Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Feb. 1: Presenting.... the Tallahassee Circus!!!

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Recent events should teach Florida voters not to elect circus workers to state office.

How else to explain some of the ridiculous moves recently by the man in the governor's mansion and some others in the Florida Legislature?

In the first circus ring is Rick Scott, who either doesn't know or doesn't seem to care that his job is to pass along the voter-approved redistricting amendments to the federal government for review. He's holding off for the time being. He isn't winning friends across the aisle for unveiling his state budget in a Tea Party-friendly atmosphere, either. Remember, Mr. Scott: There may not be many Democrats in the Legislature, but there are plenty of them and Independents across the state.

In the second ring is State Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, in Florida's Panhandle, who thinks the shooting deaths of four police officers across the state are an excuse to loosen, not tighten, gun control restrictions. He's sponsoring three bills that would do just that, including one that says local communities can't pass gun control laws.

(Three cheers to Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino for suggesting an obvious place to loosen gun control restrictions:

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/cerabino-let-lawmakers-enjoy-the-fruits-of-gun-1207060.html )

And in the third ring is State Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, who is sponsoring a bill to sell naming rights for the state's roads, beaches and other facilities to bring in budget money.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Florida Capitol, anyone? It's perfect for a bunch who obviously think they got accepted to Clown College, not elected to wisely govern Florida.

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