Are Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislators in Florida really as crazy as they seem?
First, Scott campaigned on eliminating the corporate income tax and cutting the department of corrections, in a state where the unemployment was over 12 percent and violent crime was almost twice the national median.
Then, he rejected $2.4 billion in federal funding for the construction of a new bullet train line running between Tampa and Orlando.
The next step was to end tenure for new teachers and link their job security and pay to how well students perform on assessment tests (which was passed in mid-March).
Now, they and the Florida Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to pass legislation that would reduce unemployment benefits, by cutting the number of weeks the unemployed could collect (from the standard 26 weeks to 20) and by tying benefits to the unemployment rate (such that, if the rate falls, so do the number of weeks of benefits).
Scott and the rest of the Florida Republicans are no doubt crazy. But are they any crazier than the Floridians who voted for them?