Lex Luthor is the Governor of Florida

In full disclosure, I do not like Gov. Rick Scott. And apparently I am not the only person who does not like Scott. According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, Scott has a 29 percent approval rating. Essentially, that makes him the worst governor in the United States.

And I’m not just hating on the guy. Sure he looks like Skeletor or the more-evil twin brother of Lex Luthor. However, I have good reasons to dislike Scott.

For one, his $615 million cuts to Florida’s $69 billion state budget. Scott claimed that the cuts were for “short-sighted, frivolous, waste-ful spending.”

Of course, he never mentions what the so-called “frivolous” spending was. It turns out that some serious programs were cut: homeless veterans, meals for poor seniors, a council for dea-fness, a children’s hospital, cancer research and  whooping-cough vaccines for poor mothers. Plus there was a $305 million cut to Florida Forever, which is Florida’s premier conservation and recreation lands acquisition program, i.e. the reason anybody even visits Florida.

And after running on a campaign of  “job creation,” Scott rejected $2.3 million in federal funding for construction of a high-speed railway that would have created thousands of jobs.

Also, let’s not forget about Scott passing a law requiring people who receive welfare assistance to pass annual drug tests to collect benefits. Everyone seemed so excited as they said that “people on welfare shouldn’t get taxpayer money to pay for drugs.”

These same people, along with Scott, believe that drug use is higher among people who are on welfare.

Well, since the testing started, preliminary data shows that only 2 percent of those tested were positive for drugs. So there goes that theory of  “welfare equals drug use.”

Scott also claimed that the state would save money by not having to give public money to subsidize welfare drug habits. Well, since 96 percent passed the drug test — 2 percent did not take the test — the state has to reimburse the $30 out-of-pocket fee to pay for each test.

Plus Florida tax dollars must pay for staff and administrative costs for the drug-testing program. Columnist Steven Benen points out that the drug-testing policy is limited to low-income Floridians needing temporary aid.

“It doesn’t apply to everyone seeking public funding,” Benen said, “only the poor, who the governor assumes are probably drug-addicts.”

The good news for Scott is that he founded Solantic Corp., the company that administers the test. According to the St. Petersburg Times, Scott maintains that he has no involvement in the company, but he does have $62 million worth of the company’s shares contained in a blind trust under his wife’s name. So it’s safe to say that Scott is set to get a nice financial gain from his drug-testing law.

The worst part of it all Scott is doing what he campaigned on, which shows the 2010 election was a referendum on President Barack Obama and not the real issues that matter to Floridians.

“Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead once said, “If Floridians knew as much about Rick Scott as they did Casey Anthony, Florida would be in a better place now.” Preach on, sister!

Originally published in The Voyager

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