Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Look At Governor Charlie Christ


       For those of you who may have been in a comma over the past few years,Charlie Christ is the current governor of the state of Florida who is running for the Senate.  Another Republican governor in the state and everyone wonders why the state is now in a state of “third world” living. Of course, Jeb Bush and the rest of the Republicans up in the capitol get most of the blame for the mess that this state is in, and rightfully so. Christ has just been towing the GOP line of tax cuts and budget cuts in order to crate jobs and reduce state spending. Neither of these has happened as of yet to any great degree. Any spending cuts have come at the expense of the lower income workers in Florida. Business tax cuts have not garnered any jobs and aren’t going to.

    Charlie Christ on taxes

    calls himself "a proven tax-cutter". He wants to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent and eliminate the estate tax (which he, like Mr. Rubio, calls a "death tax"). He doesn't mention the capital-gains tax specifically. He supports a balanced-budget amendment, but doesn't say anything specific about which trillions of dollars in spending would be cut to balance the budget while cutting taxes at the same time. He does point to his record of cutting the Florida state budget by $7.4 billion over the past three years.                                                    The Economist


Replace income tax with a flat tax or national sales tax

Q: Do you support replacing the U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support instituting a national sales tax?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?

A: Yes.                                                              OnThe

   Of course no Republican likes any of the Obama health care plan and GOPer Christ is no different. What would he do instead?

           Cover Florida: $150 a month plan for 3.8 million uninsured

Among the many ideas floated by Gov. Charlie Crist last month for improving health care in Florida, one stood out for its simplicity and its allure: Offer the estimated 3.8 million Floridians who lack health insurance an affordable plan for “$150 a month or less.”

Crist’s “Cover Florida” proposal would not come with a state mandate that individuals had to buy it or employers had to offer it. And it would give insurance companies lots of leeway in deciding how to structure such a health plan--as long

they included “a robust package of preventive, primary and urgent-care benefits, including hospitalization.”

A $150-per-month health-insurance policy “can’t get you comprehensive coverage,” says one analyst; such a plan would either have sky-high deductibles for hospital stays or have no hospitalization coverage at all. Another analyst replies, “Anything that moves some number of people from the uninsured category into the insured category is a good thing that is worth considering.”   Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Plan for health insurance” Mar 14, 2008

Mr Crist wants to "repeal and reform" the Obama administration's health care reforms. He provides no details about what he would do to reform the health-insurance system except that it should be "focused on the free market". (The Obama reforms, of course, do nothing but guarantee people access to private-sector free-market health insurance. Mr Crist does not explain how his proposed reforms would be any different.) Mr Crist points to his record in creating the "Cover Florida" programme, which he claims allows private insurers to provide far cheaper individual health insurance for individuals without spending any tax dollars. This claim sounds suspiciously like magic, and in fact PolitiFact rates Mr Crist's claims on the programme "False". The Cover Florida plans don't appear to be significantly cheaper than existing private-market plans, and that may explain why only 5,000 of Florida's nearly 4m uninsured have taken advantage of them.                             Source

    Since Mr.Christ was getting slaughtered by his opponent, Mark Rubio, he has gone and switched from a Republican to an Independent so that he can get the votes that he couldn’t get as a Republican. He has changed his mind on many issues now that he has to kiss up to the voters/groups that opposed him as a Republican,and it has worked to a certain degree.  Charlie Christ is one of those career politicians who need to be let out to pasture before he really fucks the people of Florida up as a Senator.