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By Tom Tillison

The oil spill in the Gulf is turning out to be a major disaster, with the size of the slick growing from about 1,150 square miles on Thursday, to the range of 3,850 square miles by Friday’s end.  The impact on wildlife and local economies will be devastating.  Obama recently announced a Sunday trip to the Gulf Coast for an update on containment efforts – 12 days since the accident first occured!  I’m sure most of you recall the scrutiny and harsh criticism that Bush endured on his response to Hurrican Katrina, with some in the media even going so far as to suggest that race was a factor in the slow federal response.   As has become the norm, in regard to the Gulf disaster, the complicit media is giving Obama a complete pass. 

Yesterday was May Day, and all throughout the country, thousands of people took to the streets, many of them here illegally, demanding that they be accomodated by the U.S. Government, and the U.S. taxpayer.  Immigration reform is a sticky issue for Republicans, who will be labeled racists simply for wanting to re-establish rule of law. 

The hispanic vote will be critical in determing the balance of power in this country for years to come, and the Democratic Party will do whatever it takes, including using the race card to even further divide this nation, to gain the advantage, with complete assistance from the media.  After the health care reform debacle, and the impact it will have on independents shifting back to the center, voter manipulation is a top priorty of the far left.

Charlie Crist’s decision to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent shows that you never really know someone nearly as well as you may think.  His decision typifies the notion that, at the end of the day, most people are going to do what is best for themselves.  And, more often than not, this trait is fairly evident in those most apt to employ it, we just choose to look past it.  Loyalty and a commitment to others are among a long list of favorable characteristics sorely missing in today’s society.

This can’t be a good sign;  The Florida Tea Party political party, which, in no way represents the actual tea party movement, nor those who make up this movement, has been eerily quiet, of late.  Perhaps, the ‘party’ is busy focusing on the state races, and the upcoming qualifying deadline, which presents a much more ‘lucrative‘ opportunity for them.

This years legislative session in Tallahassee has now come to a close, and one has to wonder exactly what was accomplished.  Yes, a budget was submitted that did not require any tax increases, although, the budget itself did increase.  With the fiscal challenges facing this nation today, government, either at the state level, or the federal level, seems completely incapable of even entertaining the idea of cutting back. 

The Florida Healthcare Freedom Act did pass, however, with subtle changes to the language that makes it unclear just how effective this legislation will be, if  voters support it in November.  Lawmakers also joined a call for a federal constitutional convention to pass a balanced budget amendment, and, passed a non-binding resolution known as a “memorial” urging Congress to balance the federal budget.

As for a constitutional convention, in my humble opinion, when you consider the overall calaber of not only today’s politicians, but of today’s society, I say keep that sacred document entombed in the National Archives, under glass, lock and key and armed guard!  There is little, if any, chance that we will improve upon a work that was driven by men of morals and character that simply do not exist today.

Back to the just ended legislative session, I leave you with a thought to ponder;  with this being an election year, and November being just 6 months away, is it possible that what we saw in Tallahassee was a lot of pandering to the now very awake political right (see tea party)?

Tom Tillison

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