Florida Lawmakers “Earners” into Oil Spill Recovery Job Creation | James Pat Guerréro


Some Florida environmentalists, Democrats, and Republicans like to make one thing falsifying clear: they are very interested in being “earners for the rest the state,” about economy recovery. Their work at clarity makes one truly understand that their jobs are more secure by having fresh money to manipulate – for their own job security (and maybe others?). By looking at the facts, this attitude is not convincing. Their solutions are one-by-one intriguing and questionable:

  1. Sue BP’s owner of the Deep Horizon oil rig, Transocean. The deadline to sue is April 20, 2011, the first anniversary of the Gulf oil spill. Would this reaction be some sort of market correction that would work? The idea is to litigate a potential $1 billion out of Transocean to recompense potential claimants. The immeasurable amount of time that it would require to suit has not been taken into consideration. The Democrats, supported by environmental lobbyists, blame Gov. Scott for his “loyalties” because he tends to avoid litigation for the reason that it just isn’t a solution.
  2. One should not accept the uncertain idea that there’s “an opportunity to bring in a substantial amount of money that could make everybody whole, or close to it,” according to Rep. Rick Kriseman, (D-St. Petersburg). Here are his code words, “opportunity,” “substantial,” “could,” and “whole,” all of which are wishful thinking, phantasm expressions, not expressions for free market corrections.
  3. Audubon of Florida Executive Director Eric Draper yields the same solution: Florida should litigate “to set the terms (of the) settlement.” Draper craftily suggests using time to extend the funding appropriation for his own special cause.
  1. Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Walton Beach) sponsored S.B. 248, the Oil Spill Recovery Act, which passed the Senate unanimously. The problem with the Gaetz’ bill is the over-dependence on governmental agencies in economic and environmental regulation and intervention. At best, if passed by the Florida House and signed by the Governor, the Gaetz’s bill is a short-term fix on a federal long-term problem. It already appears that the players such as the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection need to do in-house self-cleaning. Enterprise Florida, Inc., a quasi governmental agency, also falls in this category.
  2. Florida’s Great Northwest is a private and public partnership which gets almost all of its $4 million annual funding from taxpayers via federal and state economic development programs. It is also a conduit for many public federal and state monies. The Gaetz’ bill wants to direct the fines, penalties, and any other funding from the BP oil spill to this organization. Currently, it doesn’t fall under Sunshine law. Gaetz should have required his bill to include it to follow Sunshine law because it mainly deals with federal and state funding.
  1. For Florida, the problem of economic development is precisely these “entrepreneurial agents” of government who like to call themselves innovators and proponents of job creation. This notion is as far away from free market principles as a notion can get. The government needs to get out of job creation.

Here’s a solution. Follow Gov. Scott’s lead and try to rebuild the perception that the oil spill has not affected the Floridian economy in terms of safety on the restaurant and seafood industries. He’s traveling in northwest Florida to promote this idea. The marketing travel work would help the struggling Floridian tourism in that vicinity and in the whole state. Along with this travel work, Gov. Scott has accepted a $30 million marketing grant from BP to help lessen the negative impact to the tourism industry in the state.

Read More: POLLS Year after the spill, state lawmakers not passing bills to protect Gulf » Naples Daily News.

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