Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bait and Switch — Updated

From the Miami Herald, Gov. Rick Scott steps on the Calle Ocho rake.

Gov. Rick Scott began Tuesday morning as the darling of Miami’s Cuban exile community, but by day’s end he was being vilified for the way he handled a bill cracking down on companies that do business with Cuba and Syria.

Shortly after praising their fellow Republican for signing the law at the historic Freedom Tower, Cuban-American lawmakers at the event learned Scott issued a letter that essentially declared the law unenforceable.

The lawmakers — members of Congress, legislators and local commissioners — said Scott blindsided them and undermined the legislation, which prohibits state and local taxpayers from hiring firms that do work in Cuba and Syria. Multi-national firms and the Florida Chamber of Commerce worry about the law’s potential impact.

After a heated telephone conversation with Scott, Congressman David Rivera said he was ready to take the governor to court.

Y’see, there’s this little matter of the United States Constitution, which delegates the power of foreign relations solely to the president and the federal government. States are not supposed to unilaterally decide who citizens can or cannot trade with. That’s a minor detail to the hard-core Cubans in Miami who still think they can dictate foreign policy from the patio of the Versailles restaurant, and since Gov. Scott is eager to exploit them for his image boosting, they got suckered in. Hilarity ensues.

Update: Never mind.