Sunday, February 27, 2011

FL Teabag Lawmaker: Photographing farm will be a 1st degree felony!

From the MY STUPID STATE series:

You read the title of this post right. I am not exaggerating in the least. Just more wingnuttery from my state legislature. This time from new freshman teabagger Sen. Jim Norman.

Jim Norman of FL District 12 is one of those newbies pushed by teabaggers in the last election. Like many of his kind, he has a history of ethics problems. But in a state where a criminal can be elected governor, a state senator with a mountain of ethics complaints and an FBI probe gets a chairmanship.

And like the other new FL teabag (FLeabag?) legislators, like Jason "Fine Doctors $5 Million for Asking Mental Patients Anything about Guns" Brodeur, Jim Norman is making a name for himself.

Sen. Norman introduced SB 1246 last Friday, which would make it a 1st degree felony to photgraph any part of a farm (even from public property) without written permission of the farm owner first.

Lest you think I am prone to hyperbole, read the text of the bill yourself.

WHY is he doing this? Is he insane? No, the voters here are... but that's another post.

The intent of this stupid bill is to prevent someone from an animal rights group to pretend to be a farm worker and secretly film torturing or abusing of farm animals on private property. Now, this is already illegal here, mind you. The infiltration, that is: not the farm animal abuse. Animal rights here are looked down upon almost as much as worker rights. (When voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2002 to stop the practice of putting pregnant pigs in ultra-confining cages, the legislature went ballistic--long story short, the requirements for citizen intiatives now demand a super-majority.)

Yet, somehow, these videos are still getting made. Logically, the next step is to arrest someone with a wide angle lens who happens to snap a picture that includes an open pasture.

Seriously.

Last January, I took a picture of a church near Geneva. There is a cow behind a fence in the background. If this bill becomes law, I can look forward to being charged with a first degree felony on par with murderers and bank robbers.


Oh, here is one I found of a nearby farm with some horses I thought were adorable:


GUESS it will be jail for me!

I wonder if someone forgot to tell these FLeabaggers that the Constitution they profess to love includes a first amendment as well.

Florida Taxes: Rich Pay Nothing, Workers Support Everyone

Part VII of My Stupid State:
The title of this post says it all. But instead of a "Thank You for bearing all the load", the workers are pissed on, attacked, and lectured on the "need to sacrafice".

On the other hand, because of corporate tax loopholes, the corporations in this state don't pay. We have the highest concentration of rich people here because of three reasons:

1. The rich here don't pay any state income tax
2. Our legislature eliminated the intangibles tax on multimillionaires
3. Although we have a sales tax, it is not for the rich. We eliminated taxes for sales items only they can afford!

This lack of sacrifice is justified by saying they are the "job creators"--even though they aren't hiring. We have the 3rd highest unemployment rate in the nation.

Thanks to our new governor, its going to just get a lot worse.

In less than one month in office, Rick Scott ranks the most unpopular newly elected governor in U.S. history, with a favorability rating of just 28 percent. (Although the WI Scott is giving him a run for his money.)

Rick Scott proposed to absolutely decimate education here in florida, while slashing thousands of government jobs that benefit the most vulnerable among us. He has proposed cuts to every government agency across the board (oh... except his own. He wants to double his own office).

In addition, Florida heroes such as school teachers, health care providers, corrections officers, police and firefighters face severe cuts in pension and health care benefits.

Gutting jobs seems to be all he is good at. Exactly one week later, Mr. "Let's Get to Work" made up lies and then threw away a fully-funded high speed rail project that would have brought tens of thousands of jobs to the state in our construction industry alone--just because he hates Obama. (Even Jeb Bush scratched his head on that one.)

Big surprise: on Monday Governor Skeletor, who up till now has only met and consulted with Teabaggers, lectured a group of corrections officers in Tallahassee on the need to sacrifice. Forgetting that he wasn't talking to his lap dogs, one employee spoke up and hit him with facts (rated truthful from Politifact):


"You said to hold you accountable," the employee, speaking from the audience, said to Scott. "State employees have seen, since the Bush administration, a reduction in state employees. I have been with this agency for many years. And I've seen where our staff has been significantly cut. We are required to do more with less. State employees haven't received a raise in five or six years. You're asking us to contribute to our pension plan and contribute more to our insurance!"

Then he hit him with this nugget:

My question is simple: What have you required for the wealthiest Floridians to contribute to the state revenues?"


Rick Scott took a day to answer-literally. The next day he spoke to another group and started by saying someone had asked him why he didn't want to "tax rich people more." (Yes, he lied again...but get used to it.) He answered his own question by saying he needs to cut taxes for the wealthy so that (get this) rich people will live here and create jobs.

PROBLEM with that, tricky ricky, is that the superwealthy DO live here, including the GOP's richest patrons, like fat-ass Limbaugh.

As I mentioned, the superwealthy love living here because they don't pay any state income tax, our legislature eliminated the intangibles tax on multimillionaires, and we eliminated taxes for sales items only they can afford. Thank God... now they can buy that Yacht, which is tax-exempt by the way.

That's right, the main source of revenue for this state is the sales tax, and by sheer coincidence we exempt most things that only benefit the wealthy. Here are some examples:

-University stadium skyboxes
-Yachts
-High-end legal fees
-Accounting fees
-Charter fishing-boat fees
-Ostrich and racehorse feed
-Complimentary meals served by hotels
-Wine bought for taste testings
-Racing dogs
-Tickets for the Super Bowl


And while lobbyists for special-interests are able to exempt everything from bottled water to space planes, a low-income single dad buying a used pair of kids sneakers gets hit with a 7% sales tax. Its his fault for not being rich.

But these uber-wealthy folks ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT CREATING JOBS. Our unemployment rate is 12%, much higher than the national average. Certain industries it is even worse (construction is at 20%). I guess giving Rush Limbaugh even more money does not mean he's going to hire more people. (He's got all the drug mules he needs, I guess.)

But the hundreds of millions we lose in not having the rich pay taxes is nothing compared to our lousy corporate tax loopholes. 98% of corporations pay nothing! We already have one of the lowest corp. tax rates in the nation, but Rick Scott wants to completely eliminate it. Doesn't matter since some our biggest employers don't pay a dime in corporate taxes anyway. Why should they?

By the way...this costs us over $1 billion a year!

Again, our low corporate tax rate that nobody pays anyway IS OBVIOUSLY NOT CREATING JOBS! That's because we have a severely lacking supportive infrastructure, very low education funding, a very high drop-out rate, high poverty, and a state government that doesn’t know how to govern wisely or effectively. Given Rick's latest decisions, he is making each one of these points even worse.

Businesses are not coming here. The super wealthy already don't pay taxes. But SOMEBODY has got to start plugging this hole.

SO what does Scottie do?

As all teabag governors do.. try to "balance the budget" on the backs of the most vulnerable among us, along with the evil government workers. Over 70% of our state employees make UNDER 40k. So taking from their retirement seems like the logical thing to do in this bizzaro world we live in here.

Then there is the REAL money savings!

Under Scott, here is wasteful spending that needs to be tackled:

-Poor, elderly and disabled citizens would no longer be provided eyeglasses, hearing aids and dentures. (Get a job, freeloaders!)
-Severe cuts in Medicaid (What.... ever)
-Services for abused and disadvantaged children (Buck up, punk!)
-Programs that combat homelessness and suicide prevention would be cut. (Cost savings if they are successful.)
-Florida will no longer cover kidney dialysis or organ-transplant medication. (But if you want to buy a racing dog, we got your back!)
-And, of course, lets not forget to wipe out the Office of the Homeless, which creates programs and shelters for the state's RAPIDLY EXPANDING homeless.


That last one is particularly disturbing. Rick Scott, a billionaire who made his fortune stealing from the elderly really does hate the homeless. He hates them so much it is almost cartoonishly evil:

He wants to end Homelessness Memorial Day... [Laura Hansen, CEO of the Coalition to End Homelessness] said "strikes me as particularly absurd," adding that no state costs were tied to the date.


Nice! Scott is trying to out teabagger the others. (Take that Wisconsin!--NOBODY touches my governor!) My man creates more homeless and THEN kicks them in the stomach by cutting their lifelines. And just for laughs, he takes away a day that only recognizes that homeless people exist, which costs NO money! Next year he plans on urinating on them when they sleep. (Gotta stay on top if you want the teabaggers to stick with you.)

Speaking of sleep.....WAKE UP FLORIDA!

2 FL Teabag Lawmakers Hire 60+ "assistants" at $100K+ each!!

This really "Grinds My Gears":




Quick recap:

A few weeks ago, Teabag Guber Rick Scott released his budget, which guts children's healthcare and education, along with cuts in every state agency sans one--his own. The bastard is requesting 420 staffers and a $343 million increase for his OWN budget.

Well of course, you say. It's Rick Effin' Scott. Shamelessly stealing from old people for years means its no big thing to kick kids in the teeth while simultaneously looking out for #1.

BUT it's just Rick right?

If only. Our top two legislators: the ethically-challenged FL Senate President Mike "Hair"idopolos and the power-hungry FL House Speaker Dean Cannon where not to be outdone in douchebaggery.

These two teabaggers have backed up their man Rick Scott in every way...all the while crowing about cutting spending and lecturing Floridians on the need for painful sacrifice.

Of course, these lectures on sacrifice are only meant for the working class. You know, the freeloading teachers, firefighters, health-care workers, etc. I think we can all at least agree that we have way too many of these fat cats in Florida. And I for one am sick and tired of teachers always flaunting their wealth in my face.

Slash them all, I say. (And they say too.) Of course, to help them with all this fiscal belt-tightening, Dean and Mike obviously needed to hire a slew of assistants. These included 61 who are who are now paid over $100,000 each with taxpayer funds.

Naturally, the salaries went up across the board in this tea party legislature. However, the top aides to Dean and Mike are now raking in $146K and $175K respectively. In other words, 3.5 and 4 times respectively the amount Dean and Mike are paid! (Cripes, if we really want to save money, Mike and Dean should quit and let these two "advisors" actually take over their damn jobs. It would be a lot cheaper for us!)

The video above is laughable, but the money shot is when Cannon talks down to us simple-folk and explains that we obviously "don't understand the experience and qualifications" of the people who are getting these big six figure salaries. Right--including his new highly-paid spokeswoman who apparently has NO prior experience. (P.S., if she is the spokeswoman, why is she letting Dean defend her salary? DAMMIT, Dean, what am I paying her for?)

Hey Florida?

HAD ENOUGH?

It's our turn to get angry. The Awake the State rallies are across the state on March 8! Click the link to find the closest near you!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Our Turn To Get Angry! Awake the State--March 8!

Cutting to the chase.. the organizers of labor, civil rights, and Dem Party groups under the banner of AWAKE THE STATE are organizing Florida statewide protests on March 8, the start of the legislative session. Because of Florida's geography and the difficulty of getting working people to the Capitol, the rallies will be at various sites in major cities accross the state. It has gotten attention in our local media, by several prominent Democratic legislators, and is even now being targeted by the Koch-headed teabaggers, who are planning counter-protests.


Across the world, ordinary hard working people are standing up to their dictators. In our own nation, specifically Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio: unions, teachers, service workers, and many other employees who sacrifice so much and get pissed on and scapegoated by the GOP are FINALLY standing up the puppet teabag dictators in the statehouses.

If people can come out in subzero weather in the cold states, we can come out in 70% weather to turn up the heat on our right-wing legislators and corrupt governor. It's our Turn.

Have you had enough? You didn't vote last November, so at least take time to fight back now!



STEP 1:

Go to facebook, select LIKE for the Awake the State Protests

STEP 2:

JOIN the Awake the State protests, March 8, 2011.

ONE last thing. Email Gov. Lex Luthor and your Florida state senator while you are here and let them know that this nonsense is unacceptable.

Let's try to bring back some pride. Come out March 8! See you there.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

AWAKE the STATE Protests March 8!

Awake the State Protests

Across the world, ordinary hard working people are standing up to their dictators. In our own nation, specifically Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio: unions, teachers, service workers, and many other employees who sacrifice so much and get pissed on and scapegoated by the GOP are FINALLY standing up the puppet teabag dictators in the statehouses.

Come out and join us March 8, the first day of the legislative session. Allowing exemptions and loopholes for the superwealthy and big corporations while trying to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable, the suffering middle-class, and our public servants is deplorable.

If people can come out in subzero weather in the cold states, we can come out in 70% weather to turn up the heat on our right-wing legislators and corrupt governor. It's our Turn.

For Orlando:
Click here for details

Tuesday, March 8 · 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location Senator Beth Johnson Park (adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce)
59 South Ivanhoe Blvd
Orlando, FL

For Upper Orange County and Seminole County, here's an alternate location if you can't make it downtown:

Tuesday, March 8 · 5:30pm - 6:30pm
University of Central Florida Main Entrance
Intersection of Alafaya and University (grassy knoll)

BRING A CLEVER SIGN! (and an American/Florida flag if you got one)!

TIME TO BE HEARD!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Rick Scott's 7 Biggest LIES on RAIL (Before Killing It)

Welcome to Post V of My Stupid State:


By now you know that our Voldemort-looking and acting guber killed the rail project.

I predicted that he would on the Jan. 12 post of my blog. Not because I am clairvoyent, but because I know him. It didn't matter that the federal government was willing to pay nearly all the cost nor that private companies were willing to cover any additional costs.

It was Obama's idea. And for this crook, that was enough.

Rick Scott couldn't just out and out say NO, although he wanted to. He had to go through the motions and say he was giving it "serious" consideration, although the ones who were paying attention knew all along that he was looking for excuses to kill it without having it look blatantly ideological and partisan.

So he started to do what he does best. What all crooks do. LIE.

You don't need to look far to see how well he does it. There is no shortage of material. Heck, you can see it in the clip I have of him in the introduction of this diary, where he won't even acknowledge his own damn signature on incriminating documents.

You can see just last week in my last post, where the SOB vowed not to cut education... and then proposed to gut it almost completely to the tune of $3 billion.

So Rick Scott kept making arguments, some of them recycled in his hastily organized "press conference", (where he never takes questions). All Lies. Let's review:


LIE #1: Governor Voldemort claimed that cost overruns would put Floridians on the hook to fork over $3 billion in matching funds.


UN-F&^King-BELIEVABLE. The federal government has already put aside $2.4 billion in stimulus funds for Florida's portion of the national project. Worst case scenario would be $280 million, and the consortiums of companies set to bid on the line had indicated a willingness to put up their own money in return for a contract! In all, eight consortiums made up of international companies representing 11 countries had lined up to bid on the train that would have run from Orlando International Airport to downtown Tampa, with stops at the Orange County Convention Center, Walt Disney World and Lakeland.

Here's the other thing, the company chosen to build the train would have been contractually bound to cover any cost overruns in construction, as well as any operating deficits for up to 20 years! Companies had said they were willing to accept those terms!



LIE #2: Few would use it, and low ridership would have required state subsidies.

This one really pissed me off. Rick Scott compared the high-speed rail to Amtrak in certain cities. OF COURSE no one rides Amtrak! They don't own the damn railroads! In the most bass-ackward outdated arrangement, Amtrak has to work around the more profitable freight-carrying trains, and this means simple trips can take days and costs tons of money. Anyone with any knowledge would know this and to use that comparison to a dedicated HIGH SPEED RAIL LINE is blatantly misleading. But again, Scott is trying to make excuses.. not look at facts. (When he slammed the Amtrak ridership from Washington to Boston, PolitiFact Florida noted that an 7.15 million people rode regional rail lines in the Northeast last year.)


By the way, the bid documents mentioned in the debunk of LIE#1? They were being written to obligate the bid companies to cover operating losses due to low ridership. (Which again, they indicated they would agree to).



LIE #3: If the project was shut down, the state would have to return the $2.4 billion to Washington.


A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Transportation called him out on this lie. This issue is one that could have been negotiated... if Scott had ever even bothered to raise it with federal officials. Of course, if you've already made up your mind...

LIE #4: His phony concern about government spending and the deficit.


Hey Gov. Skeletor (and you stupid teabaggers who put him there): Rejecting these federal funds for transportation and infrastructure will NOT reduce the deficit one penny! The funds have already been allocated!! They are just going somewhere else....like wine country.

As far as waste goes, did I mention that we already spent $66 million on this project?


LIE #5: It's better to invest in our ports and expand our highways instead of rail.

First off... Ports? How the F*&K is that going to solve our congestion problem?! For when I travel from Orlando to Tampa taking a fucking canoe from the Atlantic to the Gulf? And you can bet that if Obama HAD offered to upgrade our ports with stimulus funds, this teabagger wouldn't have had any of it.

The highway argument has been used REPEATEDLY by anti-rail advocates, including the guber. In just about every op-ed by these jokers (most with ties to the auto or oil industry), they argued that we should expand I-4 instead.

Okay, here's the problem geniuses. Orlando to Tampa is 84 miles driven. According to figures by Rethuglican Congressman Mica: 73 miles of I-4 will cost $2.9 BILLION dollars (in 2000 dollars). So the entire amount we would receive wouldn't even cover it, and WE ARE GETTING NOTHING AT ALL from the feds to build an extra lane! That's kinda like someone offering to buy either your family or someone else's family a 4-bedroom house and willing to cover almost all the cost, but you turn it down because you want your own family to pay for a used mobile home that costs more. Savvy business man my ass.

PS... don't look for any investment in any transportation project anytime soon. The Florida Dept. of Transportation is rudderless because it is one of Scottie's botched appointments.

LIE #6: He would wait until the FDOT updated ridership and revenue projections -- scheduled for completion within two weeks.

No dice. He couldn't be bothered to wait for the report he said he was waiting on.

Tricky Ricky is basing all of these "facts" on information provided by a Glenn Beckian, Libertarian think tank--the "Reason Foundation", which is known for being anti-rail. (Several commenters pointed out that a certain Koch brother sits on the Board of Trustees.) He also received advice and information from the ever-so-slightly right-wing Heritage Foundation. (I get my own "facts" from Fox News, thank you very much.)

So to recap, he dismissed the entire project with NO ridership study, NO contruction bids, and not even consultation with the FL Senate or House! Yes they are wingnut, but they are none too pleased.

Sen. Thad Altman, R-Vier: "There's no rational reason at all not to allow that to happen -- unless you're afraid of what you might here. We might hear that this thing will work."


LIE #7: "Let's Get to Work!" He will create 700,000 jobs in 7 years.

Oooooooookay. In the short time he's been guber (one month), he is proposing to cut hundreds of state jobs, including teachers and those who serve the neediest among us. With today's announcment, you can add an estimated 48,000 jobs to the pot. These were desperately needed in a state where unemployment is a whopping 12% (and 20% in the construction industry).

Maybe dumbass meant to say LOSE 700,000 jobs in 4 years.

Barely ONE month in office, and already he is the most unpopular governor in our history. And this unilateral dismissal was so shocking, without even consulting his supposed GOP "allies" in the wingnut legislature, that he is being attacked by both the left AND the right on his sudden action. Not that it will make a difference.

And the saga continues.... One month down, 47 to go...

UPDATE: At least we have ONE legislator who is fighting for Florida jobs. It's the lone statewide Democrat: Senator Bill Nelson. He is working with several lawmakers, including the mayors of Tampa and Orlando, to see if he can do an end run around the governor. STOP and think about this for a second. A US Senator is doing the governor's job--working with local leaders to try to bring jobs and economic development to Florida--because our OWN governor is trying to take it away.

Rick Scott to Black Legislators: "I'm just like you... My dad had a sixth grade eduction!"

Welcome to Post 4 of My Stupid State:


This is a re-post from Kossack appledown.

Governor Rick Scott did not stop at rejecting what he & his bosses at the Tea Party and his communication team now is trying to brand as “Obamarail” (to maintain the indoctrination of the Tea Party faithful) and before whom he presented his budget.

Oh No! Scott went on to insult the 20 black lawmakers at a luncheon, all Democrats, at the mansion Tuesday, Scott saying that he grew up in public housing “just like you” when speaking to the Black Legislators and said he supports diversity, regardless of race, he doesn't believe in quotas and defended his decisions such as cutting funding to workforce education.

Miami NewTimes
I grew up probably in the same situation as you guys,” Rick Scott said yesterday while addressing a group of state legislators. “I started school in public housing. My dad had a sixth-grade education.”


In the same breath Scott went on to further insult the lawmakers with the follwing:
  1. That he is ending the state’s support for the only 2 historically black colleges: Florida A&M University and Bethune Cookman University.
  2. Abolish a state office that helps minority-owned businesses get state contracts
  3. He will lower unemployment benefits and health care funding for the poor
  4. He also refused to appoint more minority judges and officials



"If you think I'm going to pick someone who's different from my judicial philosophy, it's not going to happen."


Reid Report

It has been said that Scott is assuming that all blacks grow up poor and their parents are uneducated which upset some of the Lawmakers in the room who comes from all spectrums of life, not just public housing.


Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, whose mother has a master’s degree, said he was shocked at Scott’s comments at yesterday’s lunch and considered walking out.
“He just assumed because he was sitting with a bunch of black people that we had all grown up in public housing,” Smith said.
Scott is “tremendously disconnected” from the realities of being black or Hispanic in Florida, Smith said.
“He doesn’t see the need for diversity or inclusion,” Smith said. “Any diversity that happens (in his administration) is going to happen by happenstance.


This guy does not stop. He just keeps on giving, so sit back-grab the popcorn and watch him work. He has already lost 30,000 plus jobs by turning down $2.4 billion in federal funds for high speed rail.

Florida cannot recall a Governor, but thanks to Rick Scott, a new recall bill is being proposed (another gift from Gov. Scott).

Rick Scott Deposition Video

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

MY STUPID STATE SERIES

This series is where I document what happens when a state full of Democrats elect a veto-proof, right-wing legislature along with a teabag, CRIMINAL governor to lead us. (Once again, yes--an actual bona-fide criminal who literally stole from seniors, who subsequently elected him.) This is my documentation of my beloved but idiotic state's slow descent into chaos.

CXLIV. Real Reason Behind Rick Scott's Debate Tantrum

CXLIII. Rick Scott Rammed Thru Corrupt, Crony Appointment, Who is Now Facing 15 Years

CXLII. Families stranded in woods because Rick Scott literally ran away from questions

CXLI. Congressman (TP) to Dem Challenger: "I'm royalty here!"

CXXXX. FL: NO charges against gunman who fled scene after shooting victim 10 times WALKING AWAY

CXXXIX. If Rick Scott re-elected, FL students will be forced to watch film on why liberals hate America

CXXXVIII. Idiot FL Congressman Assumes Obama Officials Are Foreign Because of Skin Color and Surnames (Video)

CXXXVII. Floridian w/kids makes too much for Medicaid earning only $267 a MONTH!

CXXXVI. Two Complete Monsters. Both Held Fundraisers for Rick Scott.

CXXXV. Rick Scott Uses Our Environmental Agency to DEFEND Everglades Fracking with "Bogus" Report

CXXXIV. Rick Scott Has Ties to Company Fracking in the Everglades

CXXXIII. This Is How Low FL Lawmakers Sunk To Deny Us Fair Districts

CXXXII. Rick Scott's AG, with Questionable Personal Life, Fights "Significant Harm" of Gay Marriage

CXXXI. Confederate Flag Honored/Featured at Our State Capitol

CXXX. Rick Scott's Florida: Fracking in the Everglades Now a Reality

CXXIX. PSA from FL House Rep: Common Core Will Make You Gay

CXVIII. One FL Teabagger Stops Popular and Desperately Needed Financial Literacy in Our Schools

CXVII. After 40 deaths, Rick Scott Fights to WEAKEN child safety bill "to save money"!

CXVI. FL GOP: Puerto Rico is "foreign" and "a terrible basket case"

CXV. FL Legislature Gives Utilities $1.5 Billion ...For NO Reason

CXIV. New Front in War on Voting: Bathrooms Are Shut Down at Polling Places at Democratic Miami-Dade

CXIII. FL Legislature: Three Liberal Justices on FL Supreme Court Kicked Off If Rick Scott Wins

CXII. Only in Florida. Hypocritical, Hateful Tea Party Candidate Has a "Unique" Lifestyle

CXI. 100s of Patients Physically & Sexually Abused. Facility Owner? Hosting Rick Scott's Fundraiser

CX. FOXNEWS: Florida Schoolgirl Ordered NOT TO PRAY! (except....)

CVIX. NRA-owned Florida House approves bill to allow guns in schools

CVIII. Who Runs the Florida National Guard? The NRA

CVII. Florida Legislature Not Over Civil War; Refuses Monument for American Union Soldiers

CVI. Florida Officials Retaliate Against FSU Professor Who Criticized Rick Scott

CV. Rick Scott Campaign Now INSULTING Rich Hispanic Fundraiser; DEFENDS the Bigoted Staffers!

CIV. Rick Scott's Top Fundraiser Quits Amid Campaign Turmoil and Racism

CIII. A Casualty of Rick Scott, The Florida Legislature, And The Party Of "No"

CII. Want to Build an F-Rated Charter School? WITHOUT Approval? Only in Florida

CI. FL GOP Senator's Aide Still Not Fired After DUI, Fleeing Scene

C. Florida Governor Rick Scott Says ‘Accounting Error’ To Blame For Unreported $500,000 Donation

XCIX. Today, GOP Hero George Zimmerman Signs Autographs at Orlando Gun Store

XCVIII. BREAKING: FL House Comes Through! We Can Now Eat Pop Tarts into Shapes!

XCVII. Rick Scott Tries to Enrich Donor for School Bid With Taxpayer Funds

XCVI. FL Chain Charging Customers ACA "Fee"; yet STILL Not Providing Workers Healthcare

XCV. Florida's Tea Party Government Forcing Firefighters to Fight Wildfires Alone

XCIV. DISGRACEFUL: Orlando Sentinel Runs Letter Justifying Fear of Blacks

XCVIII. Bondi, Scott Pay Big Bucks to Sue to Stop CleanUp Plan for Chesapeake Bay. WTF?!

XCVII. Florida mother has to prove her dying son can't take a standardized test

XCVI. Rick Scott Just Blocked Early Voting for University Students

XCV. Rick Scott's Voter Purge Sequel Even More Nepharious

XCIV. Another Major Medicaid Scandal for Rick Scott

XCIII. Just How AWFUL Is Our Attorney General in Rick Scott's Florida?

XCII. On MLK Day: FL State House Candidate Threatens to Hang Obama

XCI. Florida Universities Must Now Allow Guns On Campus

XC. FL Movie Theater Killer Tries To Invoke "Stand Your Ground"

LXXXIX. So Who is the WORST Florida House Member?

LXXXIII. How Unpopular is Rick Scott? Christie Coming to Florida for "Positive Reinforcement"!

LXXXVI. Thousands of Dolphins, Manatees, Pelicans Floating Up Dead; Scott Vetoes Research

LXXXVI. Scott Costs Us Over a Million in Legal Fees Alone Fighting For Illegal Legislation

LXXXV. Scott Puts Ads on Our Greenways and Trails

LXXXIV. Rick Scott Embarrasses State on Spain Visit

LXXXIII. Rick Scott's "Transparancy" Program Omits His Official Emails

LXXXII. Scott Caught Doctoring Fake "Miami Herald" Headline

LXXXI. Winner of 2013 My Stupid State: No Changes to Stand Your Ground

LXXX. Rick Scott's Dishonesty Called Out By Fellow Repub

LXXIX. Watch Rick Scott Dodge Medicaid Expansion Questions

LXXVIII. Lenny Curry on Crist "Abandoning" Florida

LXXVII. ALEC Conspires to Tax Private Solar Panel "Freeriders"

LXXVI. Governor Ad Hoc

LXXV. GOP Legislators Destroy Thousands of Public Records

LXXIV. Florida GOP Costs Florida Billions By Failing to Expand Medicaid

LXXVIII. Thousands of Jobs Lost in Every Sector and Every Region of Florida under Rick Scott

LXXVII. BUSTED: Rick Scott's Chief of Staff Caught Lying About His Education

LXXVI. History Textbook Acknowledges Islam, FL GOP Goes ApeS&*t

LXXV. Florida Police Arrest, Jail, Harass Innocent Black Man 258 Times

LXXIV. Rick Scott Makes Voting Harder for Former Rival's Special Election

LXXIII. SNL: NEVER Come to Florida!

LXXII. Rick Scott: Friend of Hispanics

LXXI. Rick Scott Decries Gov. Waste While Taking 800K for "Decadent" Mansion Upgrades

LXX. Idiot Teabag Rep Yoho Says Default Will "Bring Stability to World Markets"!

LXIX. Rick Scott Takes Credit for 1000 Jobs Created by Obamacare... After Bashing It!

LXVIII. Florida AG, Pam Bondi, Bravely Halts Execution... for Interfering with Fundraiser

LXVII. Video That Says It All: Rick Scott Vetoes Immensely Popular Young Immigrant Driver License Bill

LXVI. Please Help Me Stop Rick Scott's New Voter Purge!

LXV. Upstart Insurance Company Donates 110K to Rick Scott, Gets 52M Windfall in "Unusual" Deal!

LXIV. Over everyone's objection, Rick Scott signs lobbyist-crafted bill to help only the lobbyist's companies


LXIII. Florida Lt. Gov. Carroll Quits Amid Involvement with $300M Veterans Charity Scam

LXII. Scott's "Jobs Czar" Resigns; Caught On Spending Spree in Europe While Collecting Unemployment Benefits!

LXI. Scott's Education Commissioner Resigns; Caught Changing Grades for Charter Schools

LX. Rick Scott Turns Florida Into Pollution Paradise

LIX. Rick Scott Spends 500k Just to Piss Off Women

LVIII. Rick Scott claims he "didn't have anything to do" with voter suppression law that he signed!

LVII. Mental Health/School Safety Funding CUT to Pay for Gun Maker Tax Subsidies (Thanks Rick)

LVI. The Cruel Tale of Rick Scott's Rescue Puppy

LV. Satan Worshippers Hold Rally for Rick Scott

LIV. Democrats Blast Rick Scott for Helping Allen West's Quest to Overturn Election

LIII. Rick Scott Crosses the Line from Crime to Treason

LII. Still Wondering How Rick Scott Won the Election? You Need to Read This...

LI. Help Me Fight 3rd ATTEMPT by Rick Scott to Replace Supreme Court Justices

L. "Conservative Values" FL State Legislator Linked to Prostitution Ring

XLIX. Want to know HOW FAR Florida's governor will go to STOP you from asking a question?

XLVIII. Great Week for Rick Scott: Got to Screw Over Teachers AND Unemployed

XLVII. FL GOP Spends YOUR Money to Fight Latino Resident Citizens from Claiming In-State Tuition!

XLVI. Justice Department: Florida dumping disabled kids in nursing homes for adults

XLV. Rick Scott Threatens Firing of Elections Supervisor for the Crime of Encouraging More Voting

XLIV.  Make Some Noise:  FL GOP's Sneak Attack to Outlaw Abortion

XLIII. The Unbelievable Disaster that is Rick Scott's Lt. Gov

XLII.  Rick Scott Shuts Down TB Hospital Amid Worst Outbreak in 20 Years

XLI. Another New Low for FL GOP:  Spring Destruction

XL. Rick Scott Rejects All Branches of Government; Appoints Himself Dictator

XXXIX.  Rick Scott Attempts 2nd Takeover of Florida Supreme Court

XXXVIII. REST EASY FLORIDA: New Bill Prevents UN-World Government Takeover of Our State

XXXVII. Owned by the FL NRA: Shooting neighborhoods up "for funsies" now legal


XXXVI. "Truly Terrible": Daily Show Hits Rick Scott Hard

XXXV. Next Up for Rick Scott: Handwriting Analysis for Voters! (no snark)

XXXIV. FL GOP Legislature: Rich Men who Cheat Will Be Protected

XXXIII. FL Teacher Face $1000 Fine for Registering Students to VOTE!


XXXI. Rick Scott Attacks the Elderly

XXX. Florida GOP Jobs Bill: Legalize Dwarf-Tossing! (not kidding)

XXIX. Florida ER: "Good Thing You Aren't a Teacher!"

XXVIII. Rick Scott's New Florida: State-Sponsored Intimidation!

XXVII. Rick Sneaks Out of State to Meet Koch Brothers While State Burns!

XXVI. Two Rick Scott Scandals on Same Day!

XXV. A Tale of One Session: No More Business Oversight, No More Growth Management, Massive Cuts to Education

XXIV. Teabag Lawmakers Attempt to Dismantle 3rd Branch of Government

XXIII. Florida GOP Legalizes Voter Suppression, Including a Return to Jim Crow

XXII. 30 Mill Buys Off Rick Scott: FL ONLY Gulf State to Pull Out of BP Lawsuit

XXI. FL Supreme Court: Scott Lawyer LIED On THE Critical Fact for High-Speed Rail Decision!

XX. Florida Chamber of Commerce Thinks We're Stupid: Runs Ad Saying Teachers/Firefighters HATE Their Unions!

XIX. Koch Brothers Buy Economics Departments for Gulf Coast and FSU

XIV. FAIL!: Rick Scott Can't Get His AZ Law Passed (Even With White People Exemption!)

XVIII. Gov. Voldemort Uses Emergency Powers TO CUT PROGRAMS FOR DISABLED

XVII. Make. It. Stop. FL Teabag Legislators LEGALIZE payoffs!

XVI. Rick Scott Uses His Office to Rake in BILLIONS!

XV. Jon Stewart Slams Rick Scott on Drug Testing

XIV. Stop the GOP's Forced-Rape Bill!

XIII. Rick Scott Would Tear Down State Parks and Put in Golf Courses??

XII. Do Not Let Rick Scott Get Away With Ignoring Fair District Amendments!

XI. Taxpayers paid $152,000 for a single copy of a book

X. Radio Advertisement for Florida Drug Tourism (Scott Shops)

IX. Scott breaks law ousting state's long-term-care ombudsman

VIII. FL Teabag Governor Proposes Killing Education, Doubling His Office!

VII. Florida Taxes: Rich Pay Nothing, Workers Support Everyone

VI. 2 FL Teabag Lawmakers Hire 61 "assistants" at $100K+ each!!

V. Rick Scott's 7 Biggest LIES on Rail (Before Killing It)

IV. Rick Scott to Black Legislators: I'm Just Like You, My Dad Had a 6th Grade Education!

III. FL Teabag Lawmaker: Photographing Farm Will Be A 1st Degree Felony!

II. Doctors Thrown in Jail for Asking about Guns?

I. Florida Tries To Become the Wild West


It begins... That Didn't Take Long--Rick Scott Scandal First Day

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

FL Teabag Governor Proposes Killing Education, Doubling His Office!

From the My Stupid State series:

When running for guber, Rick Scott repeatedly said on the campaing trail that he would NOT cut school spending.

He vowed over and over again that there would be no cuts, that he would keep the budget the same.

But our Lex Luther looking and acting governor lied. That's a big word to use, but its true.

If you live here in Central Florida, you know columnist Scott Maxwell. For the first time in his writing career, he said that he is forced to call someone a flat out LIAR. No surprise it would be Rick Scott.

I guess if you take the fifth 75 times, you get pretty good at it.

That bastard is proposing the deepest cuts in our state's history...and the overwhelming brunt of it is EDUCATION. THREE BILLION in education cut across the board: general revenue, state revenue, and per pupil funding.

BUT these cuts are really, really needed, says the GOP. Times are tough, and we all have to tighten our belts. (Unless you are the superrich, who received a desperately needed massive tax break on Yachts.)

Education bears the worst of it, but struggling agencies across the board are proposed to be cut: mostly those that cater to the most vulnerable. He also proposed cutting our already underfunded prisons, and practically abolishing the one toothless agency we have that regulates growth.

But you gotta look out for number one. There was ONE increase in ONE government agency that the governor is seeking to grow — the executive office of the governor. The budget would more than double and add almost 100 employees to his already bloated staff.

Yeah.. nice teabagger. Because if there is one thing our state can agree on, its that we need less education and more government spending for YOUR office.

Cripes! Our state is already in really BAD shape for education, and ranks next to the bottom on per pupil funding. But I guess that's the reason the conservatives want to keep it that way.

What better way to ensure we elect these losers than to keep our people stupid?