That they are not, legally speaking, “immigrants”, nor were they “deported”, the spending of money reserved for deporting immigrants is also, legally speaking, incredibly fucking stupid.
It’s shocking that someone can rise to the level of governance that Ron Desantis has with such a very minimal and in some cases incredibly backward understanding of even the most simple of laws, but … here we are.
We have a governor who can’t figure out that money reserved for a specific purpose for people within his state boarders can’t be used for a political stunt in an entirely different state, involving the interstate trafficking of refugees participating in what is ostensibly a Federal resettlement program.
If this was 3D chess I’d say that Desantis was trying to set up a perfect case specifically designed to challenge the ability of States to ignore Federal laws and dictates … something carefully crafted to go straight to the Supreme Court.
But, this is not 3D chess. It’s not even checkers. It’s flipping the fucking table and hoping you get a bright moment in front of a camera.
But Desantis didn’t even get that. He just managed to make ‘the other side’ look good by comparison.
This is just incredibly fucking stupid.
I remember when the US had governors and politicians at other levels who did fascinating things to challenge precedence. Really deeply intriguing cases that opened up the ‘living tissue’ of the law of the land and either made things that had never been done possible, or … sometimes very regrettably … “fixed” little holes in the tax laws that were how companies were able to accomplish shit and compete on the global stage so well. Like the old ‘product swaps’ that we used to be able to do. Getting something for nothing was a big part of why the 90’s were the halcyon golden era of technology that they were.
Now we’re just getting kids flipping the checkerboard right off the table and stomping around in front of the camera waving their arms like they were clever.
And of course people will vote for them. Because “spending millions of dollars on a pointless prank” somehow equals “own the libs”. It’s time to get someone in charge of Florida who will either break the shit to the point where it can be rebuilt, or has at least a highschool understanding of Civics and the Law.
2LDR: Nathan Explosion For Governor Of Florida!