A Parable for Our Times – The Ant and the Grasshopper

OLD VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away…

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself! 

MODERN VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving. CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering  grasshopper to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green…’

ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.” Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down with Rev John Hagee to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames Tea Parties, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.  Ex-President Bush says when he was President all grasshoppers were fed, were part of the “ownership society”, and were safe from Al Qaeda.  Both call for expansion of presidential powers because “when grasshoppers hurt, the government has to help.”

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.  Republicans publicly condemn the tax hike, but authorize an extra $2 trillion in debt to pay for an immediate “grasshopper stimulus” before it is too late.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow, headed for Florida, mumbling about the Constitution. 

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and once peaceful, neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2010.

 The Best parts of America are Libertarian…

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Next Round Concealed-Carry Trust Fund

HB-651 by Rep. David Rivera (R) is scheduled for a hearing in the House Full  Appropriations Council on Education & Economic Development on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

HB-651 is a bill to STOP legislative raids to remove (confiscate) gun owner money from the Division of Licensing Trust Fund — that holds funding to administer the Concealed Weapons & Firearms Licensing program.

Last year the legislature took $6 million from the Division of Licensing Concealed Weapons and Firearm Trust Fund that is intended, by law, to be used solely for administering the concealed weapons and firearms licensing program. (
Rep. Rivera’s bill will stop funding raids in the future.

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY EMAIL Members of the Appropriations Council

In the subject line put:  SUPPORT HB-651 — Protect the DOL Trust Fund (Copy all email addresses at one time and paste into the “Send To” box)

David.Rivera@myfloridahouse.gov,
Ron.Reagan@myfloridahouse.gov,
Sandy.Adams@myfloridahouse.gov,
Ellyn.Bogdanoff@myfloridahouse.gov,
Ronald.Brise@myfloridahouse.gov,
Charles.Chestnut@myfloridahouse.gov,
Anitere.Flores@myfloridahouse.gov,
Bill.Galvano@myfloridahouse.gov,
Joe.Gibbons@myfloridahouse.gov,
Rich.Glorioso@myfloridahouse.gov,
Denise.Grimsley@myfloridahouse.gov,
Alan.Hays@myfloridahouse.gov,
Ralph.Poppell@myfloridahouse.gov,
Bill.Proctor@myfloridahouse.gov,
Kelly.Skidmore@myfloridahouse.gov,
Geraldine.Thompson@myfloridahouse.gov,
Will.Weatherford@myfloridahouse.gov,

Destin Fishermen March on DC

http://www.thedestinlog.com/news/bus-12942-find-click.html

Let’s hope the fishermen have more luck marching on DC than us Tea Partiers.  We are all brothers in finding a way to get government out of the People’s business and we will support you as much as we can.

For everyone else out there, realize that if we don’t find a way to limit the federal government and get them to follow the restrictions placed upon their reach by the U.S. Constitution, there will be one industry after another having to march on DC.

Energy, banking, auto, building, manufacturing, real estate, food, insurance, health care industries, are you all ready to wake up that we are all threatened right now?  Are we ready to wake up and join together to say enough is enough?

April 15th at the FWB Landing, 4-7 pm.  Enough is enough…

Twenty-three Nudge-able Democrats

The following Democrats are up for re-election. They should be nudged – immediately and frequently.

Twenty-three Democrats who voted for Obamacare in swing states who are vulnerable in 2010.

Harry Mitchell = Arizona 5
DC:  (202) 225-2190, fax Fax: 202-225-3263
email: http://mitchell.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=602&Itemid=59

Gabrielle Giffords = Arizona 8
Phone: (202) 225-2542, Fax: (202) 225-0378
Email:  http://giffords.house.gov/contact/email-me.shtml

Alan Grayson = Fla 8 
DC:  (202) 225-2176, (202) 225-0999 (fax)
Orlando:  Phone: (407) 841-1757, Fax: (407) 841-1754
Email: https://forms.house.gov/grayson/contact-form.shtml

Mark Schauer = Mich 7
DC:  Phone: (202) 225-6276 ,Fax: (202) 225-6281
email:  http://schauer.house.gov/Contact/

Carol Shea-Porter = NH 1
DC:  p. (202) 225-5456, f. (202) 225-5822
Email:  http://forms.house.gov/shea-porter/webform/issue_subscribe.htm

Mike Arcuri = NY 24
DC:  Phone: (202)225-3665 • Fax: (202)225-1891
Email:  http://forms.house.gov/arcuri/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm

Mary Jo Kilroy = Ohio 15
DC:  Phone: (202) 225-2015  FAX:202-225-3529
Email:  https://kilroyforms.house.gov/Contact/index.shtml

Kathy Dahlkemper = Pa 3
DC: Phone: (202) 225-5406, Fax: (202) 225-3103
Email:  https://forms.house.gov/dahlkemper/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm

Christopher Carney = Pa 10
DC:  Ph: (202) 225-3731, Fx: (202) 225-9594
Email:  http://carney.house.gov/contact.shtml#email

Tom Perriello = Va 5
DC: Phone: (202) 225-4711 | Fax: (202) 225-5681
Email:  http://perriello.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=90&sectiontree=3,90

Ann Kirkpatrick = Arizona 1
DC:  Phone: (202) 225-2315 Fax: 202-226-9739
Email:  https://forms.house.gov/kirkpatrick/dc-contact-form.shtml

Baron Hill = Indiana 9
DC:  202-225-5315, FAX 202-226-6866
email:  https://forms.house.gov/baronhill/IMA/issue_subscribe.shtml

Dina Titus = Nevada 3
DC: Phone: (202) 225-3252, Fax: (202) 225-2185
Email:  http://titus.house.gov/

John Hall = NY 19
DC:  Phone: (202) 225-5441,Fax: (202) 225-3289
Email:  http://johnhall.house.gov/emailjohn.asp

Stephen Driehaus = Ohio 1
DC:  Phone: (202) 225-2216, Fax: 202-225-3012
Email:  https://forms.house.gov/driehaus/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm

Paul Kanjorsky = Pa 11
DC:  ph: 202-225-6511,fx: 202-225-0764
Email:  http://kanjorski.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1479&Itemid=

Dan Maffei = NY 25
DC: Phone: (202) 225-3701, Fax: (202) 225-4042
Email:  https://forms.house.gov/maffei/contact-form.shtml

Allan Mollohan = W Va
DC:  ph: (202) 225-4172, fax: (202) 225-7564
Email:  [address removed] This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Nick Rahall = W Va
DC:  (202) 225-3452
email: http://www.rahall.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=9&sectiontree=9

Steve Kagen = Wisc
DC: (202) 225-5665, Fax: (202) 225-5729
Email:  https://forms.house.gov/kagen/webforms/contact.shtml

Marion Berry = Arkansas
DC:  (202) 225-4076, (202) 225-5602 FAX
Email: http://www.house.gov/berry/zipauth.shtml

John Spratt = Georgia
DC: Phone: (202) 225-5501, Fax: (202) 225-0464
Email:  https://sprattforms.house.gov/spratt/forms/contact-form.shtml

Zack Space = Ohio 18
DC: ph: (202) 225-6265, fax: (202) 225-3394
Email:  http://space.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=61&sectiontree=26,61

FWB Tea Party Leads on EPA Fight

The FWB Tea Party has led a statewide effort to protest the EPA overreach into a State matter.  For those not familiar with the story the EPA is attempting to dictate to the State of Florida, and Florida only, the content of the nutrients in our drinking water.   If these regulations pass, estimates range from a minimum doubling to a four fold increase in our water bills.  For Details Click Here

The worst part?  Just like the Destin Fisherman issue, it’s based on flawed science.  And that’s the opinion of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  Note their use of the words “not scientifically valid” and “not consistent” and “too simplistic”.  

The next worst part – Okaloosa just spent $60 million of your tax dollars to have a state of the art wastewater plant, barely 60 days old, will not meet these new EPA standards.

The FWB Tea Party became aware of this at an Okaloosa County Commissioner meeting.  We used our network of contacts to spread the word of upcoming EPA hearings in Tallahassee, Orlando and West Palm Beach.

Within days of our efforts, the EPA announced it had to move the meetings to larger locations, and increase the number of hearings, to accommodate the “overwhelming public interest”.   Each session had hundreds of attendees, the vast majority of whom spoke against these regulations.

As a result of our messages, fellow Patriots in Orlando and West Palm had street rallies and also spoke on the record to the EPA.  6 Patriots from Okaloosa County also drove over to Tallahassee to speak out and protest.

The FWB Tea Party was given the chance to be the very first speaker at the very first hearing.  Read the statement here.  We have now been contacted by State Representatives all over the State expressing their support, and we established contacts with multiple organizations including the Florida Association of Counties, and Florida League of Cities. 

Beyond that, many people came up to us and expressed thanks that a citizens group was finally banding together to speak out against Federal overreach.

But most of all we showed how a small group who focuses on principles can make even a group like the EPA slow down and re-evaluate it’s process.   This battle is merely beginning, but this time we are the ones leading the effort to stop yet another Federal overreach into our State.

EPA Letter from State Rep. Seth McKeel, District 63 Florida

Talk about too much government…
February 19, 2010 | Seth McKeel | No Comments

I’m going to venture off the transportation/economic development topics I have been covering of late and lead you in a fairly technical direction as it relates to water quality. I’ll provide plenty of links below so you may get as technically informed about this subject as you choose to. But while the topic is technically complicated, my message to our region is simple. This water quality issue amounts to a radical over-statement of government which could cost average citizens thousands of dollars for no apparent good cause. This one really is the “too much government” we speak about so often in politics. I believe government should invest the people’s money in ways that provide for critical health and safety while encouraging economic expansion and job creation. This one burdens us – and the timing couldn’t be worse!

The Calm After the StormHere’s the deal in a nutshell: Under the federal Clean Water Act, states are expected to develop numeric nutrient criteria. Nutrient pollution, i.e. excess nitrogen and phosphorus levels in water bodies, can cause harm to aquatic ecosystems and threaten public health. Through the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) and its water management districts, Florida has established robust standards and enacted programs to support water quality. In September of 2007, DEP produced a Numeric Nutrient Criteria Plan which outlined its approach for developing numeric nutrient criteria throughout the state. This plan was submitted to and agreed upon by the US Environmental Protection Agency. But in the summer of 2008, along comes the environmental group EarthJustice filing a lawsuit in federal court against the EPA Administrator alleging that the agency had failed to comply with its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to force Florida to expeditiously adopt numeric nutrient criteria. As a result, EPA hastily issued a proposed rule in January 2010 establishing numeric nutrient criteria for Florida water bodies and giving us until this October to comply with the new regulations.

In my opinion, Florida Citrus Mutual said it best “…the lawsuit-driven proposed numeric nutrient criteria coming from EPA are 1) technically and scientifically unsupported; 2) arguably economically unattainable, creating major hardships for every sector of Florida’seconomy and local governments; and 3) not reasonably related to the health of flora and fauna (i.e. freshwater and marine-based plant and animal life) of Florida’s waters.” More info from Citrus Mutual here.

Moreover, a consortium of Florida’s water and wastewater utilities estimate costs to implement this baseless numeric criteria range from $650-$750 per year, per household in Florida. And that’s just households. Imagine the cost to small businesses? (pdf)

I am working diligently with my colleagues in the Florida House to petition EPA for an extension of the comment period and for additional public hearings throughout our state. But the bottom line here is this: Floridians can’t afford this, nor can our small businesses, and nor can our agriculture industry, which would be unfairly punished in this scheme. In fact, agriculture is leading our state out of this economic recession (more on that later) and it continues to play a major role in our regional economy. Environmental and industry leaders have praised the state’s efforts to improve water quality. Why not allow the rigorous standards we already have in place sufficient time to prove effective. Now just isn’t the time to impose this clumsy, heavy-handed piece of bad government on folks.

EPA Meeting Orlando Afternoon Session

Yesterday was the EPA “workshop” on its “proposed numeric nutrient criteria for Florida streams and rivers”.  There were 14 of us from SpaceCoastPatriots and Titusville Patriots of which 4 of us spoke.  There were between 400-450 people at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Orlando (Orlando Sentinel says 350 but I counted more, MSM has a problem counting).

We all got there 2 hours before the meeting started and held up protest signs in front of Crown Plaza and on busy Sand Lake Road.  Three of us got to speak out scattered through the first 26 speakers, which made the balance perfect.  Out of the 26 speakers ALL but 3 were AGAINST the EPA’s proposal.  Most of the speakers were, farm owners, ranchers, and even degreed environmental scientists.  There were some great talks and it sure wasn’t boring like I thought it would be.

At the end of my talk, where I stood up for Titusville’s money problems, I ended with “The EPA is always handing out mountains of paper work, WE THE PEOPLE would like to give you back the Constitution, Thank you” and then I went up to each one of the EPA panel members and gave them a copy of the Constitution along with a Titusville Patriots business card.

One of the recipients of the Constitution was Ephraim King, Director, Office of Science and Technology, U.S. EPA Region 4.

Lynn Grace gave a fantastic talk on the 10th Amendment, the basis was “You are welcome as guests in Florida, but PLEASE leave Florida”.  It was really well done.

Jerry Smith gave a talk on all the government programs that were taxing us and adding the burden of $50-75 BILLION dollars to Florida tax payers to implement the new EPA standards.

Judy Timothy and Connie Smith of Space Coast Patriots were on WESH news last night.

We were all interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel and a small part got in, mine was reference to my sign “EPA STAY OUT OF OUR LAKES”  he got it wrong in the article.  Good coverage of Lynn Grace’s talk.

“Outside the hotel, a dozen protestors who support the Tea Party movement waved signs such as “EPA stay out of lakes.” Inside, Lynne Grace of Space Coast Patriots of Brevard County, another Tea Party supporter, said the Washington bureaucrats should go home soon.

“I’m beginning to think we need protection from the federal government,” Grace said. “You really don’t have any business in our Florida waters.”

The first dozen speakers were largely opposed to the federal rules.”

Don, A Titusville Patriot and Proud American
http://titusvillepatriots.ning.com/

Getting it RIGHT in 2010 and PERFECT in 2012  – “Unite the Right to Win the Fight.”