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Gov. Rick Scott launches “It’s Your Money” listening tour

BTW, he’s not talking to you – he’s talking the power people who inflate his campaign coffers

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Oh, and Scott wasn’t suffering detractors lightly. According to an Orlando Sentinel report on his Sept. 13 Orlando stop, Scott showed his teeth a little when confronted by a University of Central Florida student who reminded him of his inaugural education cuts.

“It’s nice to have an opinion,” Scott said (see also: asshole), “[but] your facts are wrong.”

But the people Scott was really signaling on his late-summer vacation excursion caught the governor’s drift and issued their wish lists accordingly on Sept. 19. First at the trough were the Florida Realtors, who, despite all those commercials and facts saying that real estate is booming in Florida, groveled for a commercial-lease tax cut, one they hoped would lead to an eventual repeal. They pulled some numbers out of the air to indicate that a tax cut would easily bring 185,000 new jobs and $200 million into the imaginary economy. Mama wants a new strip mall!

Next up, shadowy “small business” lobby the National Federation of Independent Business chimed in with some even more ludicrous requests. Because the Affordable Care Act is going to create taxes in the marketplace – where, they allege, they and their staffs will have to buy health insurance (even though there’s a pretty loud “opt out” campaign against Obamacare right now) – the NFIB thinks that a reduction in state health care premium taxes is in order, if not a full repeal. Also, while you’re down there, could you stop taxing corporations to raise money for the state? Seriously.

To his credit, Scott gave no specifics on what he would do. But then, he never does, really. This is the worst summer vacation ever.

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