The empty chairs at the Fox News channel is starting to make the guest speakers seem to have a lack of integrity. The big names that guest speak have not made up their mind on running for president and contracts are not bring renewed. Fox has terminated its contracts with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Senator Rick Santorum after the deadline for them to decide on presidential bids passed on the first of May. This is just another addition to the list of hopefuls as they have been on the fence since early March on if they should run or not. They had not been paid as they mulled presidential runs, but left them the option of returning to the network. The contract end seems that Gingrich is going to be running. We were surprised not to see him in the lineup for the first GOP debate for 2012. The vacant chair pool is further compounded by other fence sitter Mike Huckabee, who is a host of a Fox show, also has not made up his mind about a possible bid. This not out of the realm as Donald Trump is making NBC wait on the renewing of the Apprentice until he decides if he is going to run. Seventeen months to go and gentleman and ladies start your engines
Since the commander and chief is still riding the wave of macho. We thought we would get back to our old ways by celebrating a weakness. We have found a place where it looks like the halo in Florida is starting to dim on national healthcare. This can only happen because the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is in charge. They pushed through an amendment for the ballot next year that will stop the federal health care overhaul. The Republicans trying to put a stop to the federal law they called “Obamacare” in debate. The vote was along party lines as it passed 80-37 vote in the House. The details are the Florida Senate passed the amendment called SJR 2. It was sponsored by Senate President Mike Haridopolos a name we will keep on the radar. This will set up the legal challenge if this kind of amendment can trump a federal law with a lowly state measure. The sweet they center on is the Florida measure would ban government requirements to buy health insurance, which the federal law would mandate for most citizens. This is not new to Florida if you remember the Legislature passed a similar attempt for the ballot last year, but the Florida Supreme Court axed it. The justices ruled the ballot summary was inaccurate and misleading. We think this is going to the first of many attempts and every attempt is important.
When credit it is due you need to man up and pay it. We hammer President Obama on a regular basis. We still do not think he is good president. We still think he is the wrong person for the job. What he agreed to do on Sunday night was the first time he rose to the occasion and was truly presidential. It takes a lot of guts to layout and agree to the mission pulled off on this most memorable of nights. That night that will go down in history as well as be the pinnacle of the Obama administration. When you think of Truman and dropping the atomic bomb, Kennedy and Cuba, Reagan and Gorbachev, and now you can add Obama and Bin Laden. It takes courage to send 40 men on that mission, into a friendly country without warning, into a situation where you do not know what to expect and hoping all your intelligence is right on. Then when it all comes together and the most notorious villain to the United States is trapped in a room with the red dot of a Navy Seal on his forehead, the order is shot to kill and take no prisoners. This is the biggest choice of this administration and it was a stand up decision and one we are glad he made. We give the President a hard time at every turn but we will also tell you today he was his most presidential giving the go order was tough and we give him praise for making the call.
You never have to go far to find a politician that just does not get it. This is clear when someone thinks that the only way to raise revenue is to tax people. The dumber move is try to tax gas as if the price is not high enough, the idea is to raise it even higher. You would think this is a joke but it is true if Governor Martin O’Malley get his way. This was the outcome of a round table discussion on the transportation trust fund and they even said if you think the gas prices are high now, there is a plan that could push them even higher. What makes this even sillier is they had a failed effort to increase the state tax on gasoline during the regular General Assembly session. What is in the water in Baltimore anyway? The plan to raise the state gas tax to cover road construction and repair is needed for a twelve cents raise to the existing 23.5 cents Marylander’s already pay. This is going to happen it is just a question of when. You would think they would get it a tax that the business community universally supports is the gas tax. The general public universally and unanimously is a gas tax. When add we are paying the highest prices in four years and the summer could be highest prices ever. When will they ever get it, and the answer is never.
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The President Obama playbook is a joke t this point. When he does not get his way or no one is listening he reaction is to drown everyone in an all star team. So it no surprise when his immigration overhaul stalled, the play is to enlist an array of voices, including Latino entertainment and media stars, to help jump-start legislation. The timing is because we need votes the crucial Hispanic voters are needed. The problem is they may feel he abandoned his campaign pledge to change the law with an immigration overhaul. The Latino community cannot be happy with the record number of 393,000 deportations and an impasse on revamping immigration laws, as well as President Obama being no help in stopping the tough state immigration laws like the one that passed in Arizona. In comes the dream team but instead of winning the game the idea is be cheerleaders and tell their people the President cares and is working hard. These people included Piolin Sotelo, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Don Francisco and Jose Diaz-Balart. President Obama sent the marching order to blame congress as we think President Bush was going to be hard to pin this one on. Congress failure to pass legislation that would have provided a path to legal status for law-abiding young people brought to the United States as children who either plan to attend college or join the military. You start to wonder if the puppet master is smarter than the puppets or if the puppets are just a pawn in a kings game.
We love a good rock and hard place for the democrats and in the senate the you can feel the burn. Stage two is having President Obama and Senate Democrats staring each other down as the pending request to raise the federal debt limit appears on the horizon. President Obama is desperate to jump start the economy, cutting spending now could keep the economy right where it is or worse. The Senate democrats are scared to death to show voters they are still spending when everyone wants them to stop. We say this is stage two which is the call to raise the debt ceiling. Stage one was last year’s budget which we already got spending cuts in order to prevent a government shutdown. The third and final stage will be the knock down drag out fight over next year’s budget. It is almost a guarantee that come the end of September President Obama will be looking at more cuts and the hand of the Speaker of the House. The power play will come from the White House as the waters are deep and filled with sharks. President Obama will need to pick and choose what he brings to the table because everything is fair game. The shell game will be keeping some stuff back for the end of the year so he does not lose everything over the debt ceiling.
There is hope that Sharron Angle will clash with Henry Reid sooner than later. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is appointing Republican Representative Dean Heller to replace John Ensign in the Senate. This means there will be a fall special election for the vacated House seat. Heller said last month he would run for Ensign’s seat in 2012, and Sandoval quickly endorsed him. Heller will be in a stronger position to keep the seat for Republicans heading into the 2012 election much like Scott Brown in Massachusetts. This means the race to succeed Heller in Congress comes first and we hope that Sharron Angle, will take this chance to run for that post. She would need to run as a third-party candidate, resulting in a split ticket for many Republican and Tea Party voters. Angle has already raised $750,000 so she is in good shape in a quick election. This is the most Republican district in the state, which covers virtually everywhere outside Las Vegas. Early on it looks like Sue Lowden, Danny Tarkanian, former USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold and state Senator Greg Bower are all primary candidates. Lowden and Tarkanian that already lost to Angle but all could be main stream enough to get the nod.
Let us start to look at the 2012 field, as another hopeful was lost, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour decided not to run. We liked Haley and his laid back southern drawl would make him a standout in a GOP debate. There is another governor we are hoping for, we always thought a leader of state that has dealt with a budget and a legislature is better than a senator who usually is a life time talker and back room dealer. We are waiting on another governor to make the choice to run or not. It looks like Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, at age 62, is nearing an announcement on whether to run or not for president. This choice is going to be made after he spends the final week of the Indiana legislative session. Daniels is about to pull of something that could make his star shine really bright against the field, a balanced budget, tax refunds and a school voucher program. It is not fair we only get one and not both but we think this is the mold we are looking for it is no coincidence both men were aides to President Ronald Reagan, had indicated privately they would not both seek the 2012 nomination.