If reports today from the St. Petersburg Times are true, Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not back down in his decision to turn down federal funding for the high-speed rail project in Florida. If he does that, he’ll be throwing away thousands of jobs, millions in money the state has already spent on the project, the will of the voters who favor the project, and decades of hard work in bringing Florida forward in what is a desperately needed new mode of transportation for its citizens.
All that Rick Scott has used to base his decision on throwing it all out the window is one study. Unlike his campaign promises, he didn’t wait for a study from the Florida Department of Transportation to make his decision. Nope. Instead he relied on a “study” from the Reason Foundation, which has ties to none other than David H. Koch.
Yes, that’s the same David H. Koch that another Governor thought he was talking to on the phone as reported yesterday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Walker all but showed that it is the Koch’s who are behind the Gov.’s push to crush the unions in that state.
Yes, the same Gov. Walker who Rick Scott spoke to yesterday on the phone, who Scott said was having a “tough” time right now in his maneuvers to strip away collective bargaining powers from the unions there. Scott also spoke of the upcoming meeting of the Republican Governors Association this weekend where, I’m sure, more of the strategy in what appears to be an orchestrated plan against the middle class in this country by the Republicans and their backers, like Koch Industries, will be on the agenda.
It’s becoming more clear every day that while people may have thought they were voting for Republicans who had their best interests at heart, they were really electing corporate interests who couldn’t care less about them and are pulling all the strings. Many of the Republicans in power right now clearly have no idea how to govern. But that doesn’t matter to these corporations because they don’t either. They are interested in protecting only one thing: their bottom line. That’s why those voters are being sold out. The corporate interests like Koch Industries are using their investment in Republicans in order to do away with jobs, human rights, regulations, and any number of other things.
One of their biggest “gets” was apparently Gov. Rick Scott, who told us he wanted to run Florida like a business. Those voters may have thought this meant prosperity for the state of Florida and its residents, and he’s still telling them that while he slowly chips away and sells Florida to the highest bidder. He clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing, and that’s more than apparent with the rejection of high-speed rail.
But at least his corporate backers are happy, and that’s all that matters here in Florida, Inc.