Issue Commentary

05/26/00 – W⁠i⁠⁠t⁠h a Hear⁠t⁠ and a Head, Bush Can Have I⁠t⁠ Bo⁠t⁠h Ways

By: The James Madison Institute / 2000

Late last week, House Speaker John Thrasher, clad in a white lab coat and carrying a stethoscope, delivered the official copy of the 2000 state budget to Gov. Jeb Bush. The delivery of an official copy is required by the Constitution. The lab coat and stethoscope were a way for Thrasher to crow about the new medical school he won for Florida State University. But they were more than part of the joke – there were important symbols.