Bipartisan Guide to Ridiculous Legislation

Bipartisan Guide to Ridiculous Legislation: Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejects high speed rail funding

In a move that has astounded politicians of both parties throughout Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has passed on $2 billion in federal funding for a high speed rail system linking Orlando and Tampa.

Although this is not technically a piece of legislation, and there questions about the Republican governor’s constitutional authority to unilaterally reject the funding, I can’t think of a single Florida politician who has proposed an idea that is more ridiculous than this.

Florida’s unemployment rate has risen to 12 percent; it’s been higher than 10 percent for at least two years now. Florida has some of the highest mortgage and credit card delinquency rates in the country. There are few states with a higher foreclosure rate. The state’s economy, which has relied on construction, agriculture and tourism, is in shambles.

According to a recent Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 poll, 43 percent of Floridians feel their economic situation has worsened over the last two years.

And yet Gov. Rick Scott, who campaigned on bringing jobs to the state, has refused a project estimated to bring up to 23,000 jobs, with thousands more created indirectly. He’s ignoring that the installation of the first high speed rail line in the United States could also bring Florida to the attention of large businesses wishing to move to a mass transit-friendly area. He’s neglecting the possible adverse effects that heavy traffic along the I-4 corridor have to the economy.

The economic growth caused by connecting two of the Florida’s biggest cities is hard to calculate but easy to imagine.

Plus, Scott seems to be deaf, even to his own party.

Dispatches from the Sunshine State

Neo-Nazis and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist share a love of movie

Incredible find today by the Ybor City Stogie:

Jud_SüßSeveral weeks ago, John Ubele — the operations manager of the white supremacist Nationalist Coalition — sent some Florida public officials a copy of the DVD Jud Süß,” a 1940 German film about a sneaky Jew who tricks an 18th century Duke into giving him control of his kingdom. According to Wikipedia, the movie was made by the notoriously anti-Semetic German director Veit Harlan under the direction of the Nazi Party’s chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

According to the nazi blog White Reference, several copies of this movie were sent to various public officials throughout Florida. Nice gesture, especially considering most hate groups prefer to send threats.

But the interesting part of this story is Ubele — who has run for Florida public office himself — received a thank-you letter from none other than our governor:

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In the letter, Crist (or presumably an aide) thanks Ubele for sending the film “on behalf of myself and the people of Florida.” He repeats an appreciation of “thoughtfulness” and offers to share the film with “the people of Florida.”

Well, the cold hearts at the White Reference blog were thoroughly warmed, if cautiously:

At this point, there is no need to over-interpret Governor Crist’s reaction. It could be that he is simply a buff of old movies and that he finds this movie enjoyable. Eventually, he could find this movie educational as well. It’s worth the time to watch it.

cristjewsI will agree: There is no need to over-interpret the governor’s reaction. I’m sure he is no anti-Semite. I’m also 99.9% positive he didn’t even write the letter himself. But for Crist’s sake, why didn’t an aide do a Wiki search on this movie and figure out the nature of the film?

I’m going to get a Texan female friend of mine to send in Debbie Does Dallas. Maybe I can get a response from Crist thanking “the good women of Texas” for their, uh, “generosity.” If so, that shit is totally going on eBay.

Behind the News

News Nuggets: Zoophiles, gay Charlie Crist, light rail and push-up pants!

To nurse your Earth Day hangover, here’s some outrageously juicy stories from across the state of Florida:

Charlie Crist can’t seem to shake those gay accusations.

After Hillsborough County’s Board of County Commissioners voted to put light rail on the ballot, Pinellas and Pasco counties may jump on the bandwagon.

The Marlins mascot could be the first zoophile arrested under Florida’s proposed beastiality law.

New accessory for the beach? Male push-up pants!