A bunch of nerds believe that Florida will play a pivotal role in the 2012 GOP primary. I very much hope this is the case, as it would bring us a step closer to President Mitch Daniels. You see, Jeb Bush is like the Lebron James of Florida politics. Not so much Lebron James now that most people hate him, but when he was the king of Cleveland. And that would make Marco Rubio the Rufio of Florida. I mean this in the way that he’s the young, popular guy with a lot of sway, but he’s not quite Peter Pan. Which would be Jeb Bush. An argument could be made that I should have just compared Jeb Bush to Peter Pan from the beginning, but I don’t put much stock in that argument.
Now my point. Awhile back, Jeb Bush said that Mitch Daniels is the best republican candidate, which is very accurate. That would suggest that he would be willing to endorse Mitch Daniels. And Marco Rubio is the protége of Jeb Bush, the Rufio to Jeb’s Lebron, if you will. Jeb Bush played a huge role in getting Rubio to where he is now. This means there’s a good chance Rubio would also endorse Daniels. I could see him declining to endorse anybody since he’s the most likely VP nominee no matter who wins the primary, so he might not want to ruffle any feathers. But if he does endorse someone, it will probably be Daniels.
So if Daniels were to get the endorsements of both of these men, it would be difficult for him not to win Florida. Unfortunately, I don’t see much hope for Daniels winning Iowa, and I really hope he doesn’t start bowing down to ethanol subsidies to try to gain support there. That would make me die a little inside.
If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960….
More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees.
Every state in America today except for two—Indiana and Wisconsin—has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods. Consider California, which has the highest budget deficit in the history of the states. The not-so Golden State now has an incredible 2.4 million government employees—twice as many as people at work in manufacturing. New Jersey has just under two-and-a-half as many government employees as manufacturers. Florida’s ratio is more than 3 to 1. So is New York’s.
It seems many of those sorts of statistics include the caveat “except Indiana”. My Man Mitch is a sex machine.