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    Dec. 3, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    Speaking of Harry Reid, he just introduced a bill in the senate that will give casinos the ability to offer online poker games.

    Dec. 1, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    With the proposed cuts, amnesty should not even be considered. We will be cutting needed programs for Americans.

    America needs to make it painful for any politician that votes for amnesty (like the dream act).

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Dec. 1, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    The co-chairmen of President Barack Obama's deficit commission are sticking with politically explosive proposals to raise the Social Security retirement age and curb benefit increases in a revised plan to wrestle the deficit under control. The new plan by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, to be publicly unveiled Wednesday, faces an uphill slog because of proposals to curb Social Security and Medicare costs, curtail a huge assortment of tax breaks like the deduction for mortgage interest and almost double the tax on a gallon of gas. Though the ban appears unlikely to win enough bipartisan support from the panel to be approved, Bowles declared victory on Tuesday, saying that he and Simpson have at least succeeded in initiating an "adult conversation" about the political pain it will take to cut the deficit. Bowles acknowledged the plan faces resistance from the 18 deficit commission members. Obama named the commission in hopes of bringing a deficit-fighting plan up for a vote in Congress this year, but it appears to be falling well short of the 14-vote bipartisan supermajority needed.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Dec. 1, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    Senate Republicans threatened Wednesday to block virtually all legislation until expiring tax cuts are extended and a bill is passed to fund the federal government. "SORRY" (the party of "NO"), that's why nothing gets done on "The Hill" ever. The "RICH" hide their monies in off shore tax safe havens, the expiring tax cuts will not be extended for those tax cheats.

    Dear Mr. Schroeder:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding congressional earmarks. Like you, I'm concerned about the government spending too much money.

    That's one of the reasons I recently voted for a measure that would have banned such earmarks for three years. But the measure failed in the Senate by a vote of 39 in favor and 56 against.

    Going forward, I'll keep looking for ways to reduce wasteful government spending and cut the deficit, while also fighting for Floridas fair share of Federal funding for things like our ports, military bases and major projects that bring new jobs.

    I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue. Please don't hesitate to contact me about it or any other matter in the future.

    Senator Bill Nelson