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Alleged Bush Liability Actually May Be an Asset

By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: May 27, 2014 3:55 AM
From the Right Coast

There are two strikes going against former Gov. Jeb Bush if he decides to run for president in 2016, according to what is termed conventional wisdom.

One is that his name is Bush. This is perceived by some pundits to be an obstacle.

I don't buy it. He is not George H.W. Bush and he is not George W. Bush. Not that he would have to apologize for it if he were, but he is not. He is Jeb Bush.

If low-information voters who didn't like his father and brother want to vote against him because of his name, there is nothing anyone can do about it, but most voters are rational, despite the evidence from 2008 and 2012.

Bush is a Republican and a conservative. He was governor of Florida from 1998 to 2006.

I first met him before that, when he was head of the Commerce Department and was leading an effort to eliminate the department.

It was the first time I had ever met a bureaucrat not seeking to build an empire but to wipe out one. It was awesome, and he succeeded.

After I retired, I worked for him briefly and again was impressed. His approach to policy was, "What's in it for Florida families?" That's pretty refreshing when the standard Democrat approach is, "How much money will it bring into government?"

So his candidacy, if there is one, should be welcomed by conservatives. Unfortunately, there are some who want to write him off because he supports the Common Core standards.

We have to parse that opposition. There are, again, low-information voters who believe Common Core places a new curriculum in the schools that instructs children Americans are racists and evil, and communism is superior to capitalism.

Common Core sets standards. Local schools boards set curriculum for the district.

Other opponents rightly see a danger in Common Core. They fear the federal government will seize control of it and impose the type of curriculum they fear.

A valid concern. But it was valid before Common Core and will be valid if Common Core is not adopted. The federal government will seize all the control it can from state and local governments and must be opposed at every step.

My take on it is this: I'd rather have a conservative like Jeb Bush, who would not allow the federal government to take control of local schools, as president than a big government proponent like Hillary Clinton.

He was a champion of standards, accountability and choice as governor, and I would expect him to be as president.

Thus, for rational voters, his name will not be a liability and his stance on education should be an asset.



Lloyd Brown was in the newspaper business nearly 50 years, beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. After retirement he served as speech writer for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
  


Comments (7)

Bill
12:23PM MAY 27TH 2014
Nice try Floyd,

That is the very same talking points Bush's foundations are puching everywhere. However, with three states dictating what all the publishers do, California, Texas and Florida, once they all align to the standards and are accepted there any local school district in the country that has the power to control curriculums will very quickly find ou t they can have anything they want, as long as it is common core. The standards and Race To The Top is designed to creat absolute control by the Federal Government and the unelected NGA as the designer of the one size fits all education for all the little Johny machines. Jeb Bush is dead to this base because of his activities in pushing the governnace of education up to the Federal level. He has not come out once and decried the Race To The Top mandates which all his cronies in the legislature passed into Florida Statutes in 2011. Look it up, SB 2120 2011. Compare it to the Race To The Top memo of understanding the state signed. Bush has done everything he can to destroy parental rights and sovereignty. He will be elected President...right after Ron Paul.
James
3:25PM MAY 27TH 2014
Bill, I hope you are right about the "He will be elected President...right after Ron Paul." If Common Core is flexible, why then did they copyright it?

But the problem is Ron Paul does not have the Bush dynasty behind him. And, he does not have those computer vote fixer chips that Clint Curtis invented at the request of Tom Feeney (Jeb Bush's first LT GOV running mate) Those chips are a fact and many people say "they" used them to get Obama re-elected in Florida and Ohio. If you remember Jeb had the COINGATE scandal in 2004 that covered both Florida and Ohio as well. Check it out. Dick Morris was adamant that his polling went for Romney. Karl Rove was in on the deal and rode the middle. Obama got 141% of the votes cast in St Lucie County in Nov 2012 and "they" made a joke out of it! In 2004 Jeb Bush bought votes in Dade County with millions of FEMA Dollars all unaccounted for. That is the same year Jeb put Carlos Lopez-Cantera on the Bush supported list for State Rep! Now he's put him one heartbeat from Governor Scott! Not that he would be any worst that Rick Scott. One seasoned organized criminal equals another!

The reason Jeb Bush "has not come out once and decried the Race To The Top mandates" is because the same ARCHITECT that invented that had previously invented NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND for George Bush and this gang!

Jeb Bush has been inciting the overthrow of the public school system for decades now. His conspiracies with his many friends to convert public schools to for profit charter schools for the likes of Ray Sansom is bad enough, but when he's got people like Gary Grappo whom brother "GW" appointed ambassador to Omen helping start Gulen Muslim Charter Schools and funding them with our tax dollars and some even reportedly with CIA help like so many of Obama's illegal activities this all borders on treason! I certainly hope you are right about Jeb not getting anointed president, He has done very well destroying our education system from the outside and preparing it for his daddy's New World Order.
alleged reality
10:23AM MAY 27TH 2014
“Lloyd Brown was in the newspaper business nearly 50 years, beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. After retirement he served as speech writer for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.” Well, a job like that is akin to working for the mob – you don’t retire – you are in until you are out!
“If low-information voters who didn't like his father and brother want to vote against him because of his name, there is nothing anyone can do about it.”

You are right one thing and one thing only. John (JEB) Ellis Bush is not his father George Herbert Walker Bush (41), nor his brother George Walker Bush (43).
Cited in the June, 1992 Sarah McClendon Newsletter - George H. W. Bush quote cited by White House reporter, Sarah McClendon when she asked him about the Iran-Contra - "If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched."
George W. Bush “You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.”
And, a thorn does not fall far from the bush! At all times relevant Jeb Bush has been right n the middle of every family scheme they have pulled since Iran-contra and possible before.

As the old saying goes fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. They don’t call Karl Rove the architect for nothing. He took Bush (43) and made him into the “ah shucks” likes of Ronald Reagan the man who if not for the massive interferences of schemes like Iran-Contra might have very well cleaned the USA of this subversion at every turn.

The thing the people detest more than anything is not just the lies and deceit of the family dynasty, but the labeling process that goes along with them. Now it seems people who know the truth about this RICO operating family is to be labeled “low information voters (people).”
Many of the people are not as stupid as they would like them to be. This gang has been operating for the better part of a century and they are always preparing and looking ahead years into the future. Over 30years ago Jeb Bush began to prepare for the new generation. This year his hispanic son George Prescott Bush will be anointed Texas Land Commissioner a position which controls two of the Bush dynasties favorite commodities Oil and Money! He will be in charge of the Texas State land oil leases and the Texas school budgets!

George W Bush appointed John Roberts directly from the streets to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court because that is the position that appoints all of the sitting NSA Judges! George W. Bush using the excuse of the 911 attack created the Department of Homeland Security which immediately removed the former civil rights of every American Citizen in the USA while at the same time enabling the exit of his Saudi Arabia Royal family friends from Tampa Airport on 9/13. Meanwhile brother Jeb Bush and federal agents seize records from Huffman Aviation - Florida flight school of Mohammed Atta, and other 9/11 hijackers - in the middle of the night following the attacks of September 11th and load them onto a C-130? And why did Jeb Bush know, hours after the attack, where to look? Flight school were deemed sensitive enough to have merited being escorted back to Washington by Florida Governor Jeb Bush aboard a C-130 cargo plane, which left Sarasota less than 24 hours after the September 11 attack."


There propaganda machine with Karl Rove at the head nationally has created personal attacks against perceived opponents (aka enemies) like bridge gate for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The latest personal attack by Rove on Jeb Bush’s (per GHW Bush adopted brother Bill Clinton’s wife) suggesting she has brain damage.

Since 1998 the State of Florida has been drowning in a culture of corruption led by the Bush machine pay to play schemes. Everyone knows it, but the subject is taboo. The Florida legal system once a bull dog with teeth has long ago been subverted into lap dogs who according to Jeb Bush - Dec 11, 2009 – “Judges should respect primacy of Legislature & Executive Branch.”

The governor's effort to improve his influence over the appointment of Florida judges was driven by a desire to change what Bush believed was an improper, liberal judicial philosophy.

People who label others oppose being labeled by others! Both Jeb & George W. Bush’s self labeling George W. Bush “compassionate conservative” means I look over here while you starve to death! Or, I ignore the fact that I sent you to oil war #2 and you either come home in body bags or without limbs! I think Bill O’Reilly for raising money for those track chairs! Jeb Bush calls himself a “bold aggressive conservative.” What does that translate too?
alleged reality
10:20AM MAY 27TH 2014
Jeb Bush relocated from Texas to Miami where he immediately joined forces with the Cuban exiles who had been run out of Cuba by Castro. Castro also run mobster Santo Trafficante, Jr. out of Cuba as well. The best evidence of this relationship is Jeb Bush’s direct involvement with Miguel Recarey and his (IMC) International Medical Centers whose start up was reportedly financed by Trafficante. Jeb used his Washington, DC contacts when Bush (41) was vice president to parlay Recarey’s IMC into the first largest Medicare Fraud scheme in the USA. One disgruntled HHS employee

Jeb phoned top Health and Human Services officials in Washington in 1985 to lobby for a special exemption from HHS rules for IMC. This highly unusual waiver was critical to Recarey's scam. Without it, the company would have been limited to a Medicare patient load of 50 percent. The balance of IMC's patients would have had to be private -- that is, paying -- customers. Recarey preferred the steady flow of federal Medicare money to the thought of actually running a real HMO. Former HHS chief of staff McClain Haddow (who later became a paid consultant to IMC) testified in 1987 Jeb that directly phoned then-HHS secretary Margaret Heckler and that it was that call that swung the decision to approve IMCs waiver.

Jeb admits lobbying HHS for the waiver, but denies talking to Secretary Heckler -- and denies as well the charge that his call won the HHS exemption. "I just asked that IMC get a fair hearing," said later. After the IMC scandal broke in 1987, Heckler left the country, having been appointed U.S. ambassador to Ireland, a post she held until 1989.
Despite Jeb's involvement, trouble began brewing for IMC when a low-level HHS special agent in Miami, Leon Weinstein, discovered that Recarey was defrauding Medicare through overcharges, false invoicing, and outright embezzlement. Weinstein had been following Recarey's activities since 1977, and as early as 1983 he believed he had enough information to put together a case. However, he found his HHS superiors less than receptive; they took no action on Weinstein's information.
But Weinstein kept digging and in 1986 renewed his investigation of Recarey and IMC -- and again his HHS superiors blocked the probe. "Washington just refused to pursue my evidence," Weinstein, now retired, told Mother Jones last spring. "And they made it perfectly clear that I was not to pursue IMC. When I did, they threatened me and threatened my job."

Weinstein dug in his heels. "I had them this time. I told my superiors I would fight this time because I had nothing to fear. I had just reached retirement age. They immediately backtracked," he says. Weinstein was allowed to continue his investigation -- though HHS still took no formal action against Recarey. Eventually Weinstein turned to Congressmen Barney Frank (D-NY) and Pete Stark (D-CA) with his information, sparking congressional hearings into the scandal.

Had it been up to HHS, Recarey would still be running his Medicare racket. But by chance, the now-disbanded U.S. Miami Organized Crime Strike Force was also investigating Recarey. (Recarey was bribing union officials in order to get them to sign workers up as patients at IMC, apparently so that IMC could meet its reduced non-Medicare patient requirements of 20 percent.) "We didn't know anything about the HHS investigation," former Organized Crime Strike Force special attorney Joe DeMaria says. "Recarey was bribing union officials.... But HHS never contacted us or told us anything."

After he was convicted, Recarey resigned from IMC and was immediately replaced by John Ward. (Ward had been law partner to Reagan-Bush campaign manager John Sears. And Sears had also been a lobbyist for IMC.) But Recarey's Medicare scam would never get to a public courtroom airing. Before his trial on the wiretap charge, Recarey skipped the country. His getaway was remarkable: just in time for his flight, the normally tight-fisted IRS expedited a $2.2 million income-tax refund, which Recarey claimed he had coming.

The tax refund was a windfall for Recarey. "Yeah, that was his getaway money," says a former IRS investigator who worked in the Miami office at the time but asked not to be named. "Though there is a special IRS procedure to expedite tax refunds for companies in financial distress, I don't think you can overlook the possibility that there was influence from the administration."

Recarey's last act before becoming a fugitive was an attempt to wire $30,000 into the bank account of Washington consultant and lobbyist Nick Panuzio -- whose partner was then managing George Bush's 1988 presidential campaign. (The wire transfer failed only because, in his haste, Recarey had gotten Panuzio's account number wrong.) It was only after Recarey was safely out of the country that the U.S. attorney in Miami -- a political appointee -- filed formal charges of Medicare fraud against him. Then along come Richard (Rick) Lynn Scott Dallas, Tx partner and lawyer of George W. Bush’s #65 on his pay to play list along with #10 Richard Rainwater.
alleged reality
10:18AM MAY 27TH 2014
Mr. Richard L. 'Rick' Scott
LICENSE INFORMATION
Bar Card Number:17909700
Texas License Date: November 6, 1978
LAW SCHOOL - Southern Methodist University---
Former Law Firm – Johnson & Swanson – Dallas, TX
Richard (Rick) Lynn Scott was a partner with Johnson & Swanson (established in 1970) Rick Scott’s Dallas, Texas clients list included Tom Hicks and Scott became partner’s with Hicks and George W. Bush in the Texas Rangers. Another Scott client was Richard Rainwater who along with Rick Scott and with the help of Jeb Bush was able to pick up the pieces of the South Florida HMO organizations of Miguel Recarey (International Medical Centers) and Recarey’s already in progress organized Medicare Fraud establishment.


By early 1988 – and after Miguel Recarey fled the US - Rick Scott, Rainwater and other Bush machine members formed several corporations including Columbia Hospital Corporation of Miami to consume the remnants of the Miguel Recarey IMC criminal empire. As even “the low information voters” know the results of this RICO (second scheme) was the largest Medicare Fraud even committed in US history! Rick Scott claims to have taken $70 million of his personal dollars to convince “low information voters” to install him in the governor’s office where he claimed “he so loves the State of Florida” he would work for free! According to the state employee pay roll records “Rick Scott receives an annual salary of Twelve Cents!”

Would you work for free at a job where you could steal everything that’s not tied down? A job where you could cut deals and subvert the public records laws. A job where your goals as a member of the culture of corruption that runs Florida is to privatize every possible government function and entity. Rick Scott has been a leader in the privatization push for Florida prison system. Those seeking clarity in understanding Florida's unprecedented slide into wholesale prison privatization under the Scott administration may need look no farther than the events of February 6, 2011 -- Super Bowl Sunday. As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Scott was a guest at a Super Bowl party at the home of lobbyist Brian Ballard the day prior to the unveiling of the budget proposal. According to Florida lobby disclosure records, Ballard is a longtime state legislative lobbyist for Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and, as of January 14, 2011, an executive branch lobbyist for Geo Group.

Like playing Chess Rick Scott moves his resistance out of the way! When Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey) opposed the prison privatization moves Rick Scott appointed him Pasco County Tax Collector to get him out of the Florida Legislature, No wonder our Free Governor Rick Scott now says his travel plans are “top secret” for security purposes! Rick Scott’s co-governor Jeb Bush has long led his so called education movement. He has long been the champion of converting public schools to charter schools for his for-profit friends. He has pushed “the parent trigger bill” to empower disgruntled “low information” parents to help in this movement. Not only the push to privatize Florida public schools for his friends like for speaker of the Florida House – Ray Sansom!

One charter School called THE RADER GROUP is operated by Dr. Bill Rader - President and CEO

The Rader Group employee’s the infamous former speaker of the House -
Ray Sansom - Vice President for Human Resources and Administration
Mr. Sansom has a B. S. Degree in Political Science from The Florida State University and a Master Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.

Ray Sansom, was ousted as speaker of the Florida House, when indicted on a felony charge that he falsified the state budget to get $6 million for an aircraft hangar sought by a developer friend and major GOP donor.

A scathing grand jury report concluded that Sansom, "because of his friendship and political contributions, violated the trust that the citizens of Florida should expect from its elected representatives."
The 46-year-old Destin Republican was booked into Leon County Jail at 3:35 p.m. Friday and was released on his own recognizance. He said he would be vindicated at trial.

"As a legislator, I have always worked hard for my constituents and my district to bring needed projects and funding to the Panhandle," Sansom said in a statement.
The indictment grew directly out of a series of articles by the St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau, which documented the striking similarities between the college building Sansom funded and the airport hangar his friend had sought.

The news stunned Tallahassee, where the backroom budget maneuver at the heart of the criminal charge is practiced this time every year. After the news broke, lawmakers warned that Sansom remains innocent until proven guilty, and no one suggested he leave his seat in the House.
But while the grand jury broadly criticized a system that lets a handful of powerful lawmakers make million-dollar decisions in secret, it also used blunt terms to explain what made this criminal behavior: "Sansom used the power of his position to accomplish what (his developer friend) was unable to do for three years."
alleged reality
10:16AM MAY 27TH 2014
Case against Ray Sansom and Jay Odom is dropped – they made it all go away!

In a dramatic end to a trial nearly two years in the making, criminal charges against former House Speaker Ray Sansom were abruptly dropped Friday after prosecutors said a judge limited evidence of an alleged conspiracy to get $6 million in state funding for an airport building a developer wanted to use.

Meggs offered a deal to the defendants. He would drop the charges if they agreed to wrongdoing, did community service and paid restitution.
In the end, Sansom and Odom only agreed to pay the money, and Sansom's attorney, Steve Dobson, said his client resisted that as well. Sansom blamed Meggs and the news media.

Sansom and Odom agreed to pay about $103,000 each to the college — two-thirds of the amount the college spent on planning the airport building. The trustees scrapped the project after grand jury indictments were handed down in April 2009 and then-Gov. Charlie Crist asked for the money back.

Federal investigators have been looking at some aspect of Sansom and Odom's dealings (an FBI agent sat in on some of the depositions of witnesses in the state case). Asked about that, Dobson said "if they are charged in federal court, we'll fight that, too.

And, many of the charter schools supported by the Bush dynasty have direct connections to the Muslim faith! Could this be why the COMMON CORE required reading Pearson Publishing’s - Prentice Hall World History is devoted to the Muslim faith? One such Muslim Charter School recently opened in Jacksonville!

Remember many Bush schemes start in Texas - Charter Schools Tied to Turkey Grow in Texas - TDM Contracting was only a month old when it won its first job, an $8.2 million contract to build the Harmony School of Innovation, a publicly financed charter school that opened last fall in San Antonio.
It was one of six big charter school contracts TDM and another upstart company have shared since January 2009, a total of $50 million in construction business. Other companies scrambling for work in a poor economy wondered: How had they qualified for such big jobs so fast?
The secret lay in the meteoric rise and financial clout of the Cosmos Foundation, a charter school operator founded a decade ago by a group of professors and businessmen from Turkey. Operating under the name Harmony Schools, Cosmos has moved quickly to become the largest charter school operator in Texas, with 33 schools receiving more than $100 million a year in taxpayer funds.
While educating schoolchildren across Texas, the group has also nurtured a close-knit network of businesses and organizations run by Turkish immigrants. The businesses include not just big contractors like TDM but also a growing assemblage of smaller vendors selling school lunches, uniforms, after-school programs, Web design, teacher training and even special education assessments.

Some of the schools’ operators and founders, and many of their suppliers, are followers of Fethullah Gulen, a charismatic Turkish preacher of a moderate brand of Islam whose devotees have built a worldwide religious, social and nationalistic movement in his name. Gulen followers have been involved in starting similar schools around the country — there are about 120 in all, mostly in urban centers in 25 states, one of the largest collections of charter schools in America.
George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act was a financing mechanism to support the COMMON CORE NATIONAL EDUCATION MOVEMENT - disguised through the Republican governor’s Association and copyrighted! Brother Neil Bush of (Silverado Savings and Loan infamy) along with Mom and Pop Bush, a Saudi Prince and a Russian Mobster have schemed millions with their IGNITE LEARNING from No Child Left Behind awards.
Like wise Barack Obama Race to the Top grants are designed to entice states to turn their heads to the COMMON CORE programming of America’s youth for their New World Order!

So. the news is out. Every last one of these players is connected by the Ben Franklin’s they can receive when they scheme to defraud the “low information voter’s” AKA “the taxpayers.”

What will the “low information voter’s” do about all the information they have concerning acts of long time ongoing organized criminal empire connections? Nothing! Because it is the criminals who pull the strings to the former law enforcement system which has now become so involved in turning their heads to all this corruption they are so far behind in enforcing the laws of the land it would be impossible for them to ever catch up.
sure it will
10:07AM MAY 27TH 2014
Lloyd, with paid mouth pieces like you and the founder of this online mullet wrapper Justin J. Sayfie along with Bush Pioneers James Blosser and Van Pool, then throw in a few more big money friends like Mel Sember and Paul Singer and some slick polishing (that's the hard job) by the Architect Karl Rove and Jeb Bush will be shinning like a new Mercedes on Sunset Strip! They are all winners in group, they write their own rules, even when they lose they win!

Justin J. Sayfie first Manager and Registered Agent of Sunshine State News
Occupation: Lobbyist
Employer: Poole McKinley & Blosser
Home: Miami, FL

Lobbyist Justin Sayfie was a political assistant in the early 1990s to a Miami developer named Jeb Bush. From 1995 to 1998, Sayfie represented other land ownders seeking development permits through the Miami office of corporate law and lobby firm Greenberg Traurig (see Jack Abramoff and James Miller). Governor Jeb Bush hired Sayfie back in 1999 as a speechwriter and media director and later appointed him deputy policy director. Sayfie, who edits a Florida political newsletter called the Sayfie Review, left that Bush administration in 2001 to lobby for Poole McKinley and Blosser. The firm claims three Bush Pioneers (see James Blosser and Van Poole). Sayfie reported 11 Florida lobby clients in 2003, including Accenture, the Seminole Tribe, several local governments and hospitals and JM Family Enterpriese. James Moran, the billionaire owner of JM, which sells, finances and insures vehicles (see Paul Anderson), was convicted of tax cheating in the 1980s and the company did not pay Florida corporate income taxes for most of the 1990s. JM subsidiary Southeast Toyota, the world’s largest independent Toyota distributor, shook down local and state governments for $15 million in corporate welfare in 1999 after threatening to move to Georgia. Another Sayfie client, AutoNation, is part of the H. Wayne Huizenga empire (including Blockbuster Video, National and Alamo car rentals and sports teams), which created conflicts for Sayfie’s firm when it hired Huizenga’s top lobbyist, Pioneer James Blosser. Blosser had led Huizenga’s efforts to tap tax dollars for new Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers stadiums before new Marlins owner John Henry hired Poole McKinley & Blosser to help publicly fund a $400 million new stadium. The firm resigned when Henry decided to fund it with a rental-car tax—which would bite into Huizenga’s empire. All apparently was forgiven, with the firm lobbying for Huizenga’s AutoNation in 2003. Sayfie told the St. Petersburg Times in 2003 that Florida Pioneers face stiff competition. “It takes a lot of phone calls, and it takes a lot of time to go through your Rolodex and to reach people who haven’t been reached out to before,” he said.

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