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Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Frederick “Rick” Knight as Hardee County Commissioner. Knight, 64, of Wauchula, has been a real estate broker since 1979 and serves on the Wauchula City Commission as Mayor. He has also served on the Hardee County Fire Assessment Board since 2010.
“It is unfortunate that after months of debate the congressional “super committee” charged with finding $1.2 trillion in budget savings failed to make the difficult choices needed to begin fixing our nation’s out of control debt. This news, coupled with the recent failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a federal balanced budget amendment, should cause all Americans to be concerned about the direction our country is heading.
The excuses some Democrats give for their chill toward backing President Obama’s reelection bid would fill up a legal pad. He’s made much too nice with the GOP. He’s put Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block. He hasn’t pushed aggressively enough for a full-blown FDR style jobs program. He let Wall Street and banks off the hook with a placid, terribly compromised financial reform bill. He hasn’t done enough on home foreclosures.The Blue Dog and moderate Democratic congresspersons and senators representing shaky swing and conservative districts are scared stiff that if they rub shoulders too close to Obama they will be signing their political obituary for reelection.
The U.S. Congress is using opposition to Iran as an excuse to attack President Obama’s executive authority in an ill-advised piece of legislation. The “Iran Threat Reduction Act” HR1905, passed on November 2 by the House Foreign Relations Committee, neither reduces an Iranian threat,  nor puts significant pressure on Iran’s leaders to change policies with which the United States disagrees.
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