Now House of Representatives member David Rivera tried to reinstate travel restriction to Cuba, by relatives of Cubans.
Back when Crist was governor. then State Rep David Rivera was instrumental in bypassing Enterprise FL to get John Textor $20 million more of FL taxpayers' money.
...”An amendment gave Gov. Charlie Crist’s office, which helped craft the language, sole authority to award $42 million in economic development money. As a result, nine companies, each identified only by a code name, were awarded shares of the money within a week this summer. One $7.4 million project in Taylor County was never discussed in public....Nearly half of the summer’s total went to Project Bumblebee — a proposal from John Textor, who is targeting Port St. Lucie for a spinoff of Digital Domain...But while the city considers its offer, the last-minute state budget amendment has already benefited the election campaigns of Crist and state Reps. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, and David Rivera, R-Miami, whose support was critical for the amendment...In June, Textor gathered $2,000 in donations for Ambler and $1,500 for Rivera. “
State rep. Rivera also shared a house with then state rep. Marco Rubio, in Tallahassee, and they apparently kept
deferring their mortgage payments.
Labels: Representative David Rivera.
From a Palm Beach Post article by Charles Elmore, Nov.11, 2011: "Florida's failure to prepare for the Affordable Care Act has already cost the state at least $40 million in Federal money..." "State leaders including Gov. Scott "have maintained such spending makes little sense considering FL and other states want the U.S Supreme Court to declare key provisions of the act unconstitutional."
The $40 million "could be used for projects such as helping nursing-home patients get care in their own homes, ahead of full implementation of the act by 2014". So if the act is declared constitutional, THEN nursing home patients will have that opportunity? Meanwhile, other states can take the $40 million FL has rejected.
So FL state legislators are essentially gambling on the Supreme Court.
The aspects of the Affordable Care act that went into effect in 2010, "such as no lifetime limits on insurance benefits and allowing children to stay on their parents' policies until age 26" seem to have already lowered the numbef of people on Medicaid.
Isn't that good for states?
Labels: FL state officials turn down aid for nursing home patients
4,474 U.S service members and 13 Defense Dept. civilians have reportedly been killed in the Iraq War.
In Afghanistan, the numbers are 1,739 and 3, respectively.
At least 100,000 Iraqis have been killed. How many maimed, tortured, tormented, and/or displaced?
Labels: The consequences of Bush's Wars
From USA Today article by Tom Vanden Brook, 12-16-2011: "The Pentagon has spent $720 Million on late fees in the past 10 years..." " to shipping companies for failing to return containers on time." "Shipping companies charge the govt., daily 'container detention fees' after the grace period ends for the box to be returned. If the military fails to return a container, a rent-to-own arrangement requires it to pay the shipper nearly $7,400 for a 20-foot container worth $3,200."
(Barbara Walters face saying "What?"
Ashton Carter is the No.2 official at the Pentagon. 3 senators, Tom Carper, Tom Coburn, and Scott Brown, have asked him "to report by Jan 30 on what has been done rein in late fees."
Labels: Pentagon Waste-late fees for shipping containers
As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
— H. L. Mencken
Labels: George W. Bush?