Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott did not expect to be verbally accosted by an angry voter when he strolled into a local Gainesville Starbucks, but it happened nonetheless. The woman, identified as Cara Jennings, excoriated the governor for his policies, saying he doesn’t care about working people. She also called him an “a**hole.” The governor simply grabbed his coffee and extricated himself from the situation, but not before telling Jennings that 1 million jobs have been created under his administration. Oh, and that figure turns out to be true.
Via Yahoo! News:
You cut Medicaid, so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” the woman, later identified as Cara Jennings, yelled. “You’re an a**hole.”
The unpopular Republican governor,
whose approval rating stands at just 38 percent in the Sunshine State, tried to explain that he didn’t actually cut Medicaid — he refused to expand it.
But that explanation didn’t satisfy Jennings.
“You don’t care about working people,” she said.
“You should be ashamed to show your face around here.”
Scott countered by pointing out that he has created “a million jobs” during his tenure as governor.
“A million jobs? Great,” Jennings said. “Who here has a great job?”
“You should,” Scott replied.
“Rich people like you don’t know what to do when poor people like us need health services; you cut ’em,” Jennings concluded. “Shame on you, Rick Scott. You’re an embarrassment to our state!”
It’s just another day for someone in public life. Some people just aren’t going to like you or your policies. Gov. Scott knows this all to well. You can’t win them all, but he did win in 2010–and again in 2014. And that’s all that matters. He’s governor, and someone going ballistic at a coffeehouse over not being able to enroll in a disastrous health care plan certainly isn’t going to change what he feels is best for Florida. Daily Signal briefly detailed how Florida generated 1 million jobs in five years:
- Instead of raising taxes, Florida cut taxes nearly 50 times. Even though Florida is already a zero-income-tax state (an attractive quality on its own), Scott and the legislature found ways to cut taxes even more. They did this through reducing the number of weeks and payout for unemployment compensation, issuing tax exemptions on machine purchases, extending corporate income tax exemptions, cutting tax on commercial leases, and closing loopholes. There is no question; Florida is creative at cutting taxes.
- Cutting onerous and unnecessary regulations. Since 2011, Florida has cut nearly 3,200 regulations that were once harmful to business. At the start of Scott’s term, there were nearly 21,000 regulations that affected businesses. That’s an impressive 15-percent decrease in less than 5 years.
- Florida is serious when it comes to budgeting. When Scott took office, there was $5.2 billion added to the debt. Since then, Florida now has a projected a $635 million surplus for 2016-2017.
- Florida cuts wasteful spending. In 2015, Scott’s office pushed for $461 million in “special projects” to be cut from the budget.
- Instead of wasteful spending, Florida has spent on infrastructure that helps the economy thrive. Since 2011, Florida has committed over $600 million to update and add to its ports, which generate nearly $100 billion in economic value for the state.
- The size and scope of government has been reduced. Since Scott took office, nearly 11,000 government jobs have been cut, and the most recent budget proposes to cut nearly a thousand more.