Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Sweet Smell of Desperation

Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) hears the footfall of doom as he draws ever closer to his bid for re-election next year.  Polls are showing that he’d lose to freshly-minted Democrat Charlie Crist, and now he’s pandering to voters whom he offended deeply by signing a restrictive early-voting law in 2011 and then running away from it like his, um, hair was on fire.  Now he says he’s all in favor of expanding early voting… back to where it was.

His latest attempt to suck up to a major constituency is his proposal to give Florida teachers a raise.  This comes a year after he stuck public employees with a law that forces them to make a 3 percent contribution to a pension plan that is already solvent.

Scott planned to announce his proposal Wednesday in Ocoee. No details were immediately available.

The Florida Supreme Court last week upheld a Scott-proposed law requiring the pension contribution from teachers, state and county employees and some municipal workers.

The Legislature last year approved Scott’s request to increase public school funding by $1 billion but left it to local school boards to determine how much, if any, would go to pay raises.

That was a turn-around for the Republican governor, who in the previous year persuaded lawmakers to cut school spending.

Nice try, Governor.  And while no one would begrudge giving a pay raise to teachers (full disclosure: when teachers get raises, so do some administrators), is there a way you could do it without being so shamelessly ham-handed about it?  It makes us feel so used.

2 barks and woofs on “The Sweet Smell of Desperation

  1. One more proof that Teabaggery is nothing more than posturing. Turn up the heat and the Teahad is just as pandering as any self-serving political identification.

    It’s telling that so many, who believed all the Teahadist hype – at least enough to vote for it – are becoming fast disenchanted with the Teahad made real, and have begun to pressure the volk they elected to back down. Could it be that, now they’ve had the very smallest taste of the Xtian version of what’s been happening in Mali, they like having their SocSec, Medicare, private family planning without threat of personal violation, additional voting days, union contracts and the other bennies – and that they might prefer services to sermonizing?

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