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Thanks for visiting. On a semi-daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

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The Blog for Monday, December 05, 2005


    Yesterday it was observed that "Jeb!" "slashed taxes; businesses and the rich were the ones who benefitted". "Most tax cuts miss public". Today we read the GOoPer excuses, and it is, quite frankly, both insulting and embarassing:
    John Thrasher, a close Bush ally and House Speaker in 1999 and 2000, said the average Floridian won't appreciate the trickle-down effects of the tax cuts.

    "The average person is not going to go back and do the economic theories to understand that cutting taxes across the board for businesses is going to help the economy continue in a positive direction," he said.
    "Gov. Bush defends his record of tax cuts". It is difficult to appreciate the wonderful jobs created by Bushco, when a
    University of Massachusetts economists rates Florida 49th in job quality. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the state ranks 47th for its percentage of residents with health coverage and 49th in pension coverage. Those low-paying jobs are dangerous, too. Only California had more workers die on the job last year.

    Florida's job growth rate of 3.3 percent is more than double the national average but it also reflects Florida's status as a haven for cheap labor and employers who exploit workers ....
    These are the jobs that "Jeb!" and the GOoPers have been crowing about.

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