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RPOF and its legislators party while Florida goes broke

Even as the legislature considers wiping out an estimated $388 million in sales tax breaks to try to plug Florida’s rapidly growing (and currently estimated at $6 billion) budget hole, the Republican Party of Florida and Republican legislators are wasting no time or expense throwing a huge weekend-long party this weekend at Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, and the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando.  After taking VIP tours of Islands of Adventure and Universal, the legislators will be treated to lunch and then later a Mardi Gras party and a VIP viewing of a Pat Benatar concert.

Meanwhile, all the poor taxpayers are begging “treat me right”.


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7 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. John Gault says:

    At least they are going to actually stimulate the economy…they could just stay at home and stuff their money in their mattress.

  2. Horatio Salazar says:

    Let’s just say that they are tone deaf, pardon the pun.

  3. Horatio Salazar says:

    Comment on the first comment above…it’s not “their money.” I’m sure its money raised from lobbyist. It sure gives new meaning to honest government, doesn’t it? The majority party is partying with lobbyists in Orlando right before the start of the session.

    And we wonder why Florida is in trouble?

  4. Morgan says:

    That’s abject nonsense Horatio! Does that bother you? Surely a PRIVATE organization like the RPOF, who raises their own money, should be able to party and have fun, right? It’s not like they used taxpayer’s money! How dumb! You Cleptocrats are going insane lately.

  5. Jose says:

    Whatever, Morgan. It is the example they are setting. I pay my dues and wonder where my money is going since te Republicans in the legislature cant seem to come up with budget solutions outside of cutting justice and education. Now I know that they are hanging out at Islands of Adventure. Now Dittoheads lie you may think that is great because as long as you are keeping them gays from gettin married and evolution from getting taught you dont care. But some of us still wonder if there is a party who can get down to what is really important.

  6. gatorblue says:

    Lol, Jose. You hit the nail on the head.

    There is something unseemly about partying with lobbyists right before a special session, particularly at an event that is undoubtedly financed with a lot of lobbyist money.

  7. P says:

    And not ALL of the legislators went on this entertainment junket. Some of them were working. I know I was with one of them on that weekend…doing fun stuff like crunching numbers and reading constituents’ emails.

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