There is a surprising development brewing in the Nation’s Capital as conservatives and libertarian groups—including 60 Plus, who I represent - are voicing problems with legislation being pushed forward through Congress by House Republican leaders that, among other provisions, establishes “federal caps” on damages in malpractice suits.
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Mr. Martin serves as the President of the 60 Plus Association, which has been called an “increasingly influential lobbying group for the elderly–often viewed as the conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons.”
Jim Martin joined the Marine Corps in 1953 at age 17 as the Korean “conflict” concluded and served on active duty until 1958. In 1955, his Battalion Commander awarded Jim a meritorious citation for “exemplary conduct and leadership qualities exhibited in the performance of duties.” In 1956 Sergeant Jim Martin began a two-year tour of duty as an elite Marine Security Guard at the American Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Jim entered the University of Florida in 1959 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 1962, where he received the William Randolph Hearst reporting award for creative writing. Jim came to Washington in 1962 where he covered Congress and the White House for two years during the Kennedy-Johnson administration as a newspaper reporter and radio/TV broadcaster for 3 dozen media outlets in the South. Jim served for six years as Chief of Staff to Congressman, then Senator, the late Edward J. Gurney (R-FL), 1964-69.
He has helped to organize and direct several advocacy groups including the National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC) and the Public Service Research Council (PSRC) (Americans Against Union Control of Government), which opposes public sector compulsory unionism as a threat to elected representation
60 Plus is a hard hitting organization dedicated to protecting the tax rights of seniors, and to repealing the most confiscatory of all taxes–the inheritance or estate (death) tax. Jim Martin has been quoted as saying that while there are two certainties in life, taxes and death, now, thanks to the death tax, Jim adds a third certainty–taxes after death. 60 Plus presents a Benjamin Franklin Award to Members of Congress in both parties who sponsor legislation to abolish the third certainty, taxes after death. Original sponsors are Rep. Chris Cox (R-CA) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ).
60 Plus, now eleven years old, has grown to over 500,000 citizen lobbyists nationally. 60 Plus is the only conservative senior citizens group to publish a Congressional Rating System, scoring Members of Congress based on their pro-senior votes. In the 105th Congress, 60 Plus presented the non-partisan GUARDIAN OF SENIORS’ RIGHTS AWARD, to 254 Members, Republicans and Democrats, in both the House and the Senate.
Mr. Martin has also been a vocal critic of taxpayer subsidized political advocacy groups. In 1995, he testified four times before Congress on this volatile issue where he spotlighted the fact that more than 40 seniors’ organizations receive hundreds of millions of tax dollars and, as Jim puts it, “politick openly and blatantly with said dollars.” Jim correctly pointed out that this was “just the tip of the iceberg” and subsequent Congressional investigations substantiated the charge that there is at least a ’39 billion dollar dirty little secret’ in Washington, to wit your “tax dollars at work in all sorts of illegal ways and for political activities for which you may not be in agreement.”
The president released his budget blueprint earlier this month, which, like his previous six budgets, has as much chance of going anywhere as a unicycle in a car wash. Call it the Brian Williams budget, not just for its flimsy grasp of reality, but also because it gets more unbelievable the more you read it.
Fiscal conservatives don’t like farm subsidies. They don’t like unnecessary hurdles to trade. And they certainly don’t like taxes or inflated consumer prices.
The barber nearly lopped off the congressman's ear, but it wouldn't have been his fault if he had. For years, the tacit agreement that exists between every barber and customer to sit still as a statue when the clippers are humming was fiercely observed. But the barber said something that startled the normally reserved lawmaker to suddenly spin his head around mid-snip.
President George H.W. Bush famously took a stand against broccoli, a brash move that won worldwide kudos from those who don't like "eat your peas" politics. But sometimes --- and I think moms can back me up on this --- you need to eat your peas, political ones too. That’s why so many conservative groups, including the one I chair, are publicly backing the Marketplace Fairness Act.
Policy successes in Washington are few and far between these days, so more than ever we pray that our leaders follow the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
As chairman of the 60 Plus Association, the established conservative alternative to the liberal AARP, I’m often asked who seniors think Mitt Romney should choose for the ticket. Out of our 7.2 million senior citizen activists nationally, 60 Plus has some 790,000 seniors in the Sunshine State. Coupled with the fact I grew up in Florida and our national spokesman, legendary singer Pat Boone, was born in Jacksonville, there is a natural lean toward Marco Rubio. But setting aside my personal biases, below I offer the unofficial “Senior VP Sweepstakes” preview that reflects input I've received from seniors all across the country.
When asked by a New York Times reporter how it felt to have failed 700 times in his attempt to perfect the light bulb, Thomas Edison famously quipped, "I have not failed. I've succeeded in finding 700 ways that do not work." Edison may have done his best work over a hundred years ago, but his sentiments concerning the labor required to give birth to innovation are completely in sync today with one of our nation's most crucial industries: the pharmaceutical industry.
This week the president's re-election campaign officially dumped the campaign’s old motto, "It's all Bush's fault!" for a new one, "Forward." It may not be the catchiest slogan, but given the dismal state of the country after three and a half years of his stewardship, what other options does Obama really have?
It is downright amazing that the most momentous, and contemptible, piece of legislation Washington has seen in the last 50 years passed without tempting one Republican in the entire Congress to cross the aisle and join in. History will forever recall that Obamacare, in all its budget-busting and government-expanding glory, is entirely a creation of the Democrats, from the secret meetings where all 2,700 pages were drafted, to its final passage. And the GOP stayed unified throughout; not a single cat was lost in the herd!
The tax-and-spend crowd in Congress is at it again, trying to pass new taxes that would raise energy prices and further deplete already overstretched family budgets. When are they going to understand that seniors, retirees, the unemployed, working class families and the many other Americans who are counting every penny these days simply can no longer afford to pay for their pet projects?
Seniors depend largely on the medical expertise provided to them by their physicians. We have little choice but to trust that they are helping us make good health decisions, and most importantly, putting safety first.
While many Gulf residents continue to suffer from the fallout of the oil spill disaster, it appears that others are viewing the tragedy as a stroke of good fortune. The Deepwater Horizon incident has served as an impetus for environmentalists to ram through liberal policies in Congress. Left-wing groups have manipulated the facts in an effort to impose huge tax increases on American businesses and consumers.