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Here's where the buck stops — if you use Rick Scott's logic

Based on Rick Scott’s blueprint, the buck stops with him when it comes to things like rejecting Medicaid expansion for 1 million Floridans and the $1.5 billion that Duke Energy customers have paid for a non-existent nuclear power plant.

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Based on Rick Scott’s blueprint, the buck stops with him when it comes to things like rejecting Medicaid expansion for 1 million Floridans and the $1.5 billion that Duke Energy customers have paid for a non-existent nuclear power plant.

Confused when it comes to finger-pointing?

Unsure about who is responsible for assorted mishaps, blunders and failures in the world of politics?

Not to worry.

Gov. Rick Scott has recently provided a blueprint to follow:

When in doubt, blame the guy in charge.

This seems to be his conclusion in all things having to do with Washington, D.C.

Federal government shutdown? It's the president's fault. Flood insurance legislation goes haywire? It's the president's fault. Questions about education reform? Yup, the president is trying to brainwash your kids.

"The buck stops with the president."

Scott said it in a speech last week. He said it in a tweet. He said it again in response to a reporter's question.

So now that Scott has cleared up any confusion about the responsibilities inherent to the executive side of government, it should make it much easier to evaluate his own performance in the governor's mansion.

For instance, that shameful delay of an execution?

Everyone jumped on Attorney General Pam Bondi, who requested the delay because it conflicted with one of her fundraisers.

Turns out, it was Gov. Scott's office that actually approved the delay. You can spin that any way you want. You can say he was merely granting the attorney general's request. You can say he had no idea a political fundraiser was the reason.

Bottom line:

The buck stops with the governor.

How about Medicaid expansion? The governor said he could not, in good conscience, deny Floridians needed access to health care.

And yet, a few months later, that's exactly what Florida did. State lawmakers decided not to accept billions of dollars in federal money and so more than 1 million of our neighbors are without health insurance today.

You can say House Speaker Will Weatherford led that charge. You can say lawmakers would not have changed their minds even if Scott had called for a special session.

Bottom line:

The buck stops with the governor.

Angry about the $1.5 billion that Duke Energy customers have paid for a non-existent nuclear power plant?

You can point out that the nuclear cost recovery legislation was passed during a different administration. You can suggest mega-utility companies have stacked the deck by contributing so heavily to the Republicans running the state.

Bottom line:

The buck stops with the governor.

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll's embarrassing resignation? Blame the guv. The revolving door in the Department of Education? Blame the guv. The bungled voter purge that Secretary of State Ken Detzner is taking responsibility for? Nope, that's Scott's fault, too.

See how easy it is to place blame when you don't worry about nuance? When you don't care about being honest or fair or having even a shred of integrity?

Now you might point out the entire premise of this column is one-sided and unfair. That I'm cherry-picking issues and leaving out pertinent circumstances and facts. But I swear it's not my fault.

Bottom line:

I'm just following Rick Scott's lead.

Here's where the buck stops — if you use Rick Scott's logic 10/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, October 7, 2013 6:47pm]

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