Friday, September 23, 2011

This is how Florida Federal critters are voting

September 19, 2011
In this MegaVote for Florida's 20th Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Emergency Supplemental Disaster Relief Appropriations Resolution, 2011
  • Senate: Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011
  • House: Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act
  • House: Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Generalized System of Preferences Act
  • House: Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2012
  • House: Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011

Recent Senate Votes
Emergency Supplemental Disaster Relief Appropriations Resolution, 2011 - Vote Agreed to (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to add supplemental disaster relief funding to legislation extending the trade sanctions on Myanmar, still commonly known as Burma. The bill, later passed by unanimous consent, would provide $6.9 billion in immediate aid. The vote came after the Senate rejected two proposals to offset the cost of the funding.

Sen. Bill Nelson voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Marco Rubio voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011 - Vote Passed (92-6, 2 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the Senate approved this bill to extend FAA programs through January 2012 and surface transportation authorization through March 2012. The House had passed the bill by voice vote earlier in the week. Aviation programs were scheduled to expire on September 16, and highway programs would have expired this week. The president signed the bill on Friday.

Sen. Bill Nelson voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Marco Rubio voted Not Voting......send e-mail or see bio

Recent House Votes
Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act - Vote Passed (365-54, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill to expand successful charter school programs, the first part of an effort to overhaul and reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act. The Senate is likely to consider charter school legislation as part of a broader reauthorization of No Child Left Behind rather than as a stand-alone bill.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act - Vote Passed (238-186, 9 Not Voting)

The House approved this legislation to limit the authority of the National Labor Relations Board. The bill prohibits the board from ordering an employer to restore, shut down or relocate operations. The Senate is unlikely to take up the measure.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted NO......send e-mail or see bio

Upcoming Votes
Generalized System of Preferences Act - H.R.2832

The Senate is scheduled to vote on this trade preferences bill, which may be used as the legislative vehicle for a restoration of expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits.

Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2012 - H.J.RES.79

This House legislation would fund government operations through November 18. Government programs are currently funded through September 30, when the 2011 fiscal year ends.

Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011 - H.R.2401

The House plans to take up this measure that calls for examination of the economic effect of EPA regulations, including those pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunrise officials question cost of city's golf course

Sunrise officials question cost of city's golf course

Couple of months back the town of Davie paided millions on a golf course. This whats going to happen soon in Davie. A waste of money, tax money takin in theft from producers and the looters win again. Sad really sad.

Oppose Obama's jobs bill

I sent a letter telling Congress to oppose President Obama's $447 billion "jobs" program. I encourage you to do the same using's Cut Spending campaign.

The hard-wired message says simply, "Please cut federal spending."

I made these additional remarks, from which you may borrow or copy...

And please don't add to the national debt. Oppose President Obama's new proposal to create jobs by spending more money confiscated from the productive/voluntary sector of the economy.

I agree with the following points by Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute (

* The payroll tax cut isn't offset by budget cuts, and because it's temporary, it won't encourage businesses to hire additional workers anyway.
* A federal infrastructure bank would just be more crony capitalism. It wouldn't create permanent employment. And infrastructure spending has been rising steadily for the past several decades. We don't need more of it.
* Federal job training programs are unconstitutional and don't work.
* Tax credits for hiring will backfire by creating even more loopholes in the complicated tax code.
* Extending unemployment insurance will provide incentives for people to delay finding new jobs.

More importantly, the entire premise behind the plan is fatally flawed. Government's role is to protect our rights and liberties. It can't "fix the economy," nor can it create jobs. When the Federal State tries to "fix" or "improve" the economy, it makes things worse...

* Deficit spending steals from private capital investment
* The Fed's money printing destroys the value of the dollar, which encourages investors to purchase commodities instead of invest in business expansion
* Complicated taxes and regulations discourage hiring, and the compliance costs increase the costs of goods and services
* Regulations and occupational licensing laws prevent individuals from starting businesses or new jobs
* Tariffs, subsidies, and regulations tend to protect Big Business over smaller competitors

In every area, the Federal Government has the Reverse Midas Touch because it takes away the freedom of individuals to do for themselves. Instead, bureaucrats make decisions for us, but they're not held accountable when they make mistakes.

Congress can't create jobs. But it CAN remove barriers to job creation...

* Cut federal spending
* Reduce regulations
* Simplify and cut taxes

These measures will free-up capital for private investment, business expansion, and hiring. The most important thing the federal government can do for the economy is to STOP DOING HARM, and get out of the way.


You can send your letter using's Educate the Powerful System.

Jim Babka
President, Inc.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Smoke weed for a tone body

Nutrition & Fitness - HEALTH

Pot Smokers May Have Lower Risk of Obesity

Published September 07, 2011
| MyHealthNewsDaily
Despite the tendency of marijuana users to experience the "munchies," pot smokers may have a lower risk of obesity that those who don't use the drug, a new study finds.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tea Party's Golden Boy has a golden shower

Way to go Rick Scott, Tea Party Golden Boy, Not  Boston Tea Party!

98 Percent of Welfare Applicants Pass Drug Test

98 Percent of Welfare Applicants Pass Drug Test
Thanks to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's insistence that people on welfare use drugs at a higher rate than the general population, the state's Legislature implemented a policy earlier this year requiring all applicants for temporary cash assistance to pass a drug test before getting any help.

Mean spirited republicans

Quote of the Day: "Opposing the status quo generates a cloak of media invisibility regardless of party or ideology." - Steve Dasbach, co-founder,
Lately, we've gotten a lot of messages accusing us of being mean-spirited Republicans. Let me be blunt in response . . .
We don't like political parties. We believe that partisanship...