Jeb Bush (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jeb Bush is rightly considered to be the better Bush, but considering his father’s and his brother’s records, that is not saying much. For me to even consider him in 2016, he must speak honestly about both his brother’s record in office and President Obama’s record. I will accept neither “mistakes were made” nor the usual GOP lies. The only words I will listen to are honest ones.
Official photo of Florida Governor Charlie Crist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The governor’s race in Florida in 2014 will pit former GOP governor Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat, against current GOP governor Rick Scott. Since the GOP supported Crist when he was governor, they will be forced to reverse themselves now to attack him. They plan to run a Mitt Romney style campaign, one not limited by facts. In other words, the Scott campaign will lie a lot.
English: Official portrait of US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If the GOP are successful at some point in the future in repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), have they given any thought to the consequences? According to Marco Rubio, Americans can vote with their feet and leave Massachusetts to escape Romneycare. What if Congress repeals Obamacare and does not replace it? Midwesterners and New Yorkers may decide to retire in Massachusetts rather than Florida. If the trend to Massachusetts catches on and Massachusetts gains population and other states lose population, that will affect the census. Massachusetts will gain members of Congress and other states will lose Representatives. Eventually if carried to extremes, the US will have 49 states with one Representative each and Massachusetts will have 386 Representatives in Congress. In presidential elections, it will be only necessary to carry one state, Massachusetts.
Of course, other states will not permit this to happen. They will begin to offer their own versions of Romneycare, perhaps Romneycare Plus or Romneycare Advantage. Those states that resist offering healthcare will see their populations decrease and their representation in Congress decline. The GOP should be happy with this. They often want to give Federal programs to the states, starting what is usually a race to the bottom. Democrats like President Obama in his education reform often support a race to the top.
English: Official headshot of Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Democrat from Florida Alan Grayson was a member of the House until he was defeated in 2010. Now he is back in the House beginning January, 2013. Welcome back, Congressman Grayson. Gone from the House will be Joe Walsh from Illinois and Allen West from Florida, both TEA Party favorites. You may recall Alan Grayson from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) debate when he described with charts the GOP plan. “Don’t get sick. If you do, die quickly.”
Alan, it good to have you back in Washington. We need more legislators like you.
Southwestern Utah Landscape (Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn)
Saint George, in Southwestern Utah, is home to about 60,000 people and was founded by the Mormon church to supply the state with cotton and other warm weather produce. One of the founding families were Mitt Romney‘s ancestors. Bluff Street is one of a handful of major thoroughfares in the city. It possesses an interchange with Interstate 15, our gateway north to Salt Lake City and south to Las Vegas, an hour and a half away at 80 miles per hour. Mitt’s campaign bus drove through Saint George on its way to Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Mitt was scheduled to stop here, but at the last-minute, he flew to Sarasota, Florida instead. He rejoined the bus the next day in Las Vegas.
Bluff Street is well-marked at the interchange at mile post 6 and may have put the word in the minds of the campaign staff remaining on the bus. In any event, the Romney campaign has decided to bluff the media on the status of the race. They falsely claim momentum and that they are tied with or leading President Obama. It is a technique used by Karl Rove in 2000 and 2004 to fire up the GOP base and discourage Democratic voters. This time the technique will fail.