‘Axis of Unemployment’ and other highlights of Scott’s inauguration speechby Dara Kam | January 4th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott, who just one year ago was a virtual unknown to Floridians, choked up after being sworn in to office on his family’s Bible.
His voice hoarse from a week-long inaugural gala that will end with tonight’s black-tie ball, Scott’s 14-minute speech focused almost exclusively on job creation.
Scott, who’s already signed four executive orders including one freezing regulation-creation, tripped up when describing how he plans to review all state agencies and get rid of unnecessary rules.
“We’ll get rid of the agencies…,” Scott said, catching himself. “That’ll be in the paper. That wasn’t part of the script.”
Here are a few highlights from Scott’s first speech as the state’s 45th governor.
Scott, a former health care executive and “deal” lawyer, said there are three forces choking Florida businesses: taxation, regulation and litigation.
“Together those three form ‘The Axis of Unemployment,’” Scott said. “It requires magical thinking to imagine government creates prosperity. Government has no resources of its own. Government can only give to us what was previously taken from us.”
Scott said he empathized with the more than 1 million Floridians who are unemployed because as a child his parents were frequently out of work.
“It’s hard to hide the fact that the wolf is at the door,” Scott said. “I’ve been a child in a home like that. I have a clear memory of their fear and uncertainty as they struggled to provide for five kids. So for me, job creation is an absolute mission.”
Scott’s companies have faced a myriad of lawsuits, and the former health care executive has made tort reform a top priority.
“We will not allow a small group of predatory lawyers to stalk the business community in search of deep pockets,” he pledged.