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.