Floridians are starting to realize that their move to elect radical right wing extremist Tea Partiers was a bad, bad decision. Floridians were suckered into buying the Tea Party poison which is anti-Obamacare, anti-immigrant, anti-middle class, anti-worker, anti-women, anti-gay, anti-social safety net, anti-education and anti-women.
So, why are Floridians sorry now that they drank the Tea Party Kool-Aid?
Nearly 4 million Floridians, more than 1 in 5, lack health insurance. Florida has the second-highest rate of uninsured in the country. Tea Party Governor, Rick Scott, is refusing to implement Obamacare‘s federal subsidies for private insurance, and the Medicaid expansion would fix the problem.
Tea Party fascist Rick Scott’s “jobs budget” as he named it, called for $4.6 billion in spending cuts. As you can imagine, programs that benefit the poor, disabled, sick, children, elderly and middle class were set to be slashed. Education took the biggest hit ($3 billion), while simultaneously increasing the amount spent on private school vouchers by $250 million in 2012.
Mother Jones Reports Scott’s budget “included a 17 percent cut to the agency that serves the disabled and proposed dropping virtually everyone but children and pregnant women from a state health program for the medically needy. The savings would be used to slash the corporate income tax from 5.5 to 3 percent, with the goal of eliminating it entirely by 2018. The budget also called for reducing property taxes by $1.4 billion, and cutting unemployment insurance taxes by $300 million, even though Florida’s unemployment trust fund was bankrupt. US News columnist Peter Roff dubbed Scott’s budget a “tea party dream” and speculated, somewhat prematurely, that it “almost assuredly gets him on the short list for vice president in 2012 or, depending on the outcome of that election, for president in 2016.”
It looks like once again the liberal view was correct. We know that wherever the Tea Party is in power, that poverty, illness, and suffering increase. Here’s the incredible video via Mother Jones: