If you’ve just been elected
bought an election as Governor of a state that has an unemployment rate of 12% and state revenues $3.5 billion less than last year’s $70 billion budget, what is the first thing you would do before being sworn into office?
A. Throw an Inaugural Party costing upwards of $3 Million (so far), or
B. Launch a tour in two twin-engine private jets around the state that leads to Disney World?
I’ll give you a minute……
OK, to be fair, this is a trick question. Because if you’re Rick Scott, the answer is: BOTH!
Also to be fair, it’s not like Scott doesn’t recognize the problem here, right? Right?
When asked about the state’s money problems, Scott had this to say:
But a relaxed Scott on Monday appeared to take even that in stride. “I wish we didn’t have so much of a deficit,” he told reporters when asked what has surprised him most since his election last month.
Yeah! I mean, who could have predicted THAT?
But enough of the negative Nellie-ness here, Scott was spending the day at the happiest place on earth after all!
“Who’s ready to create 700,000 jobs?” Scott said, echoing his campaign refrain. “Who’s ready to get rid of all regulations that are killing jobs in this state? Who’s willing to use accountability budgeting to look at every state agency? Who’s ready to get that done?”
Yes, all those pesky job-killing regulations are the problem. Now who wants to jump on a thrill ride that’s currently still regulated, huh?
Now, I can’t help but wonder if Scott may just have crossed paths with another Republican Governor while he was vacationing in Disney World? You know, the one who left his state of New Jersey as it was about to be inundated with a blizzard? Surely the Lt. Governor stepped in, right?
A funny thing is going on in New Jersey. The state’s response to the massive snowstorm is being overseen by Democratic state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, in the role of Acting Governor — because both Republican Gov. Chris Christie and his Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are vacationing out of state at the same time.
Luckily for the state of New Jersey, there was a Democrat who could step in and take charge during the snowstorm there.
Sure wish we had one of those in Florida as well, since our Republican legislature is busy with gerrymandering tactics and ripping office doors down in the name of transparency while actually conducting meetings during football games in skyboxes with doors and away from those without in Tallahassee, and our new Governor was apparently unaware there was a hefty deficit problem until after the November election.
Yes, a Democrat to take charge in Florida would look real good right about now…