Great Power, Great Responsibility

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - Florida voters are sending a message to Tallahassee. They cast their ballots, giving Republicans the Governor’s mansion and a supermajority in the House and Senate.

Republicans carried the election promising to create jobs, lower taxes, and cut state government. But talk is cheap. Republican strategist Pete Dunbar says now they have to deliver.

“They’re all back up for election. It’s a reapportionment year so it’s not half the senate, it’s all the senate, all the members of the state legislature and they’re going to have to turn back and say here is what we did,” said Dunbar.

Governor-elect Rick Scott’s promise to cut state government by 10 percent and the prison budget in half has law enforcement running concerned

“I just hope people realize that state workers do a good job. They do a thankless job sometimes, they are underpaid and they are underappreciated,” said Matt Puckett, a spokesman with the Florida PBA.

Democrats call Scott’s plan unrealistic, but since the GOP has a supermajority in the legislature and a clean sweep in the state cabinet they’ll have to sit and watch.

But Democrats do have an ace in the hole although they can’t play it till 2012.
Amendments 5 and 6 passed. Now Republican leaders will no long be able to draw strange looking districts to make sure their party stays in power.

“There’s going to be an election here is just two year where every seat in the legislature will be up,” said Screven Watson, a Democratic Strategist.

But in the meantime, the onus is on Republicans to fix the state’s 11 percent unemployment rate, lower taxes, and cut government without eliminating essential services.

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  • by To Nov 4 7:28 am Anon on Nov 4, 2010 at 04:54 PM
    He is not a thief. He is a Marxists. This is all part of the plan for change. The plan for change is to change this society from a Capitalist society to a Marxist society. That is going to be the change. You guys need to wake up. The job situation is not going to improve. You are living in a fantasy world. The economy is not going to improve. Marxism is the Agenda. Marxism is the change. They are deliberately destroying Capitalism so they can impose Marxism. The teaching to destroy capitalism, teach the way to do that is to spend the society into bankruptcy. That is what they are doing. It is deliberate. You guys have all heard him speak. He is very well spoken, very well educated. He is not incompetent. He is very competent. Incompetency can not be claimed.... So if it not incompetency what do you think it is? I think it is deliberate imp limitation of a Marxist Agenda.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 04:04 PM
    anon you are delusional. There are no jobs that are going to start back up. Don't worry nobody is going to get any credit on improving Unemployment anytime soon because it is not going to happen. This unemployment is going to go on for a long time. The change he is preaching is Marxism. Wake up.
  • by To Scott too on Nov 4, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    The republicans do not have the power to do that. The Democrats are the ones still in control. If the unemployment extensions are killed, It is the Democrats that are the ones that are guilty of it. Stop buying this lie that the Republicans now have some power. They don't. The democrats are just on that media campaign because they are trying to setup a scapegoat.
  • by Google Marxism on Nov 4, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    At the time of the 92 oil day leak The Democrats controlled the White House, The Congress and the House of Representatives. They controlled it all. Yeah it was their fault that they allowed the spill to continue and I feel they did it deliberately to harm the economy. I feel they do not want a recovery, they want complete destruction of the American Economy. I feel that Preacher of his Hates Americans and Capitalism. You heard his hate just as much as I did. I feel they want one nation under Islamic Rule with Shari Law imposed and the 1st step to getting that is to destroy the American Economy by destroying capitalism. You think he is a Democrat. I think he is view by some Muslim as the chosen one. I definitely do not think he is incompetent. I think he is very competent and his actions are deliberate.
  • by scott too Location: poor house. on Nov 4, 2010 at 11:11 AM
    repubs will kill the unemployment extensions soon. merry xmas.
  • by DEC on Nov 4, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    The Dems let the spill go on? That is rich. That is like saying Katrina was all Dubyas fault.
  • by deliberate Destruction of Capitalism. on Nov 4, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    Nam Vet I disagree. Florida economic base was detroyed by the oil spill and the Democratic Party's Mis Handling of that situation. They allowed that oil to spill for weeks and the soloution could have been done on Day 2 vs day 92. I am sorry in Florida the Economy and Job Market all our driven by our beaches and tourisim. The long term oil spill destoyed that and with it the consumer confidence. We are not going to have jobs in Florida for a very long time.Are Economy is still recovering from the oil spill disater.
  • by anon Location: here on Nov 4, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    And the next thing to come up is jobs that people have been needing for the past 2 years will suddenly startup and both state and federal GOP leaders will step up to take the credit. Many jobs would start to naturally increase as demand for goods would be needed anyway - although slowly. The Fed. Reserve Chairman waited until the GOP had a large number of 'wins' to say he will flood the market with $6 Billion dollars of new printed money. This makes your current dollar worth LESS! This will be what it takes to make the poor even poorer and will destroy ANY savings the middle class had (even for those who voted in favor of conservatives).
  • by Nam Vet Location: Perry on Nov 4, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    At least in Florida there will be no question about whom to blame in 2012.
  • by teddy Location: cairo on Nov 4, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    time to tax the rich more.
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