"Sun Rail" is a HUGE link in this "ball and chain" High-Speed Rail national transportation network for Chinese goods (and government jobs) that will pour through the "new and improved" Panama Canal (that we don't own anymore).
If Gov Rick Scott can get help from the voters and make the FL Legislature stop this, opposition to this scam WILL spread to other states facing this same issue.
The VIDEO linked above (in the body of the thread) spells it out.
[excerpt] "Both of these are bad proposals. We just can't afford them," said Matthew Falconer, an activist who described SunRail as a rip-off. "If Rick Scott kills Sun Rail ... he will go from politician to folk hero."
Scott said little about SunRail on Friday. But as part of an executive order Scott signed Jan. 4 requiring that he approve any contract worth more than $1 million, $238 million in SunRail contracts are currently on hold. One, a $168 million contract to design, build and operate the system, missed a Feb. 10 deadline to maintain its guaranteed maximum price. It has been extended to later this month. Documents provided to the governor by the Department of Transportation on Jan. 13 also say this: "Delaying the execution of this contract will result in risk" that could "jeopardize the federal funding."
Over the years, the House repeatedly passed SunRail, but it died in the Senate, where Republican Paula Dockery killed it year after year by pointing out it cost too much money.
That all changed in December 2009, when Republican leaders said approving SunRail would help the state win billions in bullet train money. Partly based on those assurances, the rail legislation passed. Haridopolos voted for it and worked behind the scenes to ensure its passage.
Two of the other Republicans considering a U.S. Senate bid U.S. Rep. Connie Mack and former state Republican House leader Hasner lauded Scott's decision to reject rail money. Like Haridopolos, Hasner voted for the legislation in 2009. But now, he says, he supports Scott because "the money isn't there."
Everett Wilkinson, head of the South Florida Tea Party, said support of the bullet train is "a deal breaker. ... The tea party will actively target and make people aware of anyone who supports high-speed rail." [end excerpt]
“..Over the years, the House repeatedly passed SunRail, but it died in the Senate, where Republican Paula Dockery killed it year after year by pointing out it cost too much money. ..” ~ Cincinatus’ Wife
Paula Dockery, the apparent leader of these crazy GOPers opposing Gov. Rick Scott, is the wife of Doc Dockery!
Who is Doc Dockery, you ask?
Doc Dockery has been the leader of the pro- high speed rail consortium. Mrs. Dockery changed her [original] vote:
NOTE THE DATE: April 08, 2009 |By Dan Tracy, Sentinel Staff Writer:
The $1.2 billion project needs legislative approval for an insurance policy that, critics contend, would lay too much liability on the state and not enough on CSX Corp., which would sell its tracks for the commuter train but would continue to share use of those tracks. Chira, a former Orange County commissioner, encountered opposition to SunRail during a high-speed rail meeting last week in Tallahassee. Longtime high-speed enthusiast Doc Dockery was the sole vote against a resolution supporting SunRail; he resigned from the high-speed rail authority Monday.
Dockery, whose wife, Paula, is a Republican senator leading the charge against SunRail in the Senate, said the two systems should not be “mixed.”
FLORIDA TEA PARTY HIJACKED CONSERVATIVE ACTIVISTS DECLARE WAR
In Florida, three men disguised as Tea Party activists are flat-out hijacking the movement to promote unfit candidates.
The name TEA Party was quietly registered in Florida last summer and rolled out to the great surprise and dismay of state activists. Nobody had heard of the founders; nobody had met them at Tea Party events.
Soon the party announced their support for State Senator ___Paula Dockery___, a RINO candidate for governor, and threatened legitimate TPOs with trademark litigation if they continued using the Tea Party moniker.
A spokesman for the newly registered party, Doug Guetzloe, has a long and notorious record of running political trick plays and compromising on core conservative ideals.
The deceptive Florida TEA Party could be used to promote Guetzloes clients and, more importantly, hurt their opponents.
Guetzloe has, for instance, spoken supportively of liberal Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), who Tea Party activists hope to replace with a more conservative, liberty-minded candidate this November.
He also has been an advocate of Dockerys candidacy, which is requiring probable Republican nominee Bill McCollum, a solid conservative, to dedicate resources to a primary battle that would be better spent in the highly contentious general election campaign.
Worse: a U.S. Senate candidate by the name of __Jorge Lovenguth__ has made noise about running under the [fake] Florida TEA Party in the general election
...Fortunately, Florida Tea Party activists and organizations quickly united in a federal court action against the perpetrators of the new party.
Their complaint against the Florida TEA Party and its founders, filed last week in Miami federal district court, asks for a declaratory judgment separating the two groups and a court order to stop the partys threats of litigation.
The unified coalition, built so rapidly behind the lawsuit, is an indication of just how robust our Tea Party movement is today.
South Florida Tea Party v. TEA Party proves TPOs are united when we face a common enemy out-of-step with our shared values, bent on hijacking our movement.
....We must protect our independence vigilantly and pursue our shared goals with enthusiasm and collaboration. Every day we are not working together, we take one step forward and two steps back.
With the unity we have demonstrated against the so-called TEA Party of Florida, we proved we are at our best when we stay focused on the whites of the enemies eyes.”
Michael Johns, a former Heritage Foundation policy analyst and White House speechwriter, is one of the founders and national leaders of the Tea Party movement. He is Chairman of The Patriot Caucus, a national Tea Party organization, and a board member of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition.