Thursday, September 15, 2011

Florida Doesn’t Want Jobs Money

If President Obama’s jobs bill passes, Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t want any of the money that the state might be eligible for.

Florida has a 10.7 percent unemployment rate that is higher than the national average. But Scott and GOP legislative leaders said the plan outlined by President Obama was too similar to the nearly $800 billion stimulus package that was approved by Congress back in 2009.

“It sounds like President Obama still doesn’t get it,” House Speaker Dean Cannon said Friday. “The answer to the current economic problems is not spending more money.”


While Scott has not taken an absolute stance against all stimulus-related aid, a spokesman said Friday that the governor would be opposed to any additional federal spending if it added to the federal debt. Obama said that he would propose additional budget savings in order to pay for his jobs plan.

“Where is that money coming from?” Brian Burgess said. “The governor’s position is pretty clear about shoveling federal dollars out when they don’t have federal dollars to shovel out.”

So the part of the bill that pays for it… they skipped that in Tallahassee?

President Obama would fund his $447 billion plan to create jobs largely by raising taxes on wealthier families, White House aides said Monday after the president again called on Congress to support the package.

During a Rose Garden appearance, Obama pledged to send Congress the American Jobs Act on Monday evening when the legislative body resumes its session. Aides revealed for the first time that the plan will include limits on itemized deductions for individuals who earn more than $200,000 a year and families that earn more than $250,000.

Ah, I get it… see, they would pay for it by raising taxes on rich people like Rick Scott. And he’s not going to go for that. Shared sacrifice is for suckers.

If the Republicans had their way, the only way the jobs bill would pass is if they stripped out the tax hikes, thereby making it more like the way they like to stimulate the economy: run up record deficits, then blame it on someone else.

HT to The Spencerian.