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BEDFORD: Conservatives are wrong to attack Rick Scott
daily caller ^ | Christopher Bedford

Posted on 03/11/2013 2:50:45 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

In February, Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced his intention to accept Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion in Florida.

Since then, the governor has taken a lot of heat: heat from conservatives accusing him of betraying conservative principals; as well as heat from Democrats saying he didn’t go far enough...

We’ll lay it out in a very plausible hypothetical. Imagine if Mr. Scott flew around the Sunshine State telling voters that Medicaid is broken and needs reform; that expanding the rolls and adding dependents to a broken system doesn’t make sense; and that when the federal cash starts to run out in three years, Florida will be stuck with the massive bill. Now imagine if Mr. Crist was able to fly around the same state screeching about how the governor had rejected million of dollars its citizens had already paid in taxes — and denied benefits to over a million low-income Floridians — because he was a slave to the tea party.

Who here thinks that Mr. Scott would win that sound-byte skirmish?

And in as tight a fight as Mr. Scott is in, a skirmish like that could decide the war. And if the liberals win that war, Medicaid is just the beginning: If Mr. Scott is defeated, conservatives will lose a champion of nearly every other issue dear to them.

In Florida and across the country, progressives are going after guns; toting tax hikes; splurging in spending; abetting abortion; ratcheting up regulations; and resisting reforms to state pension systems and public education. On every one of those fronts, Gov. Scott has successfully opposed them.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; health; jobs; medicaid; obamacare; rickscott
MORE:

On guns, Mr. Scott signed legislation protecting gun owners from foolish prosecution...

On spending, Mr. Scott has paid down the debt by billions...

On abortion, Mr. Scott signed laws cutting off state funding for abortions

On regulation, Mr. Scott’s administration has eliminated some 2,300 burdensome rules.

On state pension reform, Mr. Scott fought to require state employees to contribute to their pension plans, and won the fight...

On public education reform, Mr. Scott signed laws that eliminated tenure for new teachers, and instituted merit pay based in part on student performance. The governor also signed an opportunity scholarship law making it easier for students to transfer from failing schools...

1 posted on 03/11/2013 2:50:45 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper; Joe Brower; seekthetruth

Just some perspective....sff


2 posted on 03/11/2013 2:51:16 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Whatever.


3 posted on 03/11/2013 3:10:17 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Thank you for some of the rest of the story. I’m perplexed as to Gov. Scott’s decision, especially after all he has been through since Hillary-care. I’m hoping he’s playing poker to Obama’s Go Fish, but I’m not betting on it.


4 posted on 03/11/2013 3:11:28 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The writer had some good points on Scott but was downgraded by the East German judge for a hard-to-read website and a questionable command of the language, i.e. principal vs. principle.


5 posted on 03/11/2013 3:46:36 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Gov John Kasich did the same thing (accepoted Obamacare) in Ohio and not a peep against him. I think he did it to curry favor with the Dems to not come after him hard in 2014 reelection bid.


6 posted on 03/11/2013 3:50:39 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: SoFloFreeper

true....the guv needs to understand that normal decent folks have HAD it and are on the edge. The slightest move to cave on principles...even though false can set folks off.
After the election folks in Florida were in a state of shock/anger....as you know. Voter fraud, scumbags and gutterwhores were out celebrating....we lost Alan West and others. Even the sheriff in Broward county.

I left Florida shortly after the election...but will be returning home soon. I plan to get VERY involved with the S Florida/Broward Tea Party and like groups!

See ya around!


7 posted on 03/11/2013 4:01:19 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Forget it. Republicans can never outbid Dems on government spending.

“once down the dark side you walk, forever your destiny it will control.” Scott walks down the dark side when he takes federal money in hopes of winning the bidding war with Crist.


8 posted on 03/11/2013 4:06:46 AM PDT by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: rrrod

got that right, Loads of epople around here in north east FL were angry at the voter fraud, the lack of coverage by the lapdog media and at how obama concentrated his fraud by using just the Dem controlled counties.
All of us here who live here know that there was no whay on this earth that obama won this state.

As for Scotts recent decisions, I have no idea why the OH Gov did the same thing but Scott comes under fire, maybe i;ts being driven by the left wing media yet again or the left wing infiltrators which spread crap but to pretend they are us.
hell I;ve seen it on the FL board, and certain posters telling us to always vote for the weaker guy or then telling us to not bother voting because they all suck or even our local tea party which was being infiltrated too.

The left are nothing but scum bags who come down to this state every election time to vote and try to confuse older voters and they also vote in our state and yet vote in their own states


9 posted on 03/11/2013 4:32:19 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc
Boy - Gov. Scott's PR team in in full battle mode. First Red State, now Daily Caller.

This guy WILL LOSE an election against Crist. It is not even close.

He is not a leader, he is business man with a lot of money. His core principles about negotiating the best deal - not Liberty. He certainly likes most the core Conservative values—but they are subject to “negotiating the best deal”

Think about this - he was unanimously shot down by the the Republican House over expansion and will like also get the same response this week from the Senate.

10 posted on 03/11/2013 4:56:12 AM PDT by pkmaine
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To: SoFloFreeper

Its either him for another term or Charlie Crist, seems to be a pretty darn easy choice.


11 posted on 03/11/2013 5:08:08 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: T-Bird45

You could add ‘sound byte’ vs. ‘sound bite’ in there as well.


12 posted on 03/11/2013 5:15:22 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Daveinyork

ummm no

The only perfect man was Jesus. If you demand that level of perfection from the rest of us then you will be waiting a long long time.

Meanwhile Satan will celebrate your lack of effort to do anything.


13 posted on 03/11/2013 5:21:56 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: pkmaine

Scott is a far better Gov then the phone in govt Crist.


14 posted on 03/11/2013 5:23:06 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: T-Bird45

After the legislature Republicans indicated that the Medicare proposal was going nowhere I wondered if there had been a deal between Scott and the Republicans in the legislature. I hope that is the case.


15 posted on 03/11/2013 5:24:13 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: pkmaine
Boy - Gov. Scott's PR team in in full battle mode. First Red State, now Daily Caller.

Redstate doesn't surprise me. Erick Erickson's conservatism stops at the edge of his ballot.

16 posted on 03/11/2013 5:26:21 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: driftdiver

Actually, no he is not.

He has no idea how to govern. His successes come from the House which is a well oiled conservative political machine.

By the way earlier in the week he gave away hundreds of millions of dollars for teachers raises. He wants to give every teacher a 2500 dollar raise. PANDERING.

There are a number of young, smart conservative republicans who would be ready to step up to the plate.

I’ll say it again - SCOTT WILL LOSE to CRIST. It is not even close


17 posted on 03/11/2013 5:27:48 AM PDT by pkmaine
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To: pkmaine
he was unanimously shot down by the the Republican House over expansion and will like also get the same response this week from the Senate.

Or there was an agreement beforehand between Scott and the Republican legislators. Crist now has no argument about the Medicare thing and Florida still isn't taking it.

18 posted on 03/11/2013 5:28:30 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: pkmaine

Funny, I remember hearting how Charlie the sun tanned punk was ALSO going to beat Marco Rubio.


19 posted on 03/11/2013 5:29:21 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: pkmaine

You think Crist knows how to govern. BWAHHAAAAA You’re a funny guy.


20 posted on 03/11/2013 5:29:44 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Since then, the governor has taken a lot of heat: heat from conservatives accusing him of betraying conservative principals; as well as heat from Democrats saying he didn’t go far enough...

That's why "Democratic-Lite" loses every single time.

21 posted on 03/11/2013 5:32:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: driftdiver; SoFloFreeper

Well put.


22 posted on 03/11/2013 6:34:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: dfwgator

“That’s why “Democratic-Lite” loses every single time.”

Scott has done a LOT of good things and is a far cry better then Crist.

Are you supporting Crist?


23 posted on 03/11/2013 6:36:36 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I love all the Scott payroll warriors on here.

Fist of all there is no deal with the House Repubs and Scott. He acted in his arrogant self interest and was slapped down hard. The Legislature does not care what he thinks.

Secondly, of course Crist is much worse. All I am saying is that now is the time to find a conservative republican taht can beat Crist. Scott can’t.


24 posted on 03/11/2013 6:40:18 AM PDT by pkmaine
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To: pkmaine

“Secondly, of course Crist is much worse. All I am saying is that now is the time to find a conservative republican taht can beat Crist. Scott can’t.”

Yeah those conservative republicans are beating down the door to take the job away from Scott.

You play the cards you’re dealt, not some fantasy straight flush.


25 posted on 03/11/2013 6:45:52 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: pkmaine

If I’m a Scott payroll warrior I’d sure love a paycheck.

How’s Crist pay? Or maybe its the DNC payin your bill.


26 posted on 03/11/2013 6:46:59 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: pkmaine

Scott had etter learn to fight for this election as does the GOP.

We have the house and senate here but there is no way we can aford to have another radical left wing idiot in charge of our state


27 posted on 03/11/2013 7:07:05 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Thank you for this view point.
I still think it was a bad idea, but certainly sounds LESS bad now.


28 posted on 03/11/2013 7:15:29 AM PDT by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

And the Florida rumor mill is whispering that Christie, the new demorat, will run in the demorat primary for governor thinking he’ll win and run against Scott. We’ll see how much money the ambluance chasers at Morgan & Morgan put in for Christie.


29 posted on 03/11/2013 7:55:05 AM PDT by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost

Crist not Christie. I get the two “twins” mixed up.


30 posted on 03/11/2013 7:55:37 AM PDT by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost
Crist not Christie. I get the two “twins” mixed up.

Christie - Fat
Crist - Not Fat

31 posted on 03/11/2013 7:56:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: skr

I honestly don’t understand why the backlash against these guys. The tax money for Obamacare is being taken from Florida citizens whether we like it or not. So, if our state doesn’t participate in the program, then our taxes are being taken and given to other people and not benefitting Florida at all. I don’t like Obamacare at all, but until it is repealed, it seems that we have to live with it. Liberals will LOVE it if all the conservative states reject the benefits of Obamacare, because then, the bottom line for the program looks fantastic, since it will pay out far less than was planned.


32 posted on 03/11/2013 8:01:33 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: driftdiver

So, I have no right to be critical of someone who does something with which I disagree, because the man is no Jesus?

Is free speech Satan’s idea?


33 posted on 03/11/2013 9:29:11 AM PDT by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: driftdiver

If you take money from the federal government, you’re often making a deal with Satan, who will collect.


34 posted on 03/11/2013 9:31:16 AM PDT by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Daveinyork

Sure tear down the fairly good conservative gov so we can replace him with a weasel.

Thats the ticket.


35 posted on 03/11/2013 9:33:34 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

If he’s doing something that is unwise, perhaps even morally wrong, and will likely cost him votes, are we to stay silent?


36 posted on 03/11/2013 9:50:57 AM PDT by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Daveinyork

“Perhaps even morally wrong. “

Well now you must have specifics or are you just using Alinsky tactics?

Its all about context. If you disagree based on substance with specifics then thats politics.

If you disagree in a way which is helping his challenger then you are helping the challenger.


37 posted on 03/11/2013 9:53:40 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
On guns, Mr. Scott signed legislation protecting gun owners from foolish prosecution
. . . and then there is the little matter of the special persecutor named in re: Trayvon Martin. I could have said, in re: George Zimmerman, but that wouldn’t cover the reality of the issue. Because in reality that isn’t about George Zimmerman, who in any event is a Democrat himself.

In reality the Democrats have turned Zimmerman into a caricature of Republican white men nationwide - and that is who is being persecuted in this case. We should be joining the Zimmerman suit against NBC for their egregious edit of Zimmerman’s discussion with the police dispatcher. But we should be extending the case to the Associated Press and its entire membership - and we should sue under RICO for triple damages, using the Duke Lacrosse perjury case as a notorious example of nationwide coverage of what was, within a week of the alleged incident, patently a case of prosecutor Nifong currying favor with political constituents, knowingly and intentionally against the interests of justice, let alone due process. Thereby showing a pattern of activity intended to demonstrate the influence of the members of the Associated Press.  

People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty and justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary. - Adam Smith, Wealth of nations, Book I, Ch 10
The AP has a rendezvous with oblivion, and this would be an excellent opportunity to cause it to keep that rendezvous.
But I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

- See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19396#sthash.KUR7TBXk.dpuf


38 posted on 03/11/2013 10:01:53 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

ooops....looks like Scott even lost the Senate....

The committee just voted NO on Medicaid expansion

Leadership.


39 posted on 03/11/2013 12:53:45 PM PDT by pkmaine
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To: driftdiver

Are you a government employee, or just dense?


40 posted on 03/11/2013 1:46:54 PM PDT by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Daveinyork

Well I’m obviously smarter then you.

No, Im not a govt employee. I’m a business owner.


41 posted on 03/11/2013 1:49:15 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

And you don’t understand what’s morally wrong with a politician taking federal money to buy votes?


42 posted on 03/11/2013 1:50:30 PM PDT by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Daveinyork

The same could be said of highway funds.

I think he’s playing a game as he’s been very consistent everywhere else. This deal would allow public hospitals to bill everything they are currently writing off. Many public hospitals will shutdown if things dont change.


43 posted on 03/11/2013 1:57:37 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
Many “public” hospitals should shut down.

They all have dangerous levels of antibiotic resistant strains of lethal bacteria and mutating virus strains permeating those facilities.
They skimp on nursing staff and janitors, but have ever increasing business offices and levels of bureaucratic management.

44 posted on 03/12/2013 8:50:12 PM PDT by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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