Facing The Challenges of a Modern Economy

Truth be told, our economy is evolving so fast that many people are struggling to keep up.  An economy that used to be driven by productivity and labor is now driven by three things:  consumption, innovation and transaction.  Because of globalization, companies are able to take advantage of lower wages abroad, which negatively affects the job market at home, but also drives down costs and allows American to buy more goods and services than ever before.  Companies that are able to come up with new products, or to market their goods/services in a way that generates ...

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Protecting Our Treasured St. Lucie River Environment

South Florida is home to one of the most fascinating and unique natural environments in the world.  While the tourists are often attracted to our beautiful beaches, it is our wetlands and estuaries that make Florida so unique.  There is nothing like the Florida Everglades.  It is a treasure, and MUST be protected and properly nourished.  The same is true of the Caloosahatchee River, the St. Lucie River, its estuary, and riverine environment. And yet, all three ecosystems are being endangered by the current water management scheme for Lake Okeechobee.  The lake is fed ...

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TC Palm: Brian Mast challenger Pam Keith: A liberal with conservative credentials

SOURCE LINK Isadora Rangel isadora.rangel@tcpalm.com Published 4:11 p.m. ET June 22, 2017 Democrat Pam Keith is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast in 2018. ISADORA RANGEL/TCPALM Wochit Buy Photo (Photo: JEREMIAH WILSON/TCPALM) Pam Keith is unapologetic about what she describes as her "liberal thoughts." She's pro abortion rights, pro gay rights and pro decriminalization of marijuana. "I don’t believe that there’s something inherently more moral about getting hammered on Jack Daniels than there is on smoking a joint," she ...

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Roll Call: 2016 Florida Democratic Senate Hopeful Keith to Challenge Mast in 2018

SOURCE LINK Posted Jun 19, 2017 12:41 PM Andrew Breiner Pam Keith lost primary to Murphy, who went on to lose to Rubio Pam Keith, an attorney who worked for the Navy and in the corporate world, is running against freshman Republic Rep. Brian Mast. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) Democrat Pam Keith, former primary opponent of Rep. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson in 2016, is running against freshman Rep. Brian Mast for his Florida 18th District House seat in 2018. Keith, a lawyer who has worked for the Navy and in the corporate ...

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Florida Politics: Democrat Pam Keith launches her bid against Brian Mast in CD 18

SOURCE LINK   SCOTT POWERS 4 days ago  Democrat Pam Keith has made official her bid to run in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, launching her bid against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast. Keith, a labor lawyer and former U.S. Navy judge advocate general who ran last year for the Democrat’s U.S. Senate nomination, is seeking to make Mast vulnerable on his vote this spring on the American Health Care Act. “It’s shocking to watch Brian Mast vote to rip healthcare away from 60,000 parents, children and veterans in his district,” Keith ...

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IF PUTIN WANTED TO DESTROY THE UNITED STATES FROM WITHIN

If I was Vladimir Putin, and the POTUS was my asset (we are trying to ascertain if he might be), and undermining the US was my objective (which it has always been), then... I would get my asset to engender mistrust between the American people and their government; I would undermine the effectiveness of America's intelligence community; I would decimated America's international reputation by reducing foreign aid, disabling its foreign service and driving its allies away (Germany goes first). To sow discord in American society, I would tell my asset to exacerbate divisions ...

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Why PRIVATIZING is NOT the Answer

Let's get clear about what the word "PRIVATIZE" really means. The GOP LOVES this notion, and they peddle it as how "free market ideas" and "competition" create productivity and innovation. What it REALLY means is "structure it so that a few people can get VERY rich off of it." I am NOT anti-business. I am a big fan of free enterprise. But some PUBLIC functions should NEVER be privatized because creating a profit-driven structure would directly impede the service-oriented nature of the enterprise. Private prisons is a perfect example. When our prisons were re-structured to ...

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On “IDENTITY POLITICS”

Here is my "IDENTITY POLITICS." I am NOT Jewish, but if you're anti-semitic, I will NOT tolerate you. I am NOT gay, but if you seek to diminish LGBT-Americans, I will NOT agree with you. I am NOT an immigrant, but if you demonize immigrants, I will NOT support you. I am NOT Muslim, but if you are bigoted towards Muslims, I will NOT validate you. I am NOT poor, but if you belittle those who struggle to get by, I will NOT condone you. My "IDENTITY POLITICS" are simple: I care for other Americans. And I could give a damn about someone's "policy" if their purpose is to ...

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LET’S START WINNING AGAIN

MY WISH LIST FOR THE FDP: (Caveat, I am not running for leadership, I am not eligible to be chair. I am putting this out for discussion and reflection. This is a conversation starter, not an indictment or criticism of ANYONE). I. MOVE THE HEADQUARTERS TO ORLANDO: The office should be more accessible to all Floridians. It should also be in a space that can be used for regular (quarterly) meetings of all the DEC chairs. II. PURSUE SMALL-DONOR FUNDRAISING: I would love to see the FDP have a VERY robust small recurrent-donor program, where folks can choose to donate 3, 5, ...

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