Florida is sick and tired of its scumbag governor. As a result of his corrupt ways, the people are literally getting stunk-out by Red Tide caused by the companies who directly fund the governor.
For the past four months, the normally pristine and beautiful waters and beaches on the south-central western coast of Florida have been turned into a stinking, putrid deep reddish brown sea of nastiness. Oxygen has been choked out of the water and so the stink is only made worse by thousands of fish and plants dying off and being left to rot.
But it’s not just the fish and plants, the deadly putrid water is also causing dolphins and manatees to die, and not just a few, we are talking a huge number of large dead animals. This has been going on for several months now and there does not seem to be an end in sight.
Even a whale shark has been killed by the Red Tide.
Southwest Florida is already a crappy place to live. It’s always hot and humid and is full of crotchety old people who let casual racism fly out of their mouth because, “that’s just how my generation talked.” But with that, residents could at least head to the beach, crack a beer and enjoy a warm sunset. Until the Red Tide hit, which has caused the beach stink to reach several miles inland.
The cause of the Red Tide is likely natural, but human contamination makes it worse, makes it last longer, and makes it more deadly for marine life.
Just after Lake Okeechobee exploded with a massive blue-green algae bloom and water managers began flushing it to the coast, the red tide that started months earlier deepened, with the worst of the fish kills appearing in coastal waters fed by the vast lake’s western relief outlet, the Caloosahatchee River.
But a federal study going back more than a decade concluded that man-made pollution worsens red tide. That makes the lake, laced with high levels of the fertilizer nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen, a likely source. What’s not clear, since the same nutrients get flushed from the coast, is whether it’s definitely a source.
And while scientists have a more refined approach to this, citizens are directly blaming their political leaders, claiming that the diversion of water from Lake O, rerouted from the Everglades into the Gulf of Mexico so large agriculture operations can continue to develop farm land in south-central Florida–turning natural swamp land into farm land. These operations of course put a lot of money behind Florida Republicans, who people now believe are subservient to the money.
Rick Scott, who is probably the most corrupt scumbag of them all, is now getting the attention of voters as he tries to parlay his failed governorship into a run for the U.S. Senate.
Before being governor, Scumbag Scott was a slick businessman who almost ended up in federal prison for his role in what some call the biggest Medicare fraud in history:
At Columbia/HCA, Scott claimed he had no idea the company was, in the words of the federal government, committing “systemic” fraud in the chain of 340 hospitals and 550 home-health agencies.
After FBI agents raided his company’s offices on July 16, 1997, Scott appeared on CNN’s Moneyline and downplayed the investigation as “a matter of fact in healthcare today.”
And even though Scumbag Scott has played a big role in creating a horrible Red Tide that is the worst in recent memory, he is now running for the U.S. Senate as a “champion” of fighting the Red Tide. With heroes like these!!