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Chris Ingram: A Christmas wish list

With Thanksgiving past us, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas.

I only want a handful of things for Christmas, and fortunately for my loved ones, they didn’t have to fight people at the mall at 4 a.m. on Black Friday to get me what I want. Because nothing I want is sold in stores.

Here’s my hodge-podge list of what I want for Christmas.

Fix our roads. I would ask for less traffic on our area roads, but that isn’t going to happen. So instead, I am asking for a few things related to traffic that we can all do to make our roads safer and less congested.

First, I wish that everyone who feels the need to instantly respond to Tweets, texts, emails, and Facebook postings on their mobile device while driving, would put the darned things down and just drive before they rear-end someone and make some trial lawyer rich.

Second, I’m asking that people who feel the need to drive slow in the fast lane of traffic (that would be the LEFT lane!) would surrender their driver licenses and start using public transportation. I heard the legislature passed a law with penalties for violating this driver courtesy, but short of life in prison without parole, the penalty can’t possibly be enough.

Third, I want drivers to obey laws related to stopped school buses unloading/loading students (on a two-lane road, you have to stop both directions, on a divided highway only if you’re in the direction of the bus). There is nothing more reckless than blowing past a stopped school bus with its flashers on.

Fourth, I hope that motorists will “move to the right for sirens and lights” when police, fire or EMS vehicles approach them – from any direction. The few seconds you save emergency personnel responding to a call may save a life.

Moving on to my wish list related to Florida politics, I wish Bill Nelson would stay a U.S. senator and not get in the Florida gubernatorial race. Nelson would whip Rick Scott like a rented mule; and while I’m not crazy about Scott, I prefer him over most Democrats. In this age of big government, we need someone who stands up and says, “Enough!” Selfishly, I want to see a Scott versus Charlie Crist race because it will provide for lots of column fodder. Charlie is colorful. Nelson is boring. Plus, I believe Scott can beat Crist — albeit in a nail biter for sure.

As for national politics, I wish the American people would think twice before electing another do-nothing to serve as our nation’s president. The economy is still in the tank. The debt is still spiraling out of control. Obamacare is a disaster, and everyone in America knows it — save for the die-hard Obama believers. The rest of us realize it is a mess, and want it repealed. Obamacare is what happens when you elect a “community organizer” to be leader of the free world.

Speaking of do-nothings, the Republicans also have their share. Consider Trey Radel.

He’s the congressman from one of the most conservative districts in the state, representing Naples and Fort Myers. He got caught (and pleaded guilty to) buying cocaine to support his snort habit.

Prior to being elected, he had been a television and radio personality. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but why can’t we elect more doctors, small business owners, manufacturers, teachers, and nurses? Washington has too many lawyers, lobbyists, and wannabe celebrities like Trey Radel.

A comedian once said, “Washington, D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people.” I think he was right. And it explains why we’re in such a mess.

So for Christmas, I wish voters would put a little more weight on the accomplishments of the people they elect, and less significance on their looks, personality and promises.

What someone has actually done in life is a much better indicator of what they will likely do as an elected official.

Where is Santa? I need to make sure he gets my list.

Chris Ingram is a Republican political consultant and analyst for Bay News 9. Follow him on Twitter at: @IrreverentView.

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