Skip to main content

Startling news has emerged about Florida's treatment of vulnerable children, while newspapers are calling Rick Scott "silent and absent."  On Monday, after 11 months of inaction, the Department of Justice sued Florida for "warehousing" disabled children in nursing homes. Meanwhile, turmoil at the Department of Children and Families continues in the wake of the tragic deaths of five children. In each of these cases, Rick Scott's leadership and judgement appear to have been non-existant.

Rick Scott's administration was informed by DOJ nearly a year ago that warehousing 200 children with medical disabilities in nursing homes violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. But Rick Scott and his administration sat on their hands, denying many children with disabilities the chance to live with their families and friends.

"As the mother of a child with special needs, I find Rick Scott's total lack of interest in helping our state's most vulnerable childen particularly offensive," said FDP Chair Allison Tant. "By now, we should not be surprised that while Rick Scott and his allies pretend nothing is wrong, he is failing Florida's families. There's no doubt now that Rick Scott is running Florida government just as recklessly as he ran his business, and Florida's children are being neglected as a result. Where is the leadership?"

How detached from the reality facing Florida's vulnerable children is Rick Scott? Upon the resignation last week of DCF chief David Wilkins after weeks of outcry over the deaths of four children, Rick Scott said, "David did a great job." Meanwhile, Jane Johnson, the new chief of staff at DCF and a former high-ranking aide to Governor Scott, dismissed these tragedies by saying, "When a child dies, it's not because DCF dropped the ball. It's because their families failed to protect them."

This is failure of leadership.

The Tampa Bay Times writes, "Florida needs a hands-on chief executive, not one who is more comfortable flying around in his private jet to take credit for every new job and stage more fake bill signings for legislation that he signed into law weeks ago." Floridians deserve a governor who is a leader — who will lead state government to care for all Floridians, especially vulnerable children.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site