Reasons for Optimism – The “Defending the American Dream” Summit


Speaker Videos

This past weekend in Orlando, Americans for Prosperity Foundation hosted a conference for grassroots activists from around the nation.

With informative breakout sessions in the mornings to highlight successes on the state and local levels, and “big tent” events in the afternoon with national conservative leaders, there was something for everyone, including ample free time to “network”.

The “malaise” that affected many of us locally after the bitter results of the 2012 Presidential election has been pretty widespread, and organizers from many locations reported falling attendance at many of their events. Hopefully, that is now starting to change. Although we are still licking our wounds, conferences like this one demonstrate that there is still life in the conservative grassroots, we have leaders in the movement that “get it” and have the fortitude to take it to the President – to lead the fight against the train wreck that is Obamacare, the endless debt and deficits, the administration that cares little for the rule of law, the separation of powers, or the role of the states in our constitutional republic.


Bobby Jindal

It’s amazing what is possible in America“, said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, when people are free – free to make their own choices, free from the suffocating regulations of intrusive government. He talked about education as the key for the jobs of tomorrow, and the success they have had in his state in shutting down failing schools and greatly expanding the charter school system which has done a lot to improve the lot of minority children. Last week, unfortunately, Obama’s Justice Department has decided to sue Louisiana to roll back these reforms and return students to their failing schools. Judging by his fiery critique of the President and his policies, it is clear he will stand up against our rogue Attorney General and fight to retain the success they achieved.


Marco Rubio

Our own Senator Marco Rubio declared “There is nothing wrong with America – but there is something wrong with this President“. The good news, he said, is that “we still have time to save the American Dream“, by reforming the tax code and eliminating regulations. “We don’t need Common Core”, he said, and he will not vote for any budget that funds Obamacare or to increase the debt ceiling without a balanced budget amendment and specific cuts.

Unfortunately for Senator Rubio, there is still a lot of anger in the movement about his role in passing the “gang of eight” Senate immigration bill. In the hall were members of Flimen with pink shirts that said “Pink Slip Rubio”, and throughout his speech you could hear sporadic calls for “No Amnesty”. Although he avoided this issue in the speech, he did address it in a smaller group that met with him prior to the session. In a hotel suite with about 40 supporters, after answering some questions about Syria, Obamacare and other issues for which he was among friends, someone in the back asked “what about immigration”. A hush fell across the room at this point and he had no choice but to address it with a somewhat lengthy justification that amounted to “the status quo is unacceptable so we have to do something“. To me it sounded like doubling down. Not good.


Arthur Brooks

Then Arthur Brooks, President of American Enterprise Institute, succinctly summed up the Obama message: “Rich people have your stuff and I’m going to get it back for you.” This shouldn’t have worked as envy is not American, but unfortunately all our side had to say to his supporters was “You’re a moocher” – no wonder we lost. The words “fairness” and “compassion” have been kidnapped by the left and we should take them back and own them, because progressive ideology is neither fair nor compassionate. As a humorous and memorable side comment illustrating our difference in values, he recalled a bumper sticker seen in San Francisco – “Your body may be a temple but mine is an amusement park”.


Rick Scott

Next up was Governor Rick Scott, gearing up his re-election bid with a positive jobs message. Recalling his 2010 pledge to create “700,000 jobs in 7 years”, he reported us as on-track, with the likelihood of 900,000 jobs created by 2018. Scott is still popular with the Florida grassroots, although his support for Medicaid expansion had a lot of heads scratching. We do still remember that he declined to create a state Obamacare exchange, though. A few hecklers in the audience periodically shouted “No Common Core”, reflecting dissatisfaction with the direction that our education system has taken over the last few years. Scott talked about his activities as a booster of the state’s business climate and his good-natured rivalry with Texas and Governor Rick Perry who was the last major speaker of the day.


Rick Perry

A 2012 Presidential candidate until his campaign faltered early in the primary process, he is possibly gearing up for another run in 2016. Well known as a jobs governor, the record of the Texas economy on his watch has been very impressive. As he makes the rounds of the states selling the Texas miracle, he has gained the ire of many blue state governors who do not appreciate his pointing out the shortcomings of their performance or the failings of the Progressive economics.

On another theme, “All roads lead back to the states“, said Perry. One size fits all federal programs (like Obamacare) are anathema to the founding principles of this country. A favorite target of the Obama administration, whose ideology sees the power in the states to be a roadblock to their big government agenda, Texas is now being sued by Eric Holder and the Justice Department as they try to end-run the Supreme Court and re-impose Voting Rights Act restrictions that require federal permission for such things as Voter ID laws.


Ted Cruz

On the final day of the conference, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, another possible 2016 presidential candidate and clearly the favorite of the gathering gave us reasons for optimism. With the success of Ron Paul’s filibuster on drones, and the failure of gun control initiatives after Sandy Hook, the President was forced to “listen to the people”, he said. On Syria, with Obama now going to Congress for authorization, on immigration, on common core, – the people are making their voices heard and throwing a wrench into the Obama agenda. His job as a Senator, he says, is to restore economic growth as the lack of growth is related to all of our other problems. Tax Reform (“Abolish the IRS“), and regulatory reform (“Repeal Obamacare – every single word“) are the key. He sees Obamacare as the greatest job killer of all time and sees de-funding it in the upcoming budget process as the key. In answer to skeptics that see that tactic as a political liability for Republicans, he says “You lose 100% of the fights you surrender at the outset.” Standing ovations were frequent for this speech.

All in all, the speakers reminded us that conservatism is not “in trouble” as the mainstream media may have you believe, but resurgent and full of fire. With his agenda in tatters, the Obama team sees winning back the House and holding the Senate next year as their only chance to have a legacy of anything but failure. Any thought of compromise or even dealing with a Republican House is not is the President’s wheelhouse. Although 2014 will be a harder slog than 2010 when we took them by surprise, at the end of this conference it was clear that we have depth, we have tools and we have a maturity that comes from adversity and learning from the losses of 2012. Thanks to AFP and organizations like them, the conservative grassroots will have help and structure that will amplify our effectiveness going forward.

School Choice and a Tale of Two Missions Movie

You may have seen Juan Williams on Fox & Friends a few days ago, discussing National School Choice Week, and his film on the Chicago School System contrasted with the Noble Street College Prep charter school.

Friday evening, I sat through a well-attended event sponsored by Americans for Prosperity – featuring Juan Williams and Dick Morris, discussing the deplorable state of education in the United States.  Joyce Kaufman, of WFLX, kicked off the evening describing her deep interest in the subject, both academically (she has a PhD in Education), and personally (she did everything she could to ensure that her children got the best public education in S. Florida – and both of her kids attended magnet schools and went to top universities).  She then introduced the Florida Director for Americans for Prosperity, Slade O’Brien who was the host of the event.

Williams and Morris both spoke for about 10 minutes each, and then fielded questions submitted both by the audience and those watching the event via webcast.  What both Juan and Dick stressed is that:

  • Parents want what’s best for their children.
  • School Choice is a topic that spans the political spectrum – and is not a right vs left, or Republican vs Democrat, or majority versus minority issue. 
  • Education levels the playing field.  The wealthy have always had the option of sending their children to superior academic institutions.  Choice allows parents the ability to determine where their kids get educated as opposed to letting where they happen to live determine the child’s options or outcome.
  •  Bad schools should be allowed to close.
  • The School Choice movement needs to grow; parents need to be engaged and the vise-grip that the teachers’ unions have on both municipal and higher level government and elected officials will necessarily be loosened by choice.
  • The reason American Colleges are amongst the best in the world, while their elementary and secondary schools rank low, is Competition!

The “A Tale of Two Missions with Juan Williams” movie describes the aforementioned situation in Chicago.  I watched it yesterday and encourage you to do so as well.  For more information go to National School Choice Week.

A Tale of Two Missions with Juan Williams (abridged)

Attention-Palm Beach & Broward Counties-“TRUTH IN LEARNING PROTEST”

NOTE: This protest has been postponed – see attached comment.



A call to Action from my friend and Patriot Alison Rampersad

Join Alison and Me at the:

“TRUTH IN LEARNING PROTEST”

—Fix School Textbooks!—


Hi Everyone.. just want to let you know that I’ve stepped up as

Chair of the Palm Beach County Textbook Action Team (TAT)

to address the issue of the flawed textbooks our children are using.

The Palm Beach County School Board has received a letter and

a list of many of the errors/omissions in our children’s textbooks.

They have been asked to work with us to have textbook discrepancies addressed and rectified/explained to students by their teachers in

the classroom. They have also been asked to notify the book

publishers that no additional textbooks will be purchased until

the present issues have been resolved.

A statewide protest, targeting those counties whose school boards

have chosen not to respond or to work with us, has been scheduled

for Tuesday, February 22, 2011,(George Washington’s birthday).

To date, I have not received a response from the Palm Beach

County School Board. I am therefore requesting your help with the

protest. Please let me know if you and any members of your group

will be available for the protest.

Below are some suggestions for signs –

Here are some possible signs:

· Truth In Education

· Remove Faulty Textbooks

· Children Believe What They Read

· Just because it is in Print – Doesn’t Make It True

Please send me your suggestions.

Please pass this on to everyone you know.

For those of you in Broward County, check with
Andrea Joy Bellitto,

Broward County TAT Chair.

In the event the Palm Beach County School Board decides to cooperate,

the protest will be cancelled and you will be notified.

WE NEED BODIES!!!

Any questions, contact me.

Thanks in advance for your co-operation.

Alison Rampersad, TAT Chair

PROTEST LOCATION
3300 Forest Hill Blvd.

Vote NO on School Tax Increase

Our “Leader’s Picks” proposes a NO vote on the School Tax Increase. Since this is mentioned in the Sunday 10/24 Marc Freeman article in the print version of the Sun Sentinel, along with a link to this website, this post further explains our position. Click HERE for the article.

The very last question on the ballot concerns the School Board tax surcharge. An “extra” tax of .25 ad valorem millage was levied by the School Board last year, and extended so as to apply to the 2010 and 2011 budget years. It is set to expire at the end of June next year. This was provided for by the State Legislature, but extension beyond 2 years requires approval of the voters. Now the school district is asking the voters to extend it for 4 years, to 2015, for “school operational needs”.

The School District is using taxpayer money in their campaign to get the measure approved, purchasing robo calls and distributing flyers. This appears to be another example of government officials advocating for their positions in public debate – much as county employees are turned out by their managers to speak at commission meetings in favor of keeping programs or increasing spending.

It should be noted that 3 of the 7 School Board members voted against putting this measure on the ballot.

THIS SHOULD BE SOUNDLY REJECTED for the following reasons:

  • The school board needs to pass a budget every year to fund its operations. This budget is scrutinized in public meetings, and voted on by the School Board members. If they decide to raise our taxes, it is done in the open and justified by conditions, mandates, exceptional circumstances – whatever. The key thing is that the public has a role in the process. This surcharge takes the levy out of the public eye for another 4 years.
  • It is a tax increase, not an “extension”. The initial imposition of the tax committed it to end next year. Anyone planning their tax burden for the next year has taken its termination into account. If this passes, IT IS A NEW TAX not an extension.
  • Many would argue that the growth of the school budget over the last 8 years, like the county budget, has been excessive – more driven by the availability of property taxes linked to the real estate bubble than to needs of the district. Yes, there are mandates to deal with (eg. class size), but with these economic conditions, the entire budget should be scrubbed before another tax increase is added to the millage increase just approved for the 2011 budget.

TAB – the Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board (of which South Florida 912 is a coalition partner) has the school budget on its radar and plans a full review of the budget and its history during the FY2012 cycle

Audience Ratings of Senate 25/27 Candidates

The audience at the 912/RCPB town hall debate was asked to rate the responses of the candidates in each of 6 question areas based on the following scale, and leave their score sheet with us at the end of the event.

  • 5 – The candidate is completely aligned with my views on the issue.
  • 4 – The candidate is mostly aligned with me but there are a few areas that I’m worried about
  • 3 – The candidate is mostly aligned with me but there is one MAJOR problem area
  • 2 – The candidate is mostly opposed to my views on the issue
  • 1 – The candidate is completely opposed to my views – it would be awful if he/she was elected

Forty nine people responded (about a quarter of the audience) and this is the result:

As you can see, in district 27, Mike Lameyer and Sharon Merchant were neck and neck with scores in the mid 4 range, while Lizbeth Benacquisto trailed the others with scores in the mid 3 range. In district 25, both candidates tracked each other closely except on immigration where Ellyn Bogdanoff had the advantage over Carl Domino. For this crowd at least, Sunrail is very unpopular and both incumbent candidates did poorly on the transportation question.

Fl. Senate Candidates give more depth to their positions



About 200 folks attended the town-hall debate for Florida Senate Districts 25 and 27 GOP Primary candidates jointly hosted by SouthFlorida 912 and the Republican Club of the Palm Beaches (RCPB) at the First Baptist Church (FBC) in WPB. There were a lot of new faces in attendance and we hope that we’ll see many of them in future events by both groups! The FBC crew did a fantastic job in setting up the venue for us and many thanks go to them.

Joy Stone (past president of RCPB, 912 member and a parishioner at FBC) kept the agenda flowing. Assistant Pastor Brandon Shields led us in the Invocation and the Pledge. He was followed by Lou Galterio singing our national anthem. Shannon Armstrong (founder South Florida 912) laid out the debate rules and spoke a little bit about the founding of the organization and the importance of getting involved. Joy introduced the panelists: John Jamason – RCPB First VP, Ed Fulop – South Florida 912 organizer, Fred Scheibl – RCPB leadership and South Florida 912 leader and David DiCrescenzo -SouthFlorida912 leader, as our timekeeper. Melissa Andrews (president RCPB) spoke briefly about the club and reiterated the importance of getting involved, and then introduced each of the candidates with candidate biographies. After the debate, Joy turned the microphone over to Shannon, who introduced other candidates who each got a minute to introduce themselves: Sherry Lee for County Commissioner District 2, Tami Donnally for FL District 85, Joe Budd for Congressional District 19, Francisco Rodriguez and Pat Rooney for FL District 83, Michael E. Arth for Governor, and Steven Rosenblum for FL District 89. Jason Shields (SouthFlorida912 leader) concluded with the 50/50 drawing – won by Dean Taffell. The candidates and many in the audience mingled afterwards and it was a good opportunity for people to question the candidates directly.

The debate questions were intended to try and draw out differences between the candidates: Lizbeth Benaquisto, Mike Lamayer and Sharon Merchant for FL Senate 27; Ellyn Bogdanoff and Carl Domino for FL Senate 25.  Each candidate was given 2 minutes for introductions, 2 minutes to respond to each question, and 2 minutes to wrap up. Each candidate answered the same questions.  The audience was given an opportunity to score the candidates and then turn in their scoring sheets at the conclusion of the meeting.  About 1/4 of the folks turned in their sheets and we’ll compile the responses in a future post, recognizing that it’s not statistically significant nor scientific nor an endorsement. People rated candidates for whom they can’t vote. But it should be useful to candidates to see which topics resonated (or not) with the mostly conservative or GOP audience.

The following summaries of responses to questions are mine alone – and I didn’t take detailed notes. So attendees – feel free to post comments with additions/your perspective :

Immigration – Arizona has passed a law effectively giving state law enforcement the authority to enforce federal immigration law incidental to other criminal investigation. Have you read this law and would you support such a statute in Florida?

Domino – hadn’t read either bill but supported the immigration bill in the FL House that did not get voted on in the FL Senate
Benacquisto – supports dealing with immigration and concerned about all residents – no direct response
Merchant – absolutely believes in strict enforcement and would back a similar law.
Lamayer – has read both bills and very strongly supports enforcement and 10th amendment rights
Bogdanoff – expressed concern about the impact of illegal immigration on the state

States’ Rights: Do you support the lawsuit against the Affordable Health Care for America Act brought by AG Bill McCollum? What are the strongest / weakest arguments being made?

Lamayer – yes – since federal government forcing mandate on individuals and states unconstitutional
Benacquisto– supports the lawsuit – the healthcare bill poses potential impacts from a fiscal and social perspective
Merchant– strongly opposed Obamacare and is in support of McCollums bill
Bogdanoff– concerned about the cost of healthcare bill to FL (and other states) – with great expansion of Medicaid
Domino – will impact FL by $2 billion

Transportation: Two of you were in the legislature last year and voted for the “Sunrail” bill. Many think that this is not a good thing because high speed rail projects rarely pay for themselves and end up with endless subsidies. Others argue that it will bring “federal dollars” into the state that would have gone elsewhere. How do you defend your vote or how would you have voted on Sunrail? Why?

Bogdanoff (voted for bill) – while she was reluctant to vote for the 3 part bill, and in general, opposes taking federal stimulus $$, she felt that using federal dollars to build infrastructure while creating a lot of new jobs was worth it.
Domino (voted for bill) – would rather have the money spent in FL. He also mentioned the 3 parts to the bill and felt that getting funds for the south Florida trans. authority would give it some breathing room
Merchant – strongly against. Mentioned that in the bill CSX got total immunity from any liability.
Lamayer – quoted from a CNN article on how mass transit NEVER pays for itself and is a black hole
Benacquisto – while it’s troubling to put so much cost to FL in the future, we need to find a way to create jobs while reducing our dependence on oil

State Amendments: There are 9 constitutional amendments on the ballot in November, involving redistricting, “home town democracy”, class size, health care and other matters. Which of these do you think are the most significant, and what outcome would you like to see for them?

Benacquisto – against Amendment 4 – Hometown Democracy – because it will shut down growth and incentives for people and businesses to move to our communities. We need growth now.
Lamayer – against Amendment 4. For Amendment 7 redistricting – using FL Senate 27 as an example of geographic and unemployment having so many differences in a single district
Merchant – for redistricting (although she didn’t mention which of the 3 amendments) and against Amendment 4
Bogdanoff – concerned about the way FL constitution has so many amendments and people generally vote for them without knowing the issues. But she is for the class size Amendment 8 because the consequences of the class size bill was to force children to be bussed to another school when class size got to 19. This gives parents and schools more flexibility.
Domino– sponsor of Amendment 3 – Additional homestead exemption for first time homebuyershould help with the glut of houses. Also caps property tax increases to 5% instead of 10% year. He is against Amendment 4 as anti-growth and anti-business. For Amendment 8 for the flexibility.

Education: Since its inception, the FCAT has been controversial. This year several thousand students in the state failed their second try at the test and could not graduate. Does this suggest there is a problem with the test or the instruction, or is it working as advertised? What action (if any) should be taken by the Legislature?

Domino– HS students get 6 chances to pass the FCAT from 10th grade on. HS graduation rate has gone from 54% to 74% and Florida schools have improved greatly. If you don’t test, you don’t care. We must have standards.
Bogdanoff – For accountability, but when FCAT passed, people started teaching to the test. Teachers needs to be trained now to teach, not just teach the test. She prefers end of course exams.
Merchant – Parents have a major role in making sure their children are learning. Teachers should also be accountable. She would have voted no on SB6. She believes in merit pay but not having everything decided by Tallahassee.
– Lamayer – SB 6 is a bad bill. Quoted that only 40% of juniors passed FCAT. Education isn’t matching testing.
Benacquisto – doesn’t like FCAT. Puts too much stress on the students. Too much emphasis on one test.. Testing should be done at the beginning of the year so that student’s weakness can be addressed over the school year to focus on helping the students succeed.

Spending/Taxes: The budget for last year and this was balanced with considerable help from federal stimulus funds for which the governor and the legislature has been criticized, since the stimulus comes with future mandates and other entanglements. Should the budget have been balanced without the stimulus? If so, what would you cut or what additional revenue would you have gone after?

Merchant – the budget, instead of being over $70 billion, should be around $64-65 billion with significant cuts instead of relying on Uncle Sam. Need to entirely rethink the budget and against using various trust funds to balance the state budget.
Lamayer – enforcing illegal immigration would save $$ right away. Stop moving money from one fund to another. Reduce government. Lawsuit reform like in TX generated lots of jobs. Also oil and gas reserves in FL equal those in Alaska.
Benacquisto – government is spending too much of our money. Streamline process using infrastructure technology. Create jobs by incentives to corporations. Clean energy and information technology is the answer
Bogdanoff– the budget is driven by Education, Medicaid and the prison system. Only about $1billion left that can be addressed. She would give tax credits to businesses that create jobs. Saved $3.8 billion with the Gov’t Efficiency Act of 2010 – this will be repeated every year to address spending.
Domino– Every department has to justify spending. Our growing elderly population is increasing costs.

Each of the candidates made closing statements. District 25 candidates Carl and Ellyn focused on their attributes, although Ellyn specifically asked the audience for their vote. The District 27 candidates, however, did direct criticism against each other – and I could hear the crowd reacting.

Although the number of questions was limited and we didn’t have time for all topics and time for audience questions, we hope that this event gave the public an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and the issues. Thanks to all of the folks from the South Florida 912 and Republican Club of the Palm Beaches and First Baptist Church for all of their hard work!

Mike Lameyer Addresses the Issues in Local Town Hall

At West Pines Baptist Church Town Hall last night in Greenacres, Mike Lameyer, candidate for Florida Senate District 27, answered questions on a variety of issues of interest to Floridians.

Attendees were met at the door by 912 leader Ken Barnett in his colonial garb with musket, and 9-12 founder Doug Armstrong acted as Master of Ceremonies. CD19 candidate Joe Budd made a few remarks in support of his friend Mike, and Austin Parris spoke for Tami Donnally who was traveling at the time of the meeting but sent her support.

Education, taxes, illegal immigration, and offshore drilling are important topics for Mike and the audience shared his interest.

It was announced today that 3000 students state-wide have failed their second try at the FCAT, and Mike used this fact to discuss the problems in Florida education and some solutions he would propose. The FCAT itself he feels is flawed and should be abolished in favor of something akin to the California achievement tests. This could prove controversial in the race as many Republicans feel that the FCAT provides an objective measure of student and school performance – blaming the test is ignoring any deficiencies in the learning process. He did say that the major issue we have is the under performance on reading skills, particularly in the early grades, and he would like to see more emphasis in this area as it is key to learning all subjects.

Taxes are too high across the board in Mike’s view, local, state and federal. He attributes the high corporate tax rates in the US as a major contributor of sending jobs offshore, and believes that the state of Florida should do more to attract businesses. Unlike the Scripps affair, he would make tax incentives contingent on quantifiable job growth by the recipients.

Many in the audience had questions about immigration, and Mike indicated his support for the Arizona legislation that has been soundly criticized from the left, including our President and Felipe Calderone of Mexico. Mike believes that the spectacle of the Democrats in Congress giving Calderone a standing ovation when he said the Arizona law “makes racial profiling a basis for law enforcement”, was a major outrage. He thinks it would be perfectly acceptable for Arizona to counter the threatened Los Angeles boycott by shutting off the 25% of electrical power they provide to that city. A similar law would be appropriate in Florida.

On offshore drilling, Mike spoke of some of the technical aspects – specifically that the acoustic shutoff valves required in the North Sea exploration areas should be but are not required in the Gulf. He also brought up the little known fact that much of the oil in the near-shore areas of the Florida peninsula can be tapped from safer shore-based drilling. The BP disaster is an accident – there are risks associated with energy production and this should not be used as an excuse to shut down domestic oil exploration.

As the meeting was winding down, Mike mentioned that he plans to do these town halls frequently all across the district which stretches from Palm Beach County all the way to Fort Myers on the west coast. Confident in his positions and fed up with the status quo at all levels of government, Mike is off to a good start in his primary race against Sharon Merchant and Lizbeth Benacquisto.

Below are a few pictures from the event. For a video of Mike CLICK HERE

Florida’s Bold Move

The Florida Legislature has passed a bill that can significantly improve public education by changing the way teachers are compensated and tenured. By tying compensation to results (student learning) as is done in the private sector, it has attracted nationwide attention and admiration.

The Chicago Tribune Editorial described it thus:

The most significant piece of legislation eliminates tenure protection for teachers. Newly hired teachers would work on an annual contract that can be renewed each year. The bill also does away with lockstep annual raises. Teachers’ pay no longer would be bumped based simply on how long they’ve worked, and how many graduate degrees they’ve obtained. Instead, their pay would depend on the achievement of their students. The more improvement their students make in the classroom, the more money teachers take home. Already tenured teachers keep their job protection.

The legislature’s move has teachers unions up in arms. Andy Ford, the president of the Florida Education Association, told Education Week that his group would work to shake up the make-up of the legislature. “We’re looking toward the November elections, where we’d repeal and reform the legislation, if we can change some seats in the Senate and the House,” Ford said.

Despite enormous pressure, legislators have sent a message that they’re committed to breathtaking reform. Their boldness is refreshing, a template we hope Illinois emulates.

Read the entire article HERE.

Unfortunately, Governor Crist has not yet decided if he will sign or veto this landmark legislation. He may be doing a political calculation about the support he could get from the teacher’s unions if he decides to drop out of the Republican Senate primary and run as an Independent (which he of course said he would not do). Why else would he even hesitate to embrace this change?
Please call the Governor at (850) 488-7146 or send email ( charlie.crist@myflorida.com ) and ask him to SIGN THE BILL.

Generation We

Glenn Beck talked about this today. It is scary what the schools have done to the youth of America. Hopefully, it is not too late to expose “Generation We” to alternative political ideas. If only this energy and enthusiasm could be channeled into the cause of capitalism, representative democracy, and self sufficiency instead of government programs, equality of results and one-world paradigms. Otherwise we are in for a rocky road ahead.

If you are in a position to influence those of the “Millennials” generation – please discuss this with them.

Some quotes from the video:

“These kids identify themselves as strongly progressive and are fed up with partisan politics.”

“We must end the perception that America is an arrogant and greedy nation.”

“We are the largest demographic group in the United States, and once unified we can control America’s political landscape.”

Watch the video and then check out the Generation-We website


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