It looks like Gimmick-Rick is at it again.
Rick Scott is rolling out his latest middle class bait and switch this week with his new "tax cut calculator" for Florida families.
Appearing at booths set up in Tallahassee and the University of Florida, it allows taxpayers to "calculate" how much they'll save with Scott's proposed cuts for cellphone and television expenses. At this point, that's all it is: a proposal.
Should anyone decide to make the trip to give the calculator a try, depending on where they live, they're likely to spend more on gas than they'll save on their cellphone bill.
The good news is they don't really need to make the trip at all. The estimate of Scott's big savings will come to around $43 a year.
If you add the proposed savings to Scott's gimmick last year, where some saved up to $25 on auto tags, that brings in a grand total of $68 a year. For some.
Don't spend it all in one place!
In short, Governor Gimmick thinks you're stupid.
While you have your calculator out, see how much it will cost you for just one trip to the emergency room the next time you need medical care if you fall into the Medicaid gap Rick Scott dug out for you.
Spoiler alert: $43 probably wouldn't even buy you an aspirin.
If you're a Duke Energy customer, take a gander at your latest bill that covers not just your wattage, but covers fictional power plants Scott and the GOP are allowing them to charge you for.
After you recover from that eye opener, add to that all the taxes you've already spent that went to fund Medicaid and high-speed rail in other states.
But wait, there's more!
Remember when Pam Bondi sent lawyers all the way to the Supreme Court in her failed attempt to keep you from getting access to health care at all? How about when she fought to block women from access to birth control? Her failures in court were also added to your tab.
How about her latest fiasco along with Rick Scott and the other Cabinet members when they ignored Sunshine Laws and went under cover of darkness to fire an FDLE official because he didn't fall in line for Scott's campaign by politicizing what has no business being politicized? They're now all busy lawyering up for getting caught on that little maneuver. Guess who's going to be paying all those legal fees? Certainly not them. In fact they're laughing all the way to the bank, because screwing over the people of Florida is a notch in their political belts as far as big conservative donors are concerned, especially the ones who benefit like the utilities, Big Sugar, and the Koch brothers. These same Cabinet members have their sights set on being the next governor, or U.S. Senator from Florida. Rick Scott is said to have his eye on that one himself.
If voters are naive enough to keep falling for Scott's gimmicks and send him along to higher office, what he's cost Florida so far is merely chump change.
If Mr. Scott goes to Washington, you're going to need a bigger calculator.