Jeb Bush kicked of his campaign for POTUS, with a logo that wants us to forget his family legacy, promising that he could do to the country what he did to Florida. Let’s take a look at that for a moment, shall we?
Jeb Bush was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. Nicknamed as King Jeb, he took his oath as governor pledging to safeguard the interests of the people, not the bureaucrats. According to a 2007 article in the Washington Post, Bush left a legacy of “school vouchers, faith-based prisons and prolonging the life of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman who became the centerpiece of a national right-to-die battle.” Adding:
Yet, while his tenure coincided with a sizzling economy and an overflowing treasury, Bush’s back-to-back terms were marred by frequent ethics scandals, official bungling and the inability of the government he downsized to meet growing demands for state services, including education and aid for the infirm and the elderly.
But at what cost? The tax cuts he implemented benefitted large corporations and the already-wealthy. He eliminated public sector jobs by means of privatization–including Florida’s foster care system, which lost track of over 500 children and failed to prevent the deaths of others.
Rilya Wilson was in the State of Florida’s care under Jeb Bush’s administration–and budget cuts. Born to a homeless drug addict, she was under the care of the State of Florida even before she was two months old. Her case worker lied about visits to her foster home for over a year, filing reports that all was fine. Except that Rilya had been missing for 18 months before anyone noticed. Her body has never been found. It took over a decade for her foster mother to go to trial for her murder, who was eventually sentenced to 55 years.
Bush’s plan for the country includes nation-wide privatization of schools, healthcare, veterans benefits, prisons and more. A far cry from his pledge to “safeguard the interests of the people, not the bureaucrats.”
Let’s not forget about Jeb Bush profiting from purchasing Enron stock–and enjoying Enron campaign donations–while the State of Florida’s pension investments in Enron cost the state $328 Million. The New York Times reported in 2002:
Mr. Bush particularly has been able to steer clear so far of the enormous damage to the state employees’ pension fund, which lost more than any other public pension fund. Almost until Enron collapsed, the Florida fund continued to pour money into Enron stock. As governor, Mr. Bush is one of the fund’s three trustees, although the fund has said that Mr. Bush never ordered the purchase of Enron shares or the hiring of the money manager who did.
A look over at debate.org regarding whether or not Florida citizens feel that Jeb Bush was good for Florida or not, 75% of participants are saying NOT. Citing such things as:
- The 2000 Presidential election’s hanging chad scandal which resulted in his brother being elected POTUS
- Signing into law “Stand Your Ground” legislation–which is now infamous due to George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin
- Tax cuts for the wealthy that took a toll on children, disabled and elderly
soaring insurance rates
- Commanding the charge to privatize veterans benefits, schools and prisons
The list goes on, as do the Bush family atrocities. And try as Jeb might to distance himself from his surname, he is still a Bush, and America (and the internet) has not forgotten what his family has done and what more damage they can do back in the White House.
Thanks, Jeb, but no thanks. We’ve had enough.
WATCH his lame announcement here:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX8QbguW2TM?feature=player_detailpage&w=640&h=360]
Featured image by Rob Tornoe on Twitter.