The rich get government handouts just like the poor.

The rich get government handouts just like the poor.

Here are 10 of them.

In case you are still skeptical that many of the non-poor

and, in fact, a lot of the rich

receive benefits from government, too

(for which

we don’t make them pee in a cup


promise not to buy luxuries),

we’ve rounded up some more examples below

.1. The mortgage interest deduction for big houses and second homes.

  1. The yacht tax deduction.
  2. Rental property.
  3. Fancy business meals.
  4. The capital gains tax rate.
  5. The estate tax.
  6. Gambling loss deductions.
  7. The Social Security earnings limit.
  8. Retirement plans.
  9. Tax prep.

Emily Badger is a reporter for Wonkblog covering urban policy. She was previously a staff writer at The Atlantic Cities.

Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.

Are you being shorted at the pump?

Action 9: Are you being shorted at the pump?


A Titusville woman claims a gas station kept shorting her, and Action 9 found that could be happening at dozens of stations.

There was nothing routine about a fill-up at the Kangaroo gas station by Nicole Thompson’s house. As soon as Thompson swiped her credit card, it showed a 13-cent sale.

“And I haven’t even put the nozzle in the car,” she said.

When Thompson returned, she had her camera ready and was able to capture the meter running again before the gas was started. That time, it was just pennies, yet Thompson wondered if she ever got a full gallon.

She tried to complain.

“They said they would have a manager talk to me, and they didn’t,” said Thompson.

Believe this if you will?

Florida officials are taking great care of Floridians?

Governors Rick Scotts “Let’s Keep Working”

Governors Rick Scotts

“Let’s Keep Working,”

reminds me of a movie we watched last night?

The world’s greatest silent film,1927 film METROPOLIS

Metropolis (1927 film)

Only I fear, this ending will not fair all that well for we the people living in Scotts under-world!

Rick Scott’s Job-Growth Puffery Masks Florida’s Low-Wage Future

Definition of PUFFERY: exaggerated commendation especially for promotional purposes!

Definition of SHARECROPPER: a tenant farmer especially in the southern United States who is provided with credit for seed, tools, living quarters, and food, who works the land, and who receives an agreed share of the value of the crop minus charges!

Saluting all sharecroppers in the Scott economy.

By Daniel Tilson When is a “good” job growth report bad news?

Daniel Tilson has a Boca Raton-based communications firm called Full Cup Media, specializing in online video and written content for non-profits, political candidates and organizations, and small businesses.

When it’s about Florida, and serves both to burnish Gov. Rick Scott’s ginned-up “job creator” status, and further the creation of a new socioeconomic order in the state.

The job growth report released this month by ADP Research Institute places Florida second nationally with almost 32,000 new private-sector jobs created in June.

On the face of it, that seems like good news.

That’s certainly how Gov. Rick Scott and other conservative Republicans running the state will spin it.

But strip away the face value of such statistics, and you’ll find the same trend that characterizes the entire Republican economic “recovery” of recent years.

You’ll find about two of three of those new jobs is a low-paying service-sector one.

This mirrors years of Florida job growth in predominantly low-pay, no-benefits, dead-end jobs.

It also reflects years of Team Scott focusing on tourism, travel and leisure industries as drivers of post-recession economic growth.

Working middle-class Floridians know how stagnant wages and incomes have been for years now.

We know how much harder economic advancement and upward mobility is to achieve.

We know how little bargaining power we have left as workers in a state where private-sector union organizing is blocked by an awful “Right to Work” law.

context floridaYet we keep hearing these reports of new job creation, economic growth, and recovery.

So where’s the disconnect, why aren’t we feeling all that recovery love too?

Well, rather than creating quality jobs by training and retraining workers; rather than creating quality jobs by rebuilding Florida’s crumbling infrastructure; rather than creating quality jobs by aggressively transitioning to clean energy sources; rather than creating quality jobs by using already allotted federal funding to modernize our rail and transportation systems; and rather than creating quality jobs by using already allotted federal funding to expand health care and insure up to a million mostly working, low-income Floridians … Gov. Scott and Republican allies have instead created a glut of grimly “going-nowhere-fast” jobs — and a huge burden for the middle class.

If you’re one of the millions stuck in such bad jobs, chances are you still have to rely on public assistance to care for your family.

And if you’re a more fortunate middle-class taxpayer, chances are you’re helping cover the cost of all that newly necessitated public assistance. It’s not right, but it’s the way Florida’s powers-that-be want it.

Instead of successful socioeconomic balancing mechanisms we’ve used before in Florida, such as the estate and intangibles taxes (aimed only at the wealthy), and instead of ending the corporate welfare system for big business campaign contributors, Gov. Scott and allies have by now established a pattern of balancing budgets on the strained and breaking backs of Florida’s middle- and low-income families.

They’ve known all too well all along that over-reliance on creating bad jobs would successfully puff up their job and economic growth numbers, give them positive PR talking points — and grow a huge, working poor underclass that the middle class could be forced to subsidize, and be encouraged to resent.

And that leaves precious little time or energy left to question, much less fight the powers-that-be.


9 Investigates: New sensors yield information on dolphin, manatee deaths

Concerned people like Channel 9 news have been investigating our waterway like this Indian River Lagoon for more than 15 years and keep running into the same buzz saw, ‘the Florida Legislature.’

Because these new sensors being installed in the river by the Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), there can be no more silly disputing on the facts, lack of oxygen and nitrogen from overuse and lack of control of fertilizer among other trivial things!

ORCA had planned to map the entire intercostal waterway however, those plans may need to be scaled back.

The group was county on $1 million funding from the state however, the Legislature cut ORCA’s funding to just $250,000.

The cut in funding means private donations will have to pay for the research.


Posted: 4:38 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2015

Something is killing dolphins and manatees in the Indian River Lagoon.

The deaths of marine life in the estuary have been a source of concern for years, but pinpointing what is causing the die-off has been difficult.

A program by the Ocean Research and Conservation Association to deploy a series of sensors across the lagoon is starting to yield some answers.

“The fact that these estuaries are becoming sick is impacting the ocean as a whole,” ORCA scientist Dr. Edie Widder said.

“Every other breath you take comes from oxygen generated by the ocean.”

Using bioluminescence from soil samples, ORCA has been able to map the southern reach of the IRL, finding alarming levels of nitrogen.

“We weren’t expecting it to look this bad,” Widder said.

In a map of Vero Beach, a series of eleven finger canals glows bright red with high levels of nitrogen.

Scientists at ORCA have traced the nitrogen back to yard clippings and fertilizer that washes into the lagoon.

ORCA has deployed dozens of what it calls “Kilroy’s” into the lagoon.

The three-legged device with a partially sea-through dome allows scientists to track pollution in the lagoon, identifying the areas that are most in need.

ORCA is currently planning to deploy another 15 Killroy’s in Brevard County, the group estimates the devices will be in place by mid-August.

“An awful lot of the pollution resides in the sediment itself, the muck that accumulates at the bottom,” Widder said.

“A lot becomes legacy pollution because it stays around in the muck.”

Mapping the IRL is the first step towards cleaning up the lagoon and restoring the habitat for marine life.

ORCA had planned to map the entire intercostal waterway however, those plans may need to be scaled back.

The group was county on $1 million funding from the state however, the Legislature cut ORCA’s funding to just $250,000.

The cut in funding means private donations will have to pay for the research.

The three-legged device with a partially sea-through dome allows scientists to track pollution in the Indian River Lagoon.

A few more sites from just one TV Station.

9 Investigates: Lawsuit filed against state over Indian River Lagoon ecosystem

9 Investigates: Dolphin deaths and the Indian River Lagoon

9 Investigates: Governor, DEP respond to questions surrounding dolphin, manatee deaths lawsuit

“Let’s be real. This was politics.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs budget, vetoes nearly $500 million

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he was upset over the governor’s decision.

“We are obviously disappointed, but will continue to work with our partners to develop a UCF/Valencia campus in Downtown Orlando,” he said in a statement sent to Local 6.  “This new campus will bring significant economic impact to our entire region creating more than 4,000 jobs and generating $180 million in wages each year while preparing the workforce of tomorrow and transforming the future of Downtown Orlando and the Parramore community.”

Here are other Central Florida projects vetoed by the governor on Tuesday:

Quick Clicks

  • University of Central Florida – Downtown Presence – Building A – 15,000,000
  • Seminole County Public Schools High-Tech Manufacturing Program 94,301 – 94,301 
  • Seminole County Public Schools High-Tech Manufacturing Program 1,000,000 – 1,000,000
  • Operation Grow – Seminole County Work Opportunity 323,060 – 323,060
  • Special Olympics of Florida – Transportation Services 80,000 – 80,000
  • Eckerd and Brevard C.A.R.E.S. 500,000 – 500,000
  • North Brevard Telemedicine Initiative 121,629 – 121,629
  • The Villages Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Project 400,000 – 400,000
  • Orlando Repertory Theater, inc. 150,000 – 150,000
  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts-Orlando 5,000,000 – 5,000,000
  • Brevard C.A.R.E.S. Services to Youth At-Risk of Entering the Juvenile Justice System 1,300,000 – 1,300,000
  • North Brevard Telemedicine Initiative 121,629 – 121,629
  • Williamson Blvd Road – Volusia – 2,500,000 2,500,000
  • Easter Seals Volusia and Flagler Counties 100,000 – 100,000
  • Lake County Re-Entry Center 228,000 – 228,000
  • Altamonte Springs Advanced Wastewater Treatment Potable Reuse Demonstration (Wekiva River Basin) 6,000,000 – 6,000,000
  • Grants And Aids To Local Governments And Nonstate Entities – Fixed Capital Outlay – Grants And Aids – City Of Winter Park Howell Creek Wetlands Acquisition, Preservation And Enhancement – Fixed Cap Outlay 2,000,000 – 2,000,000
  • Kissimmee Wood Side Drainage 250,000 – 250,000
  • Oakland South Lake Apopka Initiative 1,000,000 – 1,000,000
  • Mount Dora Britt Road Utility Extension Water Line 750,000 – 750,000
  • Fiske Boulevard – City of Rockledge – 250,000 250,000
  • Winter Garden SW Reuse Phase 2-C.R Reuse Main Extension 193,380 – 193,380
  • Independence Parkway Interchange – Wellness Way – Orange and Lake – 2,500,000 2,500,000
  • Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse Parking Structure – 2,250,000 2,250,000
  • Pine Hills Community Redevelopment Master Plan 50,000 100,000 150,000
  • US Space Walk of Fame Foundation 200,000 – 200,000
  • Maitland Jewish Community Campus Infrastructure Improvements 500,000 – 500,000
  • Bethune-Cookman University Center for Entrepreneurship – 750,000 750,000 

EDC Space Coast 596,000 – 596,000

Emergency Operations Center-City of Cocoa 500,000 – 500,000

Ma Barker House-Marion – 250,000 250,000

New Smyrna Beach Museum of East Coast Surfing 175,000 – 175,000

Dyer responds to Governor’s Veto of funding for Downtown UCF Campus

“Let’s be real. This was politics. A lot of these were Andy’s projects. It costed Central Florida a lot of projects.

Everything that was important to the Senate President got vetoed

Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill

Why would any commissioner need a city, taxpayer paid credit card in the first place?

In the old days we had a voucher system, you needed something it had to be signed off by the mayor or in our case ‘ first selectman.’

Many people, yours truly included wanted so bad to give her a chance?

Back when Regina Hill was running for Orlando City Commissioner many people felt sorry for her and voted for an underdog so to speak, beside her competitions past was also a little shaky?

It would seem that we might have made a horrible mistake?

Deputies raid home owned by Orlando city commissioner

2 suspects appear in court

Orlando commissioner faces thousands in code enforcement fines

Code Enforcement has fined Hill more than $22,000 for issues at her home on Baywood Avenue

9 Investigates the $50K Orlando commissioners spent with city credit cards

Commissioner Regina Hill spent $14,000 at stores like Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Marshall’s and Old Time Pottery.

Hill said she bought office supplies and items needed for community events.

She said the $3,500 on travel conferences and $1,400 on meals were spent to do city business.

Hill said she couldn’t remember why tickets were purchased for a show at the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

She said she valet parked to avoid the short walk from City Hall across the street, where she said she puts in 60 hours a week.

She is not the biggest free spender, she is 2nd to Commissioner Sam Ings racked up the biggest bill, totaling $27,000; $15,000 of that was spent in travel, meals and catering, and entertainment expenses, including an $887 bill at the Amway Center and a $783 at the Metrowest Golf Club.

Orlando city commissioner says mix-up led to foreclosure ruling


A circuit judge in Orange County last month put a home owned by Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill on the auction block, finding that she owed more than $160,000 in unpaid mortgage, taxes and interest, records show.

The truth shell set us free!


Republican presidential hopefuls are falling like bowling pins, again.

There are at least 15 Republicans running for president in 2016.


Not shown here is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who formally announced on Monday.

Trump verses Trump

Immigration from Mexico

Donald Trump was pro-choice, pro-Hillary and Pro- Obama today it is whatever he knows people want to say

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley makes a strong case for her state still being the worse Carolina with this entry, in which she says that the state continuing to fly the Confederate battle flag on statehouse grounds is fine because none of the CEO’s she’s talked to have a problem with it.

“What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phone with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state,” the governor noted. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”

Thu Oct 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:

Not a single CEO minds our Confederate battle flag

Because of so many of her constituency protesting, she changed her mind.

Governor Chris Christie Scandal

Law Firm Must Disclose Notes from Gov. Christie Bridge Scandal

Senator Marco Rubio Scandal

Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show

Marco Rubio Plays Cheap Politics With Cuba Opening

Is Marco Rubio Corrupt?

Mike Huckabee

BREAKING: Huckabee Scandal

Looks like they’ve got the Huckster in a bit of a bother….

Mike Huckabee’s Skeleton Closet

Governor Scott Walker Scandal

“More Nixonian than Nixon”: Scott Walker’s latest scandal lays bare his shady tactics

Scott Walker is falling apart: The little corruption problem he just can’t shake

Skeletons in governor’s closet?

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush Isn’t Savior that Republicans Think He Is. He Sounds Like a Rerun of George W

Eye on 2016? Jeb Bush resigns from board posts

Jeb Bush Murders Being Covered By Federal Government

Rand Paul

Will the 2012 bribery scandal torpedo Rand Paul’s 2016 hopes?

Rand Paul’s Plagiarism Scandal Explained

Cliven Bundy, Rand Paul’s new BFF: So much for reaching out to African American voters!

In 24 hours, Paul communes with Cliven Bundy and suggests right-wingers have it as tough as black people


U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas

Ben Carson

Carly Fiorina

Lindsey Graham

Bobby Jindal

George Pataki

Rick Perry

Rick Santorum

Republican Party presidential candidates, 2016,_2016


Your best shot at Hillary Clinton

10 should a, could a, wood a and you wish?

10 Scandals Involving Hillary Clinton You May Have Forgotten

1- Chinagate – The Clinton-Gore campaign in 1996 allegedly took bribes from Chinese banks

2- Travelgate Scandal – Catherine Cornelius, a 25-year-old cousin of Bill’s was allegedly promised the position of director of the travel office.

3- Whitewater Scandal -The Clintons walked away unscathed, having done nothing wrong.

4- Vince Foster Jr. Mystery????

5- Filegate Scandal- Clinton hired Livingston and is alleged to have looked at the files and requested this move.

6- Cattle-Futures Miracle – Hillary Clinton said she was able to make the successful trading because she read the Wall Street Journal for research.

7- Lootergate -Hillary Rodham Clinton accepting many presents just before she joined the Senate?

8- Drug Dealer Donor Scandal – convicted drug trafficker Jorge Cabrera apparently made such a big donation to the Clinton’s campaign that he was invited to the White house without Secret Service present?

9- Ponzi Scheme and Political Favor Scandal – Norman Yung Yuen Hsu was a convicted pyramid investment promoter, Contributed an undisclosed amount to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign?

10- Benghazi??????