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1. Just in case you were not one of the many Americans upset over Obama's health care takeover, he is now proposing offshore drilling in Florida. How's that sitting with ya? According to this article Marco Rubio supports the President's proposal. Great, one of the few things there is bipartisanship on is destruction of the environment? Any chance McCollum can tack this issue on to the health care lawsuit (like lawmakers tacked on student loans to health care).
2. A new poll shows most Floridians are indeed opposed to the health care legislation. Of the registered voters polled 87% of Republicans were opposed, 62% of Independents were opposed and 22% of Democrats were opposed. And it isn't just Floridians who don't like the legislation. According to this national poll some 55% favor repealing the legislation. There is also more disturbing news showing that a poll of physicians found that almost half will leave or be forced out because of the new legislation.
46.3% of primary care physicians (family medicine and internal medicine) feel that the passing of health reform will either force them out of medicine or make them want to leave medicine.
(how is that going to help cover more people?) And does it bother anybody else that lawmakers carved themselves right out of this legislation? Yep, those lawmakers promoting the legislation are exempt from the new "law of the land".
3. In case cutting their own throats by passing an unpopular health care bill or launching an attack on our oceans normally reserved for Republicans wasn't enough, Democrats in Congress are now calling on private sector companies that have come out against the legislation to come and testify before Congress. Government bullying of the opposition? Are we still in the United States? Did any of these large private employers need a government handout from the stimulus to stay afloat? If not then I hope Congress takes copious notes! Maybe they also should have read the letter from 130 economists telling them that the bill would kill jobs. In defense of liberals, the bill does create more government jobs (on your dime) 16,000 new IRS jobs according to this Ways and Means report.
4. According to this recent article in the Tribune it looks like health care premiums for young people are going to go up. Really? Now they tell us. Obama says it is too early to judge the new health care law according to this article. Yeah, check back with him in 2014 well after the next Presidential election. Uh-huh.
5. Vacancies or Section 8 housing? This article outlines the fallout of a flooded housing market (thanks in part to some of the clowns over on The Hillsborough BOCC). Before they were handing out paid vacations to ethically challenged Administrators some of them were pretty skilled at approving sprawl. This brought down home values, tax revenues, and evidently it is now bringing down the neighborhood. In related news, Tampa scored among the country's very worst regarding plummeting home prices second only to Las Vegas. This again making the case for Florida Hometown Democracy (FHD) which would give citizens the last word on growth instead of elected officials having the last word.
6. Our own Mariella Smith exposed TBARTA on possibly breaking the law regarding Florida Hometown Democracy. The state funded agency thought it was appropriate to take a stand against the grassroots effort to rein in growth. They want you to vote to tax yourself for a new train but they sure don't want you to vote on the surrounding land use called transit oriented development (TOD). One of the dirty little secrets about rail is that it gives officials the green light to pile more growth in the area surrounding the lines than our Comprehensive Plan calls for. This is good for a rural NIMBY like me who doesn't want more suburban sprawl encroaching into the rural area but for someone living inside the Urban Service Line that means more rooftops. Shouldn't everybody have a say on the future of their communities? I think so. Why continue to beg politicians to do the right thing when you can veto them?