Public unions continue to cause massive damage to local governments and businesses. Their latest victims: six charity hospitals in California. The powerful unions, led by the SEIU, have put such massive financial burdens on the hospitals for pensions and benefits, that the hospitals now face bankruptcy.
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Who’s there? Freedom? Where have you been for the last decade or two? Come in!
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Imagine you made $20,000 every year, but you spent $30,000 every year. Would you be allowed to keep borrowing the money every year? When your credit card was maxed out at a $10,000 credit limit and you had no plan to pay it all off, would Visa give you a $20,000 limit? When you have […]
On 8/6/2013 Candidate for St. Petersburg City Council Dr. McKalip, Founder of
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this Blog, invited the city workers to an open forum to discuss their underfunded pension plans. The workers were invited by emails to their city email addresses. Today, Dr.
The Tampa Bay Times published my letter today relating to the incompentence of City attorneys in the Bradley Westphal Workers Compensation Case they lost. The letter also addresses the hypocrisy of the City Council
members who support my opponent in the St. Petersburg City Council Race while accusing me of a conflict of interest. They then use their own conflict of interest to turn the wheels of the city
government in ways to serve their own political agenda!
The letter is in response to the City’s indefensible move to deny patients access to my neurosurgical services to divert attention away from their mishandling of the Bradley
The City of St. Petersburg apparently has decided that they should limit what doctors city
workers see based on politics. It was reported in the Tampa Bay Times* today that the city has decided it will not allow city
workers to see this author, Dr. McKalip, because I am also a candidate for City
Council. The pandering politicians are piling on with Council Member Gerdes offering that I would not be a “prudent choice” as he
inaccurately claims that I do not want “any benefits” for city employees (something I have never asserted). Well, it appears there is one party playing politics with the lives of government
workers, but it is certainly not me. (LEFT: the city has saved no money for retiree health benefits.
Most City leaders continue to demand that the taxpayers of St. Petersburg transfer an extra $10
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million from their pockets into government pockets. Now that the Fire fee is dead, they want to raise property taxes to raise the money – or else! They threaten to close down libraries
and stop maintaining parks. They warn of increased fires and crime from cut backs in public safety activity.
Back in 2006, property taxes were going through the roof. Local governments were rolling in the tax fat from
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the government created housing bubble and were drunk on government spending. At that time Mayor Bill Foster was on the city council and was fond of saying that any cut – even a few bucks- would
destroy the “quality of life” for St. Petersburg. He and the other city council members at the time (Leslie Curran, Jim Kennedy, Jeff Danner) were berated by throngs of angry taxpayers in the
“Cut Taxes Now” property tax
America owes much to those who have labored to build their lives and as they did so, built the
country. Work is a gift from God that gives a person dignity, and ensures a means of providing for themselves, their family and to secure their happiness. The need for labor results from the
investment of capital in the quest for profit by others who also seek to provide for themselves, their family and to secure their happiness. When workers organize
together to secure a safer work environment and fair wages agreed to by contract, they ensure a faire trade of their labor in exchange for currency they may use in our free economy. However,
when labor organizes to demand unfair wages, benefits and privileges, they set themselves above all others in the community as a special class that can impeded the ability of the vast majority of
people to succeed based on their abilities and vocation.
Most St. Petersburg leaders want to raise taxes to plug a fictitious $10 million hole in
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their budget and are moving forward with a “fire fee” on properties to do so. Many of those who would pay are lower income people and tax-exempt organizations (so called “not for profits”) that
have less cash to spare. The politicians are working overtime to figure out how to raise taxes without having to make any serious cuts to their $482
million overall budget. In fact ,their latest plan reveals their true feelings when it comes to property in St.