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(Not on Commissioner Sawyer's watch).
SW FLORIDA FORECLOSURES
(Feb. 12, 2009)

      While  we sympathize with an overburdened Court System, I find it unconscionable that homeowners' rights were infringed upon as a matter of expedience and for the convenience of the court.

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LIBERALS AND FORECLOSED MORTGAGES

Liberals care; they feel your pain; or so they would have have you believe. Many times a day, President Obama and his fellow Democrats appear on your flatscreen and tell you how those 'radical' Republicans, and their fat cat  business buddies with their private jets, are ripping off the American People.

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WHERE'S OUR MONEY MR. MACK ?​   INFLATION RATE









​  SOCIAL SECURITY RATE

By law, Social Security payments are tied into the rate of inflation. Specifically, the inflation rates for the previous June, July, and August (as I recall). If, however the inflation rate is negative for the previous year (as in June, July, August of 2009), their is no increase in Social Security payments - nor, by law is there ever a cut.

So, for example, Social Security recipients got a 5% increase in 2009 (average of June, July, August 2008) even though the annual inflation rate was only 3.87%; and they received no increase in 2010, because there was no inflation in 2009.

But why didn't Social Security payments increase at all in 2011? There was an increase of 1.63% for the year in 2010, and a more modest increase the benchmark months of 1.1% for June, July, August. By law, Social Security payments should have increased by 1.1% in 2011. They didn't.

With gas and food prices climbing, SW Florida retirees need the increase that is due to us BY FEDERAL LAW.

Of course, you and Mr. Ryan think we should balance your crazy spending from the wallets of SW Florida's Seniors and Veterans.http://www.sawyer2012.com/PAUL-RYAN-SLEPT-HERE.html. I disagree (http://www.sawyer2012.com/YOU_DONT_WORK.html.

Full faith and credit, Mr. Obama? Mr. Ryan? Mr. Mack?

BEACH REHAB

Fort Myers Beach is undergoing a major beach restoration, but a few Gulf front owners have chosen not to participate. Thus while most of the sand along the beach is high and deep, some frontage lots remain, well . . . sort of in a hole. Eventually, of course, those holes will be filled in by the wind anyway.

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THE GINGRICH WHO STOLED LEE MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE
A MILLION HERE, A MILLION THERE, PRETTY SOON LEE  MEMORIAL IS BANKRUPT 
(September 4, 2011)

    In 2006, former U.S. House Speaker and current candidate for President, Newt Gingrich, testified before Congress on behalf of the proposed “Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.” At an expected cost of a mere $28 - 35 Billion, this legislation provided for funding to transform myriad medical records from paper files to an electronic database called Electronic Medical Records Systems (EMRS). 


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FAREWELL MAN'S BEST FRIEND

    We all love animals. It's sad when our pets pass and doubly so when a K-9 police dog loses his life in the line of duty. But in this age of government waste and huge deficits, it might be noted that a dog's funeral that costs the taxpayers $200,000 also cost three school teachers their jobs. 

But if most of you think it's ok, I have no dog in that fight.

(click here)
May 17, 2011

Mr. Newt Gingrich
1425 K Street, N.W., Suite 450
Washington, D.C. 20005

Re: The Paul Ryan Plan - Your Response, and Backtrack.

Dear Sir:

The problem with your take on the Paul Ryan plan is not that you are incorrect in your assessment, but rather 1. That you dared to go against the same Republican 



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END THE HOUSING MARKET CRISIS TODAY 

    In a rare departure from those ‘Harvardthink’ economic policies of which he is a major proponent, that have, inevitably, brought our economy, particularly the housing market, to the disastrous current state, Martin Feldstein offers a rare 

            (For more CLICK HERE

​       GAMBLING CASINOS IN LEE COUNTY?

CAPE CORAL HAS LOTS OF ROOM
(November 30, 2011)

     While casino gambling remains illegal in Florida, and appeared moribund in the state legislature at the end of the last session in May, with key Legislator, Gary Aubuchon firmly opposed Malaysian gaming consortium

(For more CLICK HERE)
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4.3%
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-0.4%
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-0.7%
 3.9%
April


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 2.0
-1.4
 5.0


June


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July


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Aug.


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-1.3
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Sept.


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-2.1
  3.7
Oct..


3.5
1.2
1.8
1.1

Nov.


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1.1
2.7
0.1
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 1.5
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VR Laboratories - REAL JOBS OR ANOTHER SOLYNDRA ?
(Nov. 1, 2011)

VR Laboratories LLC, a botanical pharmaceutical company that expects to create hundreds of jobs, has chosen Jeff Kottkamp, a former lieutenant governor for Florida, as its CEO. Wow !! A lawyer, with no business experience?
(For more CLICK HERE)

UPDATE: "OH WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE." (Sir Walter Scott)

      Plans by a company that’s getting $5 million in Lee County tax money to bring more than 200 high-paying manufacturing jobs here are being stalled by a dispute with the contractor that’s building the plant. VR Laboratories is fitting out an 18,000-square-foot building off Alico Road to produce its line of V!Ah (pronounced V-ahh!) natural wellness drinks based on proprietary plant extracts.



Yearly
Totals

 3.34%
 1.63%
-0.84%
 3.87%
2011
2010
2009
2008
MEMO TO GARY AUBUCHON

To: parkers politics@aol.com
Re: TEXTING BAN FACES AN UPHILL BATTLE  (Dec. 24)

The biggest impediment to getting straight answers from today’s office holders is their number-one goal in life - getting re-elected. Case in point :Our elected officials in the State Legislature are revisiting the issue of texting while driving. Yet again.


          (for more Memo, click here)



Request Restrictions Need Work 
Ft Myers News - Depressed
January 24, 2012

       When an elected official assumes office, he or she automatically assumes an aura of authority in which that elected official thinks they know everything, and those who elected them are ignorant. Therefore, think they, it is best that the electorate remains in the dark. Certainly better for the official. 

(FOR MORE CLICK HERE)

MEDICARE SEEN AS ISSUE IN CONGRESSIONAL RACES
(New York Times - January 28, 2012)
       The Ryan Bill, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives (with only 4 Republicans voting against) but rejected by the Senate, will be brought up again this Spring, according to sponsor, Paul Ryan.

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April 17, 2011

To: RNC
Re: Urgent.

To Whom It May Concern:

If you think you know everything, don’t read further - just discard this letter, know-it-all. 

No? Read on.
(Click here)

April 20, 2011

Republican National Committee
310 First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

To Whom It May Concern:

The Democrats and the President are there for the plucking in 2012. Polls today show that 45% of voters would not vote for President Obama (vs. 28%). When that number hits 51%, there is no way you can win (ask Hillary). Nonetheless, in the same polls Obama beats all Republican candidates. 

(For more Letter to RNC - CLICK HERE)


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOOK SMART AND LIFE STUPID, MR. GINGRICH. REGARDLESS OF WHATEVER ROOM IN WHICH YOU MAY BE STANDING, IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND SOMEONE ELSE BECOMING OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

100,000 CASINO JOBS KILLED BY GARY AUBUCHON 
(From The Naples Daily News - Feb 27, 2012)

Seldom has Florida House Rules Committee chair, Gary Aubuchon flexed his muscle as he did yesterday in foreclosing on any chance of passage of a Bill to allow Casinos in SW Florida.

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PAUL RYAN PLAN WRIT LARGE

Here it is. Florida follows Paul Ryan. The Florida "House is cutting $453 million to hospitals,nursing homes, and HMO's, but boosts MEDICAID spending to handle enrollment growth."

Once again, Veterans and Seniors will see the retirement benefits they were promised and for which they have paid in advance reduced in favor of many (some for 3 - 4 generations) who think they are too good to work for a living.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, PREDATORS, AND STUPID (Male) JUDGES

Why in the world do we need taxpayer-funded shelters for women who are being stalked, assaulted, and sometimes murdered by men?

(If you care - click here)
ANOTHER USELESS 'PARTNERSHIP'
(News - Press Feb 18, 2012)


At another meeting of the Naples Chamber of Commerce, at yet another posh resort, with a slavering media in attendance, the Chamber announced the formation of the Partnership for Naples Future Economy, to replace yet another failed Economic Council, whose name I forget, and won't bother to look up.


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THE RYAN PLAN AND LEE COUNTY RESIDENTS
(May 8, 2012)

Today, I finally got around to calculating what my retirement "entitlement" would come to if I had been required to "invest" my Social Security payroll tax deductions into a private insurance company for the 50 years that I paid into the system.

FYI: About $100,000 (my payments and my employers payments - keeping in mind that I also was that employer for 25 of those years) was paid in.

A paltry return of 3%, my monthly entitlement would come to $3,718.00. My present 'entitlement' is $1,860.00. My life expectancy is about 86 years, so in the 16 years I allegedly have remaining, the government is screwing me out of about $356,736. Now my fellow Conservatives and Paul Ryan want to cut back on my entitlement. The politicians of both parties put the "full faith and credit" of the United States behind their retirement Ponzi Scheme, then spent our premiums on Social Programs to buy votes from those who did not contribute. 

If this scam were implemented by, say, Mutual of Omaha,  the managers of that private fund would earn a cell next to Bernie Madoff.


LEE COUNTY

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LEE COUNTY

LEE COUNTY
North Ft. Myers,  Lehigh Acres, Pine Island, 
PRIORITIES IN HARD TIMES
(January 26, 2012)

Major League Baseball in Ft. Myers during the Spring is nice. So are good roads. Can we afford yet another $45 million for improvments at Hammond Stadium? Or another $ 120 million to bring the Nationals here for a month, and to make "improvements for the Minnesota Twins? IN THE MIDDLE OF A RECESSION?  when most of the roads in Lehigh Acres were in better condition when Ponce DeLeon used them? (CLICK HERE)

Dogs are man's best friend, but should 4 teachers lose their jobs to pay for the funeral of one police dog? (click here)
IF YOU THINK HEALTHCARE IS EXPENSIVE NOW,

WAIT UNTIL IT'S FREE
ABOUT JOHN

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

CAPITALISM

CHINA

CONTACT

COMMENTARY

CONSTITUTION

CURRENT EVENTS

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


ECONOMICS 101

EDUCATION

END THE HOUSING CRISIS NOW

ENTITLEMENTS

ENDORSEMENTS

ENERGY

FED SCREWUP

GLOBAL WARMING 

HEALTHCARE

HOW WE GOT SCREWED

IMMIGRATION

JOBS

LIBERAL HALL
OF FAME

MAN-MADE DISASTERS

MEDICARE

MILITARY

OBAMA WATCH

PAUL RYAN SLEPT HERE

RYAN PLAN, The

SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, VETERANS

SAWYER SOLUTIONS

STIMULUS

TAXES

TOYS FOR SNOTS

YOU DON'T WORK

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ROMNEY DEBATES
THIS IS WHAT $90,000,000 LOOKS LIKE ?
YOU NEED TO CONSIDER 

What two things do Dodge City, Eureka, Horton, Mayetta, Mulvane, Powhaten, White Cloud, Belcort, Fort Yates, Hankinson, St. Michael, New Town, Burns, Canyonville, Florence, Lincoln City, North Bend,Pendleton, Warm Springs, Willamina, Bangor, Old Town, Gulfport Lula, Bayfield, Black River Falls, Bowler, Green Bay, Turtle Lake, Wittenburg, Box Elder, Browning, Harlem (not THAT Harlem), Lame Deer, Missoula, Polson, Blackfoot, Traverse City, Williamsburg, Sutton Bay, Fort Hall, Bonners Ferry, Lewiston, Worley, Mt. Pleasant, Cripple Creek (my favorite), and many other small American towns have in common?
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Yesterday my Tax Return was "Returned" 

I was trying to get a jump on doing my taxes this year, however, the IRS sent my Tax Return back!! I guess it was because of my response to the line, which said: "List All Dependents" So, I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants 3 million crack heads 42 million unemployable people on food stamps 2 million people in over 243 prisons And 535 fools in the U.S. House and Senate. Apparently, this was NOT acceptable.. 

So I sent it back with a question "Did I forget someone?" 
I'LL BELIEVE CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE WHEN TEXAS EXECUTES ONE
Ray's Barber Shop 
Ray & Marco
12377 S Cleveland Ave Ste 11
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 936-5426 
South Gate Veterinary Clinic 
Ole Ewert D.V.M.
13141 McGregor Blvd Ste 3
Fort Myers, FL 33919
(239) 481-8696 

WE RECOMMEND
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT MEDICARE
(Why Paul Ryan and Obama Care Are Both Wrong)
(August 24, 2012)

    Medicare, as practiced by physicians and medical centers, follows a uniform progression of (unwritten) rules and methods to provide adequate medical care to the millions of Senior Citizens in the USA and Lee County. In a recent article in the Ft. Myers News-Press two experts on the subject opined on the (alleged) merits and caveats of the Paul Ryan plan and Obamacare. To read The articles and my rebuttal 

(CLICK HERE)
IF AFTER IGNORING MY LETTERS ABOUT THE VR LABORATORY SCAM, THE FT. MYERS NEWS-PRESS IS FINALLY  WRITING   ABOUT  IT,  THE LEAST  THEY COULD DO IS CREDIT ME FOR TIPPING THEM off.

(CLICK HERE)
BIG SUGAR OR THE ENVIRONMENT ?

SW Florida depends upon Tourism to survive. If we can't clean up our weed-choked and polluted waterways, SW Florida will become . . . ummm . . Hialeah?

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN NAPLES?

(CLICK HERE)
LEE COUNTY IS GOING BANKRUPT, AND I AM TICKED OFF
(November 4, 2012)

The Ft. Myers News-Depressed reported this morning that the (lame duck) Lee County Board of County Commissioners (all of whom were previously endorsed by the News-Press) will meet and "push through" a deal that obligates $ 91 Million of Lee County funds, that we do not have, for improvements to Hammond Stadium and other encoutrements for their millionaire players. With the vote coming on the last day in office for at least two of the present members of the board, BOCC candidate, Larry Kiker opines " I think there is more than a mild hesitation that a new commission might look at this thing a whole lot different (sic) than (sic)  the current one."

Ya think, Larry?                                 

CLICK HERE
​I TOLD YOU SO
(nyaa, nyaa .  .  . )


In Florida, the Romney-Ryan ticket didn't have a chance. From the Seniors of Florida on Social Security: READ MY LIPS: INDEX THIS !! 

NOVEMBER 7, 2012

QUOTE: MARCO RUBIO, "WE NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK."

In fact Mr. Rubio, what the Republican Party needs to concentrate on is getting their heads out of their collective asses. I warned you. see below

WINNING AN ELECTION IS A CIRCUMSTANCE, NOT A QUALIFICATION . Paul Ryan graduated from a mediocre College; never held a job outside politics; has NO life experience.

​Yet his Medicare 'Voucher' plan is incomprehensible, and a Bernie Madoff scheme to cheat Seniors and Veterans out of the benefits they paid for in advance. Seniors don't like it, and I prescientlyit warned that it would
cost Republicans the Florida vote - which it did.

When I applied to be the Republican National Committee chair, raising donations apparently was the RNC's major concern. The current chair wasn't raising enough money, you see, and aspiring candidates
were speaking out about how THEY WERE UNIQUELY QUALIFIED to bring in the dough. The eventual winner, Reince Priebus, who himself raised a lot of money to obtain the Chairmanship, mostly from fundraisers 
conducted by well-connected political hacks like Karl Rove (with his white chalkboard and fawning Fox Network talk-show hosts). I strongly suggested that if the Republicans wanted to raise more funds, they might 
consider governing in the best interests of the people, not in the best interests of the Republican Party.

Barack Obama's re-election yesterday bitterly proves my point. I HOPE WE SURVIVE THE NEXT 4 YEARS.

(CLICK HERE)


WE'RE BROKE - THE NEWS-PRESS STAYS SILENT
(AUGUST 22, 2012)

No and's. if's, or buts !! Lee County is headed for the same fate that has befallen other cities, like Stockton, CA. Stockton spent $27 Million on a Hockey Arena. (Pikers) We spent $200 Million (so far) on spring training baseball stadiums - $30 Million taken from our dwindling reserves. It likely will cost way more than that to run the facilities over the next two decades. Probably around another $20 Million annually; money that will not be available from tourist taxes, in spite of whay Ray Judah, John Manning, and Frank Mann tell us. So Lee County will be forced to take the funds from Property Taxes - which means that while your home values continue to decline, your taxes will continue to increase.

No, you say? If we can't meet our baseball commitments, Lee County will default on the millions in loans; our bond ratings will fall (maybe to junk-bond status) and our loan interest rates will soar. The interest will gobble up our puny reserves, and put Lee County in the Red. The only way to pay for all this is to raise property taxes - trust me.

So where is the News-Press ? Contracts with the baseball teams have been on the books for years. One clause with the Twins states that if we make improvements for the Red Sox, we must provide the same for the Twins. Get ready. The financially struggling News-Press will benefit from baseball spending, but we taxpayers will foot the bill.

It's hard to believe that 5 Commissioners can be so damn stupid when it comes to negotiating - very hard indeed.




                      APPARENTLY THE ANSWER IS YES.  THE COUNTY  COMMISSIONERS ,  of  WHOM TWO WERE LEAVING OFFICE   JUST COMMITTED ANOTHER $100,000,000 THAT LEE COUNTY DOES NOT HAVE TO THE MINNESOTA TWINS.     
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WHICH PART OF   WE ARE BROKE,  DON'T COMMISSIONERS UNDERSTAND  ?

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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?

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A MESSAGE FROM A CONSERVATIVE AND A MODERATE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
(March 1, 2013)

Many pundits, especially those who never served, like Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, are urging the President to "do something" to help the insurgents in Syria. The United Sates has NO FRIENDS in Syria. Both sides hate us; both sides would kill us. There is no reason whatsoever to send American Soldiers to die for Syrian causes. Let them kill each other. Mr. President, you are a big disappointment overall, but your penchant for butting out of other countries' wars is a solid position

Jim Roach and I are Vietnam Veterans, who fought for the freedom of the Vietnamese people. 52,000 of our fellow soldiers died in a lost cause. Don't go war unless it is in OUR best interest - then WIN.

MR. PRESIDENT - STAY OUT OF SYRIA

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PRIVATE MEETINGS?
OCTOBER 12, 2012

County officials continue to discuss improvements and other giveaways to major league baseball owners. According to the News-Press, Commissioner Tammy Hall is 'meeting privately' with owners this week.

Where I come from, when elected officials " meet privately"  with someone and that someone gets millions of taxpayers' dollars from that official, that official is a crook.
THANK YOU GOVERNOR SCOTT
REPUBLICANS. IT'S A MATTER OF PRICE ?
(Nov. 26, 2013)

Recently, I had an e-mail exchange with a very well known local Republican Party activist and insider, who shall remain nameless. In response to an e-mailing I did to local Republicans congratulating Governor Scott for refusing Obamacare - related Medicaid "assistance" to Florida, on principle. I was very surprised that this Republican and others objected to Governor Scott's actions, and also his refusing $4 billion for a useless train running from Orlando to Tampa. 

While the standard argument is that we send the money to Washington, and we should get some of it back, surely that Republican insider knows (and I pointed it out to that person) that there is no free lunch. Someone pays for these boondoggles. In three years that someone would be us. 

Anyway, I appreciate a Governor who  doesn't sell his principles for any price.

UPDATE: Goveror Scott yielded to the (partisan, apparently) wishes of the Lee Republican party today in announcing his selection of Nokia Salesman, Brian Hamman, to fill the remaining term of County Commissioner, Tammy Hall. 

I apologize for my previous "principles" remark. My Bad.
"FAIRNESS?"

MEDICARE         Does not pay for hearing aids.

OBAMACARE    Does not pay for hearing aids

MEDICAID            Pays for hearing aids


$50 MILLION FOR LEE COUNTY BUSING?
(July 12, 2012)

Can Lee County afford to spend $50 Million for busing every year? And what is the justification?? 

  The Lee County School Board decided to adhere to the ‘old’ “school board policy that forbids school buses from going into gated communities to pick up students.” ‘OLD SCHOOL’ is an apt description here, don‘t you think?

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