Editorial by Nick Stone
We have all heard liberals like Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz expound on what the Republican Party needs to broaden our base and succeed in elections. How kind of them to offer us friendly, free advice. Does anyone really believe that these partisan liberals have the best interests of the Republican Party in mind?
The most ironic left wing spin doctor taking upon himself to diagnose GOP ills is newly baptized Democrat Charlie Crist.
Charlie, like many on the left, believes that the Republican Party suffers from closed mindedness, rigid ideology, and of course, racism, racism, racism! He left the GOP, his lifelong Party, because he could not be true to his ‘deeply held beliefs’ (whatever those are) and remain in our tent. Of course, the strategic move to leave the Party had nothing to do with his faltering primary against Marco Rubio. No, of course not! Charlie just wanted to do the right thing, you see.
Let me tell you what the Republican Party does not need. It doesn’t need any more Charlie Crists.
Many of us in my Party stuck by Charlie’s side far longer than we should have, excusing his blunders and attempting to explain his rudderless policy positions as governor. His once loyal supporters best know the real Charlie Crist — the guy who will leave you at the altar, the guy who is firmly on both sides of every issue, the guy whose ambition will always come first.
Buyers beware! Those who know Charlie Crist best are also his harshest critics, a point Democrats should note before they go to the polls.
Charlie Crist has described his political approach in many ways through the years: as a Connie Mack Republican, as a Jeb Bush Republican, and my favorite — as a Reagan Republican. But Charlie Crist is no Ronald Reagan, whatever his Party du jour.
The Charlie Crist years were plagued with a faltering economy, surging joblessness, and gaping budget deficits plugged by huge tax hikes — all masked as “fees”. In the Crist years, Florida couldn’t find its footing. Our jobs were gone, our spirit was gone, and at the end of his term a good chunk of our rainy day fund was gone too.
Charlie Crist’s Florida led the economic collapse; it was not a victim of it. His record was tragic. He is Carter, not Reagan.
In a recent interview with Bill O’Reilly, Crist was asked about the wisdom of running as a Democrat while Republicans are gaining ground on almost all issues and voters are turning away from Democrats. “Not in Florida,” explained Crist.
Really, Charlie? Voters have elected 3 Republican governors in a row and appear poised to re-elect Governor Scott. Republicans hold all statewide Cabinet offices, to say nothing of healthy majorities in our state and federal legislative offices. The closest thing Democrats have to a success in Florida is Bill Nelson — and that is quite a stretch. Floridians also recently sent David Jolly and Curt Clawson to Congress. Anybody wanna tally up the score and pass the bad news along to Charlie? Maybe Representative Alex Sink — or Governor Alex Sink, for that matter — can tell Charlie just how awesome Florida Democrats are doing with voters.
I’m very proud to say that the Republican Party, while not perfect, is far superior to the Democrats on issues. By learning from past failures, we are doing a great job catching up to Democrats on targeting and tech too.
In Florida, we have Republicans from any group you can imagine. Some of the proudest, most ardent Republicans I know are women like our GOP Co-chair Sharon Day and Hispanics like Marco Rubio. Florida’s Young Republicans are recognized as the best in the Union. We’ve got blacks, Jews, and even gays — many of whom are proud Republicans. And despite legendary registration and organization efforts by the Obama campaign, Republicans have actually narrowed the registration gap since 2008.
The Republican Party needs to remain focused on issues that people care about like the economy, taxes, and ways to keep our communities strong. What we don’t need is partisan liberals giving us advice. What we don’t need is people like Charlie Crist in our Party, who will do or say anything to get elected.
Hopefully Charlie finds a comfortable home in his new Party and never looks back. For Republicans, “the Party” isn’t hardly “over”. It is just missing one slick Jackass.
Five years ago the Obama White house told America, because of historic new spending and government intervention, to expect a robust economic rebound and lots of new jobs. But the economy sputtered and few jobs materialized.
After countless pivots back to jobs, this week’s unemployment news proves again that Americans cannot trust their President to fix the economy and put them back to work. Voters are understandably frustrated and we share their concerns.
- Year-on-year, the number of “discouraged workers” (unemployment dropouts) has risen by 206,000 people.
- The U-6 (total) unemployment rate jumped significantly from last month, from 13.8% to 14.3%.
- Current jobs growth rate of 195,000/month would take the economy until 2021 just to return to pre-recession employment levels.
- 40 Republican and bipartisan jobs bills have passed the House of Representatives and currently sit in the US Senate waiting for Harry Reid to vote on them.
President Obama has lots of excuses for his poor performance on the economy and jobs: George Bush, Republicans in Congress, the Arab Spring, poor forecasting, weather patterns, even ATMs. Did we mention George Bush?
If the President wants real economic recovery, he should turn to Florida, where Republicans have proven it possible to cut taxes and spending, streamline regulations and create a huge jobs boom in the process.
“While reducing the size and scope of Florida’s government, [Governor] Scott has cut taxes five times in a little over two years, and …overseen the elimination of more than 2,300 regulations on businesses and residents…
“The results are in: Since Scott took office, almost 350,000 new private sector jobs have been created – halfway to the goal he promised during the 2010 campaign – and the state’s unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1 percent. That’s down 4 percentage points since he took office …
“Governor Scott’s 2010 campaign slogan was simply ‘Let’s get to work.’ By any measure he has certainly delivered.”
In Broward County, unemployment has fallen from 7.2% last April to 5.6% this April. Enterprise growth championed by the Governor has led Port Everglades alone to support over 200,000 jobs statewide. We are noticeably better off than the 11.1% statewide unemployment that liberal Charlie Crist handed Governor Scott two years ago.
So, where are the jobs?
The answer is clear. Economic growth has centered on Florida and other Republican-led states. The voters are paying attention and noticing results.
When will this White House do the same?
We are very proud that our own Senator Marco Rubio delivered the offical Republican Response to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address. Here is the video and excerpts:
Excerpts courtesy of Real Clear Politics:
“This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington. It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs. Presidents in both parties – from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan – have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity. But President Obama? He believes it’s the cause of our problems.”
“Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy. The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs. And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security. So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.”
“Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class. Unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012. But if we can get the economy to grow at just 4 percent a year, it would create millions of middle class jobs. And it could reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade. Tax increases can’t do this. Raising taxes won’t create private sector jobs. And there’s no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That’s why I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.”
“The real cause of our debt is that our government has been spending 1 trillion dollars more than it takes in every year. That’s why we need a balanced budget amendment. The biggest obstacles to balancing the budget are programs where spending is already locked in. One of these programs, Medicare, is especially important to me. It provided my father the care he needed to battle cancer and ultimately die with dignity. And it pays for the care my mother receives now. I would never support any changes to Medicare that would hurt seniors like my mother. But anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare exactly the way it is right now, is in favor of bankrupting it.”
“Despite our differences, I know that both Republicans and Democrats love America. I pray we can come together to solve our problems, because the choices before us could not be more important. If we can get our economy healthy again, our children will be the most prosperous Americans ever. And if we do not, we will forever be known as the generation responsible for America’s decline.”
By Nick Stone, President of Broward County Young Republicans
February 5, 2013
Happy Days Are Here Again in the Sunshine State.
Spending has been reigned in, taxes lowered, regulations streamlined. Debts are being paid all the while our credit rating has improved. Unemployment is way down, the fastest drop in the nation. School performance has improved. Communities are the safest they’ve been in 40 years.
By nearly any measure, Florida is demonstrably better off than it was when “The People’s Governor” Charlie Crist left Tallahassee in shambles two years ago.
Compare Republican-led states like Texas or Florida against Illinois, Connecticut or California, where Democrats dominate. The pattern is the same wherever you look. Conservative policies like those enacted in Florida invariably improve state competitiveness and overall desirability. That conclusion isn’t some abstract theory either. People are voting with their feet, fleeing the oppressive burden of liberalism.
Florida has shown in concrete terms that Republican principles of lower taxes and more freedom aren’t tired old policies from the 1980s – they are a tested and true framework for prosperity. That is why two credit agencies have upgraded their outlook on our credit worthiness while Washington goes the other way.
Perhaps a little “credit” is due to our Republican governor, legislature and cabinet for standing up against the tired ideas of more spending, higher taxes and bigger government. Taking on powerful liberal interest groups isn’t easy, but Sunshine State Republicans have stood bravely and done us proud.
Could we trust Charlie Crist and other liberals to keep Florida on the path to long term prosperity?
Maybe happy days aren’t exactly here again. But thanks to our elected Republicans, Florida is well on its way and leaving blue states in the dust. We urge voters to take note when they go to the polls in 2014.
Get involved with Broward County’s most active Republican club at www.BrowardYR.com
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by Nicholas Stone and Ryan Reiter, President and Vice President of Broward Young Republicans
In today’s sharply divided America, Democrats and Republicans don’t seem to agree on much. But across Broward County, people agree on one thing: our communities are better off thanks to Sheriff Al Lamberti.
Sheriff Lamberti took over a Broward Sheriff’s Office plagued by corruption and waste from top to bottom. He leaves behind a stronger, intelligent force that contributed to Florida’s lowest crime rate in over 40 years.
Al Lamberti took the petty politics out of a very political job. Florida’s first ever Hate Crimes Task Force made Broward County the standard bearer for anti-hate programs across the country with the help of Democrat and Republican lawmakers. His cooperation with the Attorney General and Governor’s office allowed the swift action needed to crackdown on Pill Mills operating under the guise of healthcare providers. The Sheriff’s Shred-A-Thons awakened our communities to the horrors of identity theft, while Operation Medicine Cabinet spared the county’s water supply from dangerous pollutants. And with the help of Cybervisor, whole neighborhoods were alerted of dangerous situations with just one click.
This is the proud legacy of our outgoing sheriff.
Sheriff Lamberti re-
We have grave concerns about the future of the BSO under control of Sheriff Scott Israel. Whether he will build upon Sheriff Lamberti’s great legacy or destroy it remains to be seen.
We do wish the new sheriff good luck and God speed. The people of Broward County are depending on him.
How many times have you heard this disparaging meme? To be honest, I’ve thought it a few times myself.
But I’m happy to report that this election cycle we blew this assertion to smithereens. Not only were Broward County Young Republicans busy doing the work to get Republicans elected, but we had a stronger, more collaborative effort than ever.
Long time Broward YRs have probably noted that over the past few years, many of our members have moved up and moved on to great horizons. That is the proud legacy of generations of Young Republicans. Many from the group of YRs that got us involved have used the skills and connections they built during their time in our group to achieve political and life goals that were previously thought unreachable to them.
They left us to take over the legacy of the Young Republicans and we hit the ground running in our campaign offices and on campaigns themselves.
In newly opened victory offices, Team Romney hired Young Republicans to staff and run the GOTV efforts. In especially tight races, underdogs Adam Hasner and Ellyn Bogdanoff needed the very best grassroots campaigners available to pound the pavement and get their message out to voters. None other than Young Republicans were there to save the day. We worked with our Region 12 allies in Palm Beach and Miami to make sure we had the ground covered for our candidates. Even YRs from as far as Texas came in to help with our GOTV campaign.
I am particularly proud of our very own Broward YRs.
While our newer members like Hathor and Askandra were eager to hone organizing skills in our campaign offices, veteran YRs were busy out in the field. We called voters, put up signs, knocked doors. We all took time away from our jobs, classes and families to donate time and money to our candidates.
Ryan was everywhere imaginable canvassing and organizing for Sheriff Lamberti. Sarah Pennington wasted no time joining our club when she arrived in Fort Lauderdale to manage George Moraitis’s campaign. And thank God he had her on his team in this particularly rough election cycle. What would the Broward GOP have done without Republican of The Year Michael Degruccio or Chairman Richard Denapoli — both Broward YRs?
In addition working on campaigns or managing them, many of our members were the candidates themselves. Dan Daley and David Gobeo ran tough races in their municipalities. Legislative candidates Cara Pavalock, Libby Eddy and Chris Smithmyer had insurgent campaigns in neighborhoods often overlooked by Republicans. If they changed even a few minds about our party, we are better off for having them on the ballot.
That’s what Young Republicans do. We fight the tough fights. We go into the places no other Republicans go. While others are crowing about their efforts, we are hard at work getting the job done.
My Record As Acting President
Some two months ago, I set a deliberately ambitious agenda for our group. I’m proud to say we achieved and surpassed my expectations.
My first priority was to establish a board. And we are lucky to have hard workers like Ryan, Michael, Nick, Matthew and Hathor to help fill in the blind spots and keep our club on the right track for the election. When I tell you it couldn’t have been done without them, please believe it’s not a euphamism.
Secondly, I reached out to former members to come back and aggressively targeted new potential members. I’m proud to announce that there are 9 more active Broward County Young Republicans than when I took office.
I said that we would do more actual activism than we’ve done in previous cycles and we annihilated our past performance, like I mentioned before. Never have we seen so many members engaged in various campaigns across the county.
I said we would do better online outreach and we demolished that goal as well. We are all the way up to 785 Twitter followers, up from about 650. Our Facebook accounts boast 655 friends, 304 group members and 237 likes on our page — all dramatic increases, but none am I so proud of as the growth in our email list. Our Newswire list has exploded from 463 recipients to 706 active subscribers… IF you don’t count the two inquiries we had just today.
So let there be no doubt, our club is in a better place today than only a few months ago.
What’s Next For Our Club?
Between now and March, I will ask the board to present a specific list of targeted improvements to the efficiency and outreach of our club. I will ask our members for any and all ideas to make Broward County Young Republicans an organization that more people are proud — indeed eager — to be an active part of. We will set an even more ambitious, even more collaborative, even more engaging agenda.
Yes, we will catch our breath from this difficult cycle. And yes, we will have fun and build cohesion in addition to our grassroots efforts. But we will also keep sight of our main goal – to get Republicans elected to offices across Broward County.
With your support as members, we will lead our party to victory in 2014 and beyond.
I thank you for your confidence on behalf of myself and our entire board.
Now let’s get back to work.
Dear Florida Young Republicans,
For our generation, September 11, 2001, was a defining moment. Eleven years later it still pervades our national consciousness and influences our political worldview. On televisions and from windows, we witnessed our country endure an attack on a scale not seen on U.S. soil in our memory. We united in prayer and bonded in resolve to seek justice.
Even in tragedy we saw the greatness of our nation as stories unfolded about the heroism of rescuers and the bravery of flight passengers. Our leaders rose to the challenge and our ordinary citizens spent days, weeks and months helping strangers.
Our generation heeded the call to action following 9/11. Many of our classmates, friends and loved ones shed their blood protecting our country from another such attack. Many still do. Many families have traded in a blue star for a gold. We owe them a debt that cannot be repaid. Ever.
Eleven years later, we remember the fallen, we honor the heroes and we thank God for preserving us from further harm.
“This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.”
-President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001
May God Bless America!
The Florida Young Republicans
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Broward County Young Republicans
May 22, 2012
This week, federal officials stopped a horrible act of domestic terrorism against President Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during a NATO summit.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a group by the name of the “NATO 3” plotted attacks on the Obama election headquarters, Mayor Emanuel’s home, and area police stations using Molotov Cocktails.
Two of the three men involved in the domestic terror plot were young men from Broward County, compelling Broward County Young Republicans to speak up against such dastardly political acts. Brian Church, 22, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Jared Chase, 27, of Keene, N.H.; and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24 of Oakland Park, Fla. were members of the Black Bloc as well as the Occupy movement in Fort Lauderdale. Both are generally accepted as left-wing activist groups.
An attack of this type is an attack on America. If young people want to send President Obama and his allies a message, they can do it at the ballot box this November. That’s how change works in a democracy.
Learn more about the Broward County Young Republicans at www.BrowardYR.com
Broward County Young Republicans found ourselves in the middle of two hot congressional races this week. At our March meeting, we hosted two exciting candidates for Congress in races sure to capture the whole country’s attention.
Our special guest and March headliner was Adam Hasner. Mr. Hasner served as the Majority Leader in the Florida House of Representatives and is now a Republican candidate for Congress in District 22. If he wins the GOP nomination as expected, Hasner will vie to replace Allen West in the coastal district of Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
A young conservative firebrand with deep roots in Florida politics and the Jewish community, Hasner has received several high profile endorsements right out of the gate. Fmr. Governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio both back Hasner, and Allen West himself has given the candidate the nod. Even a brief conversation with Mr. Hasner makes you acutely aware of two things: he gets it, and he can win.
Also with us was Gineen Bresso, a former general counsel for the Young Republicans National Federation (the organization that charters Broward YR’s). Gineen is a South Floridian with her feet already wet in national politics. Ms. Bresso served as chair of the Election Assistance Commission after appointed by President George W. Bush, and has served as policy advisor and counsel to government at various levels. She has returned to South Florida to face off against Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Gineen reminds voters that District 20 (soon to be 23) has been neglected by Wasserman Schultz, who has focused on her own rise up the national party ladder. The practically unrepresented seat is decidedly left-leaning, but will become slightly more competitive after redistricting. Two years ago, small business owner Karen Harrington gave Wasserman Schultz her first real re-election challenge and made strong inroads among disgruntled Democrats and Independents. This year, Ms. Bresso is the latest of several strong Republicans joining the race to take on the entrenched Democrat.
With the nation’s eyes on Florida in 2012, Broward Young Republicans are honored that the political battleground goes right through our backyard. We welcome a vigorous campaign and look forward to celebrating victories up and down the ballot this November.