Rick Scott delivered yet another empty State of the State address today and if you missed it, well, you really didn't. It's pretty similar to the one he's been using since he launched his hostile takeover of Florida.
His plans for 2016, as usual, are more corporate welfare at your expense.
His empty promise to Floridians this year sounded like this:
"Floridians want the opportunity to live their dreams," Scott said. "Therefore, I believe that the best way to help the weakest, the poorest, and the most disadvantaged neighbors live their dreams is get them a job."
"Live their dreams." Scott never elaborates on just what those dreams are but he thinks sprinkling the New Year with fairy dust will fool some Floridians into thinking their dreams will be possible to achieve as long as he's the governor. Good luck with that.
And Scott's so-called belief that "the best way to help the weakest, the poorest, and the most disadvantaged neighbors live their dreams is get them a job" is an entire truckload of...fairy dust.
For starters, we now know all too well that all those jobs he brags about barely pay enough to make ends meet in Florida, requiring many to work more than one job to stay afloat, and many offer no benefits. Florida isn't setting records for poverty because Rick Scott waved his magic jobs wand as he would have you believe. But Florida's poverty rate wasn't mentioned in his speech. Neither was anything about Medicaid. Or any mention of health care whatsoever.
There were a lot of things left out of his plans for 2016, but one of them wasn't corporate welfare. No sir. Tax cuts for corporations are always on the agenda for the GOP and Scott wants $1 billion worth this year, and that's in addition to the $250 million fund for corporate incentives he wants the legislature to create for him. This of course all translates to your tax dollars being forked over once again to big businesses so they'll (maybe) bring jobs to Florida, most of which will probably be the low paying version if history serves, which brings the guys at the top lots more profits. As for those "incentives," never mind that Scott's incentives rarely pan out, he's determined to keep handing them out like candy anyhow. After all, it's easy to do when you never answer questions and there's no one in Tallahassee to hold you accountable for it.
In short, once again this year, if you're an everyday, average Floridian just trying to live your life and get by, Rick Scott and his enablers in the legislature really have nothing to offer you.
Happy Groundhog Day!
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