Doublespeak in Florida

Published: Monday, December 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 10:45 p.m.

When I read Dick Bradley's Nov. 19 letter, I wished I had one of those Laurel things that The Sun's editor gives out occasionally. I thank Bradley for responding so eloquently to Jerry Regier's column, wherein he insists that providers, like the ARC of Alachua County, have caused a budget problem for state agencies.

Regier is guilty of blaming the victim. This serves the Republicans in the Legislature well as they squeeze blood from an already wounded state budget, cutting goods and services.

Secretary Regier and Gov. Jeb Bush both excel in "GOP doublespeak," which works this way: You blame providers for overcharging and cut funds that are badly needed for the most needy among us. Then, you campaign full throttle for a California Scripps Research Institute to come to South Florida, using a big golden carrot of $310 million!

Then, after the GOP Legislature rushes this $310 million deal through, we hear that state welfare programs are hurting to the tune of more than $200 million.

Are the Bush people compassionate, as President Bush said in his 2000 presidential campaign? Not when their bottom line reads: Cut programs like DCF and/or Medicaid in Florida, but don't renege on campaign paybacks like tax cuts and corporate welfare for their right-wing cronies.

It is the people who are suffering the most who are being crushed beneath the greed of the Grand Old Party. Please, let someone hear your outrage by contacting the state Legislature and the Florida DCF. Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

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