What’s in a Name?
A Lot if You’re
Called Rick or Scott
Have you ever noticed that some of America’s worst politicians are named either Rick or Scott and that one horrible governor has both names? Read on.
Rick Snyder of Michigan. He and his administration failed to aggressively address the Flint water crisis and subsequent lead poisoning of Flint children. Also signed Michigan’s emergency manager law that allowed Snyder to fire local elected officials and replace them with handpicked leaders who were given dictatorial power over city affairs but never had to stand for election.
Given the record of the Scott and Rick governors, it’s not surprising that three of the four are from states that rejected expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Michigan is the exception. Santorum opposes any form government health program as well as Social Security. He once bragged that his grandfather worked as a coal miner until he died in his 70s and never needed such government programs. Scott Pruitt was forced out of the EPA job because he was more interested in the perks of office than protecting the environment and the health and well being of Americans.
Scott Walker of Wisconsin. With help from a Republican controlled legislature, stripped the collective bargaining rights of public employees, cut funds for public education and attempted to place state universities under private control.
Rick Scott of Florida. Was forced to resign as CEO of Columbia/Hospital Corporation of America because the company was found to have defrauded Medicare and Medicaid. Though the company was heavily fined, Scott was never charged with a crime and he went on to become governor of Florida. He recently was declared winner in the race for U.S. senator even though votes in some urban areas went suspiciously uncounted and election workers were harassed by Scott supporters while they counted ballots.
Rick Perry. Former governor of Texas. Perry’s long record of poor governance includes attacks on reproductive rights, restriction of marriage rights, attempts to use government to impose fundamentalist religious values and diversion of federal education funds to pay off the state budget deficit caused by tax cuts. When appointed by Trump as Secretary of Energy, Perry thought the job involved supervision of the oil industry. In fact, it concerns nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors and disposal of radioactive waste.
Rick Santorum. Former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. He’s a perennial presidential candidate and one of America’s looniest politicians. He has advocated the elimination of credit cards because they encourage overindulgence and profligacy, He wants Americans to eat out less because it diminishes the traditional role of women in the household and gluttony is a sin. Santorum also advocates repeal of the 21st Amendment, which ended prohibition.
Scott Pruit, Former EPA head in the Trump administration. Regularly traveled first class at government expense. Paid $50 a night in high-rent Washington for a room in a house owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist. Spent $3.5 million in government money for a contingent of 20 personal security guards. Sent government paid aides out to buy him football tickets and also used them to scout for used mattresses from Trump hotels, presumably for use in his rented room.