Posts tagged ‘Hernando County’

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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August 5, 2011

What Time is it Folks

Did you catch the Carnival Thursday? Representative Nugent rolled into town with his Republican script
tailored for his Tea Party followers and any non Tea party constituents. What’s new is that on the day that he delivered his parties scripted opinion the Dow Jones Index dropped $512.00.

His response to many questions in general was we did the best we could under the circumstances, including the
Debt Ceiling bill S365. What he hasn’t answered is why 12.9 percent are still unemployed in Hernando  County and why his party has not sponsored one jobs bill since he has been elected on a platform to create jobs.

When asked why he signed Grover Norquist’s pledge not to raise taxes he said he didn’t sign it for Norquist, he signed it for the gentlemen sitting in the audience. Sure he did? A retired school teacher tried to express her fears about the budget cuts that would affect her, Nugent’s response was that each of us has to choose how much we will be willing to give up. My question is why he is willing to ask us to sacrifice and not the wealthy he is trying to protect who earn taxable income over $250,000 a year. (The Norquist signing.)

Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008 the Republican agenda has been to discredit and inflict much pain on the people of the United Sates. They blame President Obama and the common man for the Great Recession not the Bankers on Wall Street. They blame President Obama and the common man for Governments spending not themselves and the previous Bush administration tax cuts for the rich, two wars, and an unpaid for drug program.

I know I’ve seen and heard this before so I traveled back in time to my child hood and realized I was watching the Howdy Doody show all over again. A wooden puppet controlled by his master.

July 21, 2011

Cut, Cap and Balance

For which the details do not exist except for $111 million in cuts initially yet not identified. Republicans
want to cut expenses, Cap Spending at 18.5% of GDP (22.5% next year) and a Balanced Budget Amendment which will also require a two thirds majority to raise taxes.

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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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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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