Rick Scott Refuses to Reopen Florida's National Parks Because He's an Ideological Nitwit

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With Capitol Hill still locked in a debt-ceiling full nelson, President Obama offered a compromise last night on one thorny shutdown issue: States can now reopen national parks using their own money. Governors in at least four states have jumped at the offer. After all, millions of tourism dollars have gone missing with icons such as the Grand Canyon closed to visitors.

That logic apparently doesn't apply to South Florida's own national treasure. Gov. Rick Scott quickly announced this morning that he will not reopen Everglades National Park. Because of reasons!

Scott cast the decision as a tough stand against D.C.'s tomfoolery. "Florida taxpayers will not foot the bill to cover Washington's failure to negotiate and compromise,'' his spokesman Frank Collins tells the Tampa Bay Times.

The governor is right, of course: The whole reason we're in this shutdown mess is because of ideologues refusing to negotiate or compromise.

There's only one way for Scott to combat a problem like that: To take his own ideological stand and then refuse to compromise or negotiate, dammit!

Scott is just as dense as that GOP rep who screamed at a park ranger for keeping veterans out of the World War II Memorial after he personally voted to shut down the government.

Everglades National Park draws nearly a million visitors a year. Those visitors pumped millions of dollars into the local economy. That's why hundreds of guides protested at the park this week.

Investing a few million bucks in state funds to open the park for a short while would pay itself back in tax revenues from all those visitors returning to Shark Valley. That's why Republican governors in Utah and Arizona -- even noted Obama-hater Jan Brewer -- are tripping over themselves to reopen their national parks.

But Scott has never let the economic reality of his state outweigh the chance to make a dumb political stand. That's why he turned down $2 billion in no-strings-attached federal cash to build a high-speed rail system that would have spurred economic development and created thousands of jobs. It's why he has supported every roadblock to helping Floridians join new health-care exchanges and turned down $51 billion to expand Medicaid for poor folks in his state.

So forget about the Everglades reopening under his watch. He'll ensure all of those tourists stay away just so he can take a worthless ideological stand against worthless ideological stands.

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antoniusb
antoniusb

Let me spell it out for Mr. Elfrink. The Republican governors of Arizona and Utah were eager to fund the national parks to have them re-opened is because those parks bring in a large amount of the states tourism. What percentage of this states tourism dollars comes from the Everglades? I would say you probably need to out about four zeros after the decimal point to get the correct answer.

icculus17
icculus17 topcommenter

what's the surprise? Florida gets more money from DC than it sends back. Scott would never do anything to change that.

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

So, Rick Scott is a nitwit because.... he did not follow after another 4 states.

That would make ALL 46 governors who refused to spend state dollars nitwits, right?

Not just Rick Scott, right?

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

It's wildly ironic to see Republicans DEMANDING that their state tax money be used to fund the federal government's obligations.

Tya Eachus
Tya Eachus

My friends in NC say sell the National Parks to the State.

j_dee
j_dee

Hes a medicare fraud dick yes, [Google] him and why was he not in JAIL.


tkamenel
tkamenel

Big fat asshoole that he is!


Bill Collins
Bill Collins

Obama could reopen Florida's national parks with a stroke of a pen. Harry Reid could also do it by scheduling a vote on the bill funding the parks that was passed by the House. Why not do a story about those nitwits, too?

Humberto Mendez
Humberto Mendez

hope you gave the dude the right to reply or else (knowing the guy he is) you're probably facing a suit soon.

Donald Thompson
Donald Thompson

If only Scott was as brilliant as New Times writers...

Craven Moorehead
Craven Moorehead

of course he doesnt want to open my favorite spot. either way its too hot for everglades national park

SNAKECHARMER
SNAKECHARMER

RICK SCOTT IS AN EVIL ALBINO PYTHON AND HE MUST BE STOPPED

jjwein
jjwein

ok guess what...this guy won AN ELECTION! HE'S NOT A MARTIAN....... So did Bush and this uncle tom Obama....USA IS DOOMED! Were the next great empire that fell, history will swallow us.

Eugenio A. Alonso
Eugenio A. Alonso

Scott is an idiot and Obama is brilliant or somehow compassionate? Is this the point?

eddie.e.suarez
eddie.e.suarez

the real nitwits are the one's who voted for the head nitwit

Jen Die
Jen Die

We voted for him...so what does tat makes us Floridians (BTW I did not vote for this idiot)

Troy Nader Moslemi
Troy Nader Moslemi

I still remember Governor Lawton Chiles. It's been a long time since we've had a great Governor.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter



"Sure, we lie to start wars, shoot people in the face and wipe our wealthy butts with the Constitution. We ignore hurricane victims and terrorist threats and blame the results on the last Administration. Yeah, we take bribes and go on golfing trips paid for by lobbyists. Yes, we can't wait to get our grubby hands on your Social Security, sell our ports to Arabs, and run up another trillion dollar debt. True, we are internet predators and pedophiles, but putting the Democrats in charge would be a DISASTER!" I don't give a rats ass for the voters! All I care about is the power and the power that'll give me the money. That's why I'm a success and you're not! America for the Americans. You believe that nonsense? You're stupider than I thought! I'd sell my soul to the Japanese if they made me an offer. And as for you, don't come suckering around me if you want something! The only thing you'll get from me is this!  the gop/teaparty



Barnaby Eli Robles
Barnaby Eli Robles

Scott is an idiot, but so is the writer of this article for fanning the flames. Why don't you wrote an article about the organizations that are actually helping people out during this crisis, like the Fisher House Foundation who has offered to cover death benefits for fallen soldiers while members of BOTH parties measure their ideological phalluses?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Ruin the partys? These people aren't worried about us. They're not worried about anything. They're rich. No matter what happens, these people just keep applauding.

Good, honest, hard-working people: white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good, honest, hard-working people continue — these are people of modest means — continue to elect these rich coxsuckers who don’t give a funk about them. They don’t give a funk about you. They don’t give a funk about you. They don’t care about you at all! At all! At all! And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on.

“where is a provisions to cut benefits/ services and lifetime health coverage, salaries for Politicians. “What’s a joke is American politics. Nearly everyone in the country would agree, judging by congressional approval ratings in national polls.. They vote on their own raises, healthcare, and pension plans, and we are left with the bill. it's time to vote them out. so how does a career politician get rich? answer budgeting the budget on the backs of the middle class

Elections are our national wake-up calls.”

“While too many find this as some sort of virtuous sign of frugality, in fact this is a form of theft from the taxpayer. We, the People, provide Members of Congress salaries that -- while far from those of the K Street LObyist crowd -- put them at three times the average American wage, provide them free gym access (where Paul Ryan ever so loves to work on on other peoples' dimes), give them far more generous health insurance than the vast majority of their constituents have, and provide what all but the most-pampered CEO would call lavish retirement (without counting the $s from revolving door (lack of ethics) lobbying that enriches so many on leaving office)””””””


Starr S Perez-Dennis
Starr S Perez-Dennis

What do you expect for corrupt. the whole state of Florida is run like shit! Beautiful state.. but can't live on beauty alone

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@jjwein 

The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!

deanstelmach
deanstelmach

@Troy Nader Moslemi  Charlie Crist was a great governor. I didn't vote for him but I plan to if he runs again.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@Jeannie Necessary

 



Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee voting 78,223 absentee votes, compared to 26,533 for Meek and 25,478 for Crist.

This is a real problem here and the disparity in registrations for democrats v. Repbus voters this year is astounding. Add the fraud you brought up in your post we should have FBI, DOJ investigating the results of  Rick Scott and  marco rubio”

Scott is not the only prominent GOP member in Florida with close ties to the absentee-ballot fraud machine. Consider Marco Rubio's famous U.S. Senate victory.

Helping Rubio cruise to a surprise win was a political consulting firm owned by Viviana Bovo, the wife of county Commissioner Esteban Bovo. She was paid $19,637 for "political strategy" and "consulting" by Rubio's campaign.


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