The facts about the IRS scandal

No one expects government to win any popularity contests, but if our country is to get beyond this IRS scandal – right the wrongs, restore some trust in government and solve problems facing the nation– Republicans and Democrats need to work together to uncover the facts, and a reluctant media needs to report the truth.

By John Wehrung
 
Fueled by an irrational paranoia over the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United coupled with a deep-seeded animosity towards their political ‘enemies,’ the Obama White House, it is becoming abundantly clear, was more involved than it had previously admitted with the unjust targeting of conservatives groups by the IRS.
 
In an unjustifiable process by the Obama IRS begun in 2009, the heavy hand of government has been misused to intimidate and disenfranchise voters in the last two elections and violate the free speech and voting rights of millions of Americans.
 
The dots are there; they just need to be connected in a fair way with politics kept to a minimum.
 
National Review reported that Lois Lerner, director of the Internal Revenue Service under fire for singling out conservative groups, sent letters to 15 such groups from March through April of 2012, which directly links the IRS targeting from the Cincinnati office back to Washington, D.C.
 
The Washington Post recently reported that from 2009-2011, the IRS delayed or denied all but three “tea party” applications, while in the same period it approved applications for 65 “progressive” groups – twenty times that of conservatives.
 
The Daily Caller analyzed the visitor’ log at the White House during the Tea Party targeting, which showed then IRS Chief Doug Shulman had twice as many White House meetings (118) than Continue reading “The facts about the IRS scandal”

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”

Real hope and real change

In 2008, Rasmussen Reports was generally believed to have been the most accurate pollster in predicting the outcome of the presidential election between John McCain and Barack Obama. Assuming Rasmussen maintains that accuracy this election season, Mitt Romney will be the next president.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, October 13, 2012

In 2008, Rasmussen Reports was generally believed to have been the most accurate pollster in predicting the outcome of the presidential election between John McCain and Barack Obama. Assuming Rasmussen maintains that accuracy this election season, Mitt Romney will be the next president.

As of Wednesday, Rasmussen has Romney beating Obama 48 percent to 47 percent, with 4 percent undecided, and 1 percent preferring another candidate. Of course, that is a national poll result, and it is meaningless since we elect the president through the Electoral College in what amounts to 50 state elections.

Recognizing this, Rasmussen conducts individual state polls and then aggregates the 11 crucial swing states (of which Florida is one) to come up with a swing state average that currently has Romney up by 2 percent (49 to 47 percent). It is in these swing states where the election will be decided.

For Republicans, Romney’s change of fortune after the first presidential debate should Continue reading “Real hope and real change”

Romney’s ticket won’t include baggage, er, Rubio

Despite having enough baggage to make him look like a suitcase manufacturer, Marco Rubio remains the favorite of pundits trying to figure out whom Mitt Romney will pick to be his running mate.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Sunday, June 3, 2012

Despite having enough baggage to make him look like a suitcase manufacturer, Marco Rubio remains the favorite of pundits trying to figure out whom Mitt Romney will pick to be his running mate.

Before explaining why I don’t think Rubio will be on the ticket, it is important to understand the dynamics of this campaign and Romney in particular.

The 2012 race for the White House is different from 2008 in many ways. Foremost, people know who Barack Obama is. “Hope and change” was an effective, poll-tested slogan that has proven to mean little if you’re an Obama supporter; and if you’re an Obama critic, it means you keep hoping, and the only change you have is in your pocket.

Obama has proven that Continue reading “Romney’s ticket won’t include baggage, er, Rubio”

Why are All the Leftist Politicians Who Hate the Rich…So Filthy Rich?

That’s right. Socialist Holland owns not one, not two, but three homes in Cannes on the French Riviera. Unbelievable.

In America let’s think of the biggest haters of the rich. Obama is now filthy rich. He has been since selling his autobiography after getting elected to the U.S. Senate, and buying a $2,000,000 Chicago home (with help from a convicted felon). Once Obama leaves the White House (hopefully soon), he’ll spend the rest of his life getting paid millions for books and $200,000 a pop for speeches to the business groups he hates so much.

By Wayne Allyn Root

Have you ever noticed how almost all the leftist politicians who hate and want to punish the rich with draconian tax increases…are filthy rich themselves? Confusing, isn’t it?

Actually, once you know the truth it’s really quite easy to understand.

Photo: Al Gore living large gets off a G2.

Take France’s new Socialist President Francois Holland. He never stops talking about his dislike and disgust for the rich. He is almost more obsessed with hate for the rich than Obama is. Yet it turns out Holland is…drumroll please…filthy rich himself.

That’s right. Socialist Holland owns not one, not two, but three homes in Cannes on the French Riviera. Unbelievable.

In America let’s think of the biggest haters of the rich. Obama is now filthy rich. He has been since Continue reading “Why are All the Leftist Politicians Who Hate the Rich…So Filthy Rich?”

Cain’s conquest makes consultants quiver

The audience roared when Cain talked of his 9-9-9 plan for reforming the nation’s tax code, and when he fingered establishment stooge Romney for failing to give a straight answer to the question about who on the stage he would consider worthy to be selected as his vice president

Why Herman Cain won, and why you might see Rick Perry in Mickey Mouse slippers next week

By Chris Ingram

Herman Cain’s upset victory in the Republican Party of Florida’s straw poll has political watchers wondering what happened; but the explanation is rather simple.

Caption: God, please give my pollsters the wisdom they need to help me.

Before explaining the Cain factor, back up a few weeks to the Iowa straw poll where soon-to-be-former candidate Michelle Bachman won that state’s less meaningful poll. But despite Iowa’s “sold to the highest bidder” reputation, the win for Bachman was an upset the more established candidates shouldn’t have ignored. How does a wingnut, fringe candidate with little money and even less sense appeal to enough people to win?

Although flawed, Iowa’s straw poll can’t be completley discounted as irrelevant. Creating a following takes money, and money only comes when people believe in something you are saying.

Bachmann’s Iowa victory and brief moments in the limelight came because despite the fact that she’s nuttier than a pecan pie, she communicates her rhetoric in a manner that is real. In other words, she believes her nonsense. And so did enough other believers who share her views and sent her some money.

But the frontrunners didn’t believe that the believers are looking for someone who is also a believer. Translation: voters are looking for someone who calls a socialist president a socialist, not whatever euphemistic poll-tested answer Mitt Romney calls President Obama.

Mitt and Rick didn’t get the post-Iowa message and continued operating their campaigns how their D.C. handlers told them to run.

Fast forward to last Thursday night at the GOP debate in Orlando. The two establishment candidates Romney and Perry engaged in little more than platitudes about their plans for the nation, and a few barbs at the other guy (or attempted barbs as in Perry’s case) for good measure.  Meanwhile, a few podiums to the right Herman Cain was delivering honest answers to serious questions.

The audience roared when Continue reading “Cain’s conquest makes consultants quiver”

Tea Party double-talk

That was too easy for me to ask. Too obvious. A cheap shot set up to produce a negative outcome. So let’s try again. Let’s talk about bloated bureaucracies in Tampa, Tallahassee, and D.C. Let’s whack a bunch of bureaucratic parasites! Are there entire departments you’d eliminate? Which ones? Maybe just fire a percentage of employees of all departments, across the board? Say 20-30 percent of all government workers? Who would the Angel of Death pass over? Would the bureaucrats line up and draw lots?

Our resident socialist calls the Tea Party out and reminds them governing is hard

By Rod Brooker

Tea Party people:  I get it.  I get you.  Tell me if I’m wrong.

You wish things were simpler.  You want things that work with much less government.  You don’t want to give your hard-earned money to a wasteful government.  You want a job for everyone who wants one, and you want everyone to want one.  You want to buy and sell American.  You want parents to parent, and teachers to teach.  You want society to have a moral basis.  Continue reading “Tea Party double-talk”