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December 18, 2008

Honorable Bill Nelson
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.
20510-0905

Thank you for your reply of December 10 concerning my offer to solve (almost) all of the problems facing the Big Three Automakers. While I offered my services to about twenty Michigan and Ohio elected officials, and about fifty U.S. Congressmen and Senators, you were the only one who bothered to respond.

Sometime during the Seventies at a family get together, I engaged several of my uncles in a debate about their (and formerly my) employer General Motors, to whom I queried  “ what is the rational for a General Motors”? Each of its divisions, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, (Delco, Fisher Body, etc.) had its own management, budget, etc., so why the bureaucratic and costly duplication by the parent company, General Motors? My Uncle Pat’s (only) reply: “Do you think General Motors is stupid?” My reply then, was “yes”, and the recent bailout bitterly proves my point.

Regardless of past mismanagement, the only rationale for the continued existence of The Big Three (or any business in a free capitalistic society) is this: They produce a product that people want. Absent that, no company can remain in business. Last year the Big 3 sold about 15,000,000 cars and trucks? My math tells me that’s $200 - $300 Billion in sales. This is a product Americans want. Mismanagement? Yes. But the Big 3 lives and does business in a fickle marketplace.

Check out the popular Barrett-Jackson and Mecum car auctions where those paunchy seniors gobble up muscle cars from the Sixties and Seventies at exorbitant prices. You don’t see hybrids, flex fuels, or old VW’s up for bids. While many Americans will buy a Toyota (I’ve had three) or a Honda for basic transportation that will run forever, or something for the Missus to take shopping, many others want something more: a large SUV (I’ve had three) to haul stuff from Home Depot or to haul their kids to soccer practice; or a car with a little zip (I have owned four fast V-8 Mustangs and [currently] a Malibu Maxx SS - my former neighbor, and your fellow ‘astronaut‘, Frank Borman a hot Trans-am).

Absent a choice, if all companies sell hybrids that get 50 mpg, everyone will buy Toyotas and Hondas. While what you say about foreign-owned companies making hybrids, and flex-fuels is correct, it also is true that those cars represent a small percentage of their sales. Why? One, they are too expensive. Two, Americans don’t want them.

Foreign-owned companies produce safe, well-engineered, boring automobiles - I bet you don’t own one.

We like our muscle cars and SUV’s, and of course during hard times, we want them for $15,000 and we want them to get 50 miles per gallon; a fickle marketplace, indeed. 

That  doing what’s good for the country is often subordinated to the special interests of each and every one of our elected officials is no excuse for running the country into the ground, and the abysmal poll numbers for the US Congress in recent years might suggest that many Americans agree with me. Value judgments and “fairness” have nothing to do with business. Your 50 mpg doesn’t count senator - what counts is what is good for this country, and saving the Big 3, mismanagement notwithstanding, is the right course to take. But, wasting taxpayers’ money while better alternatives exist is well, malpractice.

This should have been settled by now. Instead George Bush, who has no intention of letting us blame him for the collapse of the American Auto Industry pumped $15 Billion into the Big 3’s coffers. And one thing is certain; we taxpayers will pump billions more, with no guarantee of any success whatsoever. 

For future successes the spokesmen for the Big 3 have projected sales of 9 - 10 billion cars and trucks next year. Do you really believe that people will drop $25,000 for a car whose maker may soon go out of business? So what happens when the Big 3’s sales are far short of their optimistic projections? It’s back to Congress and the American People, begging for yet another handout.

When I was in the military, I overheard a discourse from a PFC berating a nerdy SP5 for some screw up or other that went like this:

PFC: “Look at you, your nose is runny and you’re wet behind the ears, if you don’t know what you’re doing, ask someone.”

This problem needs someone with a monstrously diverse  (Management, Entrepreneurship, labor, union (3), government) background, who was raised within a GM family, who can act swiftly and independently to help the Big 3 and Congress to fix this problem.

John W. Sawyer III

PS: Two days later, the whole battalion was assembled and the abovementioned SP5 was awarded the Silver Star for bravery in Vietnam. Who says life is fair.


February 2, 2009: Tim Geitner needs to be approved as Secretary of the Treasury, ASAP. He's the most qualified person to see us through the financial crisis (which, of course, we inherited) This is a joke, right?

March 7, 2009: President declares that losing in Afghanistan is NOT an option. We'll see.




THE CONGRESSIONAL "WORK ETHIC"
(an oxymoron)

Senators and CEO’s will tell you, ad nauseum, about their 80 hour workweek. 

FIRST, talking for a living; three-martini lunches, having underlings wait on you hand and foot; four-hundred-dollar haircuts, trust funds to pay the bills, these are NOT comparable to the labor an assembly-line worker, a roofer, a plumber, a teacher, a Doctor or a 7—Eleven clerk, must perform. I doubt if one single democratic presidential candidate has done any manual labor in the last thirty years, if EVER. 

Send John Edwards up on a roof in 110 degree heat, and he would be dead by the end of the day; Chris Dodd would expire by noon; Al Gore would croak just thinking about it (his brother, Jack, our former President, lifted ONE shovel full of dirt during a ground-breaking ceremony in Canada, and seriously injured his back for life). 

So, if these types don’t know what work is, how can they help working people? Trust fund—assembly line, two different worlds. “Well, people will just have to retire later”. What nonsense.

SECOND, Nancy Pelosi promised that the House was going to spend a lot more time doing the Peoples' work (compared with the do-nothing Republicans, on presumes). So. How did that work out. Representatives and Senators fly in (on our dime) to Washington Monday afternoon. They then are chauffered (again, your dime) over to the caoital building where they sign in.

After signing in, they leave and convene in session Tuesday morning - usually about 9:00 AM. They break for a 90 minute lunch, and reconvene. They then work until about 4:30 and go home (or to the nearest "happy hour." They repeat this arduous schedule Wednesday and Thursday, and fly home Friday morning.

Of course they do our work throughout the year - like taking trips to Europe, Asia, Africa, Fiji (we pay, or a lobbyist pays). There's so much to learn. They take a two week Christmas recess, and several others, and Congress recesses for several weeks during the Summer.

In the Fall, every other year they spend their (our) time campaigning.



WHITE GUILT IS DEAD 
(November 10, 2008)
(I can't remember from whom I stole this article - I apologize)

Look at my fellow conservatives! There they go, glumly shuffling along, depressed by the election aftermath. Not me. I'm virtually euphoric. Don't get me wrong. I'm not thrilled with America's flirtation with neo socialism. But there's a massive silver lining in those magical clouds that lofted Barak Obama to the Presidency. For today, without a shred of intellectually legitimate opposition, I can loudly proclaim to America: The Era of White Guilt is over. 

This seemingly impossible event occurred because the vast majority of white Americans didn't give a fluff about skin color, and enthusiastically pulled the voting lever for a black man. Not just any black man. A very liberal black man who spent his early career race-hustling banks, praying in a racist church for 20 years, and actively worked with America-hating domestic terrorists. Wow! Some resume! Yet they made Barak Obama their leader. Therefore, as of Nov 4th, 2008, white guilt is dead. 

For over a century, the millstone of white guilt hung around our necks, retribution for slave-owning predecessors. In the 60s, American liberals began yanking that millstone while sticking a fork in the eye of black Americans, exacerbating the racial divide to extort a socialist solution. But if a black man can become President, exactly what significant barrier is left? The election of Barak Obama absolutely destroys the entire validation of liberal white guilt. The dragon is hereby slain. 

So today, I'm feeling a little "uppity" if you will. From this day forward, my tolerance level for having my skin color hustled is now exactly ZERO. And it's time to clean house. No more Reverend Wright's "God Damn America", Al Sharp ton's Church of Perpetual Victimization, or Jesse Jackson's rainbow racism. Cornell West? You're a fraud. Go home. All those "black studies" programs that taught kids to hate whitey? You must now thank Whitey. And I want that on the final. 

Congressional Black Caucus? Irrelevant. Maxine Waters? Shut up. ACORN? Outlawed. Black Panthers? Go home and pet your kitty. Black separatists? Find another nation that offers better dreams. Go ahead. I'm waiting.

Gangsta rappers? Start praising America. Begin with the Pledge of Allegiance. And please no more ebonics. Speak English, and who knows where you might end up? Oh, yeah, pull up your pants. Your underwear is showing. You look stupid.

To those Eurosnots who forged entire careers hating America? I'm still waiting for the first black French President.

And let me offer an equal opportunity whupping. I've always despised lazy white people. Now, I can talk smack about lazy black people. You're poor because you quit school, did drugs, had three kids with three different fathers, and refuse to work. So when you plop your Colt 45-swilling, Oprah watchin' butt on the couch and complain "Da Man is keepin' me down", allow me to inform you: Da Man is now black. You have no excuses. 

No more quotas. No more handouts. No more stealing my money because someone's great-great-great-great grandparents suffered actual pain and misery at the hands of people I have no relation to, and personally revile. 

It's time to toss that massive, obsolete race-hustle machine upon the heap of the other stupid 60s ideas. Drag it over there, by wife swapping, next to dope-smoking. Plenty of room right between free love and cop-killing. Careful don't trip on streaking. There ya go, don't be gentle. Just dump it. Wash your hands. It's filthy. 

In fact, Obama's ascension created a gargantuan irony. How can you sell class envy and American unfairness when you and your black wife went to Ivy League schools, got high-paying jobs, became millionaires, bought a mansion, and got elected President? How unfair is that??? Now, Like a delicious O'Henry tale, Obama's spread-the-wealth campaign rendered itself moot by it's own victory! America is officially a meritocracy. Obama's election has validated American conservatism! 

So, listen carefully, 

Wham!!!

That's the sound of my foot kicking the door shut on the era of white guilt. The rites have been muttered, the carcass lowered, dirt shoveled, and tombstone erected. White guilt is dead and buried. 

However, despite my glee, there's apparently one small, rabid bastion of American racism remaining. Black Americans voted 96% for Barak Obama. Hmmm. In a color-blind world, shouldn't that be 50-50? Tonight, every black person should ask forgiveness for their apparent racism and prejudice towards white people. Maybe it's time to start spreading the guilt around.
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DON BERGLUND'S LETTER TO NEWS PRESS - CUT PROGRAMS

by john sawyer on 04/24/14

I mean no discourtesy.  But  I strongly believe that one should base his principles and his solutions on facts. I took exception to my fellow members of the SW Florida Alliance's loose interpretations of the 'facts,' e.g.: "Lincoln campaigned on ending slavery" (If he had, he would have lost); the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment so we could protect our families against intruders and to prevent our country from the tyranny of another George III" (It has a nice ring to it, but it's historically inaccurate - see my website - The Constitution).
Editor's note: Parliament controlled the British military - not ol' Georgie. In fact, in 1327, Parliament forced Edward II to abdicate - whereupon he died during a tragic fall while incarcerated in a British prison.

Before I was invited to leave the group, I  took exception to the SWFLA's assertions, not because I wanted to prove that I'm the smartest or most conservative person in the room (that's a given), but because inaccurate 'facts' usually lead to bad conclusions and, thus, bad solutions.

E.g:
Problem:    The social and economic ills within the African-American   Community are caused by racism (They're not).
Solution:    Spend more for 'creating jobs  and social programs'  (A proven loser).

Problem:    Small businesses create 90% of all new jobs (True, actually).
Solution:    Cut capital gains taxes to encourage more small businesses to create more jobs (Sure - we need more drugstores and cupcake shops).

Thus in the interest of acquiring votes, (bitter) partisan politics and political parties supersede the truth ('facts'). So if we're afraid to have an honest discussion about issues without one person calling another a 'racist,' or un-American, or whatever, demagoguery rules, and we shall continue to waste our time and tax dollars on solutions and programs that don't work.

Which brings us to the situation at hand: Don Berglund's wonderful letter. His generalities about all those programs being opposed by the republican legislators, imply that there are cure-all proposals out there being voted down, when in fact Florida has been 49th in spending on the mentally ill for decades, under Republican AND Democrat leadership.

Every time I hear about another mass-shooting, I hold my breath, and hope it didn't happen in my son's town. We need solutions - not demagoguery.

THE 'OTHER' LEE COUNTY

by john sawyer on 04/23/14

I'll bet some of you waited in line to vote in Tuesday's primary election only to find out that you don't even live in that Congressional district. Why is that? Because NFM and North Lehigh Acres don't count in the scheme of things in Lee County political circles

And why is that? Because the media doesn't care. The recent nasty campaign involving 3 politicians who haven't a clue how to make things better, but are loaded with money from interest groups who were trying to buy a Congressman. creates headlines and news stories that make the media money. Public interest? They don't care.

Quick. Can you name your Congressman? Why not? I'm sure you've often seen him around your district - asking his constituents what he can do to help, right? Those nice roads and parks came from somewhere didn't they? OH WAIT, we don't have nice road and parks, do we? We have baseball stadiums. Well WE don't, but the other Lee County does - you know the one that counts.

And I'm sure your well-know Congressman voted against all those bank and Wall Street bailouts. Certainly he didn't vote for the Florida Legislation (lead by Naples House members and pushed through by leader Lizbeth Benacquisto), that created a "FAST TRACK" foreclosure process that deprived us of our rights and hastened our trip to the streets (I was one) - did he?

And while we're at it, should we ask Mei Mei Chan, Cecil Pendergrass, Frank Mann, Kathleen Passidomo, Garret Richter, Paige Kreegel, Channels 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, why we ’re ignored, while others grab the headlines? Do 'fast track' foreclosures, and Chinese Drywall bore you all?



HEADLINE: NATIONALS SAY "NO" TO ANY DEAL

by john sawyer on 01/30/14

When I ran for County Commissioner in 2012, the theme of every speech I gave began with my criticism of the irresponsible and incompetent negotiation "skills" of the County Commissioners, county staff, and various business 'advisory' groups, in their dealings with the owners of the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. In giving away literally everything, in a licensed profession these 'negotiators' would be sued for malpractice.

But being inexperienced in these matters, they should not have been the people to handle those negotiations in the first place. While some Commissioners "met in private" with the teams, and "Studies," were conducted (paid for by the taxpayers) that told the Commissioners what they wanted to hear, two actions were required: 1. Hire a professional negotiator, and 2. Don't sign any deal that won't turn a profit.

While it may be good for the ego of Commissioners to throw out the first ball at Spring Training (Ray Judah had a good arm; Frank Mann .  .  .  not so good), no business deal should ever be made unless Lee County would eventually gain a net benefit - and our present budget deficits bitterly prove my point.

When chain-stores like Waldenbooks, Borders, Circus World, Musicland, etc. negotiated leases in Malls during the 70's and 80's, the developer gave them a space and a slab, and the chain built their own store, and received a 10 year lease - no options. When I negotiated leases with some of the biggest (and most hardnosed) mall developers on the planet (DeBartolo, Melvin Simon, Arlen, Urban Investment and Development, etc.), I got a completed store, 5 year lease, three 5 year options. Why ? Because I knew how to deal. Of course, I was turned down by some developers, but I signed leases and opened 27 retail (book, music, Hallmark Card) stores over the years.

I missed a few good locations (The Seattle Market where the first Starbucks opened, Cherry Creek in Denver, Renaissance Center in Detroit), but I made a decent living for many years and sold out, while Waldenbooks, Borders, Circus World, and scores of other chain stores went under because they negotiated super bad deals.

So did Lee County learn from their mistakes? Not judging by today's paper. The deal with the Washington Nationals fell through. See my reaction (http://www.sawyer2014.com/SURPRISE-LOOK.html), Because when the so-called developer who became involved in the City of Palms Park (which shouldn't have been built there in the first place) project, finally was asked where he was going to get the financing replied "from the County."

Because of the VR Labscam, and the baseball giveaway, Lee County is on every four-flusher's  sucker list. But with the election of three new Commissioners, maybe the fix isn't in any more. We can only hope and pray.

I HATE THE FRENCH

by john sawyer on 11/11/13

I love French food; French movies (they don't explain the allusions, as American filmmakers tend to do; if you don't get it - tough); French literature; French Architecture; French wine.

I hate the French People. They smell; they are arrogant; they let us fight their wars; their political philosophy - well, they have no consistent policy.

So yesterday French diplomats threw a serious monkey-wrench into the works when Iran appeared close to making a preliminary deal with world powers over its nuclear program, a surprise step from a French Government that had been in lockstep with other Western Governments on most issues. These governments, you see, are discussing ways to alleviate the sanctions on Iranian assets that are causing Iranian women and children to go hungry, in exchange for Iranian assurances that their atomic power plants are strictly for peaceful purposes.

Apparently France has taken a step backward (something they always have been good at) in their belief that we can't trust the Iranians. Why, they don't want the Iranians even to have nuclear weapons. Sorta like people who move to the Florida Keys (I was one) and then want to pass laws to impede anyone else from coming in.

So there we have it. Warmongers like John Kerry, Barack Obama, an Andrea Merkle have relented toward a peaceful solution, and the French screw it up.

I'm starting to like these guys.

LAX SECURITY. BY THE CUSTODIANS OF "AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE" ?

by john sawyer on 09/17/13

How are people like Alexis, Snowden, and Manning, able to obtain and keep a Government Security Clearance ? How are those with a low-priority clearance able to access top-secret information?

When I was in the military, I had a security clearance that enabled me to sign for expensive hardware (UH1H ‘Huey’ Helicopters for example), and to access TO & E plans. I’d tell you what that means, but I would have to kill you. But access to anything that did not pertain to my particular job? No way.

Government laziness? Let’s see:

In 1997, my daughter applied for a Security Clearance and went to work for the White House Press Corps. She was the person just outside of camera view who held one of those long poles with a microphone covered by a sock, that recorded every word the Prez spoke. Then she transcribed each speech and caused it to be archived into the Library of Congress, exactly as written.

Misquoted? Tough. This isn’t the Congress, Mr. President, and you can’t make changes. If Julie Sawyer records “I didn’t have sex with that woman, Ms Lewinski,” it’s in the record - even if you really did say, “I didn’t put a hex on that woman, Ms. Lewinski.”

The job paid only about $16.00 per hour (plus tons of overtime), but she was able to travel the world. Everywhere Mr. Clinton went, Julie went along (well, almost everywhere).

I digress. It takes time to obtain a Security Clearance. No problem. She started work anyway, long before the FBI showed up to interview us and the neighbors. I asked her: “how close do you get to President Clinton?” She waved her hand indicating the distance between her and me (about six feet). "Are you ever alone with him" I asked. "Sometimes."

There were no drastic budget ‘cuts’ during the Clinton years, but plenty of ‘lax’ to go around.

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BUDGET CUTS MAY HAVE CAUSED LAX SECURITY AT NAVY YARD

by john sawyer on 09/17/13

“GOVERNMENT AUDIT: BUDGET CUTS MAY HAVE CAUSED LAX SECURITY AT NAVY YARD.” Fox News : 9/17/2013

The Mayor of Washington D.C. blames the naval Yard killings on budget sequestration. Funds are sequestered, so we have no money for security guards. Like at Fort Hood, Mayor Grey?

The ‘drastic’ cuts in recent Federal Budgets have forced us to come up short in providing funding for very necessary government programs. Like, um, food stamps, weapons’ development that no one wants or needs, 12,000 additional IRS agents. So, of course these ‘cuts’ were the cause of the Navy Yard’s lax security. And, by extension, the fault of those selfish Republicans who pushed for those budget cuts.

Does party loyalty compel us to be stupid ? Or is it a personal preference?

Here are the facts from the governments own website:

SPENDING                           INFLATION

2013 - 3,803 TRILLION      1.6% (Based on monthly figures through August)

2012 - 3,796                         2.1

2011 - 3,603                         3.2

2010 - 3,456                         1.6

2009 - 3,518                        -.04        8.46/5 = 1.692 %  Annual

Inflation for the years 2009 through 2013 was 8.46%. The 2009 spending budget was $3,518 Trillion. Multiply that by 8.46% and you get $298 billion (rounded up). Add $298 billion to $3,518 (2009 budget) and the budget for 2013 should be $3,816 Trillion. The actual budget was $3,803 Trillion.

WOW !! A “CUT” OF $13 Billion !!

FIGURES DON’T LIE, BUT LIARS CAN FIGURE.

THIS IS NOT A CUT. SPENDING CUTS DID NOT CAUSE LAX SECURITY AT THE NAVY YARD. MILITARY INCOMPETENCE DID - GOVERNMENT INCOMPETENCE. THE SAME GOVERNMENT THAT RUNS THE POST OFFICE, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND OBAMACARE

WE ARE BROKE. WHICH WORD DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND BOCC?

by john sawyer on 09/07/13

The BOCC raided Lee County reserves to the tune of $100 million these past three years, draining every dime we had saved for a rainy day. Now they are seriously considering draining the 20/20 Environmental fund to balance future budgets.

Years ago a bill pushed by Commissioners Ray Judah and Andy Coy was put forth on the County ballot strictly as an advisory vote, asking Lee County residents if they were willing to pay for the a plan that would put aside money for seven years to purchase environmentally-sensitive land for preservation, ostensibly for the benefit of us all. Named the Conservation 20/20 Plan, homeowners would fund this noble project through an annual special assessment on their property taxes.

Under the plan, Lee purchased land for about $12,100. Per acre. That’s swampland ! Today you can buy a buildable lot in Lehigh acres for half that, and you won’t need to drain it. The mandate expired around 2004, but property owners continue to pay about $24 million annually for 20/20. The reserve has accumulated about $100 million.

In good faith, we bought into the concept and through a non-binding vote approved the measure. The BOCC accepted the advisory, and the Conservation 20/20 was voted into law. Now the BOCC wants to raid that fund using the specious argument that the law for funding had expired in 2004. The Law expired, but we still pay into 20/20 every year. You see, previous BOCC members (not including newcomers Cecil Pendergrass and Larry Kiker) blew future revenues on minor league baseball, VR Labs, and other projects that Lee County could ill afford. The only other money available to pay our policeman and school teachers is the 20/20 fund, for which we, in good faith, entrusted to our county leaders to purchase sensitive wetlands.

The Board of County Commissioners just spent (yet another) $3.2 million on a piece of land barely on Sanibel “big enough for building 3 homes,” leaving taxpayers scratching their heads and wondering why? We have NO money.

Where is the integrity ? The good-faith ? Why the total disregard for the public trust ? Did we vote to preserve environmentally-sensitive land or did we really mean to spend hundreds of millions on baseball stadiums, or buildable lots on Sanibel ?

I see that Andy (I’ll run for any office anytime, anywhere - what’s available?) Coy is going to run for his former BOCC seat being vacated by Tammy Hall. Oh goodie. Lee County needs one more vote on the BOCC to help Commissioners Pendergrass and Kiker to staunch the bleeding in Lee’s future, and that someone is not Any Coy.

ARE OUR COUNTY "LEADERS" BRAIN DEAD?

by john sawyer on 08/29/13

Now the BOCC and some of the other usual suspects are sending a delegation to meet with the Washington Nationals so we can spend some more money we don't have to bring in yet another spring training team.

Oh yeah. As an aside, the BOCC blew another $3 million or so on a couple of lots on Sanibel Island !! Why ?!!  Cecil Pendergrass informs us that the lots are big enough to build three houses on !! It's sorta free, you see. It's coming out of the "reserve" of that 20/20 fund that our county officials conned us into voting for, to buy up land for conservation.

Now that our regular 'reserves' have been squandered on the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox, the BOCC (perforce) has begun to illegally dip into the 20/20 fund. At this rate that well soon will be spent dry. Then what? There are NO MORE reserves.

Believe me. The Federal Government no longer can risk dropping $80 billion in 'stimulus money' per month into shoring up Wall Street markets. When they stop doing that (and I promise you that they will NLT the 2014 elections), the stock market will collapse. Lee's economy will slide into bankruptcy. Then we all can move into public housing on two acres of Sanibel Island.

I feel so much better, Don't you ?

SPRUCING UP THE HOOD

by john sawyer on 08/28/13

Now the Ft. Myers 'leaders' who blew taxpayers' money on their money-losing waterfront projects, are talking about bringing Washington Nationals spring training to fill the white elephant, City of  Palms baseball Park. Of course they have no money to make repairs to the stadium, but what to heck, County Commissioners allowed Ft. Myers to dump the (as yet unpaid for) stadium on Lee County taxpayers some years back - SO DREAM BIG.

But sayeth city fathers, why not spend some funds rehabilitating the area around the stadium first? (Build it and they will come?) What are these idiots smoking?

Almost every single major league baseball team (except for the corrupt Miami crowd) has long since moved from the urban ghetto to the burbs. Why? Because downtown's are unsafe; lack parking; and are largely inaccessible.

They never should have built that stadium at that location in the first place. Second, the BOCC, not one single member of which had any significant business or negotiation experience, needlessly and foolishly paid way too much to the Red Sox for a new stadium and all the accoutrements - they had a signed deal with the Red Sox for City of Palms, and let that team weasel themselves a better deal elsewhere.

Why? Because Ray Judah (another tower of business acumen) says they contribute $70 million to the local economy? Or was the decision made by BOCC members who enjoyed "private meetings" (to quote the News-Press) with baseball executives ? There must be SOME reason to give away the store, other than being just plain stupid.

Once the BOCC had filled the coffers of the Red Sox, would the long-loyal Twins be far behind?

In two years, Lee County will be bankrupt - just like Stockton and Detroit. The difference is, it took Detroit, Coleman Young, Kwame Kirkpatrick, and Dave Binge, 40 years. The Lee County Commissioners will accomplish the fete in less than 10 years.

Will we get lucky? Maybe. The economy could get better, for instance. The stock market is booming, companies are making record profits. Think this: the U.S. Treasury is pumping $85 billion per month into shoring up the stock market, by simply printing money and buying back government debt - at the risk of inflation - and adding the largesse onto the deficit.

When the Fed decides it is too dangerous to keep up this trend (and I guarantee it will - and soon), and stops pumping dollars into the market - THE STOCK MARKET WILL COLLAPSE. The frail Lee County economy also will collapse, and because Lee County cannot print money, we will be bankrupt.

Maybe the City of Ft. Myers might want to put the hood sprucin' on hold for a little while longer.

 

HANNAH ANDERSON FUND-RAISER ?

by john sawyer on 08/16/13

Am I the ONLY ONE who thinks it's strange that Hannah Anderson exchanged several phone calls with her "abductor" just prior to being kidnapped ? That she spent several multi-day 'getaways' with him before he killed her brother and mother?

That two days after poor Hannah was rescued and her kidnapper killed, she chatted about her experiences on internet social networks? That three days after her rescue, she appeared at a 'fund-raiser' after alerting the media, wearing short shorts, low cut tee shirt, fancy sunglasses, and a big smile?

Was I the ONLY ONE who told you that VR Labs was a scam (See: Another Solyndra ? on this page).

Yes and Yes.

I know it's in California, but doesn't this look a little suspicious?

Wow, I better hurry before all that fun is gone.

In fact, TWO YEARS AGO, Reba and I drove through Northern Arizona, and visited the Grand Canyon. BUt we had no intention of going to Southern Arizona - and it had nothing to do with the new Arizona law. Mayor Gordon "hopes" that President Obama keeps his word about sending more assistance to Arizona. I would be happy if President Obama just enforces the laws and the Constitution for which he has taken an oath to uphold. 

Better update that resume, mayor.

May 28, 2010: The only thing I can remember was (Ex-President) Bill Clinton mentioning something to me about  serving on some Presidential commission if he didn't enter the Senatorial race against Arlen Specter, that's all - says Joe Sestak. Thanks for clearing that up after months and months. Forst, they sent BILL CLINTON to make a minor offer like that? Second, YOU were the one who brought up the issue in the first place. Third, what YOU said was "they offered me a job." You DID NOT say they mentioned some commission board position - a dime a dozen in DC.  If they had offered a commission appointment, why did everyone stonewall it? And why wait  until hours before the Holiday Weekend when typically, no one would be paying attention, to publish your B.S. statement? 

Gee - you have that sincere smile, and the honorable military career, Mr Sestak, but frankly, I think you are lying. You, the lawyers, Rahm emanuel, made this story up. George Washington is rolling over in his grave. I knew George Washington . . .George Washington was a friend of mine . . . you, sir are no George Washington.

Pinocchio perhaps.

May 24, 2010: Why hasn't this administration gotten Bin Laden yet? They sure made it sound easy when George Bush was President.

May 23, 2010: (Fox News Sunday): HEY Kirsten Powers !! DEFINE INSANITY? Repeating your mistakes and expecting a different result. ONCE AGAIN, she shows that she hasn't read the New Arizona Law. DON'T TAKE SOMEONE ELSES' WORD FOR IT - READ THE DAMN THING - IT'S YOUR JOB ! ! Says she: 

I always have said there are two (and ONLY two) Democratic 'Consultants' who will tell you the truth regardless od party affiliation - Kirsten Powers and Doug Schoen (ok - Susan Estrich and Pat Cadell, usually). Now I must cross Ms. Powers off the list. It's no accident that when she is called on for her ignorance on Saturday and repeats the same B.S. on Sunday. there is no way that is an accident. Sighhhhh.

May 23, 2010: At the West Point graduation, President Obama declares (yet another) a "new international order": to fight poverty, to end war, etc. etc. Mr. President, you can't (won't) protect our Southhern Border, and you think you can end wars and poverty?

May 22, 2010 (Fox News Watch): Add Democratic Strategist Kirsten Powers  to the list of reading-challenged commentators.

May 21, 2010: The President of the United States, presides over a big time photo-op in the oval office. The cause dejour? Signing of a the International Press Freedom Bill. The bill commemorating the murder of reporter Daniel Pearl, attended by friends and family, replete with dozens of reporters and photographers, drew fond memories of (then) candidate Barack Obama promising that his administration would be the most open and transparent in history. The signing was concluded with President rising and informing the gathered International Press that, no, he would not be answering any questions.

May 18, 2010: While the aforementioned Mr. Holder testifies to yet another Congressional Committee that he opposes the Arizona Immigration bill, he admits under cross that he had not even read the bill, stating: I perused it, but I have not read it. Perused? The damn thing is here (click) READ IT !!


May 17, 2010: Re: Bret Baier's interview with the former First Lady, Laura Bush. The question (not asked) begs: Why weren't you President instead of your husband?

May 17, 2010: Joe Sestak, trying to do the right thing, admitted that the Administration offered him the position of Secretary of the Navy in exchange for his withdrawal from the Pennsylvania Senatorial race against Arlen Specter. This is illegal (full disclosure - I didn’t know that was illegal).

1. If it was a Republican doing it - he would be crucified.

2. (Foxnews May 24 - 2:43 PM) Dem spokesman on Megan Kelly says “I don’t care.” 

May 16, 2010: Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before Congress and refuses to acknowledge that our enemy in the War On Man-made Disasters is Radical Islam. Doen't want ot offend any radical islamists, one presumes.

May 13, 2010: In (yet another) speech, President Obama defends his Kagan nomination on the basis of his desire to make the Supreme Court  in the image of common, every day Americans. I see. Like the rest of us who were raised in comfort in New York City, went to exclusive private prep schools and attended Harvard. Actually, she will fit right in with the current Supremes - all of  whom went to Ivy League Schools - and ALL reflect the religious heritage in America where 60% of the people are Protestants, and the Court will be 3 jews and 6 Catholics.

May 11, 2010: Chrysler announces the imminent hiring of 359 workers in its Kokomo, Indiana plant. Way to go Chrysler. Am I the only one who noted that in 2008 Americans purchased 15,000,000 vehicles made in the U.S.A. ?

May 10, 2010: What's the deal? When I returned to our cottage in Michigan, after a long Winter, I discovered that 200 gallons of fuel oil had leaked out of the storage tank onto my dining room floor (water expanded in the line and split it). Because we had no EPA or President Obama upon whom to lean, we covered the floor with kitty litter and then newspaper. Both lifted the oil (the kerosene in the fuel oil had been filtered through the wood floors and evaporated in the basement) right out of the floor and scooped up the newspaper, and eventually the oil was gone. 

Of course kitty litter would sink in the Gulf of Mexico - but how about newspaper, or Brawney Towels, or straw, or any number of things that can absorb oil?

May 6, 2010: This just out: the economy just added 270,000 jobs to the economy. The bad news - unemployment increased from 9.7% to 9.9%. The discrepancy is attributed by "economic experts" to the fact that many people who had given up on finding a job have started looking again. Nonsense. Contrary to the much-publicized extension of unemployment benefits by Congress (over Jim Bunning's cold, dead, hand), those many thousand who have not found a job after 99 weeks, were cut off. On June 1, millions more will be cut off. Conclusion? Yes there were 270,000 new jobs. Yes people have started looking again. 270,000 of them found, perforce, inferior unemployment: "Work From Home, call 555 - 123-4567."

May 5, 2010: Matthew McCabe and his co-defendants are found not guilty of all charges that they roughed up an Al Queda murderer, and the New York Times doesn't write one word about it. Hmmm. They had plenty to write about when the three were charged.

May   4:  Matthew McCabe and friends are all found not guilty. You will just have to take my word for it, because the New York Times, and my local paper never printed a word. Oh, you say, they sure ran plenty of articles when liberals like John Murta and Harry Reid were calling for their scalps - those bad ole baby killers. But now that they have been vindicated. As a Democrat and member of the DNC, and subscriber to the Times, I ask you - where is your shame. I subscribe to your paper because it's the most thorough around. You should be ashamed. Did it EVER occur to you that Conservatives read newspapers too? That Conservatives buy your advertisers' products? That the more papers you sell, the higher the rate you can charge your subscribers?

PS: You also might take a look at how much you charge for your paper. $2.00 daily. $6.00 Sunday ? When I owned several bookstores, I used to personally truck your paper (130 copies) from East Lansing to Kalamazoo every Sunday (after first assembling the 8 sections) so that the cogniscenti didn't have to wait until Tuesday - and I charged $1.50 (for cover of $1.00).  $2/$6 is a ripoff.
June 1, 2009: 

The look who’s talkin’ department.

CNN  reporter Rick Sanchez attacks Rush Limbaugh.

1985 wiretaps recorded Rick Sanchez trading favors with Alberto San Pedro, a self-proclaimed political fixer described by police as "a major corrupter in Hialeah" and who following a federal grand jury indictment for bribery of a federal public official and conspiracy to commit bribery, pled guilty to the conspiracy charge. 

A source, close to Janet Reno at the time, told me that San Pedro supplied Sanchez and a prominent Hialeah politician, among others, with cocaine.

On December 10, 1990, Rick Sanchez was involved in an “accident” following his attendance at a professional football game at Miami’s Joe Robbie Stadium. This from New Times: Sanchez, whom a Metro-Dade police officer said “smelled strongly of alcohol,” first stopped his car but then later left the scene. A blood test to determine Sanchez’s sobriety was not administered until an hour and fifteen minutes after the collision. Though Sanchez says he tried to aid Smuzinick at the scene of the accident and flag down motorists, eyewitnesses claim the anchorman ignored the injured man and loudly told police and bystanders that blood tests were pointless, and would hurt his public image.

Why did Sanchez leave the scene? To try to get the alcohol out of his system? Calm his nerves?: His attorney, Richard Essen (famed Miami drunk-driver attorney), now says the anchorman returned home and had “a couple of drinks to calm his nerves” before returning to the scene. (P.T. Barnum was right - and we have Barack Obama to further prove his point).

Sanchez offered ZERO financial aid, and did not even bother visiting the man he left paralyzed. Though Smuzinick’s health insurance policy covered most of his medical costs, it dodn't pay for rehabilitative care. Family members say unpaid bills for physical therapy totaled over $100,000. 

Jeffrey Smuzinick died on November 2, 1995, largely due to the injuries he suffered in the accident.

Smuzinick’s fiancée, Jackie Stringhill, says it’s just as well that Sanchez hadn’t paid a visit to Smuzinick. “I guess his attitude bothered a lot of people. But we had enough to think about. We had our hands full. We don’t really talk about the accident much any more. Anyway,” she adds resignedly, “as far as Sanchez goes, what goes around comes around.

Maybe a Rush Limbaugh libel and slander suit will help it come around.

Update: CNN fired Rick Sanchez. Look out Dolphin fans.
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Congressman Mick Mulvaney, (R) SC, just said on Fox (where else) that the Paul Ryan plan to cut spending by RAISING THE SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT AGE TO 70, "will be remembered as one of the greatest achievements of the Republican Party." Abraham Lincoln is rolling over in his grave.

Maybe it will be an "achievement," - it would be an achievement to get the American people to buy that rot, but infamous would better describe it. Maybe you can lawyer, legislate, host a talk-show, or run daddy's business at 70,  but get ready you construction workers, plumbers, roofers, assembly line workers, salesmen.

What? You say, you worked and paid into the system all these years? Yes you did. And Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, George Bush, and Al Gore spent it - THE SYSTEM IS BROKE. Now quit whining and get back up on that roof, You have 3 more years. (click here)

Here are the numbers (click here)
LCC _ Def of free trade

HARVARD: Sending not only our surplus oversease, but also sending over the jobs (means of production), and then to keep up the standard of living to which American's have become entitled, we borrow from the future.
A HEARTWARMING LAWYER STORY
(Thanks Bob Smith)

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the road-side  Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and got out to investigate. 

He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass?" 

"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied. "We have to eat grass." 

"Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you," the lawyer said. 

"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree." 

"Bring them along," the lawyer replied. 

Turning to the other poor man he stated, "You may come with us, also."

The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, "But sir, I also have a wife and six children with me!" 

"Bring them all as well," the lawyer answered. 

They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine. 

Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you." 

The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high." 

Come on now ... 
You really didn't think 
There was such a thing as a 
Heartwarming lawyer story ... did you??

JOHN SAWYER
for CONGRESS