Fla. Gov. Scott bashed Obama's stimulus but kept $370 million of it in budget

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    Fla. Gov. Scott bashed Obama's stimulus but kept $370 million of it in budget | McClatchy


    Florida Gov. Rick Scott campaigned against President Obama's "failed stimulus" program — yet the freshman politician kept nearly $370 million of the federal cash in the Florida budget he signed last week.

    Scott's decision to keep the stimulus money stands out in a year when the governor touted record budget vetoes of up to $615 million. He emphasized the vetoes of “wasteful” spending at a Thursday event that featured a campaign-style “Promises Made, Promises Kept” banner.

    But as he ran for office last summer, Scott said he “would fight all the stimulus money.” He also told reporters “I would have figured out how to balance the budget without it.”

    When asked Tuesday why he appeared to reverse himself by keeping stimulus money, Scott didn’t specifically answer.

    “I think the stimulus was not good for our state, made us more dependent on the federal government,” he said, echoing a budget-signing letter he issued last week. “I think that we’ve got to watch how we spend money. As you know, in the budget, I focused very much on how we spend our money, stopping the growth of debt in our state and making our state less dependent on the federal government.”
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    Dem politicians done spent alla money an' now Granny ain't gonna get her 2nd stimulus check...
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    Don't count on stimulus. It's not coming
    June 6, 2011 -- Congress will not be riding to the rescue. Economic indicators are pointing to slower growth. More Americans are looking for jobs, and the housing market is in a confirmed double dip.
     
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    It's taxpayers money. He's perfectly right to take it.

    What is it with some lefties that they don't grasp that concept?
     
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    there is so much that a lefty doesn't grasp. that's why their states are in da shitter financially.
     
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    Yes, but he said he wouldn't take it. He made a big deal about it. Now he is taking it. So he's getting called on it.

    He's made a bunch of rookie mistakes and his approval rating makes Obama's look stratospheric. But it's his first year so he has time to recover.
     
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    Indeed, it sounds like he fucked up.

    Wouldn't it be refreshing if Repubs differentiated themselves from Dems and admitted mistakes?
     
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    It wouldn't be a problem if he hadn't run on being against it. You can't say you're against it, and it's bad for your state-then accept some of the funds.
     
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    Why should they do that? The press would jsut bash them with their own words and let the Dems get a pass.
    If that's the worst thing Scott does, getting more money for his state, then he's doing just fine.
     
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    Did you see Skeletor tap dancing around taking the money he RAILED against during his campaign? More GnOP hypocrisy...typical.

    The dancing starts at 1:18...

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw5AOIrpRic"]Governor Busted On Stimulus Hypocrisy - Con Job[/ame]
     
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    Actually, he can. He did. It's taxpayer's money. And, as far as I am aware, conservatives pay taxes. Whether we agree with the stimulus or not, it is our money and we have a right to take it.... I'm more concerned with how it is spent.

    Only fools - and liberals - think they have the right to it all.
     

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