Archive for ‘Hernando Politics’

April 23, 2012

2012 the Year of the Decider

One candidate calls himself a businessman who has lived in the real business world. He understands the economy because of this and will be a better choice for president because he’s a decider. Can some one please inform this candidate that he doesn’t understand how Government works? There are a group of elected officials called the congress who decide on financing the government not the economy. They call this a budget, which comes out of a budget committee then voted on by a majority of congress in both houses. Only if a majority in both houses passes this budget bill will you get the opportunity to decide by signing it into law or veto it and send it back for revisions. Capitalist don’t fear the president and his policies they fear the Congress and Senate for their lack of legislation. The problem any President has and will always have begun in the 1975 rules changes made by the senate. Any legislature to pass after a filibuster requires a three fifths vote of the senate or 60 votes out of 100 also know as a supermajority.

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November 24, 2011

The Real Story needs to be told

Re: It’s story time for Nugent by Paulette Lash Ritchie

Mr. Richard Nugent got back to his roots as he states after reading to first graders at Weeki Wachee K-8.  He read a book about our system of legislating using the characters in the book as House Mice and Senate Mice. What he didn’t realize is the portrayal used exemplifies most representatives in Washington mice or in some cases rats.

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November 7, 2011

A conversation with Rush

I can’t refrain from writing about a conversation I recently had with an individual I once admired for their profession and believed was well educated in one of Florida’s best institutions of higher learning and now I use the terms higher learning loosely in this case.

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September 18, 2011

Unite Voters of America

The United   States of America is divided, Left, Middle,  Right and economically in two the rich and everyone else. Because of these  divides we find confusion and apathy growing in our population day after day setting  the groundwork for a perfect political and economic storm which will  potentially have catastrophic results affecting everyone not seen since the  great depression. In war one of the most important strategic maneuvers is to  separate and divide. Are we at war and with whom? 

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June 15, 2011

Budget Battles and Turf Wars

You would think that after 4 years of declining revenue and  the depletion of county reserve funds the county commission would finally realize that the Bush great recession is not going away to soon. As a matter of  fact we will be crawling out of this recession for the remainder of this  decade. Their priorities are so misdirected Administrator Hamilton reminds me  of a teacher trying to control and unruly 1st grade class where the  students are running wild with no direction or purpose. One example of their  misdirection is the Dredge Project which is going on over 10 years. This year is  a bad budget year yet, they decide to spend over 7 million of county tax  dollars on the dredge project when asking employees to sacrifice their jobs and  compensation. If they would have given back the 3 million they received from  the state for the dredge project we would have saved 4 million dollars in tax  dollars. This number I believe is next years budget shortfall. Did I just solve  their budget problem NOT.  All county  departments including the constitutional offices must cut to the minimum  necessary yet provide the basic services needed to service the community.

“When  the going gets tough the tough get going”. Unlike this commission.

I think this commission needs to go.

March 16, 2011

Florida Voters were fooled

Tuesday the 15th of March I attended a rally at the Spring Hill Dr. Library for Move On .Org. We were rallying for the workers in the State of Florida who are currently under attach by Governor Rick Scott and the Republican majorities in the State House and State Senate. I met a young man with his wife and children. He just lost his job because of the Scott budget cuts for social work programs. We heard from women who also lost her job recently with a heart condition and no health insurance while Scott was cutting Medicaid funding which gave her no options for treatment. Who are the workers in Florida? They are Teachers, Firemen, Policemen, Librarians, Nurses State Workers, County Workers and all the Service Employees of Florida. Targeted at the moment are Teachers in the public school system. Republican legislation Senate Bill 736 now called the Son of Six eliminates tenure for teachers hired beginning July 1, ties teachers pay to student test scores, and ends layoffs based on seniority. I find it cynical and not amusing that Republicans would use a reference to the Son of Sam a mass murderer because that’s exactly what they are doing to the Teaching Profession, murdering a once sacred profession. What this bill does it takes away everything gained through collective bargaining for teachers for over decades through union accomplishments, does this sound familiar Wisconsin. Teachers who once were admired for their contribution to society’s progress through teaching future generation are now no longer admired for their efforts but treated like they are the cause of the State Governments over spending. The truth of the matter is this. How else can you provide the money to businesses that were instrumental in getting you elected you do this by cutting aid to school districts by 1.7 Billion dollars and give tax cuts to those same businesses? Rick Scott a man who took the 5th amendment 75 times as CEO of HCA during a deposition hearing for his role in the embezzlement of billions from Medicare and The Republican majority House and Senate found the way by giving almost 1.5 Billion of tax cuts to Corporations. Those of you who voted for these characters are getting a wake up call. Sooner or later the old saying comes true, you can fool some of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Did Florida get fooled?

February 2, 2011

Dredge Project with overdraft protection

Over two years our county administrator and county commissioners have utilized reserve funds to balance our budget by cutting operating costs and transferring money from reserve accounts to pay bills. Transferring reserves are simply accounting transactions to cover expenses in excess of revenues for example anyone who has overdraft checking linked to their savings account can understand this. When you write a check in excess of your checking balance an automatic transfer from your savings covers the overdraft. This kind of financial management is a temporary fix when revenues are declining and an assumption that revenues will increase in the future to satisfy the imbalances being satisfied by reserve (savings) transfers. 

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January 26, 2011

The Dredge Project a lose lose situation for the taxpayers.

The County Heads into Uncharted Waters for over thirteen years of legal issues, miscalculations, poor planning, and poor oversight by the County Commissioners, currently Russell and Stabins, and County Administrators currently Hamilton including poor judgment the Hernando Beach channel dredge project is now moving into another phase. Hernando County Commissioners will entertain Administrator Hamilton’s proposal to become General contractor for the Hernando beach dredging project when discussed at the January 25, 2011 commission meeting. Hamilton has requested Director of Transportation Services Susan Goebel and others to come up with a plan by February 1, 2011 at the next commission meeting.

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