Today on Context Florida: Tax holidays, investments, Darth Vader and sanctimony

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Today on Context Florida:

Stephen Goldstein notes that while promoting Florida’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday this year, Gov. Rick Scott boasted, “families will be able to save money on school supplies and other back-to-school items that will set students up for success in the upcoming school year.” The only thing he left out was, “Remember to vote for me because I gave you 6 cents on the dollar.”

Gov. Rick Scott might tell voters what he will do if he is re-elected to another four years in office, but not beyond that, writes Bruce Ritchie. In a re-election campaign document called his “Keep Florida Beautiful” plan, Scott says he will propose 10-year “investments” for springs restoration and alternative water supplies. Ritchie questions the smoke-and-mirrors game of describing future budget requests as “investments,” since Scott, if re-elected, will be governor for only four more years.

Rick Scott holding a press conference to declare he wants to clean Florida’s water is sort of like Darth Vader declaring he supports intergalactic peace, says Dan Gelber. Irony is aplenty when Scott announces he wants to spend millions to clean Florida’s waterways.

Israelis claim to have eliminated most of the tunnels and missiles and have pulled their ground troops out of Gaza and the killing has stopped for now. In the meantime, Bob Sparks points out that Israel’s critics in America need to remember our own history and what this country did when our people were being killed. Until we walk a mile in Israel’s shoes, let us save the sanctimony and put the pressure where it belongs.

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