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Rick Scott Busts Out the Flip-Flops Again, Says Pee Tests "Were Never About Money"

When things don't go Gov. Rick Scott's way, it's time to take off the loafers and put on the flip-flops.

First he promised 700,000 extra jobs for Florida over seven years, and after falling behind state projections, he tried to lie his way out of it by claiming he never promised that and saying, "I could argue that I don't have to create any jobs."

Now it's the welfare drug-testing. After the new law was slammed by a federal judge for several reasons -- including the fact that it won't save taxpayers any money -- Scott now says it was never intended to save anyone money.

We'll spare PolitiFact the time here and let you know that's bunk.

Here's what the governor said on Fox Business yesterday:

It was never about money; it's about children. Remember, welfare is separate from unemployment. Welfare is for the benefit of a child, so that money should go to a parent that doesn't use drugs.

Here's what the governor's campaign website had to say about the reasoning behind the testing (click here for screenshot from Political Correction):

Welfare Benefits.
Imposing more stringent standards on non-compliance with work requirements and require drug screening for recipients, Florida could save $77 million.

At the formal signing of the bill, he told The Buzz "The goal of this is to make sure we don't waste taxpayers' money."

On his own website, he says, "This new law will encourage personal accountability and will help to prevent the misuse of tax dollars."

So it was really never about money? Or does he "not recall"? Real slick.

[h/t: Political Correction]

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