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Northwest Florida Candidates

Last Saturday I sent a survey to 51 candidates running for the various offices representing Northwest Florida. I got 12 survey responses and two emails in reply. The two email replies did not complete the survey. Below are the candidate responses to the survey and some survey statistics (which are interesting). I do apologize because I realized too late that questions 6 & 7 were duplicates (the dangers of copy and paste), however it is interesting that some candidates answered the same question differently.

Candidate Responses

Candidate Survey Data

(These are pdf files and are safe for downloading. You will need Adobe Acrobat reader, which you can download here for free)

Based on these responses and other research, here are my endorsements. I did not endorse all candidates simply because there was not enough information available to me. Some of my endorsements are not without reservations. Governor Scott and Congressman Miller have been disappointing on some issues. Nevertheless, the alternative candidates did not gain my confidence and trust. Feel free to leave your endorsements below; just do not attack an opposing candidate or your response will be rejected. Notwithstanding, stating an incumbent's voting record is not an attack.

I've listed all the candidates I contacted and the candidate's name I've endorsed is in bold. I've also parenthetically put their response status. If they responded, I put the number so you can easily find their response in the Candidate Responses document above.

These endorsements are solely my own and in no way reflect the endorsements of the Northwest Florida Republican Assembly, the Florida Republican Assembly (FRA), or the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA).

Governor

Rick Scott (Incumbent) (email response sent me to another website)
Yinka Abosede Adeshina (did not respond)
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder (email said she didn’t want me endorsement, but would complete the survey, which she did not

US Representative, FL District 1

John Krause (did not respond)
Jeff Miller [(Incumbent) did not respond]

Florida State Representative, District 2

Doug Broxson [(Incumbent) did not respond]
Jamie Smith (response #8)

Escambia County Commissioner – District 2

Doug Underhill (did not respond)
Gene Valentino [(Incumbent) did not respond]

Mayor Of Pensacola (Nonpartisan Office)

Donna Clark (response #3)
Ashton Hayward [(Incumbent) did not respond]

Pensacola City Council, District 2 (Nonpartisan Office)

Sherri Myers [(Incumbent) did not respond]
Dennis Tacket (did not respond)

Pensacola City Council, District 6 (Nonpartisan Office)

Brian Spencer [(Incumbent) did not respond]
Mark Taylor (did not respond)

Santa Rosa County Commissioner – District 2

Robert (Bob) Cole (response #6)
Jim Melvin (response #1)

Santa Rosa County Commissioner – District 4

Ruth Dupont Esser (response #11)
Yvonne Harper (response #5)
Andrea McDermott (response #4)
Rob Williamson (did not respond)

Santa Rosa County School Board – District 1

Sandra Nicely (response #3)
Diane Scott [(Incumbent) did not respond]

Santa Rosa County School Board – District 3

Carol Boston (did not respond)
Debbie Gunnoe (response #9)
Fuchsia Ann Spann (did not respond)
Jim R. Taylor (did not respond)

Circuit Judge, Group 22 (Non-Partisan Office)

Michelle Inere (did not respond)
Jennie Kinsey (did not respond)

Okaloosa County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

J.D. Peacock (did not respond)
Charles Baugh Jr. (did not respond)
Dan Spence (response #12)

Okaloosa County Commissioner – District 4

Don Amunds [(Incumbent) did not respond]
Henry Kelley (did not respond)
Trey Goodwin (did not respond)

Okaloosa County School Board – District 1

Cindy Frakes [(Incumbent) response #7]
Lamar White (did not respond)

Okaloosa County School Board – District 3

C.W. Soldier Hyden (response #10)
Joseph Slusser (did not respond)Rodney Walker [(Incumbent) did not respond]

Okaloosa County School Board – District 5

David Scholl (did not respond)
Melissa Thrush [(Incumbent) did not respond]

 No Walton County candidates responded to the survey

Ryan’s Hope

For those of you who wholeheartedly supported the Romney/Ryan ticket, particularly when the future conservative superstar Paul Ryan was added, you may be feeling disappointed in Ryan’s latest fiscal compromising on the budget. Then there’s the immigration compromise, but that’s for another day.

We are the Truth Watch so let me help understand Ryan’s seemingly inexplicable slide to the middle; it was totally expected. I can tell you the exact day I knew this about Ryan and thusly he lost my support. It was during the election when Ryan said he was comfortable with Romney’s stance on abortion, which differed from Ryan. In other words, he was willing to compromise his position on abortion because Romney’s was “a vast improvement to the status quo.”

Here’s where the lack of my surprise of Ryan’s shifting his conservative positions on fiscal and national security did not surprise me.

Any person, who can compromise on the issue of life, and more specifically baby murder, will have no problem compromising on the budget or illegal aliens. The Bible clearly explains this sequence of selling-out: “he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8)

My buddy Steve Deace clearly explains the problem. Elected officials such as Paul Ryan are people of positions and not convictions. The former will compromise even on core values whereas the latter will stand rock-solid against such compromise.

I pray one day Americans will finally come to understand this phenomenon.

Obamanomics

Hello Mastercard?

Yes, this is Mr. Jeffers. I'd like to raise my debt limit to $10,000.

What's that?

Oh no ma'am, I am in no way increasing my debt or my liability and I'm surely not going to be a spendthrift.

No ma'am, this will allow me to pay the bills that I've racked up. I'm just preserving the full faith and credit of David Jeffers.

Excuse me?! I beg to differ ma'am, I'm not crazy. I just following the Obamanomics model.

Hello? Hello? She hung up on me.

I guess she needs to watch the video at the link below:

Obamanomics

Ridiculous Republican Rhetoric

4elephant_dunce_HemeraLet's say you have a debt limit on your credit cards that you've maxed out.

We'll say $10,000.

If the credit card company calls you and says, "Dave, you've got an out of control spending habit that you need to curtail. But until you can pass a budget, oh say in 3 months, we will suspend your debt limit."

Now, have I stopped spending money? No!

Am I allowed to spend more on superfluous items I've already committed to, say another $1000? Yes!

And if I add that $1000 to my debt, did I just "increase" my debt? Yes!

Silly questions? Yes! But the knuckleheads we have leading us in the GOP-led House are trying to convince us that by suspending the debt limit, they haven't increased it.

If a Democrat was to tell us something like that we'd call them, well...a knucklehead.

Oh but if a Republican tells us that we're supposed to gladly swallow that nonsense.

Sorry, I'm not biting.

If you voted for the debt "suspension" you are part of the problem and you need to go.

Now I love my congressman Jeff Miller; he's been more than kind to my family. But my brother, it is time for you to come home. With the newsletter you sent out today, it is clear you have lost touch with reality.

Audit the Fed

 

The House of Representatives just overwhelmingly passed, by a vote of 327-98, legislation to audit the Federal Reserve. The bill was written by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). This large majority of support in the House shows that there is a great desire for more oversight on this autonomous monetary policymaking entity.

Congressman Paul's son Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is introducing similar legislation in the Senate. Do not get your hopes up though America. As is the case with any good idea that make America stronger, a vote will not even be had.

This is why conservatives must win back the Senate, to regain control of it and to be sure we keep the squishy RINOs in line.

Until Nov. 6, please contact your senators and ask them to demand that Harry Reid allow Sen. Paul's legislation to be voted on.

Explaining the Individual Mandate

Let me know if this explanation for an individual mandate for socialized medicine makes you more comfortable. Please leave your comments below the post.

Interviewer: “Mr. President, why should there be an individual mandate for the 15% of uninsured Americans?”

President: "Because right now part of your insurance premium is paying for the people who don't have insurance, because when they get sick, they do go to the hospital for treatment, they just go well after the disease has become very acute, it's very expensive to treat, the hospital provides care, somebody has to pay for that, and it is built into your hospital costs and into your insurance premiums."

Interviewer: “But Mr. President, what of those who are financially independent and do not want insurance? You seem to be targeting them...”

President: "These people are generally younger than the average population, predominantly male and single. Eighty-two percent were high school graduates, 15 percent (had) college degrees, 78 percent are working ... and the majority are working full-time."

Interviewer: “Mr. President, is it fair to force taxpayers to pick up the tab for those who cannot afford healthcare?”

President: "Let's take someone who is earning one times federal poverty level. They're an individual, so their annual income is $9,570. Their weekly premium under our plan is $2.30 a week — 1.3 percent of their income. We pick up $66.93. The 'we,' is a royal 'we' here. It is the federal government, as well as a little bit of the state, as well as our insurance companies and providers. All of us together are participating in that subsidy."

Interviewer: “As I understand it, if the individual’s income increases they pick up more of the premium costs, is that right?”

President: "You will see that as the individual's income rises they pick up a larger and larger share of the premium. And, ultimately, when they exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level, they are able to pick up their entire premium...So, this is a plan, where people are able to get an insurance product they can afford — $2.30 a week — and as their income over their career goes up, they are able to get ongoing insurance with the same company."

Interviewer: “But what happens if this person disdains the generosity of the royal "we" and still does not want insurance? In you plan they would not be allowed that choice. In fact, even people unsubsidized by the royal "we" would no longer have that choice. Is that not the case?”

President: "To tell people in our society today that they have to go out and buy insurance would be unfair and wrong. Because right now, they don't have products they can afford. And if people are poor, they don't have any subsidy that they can rely on to help them get a product. So, it would be crazy to say to people, hey, you're uninsured, you better go get it. They can't afford it. But once we put in place the reforms I am describing, with new affordable products as well as a subsidized product, where your premium can be as low as $2.30 a week, now everybody can get insurance. And that is, look, now that we have these products available for you, we want everybody to get insurance and you have responsibility of having insurance, and we are going to mandate that you have insurance. You may call this an individual mandate. I don't. I call it the personal responsibility principle."

 

For Sale: United States?

The next big fight in Congress is whether or not to raise the current debt ceiling. Supposedly, Capitol Hill and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—purportedly filled with self-avowed Christians—understand that this spending and debt accumulation cannot go on forever. Alas, right understanding does not always turn into right action, particularly not inside the Beltway.

You can read on the Internet many reasons for and against raising the debt ceiling. What does the Bible say about the level of debt our nation is carrying? It describes it in one word: oppression.

In this week’s verse, my Old Testament hero Nehemiah shames the nobles and rulers (read government) and they had no rebuttal. Oh would to God that 535 elected officials in Washington DC be silenced and have nothing to say in their shame for the oppressive debt they have exacted on our children and grandchildren!

Our current debt is selling our children and grandchildren into slavery. By slavery I mean bondage; we are being sold into involuntary servitude and sold to other nations buying up our debt. Our elected officials are no longer worthy of our trust if they are willing to sell our futures because of some supposed bogeyman on the horizon, the same foreboding that was before us for TARP 1 and 2.

We need to understand that we cannot serve God and money. Many a righteous man and woman have gone to Washington DC to serve with godly character and succumb to the devil’s delights. And they actually have no choice; they have to serve one or the other. They can’t straddle the fence. They can’t compromise on principles and expect to maintain godliness. It is impossible.

Our elected officials who are unfaithful with our money will be unfaithful with the power we’ve invested in them.

It is time to stop selling our nation because we are selling our children and grandchildren into bondage.

Founder’s View of Government Revenue Collection

“The ability of a country to pay taxes must always be proportioned, in a great degree, to the quantity of money in circulation, and to the celerity with which it circulates.” Federalist Paper #12

Our national debt has caused economic chaos beyond what most Americans can fathom.
Most of us realize this debt is unsustainable, but we do not realize the reason our economy is suffering. It is because money is scarce, it is moving too slowly, and the government’s source of revenue is itself, so it must print more dollars when the current source dries up.

In a letter to Samuel Kercheval, the author of our Declaration of Independence and 3rd President Thomas Jefferson wrote:

“I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom. And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”

The government has loaded the people “with perpetual debt.” Jefferson is right; it is the people who fear the government today, when it should be the government who fear the  people. That will only happen when WE the People elect only those who will actually defend the US Constitution and the inalienable rights given to us by God, as identified by Jefferson. We cannot allow our government to continue to load our posterity down with perpetual debt. Our continued freedom is depending upon our holding back this economic tyranny.