Politics

Rick Scott, Charlie Crist Land Attacks as General Election Campaign Takes Off

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 28, 2014 3:55 AM
Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

Having blown out their competition in the primaries earlier this week, Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist honed their lines of attack on Wednesday as they kicked off the general election season.  

After winning the Republican primary on Tuesday, Scott reminded Floridians on Wednesday that his $400 million cut of vehicle registration fees, one of his chief legislative priorities this year, takes effect on Sep. 1.

Scott insisted these fees were “tax increases” which Crist signed off on back in 2009. Despite having spent most of his political life as a Republican, Crist won the Democratic primary on Tuesday, easily beating former Florida Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich.

“This year, we set out to cut many taxes and fees on Florida families, and starting next week we are rolling back many of the 2009 tax increases on annual motor vehicle registrations,” Scott said on Wednesday. “This fee cut will result in an annual savings of about $25 per typical motor vehicle. Families deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money, and we will now be able to save Floridians $400 million, because it’s their money!”

Scott’s campaign team quickly showcased the fee cuts.

“This is another example of Rick Scott righting Charlie Crist’s wrong, by reducing his tax increase on Florida’s middle class,” insisted Greg Blair, a spokesman for the Scott campaign, on Wednesday in an email sent out to the media. “Charlie Crist says he’s ‘the people’s governor.’ But when things were going bad for the people of Florida, he made life worse, raising taxes by $2.2 billion.

“And what’s worse, Charlie Crist said he would raise taxes on Floridians again,” Blair added.

While Scott hit Crist on taxes and fees, the Democrat fired back on education. Despite Scott’s calls for increased education spending, including record high per-pupil spending, Crist went after the governor’s education budgets.

“Today is a harsh reminder of why we need to win on November 4th,” Crist noted on Wednesday. “Exactly one year ago, Rick Scott held a three-day education summit. But he didn't even bother to show up -- instead, he was holding closed door meetings and speaking at a tea party convention.

“I'm sick of meeting teachers and students who are hurting because Rick Scott cut $1.3 billion from K-12 education funding,” Crist added.

Libertarian Adrian Wyllie did not face a primary this week but he said on Wednesday that, even as his business suffers as his focus remains on the campaign, he is “all in” to win in November.

“Many people ask me how I'm able to run a business and run for governor at the same time,” Wyllie informed supporters on Wednesday. “The answer is that I've had to scale back my company's business operations dramatically. My family and I have had to make sacrifices. In addition to the time away from them over the past two years, we've also had to tighten our belts and live on a strict budget.

“I am so grateful for their support and encouragement,” Wyllie added. “We are all in. We know that these sacrifices give us a legitimate chance to restore prosperity and liberty to Florida.”

Wyllie ended his tour of craft breweries across the Sunshine State in Tampa on Wednesday. During the tour, Wyllie focused on how regulations enacted in Tallahassee hurt small businesses.


Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or follow him on Twitter: @KevinDerbySSN 



Comments (4)

OrlandoChris
1:10PM AUG 28TH 2014
Adrian Wyllie deserves my vote and yours too. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round, election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of Florida and stop voting for these ‘paid for’ career politicians that are only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians. Even if it’s just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do what is right for our (yours and your children’s) future and vote for Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very powerful. Visit his website today.
Rebecca Sharp
8:58AM AUG 28TH 2014
Thank you for including Adrian Wyllie in this article and showing the sacrifices he is making to run a "clean" campaign. He is the most Qualified to get Florida back on track and stop the political selling out of our State to lobbyists and special interest groups. Scott touts cutting the motor registration fees, but he neglects to mention how he RAISED taxes by increasing the budget by billions, all to hit middle class and the poor and giving tax cuts to big business. Crist, flip-flopper sell out, hurt this State while he was R Governor first time around. He wins nomination over Nan Rich, a disciplined, life long Democrat with principals and morals, having her own party sell her out for lying, thieving sorry Charlie is a real stunner. Truly, that is what makes Adrian the BEST CHOICE in November. All Nan Rich supporters, I urge you to Vote for Adrian Wyllie, as surely you see the twisted duopoly going on between the major parties. Time for real change for the better, VOTE Adrian Wyllie.
The Trouble of it is
5:57AM AUG 28TH 2014
Rick Scott, the former Dallas Texas Johnson & Swanson Bush family lawyer and partner with George W. Bush, Richard Rainwater and other in the Texas Rangers.

In 1987 Jeb Bush called on family lawyer Rick Scott and Richard Rainwater who had installed Michael Eisner in 1984 as CEO of Disney in his Bass family leveraged Disney buyout to come to Miami and help Jeb Bush salvage the (at the time) largest Medicare Fraud scheme in US history as Jeb's partner mob financed Miguel Recarey, Jr. fled the US under indictment. Rainwater and Scott formed Columbia/ HCA where they flipped the IMC assests that Jeb was able to have stored with Humana along with a continuing cash flow of $30 MILLION PER MONTH from Medicare and flipped into GALEN Hospitals. In 1997 when the Largest (ever reported) Medicare Fraud in US history hit the airwaves Rick Scott took the fifth 75 times and with Jeb and Bill Clinton's help escaped indictment. The Bush family then along with Senator Bill Frists (HCA) help flipped their decades long Medicare Fraud schemes into Tenet Hospitals where Jeb picked up the scheme and to this day is the only director of along with Bush family investors controlled by Fidelity Mutual.

Just like this massive hospital fraud decades ongoing schemes Jeb Bush and family have been working their privatize schemes for decades as well.Major nationwide push to privatize public schools and turn them over to their for profit charter schools friends. Many under the control of Bush family former ambassador to Omen Gary Grappo. Others owned by the Gulen Muslim leader. Florida and Texas have many Gulen Muslim Charter schools. Other charters have been taken over by Jeb Bush and friends like former speaker of the Florida house Ray Sansom with The Rader Group. All Florida retirement members should educate themselves about the Jeb Bush involvement with Rick Scott and then educate themselves about the Bush family New World Order connections and plans for the take over of the USA with Common Core which is NWO programming for America's youth.


AUSTIN, Texas— Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his rising-political-star son, George Prescott Bush, urged Texas to dismantle the “monopoly of public education” by dramatically expanding access to charter schools (many of whom are owned by Bush Muslim friend and partner GULEN), embracing online learning and overhauling how teachers are evaluated.
But neither man offered any hints about his political future.
Jebr Bush, who is often mentioned as a possible contender for president in 2016, told an education forum organized by the Texas Business Leadership Council, “I urge you to be BIG AND BOLD, and if people get offended, so what?”

“Politics can’t always be like mamby-pamby land,” said Bush, who said America’s public schools have for too long been organized to best suit the “economic needs of adults” such as unionized teachers and school administrators, rather than students.

Floridians have always known that Bush feels this way, but he never dared dropping this kind of Hateorade in a place where a Florida reporter would hear it. Speaking in a state more red than a Radio Flyer, Bush knew this red meat would play well.

But Bush’s rhetoric is becoming easier to fact check and dismiss. Yesterday’s release of the prospectus from one of his top financial backers in Pearson, revealed which adults were having their “economic needs” met. The “monopoly’ that exists now is controlled by Bush’s cartel of backers.
What Jeb Bush show is complete without some overplay of the Florida model? Bush didn’t disappoint:
Bush said that the Florida Virtual School, the nation’s oldest and largest vendor, now offers 400,000 courses via Internet, and 45 percent of Florida students currently are enrolled in charter schools, online classes or some other form of learning other than traditional public schools…. …and this. He forgot to mention his Brother Neil and IGNITE LEARNING ! with Mom and Pop Bush (41) their Saudi Prince Muslim friend and a Russian Mobster for investors!

But Bush said public schools here and elsewhere have become “a public, unionized monopoly” and that the only way to weaken it is to expanded school choice while tightening teacher evaluation standards and limiting tenure.

Bush probably left through the side door without taking questions like he did after parting the waters inside the Florida House two weeks ago. His act doesn’t work if he has to entertain tricky questions about the “imploding” of Florida’s accountability system that legislators are having to deal now. Nor does he want to admit that his hand-picked education commissioner, Tony Bennett, first forced to talk Plan B on Bush’s common core initiative that Pearson was going to cash in on with PARCC tests and finally being forced out of Florida Education Commissioner, although we are sure Jeb Bush and his Bushwhackers simply moved him to another state to carry their torch.. Even in Indiana where Tony Bennett once ruled, republicans are halting common core. Same story in Alabama. Bush twisted choice ideals benefit his financial backers. But he doesn’t want states to have their own choices on curriculum. The jig is up on Bush’s choice for me and not for thee.

He inflates the percentage of students enrolled in the options of his choosing without telling Texans that a plurality of those students are enrolled in an online class because he rammed through a mandate that required it for graduation. Moreover, a shocking number of high school students – victims of his test-based curriculum – are enrolled in online credit recovery classes which all are run by other financial backers of Bush. Much of the expansion of charter schools in Florida has been leveraged by legislative fiat that Bush’s foundation authored.
Bush’s reforms in Texas don’t enjoy the easy path that they do in Florida where he still controls the Republican party along with his Hospital partner Rick Scott who with Richard Rainwater saved Jeb’s 1987 Medicare Fraud industry at International Medical Centers and rolled it into Columbia/ HCA. After Rick Scott and Jeb was caught again in 1997 in their second largest Medicare Fraud in US history, Jeb and Bush family investors (Fidelity) flipped Columbia/ HCA into TENET Hospital’s. Today John E. (JEB) Bush is the sole director of Tenet Hospitals. Their Medicare Hospital fraud schemes which started with Miguel Recarey, Jr. and HMO, Inc. funded by Tampa born mob boss Santo Trafficante, Jr. rolled into IMC; Columbia/ HCA and Tenet Hospitals have now come full circle back to the full control of Jeb Bush.
And in January 2015 Jeb’s son George Prescott Bush will become the Texas Land Commissioner. The job description of which is. He is in charge of all Texas State Lands oil leases. And he is in charge of the State of Texas Schools state budget!

And with the Bush boys Texas Democrats helping them get rid of Rick Perry who was already not seeking reelection as Texas Governor and was again eyeing the 2016 presidential spot for which Jeb Bush intends to be drafted (after he and his gang take out all the competition) George Prescott Bush will move closer to Governor of Texas – with family friend Barack Obama filling the US with undocumented Hispanic voters – that will put the Hispanic cloned George P. Bush one step closer to the white house – which is the plan after his daddy Jeb serves his eight years!
The Kingmaker's
6:23AM AUG 28TH 2014
The Common Denominator between George W. and Jeb Bush - Rick Scott and Disney’s Michael Eisner-

George W. Bush can thank his father for a well-known name, for much of his personal wealth he can thank Richard E. Rainwater, a billionaire investor from Fort Worth.

The vast bulk of the $18.4 million Mr. Bush and his wife reported in 1998 income came from the sale of the Texas Rangers and other investments in which Mr. Rainwater, a man hardly known outside of Wall Street, played a major role. Mr. Rainwater, is considered a master investor, and has built fortunes for others as well as for himself. The son of a grocer and a J. C. Penney sales clerk, Mr. Rainwater gained his reputation by skillfully marshaling the assets of the legendary Bass family of Fort Worth, whose original holdings were in oil. He soon created his own fortune, recently estimated by Forbes magazine at $1.2 billion, by building a real-estate empire and helping to found the nation's largest chain of hospitals, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation.

Because of their financial relationships, Mr. George W. Bush's ties to Mr. Rainwater have long been a target for his political opponents in Texas. In Mr. Bush's first campaign for Governor, in 1994, a spokesman for his Democratic opponent. Gov. Ann W. Richards, declared that Mr. Rainwater ''owned'' Mr. Bush. Twenty years later is can be said Mr. Rainwater’s organization’s own the entire state of Florida as well.

A review of Mr. Bush's relationship with Mr. Rainwater did not produce evidence that Mr. Bush, as Texas Governor, has sought to aid the businessman, though there would be more potential for conflict when he became President. Mr. Rainwater is involved in companies that are heavily regulated and have hundreds of millions of dollars in Government contracts. One, which operates psychiatric hospitals, is the subject of Federal and state investigations into patient mistreatment and Medicare fraud.

Mr. Bush said in a statement: ''Richard Rainwater is a friend and a former business partner who is very successful. Some of my investments in his companies have been successful as well. Richard has never sought a favor for any of his companies nor would I have offered any.''
Mr. Rainwater declined to comment on the relationship, saying through a spokesman that it would be inappropriate during Mr. Bush's Presidential campaign. In an interview in 1994, Mr. Rainwater said, ''George Bush happens to be one of about 100 people that can make the statement that their involvement with Richard Rainwater has had a very positive'' effect on their wealth.

As he prepared to run for the Republican Presidential nomination, Mr. Bush liquidated a blind trust created to hold his assets when he was elected Governor. One reason for doing so, said the accountant who managed the trust, Robert A. McCleskey, was to eliminate the appearance of any conflicts of interest, including any investments with Mr. Rainwater. George W. Bush placed his assets in the Northern Trust (Bush family owned) and announced he did not know who owned it. Well, Barack Obama apparently knows who owns it. The Northern Trust of Lassalle Street Chicago, Il – financed Obama’s Chicago home for him.

''You get people inquiring about the Rainwater interests -- is there a conflict?'' Mr. McCleskey said. ''So it was decided that the best thing was to get rid of it.'' Get rid of it? GW just moved it over into the Northern Trust – another blind trust – he says he doesn’t know who owns it. But public records prove it’s owned by the Bush family. Obama knows who owns it – Northern Trust provided him the purchase money mortgage to buy his Chicago home from it’s home office address at 50 S. LaSalle Street Chicago, Il. The same address shown on George W. Bush’s filing papers to run for President of the United States in 2000.

To be sure, the wealth of many politicians has been shaped by others, and many national figures have had close friendships with people heavily regulated by Government. In 1976, for example, Hillary Clinton quickly turned a $1,000 investment in commodities futures into a gain of nearly $100,000 with advice from a friend who was then the top lawyer for Tyson Foods, the nation's biggest poultry producer.

Mr. Bush, for his part, invested $385 in 1991 in a group set up by Mr. Rainwater to provide consulting services to the Americredit Corporation, a company that secures car loans to high-risk borrowers. Three years later, when the investment paid off, Mr. Bush received $45,512.
A spokesman for Mr. Bush, Dan Bartlett, said that the investment was ''passive'' and that Mr. Bush did no consulting. Unlike Mr. Bush, Mr. Rainwater was not born into a world of connections. He attended public schools in Fort Worth, where his father operated a family grocery, and where he regularly won races at a local drag strip in a souped-up Buick. He attended the University of Texas and then the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

At Stanford, he was a classmate of Sid R. Bass, the eldest of the four Bass brothers, and it was Mr. Bass who soon hired him to help direct the investments of Bass Brothers Enterprises. He so aggressively invested the family's oil wealth in languishing companies like Walt Disney [where in a leveraged buy out in 1984 he acquired enough Disney stock to gain the power to hire and install Michael Eisner as Disney CEO] that by the time he left in 1986, $50 million had grown to $5 billion. By 1995 Michael Eisner and Disney had acquired his former employer ABC and it’s networks. Along with other media acquisitions Eisner became the most powerful media leader on earth!

Not long after going out on his own in 1986, Mr. Rainwater connected with another Texan, Richard L. Scott, a lawyer who believed that investor-owned hospitals could be both efficient and highly profitable. They soon joined forces with Rainwater’s old partner George W. Bush and his brother Jeb and the results was Columbia/HCA. With the Bush brothers help Rainwater and Scott picked up the remnants of the IMC hospitals operated by Jeb’s partner exiled Cuban mobster Miguel Recarey. Jr. who fled the country under federal indictments Recarey started HMO, Inc with mobs funds supplied by mob boss Santo Trafficante, Jr,– with the beginnings of the IMC assets acquired by Scott and Rainwater with the help of Jeb from which Humana was holding in GALEN Hospitals along with $30 MILLION per month in Medicare cash flow.With Bush family help Scott and Rainwater turned Columbia/HCA into the nation's biggest chain of for-profit hospitals, and in 1997 like Recarey before him Rick Scott fled the company. The Bush family along with Senaotr Bill Frists (HCA) flipped the assets into Tenet Hospitals and today Jeb Bush is the only director of Tenet, who continues to commit Medicare Fraud and illegal billings and failure to file proper income tax returns – just like the organized criminal empire it is.

Rainwater’s current holdings also include energy, oil rigs, office buildings and the sumptuous Canyon Ranch resorts. So sprawling are his interests that gamblers can bet in casinos operated by one of his companies or seek treatment for their gambling compulsion at another.
''He is a king maker,'' said J. Thomas Schieffer, who was a partner with Mr. Bush, Rick Scott, Tom Hicks, Rusty Rose and Mr. Rainwater in the Texas Rangers. It’s like magic!
And reality is Richard E. Rainwater has shaped much of Florida politics as well. He made multi-millionaires out of Jeb and George Bush and their partner Rick Scott……….
And he made a multi-millionaire out of Michael Eisner as well……

Rainwater acquired ABC his former employer and even after retiring as Disney CEO to this day he is the most powerful media person in US history…

How many more of these special friends have gotten rich off the likes of Richard Rainwater and other Kingmakers?

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