A Giant Constrictor — The Gas Squeeze (Feb. 22, 2012) …item 3.. Politicians Are Just Like Us, Only Richer (Tuesday, July 10, 2012) …

A Giant Constrictor — The Gas Squeeze (Feb. 22, 2012) …item 3.. Politicians Are Just Like Us, Only Richer (Tuesday, July 10, 2012) …
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If you went through the financial-disclosure reports for members of the Florida Cabinet and Legislature, you’d find mostly six-figure annual incomes and a great many seven-figure net worths.

Every two years, a handful of idealistic Wal-Mart clerks, homemakers or college kids will make a shoe-string bid for office, but few even scrape together the filing fee.
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One thing’s for sure, Mr. Obama will have his snake charming skills put to the test tomorrow.

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…..item 1)…. FLORIDA TODAY … www.floridatoday.com/opinion … Jeff Parker: Feb. 23 Cartoon- The Gas Squeeze …

4:58 PM, Feb. 22, 2012

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President Obama is set to deliver a major speech on energy today to kick off his three-day visit to Florida.

Predictably, the surging price of gasoline has emerged a sort of Republican presidential frontrunner. IMO, the issue has a far better chance of beating Obama in November than Mitt, Rick, Newt or Ron do.

So to appear as though he’s doing something to bring down the price of gasoline, Candidate Obama shows signs he is willing to allow more domestic oil production, especially after the body blows he took over the Keystone pipeline — and despite the fact that domestic oil output is already at the highest level we’ve seen in eight years.

One thing’s for sure, Mr. Obama will have his snake charming skills put to the test tomorrow.

Here’s the sketch.
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…..item 2)…. youtube video … Best of Sade … 1:14:09 hour .. 74:09 minutes

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Tracks:
1. "Your Love Is King" (Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman) — 0:00
2. "Hang on to Your Love" (Adu, Matthewman) — 3:41
3. "Smooth Operator" (Adu, Ray St. John) — 8:12
4. "Jezebel" (Adu, Matthewman) — 12:30
5. "The Sweetest Taboo" (Adu, Martin Ditcham) — 17:55
6. "Is It a Crime" (Adu, Matthewman, Andrew Hale) — 22:20
7. "Never as Good as the First Time" (Adu, Matthewman) — 28:37
8. "Love Is Stronger Than Pride" (Adu, Hale, Matthewman) — 32:36
9. "Paradise" (Adu, Hale, Matthewman, Paul S. Denman) — 36:55
10. "Nothing Can Come Between Us" (Adu, Matthewman, Hale) — 40:32
11. "No Ordinary Love" (Adu, Matthewman) — 44:24
12. "Like a Tattoo" (Adu, Hale, Matthewman) — 51:43
13. "Kiss of Life" (Adu, Hale, Matthewman, Denman) — 55:20
14. "Please Send Me Someone to Love" (Percy Mayfield) — 59:31
15. "Cherish the Day" (Adu, Hale, Matthewman) — 01:03:13
16. "Pearls" (Adu, Hale) — 01:09:32

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…..item 3)…. Florida Voices … www.floridavoices.com/columns … OUR COLUMNISTS …

Informed Personalities from Across the State, Across the Spectrum

Politicians Are Just Like Us, Only Richer
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 — Bill Cotterell

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All right, can we all just acknowledge that Mitt Romney is one really wealthy guy, and get over it?
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Every week brings some new revelation that the Republican candidate for president gets money from billionaires. He has overseas bank accounts, his wife likes dressage, the garage at one of his homes is so big, it has an elevator to lift guests’ cars into place. Worse, he compounds the image by saying things like "corporations are people, too."

By now, we should all be used to the idea that Romney won’t be scanning the help-wanted ads on Nov. 7, if he loses. Neither will President Obama, should things not go his way on Nov. 6. He’s better than Romney at the common touch, taking his daughters out for ice cream and making speeches about looking out for auto workers and old people. But Obama was similarly set for life before he ever reached the U.S. Senate seven years ago.

Actually, just about every major public officeholder or serious candidate is, if not rich, very comfortable financially. They have to be, before they can run for city commission.

Americans seem to want them both ways. We want self-made men like Andrew Jackson and Abe Lincoln. But we also admire aristocrats like Theodore Roosevelt, a trust-busting traitor to his class in the era of robber barons, and John Kennedy, whose suave looks and elegant wife created the Camelot aura that took attention away from — well, whole lots of stuff.

When he wanted to become governor of Florida 35 years ago, Bob Graham alloyed his Harvard, rich-guy image by doing "work days" among ordinary Floridians. Gov. Rick Scott, whose annual financial disclosure this month pegged his net worth at million, is now performing the same kind of work days. Scott has real working-class roots, however distant. He sometimes starts speeches by recalling how he cleaned telephone booths, delivered newspapers and opened a doughnut shop after getting out of the Navy.

If you went through the financial-disclosure reports for members of the Florida Cabinet and Legislature, you’d find mostly six-figure annual incomes and a great many seven-figure net worths. Every two years, a handful of idealistic Wal-Mart clerks, homemakers or college kids will make a shoe-string bid for office, but few even scrape together the filing fee.

Most sessions, there will be two or three full-time legislators living on their ,000 House or Senate salaries. They, however, tend to be married to doctors, lawyers, brokers or other professionals, so their household incomes allow them to pursue politics on the side. Occasionally, there’s a retired teacher or police officer with a pension to supplement their legislative salary.

The vast majority of elected leaders, though, are autocrats who have made their money in their careers. They’ve reached a point where they can take six months off to campaign. Their law partners will pass the hat for them. They move in circles where 0,000 (and that’s just in a relatively small House district) is no strain. If not personally wealthy, often they have worked as legislative aides and know all the lobbyists, city and county commissioners, party leaders and business honchos in their districts.

Once they get a foot on the ladder, the advantages of incumbency are a form of wealth beyond money. But there are also disadvantages; one or two wrong votes, or a major shift in the partisan winds, and the same special-interest backers whose bundles of 0 checks got you into office can finance someone to knock you off.

Very few politicians are as rich as Rick Scott or Mitt Romney; in fact, it’s rare for men in their strata to bother with the loss of privacy that politics demands. The great irony of American politics, though, is that the system requires candidates to raise millions of dollars for carefully crafted campaigns to persuade us they’re just regular folks.

Bill Cotterell is a retired reporter of the Florida Capitol press corps. He can be contacted at bcotterell@gmail.com

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