Dick Rudell, the (minority) Florida Keys’ Mosquito Control commissioner who fought for years to lower expenses and bring financial accountability to the board, died last week. There’s no shortage of people queuing up to replace him. I am not one of them. At least two of his November election opponents said they’ll likely apply for appointment.
Great. We elected the fiscal accountability guy and now the guys-we-voted-against all want their fingers in the pie without benefit of election.
“Fiscal responsibility” means different things to different people. I know a moderate republican who wears the badge of “Fiscally Responsible Conservative” with pride. He is all for handing out money to myriad social programs; but, he just wants to have a clear accounting so that “We know who got what.”
He has confused the principles of *Conservatism* with those of Accounting 101.