The Florida State House voted yesterday to slash education funding, among other things, when it passed the budget, and they did so in the name of tax relief, even though the net result is going to be that most people will spend more money on fees that will go up to cover the shortfalls this budget produces. But I want to single out one person in particular this morning:

"We didn't fall into the easy trap of raising taxes," said House Policy & Budget Council Chairman Ray Sansom, R-Destin. "We didn't whine. We didn't complain. We just made tough business decisions."
Two things. Number one--you and your party have been the biggest whiners and complainers in the world over the last five years. There's never been a tax that you've seen that you haven't wanted to cut, and there's never been a service for the public good that you haven't wanted to slash, so let's just cut the bullshit, okay? You're a whiner and a complainer every time you see someone who needs a little help actually get something from the state, and yet you're doing just fine on the government teat.

Second, and more importantly, the state is not a business, and even if it were, you're not running it well. Let's use your metaphor--if a state is a business, then the citizens should be the shareholders, and should be receiving a cut of the profits. Where's our damn cut?

But the state isn't a business. It's the primary stabilizing force of a society, and therefore has different responsibilities from a business. A business's job is, at the root, to make a profit for shareholders and the owners. A state's job is to provide stability and security for its citizenry. Right now, your party is cutting into both of those--stability and security--by refusing to raise revenue for education and law enforcement. You are failing in your primary responsibility, and I hope your constituents let you know that in November.

I'm going to cut it short here lest I veer into a profanity-laced tirade. Here's the Random Ten--put your iTunes on Party Shuffle and post the next ten songs to pop up. No skipping embarrassing songs--just say you're listening to them ironically. Unless it's "The Cars That Go Boom." There's not enough irony in the world. Here we go.
1. I'll Do Anything--Jason Mraz
2. I Liked You Tonight--The Shins
3. It Ain't the Meat, It's the Motion--Maria Muldaur
4. Invisible Sun--The Police
5. See Something, Say Something--Public Enemy
6. It's War--The Cardigans
7. Out of Time--Split Lip Rayfield
8. Setting Sun--Asheru and Blue Black of the Unspoken Heard
9. Little Thoughts--Bloc Party
10. Open Book--Cake
Time to get to work on the gumbo for tonight. Might be the last one for a while if this economy doesn't get better.

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