Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Politics

Romano: Rick Scott's principles depend on the politics

So the governor is upset about a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's ever-expanding school voucher system.

Fair enough.

Rick Scott believes in vouchers. Supports vouchers. And so he's eager to ignore a previous state Supreme Court ruling that vouchers violate the Florida Constitution.

"It is unconscionable that trial lawyers and unions have ganged up to use these children as a political ploy,'' Scott said while blasting the legal challenge. "Quite simply, this careless action could have terrible consequences on the lives of Florida's poorest children, who with the help of this program have a chance to escape poverty."

So here's my question:

Why is it okay to ignore the Constitution in this case, but Scott's people say they have no choice but to vigorously defend the Constitution's ban on gay marriage, even though state judges have struck it down.

Why isn't this statement also appropriate?

"It is unconscionable that the attorney general and conservatives have ganged up to use these families as a political ploy. Quite simply, this careless action could have terrible consequences on the lives of Florida's same-sex families, who with the help of this ruling have a chance to escape discrimination.''

Indignation is a handy weapon. And Scott can get his panties in a bunch with the best of us. But his outrage seems selectively convenient.

Consider his response when he thinks educational standards are being dictated by bureaucrats in Washington.

"We're not going to have the federal government telling us how to do education standards.''

Yet, he has no problem with lawmakers in Tallahassee deciding they know better than parents, principals and teachers at the local level.

So why isn't this statement also appropriate?

"We're not going to have the state government telling us how to do education standards.''

You might remember Scott also seemed particularly outraged that the Obama administration had not done a better job monitoring VA hospitals, resulting in lengthy delays in treatment for many veterans.

"We have veterans dying and … they're not solving the problem.''

And yet, he has never uttered a peep about state legislators in his own party who have refused to expand Medicaid in Florida. That decision means more than 40,000 uninsured veterans are being denied health plans offered by the federal government.

So why isn't this statement also appropriate?

"We have veterans dying and … Florida Republicans are not solving the problem.''

If nothing else, Scott seems to be a big believer in executive action. He routinely blasts the president for lack of leadership, including during the recent flood insurance crisis.

"We are calling on President Obama to take immediate action to prevent flood insurance rate hikes on families … The buck ultimately stops with the president."

Of course, the same might be said for the nuclear cost recovery fee that has allowed power companies to fleece customers with miniscule accountability or oversight.

So why isn't this statement also appropriate?

"I am calling on myself to take immediate action to prevent bogus nuclear rate hikes on families. … The buck ultimately stops with me.''

The governor does like to talk the talk. Just so long as he understands some might want to mock the mock.

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