Today we're talking about partisan foolishness — on both sides of the aisle.
We start with delusional GOP voters, specifically those in Seminole County.
Lately we have been inundated with howls from parents of Seminole County students who are furious about cuts to their once-prestigious school system.
My question is pretty simple: What on earth did you people expect?
Seminole is one of the most solidly Republican-voting counties in Central Florida.
And the Republican candidates have been quite candid about their desire to take money away from traditional public schools.
So you are angry about … what? That the candidates you elected kept their word?
A perfect example was 2010's race for Seminole's state House District 33.
Democratic U.S. Navy veteran Leo Cruz ran a campaign, pledging to stave off future education cuts. He specifically vowed to "prevent further cuts in local schools."
Republican Jason Brodeur ran a campaign pledging to cut government spending — and funnel more education dollars away from traditional public schools.
Pretty clear choice, right? And Seminole voters voted for Brodeur 60 percent to 37 percent.
So guess what, Seminole? You got a guy who's doing precisely what he promised.
He, the governor and the incumbent legislators — all of whom Seminole voters supported — won their elections and then cut school funding by well over $1 billion.
What's so confusing?
Now one school is closed. Another will follow at the end of the school year. And two more are on the chopping block. Plus, school officials are talking about cutting more teachers and extracurricular activities.
Did you think they were just going to cut other school districts' funding?
Heaven knows I am sympathetic to the teachers and students. Heck, I've long argued Florida should beef up its school funding — not to extravagant levels, but to the national average.
But you all elected people who disagree — and you have elected them consistently and by wide margins. So, while I'm sympathetic to the kids, I have tough time summoning tears for voters who are reaping what they sowed.
The flip side
One the other side of the aisle we have Democrats in this state who are so used to griping about Republicans that they do it even when it defies common sense.
The most recent example involves the closing of state prisons.
Gov. Rick Scott and prison officials noted that the inmate population has dropped. So they proposed closing a few prisons — and saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Good for them. Makes sense, right?
Well, not to some of the hyper-partisan Dems who sometimes start griping before they start thinking.
Um, if closing empty prisons is Tea Party, get me a bag of Tetley.
Our state is way too strapped for cash to spend money watching empty cells.
The truth is that Democrats are really worried about the push to privatize prisons. And those are some legitimate worries — especially since Gov. Scott's staff got caught concocting a report to justify handing gobs of tax dollars over to for-profits execs and their slick lobbyists.
But that's a separate debate.
And arguing to waste public money on unneeded prison cells makes about as much sense as voting for politicians who vow to cut public-school funding — and then whining when they keep their word.
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