Last year, Floridians elected Ron DeSantis as governor. He barely defeated the liberal mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum.
Thankfully, he did.
If you are a conservative, you should applaud the work of Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature. They are following through on their conservative agenda. That is something that conservative voters are not accustomed to. Republican politicians often campaign as conservatives before ditching their principles upon taking office.
Not so in the Sunshine State.
The Triumph of Conservatism in Florida
Rush Limbaugh has often said that “conservatism works every time it is tried.” He is correct, of course. However, the problem is that it isn’t tried enough.
It is being tried and is working in Florida.
As a recent Florida transplant, I can attest to their success.
I come from Michigan where the state elected Democrats to the governorship, attorney general, and secretary of state. The Republicans lost their supermajority in both the House and Senate.
The Republicans failed to cut income taxes, reduce the size of government, and lower auto insurance costs. Also, the roads are terrible.
Although I am proud to be a Michigander, it has been refreshing to come to a state that is governing on conservative principles.
In his first five months in office, Governor DeSantis has placed a checkmark next to many items on the conservative wish list.
He signed into law legislation that banned sanctuary cities, made it more difficult for ex-felons to regain their right to vote, and placed restrictions on petition gatherers.
That is just the appetizer.
The main course includes allowing teachers to be armed in schools, creating a school voucher program, appointing conservative justices, and passing a series of health care reforms that removed the state approval process for new hospitals.
DeSantis has pushed for, and signed into law, policies that are pro-market and limited government.
He planned an event called “Florida Deregathon,” which was a one-day summit that brought together the heads of state agencies to target red tape. The summit was intended to single out regulations that could be cut. The summit also focused on reducing the requirements for occupational licensing.
The governor signed an executive order that eliminated Common Core and instituted a return to teaching the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. He also put an emphasis on teaching American civics — most importantly, the American Constitution.
Florida elections are conducted poorly … That is not breaking news. The memory of “hanging chads” from the 2000 election will be forever a stain on the state of Florida. In 2018, Palm Beach County and Broward County dropped the ball again.
This time, they were both held to account. Governor DeSantis fired Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.
DeSantis also fired the disgraced Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Israel famously bundled the mass shooting in Parkland and blamed others for his incompetence.
His budget cuts taxes, reducing taxes from $335 million to $289.7 million.
Not bad for a governor in his first five months in office. If he can accomplish this much in five months, no other Republican-controlled states have an excuse. That goes for the RINOs in D.C. as well.