Political Analyst Chris Ingram: A Republican Iconoclast

05/01/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk with a local Republican Iconoclast… But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program.

Christopher (Chris) Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications, public relations, and media communications firm and is the publisher of Irreverent View.

He's the Republican political analyst on Bay News 9 and a columnist for the Tampa Tribune.

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S/S is NOT Welfare...!

Rob, I was listening to Radioactivity (one of my favorites) while woodturning in my home shop this morning (Tuesday 5/1/12). On that particular program your guest was a shill for the GOP named Chris Ingram from BayNews9. Mr. Ingram made quite a few inaccurate and biased statements that I feel you should have challenged -- perhaps you were giving him enough of the proverbial rope... with which to hang himself. But, had I been you, I'd have challenged him immediately. Those of his ilk should not be allowed to misinform unchallenged. There are too many ill-informed out there already. Firstly, Mr. Ingram's claim that S/S should be called a more representative name -- "welfare" to quote him. This is pure bunk and should have been vigorously challenged then and there. However, he continued misinform unchallenged. I participated in the S/S program when I worked full-time. Now I participate as a semi-retired beneficiary and I think the record should be corrected so I looked up the S/S program at Wikipedia: In the United States, Social Security refers to the federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program.[1] The original Social Security Act[2] (1935) and the current version of the Act, as amended[3] encompass several social welfare and social insurance programs. Social Security is a social insurance program that is primarily funded through dedicated payroll taxes called Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (FICA). Tax deposits are formally entrusted to: · the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund, · the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund, · the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, or · the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund.[4] By dollars paid, the U.S. Social Security program is the largest government program in the world and the single greatest expenditure in the federal budget, with 20.8% for social security, compared to 20.5% for discretionary defense and 20.1% for Medicare/Medicaid. Social Security is currently the largest social insurance program in the U.S. where in 2003 combined spending for all social insurance programs constituted 37% of government expenditure and 7% of the gross domestic product. Social Security is currently estimated to keep roughly 40 percent of all Americans age 65 or older out of poverty. OK... S/S is a paid for program -- paid out of earned income and set aside to be paid back later upon retirement or disability. It is anything but welfare and I'll bet Mr. Ingram will be first in line at the S/S Office upon reaching his retirement age. Finally, I (for one) would be far, far happier if the trillions of dollars we spend bombing the crap outta every third-world country around the globe, were invested in the welfare and education of the American People. Do you really think for a minute that the claimed defense spending is only 20% of the budget as claimed by Wikipedia...? All programs included, including the black programs, more realistically account for 70% of the budget -- problem is, the expenditures are "off budget"...! I'm sure that you're aware that the US spends more on defense than ALL the rest of the other countries of the world COMBINED...! I don't have a clue where your Mr. Ingram gets his "information", but he'd be far better off to pay strict attention to the Nobel Prize Winning Economist from Princeton -- Mr. Paul Krugman. In fact he was guest host on several cable news programs this week...! Do tell Mr. Ingram I said so...

Further Proof that Chris Ingram Lies

Rob: I enjoy your "Florida This Week" program, but was very annoyed with Chris Ingram's lies about Florida's teacher's Unions, and that he tries to correlate the "failure" of our schools to the Unions. How ignorant and biased can one be to use such outright lies to make his illegitimate points? Keep these guy's feet to the fire, OK Rob? Thanks, Dave Pike