Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Our digest of, and commentary on today's Florida political news and punditry follows.

Rubio humiliates himself yet again

Here he goes again:

"It is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership," Rubio wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. "Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively [sic] immediately.
"Rubio demands resignation of IRS chief". Really, Marco, "effectively" immediately? Don't you bother read the stuff that goes out under your name?

Perhaps more indicative of Rubio's incompetence is that,

The IRS commissioner during the probe [Rubio is complaining about] was Donald Shulman, a holdover from the Bush administration. He left his job last November. There’s an acting commissioner right now, but he assumed his acting role well after the Cincinnati probe ended. The position of IRS commissioner is vacant, which may explain why Rubio’s letter calls for “the IRS Commissioner’s resignation” but doesn’t name whom Rubio wants to resign. Does he want the acting commissioner to resign? The old commissioner to re-resign? Appoint a new commissioner and then force that person to immediately resign?
"Rubio Demands Resignation of Nonexistent IRS Commissioner".

Meanwhile, "Rubio wants to criminalize IRS targeting of conservatives".

Cuts in pay for uninsured

"Money meant to offset costs for hospitals to provide care to the uninsured will be sliced as part of the Affordable Care Act, which anticipated more people would get insurance." "Jackson and other hospitals may face cuts in pay for uninsured, under healthcare reform".

The best the GOP can do?

"Paul and Rubio emerging as two of the leading Republican presidential hopefuls in 2016, [and] they could well split Iowa and New Hampshire. In the meantime, the two Republican senators are starting their pathways to the Republican nomination by trying to focus on different parts of the political map." "While Rand Paul Mines Iowa, Marco Rubio Looks to New Hampshire for 2016".

Virtual madness

"Private online learning companies will get a better shot at Florida public school funding under a bill that won approval on the final day of the legislative session." "Bill opens up funding for private virtual schools".

"Scott declares victory"

"The tax break won't take effect until next April and will expire in three years unless lawmakers renew it. It also could be subject to a constitutional challenge because it will reduce revenue to cities and counties by as much as $30 million a year. Scott ignored that context Monday and focused on the jobs he says the tax break will bring." "Rick Scott declares victory on sales tax break for manufacturers". See also "Scott touts business tax repeal".

'Ya got a problem with that?

Fred Grimm: "Florida lawmakers pay Boondoggle? Hey, it’s for the kidspeanuts for health insurance".

Unemployment benefits slashed

"Florida will soon slash four weeks of unemployment benefits to laid-off workers nearing the end of their eligibility. The reduction is happening because of the so-called sequestration, the automatic federal budget cuts that began in March." "Federal budget woes force 4-week cut in jobless benefits".

Talkin' immigration

"Congressional Democrats talk immigration in North Miami".