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Scott's vetoes make anger level rise

Scott's vetoes make anger level rise

Think of the line-item veto as a process of moving things from one list to another. With a stroke of his red pen, Gov. Rick Scott moves items from "The List of Things That Make People Happy" to "The List of Things that Make People Angry." With his recent rash of vetoes, Scott compiled a long, long "angry" list. And in many cases, the governor didn't just anger people as an unintended consequence of ferreting out turkeys and unnecessary spending. Scott angered people intentionally. He was dealing in political payback. The fact he intentionally angered people makes their anger even more intense. One act of political payback typically provokes another....