Monthly Archives: January 2017

More of the same nonsense in Governor Scott’s budget

Governor Rick Scott has proposed his 2017 budget and guess what – he’s cutting taxes on businesses. For those of you that believed every single tax had been reduced to negligible level on businesses in this state, a surprise is in store- the Governor has creatively found new taxes to cut, this time on items […]

The rise of Trump-like right-wing populism a global phenomena

While those on the right like to continue to push a myth of “American exceptionalism,” the reality is that Donald Trump’s elevation to power after capturing 46% of the nation’s popular votes ( yes a minority, but an alarming number for a reactionary of Trump’s stature) follows a pattern of right-wing populism based around re-tribalism […]

What we are reading: How to build an autocracy

David Frum is perhaps my favorite Republican – One of the few GOPers I liked in the 1990’s (when I read him religiously and loathed most Republican commentators who were obsessed with Clinton scandals instead of issues) but then grew to loathe during the Bush years when he served as the President’s thematic speechwriter. Frum […]

We are the opposition party here at TFS – The future of our site

Where was all the outrage from Democrats and the opposition party (the media) when our jobs were fleeing our country? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017 // We at The Florida Squeeze happily embrace the role of opposition party to President Trump’s megalomania. We are all too painfully aware that the Democrats don’t […]

Update on letter to Indian PM RE: Trump refugee action

In my letter to Indian Prime Minister Modi penned earlier today, I had included the United Kingdom as a culprit in Trump’s act and urged reciprocal Indian action against the UK as well. At the time of the writing, the assumption was that Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was either passively opposing Trump’s action or […]

The Phlip Side: Who is up for a challenge?

Newly elected Florida Democratic Party (FDP) Chair Stephen Bittel, who won the position decisively by gaining a majority of the vote on the first ballot despite having four opponents, has hit the ground running by announcing a $100,000.00 grassroots challenge grant for small and medium sized Florida counties within days of his election.  Bittel won […]

Trump’s refugee ban: My letter to the Indian Prime Minister urging counter-action against the US & UK

Prime Minister Modi, As an American citizen of Indian origin, I take pride in what my home nation offers in way of leadership for the nations outside the west or the orbit of the American Empire (dba United States of America). India has for seventy five years proven a shining light for the oppressed people’s […]

Trump – China’s Manchurian Candidate? (And other thoughts)

I spend most of my life on Twitter (which is why I have a minimal presence on other social media platforms). My Twitter following is varied between political people, soccer fans and just random folks but I do have over 5,500 followers on the social media site so it provides a great platform for me […]

The Sunshine State News vs Florida Democrats

This past week the Florida Democratic Party’s new Chair Stephen Bittel announced a plan to incentivize action in small and medium sized counties – something from a party building standpoint that is long overdue and remains badly needed.  It was assumed by many, including me that this program was non-controversial. But as is often the […]

Spirit Airlines makes management changes; adding Orlando and Fort Lauderdale nonstops to Hartford

This week, Miramar-based Spirit Airlines announced management team changes according to the South Florida Business Journal, and also new nonstop service from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale to Hartford, CT. In entering the market for flights from Florida to Hartford’s Bradley International Airport, Spirit is joining JetBlue and Southwest in an intense competition (and seasonal Delta […]