(Misre)memories of the flood:
Florida’s Governor Scoffaw picks the public purse.
During the last few months, taxpayers have been soaked for more than $1 million to settle lawsuits in which Scott and his dim-bulb Cabinet flagrantly violated Florida’s open-records and open-meetings laws.
No other sitting governor has used tax money to end public records cases that were caused by his own secretive misbehavior. Scott couldn’t care less.
He paid off in one case to avoid producing thousands of emails from private Google accounts on which he and staff members conducted public business, against the law. Scott said such accounts didn’t exist, which was a flat-out lie.
It’s not like this should surprise anyone.
The Inky talks to Atlantic City residents about their experiences with Donald Trump. The picture that emerges is one of a skilled card shark–well, read it for yourself. Here’s a bit from early on in the article.
“But in this neck of the woods, his actions speak volumes in terms of numerous bankruptcies and nonpayment to hardworking individuals.”
As Trump – who got called out on his A.C. history during the recent Fox News debate – dominates polls and airtime, old Atlantic City wounds have resurfaced. His boasting “I had the good sense to leave Atlantic City” and calling those who lost out “not the nice, sweet little people that you think, OK?” felt to some like rubbing it in.
In many cases, it was, in fact, the little people left unpaid.
“When it came time to pay for the pianos, we weren’t getting paid,” said Michael Diehl, 88, owner of Freehold Music Co., which sold Trump eight Yamaha grand pianos for about $100,000. “I’m not going to vote for him, that’s for sure. That’s a crude way of doing business.”
One more time: with Republicans, watch what they do, not what they say.
Which reminds me of the story about the fellow who was drowsing through a sermon about the Ten Commandments. When the preacher got to the Seventh Commandment, he perked up and said to himself, “Ah, that’s where I left my umbrella . . . .”
In the Las Vegas Sun, Timothy Egan notes the irony:
Trump is a byproduct of all the toxic elements Republicans have thrown into their brew over the past decade or so — from birtherism to race-based hatred of immigrants, from nihilists who shut down government to elected officials who shout “You lie!” at their commander in chief.
It was fine when all this crossing of the line was directed at President Barack Obama or other Democrats. But now that the ugliness is intramural, Trump has forced party leaders to decry something they have not only tolerated, but encouraged.
Much more at the link.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., plays trump on Republicans’ hypocrisy on “war heroes.” A snippet:
So Trump deserves every bit of scorn his party has heaped upon him. He deserved to have Jeb Bush call his remark “slanderous” and Rick Perry to call it “offensive.” He deserved Rick Santorum’s tweet that “McCain is an American hero,” and the Republican National Committee’s statement that “there is no place in our party or our country” for such remarks. In a word, he deserved condemnation.
But the people who slandered John Kerry deserved it, too. The secretary of state is also a war hero, period, full stop. If that term doesn’t fit a wounded man who braved enemy fire to fish another man out of a river, then it doesn’t fit anyone. Yet in 2004 when then-Sen. Kerry ran for president and a shadowy Republican-allied group mocked that heroism and baselessly called Kerry a liar, the GOP had a different response.
Jeb Bush wrote a letter praising those who questioned Kerry’s heroism. Perry declined to condemn them. “I think that there’s a lot of questions,” he said. Santorum said Kerry “brought this upon himself” by emphasizing his military service. And Republicans went to their convention sporting small purple bandages in mockery of Kerry’s Purple Heart.
Donald Trump is the Republican id unfiltered.
Beatings must continue until
Via Raw Story.
Brian Greenspun, publisher of The Las Vegas Sun, has had enough (emphasis added).
Are there times when the Supreme Court gets it wrong? Absolutely. You don’t have to go too far back in history to recall the Citizens United case in which a 5-4 majority ruled that corporations were people, thus opening the billion-dollar floodgates of wealthy individuals and their companies into our election process. How is that working out so far?
This time there are people upset about Obamacare and marriage. That’s not going to change. There will always be people upset when the Supreme Court acts. That is the nature of court rulings.
What should upset us more, though, are political leaders under the guise of conservatism crying out for the impeachment of justices and the ignoring of lawful court orders.
There is nothing conservative about trying to lead people — emotionally and otherwise distraught people, depending upon the issue — toward a path of ignoring our Constitution and our rule of law. That is the way of anarchists, not conservatives.
More fed-upedness at the link.
From The Guardian:
Or, in other words,
Incubator denies hatchling.
John Romano tries to make sense of Florida Republicans’ arguments against expanding Medicaid to implement the Affordable Care Act. He can’t.
Representative after representative stood on the House floor and decried the amount of money the federal government proposes to spend on health care, and yet these same officials support Gov. Rick Scott’s lawsuit to — wait for it — force the federal government to send us more health care money.
And when it came time to plug budget holes for uncompensated hospital care, legislators used general revenue funds that will allow them to draw down another $600 million in additional — wait for it — federal funds.