February 6, 2011

Radical Republicanism

It is impossible not to hear and read political rhetoric every time we turn on a news channel or read a newspaper. We are continually exposed to constant reference to different types of ideologies and philosophies through the use of terms such as Liberal, Progressive, Left, Far Left, Conservative, Right, and Far Right and so on.These terms of fear are used as stigmas so that once associated with an individual or organization we no longer need to read what they are representing or who they represent we just need to fear them. All these terms are communicated to all of us easily in an age of high tech media and is a simple method of classification which than defines the dividing lines of individuals and organizations.

 

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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.  Continue reading

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. Continue reading

January 18, 2011

Ronald Reagan for President in 2012?

I am always interested in what the other side is doing; recently the rhetoric includes quotes, references and commentary on Ronald Reagan. So I wanted to see locally what the Republican Party was up to, I visited the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee website and viewed a YouTube video celebrating Ronald Reagan’s 100 birthday by presenting Ronald Reagan’s state of the union message in the 1980’s. Continue reading

January 13, 2011

A Historical Presidency

America witnessed the exemplification of the Office of the Presidency on January 12, 2011 at the University of Arizona when President Barack Obama honored the fallen individual’s of Saturday’s assassination attempt of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords.  Continue reading

January 12, 2011

Commissioners pick and choose who to tax

Re: Hernando commissioners will enforce, park, boat and ramp fees after all 

I have a question for the County Commissioner. Why are you willing to enforce user fees on your constituents put in place last year which is a form of taxation, a consumption tax on community activities which fall under the heading of infrastructure amenities and are willing to give fee breaks to the building industry? In November of 2009 the county commissioners lowered impact fees to 2001 rates of $4,800 from 2009 rates of $9,200 and extended those lower fees to November 2011 in November 2010. Theses reductions were made to stimulate employment growth in the building industry when Hernando unemployment was 14.6%. Today as of the latest Bureau of Labor and Statistics report that rate is 15.2%, so much for stimulating job growth. There were 199 permits issued in 2010 because of the reduced impact fees Hernando County revenues were reduced by $875,600 (199 times $4,400 ) adding to the current budget deficits.  Continue reading

January 9, 2011

We have failed ourselves

The events in Tucson on January 8, 2011 the assassination attempt of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords, the murder of 6 individuals and wounding of 13 innocent bystanders  is the direct result of the lack of sensitivity and respect for one another practiced and sometimes promoted by those institutions and individuals who have an  influence over our country’s morality.  Continue reading

January 4, 2011

Yes We Are, Democrats

Webster defines a Democrat as an adherent to Democracy or one who practices social equality, Democracy meaning Government by the people or rule of the majority government in which the supreme power is vested in and exercised through a system of representation involving periodical held free elections. We participate in a Republic form of government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is a president, a government in which a supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.

The oldest party in the united states is the Democratic party originally known as the Democratic-Republican Party until the 1830’s when Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren formed today’s Democratic Party.  During the same period a faction representing the new Wig Party was formed today it is known as the Republican Party. The new Democratic Party became a coalition of farmers, city-dwelling laborers, and Irish Catholics. Democrats opposed elites and aristocrats, the Bank of the United States, and the whiggish modernizing programs that would build up industry at the expense of the laborer or independent small farmer. Today our modern parties have evolved yet have not changed their basic principles.

We are Doctors, Lawyers, Businessmen, Corporate CEO’s, Scientists, Teachers, System Administrators, Programmers, Policemen, Fire Fighters, Laborers, Builders, and we are proud Americans. We practice a religious faith and some do not because of freedom of choice. We are husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, children, aunts, uncles and grandparents. We have contributed to the greatness of the United States and have served our country in the armed services. We believe that every man and women deserve equal opportunities to compete in the workforce and not be discriminated against because of race, color, religious preference; sexual orientation or age and we practice these principles. We believe that it is the right of every man and women to earn a living and share in the fruits of our nation as a result of their labor. We believe that all Americans no matter their economic status are entitled to Social Security and Health Care after retirement so that they may live the rest of their lives in dignity. We believe that charity begins at home and that the fortunate must help provide for the unfortunate.

We believe that Capitalism should promote the common good through economic systems and business acumen of fair wages and humane benefits and promotion of individual advancement. We believe this is only attainable when American students are properly prepared in their elementary and high school years of education; who will than be provided with equal and affordable access to higher education.

Finally, we believe there is a higher order governing our great nation. We believe our system of governing although not perfect is the greatest form of government bestowed on any people.

By: Vito J. Delgorio Sr.

January 2, 2011

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

In 2010, there were 16 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 72 posts. There were 2 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 119kb.

The busiest day of the year was February 7th with 65 views. The most popular post that day was It must be an election year!.

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The top referring sites in 2010 were hernandocountydemocraticclub.com, mail.yahoo.com, facebook.com, statistics.bestproceed.com, and studentloansinterest.org.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for vito delgorio, “janey baldwin”, 3 examples of oration from the years 80’s to 20’s?, too important to ignore, and vito delgorio, hernando county,.

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It must be an election year! February 2010

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About the Author November 2008
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Supreme Court Decision on Corporate Political Ads January 2010
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Political Performances Locally February 2010

December 17, 2010

No Tax Cuts without Representation

Who will pay? The poor and the middle class will pay. How you ask? Money given to the poor and middle class get spent in the economy creating demand for products and services. They buy food clothing and needed services the necessities to provide for a family not a dime will go into savings. Money given to the wealthy if not spent on luxuries goes directly into their trusts, savings, and ultimately their investments creating no demand for products and services, but does generate fees and commissions for Wall Street. The billions of dollars going to the poor and middle class stimulate economic activity that eventually go to the rich and wealthy in the form of dividends and capital gains, while the billions going to the rich and wealthy increase their wealth even more. It’s a loose loose situation for the poor and middle class. Why? Since our representatives in Washington refuse to have the rich and wealthy pay for their fare share the poor and middle class will pay eventually through increased taxes and cuts in entitlement programs targeted by bi-partisan Democrats and a majority of Republicans. This bill has set the precedent connecting Social Security to the national debt for the first time in our history even though Social Security is the only solvent entitlement program in the Government Budget a 2.6 Trillion Dollar Surplus which pays for itself and those bi-partisan Democrats and Republicans want to raid this trust to again transfer more money to the rich and wealthy. They couldn’t do it by privatizing so they will raid it by connecting it to our deficit budget. 

It has been reported that the 2010 midterms raised 4 billion dollars from donors. Senators and Congressman received 4 billion dollars to get elected. A majority came from the Wealthy and Corporations run by the Wealthy. These donors consider their contributions as an investment because they can’t take a tax deduction. How do you get a return on your investment of a campaign donation? You get an extension of the Bush tax cuts Plus. What is the return? If you just include the Estate Tax and Capital Gains and Dividend savings of 121 billion dollars that’s a return of 3025% over two years to simplify the numbers if you invest 1 thousand dollars for two years your return would be $30,250 dollars after two years. In Washington money talks louder than votes. 

The odds are stacked against the poor and middle class Americans. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Corporations are People under our constitution giving them same rights as you and I. Washington has been taken over by Corporate American, Foreign Influence and Special Interests through our Elected Representatives. We no longer have a representative government. We have a ruling class. This Bill proves that.

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