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Orlando Sentinel: Charlie Crist leaves fiscal mess for next governor

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You may see this state as a fiscal wreck, a place where jobs and people are vanishing at a record clip.

But in an alternate universe, on the planet Pandora, our happy Chieftain Charlie Crist promises happy days ahead and millions of dollars all around.

He has $500 million for schools, $100 million for universities and $67 million for community colleges.

He has $100 million in tax cuts for corporations, and $24 million in back-to-school tax cuts for mom and dad.

He even has $50 million to save the Everglades.

Meanwhile, back on planet Florida, dour and scowling men are convening in Tallahassee. They say they don’t see the millions Charlie sees. They’ve looked and looked and it just isn’t there.

They are about to drag Charlie out of his idyllic Pandora and into their harsh reality.

But that’s the least of his problems.

Senate challenger Marco Rubio is taking aim at Charlie’s Tree of Souls, his once towering approval rating that is his source of strength and power. And that great rumbling in the Republican neuro-net is an awakening Jeb Bush. His disdain for Charlie is growing. His endorsement of Rubio is pending.

When that happens, it will be the end of Charlie.

Nixon spent his final days talking to portraits of former presidents. Judging by his budget, Charlie is talking to the potted plants. For the rest of this must-read column by Mike Thomas, please visit here:

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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