Mother Jones: Vomit-Caked Florida Wakes Up Next to Rick Scott With a Tea Party Hangover
Or, at least that's how liberal mag Mother Jone's paints it in their latest issue.
Accompanied by a video, MoJo makes the case that Rick Scott and our conservative legislature turned our state in a failed nightmare of a Tea Party experiment:
The article is one of the most eviscerating take-downs of Scott's legacy we've seen yet (and believe us, its not like anyone, even the conservative press, is writing articles praising Scott's legacy):
In just one year, Scott and his conservative allies slashed state spending by $4 billion even as they cut corporate taxes. They've rejected billions in federal funds in one of the states hardest hit by the recession. They've axed everything from health care and public transportation initiatives to mosquito control and water supply programs. "Florida is where the rhetoric becomes the reality. It's kind of the tea party on steroids," says state Rep. Mark Pafford, a Democrat. "We've lost all navigation in terms of finding that middle ground."As a result of Scott's Tea Party agenda (and, not to mention, his many basic failures as a politician that have nothing to do with his ideology), his approval ratings are so far down in the toilet they'd need a super plunger to be saved. Chillingly though, MoJo writes, "it may be too late for buyer's remorse." Stephanie Mencimer enumerates the many problem's caused by Scott's agenda that may have irreversible effects, including the state's new policy of warehousing special needs children in nursing homes.
"I don't think it's insurmountable to recover from dismantling 50 years' worth of great government structures that made society in Florida better," says Democratic state Rep. Mark Pafford tells the mag. "But it could be a decade before we really begin to address some of these issues."
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