When you're the standard bearer for a political party, one of your big jobs is to orchestrate wins for that party. It's not clear for whom Florida Governor Rick Scott thinks he's orchestrating wins, but his own Republican Party has recently felt the need to remind him that he's not king.
"The governor doesn't understand there is a State Constitution and that we have three branches of government," Republican State Senator Mike Fasano tells the New York Times. "They are talking about the attitude that he is still the C.E.O. of his former health care corporation, and that is not going to work in this state, in Tallahassee, in my district. The people believe in three branches of government."
Governor Scott won the election in November with his own many millions and a lot of Tea Party love. He has since been busy turning down federal funding for high-speed rail and fighting against health reform. As we noted on the show last night, Mr. Scott's new budget cuts $1.75 billion in funding for education -- the Times attributes the difference to the end of federal stimulus support -- and includes roughly the same amount on corporate and property tax breaks.
"So K through 12 education gets absolutely eviscerated in the state of Florida, and the money that is saved by the state no longer spending the money on the schools doesn't close the state budget gap at all," Rachel Maddow said. "It leaves it roughly exactly as is and instead gives the saved money away in the form of tax cuts. So, you get all of the pain and none of the gain." Who gets the win on that?
(Full segment: The Rick Scott test: Tax cuts for dummies)