Brent Batten: Top 10 signs Connie Mack is running for U.S. Senate

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At the risk of seeming fixated on the subject, the evidence that U.S. Rep. Connie Mack intends to challenge Bill Nelson for Nelson’s U.S. Senate seat keeps mounting.

First, there was Mack’s brief campaign to assume a top leadership post among House Republicans by seeking chairmanship of the House Republican Policy Committee.

Last week ago, he raised his profile further by addressing the American Conservative Union’s CPAC gathering in Washington, D.C.

Now comes an e-mail from Friends of Connie Mack, Mack’s campaign fundraising organization.

The subject line reads, “Top 10 Signs That You Are A Liberal.”

The e-mail features a picture of Nelson arm-in-arm with President Barack Obama and points out Nelson’s record via a Letterman-like list of past votes.

“You know you’re liberal if you consistently side with your trial lawyer buddies. (Bill Nelson NO on limiting trial lawyers fees -12/6/09 senate.gov)” and “You know you’re a liberal if you think the second amendment doesn’t apply to D.C. (Bill Nelson NO on ending the D.C. Gun Ban 2/26/09 senate.gov)” are just two examples.

Reason number eight, “You know you’re a liberal if you haven’t seen an earmark you don’t like,” must be a relatively new sign of a liberal. As recently as the 2010 budget, Mack himself sponsored or co-sponsored six earmarks totaling more than $3.5 million, according to the OpenSecrets.org web site.

In large type beside the Top Ten list, the Friends’ e-mail offers recipients a chance to “Donate today.”

Of course, Mack could be raising money for his 2012 re-election bid in the House. But in past House races, Mack has barely deigned to acknowledge opponents running against him. Now he’s criticizing a candidate in another branch of Congress?

A more likely explanation is that he’s getting into the senate fundraising game early, lest potential opponents get off to a big lead.

Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos has announced he’s running against Nelson and is hosting fundraisers in advance of the upcoming legislative session.

Mack spokesman David James persists in deflecting questions about Mack’s intentions. “Expect Connie Mack to be part of any effort to hold Bill Nelson’s feet to the fire for his decade-long liberal voting record,” he said of the Friends’ e-mail.

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More budget babble from Washington.

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the government has to do what families do when money is tight.

In opening remarks at his press conference he said, “Just like every family in America, the federal government has to do two things at once: It has to live within its means while still investing in the future.”

Responding to the first question from the media he added, ”We will not be adding more to the national debt. It’s _ so, to use a _ sort of, an analogy that families are familiar with, we’re not going to be running up the credit card anymore.”

Later, a reporter asked, “If you could just explain to me how you can say that, when, if you look on one page, page 171, which I’m sure you’ve read, it is the central page in this, the (annual) deficits go from $1.1 trillion down to $768 billion, and they go down again, all the way to $607 billion in 2015.

“And then they start to creep up again, and by 2021, it’s at $774 billion. And the total over those 10 years _ the total debt is $7.2 trillion on top of the $14 trillion we already have.

“How can you say that we’re living within our means?”

The president’s answer: “So in the same way that if you’ve got a credit card and you’ve got a big balance, you may not be adding to principal; you’ve still got all that interest that you’ve got to pay. Well, we’ve got a big problem in terms of accumulated interest that we’re paying and that’s why we’re going to have to whittle down further the debt that’s already been accumulated.”

Sorry, but when a family has a large debt, it isn’t good enough to simply stop “running up the credit card.” The accumulating interest is a real cost that must be budgeted for and paid. Families don’t get to pretend they’re living within their means and not adding to their debt when in fact their debt is growing by the second thanks to accumulating interest.

Eventually, the interest payments become so high the family has no hope of repaying even it, let alone the principal balance. That is where the Obama budget is leading us.

Connect with Brent Batten at naplesnews.com/staff/brent_batten

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Comments » 1

maverick1 writes:

Here is a guy that wanted to spend 90 million
dollars on a study to find out if fertilizer from farms and golf courses was the pollution source for the Calusahachi River. Real bright.
Just another politician we do not need.
We need accountants, bean counters, to keep track of where all the money goes.

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