Wednesday, January 1, 2014

233 Non-Partisan Reasons Why Rick Scott Must Go



The following is a non-partisan list of 233 reasons why Rick Scott does not deserve re-election in 2014.

I have kept this list non-partisan to show that ALL voters in Florida have excellent reasons to put Scott out of office. He has harmed all citizens of this state, not just those of a particular political party or group.

As of the original writing in December 2013, this list has 146 reasons, but we now have 233 reasons. I could add more, but as we get to election time, I think this number speaks for itself.


Jobs and Employment

Rick Scott has made, and no doubt will continue to make, the creation of jobs his “report card” for voters. However, while he has posed himself as a success in this regard, he has actually been a failure, taking credit for achievements he did not perform, and causing greater hardship in the lives of the people of Florida.

1) Rick Scott has ignored his original campaign promise, to create 1.7 million jobs.

Scott had been campaigning, saying he would add 700,000 jobs to Florida’s economy. When told that economists predicted a million jobs would be added by 2017 regardless of who was governor, Scott quickly amended his promise by saying that he would add 700,000 jobs on top of the 1 million jobs predicted. But he has let that promise of 1.7 million jobs fall by the wayside, and still uses that 700,000 number in public statements.

To make matters worse, Scott later said he could argue that all he had to do to perform satisfactorily is not lose any jobs – rather than create them. It is also ironic that Scott’s promise of 700K jobs by 2017 would still have Florida with 200,000 fewer jobs than it had in 2008, and this even as Florida’s population continues to grow.

http://www.businessinsider.com/rick-scott-promises-to-make-florida-do-worse-than-the-nation-in-job-growth-2012-1

See our post at http://rickscottmustgo.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-late-great-jobs-myth.html for analysis, including claims related to retirements and workforce participation.

2) Rick Scott has “created” many jobs by poaching them from other states.

While there’s nothing wrong with friendly competition between states, it goes too far to poach jobs from other states. This sours relations with other states, who will encourage their citizens to take their tourism dollars somewhere besides Florida.  Scott has poached jobs from multiple states, including Illinois, Massachusetts, and Kentucky.

This would include jobs poached with things like tax incentives to relocate. Incentives should be to open new locations in a state, not move jobs to another state.


3) Rick Scott’s poached jobs do nothing to employ out of work Floridians.

Jobs poached from other states often come already occupied by a person from another state. This means that by poaching a job, Rick Scott either causes someone in another state to be out of work (if they cannot move with their job to Florida), or else claims credit for creating a job in Florida that does not employ an out of work Floridian.

4) Rick Scott has repeatedly misrepresented the lower unemployment rate in Florida as part of his success.

Florida’s unemployment rate has gone from a high of 11.4% in January 2010 to a November 2013 rate of 6.4%. But Scott cannot take any credit for this. Part of that reflects the trend of an improving economy nationwide, where the jobless rate has gone from 9.8% to 7.3% (October 2013) in the same period. But far too much of it also reflects the fact that many frustrated Floridians are unable to find jobs, and are leaving the workforce. One 2011 report indicated that 69 percent of the lowering of the rate was due to Floridians leaving the workforce, not finding jobs. A more recent report gave that number as 59 percent. But even 1% is 1% too many. (By the way, this is not to deny that the nation as a whole faces similar problems, nor to say, e.g., “This is Obama’s recovery.” I do not give Obama any credit, either. The real credit for any level of recovery goes to the hardworking people of this state and this nation.)


5) Rick Scott has misrepresented his success by ignoring long term unemployment.

Reflecting that so many have left the workforce, Florida also ranks among states with the worst long-term unemployment rate in the nation. This shows that Scott’s policies are not creating jobs. If any credit is to be given, again, it is to the hardworking people of Florida, who have achieved a degree of recovery in spite of Scott’s efforts to harm the state.



6) Rick Scott has misrepresented the quality of jobs created in the state.

Though he anecdotally highlights 50 jobs here, 1000 jobs there, brought to Florida by something like a high tech company, the reality is that the majority of new jobs in the oft-touted 400,000+ total are lower wage jobs.


7) Rick Scott’s creation of low wage jobs costs Florida more money in the long term.

Persons in low wage jobs don’t have as much money to pump into Florida’s economy, and many require government assistance. Scott’s recipe is long term poison for economic recovery.


8) Rick Scott has cut state workers’ jobs.

Although touting himself as a job creator, Rick Scott has laid off thousands of state workers – even though Florida has the lowest per capita rate of state workers in the country (117 per 10,000 residents, versus 216 per 10,000 for other states). Many of these were in critical areas like juvenile justice and social services for children. In doing so, he threw these laid off employees headlong into a terrible job market situation. Many would be compelled to draw on unemployment or other social services to survive.


9) Rick Scott has hurt the long-term unemployed by implementing a glitch-filled website for unemployment benefits.

As governor, Rick Scott is ultimately responsible for the difficulties caused by the new “Connect” website. Not only did this website overhaul cost $63 million, it has also caused families in need to not receive unemployment benefits they needed to pay their bills.

This is also especially relevant because it reflects Scott’s indifference to quality in terms of what private contractors he hires to do work for the state. The company hired for the website revamp, Deloitte, has an extended record of incompetence. (One excuse that has been made is that the state is required to take the lowest bidder. This is not always true, but even if it were, Scott as a businessman should have had the acumen to have that rule changed as soon as possible.)


10)  Rick Scott lowered unemployment benefits by tying them to the state unemployment rate.

Unemployment benefits were tied to the state unemployment rate so that, the lower the unemployment rate was, the fewer weeks benefits could be collected. The logic was apparently that a lower unemployment rate means it should be easier to find a job. But that is flawed because so much of the lowering unemployment rate is due to frustrated people leaving the workforce.

11) Rick Scott has continually evaded questions about the lower unemployment rate being related to people leaving the workforce.

A typical exchange on this was between Scott and reporter Michael Bender. However, he has continued the same evasion of switching to the number of jobs added even to this day.


12) Rick Scott has bragged about reducing unemployment benefit payouts as though it were the result of his jobs policy.

In reality, payouts have been reduced because he has made benefits harder to get, and cut the amount of time they are received. This includes the following:

13) Rick Scott has authorized the use of a useless skills test when applying for benefits.

In reality, the test does nothing to gauge job skills, and is a waste of 45 minutes for people who need to be using their time looking for work and applying for benefits to pay their bills. Scott’s administration has also spent millions on its implementation.

14) Rick Scott’s tax incentive schemes to bring jobs have a 96% failure rate, and have been countered by a greater number of layoffs he has done nothing to stop.

Although he religiously attends groundbreakings where there are alleged to be jobs coming, because of tax incentives he supported, depth study of the results of Scott’s efforts show them to be a dismal failure. An explosive series by two leading newspapers in Florida gives these examples:

Of the jobs Scott can influence most, only a fraction now exist. Scott has pledged $266 million in tax breaks and other incentives in return for 45,258 new jobs. But 96 percent of the jobs have yet to materialize, according to state data..

The total number of new jobs Scott ultimately might deliver doesn’t offset the jobs lost at companies with more than 100 workers in the same time period. Between January 2011 and November 2013, large Florida employers reported 49,163 layoffs, according to federal data.

Nearly 14 percent of Scott’s deals — 46 in all — have collapsed for various reasons, the state says, and more projects are dormant.

Florida offers tax breaks in most cases only when a company creates the jobs it promised, and $45 million sits idle waiting to be claimed by companies that have not yet reached hiring goals.

Scott has been so busy trying to “attract” jobs that he has failed to notice how many are being lost at the same time.


Voting Issues

15) Rick Scott hampered voting rights by limiting early voting time.

Some charge Scott with targeting minorities.  But whether he did so or not, he compromised the abilities of legitimate voters to exercise their right to vote. It is also notable that he flip-flopped on this issue, at first calling his limits on early voting “the right thing to do,” and later signing a bill to extend early voting. He also should have anticipated the need for more voting time because of the length of ballots for 2012 elections.

Whether or not Scott was targeting minority or Democratic voters, these actions at the very least speak to indifference to voting rights, and to incompetence by Scott.


16)  Rick Scott engaged in a useless purge of voting rolls.

Here again, Scott is charged with targeting minorities, but even if he did not have that intention, this project was a waste of state resources, and Scott has admitted as much.


17) Rick Scott promoted a useless ranking system for election supervisors.
Scott ranked the supervisors based on speed, in a field where accuracy is of prime importance.


18) Rick Scott wanted to make it harder to cast absentee ballots.



Cronyism

Rick Scott has used his position to reward his friends at the expense of the taxpayer, even as he cuts services to those taxpayers.

19) Rick Scott has given Gary Swoope, the head of Enterprise Florida, a raise in salary, a bonus, and a substantial “golden parachute,” at a time when he claims cutbacks are needed in state spending.

As we have seen, Swoope’s performance has been nothing deserving of a raise, but even if it had been, it is incredible that such generous raises and bonuses were given to him at a time when Scott is also laying off hundreds of state workers, and so many more are unemployed.


20) Rick Scott has accepted an enormous campaign donation ($500,000) from someone who not only laid off 476 Florida workers, but has also fleeced vulnerable veterans.

The donor in question, Bill Edwards, has responded that he gave his laid off employees two months’ severance pay, but that is small comfort when the long term unemployed in the state are often out of work for a year or more.

21) Rick Scott flouted his own law requiring speedier executions, and trivialized human life, by allowing his attorney general, Pam Bondi, to move an execution so she could attend a fundraiser.

Despite signing a law streamlining the execution process (the Timely Justice Act), Scott authorized the delay of the execution of Marshall Lee Gore, thereby trivializing Gore’s victims and their families. He claims not to have known why Bondi asked for the delay, but this is not believable, given Scott’s history as a micromanager. It also does not affect the fact that granting the delay was contrary to the spirit of his own law. (Note that this applies regardless of where you stand on the death penalty.)


22) Rick Scott has made several questionable key appointments which have resulted in resignations.

During Scott’s administration, several key posts have been vacated because of some moral scandal. This points to questionable judgment by Scott. On that list: Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll;  Director of Economic Opportunity Hunting Deutsch; Education head Tony Bennett,  Chief of Staff Steve McNamara, jobs chief Doug Darling, and Department of Children and Families head David Wilkins. To this we can also add Chief of Staff Adam Hollingsworth, who though he has not resigned as of this date, has been scandalized by having falsely reported his educational accomplishments on job applications. Amazingly, Scott has said of several of these people before they resigned, that they were doing a “good job” or “great job.”


23) Rick Scott created a job for one of his disgraced agency heads.

Carl Littlefield resigned from the Agency of Persons with Disabilities in the face of imminent scandal. At a time when other state workers were being laid off, he was then given a job created for him in the Department of Children and Families.


24) Rick Scott dismissed the state’s nursing home ombudsman and replaced him with an ideological crony.

Brian Lee was an aggressive advocate for quality nursing home care. He was replaced by one of Scott’s ideological cronies, who is now under investigation for being too lax.


25) Rick Scott cut funds to all colleges in the state – except one from the hometown of his Lt. Governor, Jennifer Carroll.

The cuts to colleges will have their own point below. Nevertheless, this is pure cronyism. Compounding the favoritism is the fact that Scott’s spokesman lied about why the school was spared.


26) Rick Scott granted special favor to Heritage Insurance after it made a large campaign contribution.

Heritage got a $52 million contract, months after it contributed $110,000 to Scott’s campaign. Scott claimed he had nothing to do with the deal, but one of his appointees is on the approving committee, and even if his hands are clean, he should return the donation to avoid conflict of interest, and even some of Scott’s own Republican allies have recognized the problem.


Misguided Budget Moves

While we can all agree that government needs to trim fat, Rick Scott went too far, and trimmed what was not fat, but meat and bone. Here are the most prominent and misguided examples, following an important caveat:

27) Rick Scott performed all these cuts to what was a balanced budget.

In other words, there was no need whatsoever to make such cuts. This is especially the case since most of the cuts made came from trust funds, not general revenue. In other words, the money came from funds designated to support specific things. This money was simply put away into a state reserve that already stood at $2 billion.


28) Rick Scott cut funds for rape crisis centers.

A relative pittance of 1.5 million dollars was given a veto by Scott. Scott’s insensate reply was that current funding and services were sufficient, which is shown false by the evidence. He later claimed there was duplication of services.


Though this is not a budget cut, we should add this here as topically relevant:

29) Rick Scott made these cuts during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

This stands as an exercise in exceptional and ironic cluelessness.

30) Rick Scott has made short-sighted cuts to college budgets.

This is acknowledged even by the pro-business and conservative magazine Forbes. In the long term, this will only harm Florida’s future and the job prospects of its citizens.


31) Rick Scott has cut funds to programs for disabled citizens, which has resulted in the “warehousing” of disabled children.

This situation has seen some recent improvements in response to a Justice Department lawsuit, but the fact that it has happened at all remains a black mark on Scott’s record.


32) Rick Scott has taken a 3% cut from state workers’ salaries under the false premise of shoring up the state pension fund.

It would be one thing if Scott had simply said that he wished to cut state workers’ pay 3% as a way to save money. Instead, he dishonestly posed the 3% cut as a necessity to shore up the state’s pension fund. In reality, the state’s pension fund is described as very healthy, and did not need shoring up. In the end it wasn’t shored up by the money, either, as lawmakers used the extra cash to cover a budget deficit.


33) Rick Scott has vetoed critical funds to preserve key Florida wildlife.

You don’t have to be an environmentalist to be disturbed by Scott’s veto of funds to investigate mass die-offs of marine species and pollution in the Indian River Lagoon. This area, which is critical to both tourism and real estate values, was rejected for funds by Scott because it allegedly had no “statewide impact.” This is a short-sighted evaluation, to say the least.


34) Rick Scott has cut funding for whooping cough vaccines.

It is true that whooping cough has practically disappeared from the modern world, but that is precisely because we have vaccines.  As the story below shows, infants are still vulnerable to this disease when adults are not vaccinated.


35) Rick Scott cut the Office of Drug Control.

This office, which had but four employees and was at the front line of the fight against deadly pill mills, had a budget of only $500,000, but Scott dumped its work on the already strained resources of the Department of Health.


36) Rick Scott cut funds to the disabled – persons with Down syndrome, autism, and other developmental disabilities.

Florida already ranked near the bottom among states in support for these kinds of services, but Scott still implemented a devastating 15% budget cut.  To make matters worse, providers were not informed of the cuts until they actually took place, giving them no time to prepare or seek alternatives.

The alleged reason was a $170 million deficit being run by the Office of Persons with Disabilities. One can only ask two questions. First, on what moral grounds can one argue that a small tax increase was not the better option, especially since, as noted above, a balanced budget was still achievable? Second, what does it say that a man like Scott, whose net worth is estimated at least $83 million at last count, failed to show leadership by donating some of his own money to help this vulnerable population?

Under pressure, Scott did reverse himself on this issue weeks later, but the fact that he considered this a judicious move at all speaks volumes.


And again, though not a budget cut, this should be added as topically relevant:

37) Rick Scott participated in a Special Olympics event after cutting funds to the disabled.

In an astounding display of irony, Scott attended a torch run for the Special Olympics at the same time as he announced these cuts for the disabled. This displayed crass insensitivity and cluelessness, and indicates that Scott believes that showy public gestures are more meaningful than tangible support.


38) Rick Scott has passed the costs of disputed Medicaid payments on to Florida’s counties.

The counties are ill-equipped to afford what has been called an “unfunded mandate.”


39) Rick Scott vetoed funds for legal assistance to the poor.


40) Rick Scott vetoed funds for specialized health care for poor migrant workers.

Low wage workers frequently exposed to pesticides are apparently not a good target for assistance.


41) Rick Scott cut funds for at-risk pregnant women.

Again, Scott targets a vulnerable population segment.


42) Rick Scott cut funds for senior centers to feed needy senior citizens.

43) Rick Scott cut funds that would have given jobs to the disabled.

44) Rick Scott cut funds for research to cure cancer and paralysis.

45) Rick Scott’s budget cuts to the Department of Children and Families have resulted in the deaths of more than 40 children.

These deaths would have all been preventable had sufficient resources been made available. Again, these were budget cuts from a balanced budget, and were not necessary. They did nothing, as Scott would claim, to “grow jobs” for the state.


46) Rick Scott cut the corporate income tax, which was already among the lowest in the nation, and barely affected any businesses.

Although the tax was only 5.5%, and was paid by less than 2% of businesses here, Scott claimed it would “send a message that the state was open for business.” Was that message somehow lacking before?


Other Misguided Budget Moves

This category is for inadequate funding, pork expenditures, and proposed changes that did not make the cut above.

47) Rick Scott has devoted a pittance to the restoration of Florida’s springs.

Scott devoted $37 million to the restoration of 10 of Florida’s springs. While he made a great deal of political hay about this, it needs to be kept in perspective: Florida has a thousand springs, and many of them have the same problems as the 10 popular ones Scott selected. He clearly chose just a few popular springs as a way to bring shallow publicity to his patchwork solution, while not doing anything to solve the real and underlying problems.


48) Rick Scott planned to cut the state’s cybercrime unit.

At a time when this type of crime is increasing exponentially, and claims so many children and teenaged victims, Scott’s proposed cuts reflected short-sightedness, and ignorance of the workings and importance of technology.


49) Rick Scott wanted to disband the Florida Highway Patrol.

This move, opposed by law enforcement, including a member of Scott’s own transition team, would have raised local property taxes and decreased the efficiency of police services by transferring responsibilities to county law enforcement.


50) Rick Scott proposed completely cutting funds to homeless programs even as he professed to “care completely” about the problem.

Once again, Scott’s reasoning was that he didn’t want to raise taxes. Scott clearly has no perception that taxation might serve some sort of useful purpose.  This included vetoing funds for homeless veterans. Scott also did this while exploiting his service to the homeless at a shelter, for a photo op.


51) Rick Scott has proposed shrinking the state’s hurricane fund, even though this would increase premiums.

Scott’s proposal showed thoughtless disregard for costs imposed on everyday people, the same people he is supposedly trying to spare from taxation costs.


52) Rick Scott authorized the expenditure of $600,000 in taxpayer dollars to redecorate the Governor’s mansion.

This speaks to Scott’s priorities. It should be noted that: Another $200,000 was offered by private donors; the upgrades were purely cosmetic, and not for security purposes; and this expenditure is especially damning in light of the prior cuts, and current economic conditions.


53) Rick Scott vetoed $5.7 million for mental health programs in 2012, but left untouched $10 million in economic incentives for producers of violent films.

It may be said that the film makers brought jobs and money into Florida. Fine. Then why not approve both, since those jobs and money can help pay for the mental health programs?



54) Rick Scott authorized the expenditure of over $400,000 for a state business logo.

Again, at a time when Scott was insisting that other agencies tighten their belts, and was laying off state workers, this is an absurdity – especially when more than half of that money went to a company from out of state.


55) Rick Scott tried to pass a law forbidding the deduction of union dues from payroll.

The issue here is not the actual deductions; it doesn’t matter where you stand on that. The point is that it was a waste of time in a “right to work” state like Florida, where only 6 percent of the people are union members, and many of those that are, are members of police or fire organizations which support the procedure. Scott is cluelessly implementing a lawmaking program designed for other states.


Questionable Character

Scott as a person is strikingly devoid of good character traits. He is unethical in his private life and in his business dealings.

56) Rick Scott was responsible for the largest historic case of Medicare fraud in history.

The details on this should neither be understated nor overplayed. Scott was not personally convicted of a crime, but was certainly responsible for events as CEO.

Some have pointed out that the Medicare fraud was something a lot of other hospitals at the time were accused of, and that the coding process behind medical procedures for Medicare is difficult. This is true, but this does not answer for things like false diagnosis codes, claiming marketing and advertising costs, and billing for things that were not medically necessary. Whether Scott knew of this fraud, as some whistleblowers have claimed, or not, he was still responsible.


57) Rick Scott misused his Fifth Amendment Rights when questioned about HCA’s Medicare fraud.

Here also, the details should not neither understated, nor overplayed. Scott as an American citizen had every right to appeal to the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination under questioning, even as many times as he did (75). However, it is clear that there would have been nothing to incriminate Scott in answering questions like whether or not he was employed by HCA.  Scott himself later said he used the Fifth Amendment because opposing attorneys were on a “fishing expedition” – in what was a civil, not a criminal case, and one in which Scott was not being charged. Scott had every right to plead the Fifth, but he did not use it for what it was intended.

More damning, however, is Scott’s profession not to know many things that, as head of HCA, things he ought to know, including simple definitions of industry terms. This indicates, again, either utter incompetence or utter evasiveness.


58) Rick Scott’s clinic company, Solantic, was passed on to his wife in a way that violates the spirit of conflict of interest principles.

Scott had to divest himself of interest in the company because of potential conflicts of interest with state policies and regulations. But this simply isn’t sufficient distance to avoid conflict of interest. As usual, when called on to explain himself, Scott dodged answering. He also attempted a questionable compromise by saying Solantic just wouldn’t do business with Florida. Finally he moved to sell the company.


59) Rick Scott has had a questionable association with convicted felon Ken Jenne.


60) Rick Scott has profited from a company that makes money off of illegal immigration.

This is in spite of the fact that early in his term, he advocated for a strict Arizona-style immigration law.


61) Rick Scott professes Christian faith, but follows a corrupt pastor.

Many Christians voted for Rick Scott because he professed to be a Christian. Scott was a founding member of Naples Community Church, which was started when Scott followed his pastor, Kirt Anderson, from First Presbyterian in Naples. Andersen had left because of a feud with church leaders.

It is not hard to see why. Andersen’s church is fiscally irresponsible, and is a mirror image of Scott’s own preferences. The church bought a home for itself in a building worth 2.5 million dollars. In contrast, to celebrate the opening of that 2.5 million dollar building, the church gave a comparative pittance of $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity, and a mere $37,000 for an impoverished church in Immokalee.


62) Rick Scott barely made the residency requirement to run for Governor.

Scott barely made the required 7 year residency requirement. Can a person who is a relative tourist here actually have a real understanding of the issues in this state? No. It took a lot of gall for Scott to think he understood this state well enough to be its governor.

Lies About Accomplishments and Actions

63) Rick Scott has falsely blamed his predecessor for increasing the state’s debt, and misrepresented his accomplishments in reducing it.

Scott touts having reduced the state’s debt by 2 billion dollars. But it obscures the fact that Florida's debt has gone from 28.2 billion to 26.2 billion under Scott. The claim is sometimes stated as though to leave the impression that Scott has reduced the debt by 2 billion, and made it totally disappear. (His re-election website does make this clear at one point, to be fair.)

As part of this claim, he has also noted that the debt was raised 5.2 billion by Crist. But there is much more to this issue. The state debt was even numerically lower under Crist, in the earlier parts of Crist's term, than it is under Scott right now. (That may not account for inflation, though.) Further, the real "credit" for most of the difference comes from a normal and necessary funding cycle.


64) Rick Scott has lied about Florida’s credit rating in order to claim success for his administration.

Scott falsely claimed that Florida’s credit rating has gone up since his term in office began. In reality it has been “AAA” – the highest rating available – since Jeb Bush’s administration in 2005. Scott confused a different issue, the “outlook” for Florida, with the credit rating. This may not seem significant, but as a businessman, Scott surely knows the difference, and so this lie is particularly damning.


65) Rick Scott misled Florida about the cost of high speed rail to taxpayers.

Regardless of your final opinion on the usefulness of high speed rail, all should agree that an honest estimate of costs and benefits is a key to making a decision about it. Scott nullified an honest investigative process by falsely claiming high speed rail had a $1 billion price tag. Scott relied on a flawed study and misrepresented the facts, which include that the state would have had to cover no more than $280 million. His attorney also misled the Florida Supreme Court about how much money had been spent on the rail system at the time.


66) Rick Scott lied about not cutting the education budget.

In 2011, turning away from his campaign promises, Scott produced a budget that cut the education budget. Asked about this, he manufactured another lie redefining his promise.


67) Rick Scott has misled the public about his connections with gambling interests.

Although taking a public stance against gambling, Scott has accepted large donations from gambling interests.


68) Rick Scott claimed that he had “nothing to do with” a voting limitation bill that he signed himself.


69) Rick Scott lied about the cost of the Medicaid expansion in Florida.

Again, regardless of how you stand on this issue, all should agree that an open and honest presentation is needed for an informed decision. Scott did not provide that.


70) Rick Scott misrepresented himself as turning a budget deficit into a surplus.

In reality, since the state’s budget is required to be balanced, there is no “deficit” or “surplus.”


71) Rick Scott has lied about the difficulty of US regulations.

Scott called United States regulations “the most difficult in the world” but in reality, they are among the least restrictive. Scott’s response is noteworthy in that in dodges the issue, by citing difficulties and ignoring the comparative aspect which was critical to Scott’s statement.


72) Rick Scott called for movement on ethics reform, then did nothing about it.


73) Rick Scott misled voters about his role in improving the FCAT test.

Scott posed himself as a pioneer in improvements, when in reality he was continuing something started in the previous administration.


74) Rick Scott lied – on national television – about incentives offered to one company to move here.

Asked directly if Deutsche Bank was offered any incentives to come to Florida, Scott said no. In reality, they were offered as much as $2 million in incentives.


75) Rick Scott has falsely tied record state tax revenues to his “pro-growth” policies.

In reality, the collections reflect a nationwide trend in which collections are up. Scott also failed to account for inflation when claiming a “record”.


Other Misguided Legislation

76) Rick Scott has signed legislation allowing advertisements on state nature trails.

You also don’t need to be an environmentalist to find this disturbing. One of the main points of a nature trail is to get away from things like advertisements, not have them shoved in your face. Scott has cheapened the experience of such trails by selling them out.

It should be noted that this is not comparable to things like gift shops at ranger stations. A ranger 
station is not meant to be “unspoiled” and visitors have a choice to avoid it as a very small part of a park, not as a chief feature of it. It is also a form of blackmail to say that it was either this, or not maintain the trails. Too much of Scott’s budget cutting comes of a manufactured crisis and a refusal to levy taxes for legitimate governmental functions.


77) Rick Scott has backed and fought in court for the “docs vs glocks” law.

This is a poorly designed law that never should have been passed, as it pits First Amendment rights (of doctors to speak and ask questions) against what amounts to nothing more than what some gun owners think of as a nuisance question. (I say this as someone who is closer to what the NRA believes in terms of rights for gun ownership.) The only reasons for this law amount to paranoia (e.g., fear of such information being used for a national gun registry) rather than evidence.


78) Rick Scott has wasted taxpayer funds with invasive, ineffective, and unconstitutional drug testing of welfare recipients.

Less than 3% of persons tested were positive for drugs, while the tests of the other 97% had to be paid for by the state – a net loss of revenue. That doesn’t count court costs to defend what was obviously a violation of the 4th Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

In addition, Scott has wasted taxpayer dollars fighting this clearly unconstitutional mandate in court. Scott has also cluelessly said it is to ensure that poor children don’t grow up in families that use drugs. Does he have some reason to think the middle class or wealthy don’t use drugs?


79) Rick Scott sought unconstitutional drug testing for all state employees.

While drug testing is reasonable in many cases (such as law enforcement employees), Scott’s desire to have all state employees drug tested was an overextension, and a violation of constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure.  Scott has also wasted taxpayer funds fighting a lawsuit to stop this measure.


80) Rick Scott has opposed a “pill mill” database.

In this case, Scott later did a flip flop and approved the database. Again, even Scott’s own party recognized that his original stance was a foolish, as did law enforcement.
Scott’s alleged reason for opposing the database was that a Virginia database of similar nature was hacked, and patient information could have been compromised. While it was true that a hacking had occurred, no patient information was lost. At the same time, Scott’s concern for a well-designed website didn’t seem to be in effect when the Florida unemployment website was put online, and his desire to eliminate the state cybercrime unit shows that he certainly didn’t conceive of any such danger in other circumstances.


Abortion

Rick Scott claims to be pro-life, but his actions show that he is only “pro-life” to the extent that it helps him gain votes. He did sign some pro-life legislation into law, but his actions speak louder than a mere swipe of a pen, and show that he is a hypocrite on this issue. From a non-partisan standpoint, objections from this category are:

81) Rick Scott, as head of HCA’s hospital chain, profited from abortions.

Scott has not denied that HCA provided abortions under his tenure, but has claimed that his company was “subject to” what was set up by medical staff beforehand. This is nonsense. Rick Scott was the owner and boss and it was within his authority to “knock down” anything that had been “set up.” No law requires private hospitals to provide abortions. But even if this were not the case, he could have spoken up as an alleged pro-life advocate to have abortions removed as one of HCA’s services. He did not.


82) Rick Scott falsely used a tragic example of a family’s suffering to pose himself as pro-life.

On the campaign trail, Scott alluded to a situation in Texas which allegedly showed he was committed to pro-life causes. The case was that of Mark and Karla Miller, and it had nothing to do with pro-life issues, and did not involve abortion specifically. Scott used this family’s tragedy for political gain, and did so even though his own involvement in the situation was marginal at best.


83) Rick Scott misrepresented the pro-life credentials of Bill McCollum.

During the governor’s campaign, Scott’s campaign ran an ad claiming that McCollum had accepted money from lobbyists for Planned Parenthood, a chief abortion supporter. This is not only false in terms of details, it also ignored McCollum’s rating of “zero” from Planned Parenthood, as a staunch pro-lifer.

In reality, the donation came from a lobbyist organization that had, at one time, represented Planned Parenthood – as well as pro-life candidates. But that donation also came at a time when the lobbyist company wasn’t representing Planned Parenthood.


Flip-Flopping

All politicians flip-flop on their views. It’s the nature of politics. But Rick Scott’s flip-flops have been particularly damning to his credibility, since they reflect fundamental positions he has taken.

84) Rick Scott condemned Bill McCollum for receiving campaign donations from large sugar-making corporations in 2010. But he now accepts donations from those same companies for the 2014 election.

At the time, Scott paid for his campaign out of his own pocket and called McCollum’s donations from sugar companies “disgusting.” Now he accepts donations from those companies.


85) Rick Scott has flip-flopped on the use of E-Verify for immigration after donations from agricultural interests.


86) Rick Scott has flip-flopped on the Medicaid expansion.

Formerly against it, Scott came out for it in February 2013. Although he has done nothing to move it forward since then, to reverse himself on such a critical issue has the scent of a desperate appeal to voters.


87) Rick Scott has flip-flopped on the spending of what had been designated for high speed rail.


88) Rick Scott has flip-flopped on Common Core.


89) Rick Scott has flip-flopped on tuition hikes.

Scott approved tuition hikes in 2011 and 2012. But in 2013, as he got closer to re-election time, they suddenly became a “tax”. When called down on this, he claimed the hike was part of a larger bill he didn’t want to veto. Apparently he forgot (just for that moment) that he had line-item veto power.


Corrections

90) Rick Scott caused Florida to lose a talented leader for the Department of Corrections.

Scott’s first choice to head the Florida Department of Corrections was Edwin Buss, a talented reformer. Buss resigned from the position after only six months because he could not tolerate Scott’s policies.


91) Rick Scott ordered the privatization of prison medical services, handing contracts over to companies with an extended record of human rights violations.

Under the premise of saving money, contracts were handed to the private prison medical firms Wexford and Corizon. Both have dismal records for providing medical services, and each has been thrown out of multiple states and counties for providing inadequate care.


92) Rick Scott laid off prison medical workers as part of the process of privatization.

Wexford and Corizon pledged to employ most of the state employees in prison medical departments. Most were re-employed, but that is small comfort to those that were not, and who were thrown into one of the worst long term unemployment situations in the nation. Those that did receive jobs with the private companies were subjected to cuts in net pay, because of the greater expense of health insurance, and were also removed from state employment just before all other state employees received their first raise in six years.


93) Rick Scott tried to privatize all prison functions in South Florida.

Scott desired to turn prison functions over to a private company like Geo or Corrections Corporation of America. Like the medical companies, these companies also have an extended record of violations.

94) Rick Scott achieved most of the prison health privatization by way of an unethical legislative and judicial “back door.”

The southern portion of Florida’s prison health departments were privatized and turned over to Wexford Health by way of a normal legislative process. But because the Legislature as whole would not approve the process for the whole state, Rick Scott, by way of his handpicked Corrections secretaries, resorted to a questionable back door method: The whole body of the Legislature was evaded, and the decision for the rest of the state was turned over to the select Legislative Budget Committee, so that a second company, Corizon, could be hired. Although a court eventually decided that the move was legal, this did not make it ethical: The fact that the normal legislative process was used to hire Wexford shows that Scott and corrections leaders were well aware of how the process was supposed to be done.

In addition, one objecting Republican member of the Committee, Mike Fasano, was kicked off the Committee to assure the results Scott wanted.


Contempt for the Public

Rick Scott believes that he can divert attention away from his failed policies and performance by using a variety of shallow and controlling distraction tactics, some at taxpayer expense. He also considers himself above the law and above public scrutiny, and has done all he can to control damaging information being released to the public.

95) Rick Scott has avoided the Florida Sunshine Law.

The Sunshine Law requires transparency in Florida’s government. Scott and his team have avoided using email precisely in order to avoid there being a public record open to inspection, and have even illegally deleted emails. In the latter case, FDLE found no intent of wrongdoing in an investigation, but even if the emails were simply lost, that is an incredibly careless management of a substantial amount of state material that is in the public trust.


96)  Rick Scott spent state funds using shallow tactics to improve his image and “likeability” rather than addressing the real problems that caused his unpopularity.

Scott has tried several techniques to improve his image with angry Florida voters, ranging from using social media, to “workdays,” to casual dress. This shows great disrespect to voters, whom he apparently expects to forget all about the harm he has caused, simply because e.g., he stopped wearing a necktie. None of these efforts worked, and were abandoned. There is also hypocrisy here, since Scott has also said that he doesn’t pay attention to polls.

The trend has now continued with Scott using taxpayer dollars to send out “congratulatory” messages to people like lottery winners and schoolchildren as a way to campaign under the radar.


97) Rick Scott has used all of these shallow tactics in spite of saying he does not care about his favorability ratings.

The glaring hypocrisy speaks for itself.


98) Rick Scott sponsored an “alligator hunt” fundraiser in which he ignored permit restrictions.

The event was cancelled under pressure, and Scott deflected questions about his responsibility.


99) Rick Scott has failed to fulfill a promise of transparency through his “Project Sunburst”.

Scott and his leading staff members continue to evade transparency by not using emails to communicate. This effectively means that Project Sunburst was nothing more than a ruse to make it seem as though transparency was being offered.


100) Rick Scott has intruded upon voters with annoying “robocalls” – and not during the campaign season.

While a lot of candidates use these, and we’ve come to expect them during election season, Rick Scott has excelled in tackiness and intrusion by using robocalls to self-promote during his term.

101) Rick Scott in 2011 declared a public ceremony to be “private” and his staff had law-abiding protestors thrown out.

Not only was it unprecedented for a budget signing to be designated as “private,” this event reveals the sort of dictatorial attitude Scott brings to his administration.


102) Rick Scott asked his supporters to send pre-written letters to the editor to support him.

This tactic says a great deal about Scott, because it suggests again that he demands unqualified and unthinking obedience rather than careful consideration of his policies.


103) Rick Scott has imposed extra rules on the media, including trying to cherry-pick which reporters can attend events.

This is clearly done to limit access to information flow. Scott’s controlling nature in this regard has exceeded that of past governors.


104) Rick Scott dragged his feet on re-examining the “Stand Your Ground” law.

No matter how you feel about this law, or about the Martin-Zimmerman issue, Scott’s lackadaisical approach to the matter was appalling. In a society of representative democracy like ours, it is appropriate to re-examine legislation at times of serious controversy.

105) Rick Scott has handed out an abundance of “Great Floridian” awards.

It’s not so much that he hands out the awards as that he’s done so as a way to distract from his failures. Scott has far exceeded past governors in handing out these brownie buttons.


2010 Election

We should never forget that Rick Scott became governor in part by spending millions of dollars of his own money – and spending a good amount of that money spreading patent falsehoods about his opponents, Bill McCollum and Alex Sink. (We’ll also talk about his 2014 election falsehoods, at the end of this list.) All politicians lie during election time, but Scott elevated falsehood to an art form.

106) Rick Scott lied about Bill McCollum’s relationship to disgraced Florida Republican leader Jim Greer.

Scott claimed that McCollum tried to hide Greer’s illegal activities. In reality, McCollum led the way in having Greer removed from his position.


107) Rick Scott misled voters about McCollum’s voting record on tax and fee increases.

Scott claimed that McCollum voted 42 times for tax and fee increases as a member of Congress.  The number was reached by double or triple counting some votes. He also ignored efforts by McCollum to cut taxes.


108) Rick Scott lied about Bill McCollum’s lobbying on behalf of clients who helped illegal immigrants.

In reality the clients either never helped illegal immigrants, or did so when McCollum was not operating as their lobbyist.


109) Rick Scott backed out of several debates during the 2010 elections.

Although he participated in a couple of debates with Bill McCollum, he later started backing out of debates, including the only one that would be televised statewide.


110) Rick Scott falsely claimed that Bill McCollum charged taxpayers for a chartered airplane.


111) Rick Scott falsely claimed that Alex Sink funneled “no bid” contracts to her former employer.


112) Rick Scott adopted a rescue dog as a campaign ploy.

This was definitely a ploy by him to get votes. There was some question of what he did with the dog and why, but this matter for one seems to have ended well.


General Cluelessness

Here’s a potpourri for miscellaneous stuff. Rick Scott has committed a number of serious gaffes which show an incredible lack of awareness and concern for others. He is clearly out of touch with the real world.

113) Rick Scott has used taxpayer funds to send election campaign points embedded in congratulatory letters.

Yes, the amount spent on these letters is small (just over $10,000). Yes, one of a governor’s prerogatives is to send out congratulatory letters to citizens of the state who do well. But Scott stepped over the line by also inserting campaign messages into the text of the letters. Scott also evaded when questioned about the campaigning, replying that he was bragging about the state. We can only ask how including campaign talking points about job creation, and pointing out details of his predecessor’s record – a predecessor who also happens to be in the governor’s race for 2014 – is “bragging about the state.”


114) Scott vetoed a money-saving rainwater study, and showed he did so not understanding what it was for.

The plan in question was a way to determine if the Department of Corrections could save up to 25% on water costs by catching rainwater. Scott dismissed the project by saying it was a way to learn to catch rainwater, and that you could catch rainwater in a two dollar bucket. This clearly shows that he didn’t even bother to understand what he was vetoing.


115) Rick Scott has hypocritically kept low cost health insurance for himself, while arguing to have the costs paid by state workers increased.

Although Scott was not successful in this attempt, and didn’t lobby particularly hard for it, it speaks to his hypocrisy that he still keeps his own lost cost state health insurance – for which he pays less than state workers ($30 a month for family coverage, versus $180 a month). This is especially damning in light of the fact that Scott, as a millionaire, does not need to save any money on health costs, and had already rejected a salary as governor.


116) Rick Scott has headed a campaign to remove three Florida Supreme Court justices who have ruled against his plans.

This represented an unethical attempt by the executive branch of Florida’s government (the governor) to change the legislative branch.


117) Rick Scott has rejected qualified judicial recommendations from the Florida Bar.

Although we would expect an executive official of the government to appoint many judges they think will favor their agenda, Rick Scott has gone to extremes unseen during the administration of his Republican predecessors. If Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist was willing to accept judges not in line with their beliefs, why can Rick Scott not do so? His chief counsel says that Scott wants people with “humility” who don’t “make up the law as they go along,” but is it really believable that every one of the judges rejected by Scott is an egomaniac who has no judicial restraint?


118) Rick Scott described the serious science of anthropology as unworthy for students.

Scott said that such degrees did not contribute to the economy, but this displays a remarkable ignorance of the function and purpose of science as a long-term contributor to human understanding and welfare. He also suggested that other liberal arts programs did not deserve support.

While jobs may indeed be few in such fields, a job is not always the point of every aspect of education, which should be well-rounded. It also ignores the fact that one need not have a job as an “anthropologist” for such education to be of use in the job market.


119) Rick Scott condescendingly insulted African-American legislators by implying that they all grew up poor, and with poorly educated parents.

Like many who are out of touch, Scott no doubt thought this was a way to relate better to African-American legislators. It wasn’t. He later made a similar gaffe when speaking to FAMU students.


120) Rick Scott signed an unconstitutional order freezing regulations.

One of Scott’s first acts as governor was to sign an order suspending the making of state regulations. This was a clear violation of the constitutional separation of powers. Compounding the disgrace, Scott wasted state funds fighting a lawsuit to stop the order, and issued a second version of the order that was merely a sleight-of-hand effort to make it more acceptable.


121) Rick Scott billed taxpayers $25,000 for consulting work which was for an unknown purpose.

While Scott was given $800,000 to finance his transition to the governorship, he gave $25,000 of it to a company that he had paid earlier to dig up dirt on his opponents. Not explaining what this payment was for, was a violation of Florida’s Sunshine Law.


122) Rick Scott praised and touted a charter school that got an F rating for its elementary school.

Whether you support charter schools or not, this incident speaks to Scott’s placing of ideology over quality of performance. The middle school part of the charter school did do much better, a B rating, but that does not change the fact that this was the last example that should have been touted as a successful charter school.


123) Rick Scott secretly attended a meeting with national conservative political donors.

Maybe some would not object to Scott meeting with the Koch brothers, but every voter should object to the fact that he did so and tried to keep it secret.


124) Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for charity groups to serve the elderly.

This thoughtless veto was against a bill – passed unanimously by the Republican-dominated Legislature – that would have exempted groups like Meals on Wheels from requiring an expensive ($45) background check on volunteers, that would have to be paid out of their own pocket. Scott’s thoughtless reasoning was that the bill would put older people at risk. How that would be the case is hard to say, since these groups have their own background checks.


125) Rick Scott quickly and eagerly posted the salaries of state workers, but dragged his feet posting information about corporations that get taxpayer funds.


126) Rick Scott has turned the clock back 40 years on land and water conservation in Florida.

This is not presented as the objection of a “tree-hugger”, but is the estimation of former Governor Bob Graham, whom no one could reasonably describe as a flaming  liberal. Graham is one of Florida’s most respected leaders.


127) Rick Scott has opposed closing the sales tax “loophole” for online businesses.

This loophole allows online retailers to do business without collecting sales tax in states where they do not have a “brick and mortar” presence, and gives an unfair advantage over brick and mortar businesses within the state. Scott inexplicably stood against this on the grounds that it “raises taxes,” while ignoring the fact that it also provides an unfair advantage against job-creating businesses within the state of Florida. Later, he flip-flopped on this issue with the online retailer Amazon Books, in deciding whether to support their opening a brick and mortar presence in Florida (which meant they would have had to collect sales tax here). This shows that Scott’s priorities are geared for business, not the average taxpayer who needs a job.

Note also that Scott openly admitted that the loophole was unfair.


128) Rick Scott opposed the collection of this online sales tax even though, by law, Florida’s citizens are supposed to be paying it.

The law simply isn’t enforced.


129) Rick Scott has failed to enforce anti-pollution laws.

Again, you don’t need to be an environmentalist to find this level of neglect objectionable. Scott does not change the law; he fails to enforce it, even though that is his job as head of the executive branch.


130) Rick Scott wanted officials to do a study to decide if texting while driving was really a problem that required a state law.

The cluelessness of this speaks for itself.


131) Rick Scott opposed a voluntary fee payment for state wildflower preservation.

The fee, attached to an auto tag, was completely voluntary, but rejected by Scott as a “fee increase.”


132) Rick Scott has trivialized the suffering he has caused by heroically characterizing himself as making “tough decisions.”

Scott has characterized his cuts in assistance to the vulnerable and needy as “tough decisions,” as though he agonized over each personally and heroically decided that they were necessary. As the evidence of the rainwater study shows, as well as his other thoughtless statements and actions, this is nonsense. It is also insulting to those he has harmed, since the decisions were not “tough” on him personally – he certainly isn’t personally harmed by cuts to things like rape crisis centers.

133) Rick Scott signed a law concerning trade with Cuba and Syria, then issued a letter calling that law “unenforceable and unconstitutional.”

This indicates that Scott is completely clueless, and doesn’t understand the very laws he signs into action.


134) Rick Scott spent almost no time on the matter when wildfires were devastating Flagler County, but spent a lot of time the same day meeting with Enterprise Florida staff.

Scott clearly has no perception of the role of a governor for a state in times of crisis.


135) Rick Scott has no conception of how to form political relationships.

136) Rick Scott does not understand Florida’s unique problems.

The article below describes how Scott tried to persuade lawmakers to do his bidding, having done absolutely nothing beforehand to get to know them, or the concerns of their constituencies. Even his fellow Republicans were put off by this. Scott acts like a CEO and treats others like his hires.
It also describes how Scott tried to implement a union-dues law that was generally irrelevant to the situation in Florida. He cluelessly asked for support from three senators who represented the Cuban community, which considers union suppression a hallmark of Castro’s regime, and a fourth senator who was a former sheriff who worked with union deputies.


2014 Campaign

No matter who ends up facing Rick Scott in the Governor’s race, his tactics speak to his lack of integrity as a candidate, just as they did in 2010.

137) Rick Scott has used a shallow “attack ad” to open the campaign.

The opening campaign ad against Charlie Crist has quoted leading Democrats (Sink, Buckhorn, Meek, etc.) negatively about Crist, as they spoke of him in years prior. But does Scott think voters are this shallow? The same Democrats would undoubtedly say even less positive things about Rick Scott himself. Some may even have changed their minds about Crist since making the statements quoted. Scott clearly has little respect for voters if he believes they should fall for this.

138) Rick Scott has blamed Charlie Crist for the 2008 economic downturn.

Scott’s campaigners have said that Crist “oversaw” the last economic crisis (e.g., Crist “oversaw massive spikes in unemployment”). But Crist clearly had no control over, and had nothing to do with, a nationwide economic crisis that mostly had to do with a bursting real estate bubble and bad loan crisis. Scott has also absurdly claimed that Florida should not have lost jobs during the last recession, citing things like the lack of state income tax. None of the factors he cites would have had any bearing on the causes of the recession, which affected states that had no income tax. Scott was clearly making that claim up.

139) Rick Scott has accused Crist of “abandoning” Florida at the time of the economic downturn.

Scott’s campaign has portrayed Crist as running away from his responsibilities by running for US Senate. The foolishness of this charge is obvious for two reasons. First, Crist could arguably have done more for Florida, in terms of a nationwide crisis, as a member of the US Senate than as Governor. Second, by the same reasoning, Crist’s Republican opponent for the Senate, Marco Rubio, should not have run for Senate, but should have sought to regain some state office like the one he had before in the Florida House of Representatives after his House term limit expired. Why couldn’t Rubio have run for Governor, or perhaps for a state Senate seat? Did he abandon Florida?

140) Rick Scott accepted a campaign contribution from an insurance company that had benefited from a state contract.

The contribution should have been returned immediately.


141) Rick Scott has conducted a dishonest “internal poll” with misleading indicators.

The poll shows Crist up on Scott by only 4 points, in contrast to past polls by objective sources which have Crist with leads of 7 to 12 points. But the poll gives itself away in more ways than one. The high priority given to things like “controlling state spending” and “raising taxes” shows that the poll was weighted towards those who already supported Scott. It is also misleading because a governor actually has comparatively little to do with those issues. Florida’s balanced budget requirement does far more to control state spending, and tax raises are primarily controlled by the Legislature.


142) Rick Scott has tried to buy votes with a well-timed cut in auto registration fees.

This fee was raised to cover budget shortfalls under Crist, and was approved by the Legislature under Crist, which consisted of many of the same people who now serve under Scott. Scott’s attempt to cut the fees now is clearly a ploy, since he could have moved to have them cut any time in the past three years he has been in office.



143) Rick Scott is being hypocritical when criticizing Crist for supporting Obamacare in spite of security concerns.

Scott’s Republican Party chair, Lenny Curry, said: "As Congress votes today to address cybersecurity concerns with Obamacare, Governor Rick Scott was right from the beginning when he raised privacy and security problems over aspects of this health care bill…Yet, Charlie Crist has dismissed these problems, embracing a bill that puts the privacy of Floridians' personal information at risk."
This is hypocritical because Scott is oblivious to technology issues, as shown also by his request that a study be done on the dangers of texting while driving. He formerly opposed the "pill mill" database for the same reasons (then flip flopped and supported it). He also didn't seem too concerned about computer problems when he hired Deliotte (with its proven bad track record) for the DEO website, which also sent out people’s Social Security numbers. And where has Crist "dismissed" these problems? The Obamacare bill hasn’t put the privacy of people at risk; the faulty implementation of it has.

144) Rick Scott has tried to impress voters with a shallow citation of how many regulations he has deleted.

Scott and his campaign say that they deleted 2800 regulations from the books. This is a big number used in an attempt to impress voters, but it lacks the most important considerations: Why was it a good thing to get rid of each of these 2800 regulations? Were they all bad? (Are lawmakers that incompetent?) Did Scott delete any useful or good regulations? Are any of them just out of date (and if so, why should Scott tout this as a serious accomplishment)? The big number is nothing but a gimmick as it stands.


145) Rick Scott is cynically restoring funding to DCF programs he had earlier cut, as a re-election ploy.

As noted earlier, DCF’s budget shortfalls have directly led to the deaths of children. Scott is now cynically proposing to restore funding – just in time for the election.



146) Rick Scott is pandering to voters by reversing himself on budget cuts in an election year,  and offering “goodies” to voters.

In the election year of 2014, Scott has not only figured out ways to reverse prior spending cuts that hurt people (in places like DCF and education) but is also offering incentives like cutting the auto tag tax and suggesting a sales tax holiday on hurricane supplies. Why didn’t he come up with these things, especially the tax cuts, in prior years, especially when he was already slashing taxes on businesses?



147) Rick Scott has criticized Charlie Crist for “raiding” a budget fund by using it for its intended purpose – to make up for budget shortfalls.

Scott referred to his 2014 budget, saying it “pays back money the previous administration raided from the Budget Stabilization fund.” This is bizarre for two reasons. The first is that the “previous administration” included a Republican legislature that approved of this “raid” and is also substantially the same Legislature that now serves under Scott. The second is that the fund in question, the Budget Stabilization Fund, was instituted precisely for the purpose (among others) of being drawn from when there were budget shortfalls. What Scott calls a “raid” was in reality an entirely appropriate action.

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/rick-scott-throws-down-gauntlet-charlie-crist-budget-launch



Late Add Ons

These made the cut late, and I don’t want to renumber everything.

148) Rick Scott pandered to an absurd idea to build golf courses in state parks.

This was a sop to Jack Nickalus, who is now holding a 10K a plate dinner to raise funds for Scott’s election. As this Golf Week article points out, the idea was an absurd one: Florida has enough golf courses as is, and the legislation indicated a no-bid contract for Nickalus.


149) Rick Scott is oblivious to the difficulties an average unemployed person has in finding a job.

When asked what he planned to do about the dysfunctional CONNECT website, Scott offered a clueless reply, which reads as follows:

"The state's unemployment website has been a disaster, what are you doing to make sure this gets solved?" Brown asked Scott.

"First off, the most important thing we can do is help people get jobs," said Scott.
"What do you want to say to the people who can't pay their bills right now because of this?" Brown asked.

"Again, my biggest job is to make sure people can get a job. We have 279,000 job openings in the state. We're recouping money, holding money back from Deloitte to make sure it gets better quickly," said Scott.

Scott answers as though all one of the unemployed has to do, is walk outside and snag one of those 279,000 open jobs. He does not even consider the fact that many of those jobs have literally hundreds of applicants, dozens of them qualified. He also does not consider that the unemployed are competing for jobs with others who are still employed, but are looking for a new job because they don’t like their current one. Finally, it is a point of fact that there are still at least three unemployed people in Florida for every job available. Even if all 279,000 of those jobs were filled, we’d have about 550,000 unemployed people left who would need unemployment benefits. Scott clearly has lost touch with what it is like to have to beat the path to look for work.


150) Rick Scott took nine months to select a new lieutenant governor.

While it may not be a critical position, taking nine months is simply irresponsible.

151) Rick Scott is clueless about the need to raise the minimum wage.

Regardless of how you feel about this issue, Scott’s response to it shows how little he understands everyday economics. He said: "When I hear a politician say that we have to raise the minimum wage so working families can make ends meet, I cringe, because I know that statement is a lie…Even if we did raise the minimum wage, working families will still not be able to make ends meet on those jobs. We need good jobs that lead to good careers for our families and that's what I am focused on."

Scott is just plain clueless here. Let's say we get a bunch of "good jobs" as he says.
That still doesn't give the vast majority of people without training, the training needed to take those jobs. By the very nature of this society, the vast majority of jobs aren't what he calls "good". There just isn't any need for that many engineers, biologists, etc. The vast majority of jobs will always be "bad" ones (using his own term, in reverse parody). KMart will still need cashiers no matter what, so what's he think is going to happen? Does he expect there to be no KMarts?


152) Rick Scott wants the state to pay $100 million for tourism advertising, contrary to his “small government” actions of the past.

The issue is not whether the state should or should not spend money to advertise for tourism; the issue is that Scott has, over the past several years, made a steady drumbeat out of cutting government costs and giving the private sector work, including cutting the jobs of state workers or handing them over to private companies. So why isn’t the private sector spending their own money for this?

153) Rick Scott has an extended record of dodging critical questions from the media.

This article lists multiple incidents: Scott has avoided answering questions about how well his staff checked out former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who was forced to resign last year over ties to a questionable veterans' charity; whether Florida Power & Light should be allowed to raise rates on consumers; whether it was right for Attorney General Pam Bondi to ask that he delay an execution because it conflicted with her campaign fundraiser; whether the state should sell flood insurance to homeowners; and whether he agreed with Republicans in Congress who were willing to risk a federal government shutdown last fall to end funding of Obamacare.

In Clearwater in November, Scott attended a groundbreaking for a storage company's expansion. When WFLA's Mark Douglas asked Scott how a registered sex offender got a state license as a massage therapist, Scott replied by saying how "exciting" it is that Florida's crime rate keeps dropping.
But Ferre wanted a yes-or-no answer on whether Scott favors the Common Core standards for students, and his reply deftly avoided one: "My goal is, have high standards. Measure everything. Reward success."
Ferre wanted to know what Scott thinks of Charlie Crist as a 2014 gubernatorial opponent, and he answered by saying how much he wants his three grandchildren to get jobs.
After the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage rulings last June, Capitol reporters asked Scott how he would feel about a petition drive in Florida that would legalize the practice.
"Oh, gosh," Scott replied. "I'm focused on making sure everybody in our state can get a job."
Is this leadership?


154) Rick Scott has flip-flopped on transportation spending.

In 2011, Scott rejected such spending as contrary to growth. Now he treats it like an economic stimulus.


155) Rick Scott has failed to fill over 250 appointed state positions.

These range from oncologists for a state cancer advisory board to clerks of court. Not filling these positions causes delays in services to everyday citizens. Typically, Scott dodged answering when asked when he planned to fill these positions.


156) Rick Scott rewarded a donating group with a $1.8 million contract.

And to make matters worse, he evaded answering questions about it, as did the Florida Republican Party.


157) Rick Scott’s campaign finance chairman has contracts to serve Medicaid patients in Florida.

This is a clear conflict of interest, especially when said chairman has donated $1 million to Scott’s campaign.


158) Rick Scott has lied about how long it takes to get an environmental permit in Florida.

Trying to brag about how he has cut regulations, Scott claimed that he has cut permit times to two days. His own staffer disagreed and said the wait remains at 30 or more days. He was confusing a certain type of permit with a certain license.


159) Rick Scott has misled voters regarding education spending in 2014.

Scott has touted this year’s education budget as the largest ever. In this, Scott failed to account for inflation, and more importantly, for per-student spending. In neither case is this the largest budget.


160) Rick Scott has misled voters regarding the tax savings from a hurricane supplies tax holiday.

Scott used 2007 numbers to make his estimate. As a businessman, he certainly knows better than to use numbers that old to make estimates. The tax holiday itself is an obvious pander to voters in an election year; inflating the numbers makes it even worse, especially when Scott had available to him more recent estimates made by economists.


161) Rick Scott wants to try another “voter purge” using a database that will not always provide accurate information.

He wants to use a database associated with the Department of Homeland Security to purge voter rolls, but it is not reliable for the purpose of determining someone’s citizenship.


162) Rick Scott is blocking early voting on college campuses.

The specific case concerns the University of Florida, but obviously has bearing on any college campus.



163) Rick Scott’s refusal to back the Medicaid expansion is costing the lives of 3-6 Floridians a day.

This is based on a study that requires some cautions. But even one person dying a day because Rick Scott sits on his hands is one too many -- not to mention people whose health is deteriorating.


164) Rick Scott rejected high speed rail between Orlando and Tampa, but accepted it between Orlando and Miami – under a contract that would benefit the former employer of his Chief of Staff.

Can we say, “cronyism”?


165) Rick Scott wants President Obama to act on flood insurance rate hikes, but in the past, cut off Florida’s ability to negotiate for lower health insurance rates.

Regardless of where you stand on either issue, the hypocrisy is glaring.



166) Rick Scott is pandering to Florida voters by asking Obama to act on these flood insurance rates.

As one of the articles above notes, there is already a bill moving through Congress, and expected to pass, taking care of this issue.

167) Rick Scott hypocritically is calling for Obama to take action on flood insurance now, while he has sat on his hands doing nothing to encourage the Florida Legislature to approve the Medicaid expansion.

In the article above:

"There's a lot of talk in Washington, there's not enough action," Scott told reporters. "They've been talking about this for months. They haven't passed anything."

Scott's call for Obama to use executive action comes as Republicans have blistered the president for acting alone in other areas and injects fresh partisanship into an issue that has gotten bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

The point is not where you stand on either flood insurance or Medicaid, but that Scott is calling for Obama to perform the very sort of action that he refuses to do when it comes to the Medicaid expansion. He is obviously grandstanding for the election year.



168) Rick Scott has claimed President Obama “raided” Medicare, even as he has admitted that it was his responsibility that his company, HCA, defrauded Medicare.

We can debate the virtues of health care budgeting back and forth.  But regardless about how you feel about that, this is a glaring hypocrisy by Scott.

169) Rick Scott’s chief labor negotiator is denying firefighters adequate protection.

Among the more ridiculous claims is that national standards don’t apply to forestry firefighters.


170) Rick Scott travels via his own private plane on state business in order to evade accountability.

Scott claims this is for security reasons, but if that is true, then he is evidently far more paranoid than most state governors, who don’t see a need to do this. He is also more paranoid than Florida’s past governors, and even himself, since he formerly did not do this. It is also belief by the fact that he hides so much of his schedule.


171) Rick Scott is purposely avoiding big issues for the 2014 campaign.

In a cynical ploy to avoid controversy that would route him the 2014 election, Scott (with help from Republican legislators) is avoiding big-ticket issues, leaving important work undone.


172) Rick Scott recommended a major donor for a major state contract.

The cronyism keeps coming!


173) Rick Scott has dodged questions about mis-spent money by Enterprise Florida.

From the article below:

CBS 12 demanded 20 months worth of spending from Enterprise Florida, Florida’s public-private economic development machine.

Our Waste Watch investigation showed Enterprise Florida, which is 97% publicly funded, spent tens-of-thousands of your tax dollars on luxury sky boxes, upscale steakhouses, and at posh hotels, but created less than half of the 200,000 jobs initially promised.

"These abuses of taxpayer money are just excessive and need to be reined in," Dan Krasner of watchdog group Integrity Florida said.

Wednesday night, the Governor's office responded to our report with a statement, "Governor Scott is laser focused on creating job opportunities so that every family can pursue their dreams in the sunshine state."

Enterprise Florida continues to defend its spending habits, releasing a statement less than 24 hours after our report aired. It said in part, "Stadium expenditures were for site selection consultant events, key to building relationships with corporate decision makers while promoting Florida as a premier state for business."

Really? You need a luxury skybox to build a relationship with some  people?


174) Rick Scott deflected questions on his stance on Arizona’s law concerning religious belief and homosexuality.

It took Crist calling Scott down for him to finally take a stance.



175) Rick Scott has a corrupt relationship with one of his biggest donors.

No summary can do justice to this story:

Before the Legislature convenes in Tallahassee next Tuesday, Coral Gables healthcare tycoon Miguel B. “Mike” Fernandez will host a Sunday afternoon BBQ with Gov. Rick Scott, his wife Ann, and key members of the governor’s campaign finance team.

Fernandez, dubbed “Florida’s newest billionaire” last year by Florida Trend, was named finance co-chair for Scott’s campaign in January. In the announcement, the governor called Fernandez a “close friend.”

But Fernandez, chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, is more than Scott’s friend. He’s also a huge contributor to his re-election campaign and the owner or co-owner of fast-growing healthcare companies that under Scott’s administration have been awarded multiple, multi-year state contracts potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Most of those lucrative contracts involve Florida Medicaid, which is implementing managed care changes, including the Managed Medical Assistance program. The program is expected to begin in May…

On November 2, 2013, as the governor’s re-election campaign was stirring, Fernandez personally gave $1 million to Let’s Get to Work. No one else has written a check that large in support of Scott’s re-election.

Sunday’s get-together at Fernandez’s opulent Little River Plantation, not far from Tallahassee, is a by invitation only event. The public is not invited.

Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo recently obtained a copy of the invitation and accompanying email:

“As an important member of Governor Rick Scott’s finance team, Mike Fernandez is opening his home to you. He is not a public person and believes we need to meet each other in person and in a social setting…Nothing formal (casual jeans and casual setting.) We will chat, have BBQ and see beautiful horses…We need to come together so we can deliver victory together,” the email said.

Little River Plantation features a 7,000 square foot home with six bedrooms, seven baths, a full gourmet kitchen and a great room, according to its web site. There’s a smaller lake house nearby.

“Your every whim will be coddled within the walls of our fabulous homes away from home,” prospective guests are told.


176) Rick Scott shortsightedly sold the state jets.

Scott posed this as a money-saving measure, and uses his own personal jet for state business. But what did he expect our next Governor to do?


177) Rick Scott has lied about the impact of Medicare cuts on senior citizens.


178) Rick Scott misled voters, in the State of the State speech (2014), about Florida’s lowering crime rate.

Scott cited this year as having a record low crime rate, but the reality is that Florida’s crime rate has been steadily going lower since the early 1990s. Scott can take no credit for this, which is no doubt in part due to policing, but also because Florida’s population has (thankfully) been growing faster than criminals can keep up.



179) Rick Scott evaded explaining why Crist should be blamed for the 2008 recession’s effects in Florida.

In the State of the State speech, Scott said:

Some say these statistics were all because of a global recession. They say it doesn’t matter who was running our state – that anyone would have been just a victim of the times. 

I disagree.

As Americans, our freedom and our optimism make us anything but victims – even in the worst circumstances and the toughest times.

Our leaders especially – and every person in our state – are not simply bystanders in the arena of life where the hard battles are fought and history is made.

He goes on like this for a while, but the one thing he doesn’t do it explain what, exactly, Crist (or any state governor) was supposed to do about a worldwide recession. Optimism won’t pay your mortgage. Scott goes on about fighting battles and not being a victim, but he never gets around to explaining what, exactly, ought to have been done – because he can’t. The reality is that if he had been governor in 2008, he would have been standing around with his jaw dropping the same as so many other politicians.

180) Rick Scott relied on a questionable report to claim that Florida’s teachers were second most effective in the nation.


181) Rick Scott misled voters when claiming Florida’s 4th graders ranked second in the world in reading.

Actually, they ranked second in a study which sampled fourth graders from around the world. This was not a ranking of all students worldwide, but of selected groups from select locations.


182) Rick Scott overstated the range and impact of his “$10,000 degree” program.

Scott incorrectly says that it is available is “all” Florida community colleges. It is only in 23 as of this date. He also fails to add necessary caveats, such as accessory expenses of going to college (books, lodging, etc.)



183) Rick Scott lied about the causes of the recession in Florida, in his State of the State speech.
He blamed “taxing and borrowing” for the recession in Florida, but the real cause was the real estate crisis, plus the nationwide recession.


184) Rick Scott misled voters by claiming he cut taxes 24 times (update: 40 times).

Some of the cuts were temporary. Some are not cuts, but credits. Others are tax holidays, which he counted more than once if they happened every year, even though they are the same cut. Finally, he is also counted tax incentives and breaks that only apply to a handful of businesses. In fact most of the “cuts” have been for businesses.


185) Rick Scott lied about “record funding” for environmental concerns in his State of the State address.

This one requires a lot of caveats, but the sum of the matter is, Scott portrayed record funding on one sub-issue (springs restoration) as though it were funding for all environmental concerns.


186) Rick Scott has proposed a $74 billion budget for 2014, after calling the 2011 budget of $70 billion “bloated.”

It seems both bloating and hypocrisy are in the eyes of the beholder.


187) Rick Scott lied about the impact of Obamacare on businesses with under 20 people.

You may or may not like Obamacare, but again, correct information is required to make a decision. Scott falsely claimed that a small business with 20 or less employees could go out of business because of the ACA. But businesses with under 50 employees aren’t even required to provide coverage.





188) Rick Scott has flip-flopped on tuition for immigrants.
In an election year, rather conveniently.


190) Rick Scott has a personal friend managing his alleged “blind” trust fund.


191) Rick Scott deceptively bragged about Florida’s voluntary pre-K program.

While he correctly asserted that Florida’s access to VPK is the best in the nation, he ignored the low per-pupil spending and the resulting poor quality of Florida’s programs.


192) Rick Scott hypocritically cancelled a money-saving move of a Pensacola parole office.

Scott, in the past, was on a rampage cutting Corrections costs, including handing the jobs of state workers over the a private company. But when faced with protestors, Scott cancelled a move that would have saved $33,000 a year. What happened to his principles?




193) Rick Scott lied about Obamacare driving 2.5 million people from the workforce.
This relies on a widespread misuse of a CBO report. The same ad also doesn’t tell the whole story about 300,000 people losing insurance policies.


194) Rick Scott has released an election ad promoting himself for funding cancer research.

This is clearly an election year stunt, since he cut cancer research money earlier in his term.

195) Rick Scott cancelled a talk by a professor critical of his policies.

Of course, the decision was probably made by his staff, but it speaks to the climate he engenders. The decision was later reversed under pressure.


196) Rick Scott engaged in an illegal voter purge.

I noted the purge above as a waste of time. Now it has been found illegal.


197) Rick Scott has touted what is only average job growth.

As the article below linked says:

Kwame Donaldson, an economist at Moody’s who analyzes Florida, said that the creation of 540,000 private-sector jobs in the 38 months since December 2010 is not a particularly exceptional rate of job creation.

"The most private-sector jobs created during any 38-month interval is 753,100 (during the 38-month interval that ended in August 2006)," Donaldson said in an email to PolitiFact Florida. "The current record is even less remarkable considering Florida’s larger current population."



198) Rick Scott created a campaign web ad featuring a convicted felon.

Scott is shown associating with Corey Alston, who was convicted of several white collar crimes. Does Scott even check his own ads?


199) Rick Scott had a fundraiser hosted by a drug clinc owner whose company abused patients.


200) Rick Scott is leading a charge to deceptively repackage Common Core.

Whether you love or hate Common Core, this is obviously a dishonest way to deal with it.


201) Rick Scott engaged in discriminatory hiring practices at Solantic.


202) Rick Scott misleads voters about Crist’s record on tuition increases.


203) Rick Scott refuses to withdraw or correct a false campaign ad about effects of Obamacare on insurance.

Typically, Scott simply made an assertion that the ad was correct, and refused to say more. This is in spite of the fact that even insurance companies agree that the ad is incorrect.


204) Rick Scott waited years to start standing behind the suspension of corrupt notaries.


205) Rick Scott has lied about cuts to Medicare Advantage.

206) Rick Scott is making showy “inspections” to VA hospitals as a campaign ploy.


207) Rick Scott is using diversionary tactics to avoid providing public records.

Scott is telling those who request public records that they need to go to the employees who are “custodians” of the records. This serves to make it harder to get these records.

http://www.bradenton.com/2014/04/18/5109599/scotts-office-ask-employees-for.html?sp=/99/179/

208) Rick Scott refuses to abandon his plan to drug test state workers and welfare recipients, in spite of a Supreme Court refusal to overturn a decision against it.

Apparently Scott doesn't get the message that "no" from the Supreme Court is a final answer.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/08/rick-scott-drug-testing_n_5288915.html

209) Rick Scott is using his wife as a shield for his financial investments.

 http://www.browardbulldog.org/2014/05/floridas-first-lady-invests-quietly-in-investment-firm-that-mirrors-governors-old-company/

210) Rick Scott has favored a utility special interest that donated a half million to his campaign.
 
http://seminoledemocrats.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-500k-donation-to-rick-scott-meant.html

211) Rick Scott is grandstanding on Veterans Affairs.

Crist is too, but Scott has him beat.


Politicians often treat veterans more like campaign props than real people with unique issues. We hear grandiose promises during campaigns — yet much less during the four years in between.
Scott, for instance, may be loudly proclaiming his commitment to veterans now. But it stands in stark contrast to his very first budget when he proposed gutting the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs' budget by 45 percent.

Scott followed that by vetoing $12 million designated for helping homeless veterans in Brevard County.

Now Scott — who served 29 months in the Navy before leaving for college on a G.I. bill that he often touts — is asking state health officials to inspect VA hospitals and clinics.

It pure gimmickry. And Scott knows it. The state has no authority over federal VA's. It would be like the Florida Department of Law Enforcement demanding to inspect the FBI.

But let's say for a moment that Scott is right — that his staff has the authority and obligation to watch over veterans care in this state. Then where the heck was he before now?

 http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-veterans-charlie-crist-rick-scott-maxwell-20140529,0,3934304.column

212) Rick Scott is wasting taxpayer dollars with a frivolous lawsuit against the VA.

While the VA issue is a serious one, state inspectors simply have no jurisdiction.

  http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/veterans/at-gov-rick-scotts-behest-state-sues-feds-for-right-to-inspect-va-hospitals/2183135

213) Rick Scott is lying about state involvement with "All Aboard Florida".
 
Hundreds of people have bombarded Scott with emails urging him to halt the project, and for some, his response has only made things worse.

Anyone who complains to Scott about All Aboard Florida gets a canned email reply from his office that says: “The state has no involvement in this railway.”

That’s not true, said Indian River County Commissioner Bob Solari, a Republican and one of the project’s leading critics.

“It’s a false statement,” Solari said. “It’s an absolutely ridiculous statement.”

“Your response is totally unacceptable,” John and Sharon Prevedello of Stuart replied. “To claim no involvement ... is completely irresponsible.”

The budget Scott signed last week includes most of the $214 million All Aboard Florida needs for a passenger station at Orlando International Airport, a project Scott hailed as “the right thing for the state” at a ceremony in February. All Aboard Florida said it will pay market rents for its use.

The Scott-approved budget also has $10 million to help pay for “quiet zones,” designed to reduce the need for trains to blast horns to alert motorists at railroad crossings.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/08/4165892/gov-rick-scott-supports-controversial.html#storylink=cpy
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/08/4165892/gov-rick-scott-supports-controversial.html
 
214) Rick Scott picked an ideological crony for a Sarasota School Board position over far more qualified candidates.

 Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to appoint a politically connected Republican with minimal education experience to the Sarasota School Board is provoking outrage from other candidates who applied for the post, and from Democrats who accuse the governor of playing politics with local learning.


By picking Bridget Ziegler, an insurance agent married to a Republican state committeeman, to fill a vacant board seat, Scott bypassed two other GOP prospects who have, taken together, spent more than 50 years in education.

Ziegler, 31, attended two community colleges and Florida International University, but never obtained a degree at any of the three.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20140611/ARTICLE/140619917?p=1&tc=pg

215) Rick Scott has a stake in an oil company drilling in South Florida.
216) Rick Scott evaded the question when asked about this.

Gov. Rick Scott's six-figure stake in a French energy company is angering environmentalists because the firm is involved in oil drilling in Collier County, near the Everglades.


Scott and the Cabinet oversee the Department of Environmental Protection, which regulates oil drilling in Florida, and Scott has invested in businesses that could be regulated by DEP and other state agencies.

Asked if he supports drilling in a county where he owns a $9.2 million home, Scott did not directly answer. He said: "You'll have to talk to DEP."

  http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/scotts-stake-in-oil-company-tied-to-collier-drilling-riles/2184342

218) Rick Scott refused to be interviewed by a news program unless he was allowed to set the agenda.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GdzZJUizwg 

219) Rick Scott has hypocritically demanded that Charlie Crist's wife release her tax returns, while not disclosing his own wife's net worth.

Scott also hypocritically references Crist as a "millionaire" -- which he is, just barely -- while having a net worth of $133 million.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140625/WIRE/140629642/1040?Title=Tax-returns-an-issue-in-Florida-governor-x2019-s-race- 

220) Rick Scott is stingy in charitable giving.

In spite of his enormous net worth, according to his tax returns, from 2010-2012 Scott has given only roughly $1 million to charity. A good chunk of that ($96,000) was in the form of an art collection.

221) Rick Scott encouraged a climate of scandal at the DEO.

 http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/former-department-of-economic-opportunity-employee-wins-whistleblower/2185571

222) Rick Scott lied about teacher layoffs under Crist.

 http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2014/jun/26/rick-scott/scott-ad-blames-crist-3000-teachers-laid/

223) Rick Scott has failed to recover jobs for FL at a rate comparable to that of other states.

Scott touts raw numbers, but as of this date (July 2014) FL has about 200K fewer jobs that it did before the recession. This places it in the bottom fifth (rank: #40) of states in terms of job recovery.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/recovery-lost-jobs-states-glance-24404317?page=2

224) Rick Scott's adviser used his position to benefit his employer.

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/jul/05/rick-scott-adviser-had-inside-track-to-keep-all/

225) Rick Scott tricked uniformed police officers into showing up for a campaign event.

http://www.saintpetersblog.com/archives/152229 

226) Rick Scott has a net worth of $132 million, but hypocritically refers to Charlie Crist as a "millionaire" who wears a Rolex.

While Crist is just barely a millionaire, it is the height of hypocrisy for Scott to refer to such things derisively with respect to his opponent. That he does not see the obvious hypocrisy is even more horrifying.

 http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/07/10/5961827/some-in-gop-worried-over-fla-governors.html

227) Rick Scott has enabled a culture of corruption in the Department of Corrections.

Clearly these issues began before Scott, under Crist, but Scott has allowed abuses of inmates to continue and grow. And Crist at least hired a reformer (McDonough) who temporarily cleaned up the mess.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/14/4179151/questionable-prison-death-is-one.html

228) Rick Scott vetoed funds to stop Medicaid fraud.

With the state's Medicaid budget growing, you'd think this would be an important issue, but Scott vetoed a paltry $1.5 million in funding. Scott's spokesman claimed it was duplicated funding but failed to explain how.

  http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/scotts-veto-of-medicaid-fraud-money-disappoints-key-lawmaker/2187906

229) Rick Scott had a financial stake in a pipeline project backed by his appointees.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/21/4247099/gov-scott-had-stake-in-pipeline.html

230) Rick Scott took part in a hunting expedition sponsored by "big sugar".


This is especially hypocritical in light of his earlier condemnation of Bill McCollum for accepting gifts from sugar interests.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/31/4264720/scott-accepts-us-sugar-contributions.html

Other Reasons

Here are a few more that may be worthy of consideration, but because the arguments regarding them are complex, and have intelligent defenders on both sides, I’ll let the reader make the call.

231) Rick Scott rejected funds for high speed rail.

232) Rick Scott changed the PIP insurance law.

233) Rick Scott closed Florida’s tuberculosis hospital.








5 comments:

  1. Not giving Obama Credit. I'm SHOCKED. SHOCKED I tell YA. "rolling eyes".

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  2. Heh, I'll send some therapy over! Seriously though, politicians take too much credit for things. Some would take credit for the sun rising if they could use it on the campaign trail.

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  3. Rick Scott Controversies http://huff.to/1f1WnPI

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    1. it's at the bottom of the article....

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    2. I'll watch that one. If Andrews wins, that would be awesome.

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