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Friday, June 03, 2011

What do you expect when you elect a criminal to the governorship?
Posted by Jill | 6:30 AM
No, I'm not talking about Chris Christie, who is being nominated for sainthood on Morning Schmoe even as I speak for writing a check to reimburse the state of New Jersey, a state in which everyone is being called upon to sacrifice, for taking a state police chopper to his son's baseball game and then having a limo waiting to drive him 100 yards to his seat.

No, I'm talking about Rick Scott of Florida, for whom questions are finally being raised in the mainstream press (thank you, Rachel Maddow, for embarrassing them into covering this) about his penchant for drug testing the immediate world -- and his own financial interest in such drug testing:
One of the more popular services at Solantic, the urgent care chain co-founded by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, is drug testing, according to Solantic CEO Karen Bowling.

Given Solantic's role in that marketplace, critics are again asking whether Scott's policy initiatives - this time, requiring drug testing of state employees and welfare recipients - are designed to benefit Scott's bottom line.

The Palm Beach Post reported in an exclusive story two weeks ago that while Scott divested his interest in Solantic in January, the controlling shares went to a trust in his wife's name.

This raised a groundswell of concern and questions about his health policy initiatives, especially his push to move Medicaid into private HMOs. Solantic does not take Medicaid but does business with private Medicaid HMOs. The questions are growing louder with Scott's executive order on drug testing.

Gee, ya think?

This is today's Republican governance -- populated by greedy rich bastard/crooks like Rick Scott, and I-Got-Mine-And-Fuck-You grifter/suckers at the public teat like Chris Christie.

And you want to give power back to these people? Are you f***ing kidding me?

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