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"Wednesday, December 13, 2006
9:19:00 AM EST THE REAL LEGACY OF GOVERNOR JEB BUSH!!!
THE REAL LEGACY OF GOVERNOR JEB BUSH!!!
As Governor Jeb Bush prepares to exit he is desperately trying to establish a record of his legacy. Why is there no rebuttal to his view of the downsizing, out sourcing, dissolution of agencies receive little press coverage
In the Sunday, December 9, 2006 issue of Tallahassee Democrat he is saying that his outsourcing and downsizing has helped the economy of Tallahassee and his total activities has raised Florida's economy and productivity to unprecedented levels!! (Bill Cotterell , Jeb to Tallahassee: You're welcome, Originally published December 10, 2006, Outgoing governor argues his cuts have helped, not hurt, local economy) But there is another truth to his strong slash, burn and bull dose tactic as governor? Further, Jeb Bush did not see it necessary to set in place mechanisms to evaluate the effectiveness of these outsourcing and downsizing of agencies. Results of state audit inconclusive. Bill Cotterell writes, "Three years into Gov. Jeb Bush's massive privatization of agency personnel services and his online state purchasing service, auditors say it's impossible to document taxpayer savings on the ''People First'' contract with Convergys or the MyFloridaMarketPlace system. (Bill Cotterell, 2006 Results of state audit inconclusive, Originally published December 12, 2006)
Can you remember his investment with his family friend "Kenney Boy" Lay with the company Enron. (Joan Claybrookm Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: About You and Enron, February 14, 2002) This $350 million investment of The Florida Retirement Funds was lost quickly and without any explanation or apology from our governor. Kenneth Lay was later convicted of fraud and sentenced to prison. But low and behold Kenneth was reported to have died before he started to serve his lenient sentence. But rumor has it that Kenney boy and Elvis have been spotted on the beaches of Aruba! Well, what is new Kenneth like most CEOs these days, was conducting business in the criminal lane or out-side-the-box so why not expect him to be "laid to rest" out-side-his casket(box) (Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, The 10 Worst Corporations of 2004, AlterNet,
December 12, 2006, http://www.alternet.org/story/21088/
Then how do you convenience yourself that downsizing with the accompanying loss of thousands of jobs in Tallahassee at about $40,000.00 per position has helped the economy. The number of established positions in the state personnel system has fallen by about 12,000 in Bush's second term. He has aggressively pursued "outsourcing" of what Bush terms "noncore" functions of state agencies, such as personnel services and data management, while increasing the use of computers in government. If there were only one thousand jobs lost that would amount to approximately (Tallahassee Democrat, December 10, 2006) $40 Million dollars to the Tallahassee economy. Can you find in Tallahassee any tangible industries that have replaced this level of permanent income with fringe benefits??
Now there is the matter of the caliber of staff hired by the Governor. Immediately after Gov. Jeb Bush took office in 1999, he announced a code of ethics that he said would raise the state Capitol to a higher standard (Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Scandal adds to list of ethics problems among Bush hires, 08, 2006 ) These expectations haven't been met, and perhaps the worst breach of the standards he set can be seen in the following,
--Secretary James Crosby was charged with taking kickbacks from a company that sells snacks to prison visitors.