Links from the Times for Aug. 10: Buzz poll; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush column on the economy and growth
Crazy as it may sound, many of the savviest political minds in Florida think Charlie Crist will run for governor in 2014. Yep, Charlie Crist, the fellow who walked away from the governorship in 2010 only to see his political prospects implode. Remember, this is Florida politics, where anything can happen. The St. Petersburg Times’ latest Florida Insider Poll surveyed 98 people — consultants, lobbyists, fundraisers, activists —and 49 percent predicted Crist would run, including 56 percent of the Democratic insiders and 45 percent of the Republicans. To see a list of the insiders, click here.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wades into the national economic debate with an opinion piece in today's Wall Street Journal, co-authored by Kevin Warsh, a former Federal Reserve governor. In the column, "A New Strategy for Economic Growth,'' Bush and Warsh say budget cuts are essential, but "we will never cut our way to prosperity.'' They argue for a grand strategy of growth, and say, "The strategy is a threat to those who take refuge in our burdensome tax code, and it is a great source of encouragement to those who seek higher rates of return on physical and human capital. Hence, fundamental tax reform—dramatically lowering tax rates for individuals and companies while eliminating loopholes, deductions and credits—is critical to economic growth.''