OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Seems that the Florida GOP legislators are going to go a different route....the proverbial "death by a thousand cuts" when it comes to taking down the unions.  While reading my local paper here in Jacksonville, The Florida Times Union, I ran across a letter to the editor from a local union member railing against a recent bill filed in the Florida legislature.....more below the fold.

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Republican State Senator John Thrasher, who by the way has been around in state politics for decades, was a House member, was term limited, became a lobbyist, and then got himself elected to the Florida Senate, has introduced a nifty little bill to strip unions of some of their political strength.  See, what he's proposing, under the guise of "a freedom issue for people who are now conscripted to having their money taken out of their paychecks," is that union dues be barred from being a payroll deduction. Even if that's what the employee wants.  It would make it illegal, and there would have to be written consent by the union member for any union money to be used for political purposes.

Opponents see this as payback for the teacher's push back to Thrasher's ill conceived bill that he tried to push through last year basing teacher salary increases on student test data.  Thrasher is part of former Jeb Bush's inner circle.  Jeb Bush's education "reforms" pushed school vouchers, high stakes testing, charter schools....he was beaten back by the State Supreme Court that ruled his voucher scheme unconstitutional.  

It's obvious that here in Florida, the Republicans want to privatize, as much as possible, the education of Florida's kids.  They want to transfer tax money to private enterprises.  They don't even try to hide that fact. And when questioned about why charter schools and private schools do not have to pass the state mandated FCAT standardized tests and are not evaluated for student outcomes, they don't even try to answer.  That's how arrogant they are.

So, here in Florida we have the same crowd that WI is now getting a taste of.  We have documented fraudster Rick Scott, Tea Party favorite, as the new Governor, who is acting like he's the king, making unilateral decisions, like rejecting high speed rail funds from the feds that were already voted on in the last legislature. Poof.  He thinks he can veto legislation from a previous legislature! And GOP shills like Thrasher trying to make it so difficult for unions to function that they eventually are crippled and impotent.

So, I predict that soon, if they all wake up, Floridians will have had enough and take to the streets.  Let's hope so anyway.  

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to lutznancy on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 04:37 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and DKos Florida.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.