By George Noga
The Florida legislature convenes March 8th for its 2011 session. As a preview and in a first for MLLG, we are devoting an entire email to praising a government. The leadership of the Sunshine State truly is something rare and special. Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon all strongly favor more liberty and less government. With strong majorities in both chambers, the next 2 years should be exciting for friends of limited government.
“Taxation, regulation and litigation together form
the axis of unemployment.” «RICK SCOTT»
Let’s begin with excerpts from the Governor’s inaugural address. “To create a favorable business climate, Florida has to offer the best chance for financial success. Three forces markedly reduce that chance for success – taxation – regulation and litigation. Together those three items form the axis of unemployment.” The Gov goes on to say “We’ll eliminate the business tax and reduce the property tax. Florida has enough revenues to meet its needs. . . . Unless they are pruned, regulations grow like weeds. . . . We will not allow excessive lawsuits to strangle job creation and we will not allow a small group of predatory lawyers to stalk the business community in search of deep pockets.” Scott’s entire speech was in the same vein. He also wants to give people more control over their children’s education and their health care.
“If your bill raises a tax, makes it easier to file a lawsuit or increases bureaucratic red tape, I don’t like your chances.” «MIKE HARIDOPOLOS»
Senate President Mike Haridopolos made encouraging opening day remarks during the short special session; he stated, “If your bill raises a tax or makes it easier to file a lawsuit against a fellow Floridian or increases bureaucratic red tape, I don’t like your chances. We have two options – to raise taxes or spend less. We will spend less.” Haridopolos also is a steadfast property rights advocate and a solid conservative kool-aide drinker.
Perhaps the rock star of the triumvirate is Speaker Dean Cannon. The following remarks are taken from his speech at the opening of the special session. “The sentiments (that government can make things better) are well intended, but they are dangerous. The notion that government (can do everything) has led our federal government to run so far amok that the voters of our state and nation overwhelmingly rejected it (in November). During the next 2 years I am going to challenge you to ask a much harder question. Instead of asking what government can do to fix a problem I challenge you to ask whether or not government should be involved at all. Or, better yet, what can government stop doing that will allow greater freedom to our citizens.”
“Instead of asking what government can do to fix a problem, I challenge you to ask whether government should be involved at all.” «DEAN CANNON»
“Ladies and Gentlemen, when government takes over private sector assets and controls private sector activity, or denies people the right to vote because the government decides they may be confused, even if it does so – perhaps especially if it does so – in the name of protecting them, that my friends is a destruction of freedom and is the road to serfdom and economic bondage. . . . It is the road to ruin of a healthy economy and the foreclosure of a bright future for our state and our nation.”
“Our mission over the next two years is to bring sanity to government’s role in the private sector. Our mission is to ask ourselves whether every action we take will promote freedom. . . . You cannot regulate your way to prosperity. You cannot tax your way to wealth and you cannot borrow your way out of debt. . . . Floridians need a new birth of freedom now.”
“Never has the political class or the mainstream media been more out of touch with the American people than they are today.” «MARCO RUBIO»
I did not mean to slight our new United States Senator, Marco Rubio, who is cut from the same cloth as the others. Rubio also is a strong voice for more liberty and constitutionally limited government. To use a Jeffersonian phrase, Rubio, along with Scott, Haridopolos and Cannon, completes the circle of our felicities.
Post Script: After this was written, Governor Scott moved to kill high speed rail between Orlando and Tampa – to which we say BRAVO! Now the governor needs to kill SunRail.