Thursday, February 17, 2011


Road Work
"Road Work"
Olympus E-3 with Zuiko Digital 50-200mm
1/200s, f/5, ISO 100, 200mm

We'll spend local tax money (and probably some federal tax dollars as well) to build more sprawling highways and roads through Florida, and everybody embraces it. But when the federal government wants to give us $2.4 billion for the majority cost of a high-speed rail system from Orlando to Tampa, with the rest of the building expense picked up by the companies that would have built it, our chief executive crook Rick Scott rejects it because he fears cost overruns and he's cheered like some hero. In rejecting the federal funds, Rick Scott was heard to utter:
“The truth is that this project would be far too costly to taxpayers and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits.”
Rick Scott hasn't the qualifications to make such a sweeping assessment, which makes me wonder who truly bent his ear (yes, I know it was a Libertarian think tank) and how they would financially benefit from such a rejection. Because with this much money floating around, it's always about who really gets the money.

I've reach a point in my life where I'm embarrassed to admit I live in the state of Florida. I thought Charlie Crist was bad, but Rick Scott makes Crist look like a political genius. The only group satisfied by Scott's rejection were his Tea Party backers.

I sincerely hope state Republicans and Democrats unite against Scott, and at a minimum find a way to throttle Scott so as to minimize the damage he will cause to Florida if left unchecked. Perhaps, in due time, they might even find enough collective courage to impeach a man who should have never been elected governor of Florida in the first place.

But I doubt it.

Pilings One
"Pilings One"
Olympus E-3 with Zuiko Digital 50-200mm
1/160s, f/5, ISO 100, 50mm

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