#cut taxes for corporations
#cut taxes for teh wealthy
#slash services for the disabled
#tax cuts for the wealthy
FL Gov. Rick Scott’s budget plans: cut corporate taxes, turn the disabled into Soylent Green
Because this is exactly how the Republican-Teaparty operates today: cut taxes by $2 Billion for your buddies and corporate benefactors, and make the poor, disabled, and middle-class pay for it. (Emphasis mine below.)
Wall Street Journal:
The 2012 spending plan reflects cuts of $4.6 billion over the fiscal 2011 budget, and Mr. Scott outlined more cuts for fiscal 2013. Ahead of Monday’s announcement, the Republican governor discussed slashing $5 billion from the budget, while cutting property and corporate income taxes by about $2 billion.
…Scott ordered deep cuts Thursday to programs that serve tens of thousands of residents with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.
Though a range of state services face cuts from this year’s Legislature, the governor invoked his emergency powers to order the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities to immediately roll back payments to group homes and social workers by 15 percent — an amount providers say could put them out of business and threaten their clients’ safety.
[…] But the governor said the Agency for Persons with Disabilities’ ongoing budget deficit — currently at $170 million — had reached a critical point and needed to be addressed immediately.
The cuts go into effect Friday and last at least through the fiscal year, which ends June 30. Lawmakers are currently debating what will happen after that.
Providers had not been informed of the cuts.
For Gov. Scott, $170 MILLION is way too much to throw at care for the disabled (they probably didn’t even donate to his campaign). Especially when you’re trying to cut property / corporate taxes by $2 BILLION. Don’t you wonder what services wouldn’t have to be slashed if Gov. Scott didn’t give the wealthy and corporations $2B in tax cuts?
This is an excellent example of the extremists who call themselves Republicans today.
#Bush tax cuts
#corporate tax cuts
#federal stimuls money
#high speed rail
#tax cuts for the wealthy
#tea party |
More wingnut economics brought to you by a Florida Tea Party darling, Rick Scott (R):
[Effective today] 1,300 state employees [have been] put out of work by the new budget approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott on May 26. Scott kept his promise to reduce the size of the state government bureaucracy. But he did so at the expense of real people with mortgages, healthcare bills, college tuition payments and credit card payments.
Many of them earned less than $30,000 a year after years of state employment. […] The state agencies that took the biggest hits are the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Families, which together account for most of the layoffs.
Actually a total of about 4,500 state jobs were eliminated. But Scott did get some corporate tax cuts in there, totaling $37 million — which is much less that the $1.6 billion he wanted originally. How to pay for such a hefty loss of revenue when you’re over budget? Cut stuff:
Vetoed from the budget
- Public Television and Radio Stations, $4.7 million
- Compulsive gambling and addiction treatment, $539,000
- National Veterans Homeless Support Group, $12 million
- Senior Citizens Center grants, $1.4 million
- Florida Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, $1.7 million
- Environmentally endangered lands, $350 million
- To see a complete list of Gov. Rick Scott’s budget vetoes, go to links.tampabay.com.
Florida currently has a 10.6% unemployment rate and laid-off state employees will now add to that. Scott also turned down $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money to build a high speed rail (although he did accept federal stimulus money for other things). So where are all the ‘jobs’ in Scott’s ‘jobs budget’ going to come from? Well from those corporation that got the tax cuts, of course! Because that trickle-down goodness has worked SO WELL for American workers and the middle-class up to now. I’m sure the corporations won’t continue to bank that extra money or give their CEOs larger bonuses – this time.
Remember this economic logic at the polls in 2012: the wingnut ideology of bottom-to-top income redistribution is exclusive to those who call themselves GOP, Republican or Tea Party. Vote accordingly.
#congress isn't paid enough
#U.S. representatives deserve a raise?
With an annual salary of $174,000, some members of Congress feel they aren’t paid enough
A few lawmakers have suggested in recent months that despite a $174,000 annual salary, generous health care and pensions, and perks for things like travel and mail, being one of the elite 435 ain’t always what it’s cracked up to be. And when you calculate the hours they put in, the pay isn’t stellar either, they say.
[…] Are times really so tough that even members of Congress are struggling to get by? The numbers suggest otherwise. A recent analysis of congressional pay found that members of Congress earn about 3.4 times the salary of the average American worker. Using that standard, members of Congress are among the highest paid legislators in the developed world.
Are members of Congress paid enough?
Hilariously, the Congressman complaining the loudest is Teaparty Freshman Steve Southerland (R-FL). Way to go, teaparty… you know how to pick ‘em!
He said his $174,000 salary is not so much, considering the hours a member of the House puts in, and that he had to sever ties with his family business in Panama City. Southerland also said there are no instant pensions or free health insurance, as some of his constituents often ask him about in Congress.
“And by the way, did I mention? They’re shooting at us. There is law-enforcement security in this room right now, and why is that?”
It’s a very sad tale. Maybe some celebrities will get together and do a telethon for Congress.
#booed iraq veteran
#cheered death of uninsured
#gay army veteran
If the audiences at the Teaparty GOP debates won’t convince people to vote, NOTHING WILL.
Mother Jones tracks the evil that is the modern Republican / Teaparty:
- At the Reagan Library debate in California, attendees memorably broke into a spontaneous round of applause in support of Rick Perry’s record on the death penalty.
- At last week’s debate in Tampa, a handful of audience members cheered the prospect of a man without health insurance being left to die.
- And [last night] in Orlando, a chorus of boos erupted when a gay Army veteran [of the IRAQ WAR] asked former Sen. Rick Santorum if he should still be allowed to serve the country.
Got that? The teaparty Republican base cheers death and boos an Army vet.
Look at what the people in these audiences value, and then consider this: they show up to the voting booth. ALWAYS. Every time. They also count on the left, liberal, progressive, moderate, “not them” voter to stay home because of whatever current idealistic boo-boo or disappointment or ‘statement’ is being announced by ‘liberal leaders’ such as Ed Schultz or closet PUMAs like Jane Hamsher.
We can argue all day about what has possessed the people supporting the Teaparty GOP (*cough* Satan! *cough*), but this fact remains: these are the SAME PEOPLE who voted for George W. Bush. TWICE. They CAN do it again.
"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hoping that firing up his own fans will nullify rival Newt Gingrich’s advantage at Thursday night’s debate. At a campaign event in Jacksonville, Florida, Romney joked that supporters without tickets should “just storm in” to the debate at the University of Florida to cheer him on. “If y’all can get there, we’d love to see you there cheering."
#just storm in