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‘Axis of Unemployment’ and other highlights of Scott’s inauguration speech

by 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.

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7 Responses to “‘Axis of Unemployment’ and other highlights of Scott’s inauguration speech”

  1. Over Regulated Says:

    Scott 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.”

    The bureaucrats have had control way to long! What young people don’t know and Gvoernor Scott may not either is years ago all laws were made by the Florida legislature. Apparently some of the legislators got lazy and decided instead of making the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission come before the legislature to change hours of prescribed hunting and such! So! These lazy suckers promulgated a law whereby this state agency could promulgate their own rules and enforce those rules as though they were statutory laws!

    Soon other state agencies were beating down the legislators doors wanting the same power! All sorts of agencies were born! EPA and others. Then all they had to do was make their own rules written by bureaucrats and enforced by bureacrats against the peoples and the businesses of Florida. The same has gone on with federal regulations written and enforced by those who are educated beyond their intelligence!

    Go Governor Scott! If you can get us back to work you will save millions of families from devastation!

  2. Unreal Says:

    You said it all. Our legislators have given away their rights for decades to bureaucrats. Don’t think Scott can do all these things without the legislature changing the statutes about control.
    Unfortunately that leads to micromanagement by the legislature which is unreasonable with so many regulations.
    There is no easy solution.

  3. da_truth Says:

    “Axis of Evil…Let’s Get to Work…Axis of Unemployment”. If only Republicans were half as good at governing as they are at creating catch phrases. How about this one for our new governor- Rick Scott is the “Nexus of Fraud”.

  4. FLDemNinja Says:

    Someone should explain to Rick Scott that the real ‘Axis of Unemployment’ was under-regulated Wall Street Banks, GOP, and the Housing Bubble.

  5. Kevin Says:

    It is only the fear of large monetary losses through litigation that attempts to keep big corporations honest in their quest for even bigger profits. Corporations have no shame, conscience, values or moral compass to keep them honest, and that’s where the lawyers come in. Of course Rick Scott would be in support of tort reform. If it had not been for a group of equally greedy trial lawyers chasing a big pay day or a big pay off he would still be stealing from Medicare today and getting away with it. His unintended comment this afternoon about closing the state regularity agencies was a Freudian slip if I ever heard one. Just wait and see, I predict he will remove the teeth and testicals from all state regulatory agencies and then find them to be unnecessary. What better reason to close them all together. Anyone who’s not hoodwinked by this crook needs to keep a close watch on his actions and look for an impeachable offence hopefully before he has a chance ruin our state. With his personality type it’s only a matter of time before he slips up and we need to be ready to pounce on him.

  6. Peter Says:

    @Kevin
    So doing away with an agenda driven agency that only serves some of the citizens and definitely serves the longevity of the government employees is better than doing away with the agency?
    Government has a role, but when it has become inept, corrupt, and overreaching it is time to remove it.
    These agencies were put in place by legislative action by a representative government. They can be removed under the same procedure.
    Times change, and the current public opinion across the nation is that our government is wasteful and does not serve the will of the people.
    We voted for change with Obama and he didn’t deliver it, as the change most people wanted, was the out of control corrupt government to be reformed.
    Florida is going to get a taste.

  7. Scottnotsogreat Says:

    “We will not allow a small group of predatory lawyers to stalk the business community in search of deep pockets,” he pledged.”

    Scary to think that from this point forward, consumers will be stonewalled when they deserve compensation for a wrongdoing committed by one of those “big pockets” We have a great system where consumers are able to hire trial lawyers to prosecute claims on their behalf in exchange of a contingency agreement. Big companies can pay big legal bills to either sue consumers, or defend themselves from claims brought by consumers.

    Certain judicial safeguards are in place for merit less lawsuits. Nonetheless, Mr. Scott sold a plan to Florida voters that will cost consumers their ability to get equal footing and representation.

    Tort reform is a simple way to shield large companies and diminish or limit their exposure for their bad actions. Consumers who are injured at the job cant choose their own doctor. In fact, the doctor who sees the injured worker is paid by the insurance company, and has an incentive to simply say that the worker does not need additional care. Thank tort reform.

    Consumers who are badly hurt by the negligence of a medical provider are limited in the amount of damages they could recover. Thank tort reform.

    Litigation keeps large companies in check. It provides consumers with equal footing against large companies who would otherwise not care about the rights of consumers. It provides regular folks with the ability to obtain closure and compensation for awful injuries caused by the negligence of those companies, or their insureds.

    Remember, tort reform is not good for Florida.

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