Rick Scott gun-ho to stop military cuts

caines | 9/13/2012, 5:30 a.m.

There is a contradiction in what Republicans say and what they do. At the Republican convention there was an electronic clock that showed how much the federal debt increased every hour. Governor Scott has been a fierce critic of federal spending, but before the convention, he sent a letter to federal leaders in the House and Senate to stop an estimated $500 billion 10 year reduction in defense spending. President Obama gave a special congressional deficit reduction super-committee the responsibility to come up with a way to cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion. The automatic cuts, known as the sequester are part of last years deal to raise the nations debt ceiling. Since the super-committee could not agree on a plan, the budget would face an automatic cut of $1.2 trillion over a decade, split evenly between defense and domestic programs. The automatic cuts were a bipartisan agreement made by both Senate and the House and is planned to start in January 2013. But Republican governors and lawmakers are arguing that the president is putting the nations security at risk if the cuts are implemented. This argument makes no sense, because everyone knows that there is waste and overspending in the defense budget. It appears that our governor cannot make up his mind on bringing down the federal debt with hard choices or let the deficit increase. Out of one side of his mouth our governor is saying our president is not doing anything when he does something our governor wants to stop the plan with other Republican governors and lawmakers. Scott goes around the state and the world and tells everyone that he is a job creator for Florida. But many Florida residents remember that our governor rejected more than $2 billion for a high-speed rail at the beginning of his term and he is cutting public jobs statewide. In his first year he cut $615 billion in the state budget and a large percentage was in education. With all the problems in Florida, Scott has decided to advise the federal government on how they should spend their budget. Instead of making military cuts the governor suggests a far more responsible and sensible step toward balancing the federal budget is repealing the Affordable Care Act.