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John Romano column: Rick Scott is right; We have tons to brag about



Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano doesn't mince words in this morning's column about Gov. Rick Scott. An excerpt of the must-read column

In his campaign to snatch jobs from other states, Scott has become Florida's cheerleader-in-chief. He flirts, he bad-mouths the competition, he cruises around in his private jet.

Some might call it tawdry, but we prefer to think of it as confident.

So why not accentuate tax rates? Maybe add a little sparkle to the weather charts? And if you hear of any corporations looking for a good time, tell them we're up for anything.

Take the environment, for example.

No, seriously, you can have it. You can dredge, develop and destroy whatever you want as long as there are jobs involved.

And there's more:

You know what else we like? Guns. We like 'em big, we like 'em automatic, we like 'em concealed. Some of our legislators even like them strapped to our schoolteachers

We're not saying you have to own a gun if you want to come to Florida. We're just saying if you want to, we're not going to waste a lot of time making sure you're sane.

Now, we would be remiss if we failed to point out that Florida doesn't spend as much money investing in students as a lot of states.

That would be 37 states, if you must know.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 9:15am]


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