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Florida Governor-elect Rick Scott finally takes questions from reporters, somewhat awkwardly, in Washington on offshore oil drilling, immigration, and upcoming meetings with John Boehner and President Obama, among other topics:

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Rick Scott is not happy about the offshore oil drilling ban reimposed today by the Obama Administration.

His statement on the ban, and President Obama:

“The Obama Administration’s offshore drilling ban is yet another example of government regulation impeding economic growth.  Florida is committed to pursuing energy independence, which is essential to national security. With sound policies in place, we could expand domestic drilling and eliminate our reliance on foreign oil.   Furthermore, I am disappointed that the White House has chosen to unilaterally impose a policy that threatens job creation and economic growth in Florida without consulting our office.”

Think about that statement for a minute. Just imagine how it would “impede economic growth” in Florida, or any of the other Gulf states if there were any LESS regulations on offshore oil drilling than there are now? Perhaps Scott should ask some of those fishermen who depend on the Gulf for their livelihood. Maybe ask those who own and run businesses like hotels and restaurants along the Gulf coast how they would feel about giving big oil more freedom than they had back in April when that blowout preventer failed to prevent a blowout? Because I did ask some of them back then. They weren’t pleased, to put it mildly. But then Rick Scott isn’t one to talk to the people who live here. He’s more concerned with dealing with big business. Behind closed doors.

He says he’s “disappointed that the White House has chosen to unilaterally impose a policy that threatens job creation and economic growth in Florida without consulting our office.” OK, first of all, Mr. Scott fails to realize, much like he did on the campaign trail, that he was not running for, nor was he elected to the office of Commander-in-Chief. Barack Obama, however, was. Scott may also be surprised to discover that President Obama doesn’t answer to the yet to be sworn in Governor elect Scott.

Second, when Rick Scott professes profound “disappointment” over “job creation [being] threatened,” I suppose he could have a small point there. After the BP oil spill, there was at least one company who discovered newly created jobs, but that was as a result of that oil spill, not the “drilling for” part. That would be this company:

This month the state of Florida awarded WRS a $250,000 contract for “reviewing county responses, designing beach protection devices and identifying areas of ecological concern.”

Kathleen Shanahan, the CEO of the consulting firm WRS Compass, has ties to both Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Shanahan was chief of staff for Cheney during the 2000 Presidential campaign and transition. She later became chief of staff for Jeb Bush. In March Shanahan was also re-appointed to Florida’s State Board Of Education by Gov. Charlie Crist.

Talk abut coming full circle. Nice work, if you can get it.

But then if Scott gets his way, there will be a lot more jobs and profits where those came from for his new found friends like Jeb Bush and businesses like WRS Compass.

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I thought things were bad last week when Republicans not only won back control of the House, but also took control of my state as well. All election analysis aside, people seem to agree that a lot of voters stayed home rather than vote because this Administration hasn’t moved quickly enough to clean up the mess that eight years of the Bush/Cheney Administration left us with. This made me angry at those voters for being unrealistic in their expectations. I was one of the people who have defended the Obama Administration since day one in spite of compromises with Republicans who don’t deserve them in the least.

I bit my nails and nearly made myself ill watching every minute of the struggle to get a watered down health care reform law passed and cheered for the result we ended up with. I defended Obama when other liberals and progressives complained that it wasn’t good enough. And the health care bill was just one example.

Today what headline did I wake up to?

This one:

“WHITE HOUSE GIVES IN ON BUSH TAX CUTS”

I see that President Obama wasn’t kidding when he said he was willing to make compromises with Republicans after his “shellacking” in the election last week.

Now, granted, I’m just an unemployed blogger, but I have to say this to the President and his Administration who seem a bit confused over the results of the election last week:

A large part of the reason you were “shellacked” in the election last week is because you’ve compromised too much in the name of “bipartisanship” already. Much of your base didn’t stay home because they like the Republicans better. If they did they would have voted for them.

So now it sounds as if you are compromising once again.

You’re going to continue to try “bipartisanship” once again.

That’s a shame because the Republicans have no interest in “bipartisanship” or “compromise.” They won’t stop until you completely give in to all their demands. And then they’ll kick you for it in return. Then demand something else.

For the next. Two. Years.

Here in Florida Democrats lost in this election big time. For starters, Alan Grayson who was a rare breed of congressmen who really stood up for working families and tried to do the right thing, lost. He’s the one who said the Republicans health care plan was “Don’t get sick, but if you do, die quickly.” and was chastised for doing so. Well, he was right. The Republicans are proving him right in that they threaten to repeal and replace the health care laws you fought for, and then watered down.

Today David Axelrod says that while you will veto such a repeal, you will “work with people” who “have constructive ideas about how to strengthen” it. Really? And who might that be? It certainly won’t be the Republicans. It won’t be the voters. We have no say in the matter and the closest we get to having any “input” beyond our vote is a request from the Democratic Party for contributions which you won’t use to defend congressmen who will actually make a difference, like Alan Grayson.

Grayson’s opponent Daniel Webster and Marco Rubio, courtesy of SCOTUS and Citizens United via truckloads of undisclosed donations that drowned out the opposition both won. They’re Republicans who want to defeat you and your policies.

Rick Scott, our newly elected Governor spent $73 million dollars of his own money and won, in spite of the fact that the former company he owned and ran was fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud.

Yes. Medicare fraud. He’s now the Governor of Florida. He’s a Republican. He also wants to get rid of the health care reform law, but you know that since he was the one who led the fight against it in the first place when he formed Conservatives For Patients’ Rights. He hasn’t changed his position.

He’ll have lots of help with our newly elected Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, who vows to continue to move forward in the lawsuit that was filed along with other states against the health care reform law. She also won courtesy of SCOTUS and Citizens United via truckloads of undisclosed donations and Karl Rove.

They all want the same thing, and it’s NOT compromise or bipartisanship. They want to cut everything, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Education, and on and on. They also want a permanent Republican government and all the perks and money that come with it at our citizens expense.

Most of them are also millionaires. And now you’re going to sweeten the deal for them. You’re going to give them tax cuts that they don’t need when you could merely sit back and let them expire. This on top of the news yesterday that your “bipartisan” commission recommends drastic cuts to just about every conceivable thing they could come up with that didn’t interfere with incomes over $250,000 and the corporations who are pouring cash into funds used to elect the very people who want to defeat you and cut even more of these so called “entitlements” in order to further devastate what’s left of the middle class and sink this country into an oblivion of debt.

I’ll tell you what entitlements are: Tax cuts for the rich.

Mr. Axelrod says this is the only way the middle class can keep their tax cuts. Wrong. It’s not the only way. It’s the Republican’s way.

Mr. Axelrod says “We have to deal with the world as we find it,” and “The world of what it takes to get this done.” Wrong again. In 2008 I voted for “Change.” I didn’t vote for more of the “world as we find it.” If I wanted that I would have voted for the Republicans.

I voted for the candidate I thought would finally fight for the rights of the American people, and not the incompetent, foolish bullies who are dragging this country into a black hole and taking everyone in it with them.

If you plan to give in and not fight for us this time,  you’ve lost me for good. I won’t be fighting for you any longer.

“The world as we find it” isn’t good enough when there’s a better way. Not again.

Not this time.

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President Obama has recorded a new radio ad this week for Kendrick Meek’s Senate campaign.

The text of the ad:

President Obama:

This is Barack Obama and I want you to know why I strongly support Kendrick Meek for U.S. Senate.

Kendrick’s been a powerful voice for Floridians: standing up to special interests, to hold Wall Street accountable, fighting the insurance industry to make sure health care isn’t denied to our children because of a preexisting condition, working to eliminate subsidies to banks so young people can afford a college education, and Kendrick strongly opposes extending tax breaks for the wealthy and has worked tirelessly to expand the middle class and support small businesses.

So please join me in supporting Kendrick Meek for Senate.

Because if we work together, he will win.

Announcer:

Go to KendrickMeek.com to learn more. Or text”join” to 35736. That’s “join” to 35736 to get involved today.

Kendrick Meek:

I’m Kendrick Meek, candidate for senate, and I approve this message.

You can listen to the ad here.

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Remember way back in the “good old days” before former GOP Chairman Jim Greer was facing fraud and money laundering charges? Before all that “unpleasantness” when the IRS began investigating Greer, along with his buddies Marco Rubio and Delmar Johnson for their unsavory habit of misusing Republican Party credit cards for personal expenses? Or in Rubio’s case, his entire family? Like Rubio’s wife, I mean “treasurer,” (wink, wink) who spent $5,700 for “gas and meals,” among others. Or that $93,566 charge for the family minivan repairs, hundreds more in charges for computer supplies, liquid lunches, Las Vegas rental cars, and that infamous $134 haircut. Or “back-waxing” if you ask Charlie Crist about it.

Before Greer was arrested for those things, he became famous for trying to scare parents and their children by claiming that a speech President Obama would be giving in schools would “use taxpayer dollars to spread his socialist ideology,” and that Obama would be “indoctrinating” children. His claims so alarmed parents that many of them kept their children home from school that day, rather than being forced to watch the speech. What was the scary socialist speech about, you might ask? It was about the importance of education, attending school, and inspiring children to be good students.

Sadly, some children missed the speech. Ironically, they also missed the point.

It seems Greer was also a bit of a hypocrite. He too spoke to students in public schools, but unlike President Obama, Greer did speak with an agenda in mind. He spoke to students about Republican values. He joked about the differences between Democrats and Republicans:

“Republicans get up and go to work. Democrats get up and go down to the mailbox to get their checks.”

Ha. Ha. Actually Mr. Greer, any school student who reads the paper, or merely pays attention could tell you that you have it backwards. But thanks for playing.

Now, fast forward to a year later. President Obama is making another speech, and Jim Greer is facing charges for fraud and money laundering, and the Republican Party Of Florida now refers to him as “Jim who?”

In that year Greer has had time to think about what he said about that speech of President Obama’s. Now he wants to “set the record straight,” and has issued this statement (violins, please):

“In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation’s schoolchildren, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served,” Greer said in a written statement. “Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our party today. My children and I look forward to the president speech.”

Greer has pulled himself out from under the RPOF bus, only to have emerged a truly enlightened man! Who knew there were racists in the GOP? Extremists! Imagine the horror! To have spent all that time with “the party he so deeply loved and served” only to find one year later that they were closet racists! Oh….wait. Did he say “one year?”

“In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation’s schoolchildren, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served,”

So if he only learned in the year since that “racists” were in fact responsible for that “prepared statement,” than he was “placating” “extremists” he didn’t yet know existed? Really? Along with money laundering was he also charged with “bad lying?” Because that’s a pretty lame one. Are we also to believe Greer had only just learned in the last year that there’s this thing called “video” where he can be seen and heard ranting about Obama’s plans for the “indoctrination of children” by spreading his “liberal propaganda” (or what teachers refer to as “lesson plans”)?

I suppose Greer was just “overdoing it” with the GOP propaganda when he himself called the President: “Pied Piper Obama?”

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Speculation rose again yesterday that the White House may soon consider appointing Elizabeth Warren as “interim director” of the new Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protection and avoid the possibility of an ugly Senate confirmation battle. Progressives have longed argued (myself included) in favor of the Administration’s choice of Warren to head the bureau, with many favoring the possibility of a recess appointment, allowing Warren to bypass what would surely become another obstruction tactic by Republicans.

Elizabeth Warren at Netroots Nation 2010

Last week brought another hopeful sign when Warren abruptly canceled classes she was scheduled to teach in the fall at Harvard Law School. With this week’s developments, there may be cause for cautious optimism:

People familiar with the deliberations caution that President Obama has yet to make a final decision on the matter, and it is still plausible that Obama could nominate Warren outright for the job or that he could settle on another candidate. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) has said that any candidate should go through the Senate confirmation process, and he raised questions about whether Warren is “confirmable.”

Dodd has spoken highly of Warren as a choice for the job, only to change his mind later on, in what many see as self-serving to his future interests as a lobbyist in the banking industry. Although he’s raised doubts about Warren, according to yesterday’s New York Times “Mr. Dodd has pledged to support Ms. Warren if she is nominated.”

A White House spokeswoman said Monday:

“Elizabeth Warren has been a stalwart voice for American consumers and families and she was the architect of the idea that became the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The president will have more to say about the agency and its mission soon.”

Obama himself had this to say:

“The idea for this agency was Elizabeth Warren’s. She’s a dear friend of mine. She’s somebody I’ve known since I was in law school. And, you know, I have been in conversations with her. She is a tremendous advocate for this idea,” he said during his news conference Friday. “This is a big task, standing up this entire agency. So I’ll have an announcement soon about how we’re going to move forward. And, you know, I think what’s fair to say is, is that I have had conversations with Elizabeth over the course of these — over these last couple of months, but I’m not going to make an official announcement until — until it’s ready.”

In my opinion, Elizabeth Warren is the absolute best choice for the job, and I’m certainly not alone. As I wrote back in August, if there was any doubt in your mind who progressives would choose to be in charge of getting the country out of its financial mess and put the necessary regulations in place to do so, you would have known had you heard her speak at Netroots Nation this past July. That certainly hasn’t changed, and I would argue that the same holds true even more so today.

If you would like to read my earlier post on Warren, you can do so here.

The entire Warren keynote, BUILDING A PROGRESSIVE ECONOMIC VISION from Netroots Nation 2010 can be viewed here.

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