed a ridiculous lawsuit against the state party and its Chairman John “double-talk” Thrasher. I don’t have any love lost for either of these clowns, and in fact I am actually enjoying the circus-like atmosphere they and others in the Florida G.O.P. created.

Greer lawsuit sheds light on inner-workings of endemic corruption within Fla. G.O.P.

By Chris Ingram

You can’t write fiction this well. Continue reading “When you “Lie” with the Dogs, Expect to get Fleas”

Disclosed: Charlie Crist’s strategy session

At the Crist for U.S. Senate campaign headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida Governor Charlie Crist meets with campaign manager Eric Eikenberg

At the Crist for U.S. Senate campaign headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida Governor Charlie Crist meets with campaign manager Eric Eikenberg

By Chris Ingram

Charlie (with a big grin): Hey Eric! How are you?

Eric: I’m fine, and you sir?

Charlie: Feeling tanned.  Where are you from Eric?

Eric (with a puzzled look on his face): Uh, er, Ft. Lauderdale sir. You’ve known me for years…

Charlie (excited): Lauderdale! That’s great. Good beaches there. Got lots of friends I used to go clubbing with down there. Fishing isn’t bad there either.

Eric (annoyed): Okay governor, we’ve got some problems. Continue reading “Disclosed: Charlie Crist’s strategy session”