Recall Rick Scott


GOP’s lies about jobs unchallenged by Democrats by Melissa Gridley
April 3, 2011, 8:44 AM
Filed under: Budget cuts, Government, Politics, Rick Scott, Unemployment

Robert Reich, © 2011 Robert Reich

Florida Gov. Rick Scott touts corporate tax cuts, while the state's schools face $3 billion in spending reductions.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been telling this whopper over and over again, in one form or another: “Cutting the federal deficit will create jobs.”

It’s not true. Cutting the deficit will create fewer jobs. Less government spending reduces overall demand.

This is particularly worrisome when, as now, consumers and businesses are still holding back. Fewer government workers have paychecks to buy stuff from other Americans, some of whom in turn will lose their jobs without enough customers.

But truth doesn’t seem to matter. Republicans apparently believe that if big lies like this are repeated often enough, people start to believe them. Unless, that is, those big lies are repudiated – and big truths are told in their place.

Read more of Robert Reich’s article at the SFGate website.



Even Scott Fans Can’t Justify His Actions by Melissa Gridley

Drug Testing State Employees is a Big-Government Boondoggle

Published Sunday, April 3, 2011 3:00 am
by Dennis Maley, The Bradenton Times

I have been very fair to Rick Scott thus far, in reminding readers that most of his actions were exactly what the governor promised on the campaign trail, so unless they were part of the minority of Floridians who did not vote for him (or among the nearly half of eligible voters who didn’t bother to vote, and in my book have little room to complain), they are getting their product as advertised.

Rick Scott the candidate told you he was going to deregulate every industry he could. Rick Scott the governor has followed through. Ditto for land development, Medicaid privatization and education. We’re getting what was sold to us. However, it didn’t take long for the governor to start pushing the sort of hypocrisy-ridden policies that advance special interests, while going against his purported ideological beliefs. This is where all Floridians have a right to call him on it.

There is no evidence of ramped drug use among people on public assistance in our state. In fact, more than a decade ago Florida embarked on a costly program to drug test public assistance recipients, spending millions of dollars to learn that the epidemic of the drug-using welfare check casher didn’t exist.

Read the rest at The Bradenton Times website.



Caregivers: Rick Scott’s cuts to disabled services ‘may break our backs’ by Melissa Gridley

By Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel
Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered deep cuts Thursday to programs that serve tens of thousands of residents with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.

Though a range of state services face cuts from this year’s Legislature, the governor invoked his emergency powers to order the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities to immediately roll back payments to group homes and social workers by 15 percent — an amount providers say could put them out of business and threaten their clients’ safety.

Read full text at the Orlando Sentinel.