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Tampa: One of America's Most Screwed-Up Cities Is Home to the GOP Convention


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: politics, republicans, government, ethics, dishonesty )

Cal
- 886 days ago - alternet.org
The GOP convention's host city is a disaster, and a perfect reflection of where Tea Party politics will lead cities.



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Jennifer C. (169)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 6:35 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7:45 am
I love the bit where they would not pay a one cent tax to build a light rail and since then traffic congestion has become excessive. Now everyday they have to sit in traffic and breathe the toxic fumes and spend much more money than the tax would have been on fuel and car maintenance. I wonder how they get infected with Republican and especially, tea party thinking.
This article really should be read by everyone who is doubtful about voting. Get out there and vote for the Democrats!
 

Jae A. (321)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 1:41 pm
Alexandra expressed the majority of my thoughts as to 'their GOP/TeaBagger Mindsets' in general. This is not a place to hold large conventions of any kind. Their future is behind them and if they continue to keep let'n the rightcrazywing extremist make their decions as to any future after today they'll end up in 1930 before they can say... $arah Palin Paul Ryan.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 2:34 pm
Noted , thanks !!
 

Philip Heinlein (472)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 4:54 pm
Welcome to Tampa GOP. You should love it there.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 4:56 pm
Excellent point Alexandra. As the article said, we have the Tea Bagger Rick Scott to thank for the stopping of the high speed rail system that many many people put years of their hard work and time into bringing forward only to have this jerk say, no. But to be fair, there were a lot of Republicans that were not happy with him either. He is the most unliked Governor in the USA, even by a lot of his own Party.

NOAA’s Global Forecast System (GFS) model has tracked a tropical system right over the Florida peninsula through or close to Tampa just as the Republican National Convention is ramping up. Assuming this system - presently a little swirl in the open Atlantic - strengthens some, it will be named Isaac.

Maybe it will blow the idiots away who will do more to destroy this Country, how soon people forget what 8 years under Bush and Cheney did and they were Republicans. As many of the Republicans shout out how righteous they are, having an "in" with God, and all that, maybe this might be God's way to say, hey, stop it, you are destroying my Creation with all of your stupidity of drill baby drill among other things. It might remind them that is isn't the Ayn Rand approach of total selfishness and greed that one should follow but the compassion of selflessness. But they only use God when it's for their benefit, I'm sure they would put a spin on Hurricane Isaac and say it was sent by the progressives to do them in.

 

Jim Phillips (3205)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 6:28 pm
Tampa looks barren at night as well as in the day time too. Have been through it a few times and did not care much for the city.

When one has a governor like Rick Scott who turned down funds for a rail system just because he does
not like where the money came from is one of the reasons why Tampa is such a mess.

Oh wait, Rick couldn't put those funds into his back pocket like he could with various health issues in Florida.

So glad that the g o p pukes and teabaggers are at the opposite part of the country. Do wish they all could be
put out to sea and forgotten.

Maybe with a little help from FEMA, they just might get lucky and have a Bon-voyage...

Ty, cal.
.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 11:06 pm
From the article: "Meanwhile, in 2010, voters in Tampa’s Hillsborough County rejected a one-cent sales tax that would have funded a new light-rail system. (That same year, the Tampa Bay area saw the nation’s largest increase in traffic congestion.) Fifty percent of the urban core is now set aside for parking, says Shannon Bassett, assistant professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of South Florida." If this isn't a perfect example of "you get what you "won't" pay for," I don't know what is.
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Tea party governor Rick Scott refused federal funding of a 324-mile high-speed intercity passenger rail line linking Miami, Orlando and Tampa --because of what the author refers to as "tea party paranoia." Refusing an offer like that, which would have employed hundreds of people, relieved congestion, reduced pollution and helped people who don't drive or don't own cars to get around, is the equivalent of "biting off your nose to spite your face." Unfortunately for him, hit bit off more noses than he can chew, and he hurt his state and its citizens.
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And finally, from the New York Times:

"When it comes to pursuing federal largess, most of the states that oppose the 2010 health care law have refused to let either principle or politics block their paths to the trough. If Washington is doling out dollars, Republican governors and legislators typically figure they might as well get their share.

Then there is Florida. Despite having the country’s fourth-highest unemployment rate, its second-highest rate of people without insurance and a $3.7 billion budget gap this year, the state has turned away scores of millions of dollars in grants made available under the Affordable Care Act. And it is not pursuing grants worth many millions more.

In recent months, either Gov. Rick Scott’s administration or the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature has rejected grants aimed at moving long-term care patients into their homes, curbing child abuse through in-home counseling and strengthening state regulation of health premiums. They have shunned money to help sign up eligible recipients for Medicare, educate teenagers on preventing pregnancy and plan for the health insurance exchanges that the law requires by 2014.

While 36 states shared $27 million to counsel health insurance consumers, Florida did not apply for the grants. And in drafting this year’s budget, the Legislature failed to authorize an $8.3 million federal grant won by a county health department to expand community health centers.

In interviews, Mr. Scott, a Republican, and state legislative leaders were clear about their rationale. They said they detested everything about the federal health law, which was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in a case filed by the state. Unless ordered to do otherwise by an appellate court, they said, they had no intention of putting it in place, even if that meant leaving money on the table."
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They detested everything about the federal health law, so they made the citizens suffer for it? How arrogant can you get? Another case of biting off one's nose to spite one's face. Unfortunately for the citizens of Florida, their governor is a fool and apparently their state legislature suffers fools gladly.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 6:00 am
Thanks Susanne, isn't he a piece of work. Yes, we in Florida are suffering, with lack of jobs and no health care. Yet the Republicans put such a spin on these things that the Elders who are no so tech savey will listen to the sound bites and be afraid of Obamacare to the point of slicing their own throats, the died in the wool Republicans that don't have a job let alone a pot to piss in will vote for the idiots as they too don't do their homework, and then we still have some that will not vote for Obama not because of his policies but based on his color along. Meanwhile many citizens suffer at the hands of those who spin lies and at the ones who pull the levers based upon those lies.
 

Beverly M. (90)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 6:50 am
I was wondering why the GOP was holding the convention in Tampa ~ now I get it. This is the true face of the GOP and the future of our country if these idiots remain in office. Thanks for the enlightening article Cal.
 

Brian M. (202)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 8:33 am
Tampa is like many American cities: a playground for an elite minority of super-wealthy maintained by a much larger population of the working poor.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 10:00 am
Jim Phillips said: "Tampa looks barren at night as well as in the day time too. Have been through it a few times and did not care much for the city."

Well said Beverly, in light of everything mentioned in the article and on the thread.
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 5:36 pm
Thanks for helping others see the relationships that created the "mire" described Dandelion.
 

Dave C. (231)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 7:25 pm
noted....have spent many vacations in Tampa area since I have in-laws there and the article is right on.....
 

Nancy L. (141)
Friday August 24, 2012, 2:30 pm
HA, Tampa is almost totally governed by Dems...not surprised it's so screwed up
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Friday August 24, 2012, 3:19 pm
While I agree that Hillsborough County has a few more registered Democrats 288,142 as to registered Republicans
235,172 leaving 181,732 as Other....that can swing either way.

However when it is time to vote the Republican candidate in most presidential elections for the past four decades has had the most votes. With few exceptions more of the registered Republicans voted each election then the Democrats except for the last Presidential election and when Clinton won.

I hardly think that the Republicans are going to vote in the Democrats to run the area as you say they are totally governed by Dems, but it's to the Democrats loss that they can not become more active and get out to vote as there are more registered but less active than Republicans.

So unless Nan can provide a source to back up her statement that more of the Democrats are governing Tampa I will leave this information for you all.
http://www.votehillsborough.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_County,_Florida
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Friday August 24, 2012, 11:59 pm
Thanks Cal
 
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