Floridians know Jeb in this capacity all too well.
Here’s a look at some of his greatest hits.
Jeb “fixed” Florida’s public schools by pushing for an education commissioner appointed by the governor instead of an elected (read: accountable) one; diverting tax dollars from public schools to private, often religious-affiliated schools; and then leading the parade for assessment tests, including tests administered by a company owned by his brother, Neil (“Silverado Savings & Loan”) Bush.
Jeb “fixed” the system designed to take care of Florida’s dependent and at-risk children by shifting responsibility (and tax dollars) for their care from state employees to private “non-profit” companies — many of which were formed expressly for that purpose when the law was passed, and were headed up by campaign donors and close friends.
Jeb “fixed” the mishegas created by the controversial 2000 Presidential Election that gave that office to his brother with the assistance of then-Secretary of State Katherine Harris and others in his administration. See the CNN special “The Endless Election” for clips of smug Bush operatives smirking for the camera.
Jeb “fixed” the problem for Terry Schiavo, a woman in an irreversible persistent vegetative state whose husband and parents had fought over her fate for several years, by personally intervening in the case, which was dragged all the way first to his brother’s White House and then to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was decided in the husband’s favor, and the woman’s suffering was finally, mercifully ended.
Jeb “fixed” Florida’s economy by cajoling legislators into spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to entice high-tech businesses to locate in the Sunshine State and create high-paying jobs. To date, it’s been a colossal boondoggle, but the current administration has doubled down. To see prime examples of the results, Google “Digital Domain” and “VGTI Florida.”
Jeb also likes to brag on the stump that he fixed Florida’s finances with “eight years of balanced budgets” during his two terms as Governor of Florida — but he fails to mention that the Florida Constitution requires a balanced budget, and it’s the Legislature that does the balancing, not the Governor.
Let Florida’s experience be a lesson to the rest of America. This is NOT the kind of Mr. Fix-It our nation needs.