It’s make or break time for Jeb Bush

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

As governor, Bush sided with campaign contributor on delaying Everglades pollution cleanup.

In a speech last week, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for rolling back government regulations on oil drilling, carbon emissions and other activities, arguing that red tape is hindering the growth of the economy.

Jeb Bush, appearing on Fox News Sunday, defended remarks about African-Americans and “free stuff” and also said implied people would regret running House Speaker John Boehner out of town. “I admire John Boehner greatly. He’s a great public service,” Bush said. “He left at the apex of his — of his time in service to this — to the country with the pope speaking in Congress.

On Sunday, the presidential hopeful and former Florida Governor appeared in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” with host Chris Wallace, during which he discussed his tax proposal, Politico reports. He can point to his record while governor of rolling back Florida environmental regulations — although one rollback in particular brought him sharp criticism from politicians from his own party.

I think people are going to miss him in the long run, because he’s a — he’s a person that is focused on solving problems.” Last week Democrats latched onto Bush’s comment that black voters couldn’t be attracted to the GOP by offering more “free stuff,” raising comparisons to something Mitt Romney said in 2012. “What we’ve heard is 6 million more people are in poverty today than the day that Barack Obama got elected president. He received 7 percent of the vote, and billionaire businessman Donald Trump finished first with 26 percent. “It is a marathon, and we just started advertising,” he also said. “We’ve got a great ground game in these early states. And it benefited Florida’s sugar industry, now a major donor to his Right to Rise Super PAC. “The sugar industry owns everybody in Tallahassee, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican,” said veteran Audubon of Florida activist Charles Lee. “I can’t blame Jeb any more than all the other governors and legislative leaders who have buckled under sugar’s pressure over the years.” I’m confident I can win New Hampshire.” Bush also defended his remarks last week about Democratic and Republican candidates competing for the black vote, comments that have been compared to those made in 2012 by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney after his loss. “Our message is one of hope and aspiration,” Bush, a favorite among the Republican establishment, said Thursday in early-voting state South Carolina. “It isn’t one of division and ‘Get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff.’ ” “To the contrary,” Bush said. “I think we need to make our case to African-American voters and all voters that an aspirational message, fixing a few big complex things, will allow people to rise up. Two thousand less dollars in Americans’ families in the — in disposable income. “This — this idea that you can regulate and tax and spend your way to prosperity has failed.

Wallace mentioned that, if Bush’s plan is enacted, middle-class Americans would receive a 2.9% income boost while the top 1 percent would get an 11.6% income boost. If you look at what the middle class pays today compared to what they would pay in our tax plan — BUSH: Because higher income people pay more taxes right now and proportionally, everybody will get a benefit. The program, originally expected to take 20 years and cost $8.7 billion, mapped out a way to re-plumb the fading River of Grass with a system of pumps, levees, canals and wells that would make its flow mimic its original one. On Dec. 11, 2000, Bush stood next to then-President Bill Clinton as Clinton signed Everglades restoration into law. “He sensed that it was legacy stuff,” explained Allison DeFoor, a former Monroe County judge who served as Bush’s so-called Everglades czar. “If you’re from South Florida, you sense that (the Everglades) ties everything together — the environment, the economy, water, farming, jobs, you name it. … He really cared.” Bush’s Everglades success “is evidence it is possible to manage restoration of this national treasure in a fiscally sound way,” presidential campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said, and shows how he’ll tackle similar problems as president.

Sugar and Flo-Sun had also been major contributors to both Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future and to the Republican Party of Florida, which bankrolled Bush’s successful 1998 campaign. Runoff from sugar farms has long contained too much phosphorous, wiping out the sawgrass and spreading cattails, which are all wrong for the wildlife found in the Everglades. In 2003, the industry deployed more than 40 lobbyists in Tallahassee to push a bill — unveiled halfway through the session — that said the water didn’t need to be clean by then.

It also used language such as “to the maximum extent practicable” and “earliest practicable date.” The industry’s goal: push the cleanup deadline back to 2026. It became a steamroller that no environmental group could stop, no matter how often they called it the “Everglades Whenever Act.” (Among the House members who voted for it: future U.S. When he testified in favor of the delay at a committee hearing, a Times reporter pursued him through the Capitol seeking an explanation of his reversal. Cornered at last, Struhs blamed his flip-flop on what he called “political reality.” Influential Republicans in Congress, such as Appropriations Committee chairman C.W. District Judge William Hoeveler wrote that he was “deeply troubled” by the bill and dismayed it was passed so quickly that it “seemed calculated to avoid federal participation or public scrutiny.” In a subsequent interview the judge told the Times Bush was “a good man” but “I’m afraid he fell into the hands of those who don’t like the Everglades.” When he finally signed it into law — behind closed doors, outside public scrutiny — Bush called the bill “strong legislation built on good policy.” U.S.

Sugar spokeswoman Judy Sanchez said last week that the 2003 law “has been a landmark success” because the amount of phosphorus flowing off the industry’s land has been cut every year. In 2012 he cut a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency to spend $880 million on filter marshes and other structures to clean up the phosphorus.

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