Rick Scott Plays Armchair President on Debt-Ceiling Drama | New Times Broward-Palm Beach


Rick Scott Plays Armchair President on Debt-Ceiling Drama

Gov. Rick Scott seems to like the idea of being president of the United States -- he's hinted that he'd make a good president because of the "tough choices" he's made as governor, and now he's playing armchair president from the governor's mansion.

Sunshine State News caught up with Scott talking about the impact on Florida of a federal government shutdown, which is an oft-threatened consequence of the partisan lunacy going down at the Capitol.

The governor's office already did an analysis on what, if any, impact a federal government shutdown would have on the state in April, so Scott decided to let everyone know he has an opinion on national politics too.

Scott says if he had a say in national politics right now -- no surprise here -- he'd be against raising the federal debt ceiling.

Naturally, that's on par with House Speaker John Boehner's thoughts, as he's repeatedly refuted any attempt by President Obama to impose higher taxes on the rich or raise the debt ceiling.

Scott is still a few crying fits away from Boehner status, but he's still behind him by saying that "the nation, which has never failed to pay its bills, is entering new territory" if President Obama doesn't fold to the plan of the House GOP majority.

Getting his mind back on the Sunshine State, Scott told the paper that although the effect of a federal government shutdown "would be minimal," he concedes that he really doesn't know that.

"We'll have to see what they pay and what they don't pay," Scott told Sunshine State News.

A federal government shutdown wouldn't automatically affect federal government assistance to the near-3 million people in Florida who receive some sort of federal help, but it certainly could.

Scott says he believes budget-makers have already planned for such scenarios.

Also remember that when a federal government shutdown was looming in April, the governor was more than happy to remind legislators that the folks at the Capitol somehow forgot about the $1.5 billion in federal funds Scott rejected for the high-speed train.

"I am proud to have brought this waste to the attention of those in Washington," Scott said at the time. "These funds should either be returned to taxpayers as tax cuts or applied to reducing the burden that our national debt is passing to future generations."

It looks like rejecting the improvement of his own state's infrastructure didn't help too much in Washington anyway.

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