Apparently, yesterday's cowardly fiasco by Florida Governor Rick Scott was not enough.
To recap, Scott publicly signed a bill prohibiting taxpayer's money to be spent on foreign companies doing business with Cuba and Syria ("state-sponsors of terrorism"), then one hour later absurdly asserted it wasn't enforceable.
Now, the Governor, through his spokesman Brian Burgess, wants to add insult to insult.
He told the AP:
"The governor made it very clear on the radio that we need a federal partner to be able to enforce this law... He supports the law, he supports the community and he believes these regimes are oppressive. He's frustrated too, but he calls on the Obama administration to allow this law to go into effect."
Does he think his constituents are stupid?
In 2006, Florida passed a law restricting the use of public funds to travel to a country designated as a “state-sponsor of terrorism.”
The state didn't need a "federal partner" to enforce this law.
Moreover, it has been upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Faculty Senate of Fla. Int'l Univ. v. Winn, 616 F.3d 1206 (2010).
Finally, it's fascinating how the Governor is suddenly concerned about the legality of the laws he signs.
Where are the legal concerns in his signing letters regarding urine tests for state employees or his "prayer bill"?
No, Scott's legal concerns are only reserved to help foreign companies that have no moral qualms doing business with murderous dictatorships.
Below is a picture of Governor Scott with Marcelo Odebrecht, the CEO of one of those foreign companies, which is also an $1.058 billion partner of Castro's repressive military.
Fortunately, regardless of the Governor's insults, the bill goes into effect on July 1, 2012.
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