Monday, October 13, 2014

The GOP Glue Baby

I suppose as children, some of you may have used this taunt:

"I'm rubber, you're glue! Everything you say bounces of me and sticks to YOU!"

That taunt would actually make a good slogan for the Charlie Crist campaign, as a response to Rick Scott's campaign. And if Scott fanatics ever figured this out, they'd possibly become rooted to whatever spot they are in, paralyzed with confusion, until the 2018 election.

It's like this: Nearly every Scott campaign talking critical of Crist also points a finger at the GOP-dominated Legislature that served with Crist.

Did Crist cause 800,000 jobs to be lost, as Scott implies? He didn't, but if he had, then we'd also have to blame the GOP Legislature, which passed into law the fiscal policy that Crist signed as Florida's chief executive.

Did Crist leave a deficit in Florida's budget? That claim involves a confusion of categories, but again, if he had done so, it would not have been possible without help from the GOP Legislature, which holds the purse strings.

Did Crist raise taxes? Yes, if you mean also, he signed into law tax increases the GOP Legislature approved.

Did Crist increase Florida's debt? That's also a confusion of categories, but it's again something that couldn't have happened without the GOP Legislature passing it to him with a wave and a smile.

Did Crist "raid" the budget stabilization fund? That fund is supposed to be "raided" when there's a budget shortfall. The GOP Legislature knew that, which is why they approved of it.

Did Crist raise tuition costs? Not without help from the GOP Legislature.

Did Crist pass a lot of wasteful state spending? That darned GOP Legislature sent it to his desk to be signed.

I could go on, but I'll close instead with the most delicious irony of all. Scott's flock is also on Crist's back for flipping over to the Democratic Party. Based on all of the above, they should be praising him for changing his allegiances. They should also be voting for Crist as a referendum against the failed economic policies of the failed GOP Legislature.

Tell this to your GOP friends and watch them go into catatonia.

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