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Rep. Connie Mack Shakes Up 2012 U.S Senate Race in Florida

It is now official: U.S. Congressman Connie Mack has entered the 2012 U.S Senate race to challenge incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in Florida. Long-time heavily entrenched Democrat Nelson was leading by a wide margin in recent polling against what many considered to be a weak field of inexperienced Republicans with little to no name recognition up until this point, which currently includes Army Col. Mike McCalister, former state Rep. Adam Hasner, former Ruth’s Chris Steak House CEO Craig Miller and former Sen. George LeMieux.

Connie Mack has both name recognition and a wealth of experience serving in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 – 2003 before being elected to the U.S. Congress in 2004. His father was also a former U.S. Senator. Mack is also a solid conservative who has has worked to support the free market system and reduce the size and scope of the federal government’s interference with our personal freedoms. Mack believes that the private sector, and not the government, creates new jobs, and he has been a vocal opponent of the countless financial sector bailouts, the failed stimulus plan and the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac takeover. He has also been very vocal in calling for the repeal of Obama-care.

While Mack has the experience of a total of eleven years of being an elected official, he also carries the air of a true conservative fighting against the big government agenda of Senator Bill Nelson’s Liberal Democratic party. It will be very interesting to see how Floridians feel towards Rep. Mack’s U.S. Senate bid in the upcoming polls. The most recent Shark Tank Senate Republican Primary poll shows Adam Hasner leading with over 51%, Col Mike McCalister in second at 26.5% and current Senator George LeMieux at 15.8%.

Currently, Adam Hasner appears to have had the most support from the Republican party in Florida, even though Senator John McCain threw his early support behind the Charlie Crist re-make in George LeMieuz whom Crist appointed when he was Governor. Fill-in Senator LeMieux is fading and will not be a real contender in this primary. Connie Mack’s emergence will surely take some support from Hasner, while also cutting Col. Mike McCalister’s chances for election dramatically.

 Rep. Mack has a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 93.3 percent and has been a prominent advocate for cutting federal spending. Mack spoke out against Arizona’s immigration law in 2010 which could prove problematic to many conservative Republican voters in Florida. In 2009, Mack also joined the misguided GOP establishment in supporting the Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Liberal Charlie Crist’s bid against eventual winner Marco Rubio in the 2010 U.S. Senate election.

Big Government Liberal Bill Nelson already has about $8 million dollars in his war chest for reelection, due in large part to his longtime connections with DC lobbyists and crony-capitalists that are at the very root of today’s massive national debt of $15 trillion dollars. Connie Mack’s conservative credentials should allow him to quickly raise enough cash to put up a stiff challenge for Bill Nelson’s current U.S. Senate seat in the upcoming elections, and as we saw in the 2010 mid-term elections, the candidate with the most money doesn’t guarantee them a win here in Florida. Should Mack defeat front-running Hasner in the primaries, then the 2012 Florida U.S. Senate race will simply come down to a choice of two candidates: Incumbent Senator Bill Nelson’s record of big government Liberal debt-spending vs. the solidly conservative Connie Mack’s message of a limited government that allows the free market system to enhance American freedom and prosperity for all.

 

 

Florida Senate Race Pits a Patriot Against Moderate Progressives of the GOP

 

In the swing state of Florida there currently is a tropical storm brewing in the form of a group of candidates vying to replace far left Liberal Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race in Florida in 2012. In order to ensure we do not negate the conservatism of much heralded freshman Senator Marco Rubio, we must do the proper research to identify the most conservative candidate, while also looking out for big spending progressive Republicans posing as conservatives. This task will be a lot harder to do than first meets the eye, as we can see by the already bloated list of U.S. Senate candidates vying to replace big government Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in the 2012 elections below. Candidates in bold represent the top three in recent polls. Two of the frontruners are in fact, forms of progressive moderates, while one candidate stands out as simply a true conservative American Patriot.

United States Senator (FL 2012)

Candidate List

Agbede, Akinyemi (REP)

Fisher JR, William E. (REP)

George, Alexander L. (REP)

Hasner, Adam (REP)

Ilnyckyj, Alexander (REP)

Larose, Joshua (REP)

LeMieux, George S. (REP)

Long, Deon (REP)

Lynch, Chuck (DEM)

McCalister, Michael E. (REP)

McNeil, Ron (REP)

Stuart, Marielena (REP)

Trujillo, Lesther (NPA)

Incumbent  Senator Bill Nelson ( DEM- Liberal)

 

 

 

 

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (Bloomberg File Photo from the Sun
Sentinel)

 

Florida conservatives are currently weathering a hurricane of divisiveness and dysfunctionality within their very own party about just who is the authentic, most valid conservative candidate for the 2012 U.S. Senate race so far. Good strong debate about these candidates is generally a good thing, but we all know what they say about having too much of a good thing. It can sow confusion and create chaos, and it appears to have done just that so far here in Florida. Even the Tea Party groups are somewhat divided in just who would best serve as the next U.S. Senator from Florida. We do have what appears to be a very solid group of conservatives ready to inject some true conservative principles into the U.S. Senate on behalf of Florida in 2013, but it is still a long way until the elecions. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (Bloomberg File Photo from the Sun
Sentinel)

This long time-frame, however, also allows the deeper-pocketed candidates more time to try to “buy” support for themselves. If we look at past electoral  history however, the most wealthy candidates have generally turned out to be the worst at actually representing the people who elect them. I give you the current Mayor of New York city, Mr. Bloomberg, as a clear case of the uber-rich being elected to public office and then turning their backs on the people. The mayor is a media mogul billionaire and won the election by controlling the message and fooling the people. To back up that statement about these types of governmental elitists, we see Bloomberg blatantly ignoring the wishes of the people in this definitive example of tyranny:  Bloomberg Stands By Decision to Leave Clergy out of 911 Ceremony.

For those of you who would like to bring up the separation of church and state mantra, I ask you then why did the elected Mayor of NYC put the full weight of his office behind the building of a mosque a few blocks from where Islamic terrorists killed some 3000 innocent Americans? This is a great example of why people should NOT vote for the richest, most politically-connected person on the ballot, ever! That kind of tyranny, brought on by uninformed voting leads to people like Bloomberg dictating just who can and cannot be present at the 911 memorial next Sunday. Maybe the people across America should stop referring to Bloomberg as the mayor of NYC, and instead give him the title he truly deserves: The Tyrant of NYC. Shame of the people of NYC for letting this happen.

To get back to the original topic of the Florida U.S Senate election of 2012, we must keep in mind the historic track record of the dangers posed by wealthy elitist powerbrokers within our government. Most newly elected officials generally  start out as representing the poor or middle class, and then skyrocket into the elitist group of tyrants ignoring the will of the people in a very short time while enriching themselves at the expense of the very people who elected them. The term drunk with power comes to mind here. This scenario applies to the old guard GOP connected U.S. Senator and now 2012 candidate George LeMieux today. George never won the election, but was “appointed” by our former Progressive Republican turned Democrat, turned independent ex- Governor of Florida , one Charlie Crist. George is also Charlies former chief of staff, which tells us all we need to know about Mr. LeMieux. I just happen to remember Mr. LeMieux stating that he does not want a lifetime in politics, and would not be running in the 2012 election right after he was “appointed “ to his current Senate seat.  Mr. LeMieux has gotten a taste of elitism within the U.S. Senate and now he wants more in the form of being elected in 2012. George LeMieux will never receive my vote however, based on one simple reason: He never sent me a valid reason about his questionable votes that I asked him about in many, many phone calls and letters. Not one single viable answer. My main questions for Mr. LeMieux stem from his unwavering support for the big government expansion called the Food Safety Bill here.

At the time of the above-linked article, Adam Hasner appeared to be the most conservative candidate to replace Liberal Democrat, Senator Bill Nelson in the 2012 elections. Upon some deeper research into Adam Hasner’s resume, we see another zero-accomplishment- lawyer- turned- politician who hasn’t really done much of anything in the private sector. This is a good example of what is widely known as being a career politician, while noting that opposition to this form of elite, good ole boy manufactured politicians is also at the cornerstone of the grassroots Tea Party movement. We need an increase in people who have proven work records and successful private sector resumes running our government(s), not career bureaucrats who have never done anything except line up at the public taxpayer-funded trough.  Adam Hasner is simply a career bureaucrat. Also of note is the fact that in Mr. Hasner’s bio, among the “awards” he has received is an award that is indicative of his past Climate Change support, IE: the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association Legislative Appreciation Award of 2006. With the recent exposure of 3 taxpayer funded  U.S. Solar companies going bankrupt  and costing the taxpayers over a billion dollars, we see what happens when the government meddles in what should be private industry. While Hasner does bring extended legislative experience from working in the the Florida House of Representatives since he was first elected in 2002, his lack of private sector work and any proven successes in the business sector should make him it difficult for any grassroots conservative voters to vote for him in 2012. Hasner also seems to have the support of most of the GOP establishment behind him lately. That would be the very same wishy- washy GOP moderates who had a big hand in creating the big government mess we are in today.

The last of the “big three” highest polling Republican candidates to date for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida in 2012 is also the least known candidate, Colonel Mike McCalister. First, let’s get the manufactured controversy over Mr. McCalister’s military service record debunked. Meet the Colonel here.

After reading the facts in that detailed report on McCalister’s service record, let’s move on towards his actual record as a career bureaucrat shall we? That’s right folks, Col. Mike McCalister has no record as an elected official lining up at the public trough. Mike McCalister did made a pledge to all Floridians and  Americans when he announced his entering the 2012 U.S. Senate race and it can be seen in it’s entirety  here.

His pledge starts with a simple enough paragraph that should not be taken lightly:

“I pledge to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States; and to willingly fulfill the constitutionally enumerated responsibilities and powers of my elected office.”

Anyone who has ever been around long-serving military personnel understand just how serious they should be taken when making such a statement, or pledge. Mike McCalister is not the wealthiest candidate in the field, nor is he a career politician. Both of those supposed non-qualifications to run for the U.S Senate in 2012 should instead, point to him as being the type of grassroots conservative this country so desperately needs today.

The main reason for my support for Col. Mike McCalister for the U.S. Senate in 2012 can best be summed up by the final paragraph in his pledge to the people of Florida and all Americans in the above linked page:

“I pledge to be open and accessible to the people of Florida either directly or indirectly with myself and or staff members to ensure your voice is heard in the Senate.”

Considering the current state of elitist politicians completely ignoring the will of the very people who elected them today, that would be a quite refreshing and a very welcome change to the way they currently do business in the U.S. Congress. Col. McCalister has pledged that much-needed change to the people of Florida and America. Let’s send our current Senator Marco Rubio some real conservative support in 2012 in the form of Colonel Mike McCalister for U.S. Senate in 2012.

Democrats Love Affair With Big Oil

Debbie-Wasserman-Shultz-loves-big-oilRecently Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fl), who also happens to be the new head of the DNC, was on Fox News with some astounding revelations that Democrats have really concentrated on oil production recently. This comes from a woman who has voted against every single aspect of domestic oil exploration and development for the past decade in Congress ! While statistics do show that there has been a recent uptick in U.S. oil production in the last two years, the reasons behind this uptick are anything but the results of the Democratic Socialist Party  heaping huge amounts of love upon big oil companies all of a sudden. As a matter of fact, just the opposite is true. Just last month the Democratic message about slowing the skyrocketing prices of gasoline was that it takes ten years to develop new oil deposits and extract them, so it is not their fault we are now seeing four dollar a gallon gasoline. Today the message has been reversed by the DNC, as they try to stake claim for the 2009-2010 slight increase in domestic oil production today. Just watch the lies and misinformation roll off of the tongue of the new DNC propaganda mistress here in the following video.

First of all, U.S. oil production has been in a steady decline since 1986, when we were producing approximately nine million barrels of oil a day, down to approximately five million barrels a day in 2008. This is due to such things like environmental activist groups pushing the green agenda with the help of the very same Democratic party’s support that Wasserman Shultz is now the chair of. Throw in the bi-partisan support of the progressive RINOS of the Republican Party of the past two decades, and we lost a total of four million barrels of domestic oil production a day, for the past twenty-three years! In the above video, take note of Wasserman Shultz’ play on words there when she says the Democrats have worked hard to give us the “recent” increase of oil production. Recent, as in the past two years, when we have increased our oil production from the low point of five million barrels a day up to… five and a half million barrels a day. That still leaves us with a deficit of four and a half million barrels of oil a day from our production levels of 1986. Do the math, and you will find out that it is still a hell of a lot of lost oil production over the past twenty five years! 365 days a years, times 4.4 million barrels of oil, then multiply that total by 25, and you will see just how much we lost out on, and how that forces our massive continued dependency on the very same Foreign oil that Democrats say we need to wean ourselves from, while they continue to push the unrealistic green agenda of today.

Wasserman Shultz voting record shows us just how hard she has worked to increase ( not) our domestic oil production. From Energy and Oil – Florida politics :

  • Voted YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep
    2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May
    2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for
    energy independence. (Dec 2006)

Since Wasserman-Shultz is the new chair of the DNC, let’s put Senator Bill Nelson’s D-Fl) record up here for all to see also, since they are the two most powerful Florida politicians representing the Socialist Democratic Party up in DC today:

  • We can’t drill, drill, drill our way to oil independence. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax.
    (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr
    2009)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun
    2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China.
    (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May
    2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska’s ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas.
    (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar
    2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar
    2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Include pickup trucks in CAFE; include hybrids in HOV lanes. (Feb 2002)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for
    energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)

Voting records do not lie folks, but they do expose the truth about just what the Democratic Party is doing as far as developing our own energy production in the United States of America today. Do not take any stock in what the Democrats of today “say” they are doing, as we see it is nothing more than a bunch of misinformation and propaganda right here, but pay more attention to what they do, as in voting to cripple our own energy development. So when you see the new DNC Propaganda Mistress, Wasserman-Shultz telling you about the DNC’s new love affair with big oil and domestic energy production as in the video above, think about the facts in this article the next time you pay to fill up your vehicle with that high-priced gasoline. Also remember Obama and his fake Democratic party in 2012 when it comes time to vote for some real change we can believe in. Just do not expect any change from that $100.00 bill when filling up your gas tank today. Those days are now over, unless we get rid of the green energy Socialists and anti-Capitalists in our government, and soon. That means voting against democrats and pro-gressive RINOS in 2012.

Florida Politics: The Week in Review

This past week Governor Rick Scott reviewed a proposal once again to go ahead with the Tampa to Orlando High Speed Rail Plan, and once again he turned it down. There are some troubling aspects coming to light here in this situation that demands Floridans get involved and start asking questions. First of all, just what was in this latest proposal that made it unacceptable to the Governor’s office? Protecting the taxpayers is an admirable agenda, but a little more transparency is needed here if Governor Scott wants to earn the trust of Floridians today. I would like some details and will be calling the Governor’s office Monday morning to see if I can get an explanation on why this latest plan was turned down. In trying to research this situation today, I did come across some troubling hints at stealth attempts at what seem like somehow putting taxpayers on the hook for this plan.

Things just do not add up here. This will be Amtrak2,and it will lose taxpayer’s money year, after year, after year. Every single one of these projects end up costing billions more than mathematically challenged tyrants like Sen. Nelson and Rep. Castor “project” they will cost, when they start them. I will put Governor Scott’s business and budgeting experience up against the whole Democratic party of Florida’s experience any time. Rick Scott has decades of business and budgeting experience. Nelson, Castor, and the rest of the State Democrats in Florida? ZERO. The Democrats trying to undermine the Governor today do have him beaten in one category: They are champions at being career, self serving politicians, who have accomplished nothing more in life, than living off of taxpayer dollars.

Meet the Florida career politician that is pushing this high speed rail boondoggle onto the people of Florida, even though they voted it down in 2010:

Kathy Castor went from being an assistant legal council, for “Community affairs,” to serving on the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners for a few years. She was also the daughter of career politicians/ lawyers. Her father was a judge who also served on the Board of Commissioners down here. I have outlined how Democrats with de-facto fake law degrees end up in the Democratic Party time after time in prior articles. This pattern has been well proven. Castor is one of these “lawyers” who never tried a real case in court. From day one she was groomed to be a career politician. She also shows us the other way these types of Democrats slither into office. That usually involves a person dying or moving up in the career taxpayer sucking categories of career politicians.  Jim Davis left his seat in Congress to run for Governor, Castor won the Dem. primary with Daddy’s help, and that of pretty much every media outlet in Florida singing her praises. And alas, she won her seat by a 70-30% margin, due to Republicans not wanting to put up a solid candidate and any money against her, as they knew she had the media behind her and they were giving her “Free Press” at every turn. Sound familiar? Castor has a nasty hidden agenda , which is evident by her refusal to answer questions from the people of Florida about their tax dollars in this situation, thus she needs to be kicked out of office in 2012. We can’t help Governor Scott fix Florida with these kinds of people trying to circumvent his decisions to enhance their Union-Crony power base for future elections. Take a good look at Kathy Castor’s face there. Sure looks like the face of a career politician to me. I can’t wait to see her forced to actually work for a living in 2012, when the people of Florida say they have had enough of these elitists ignoring them, while trying to force higher taxes onto them.

Following Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision to scuttle the proposed High Speed Rail (HSR) project, Congressman Allen West has come out in support of the Governor’s decision to kill the project. LTC West said , ” I don’t see a need for High Speed rail here in the state Florida.” LTC West further described this rail plan that, since 41 of 44 Amtrack lines lose money, “it’s a train to nowhere.” That is exactly why this writer is calling it Amtrak 2.0

I reported earlier here at CDN on  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood telling, what I consider to be tall tales, when he said he had received letters from politicians in New York stating that they would take the High Speed Rail money Florida had turned down. We were being bullied with the statement that we have to take this money now, or they will give it to someone else today. Well guess what?  They didn’t give the money to N.Y. The Feds want to get their hooks into Florida with this cockamamie high speed rail plan. We do not have the population density to ensure even mediocre revenue from ridership, period. What part of that do the Tampa Tyrants and Sen Bill Nelson not understand here? We said no at the polls last Nov,  and our duly elected Governor backed us up.  New York is billions and billions of dollars in the red this year, and the last thing we want to do is to turn Florida into New York.

Governor Rick Scott’s upcoming budget cuts are sure to rile up the big spending Democrats of Florida and even some irresponsible RINO-Republicans who don’t seem to care if we go bankrupt in the near future. This will be a huge topic of discussion and I will be keeping our readers informed of any important developments in regular news articles. If you would like a preview of the nastiness we can expect in the very near future about the needed budget cuts, see my latest article here at CDN on the corrupt felon, impeached Federal Judge-turned Congressman Alcee Hastings. This man represents  exactly what is wrong in our government today. Unbelievable .

Rep. Kathy Castor even deemed herself important enough to call a press conference last week saying that they will be giving their new high speed rail  “plan” to Governor Scott. The problem, is that Castor just doesn’t seem to understand that she works for the people, and thus needs to be targeted  for termination in 2012 for this stunt. She also acts like an elitist tyrant in not returning phone calls or emails.I got the runaround on 3 different occasions from her office last week. If she had valid statements about  her “plan” then she wouldn’t be afraid of answering questions from the very people who pay her salary. The fact is, Kathy Castor could care less what the people of Florida want. The people of Florida deserve answers on how their tax dollars are being spent, whether Ms. Castor likes it or not. Ditto for Sen. Bill Nelson. No High Speed Rail for Florida at this time, it is simply a luxury can not afford.

Senator Marco Rubio traveled around the state last week meeting and talking with the people of Florida on today’s issues. He explained how the lawsuit against Obamacare is moving forward and how the government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector creates job.  Senator Rubio does not support any continuing resolution to fund our government temporarily unless it includes major cuts in spending. I agree with this, and as I have stated before, the DC politicians are enabling more irresponsible spending every day they don’t have a firm budget resolution. Senator Rubio will be fighting for Florida and all of America in trying to force spending cuts in any budget bills going through the U.S. Senate. The problem lies within the big spending Liberal Democratic Party and Harry Reid, who control the U.S. Senate today. They seem more determined than ever to bankrupt America and pile massive debt onto future generations of our children. While Senator Rubio is only one man against a massive big spending political machine up in D.C. , he truly gives us some hope for, “Winning the future of America.” Unlike Barack Obama, Senator Rubio has firm plans on just how we need to go about securing our future. Those include reigning in irresponsible spending, de-funding Obamacare, and cutting back to a truer form of limited government to open up private sector job creation. I am honored to have Senator Rubio representing the State of Florida in our nation’s capitol.

I will now be writing updated Florida politics articles on a weekly basis here at CDN, and will also keep Floridians informed of any breaking developments as they happen. If you have any information you would like to share, or any questions drop them into the comment section below and I will reply to them on a daily basis. These are uncertain times in Florida and America today, and an informed voting public is crucial to restoring American Liberty and Propserity for future generations of Americans.  Thank you for visiting CDN and our new Florida politics week in review column.

Upcoming event notice: Hernando County GOP Chairman and RPOF Assitant Treasurer Blaise Ingoglia is bringing his widely popular “Government Gone Wild” seminar to South Florida.  Ingoglia will be showcasing his seminar at the Miami-Dade GOP on March 3rd and to the Southwest Broward Republican Organization (SWBRO) in Pembroke Pines on March 7th. Government Gone Wild! is dedicated to educating every citizen of the dangers of Big Government while motivating people to get off their couch and get involved. Please view the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZELqO18Bxo

Florida Politics: A Storm is Brewing

      I would like to start out my, “This Week in Florida Politics” article here, by saying thank you to my State Representative Rachel Bergen. (fl-56) I had written to every politician in the State of Florida expressing my concerns stemming from the attempt to illegally bypass Governor Scott’s decision to put the breaks on the High Speed Rail plan from Tampa to Orlando. Rep. Bergen surprised me today with a phone call to address my concerns. Sure was comforting to see our elected officials responding to the very people they are supposed to represent today. Thank you again Ms. Bergen  We discussed a couple of issues today,  mainly talking about the Rail plan. She is in agreement with Governor Scott, (and myself)  that in these uncertain economic times this is just too much to put onto the backs of Florida taxpayers. We discussed Senator Bill Nelson telling the country that he will meet with Ray LaHood , the U. S. Secretary of Transportation, and a few lawyers to see what they can do to get around our Governor’s decision. Feds or no Feds, lawyers and other assorted Florida politicians and crony-capitalists looking for payback for promises they made to get elected will not be putting this kind of debt onto Floridians, period. I can not give you a quote from my Senator Bill Nelson, as they are apparently way to important to talk to the little people who pay their salaries. Nelson also doesn’t respond to correspondence from us little people. I can’t count the number of times he and his staff have ignored my letters. Likewise with Cathy Castor, another one of my so-called representatives who are scheming against the will of the people to put us into debt for decades with this rail plan. Castor is also heavily backed by assorted Unions as almost all Democrats are today, as we see by the stats below from OpenSecrets.org.  Special thanks to those folks for keeping track of interesting data like this. As dear old Gramps always said, “Follow the Money, Daniel.”

              2009 – 2010 Campaign Cash- Industries*

Industry Total Indivs PACs
Lawyers/Law Firms $113,060 $82,775 $30,285
Health Professionals $76,700 $21,700 $55,000
Building Trade Unions $34,000 $0 $34,000
Hospitals/Nursing Homes $33,830 $18,330 $15,500
Public Sector Unions $32,000 $0 $32,000

         2009- 2010  Top 5 Contributers*

Contributor Total Indivs PACs
American Hospital Assn $11,680 $1,680 $10,000
American Assn for Justice $10,000 $0 $10,000
Florida Police Benevolent Assn $10,000 $0 $10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $10,000 $0 $10,000
Laborers Union $10,000 $0 $10,000

    Those are a lot of  favors owed by Ms. Castor there, and if she thinks she can pay them off with a multi-billion dollar rail plan, no matter the cost to the taxpayers of Florida, she’s got another thing coming. Yes sir, I see a big storm brewing in the near future for the Florida region. Ms. Castor is so sure she will be able to pay off future donors with this Rail plan, that she even held a press conference today. Just like in Wisconsin, Castor’s “press conference” was even attended by nasty Democratic operatives with signs such as “Impeach Scott, and other types of ugliness. Impeach Scott, for doing what we elected him to do? I don’t think so . Grow up people. You are an embarrassment to the  true meaning of a grassroots movement and Democracy. Yes Sir, a big storm is surely brewing in Central Florida. If you want to know what other area politicians are behind this scheme, you don’t have to look far.  Also at this pep rally against the people of Florida , were what they call “candidates.” TBO.com explains it like this:

“Castor and several candidates for the mayor and city council supporting high-speed rail were present. Opponents, in the minority of those attending the rally, mingled among those who favor it.” (emphasis mine)

    Let me get this straight here. TBO.com deems it important enough to point out that the opponents at this unannounced press conference were in the minority. Mr. Ted Jackovics of the Tampa Tribune, shows his lack of any hint of the ability to write  an unbiased report right there, not to mention his lack of journalistic integrity he shows in pushing one agenda or the other here in Tampa, time after time after time. FYI Ted, the only people showing up there were people paid by them to show support for this scheme or the privileged few who were called ahead of time. Otherwise, just how did they happen to show up with those nasty hate-signs? I saw no announcement of this press conference. I for one, am sick of reading this shameful misinformation from our supposed reporters today. Do you think there might have been some opponents to the plan show up, if this had been announced?

      Of course there would have been, we voted no just last year on this scheme, and I would be one of the people telling you where to stuff your fantasy here. I call it a fantasy, because no businessman in his right mind thinks this will not be a big black hole sucking down taxpayers dollars for decades to come. Castor, Bill Nelson, Mayor Iorio and assorted corrupto-crats are trying to convince us otherwise with another phony “plan” announced today. This was at the same press conference where they made very vague statements that do not prove anything to me about how this rail plan is supposed to make money in the end. Of course if you listen to the fantasies of Sen.  Bill Nelson, Rep.Cathy Castor and other assorted Liberal elitists, Obamacare will insure millions of people for free, lower the national debt and give Seniors better healthcare by taking 500 billion dollars of funding away from them. This is a nasty shell game these Florida/Tampa corrupto-crats are playing to try to cement future campaign donations for the 2012 elections and beyond. Yes Siree, there’s a storm brewing down here in Florida.. Here is another tidbit from TBO.com today:

“Our goal over the next day or two will be to put a written proposal in front of Gov. Scott that he can review,” she said. ” •Put the proposal before Scott to assure him that a private company that wins a bid to build and operate the system would be responsible for any possible construction cost overruns, revenue shortfalls, or financial obligations for repayments of federal grants should the project at any point fail; and last but not least is a good one: ‘Private firms have indicated they would make up the difference between the federal grant and the ultimate cost of construction, as well operate the high-speed rail line with revenue that would not involve government subsidies.”

     First of all we demand to know a few particulars here Ms. Castor, like just which ” private firms” are involved here? Exactly who will be in charge of  project oversight after they get their foot in the door for this project?  How many of these jobs will actually be given to Floridians ? How about your vaunted “transparency” the Democrats like to preach about today?  Sure seems to be a lot of secret deals going on here already, and the people of Florida need to demand some answers before this even gets started. How about a scheduled set of meetings from Tampa to Orlando to hear what the real people think about this deal before you submit your “Plan” to Governor Scott? Will it be deemed a criminal offense to give any jobs for this project to the Democrats friends for votes, Illegal Immigrants?  The fact is, that the people have already told you they don’t want this high speed rail. Your initial projected numbers about the financial viability of this project were already proven to be a bunch of hot air. I say once they get their foot in the door with this misguided bait and switch,  that it will be just like Amtrak. Remember Amtrak?  That was private at one time too. Today?  Billions of taxpayer dollars are being stolen to prop up that so-called “private venture,” that has also been plagued with fraud, corruption, and malfeasance. And Amtrak runs up and down the heavily populated Northeast, unlike sparsely populated Central Florida. 

     My take on this whole scheme? If the people do not speak up, and Governor Scott believes this Amtrak2 plan for Florida, we will be facing a state sales tax within 2 years here in Florida. They may call it something else, but one way or the other these big spending Democrats and their corrupto-crat pals have one agenda today: Tax the working folks as much as they can, any way they can, as has been proven throughout American history. Here is a telling question for all the Democrats and others involved in this rail scheme: ” With Democrats constantly screaming for the rich businessman to pay more in taxes today, just what businessmen are lined up with your plan here? How can these Democrats climb into bed with these evil capitalists that they bash every single day today? Are we supposed to believe that these anonymous business firms here are willing to lose billions of dollars just to snuggle up to this bunch of  Tampa politicians? Oh wait, since Senator Bill Nelson is wheeling and dealing on this deal up in Washington DC, which lobbyists is he in bed with up there, and what have they been promised?  Talk about strange bed-fellows teaming up for the high-speed rail love affair here. Every businessman I have ever met, is in business to make money. Where did you find these people who are supposedly all lined up to be happily taxed more, and are willing to take the heavy losses that are sure to come with this plan?

     We are being told here today folks, that whether we want this high speed rail running through the heart of Florida or not, the corrupto-crats are going to do it anyway. I sure hope Governor Scott doesn’t fall for the Amtrak2 bait and switch of these mathematically challenged politicians from here in Tampa. I am betting that the Businessman we elected as Governor, Rick Scott will see through this gimmickry. As in the picture above, the clouds are rolling in here, over Central Florida. Next up? Governor Scott’s budget cuts. Is that thunder I hear?

Nelson Wins Tyrant of the Week Award

    Senator Bill Nelson (D) of Florida was recognized as  The Tyrant of the Week  yesterday, by weighing in on Governor Scott’s putting the brakes on the high speed rail scheme with the following tyrannical statement:

   ” We are exploring with the Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, how we could keep this project going forward since the state of Florida will not participate. We have the lawyers researching it,” Nelson told The Palm Beach Post.

Definition of a Tyrant: An absolute ruler, unrestrained by law or constitution. A usurper of  sovereignty. A ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally. Mr Nelson fits all 3 definitions to a tee here. There is such a thing as a Florida constitution that lays out the duties ands authority of the Florida Governor. In the above statement our Tyrant of the Week, Senator Bill Nelson, somehow thinks he can ignore the governor’s decision and round up a group of lawyers along with transportation secretary RayLaHood to do an “end around” on Governor Scott here.

 Lets look at the background to this whole situation here. In 2000, when the economy was rolling along nicely, several groups of city and state politicians started exploring the possibility of a high speed rail system to go from Tampa, to Orlando Florida. That was 11 years ago and the economy has deteriorated drastically since then. They held a vote and the people of Florida approved moving forward with this rail plan in 2000. Fast forward to 2010, during the mid-term elections  the people of Florida, faced with rising taxes and huge State deficits, voted NO to this rail plan. These same people elected Rick Scott to lead Florida out of the recession as their Governor. Mr. Scott looks over all the bloated revenue projections and possible costs to the Florida tax payers while going over the state budget plan, and decides that this is a disaster waiting to happen. Mr. Scott then announces that the high speed rail plan will be stopped.  Enter Senator Bill Nelson, my Tyrant of the Week with the above statement. The people said no, the Governor says no, yet the Tyrant says he will do it anyway, the rule of law be damned!

   Today Florida has a $3.6 Billion dollar deficit. This isn’t free money from the feds here, if the plan fails Florida taxpayers are on the hook to pay back 3.2 billion dollars. I live near Tampa. I worked in Orlando and traveled between the cities for years. Those saying this rail plan will increase tourism are living in a world of fantasy. Gov. Scott asked if these funds could be used to widen the I-4 corridor between Tampa and Orlando, since congestion is one of the reasons they use when pushing for this plan. The Feds said NO. Why do you think that happened? Another fact is that every rail system in North America operates at a huge loss to the taxpayers. Look at Amtrak for an obvious example. The Washington Times* shows us just what happens when the Federal government gets into the train business.

  “What authorities ultimately unraveled was that two former Amtrak officials, in fiscal 2001, either booked false or incorrect accounting entries in Amtrak’s monthly financial statements or else failed to report the activities.In turn, these same misleading accounting entries helped make Amtrak’s monthly financial results appear closer to budget than they really were. What’s more, the “inappropriate entries” were being made when Amtrak was sending monthly and quarterly financial reports to its own board of directors, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration and others, records show.” (emphasis mine)

  Former congressman Ray LaHood, now the Secretary of Transportation, was also caught securing 60 million tax dollars in earmarks for his district in 2008, with 9 million of that going to campaign donors, as was reported in The Washington Post. Now he is wheeling and dealing in Amtrak. Amtrak received 1.2 billion tax dollars in 2005.  Amtrak  had also submitted a request to congress for an addition 1 billion in funding annually for the next 10 years at one point. Can you say money pit? So now we hear that the Transportation Department, along with our Tyrant of the Week, Senator Bill Nelson are going to illegally bypass the people of Florida and their elected Governor, and shove this high speed rail boondoggle down out throats anyway. That is the action of a tyrant, not a U.S Senator elected to serve the people.

    Here we see The Tyrant of the Week with our new freshman Senator Marco Rubio. This represents the past, as Nelson is up for reelection in 2012, and the future of Florida, in Marco Rubio. Look at that picture. The Tyrant’s sunken eyes, bulging neck vessels, red face and clenched jaw are the exact opposite of Marco Rubio’s calm attentive demeanor. A tyrant is also someone who runs and hides from the very people he was elected to serve. Soon to be ex-Senator, Mr. Nelson excels at this part too.   I have on record over 50 phone calls and many, many emails and letters sent to the Tyrant of the Week without receiving one reply. That right there says all there is to say, about the fact that this Tyrant needs to be fired next year. He could care less what the people want, and refuses to listen to them.  When researching  the Florida high speed rail plan, there is also a quickly seen pattern within the reporting on this issue. The first 47 out of 50 Internet searches were all bashing Rick Scott with lies and misinformation about this situation. The real reasons Gov. Scott stated for his stopping this boondoggle are very rarely reported. The true costs to the taxpayers of Florida are ignored. History proves these projects to never come in under budget, and have proven to lose money for decades, yet the crony-capitalists in bed with the politicians pushing this burden onto the people of Florida are controlling the message. That message is deep in misinformation and based in unrealistic revenue projections. Leading that pack of  liars is our very own Tyrant of the Week, Senator Bill Nelson. My hope and change for 2012 starts with getting this Tyrant out of office,  and electing a true representative of the people. That’s what I call “Winning the Future.”

* http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/31/amtrak-misled-congress-on-finances/