We have seen a lot of evidence at how lacking in compassion and common decency that Tea Party Republicans and many other Republicans are in this time of insanity in public affairs!
But a new low has been hit by Florida Governor Rick Scott, who makes it clear he is not concerned about public opinion polls and personal popularity!
Scott has ordered an immediate draconian cut in programs for the disabled in the Sunshine State, effective tomorrow morning, affecting thousands of unfortunate individuals who are victims of Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and other developmental disorders!
This includes an immediate roll back in payments to group homes and social workers of 15 percent, and this cut to be supplemented by legislative cuts after June 30!
Scott used his emergency powers as Governor to order this immediate cut on the must vulnerable, most victimized group in society, who cannot take care of themselves, and whose safety and health are affected in a dangerous, inhumane manner!
The effect of these massive cuts will be to cause death and harm to people who have no one to protect them, if not for social workers and government, who they have relied on as a safety net to promote a semblance of a decent life!
About 30,000 Floridians are affected, with many of these developmentally disabled people needing assistance to eat, bathe, take medication, and take care of themselves in every other way!
What could be more inhumane, despicable, disgraceful, and reprehensible than to cut off services to the most vulnerable and disabled among us?
Has the state of Florida and the Republican Party and the Tea Party Movement which backs Rick Scott become no better than sinners against common decency?
Is avoiding some extra taxation for those who can afford it more important than the health and safety of the disabled?
This is far worse than state workers having to pay for their pension and health benefits!
This is worse than teachers losing tenure or the danger of being fired based on a state wide test!
This is worse than ANYTHING that could be done by any government against the elderly, the poor, the young, or any other group there is in society!
These are the most disabled among us, who have no ability to help themselves, and now are to be thrown out in the garbage as refuse, without any sense of dignity or humanity!
How could anyone, whether religious or not, see such an action as anything other than a sin against God of any religion, or just common morality and ethics?
How can Rick Scott sleep at night, after having escaped prosecution and prison for his financial dealings with Medicare scams, and now be willing to harm the most severely disabled among us, which he could easily fund from his own ill begotten wealth?
Should not the decent people of Florida, including “good Christians”, stand up in outrage against Rick Scott, march on Tallahassee, and DEMAND the return of humanity and compassion toward the disabled?
This is not a question of politics; it is a question of common decency and humanity and compassion for those among us less fortunate, and remembering that “there but for the grace of God go I!”
If one believes, as most do, that there is a God, then one must believe that “what goes around, comes around!”
One has to hope that there is divine retribution against Rick Scott for the massive crime against humanity that he is perpetrating!
This is what happens when good people allow themselves to be ignorant, uninvolved in public affairs focus, or give in to the sin of greed and selfishness!
Immediate mass action is needed to reverse, in any way possible, this disgraceful action by the most reprehensible excuse for a human being who sits in the Governorship of Florida, and undermines further the horrible reputation of the state of Florida!