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I Miss Jeb Bush

May 31, 2011

By Dan


Four words I never expected to say: I miss Jeb Bush.

 

Don’t misunderstand, I fought Jeb (and, I suspect, will again). But no matter how much I opposed his policies, I always believed Jeb possessed the requisite respect for our state and its people.

 

Sadly, I can’t say that about Rick Scott.

 

I have watched him carefully his first 6 months in office. At first I thought Governor Scott’s reptilian detachment from Florida was simply the product of being unaccustomed to the harsh glare of public life. But it became quickly apparent that it comes from something far more unsettling.

 

Rick Scott doesn’t seem to care about Florida.

 

His only interest seems to be pandering to a narrow swath of tea party supporters by nationalizing Florida politics. But Florida has unique challenges, and in the process of proving his tea party credentials, Governor Scott is ruining our state. Floridians barely elected him not because of who he was, but what he wasn’t (a Democrat). Now, like a bad sequel to the movie The Hangover, Floridians are retracing their steps to figure out how they woke up with a tiger in their bathroom and Lex Luther as governor. His approval rating is 29% and frankly that’s too generous.

 

In just 6 months Rick Scott has dismantled our growth management laws and eliminated Florida Forever (the land conservation program) to allow developers to completely pave over our state; he successfully convinced the legislature to gut education spending in order to provide special interest tax breaks; he’s shown utter contempt for Florida’s open government traditions by operating more secretively than any other administration; he gave property insurance companies the green light to raise rates as they see fit; and advanced policies that will make our state’s oldest and poorest nothing more than profit centers for health insurers. And that’s just the beginning.

 

Scott is treating Florida much like the companies he bought and sold in his business life. Buy a company, reengineer it so it can be sold for a quick profit and let it’s defects become someone else’s problems down the road.

 

But Florida isn’t a collection of business units that can be dismantled. It is a community of families living in a land blessed with extraordinary natural gifts. We will still be here when quick-buck developers have concreted our state; real families will have to bear the brunt of unfair property tax increases; and our children will pay for a cheap education forever.

 

The Tea Party and anti-Democrat surge that swept Governor Scott into office was a national tsunami based on discontent in Washington. Florida was just collateral damage. But with each passing month, Governor Scott damages our state in ways that will be felt long after his first and only term in office is just some distant memory Floridians struggle to forget.

 

Yes, I’m sorry to say, I miss Jeb Bush.




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Frankly i moved to Florida as Jeb Bush was on his way out of the political spot light i miss Charlie Crist and i wake to kringe each time this crooked administration runs our state to ruin but i am disappointed in the voters they knew what he was and ignored it



I miss a strong democratic party in Florida.



I was written all over his face and his past , t he will not be a good governor. Yet, as you said, people voted for him without making the right comparisons and by voting anti-democrats. I hope he is one term Governor! .



Dan, understandably, you and those others who know him in Miami are always kind and subdued in your remarks about Jeb Bush. So far he's staying safe... remaining aloof from the baggers and Rick Scott, by not speaking out against the madness. But sooner or later he's got to get his hands dirty. Let's see if he has the courage to go against the madness- then the rest of us, who don't know him personally, will take his measure. For my money, he's just another enabler.



I could not agree with you more. I had the unforunate experience as an RN to work under Mr. Scott and his approach to business was to strip the hospitals of every valuable asset,cut what he considered to be expensive staff and send every dime of "savings" to his bottom line. Patient care and safety was never considered to be valuable to him. He should be in jail right along side of Richard Scrushy(Healthsouth). He talks about people taking personal responsiblity for their situations yet he hid behind "I don''t remember" and let the people who worked for him take the fall. Florida under his lack of leadership will end up a third world country.



When I look back on Florida history I see governors like LeRoy Collins, Reubin Askew, Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles. Great men with vision and courage. What we have now is just depressing.



Dear Senator Gelber,I agree with everything, and a little more. This guy Scott first robbed medicare, then used the money he stole to beat McCollum in the primary. Now, he is going after the entire state government, looking to turn all public responsibility (meaning FL taxpayer's cash) over to his friends and his wife. What a joke. First he robs the elderly, then he robs all the rest of us.



Great writing (as usual). What can we say or do??? Miss you, but its good your still writing.



I cannot for the life of me fathom why this unindicted criminal was elected. I just hope that most of the damage he will do in the next three plus years can be undone. But he has three plus years left to destroy what was painfully constructed over many decades. It\'s just a crying shame that, according to Florida law, he cannot be recalled.



I still wake up in the morning hoping that Lawton Chiles is still the governor of Florida. Sadly, then I really wake up and realize a minority of voters in this state handed us over to this carpetbagger and thief. By the time we can recall this charlatan, Florida will be a third world state, and other states (including Mississippi) will use Florida as their excuse for not being the worst state in the country in terms of abusing its people for the benefit of the greedy rich, like Scott and company.



As a former agency head under Jeb Bush, I miss him too and I agree with your assessment of Governor Scott; I will not vote for him again. As a Republican I am often on the opposite side of issues (though I have always respected you for your thoughtfulness and convictions) from you but not on this one. Our State in harms way as long as Scott is Governor.



I agree with missing Jeb...if his last name wasn't Bush, he would be a likely GOP candidate for President!! Hopefully..one day as he has the perfect balance of credentials and common sense. Charlie Crist was a complete weasel and did a lot to ruin Florida. Governor Rick is hard to read...does somethings that have to be done and is therefore perceived to be business ruthless..let's give him a chance to correct and adjust and quit jumping on the bandwagon..



For those who say they can't understand why (Scott) was elected, I say don't be so sure he was. Remember, we don't see the votes counted. I don't believe Scott won. Keep in mind what just happened in Wisconsin with the Kloppenburg/Prosser race, what happened in Ohio with the Kerry/Bush race, what happened in Florida, San Diego, Virginia, etc. The failures of courage to pursue appeals and recounts with accontability I lay at the feet of our law enforcement people, regionally and national. They refuse to take on the people behind this persistent attack on our nation… which is exactly what this systematic nation wide pattern of vote theft and silence reveals.



Under precisely what circumstances would you have had favorable things to say about ANY Republican governor? Oh yeah, you loved Charlie Crist because in the 2nd half of his term he acted like a Democrat and allowed you to serve as co-governor. So Governor Scott is acting like a Republican and you are unhappy, just as you were unhappy when Jeb served two terms. Quelle surprise!



So, yes, it must be evident to all of us, including those who grievously voted for him, that Ricky Boy is the very embodiment of the Fiend of Nightmare Terror come to life to feed on our souls. So, what do we do about it? Must we wait supine for the end of this unindicted criminal madman's term of office and allow him to dismember and leave our state in utter ruin, as he did with the companies he pilfered? Is it the disgustingly customary unwillingness of Democrats to strike back in counter-aggressive self-confidence? Are we so infected by the culture of capitulation passed on from a hapless, gutless Obama reign, that we mimic his unwillingness to stand tall against the robber barons and their lackeys of our Plutocracy? What legal recourse do we have NOW to begin the urgent job of removing this gargoyle from his perch in Tallahassee? Why have our reputable and established political "leaders" of either stripe not seized the torch to begin this compelling undertaking? Are they waiting for Florida to remain as nothing but ashes?



So, yes, it must be evident to all of us, including those who grievously voted for him, that Ricky Boy is the very embodiment of the Fiend of Nightmare Terror come to life to feed on our souls. So, what do we do about it? Must we wait supine for the end of this unindicted criminal madman's term of office and allow him to dismember and leave our state in utter ruin, as he did with the companies he pilfered? Is it the disgustingly customary unwillingness of Democrats to strike back in counter-aggressive self-confidence? Are we so infected by the culture of capitulation passed on from a hapless, gutless Obama reign, that we mimic his unwillingness to stand tall against the robber barons and their lackeys of our Plutocracy? What legal recourse do we have NOW to begin the urgent job of removing this gargoyle from his perch in Tallahassee? Why have our reputable and established political "leaders" of either stripe not seized the torch to begin this compelling undertaking? Are they waiting for Florida to remain as nothing but ashes?



Well put, Dan. Many of us saw this coming and fought hard against the mindless backlash, but it just wasn't enough. Now it seems we must sit by, mostly idle or ineffective. We need leaders and heroes. I know you will do your part. As a life-long Democrat I call every concerned Floridian to join our Union brothers this Saturday, June 4th, in the several rallies they are having throughout the State. Our only hope for a better future is to bring together all factions who stand up for the working men and women of Florida, their children and parents. We must stop the decline toward a Banana Republic that Scott and his henchmen have started Floirda on. United we can win back our State, the dignity of our workforce, and the future for our children.



Let's not forget Scott's positively shabby treatment of the unemployed in this state, culminating in the added insult of those unemployed being required to take and pass a drug test, at their own expense, before compensation will be awarded.



I agree with you entirely. Scott has long since lapped Claude Kirk and Charley Johns in the bad-governor circuit and is neck-and-neck with Sidney J. Catts. (I doubt that Scott would even know that Catts and Johns were predecessors. Kirk was great on the environment and he was also right about the Cabinet, if altogether wrong in the bombastic means he chose to try to be rid of it. Since I disapprove of anonymous posts, whether on newspaper sites or private blogs, I\'ll sign my name to this.Martin Dyckman



At least he had integrity



My family has lived in Florida since the 1870's, many of the things that most people moving here take for granted were the results of my family and familys like ours hard work so when I see a carpet bagger like Scott come down here and ruin what we worked so hard to achieve, well it sickens me. I hope Scott is recalled, Bush was a good Governor even though I also opposed some of his policies, even Crist who is a Floridian had some understanding of this State and it's history. I hope Rick Scott is recalled, his name stricken from Florida's history and ends up in jail where he should have been ten years ago.



Why aim so low? I miss Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles. You never had to wonder what public service meant to them.



I am having real difficulty trying to understand who voted for this crook and why? Have people just totally lost their sense of reasoning or right and wrong? I can never understand why people vote against their own self-interests. Somebody help me with this please!!! I am so angry about what is happening in our Florida State legislature now.



So Dan how do we go about getting a constitutional amendment on the ballot to recall state officials? It will take voter signatures, just like it did with 5 and 6. Now is the time to do it! I'm sure you can make it happen and get the ball rolling...why isn't this happening yet??



Is there such a thing as impeaching a governor? He makes me feel ashamed for our state. Just as ashamed as the morons should feel who voted for this slime ball.



You are absolutely correct. Thank you so much for telling the truth.



Thanks Dan for a well-written blog!! And I too never thought I'd ever say, I miss Jeb Bush!! I am frightened for what Florida will become and for the short-sighted policies that are being put into place by Gov. Voldemort.



Will you run against him?



Jeb Bush is the only politician I ever heard refer to this country as "The United States of America" rather than just America. That earned him a lot of respect in my book.



You are not alone! Like you—I have intuitively thought that Gov. Scott possesses an unsettling detachment and callousness in his governing and management of Florida. I too didn't support Jeb Bush but NEVER believed him to be as self-serving and unthinking as Scott. We can only hope that the long term effects of Scott policies will not bankrupt our future. Thanks for your CONTINUED hard work and service to the people of Florida.Regards, Rhonda Keith



Dan...I totally agree with you. As an educator in this state I am petrified of what even the next school year will be like with all of the budget cuts. I already don't have enough supplies in my high poverty school, and not only is the budget being cut, but my paycheck is too. My husband, who is a corrections officer for the state who hasn't seen a raise in over 5 years is also having to take a pay cut. And why? Because less than 40% of registered voters could take the time to get out and vote! For crying out loud...you can vote by mail, vote early, or show up at the polls, and yet 60% of Floridians couldn't be bothered. So in actuality, barely 20% of the people of this great state put Valdemort in office. I am praying that the next election, people will get out and vote for someone who will be able to undo all the damage that Scott is doing and begin to repair this state.



It's pretty darn sad when a governor is so bad that you might miss Jeb Bush. God help us if he ever becomes president. Thanks goodness for term limits. They should apply to families - not just individuals. No silver spoons!!!!!



"Reptilian" describes Florida's Governor quite well nowadays.



A little over a year ago you spoke to us at the Lagoon House in Palm Bay, FL. You ran a good but tough campaign due to the anti-govergnment craze that was sweeping the country. I agree with your assessment of Tricky Rick and am determined that as mush as possible to get out the vote among regestered Democrats in Brevard County. Please help us in any way you can.



excellent expose on i miss jeb bush.too bad florida does not elect more folks like mr gelber.caliz56




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