Stressed Out In Florida: "We're Number 1!" (Graphic: Movoto)
That's one of Rick Scott's favorite campaign phrases, but is Florida indeed "working" as Scott claims?
Not so much, according to this:
Beaches, sunshine and citrus fruit apparently don't bring peace of mind to the residents of this state
What stresses you out? A long commute? Check. Being unemployed? Check. Working long hours? Check. Living in Florida? Double check.
Florida wins the unhappy distinction of being the most stressed-out state in the country, according to a study by a real estate blog. Movoto combined factors including the percentage of people without health insurance, housing expenses and hours worked per week in order to measure stress across the country.
Florida’s combination of high unemployment (11.3%) and high rate of people without health insurance (25.8%) made it the most stressed-out state in the country, according to the site’s methodology.
Florida may be "working" for Rick Scott's big donors and the corporate types he vowed to "run the state like a business" for, but it's not working for the rest of us who have to live here.
While Movato cites unemployment, long work hours, lack of health insurance, and long commutes (yes, who needs high-speed rail, along with the jobs and profits it would have brought to the state's economy, had Scott not rejected it?), they didn't touch on other issues that contribute, like gutting education, ignoring environmental concerns, and many more, and then making it harder for those caving under all that stress to vote him out of office.
So when you hear Scott's new slogan "Let's Keep Working," ask yourself "Working for what? Working for who, exactly?"
Stress itself is unhealthy, but if Florida has to suffer another four years under Rick Scott, stress will be the least of our problems.