There’s good reason why Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) polls in the same realm of former President Donald Trump on a number of issues: The man isn’t afraid to do what’s right, no matter the political cost.
That was evidenced once again, according to the Washington Examiner, as DeSantis vowed this week to stand up against foreign influence — namely China — in state spending, and to ensure that “woke” corporations are stopped in their tracks.
It was on Tuesday that DeSantis concluded a meeting with State Board of Administration trustees, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, and Attorney General Ashley Moody, during which they discussed tactics to “combat woke corporate ideology and malign foreign influence.”
The move follows earlier actions by the governor that resulted in new rules for colleges and universities in the state, which now have to file appropriate forms if they receive foreign donations or grants over $50,000.
Taking on “woke” companies
DeSantis, like many others, believe that communist China already has far too much influence in America’s corporate ecosystem, which trickles down to the consumer eventually.
“If you look at how these major companies behave when faced with Chinese disapproval, they censor what the CCP tells them to censor, and we see groveling apologies,” the governor said Tuesday.
He added: “Go back a generation, and the idea of the American elites was, ‘If we allow China into the WTO and give them most favored nation status, that will make China more like us.’ This experiment has failed, and it has endangered our nation’s national and economic security.”
Parts of the new plan to tackle such problems involve asking the state legislature “to make statutory changes to further prevent Florida’s taxpayer dollars from being invested in China,” the Examiner noted.
In addition, DeSantis, a firm believer in the “Made in America” approach to healing the economy, will bring more manufacturing opportunities to his state, and decrease the amount of Chinese goods imported.
DeSantis also made headlines this week as several outlets, including the Tampa Bay Times, released the governor’s “wish list” for his 2022 fiscal agenda, which included a number of forward-thinking ideas to make his state even better.
Some of those plans include cryptocurrency initiatives for some of the state’s agencies, and the establishment of a Florida State Guard — “a defense force set up during World War II to replace Florida National Guard members who were deployed abroad,” the Times noted.
DeSantis also obviously cares about kitchen table issues, such as President Joe Biden’s rising gas costs. The Florida governor has proposed temporarily removing the state’s 25-cent-a-gallon, starting in July, making Florida even more attractive as a permanent residence than it already is.