Chan Lowe: Rick Scott's tax cuts
A recent poll has found that if the Florida gubernatorial election were held today, an overwhelming number of Floridians would vote for Alex Sink over Rick Scott.
This says a lot more about the electorate than it does about Scott. It isn’t as though he pulled a bait-and-switch. He always said that if he became governor, he would run the state like a business. We all knew that the business he ran paid a record fine to the U.S. Government for fraud, and we knew that he had no experience whatsoever in government. What more did we expect?
Scott’s idea of cutting corporate taxes at a time when Florida desperately needs revenue is so unrealistic that even the Republican legislators can’t swallow the trickle-down myth. They have to balance the budget, and even the most conservative Republicans know⎯deep down in their granite hearts⎯that generating revenue by creating a more favorable business climate would take more time than they’ve got. Besides, with lower taxes, you’d have to see some pretty phenomenal corporate growth for such a folly to pay off.
Of secondary concern to them is all the lives that would be rent asunder thanks to the budget-slashing necessitated by the Scott tax cuts⎯since we’re only talking about bloodsucking state workers, who cares anyway, right? Well, state workers do pay taxes, and they do collect unemployment when they’re laid off. Unemployed, they’re just as much a drain on the economy as out-of-work private-sector workers.
This is what happens when you put a businessman with no political experience in office. When a businessman buys an election, he forgets that actual people voted for him and that the people are his boss. To him, the money he spent on his campaign was an investment, and he now owns the company.
We never gave him any reason to think otherwise.
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