Protesters Voice Concerns at Scott's Inauguration

By: Jennifer Milton Email
By: Jennifer Milton Email

"I'm afraid that he wants this government, the state, to line other rich people's pockets, at the expense of poor people," said Marion Banchaf.

Marion Bachaf (Baw-choff) and Max Hass (haws) are raining on Rick Scott's parade, protesting while Florida's 45th governor was sworn into office.

Banchaf is unemployed and Hass is a young college student, but the strangers joined forces on the sidewalks in front of the capitol on inauguration day, fearing how the new administration will affect their futures.

"I'm going to school to be a high school history teacher, and with all the things, you know he wants to dismount the department of education and cut teaching, you know, if he gets re-elected in 2014, the year I'm supposed to graduate, college, I'm going to leave the state of Florida, because there just won't be a job for me," said Haas.

Although seeing Scott claim his new throne is tough for some liberals to swallow, republicans say a fresh start means fresh ideas, and they are depending on the Governor to stay true to his promises.

"This nation needs a change, and I feel in order to make that change, we have to make a different approach to our government," said John Baker.

Although Scott's protesters lay on the opposite side of the fence, they say only time will tell if Floridians elected the right man for the job.

An angry protester also disrupted Scott's inaugural address today and was removed from the audience by security.


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  • by Jack Location: Tallahassee on Jan 6, 2011 at 04:08 AM
    Bullseye - I googled Social Contract as suggested. Agree with what it states. Question - when the majority realize that they can take money from others and spend it as they see fit, is this fair? A 'contract' is not valid unless agreed to by all parties. The socialized way of life that we are sliding into, is not acceptable to all parties. Hence, there is no contract. I have the freedom, granted to me by laws / government, and the responsibility to provide for myself. I shouldn't need the 'rich' to take care of me. The 'rich' could (and would) contribute by providing jobs if the government wasn't sucking so much up in taxes to pay for all the social programs that the gov is NOT responsible for. Streamline the government, stop the spending, and let the economy rebound as it will. The Government is NOT going to be the solution.
  • by Ted on Jan 5, 2011 at 07:40 PM
    Obviously, what some people who have it out for State employees have yet to realize is Tallahassee's economy depends on State employees. As the saying goes...it runs downhill. If enough State employees lose their jobs, watch out Tallahassee!
  • by Bullseye on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    Dee that's the same tea party slander repeated over and over. Most of us are working hard and want a stronger middle class. A few "conservatives" hide their lack of a conscience behind patriotic pablum and sloganeering, but their aim is self-serving. It is the sheep that follow talk radio and parroting onservative sound bites that are destroying the middle class and our nation. Why shouldn't the rich pay for a war they started, don't have to fight in and profit from? Don't tell us to get to work. You need to google the meaning of "social contract."
  • by Peter Location: Jacksonville on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    Those of you talking crap about Haas, keep in mind he's a "young college student" who has probably never been interviewed before and was probably very nervous.
  • by Job Location: Perry on Jan 5, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    Criminals running state and local government only means one thing - the lying conservatives are back in town. Pony up to the bar girls, the first cups of koolaid are free.
  • by jimbo on Jan 5, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    All I know is the republicans have been in power in Florida for over 12 years now and look where we're at.
  • by Dee Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    Marion "Bawchoff" wants govt. to take from the "rich" (previously known as the middle class) and give to ones who refuse to work. We've done that long enough - it's a new day. Scott wasn't kidding about "Get to work"!
  • by Nate Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    I would LOVE to give Gov. Scott a "chance". However, it's hard to do, when he wouldn't address the matter of his involvement of the FRAUD associated with his name. From the outset, his integrity is impuned. That being said, instead of hurling insults, let's have a meaninful debate & dialog about the merits of governing in these times. I'm STILL puzzled by those who claim that Pres. Obama, has messed things up. As has been proven, it's EXTREMELY difficult to get things done, when one body has already determined to undermine honest efforts to get things back on track. But I digress! A mantra of the republican party is "small" government...however, Mr. Scott took office yesterday, and has already created a new layer of bureaucracy for rule making, AND has plans to merge several agencies, thereby eliminating jobs for some workers. Republicans are quick to announce "Government can't & doesn't create jobs!", when Obama was attempting to do so. Can someone tell me what's so different w/ Scott?
  • by Julie Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    CHANGE?? CHANGE?? Everyone wants change. HELL.. I want some more of the same. Everytime some idiot changes something it just screws up something else. This crook should not be governor. Put two and two together people. Removing local government means local state jobs. Means a poor economy for Tallahassee. Poorer than it already is. It means removing local state agencies and giving it to the private sector in other locations.. other locations out of this town, out of this state. GREAT.. just what we need.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Jan 5, 2011 at 06:35 AM
    A Liberal tax and spend agenda and class envy and hatred of said class was live and well at the Inaugution bummer. (sad)
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