BY BUDDY NEVINS
Faced with the Republicans’ overwhelming political power in Tallahassee, the Democrats fight back the only way they can — through the media and on the Internet.
Democrats recently set up a website blasting Gov. Rick Scott.
I believe Scott’s mantra that he is creating jobs while cutting government is a Tea Party fantasy.
Scott fires thousands of government employees. He proclaims he is growing jobs.
Tallahassee has become Bizarro World from the Superman comics where everything is reversed. Black is white.
The plain truth is that dismantling state government will negatively affect thousands of Floridians, many who don’t work for government but can no longer get prompt services.
The reality is that generating new jobs for Floridians largely is the hands of Wall Street along with Congress and the White House. Florida will rise or fall along with the general economy. Scott’s role in it is to a great extent an afterthought.
To say anything else is deceitful. Then again, I’m not surprised that Scott hides the truth from Floridians.
He took the Fifth Amendment how many times?
Below is the news release. The link to the website are in the release.
NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
For Immediate Release: April 14th, 2011
Contact: Eric Jotkoff, (850) 222-3411
100 Days, 100,000 Jobs Destroyed:
Rick Scott’s Record As Governor
Every week that Rick Scott is in office, he and the Republican controlled Legislature are discovering new ways to destroy jobs and hurt Florida’s economy. As Rick Scott reaches his 100th day in office, we’d like to give an answer to the question that many reporters, legislators and hardworking Floridians are asking just how many jobs has Rick Scott’s proposals created?
To answer this question, we have launched the website www.WhereIsMyFloridaJob.com.
Since taking office 100 days ago, Rick Scott actions and proposals have destroyed 100,000 Florida jobs as he works to impose his extreme agenda on our state. As Governor, Rick Scott has solely focused on pleasing the Tea Party rather than implementing commonsense solutions to bring jobs to our state. That is why the Florida Democratic Party is launching www.WhereIsMyFloridaJob.com, as we work to hold Rick Scott accountable, so Floridians can see how Rick Scott’s extreme agenda is damaging Florida’s economy,said Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith.
The site is intended to let Floridians know just how many jobs have been lost in Florida because of the reckless approach taken by Governor Scott and an overzealous Legislature that continually puts extreme ideology before the needs of over one million working Floridians still looking for an honest paycheck.
“It’s now clear that Rick Scott’s mantra of Ã¢â‚¬ËœLet’s Get to Work’ wasn’t a message to Floridians, but a message to his associates ready to launch a hostile corporate takeover of our state. There are ways to create quality jobs and be both a business-friendly and people-friendly state, yet the governor has shown no interest in seeking such balance. It’s our job to work to hold him and his friends in the legislature accountable,” State Representative Rick Kriseman added.
Failed Republican budget policies over the past decade have resulted in a $3.6 billion deficit. Instead of focusing on creating jobs during the 2011 Legislative Session, Rick Scott proposed a spending plan that fails to meet the public’s needs and does real harm to middle class families.
To justify these dangerous cuts, Rick Scott and his Republican enablers have decided to play politics and attack firefighters, police officers, teachers, nurses, and other public servants, while balancing Florida’s budget by creating a backdoor income tax on working families.