Governor Rick Scott insisted that he would not take any of Washington’s tainted money. Some would say that its poetic justice, if it were not for all the constituents that are caught in the cross hairs. In politics they call it “collateral damage” or as Mitt Romney would call it “creative destruction.”
Remember the latest feel good phrase: “We want less government in our lives!” Well my friend, this is an example of less government and the scary part is that an entire state suffers because of the misguided allegiance to a party, rather than the people that elected now Governor Rick Scott.
Gov. Rick Scott did not hesitate to tell all that would listen, that he would reject any monies [$2 Billion to be exact] coming from Washington, regardless if it were needed [to build a high-speed rail line] or not and proceeded to do just that!
Gov. Scott proclaimed that he didn’t want Washington’s money and quickly took to the airways to let all his constituents know that he was standing firm in his belief, even though a rail system is desperately needed in Florida. There were many that cheered him on, “That’s right! We want less government in our lives!” Now, hold that thought…
Gov. Rick Scott also championed the cause to stop President Obama’s Federal Healthcare, which was subsequently approved by the Supreme Court, in part. Without consideration for the thousands of constituents that were currently without healthcare and no means to pay for private insurance. “That’s right! We want less government in our lives!” Now, hold that thought…
Gov. Rick Scott has also battled Washington by imposing new voting rules and thus throwing Florida in the spot light once again as the state that will more than likely create havoc before the election is over.
After all the disdain that Gov. Rick Scott has shown to Washington and the Federal Government, he suddenly has a change of heart [because Florida has suffered at the hands of hurricane Isaac] and decides that maybe having some of that “Federal Government Money” is not so bad after all. What happened to “We want less government in our lives?” Now, hold that thought…
So, what happens next! Gov. Scott proceeds to summons his aide to request funds from both FEMA and the White House. Did I read that right? FEMA, which is government and the White House, which is government has a request from Gov. Scott to help the State of Florida? That’s right! But wait a minute! I thought Gov. Scott and his constituents agreed to…No! Demand less government. Remember, “We want less government in our lives!” Now hold that thought…
FEMA and the White House apparently finally got the message that Gov. Rick Scott is serious about not taking money from the Federal Government and to help him stay true to his word, denied his request for Federal Aid and after all, “how would he be able to look his constituents in the eye after taking such a stance on “no government money will pass state line.” Now hold that thought…
You better wake up!!! Now hold that thought…
As Always….. Don’t Be Alarmed . . . Be Informed . . .
The court is considering four key questions:
1. Does the law overstep federal authority, particularly with
the “Individual Mandate”
2. Must the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be
scrapped if that key provision is unconstitutional?
3. Are the lawsuits brought by the states and other petitioners
barred under the Anti-Injunction Act?
4 Are states being “coerced” by the federal government to expand
their share of Medical costs and administration, with the risk
of losing that funding if they refuse?
Everything hinges on the mandate, also known as the “minimum coverage” or “must-buy” provision. It is the key funding mechanism – the “affordable” aspect of the Patient and Affordable Care Act – that makes most of the other 450 or so provisions possible.
It would require nearly all Americans to buy some form of health insurance beginning in 2014 or face financial problems. May the federal government, under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause, regulate economic “inactivity”?
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As of Monday, the U.S. had $14.14 trillion in debt subject to the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling, according to the government’s Bureau of Public Debt. This is up from $14.0 trillion Jan. 28.
As of 04/07/2011
Debt Held by the Public ——————-9,652,195,544,012.12
Intragovernmental Holdings ————4,612,049,982,299.46
Total Public Debt Outstanding ——14,264,245,526,311.58
Sept, 30, 2010——————– 13,561,623,030,891.79
Sept. 30, 2009——————– 11,909,829,003,511.75
Sept. 30, 2008——————– 10,024,724,896,912.49
Sept. 30, 2007———————- 9,007,653,372,262.48
Sept. 30, 2006———————- 8,506,973,899,215.23
Sept. 30, 2005———————- 7,932,709,661,723.50
Sept. 30, 2004———————- 7,379,052,696,330.32
Sept. 30, 2003———————- 6,783,231,062,743.62
Sept. 30, 2002———————- 6,228,235,965,597.16
Sept. 30, 2001———————- 5,807,463,412,200.06
Sept. 30, 2000———————- 5,674,178,209,886.86
SOURCE: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt
George Walker Bush
With the country in a state of general prosperity, the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore was perceived to be one of the least dynamic on issues. As it turned out, the race was one of the closest in the country’s history. By early evening on election night, it was apparent that whoever won Florida would win the election.
Bush’s razor-thin margin of about 1,200 votes prompted an automatic recount. The case ultimately ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court. Bush officially became the president-elect on Dec. 13, after the Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Florida Supreme Court to allow manual recounts of ballots in some Florida counties, contending that such a partial recount violated the Constitution’s equal protection and due process guarantees.
With Florida in his column, Bush won the presidency with 271 electoral votes, just one more than he needed, although he lost the popular vote by half a million. The divided 5–4 Supreme Court decision generated enormous controversy, with critics asserting that the Supreme Court, and not the electorate, had effectively determined the outcome of the presidential election.
In early 2003, President Bush unveiled a sweeping economic stimulus plan that characteristically centered on tax cuts. The plan, in its original form, would have cut taxes by $670 billion over ten years; Congress approved a $350 billion version. Although all workers were to benefit from the tax plan, it strongly favored two groups: two-parent households with several children and the wealthy—nearly half the proposed tax benefits were reserved for the richest 10% of American taxpayers. Critics of the plan, including fiscally conservative Republicans, argued that it was unsound to offer tax cuts while the country was involved in an expensive war and in the midst of a jobless recovery. The federal budget deficit, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, reached a record $412 billion in 2004. The White House countered that the Bush tax cuts had in fact kept the recession remarkably shallow and brief.
Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.
After a historic and bruising 22-monthlong campaign, Sen. Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Nov. 4, 2008. He prevailed over Sen. John McCain in what was probably the most pivotal U.S. election since World War II. He took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009, and became the first black U.S. president.
Looking Ahead to the Debt Ceiling Plus (+) or Minus (-), and into 2012.
While barely avoiding a Federal Shutdown, the country is still on a slippery slop, with only enough time to take a collective deep breath before plunging into the deep waters of the budget.
The Federal Government will hit its limit on borrowing by May 16, slightly over a month from now. At that time, there will be no more time for indecision. The House and Senate will have to vote definitively, to either raise the debt ceiling or cut the budget, in ways that this country have never seen, with the general public (Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party, Independents, Others) serving as collateral damage.
If the budget is cut or reduced with the cake knife that the Republicans and Tea Party members are calling for, only the wealthy will be spared and their castle will feel a slight shift as they find the services they have grown so accustomed to having, no longer exist.
It’s amazing to see so many shouting ‘Shut the Government Down!” while at the same time, either knowingly or unknowingly still depending on that very same government for their livelihood. It’s an oxymoron of major proportion.
In this instance, having Monday morning regrets, will have devastating consequences of which the human mind will not be able to comprehend but will have immediate impact on this once great nation.
Please keep in mind that if Congress “Shut the Government Down,” the U.S. will immediately lose its status to lead over countries. As it is, the U.S. dollar is already taking a beating outside of the states
The IMF is trying to move the world away from the U.S. dollar and towards a global currency once again. In a new report entitled “Enhancing International Monetary Stability—A Role for the SDR”, the IMF details the “problems” with having the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency of the globe and the IMF discusses the potential for a larger role for SDRs (Special Drawing Rights).
But the IMF certainly does not view SDRs as the “final solution” to global currency problems. Rather, the IMF considers SDRs to be a transitional phase between what we have now and a new world currency. In this newly published report, the IMF makes this point very clearly: “In the even longer run, if there were political willingness to do so, these securities could constitute an embryo of global currency.” Yes, you read that correctly.
The SDR is supposed to be “an embryo” from which a global currency will one day develop. So what about the U.S. dollar and other national currencies? Well, they would just end up fading away.
To all those that are not aware of the debt ceiling and how it would ultimately affect you personally, I suggest that you make looking up this subject, your number one priority. I have provided you with enough information to get started.
It is your responsibility to protect your family and your country. There will be no opportunity to plead ignorance in the foreseeable future. The debt ceiling is being discussed on every media level; the newspaper, the radio, the TV and the internet.
The time is now for you to take charge of your own financial future and not leave it in the hands of others.
A federal government shut down even in parts will affect everyone. A shutdown affects every industry in place that supports that entity from House & Senate committee members to maids and janitors in the building and private contractors that keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes.
If neither parties can reach an agreement by midnight Friday, then they have failed to live up to the promises made to their constituents doing election time.
A senior Democratic source with knowledge of the ongoing negotiations said the biggest obstacle to a deal involves whether reductions in mandatory spending programs, known in appropriations parlance as “Changes in Mandatory Spending” or CHIMPS, should be part of spending cuts.
Examples of mandatory spending programs include Pell Grants, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and some types of highway funding. Such programs are funded for multiple years at a time, with the spending set for the time period covered, exempt from congressional authorization each year.
It is interesting that with each interview with the House of Representatives, the interviewer consistently says “Well, I see that you got in all your” talking points”. What is the interviewer trying to tell the listening audience? It appears that they are telling the listening audience that no matter what question I ask them, they are going to stick to the script in an effort to persuasively support an argument or discussion. i.e., “Remember, no matter what they ask you blame the looming shutdown on the other party.”
House Speaker, John Boehner & Tea Party Congressman, Tom Price, Chairman of the House Budget Committee along with Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, has a daunting task to collectively speak for each of their parties and prayerfully come to a meeting of the minds or “compromise” if you will. Anything short of a resolution is a failure to protect and keep the government stable, irrespective of who will ultimately become the scapegoat.
If the government is force to shutdown, the constituents’ will view their representatives as failures; who could not get the job done. Make no mistake about it, if the government shuts down at midnight, Friday, there are no winners, not the House, Senate & Tea Party, President and certainly not the people, who voted you in to represent them and “do the right thing by them!”
The ball is in your court, representatives, the bases are loaded, the crowd is on its feet in anxious anticipation, the pitcher throws and you can hear the sound of the ball connecting to the bat, the bat sends the ball into the stratosphere, the players are making their way around the bases, the first one is heading into home base getting ready to place his foot on home plate and the referee shouts…..to be continued!
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