Obama SOTU includes some Scott-like talk, but guv doesn’t buy itby Dara Kam | January 25th, 2011
President Barack Obama threw out a few items in his state of the union speech that sounded as if they could have been lobbed by Gov. Rick Scott.
Obama’s already launched a review of rules and regulations with an eye on getting rid of those that hamstring businesses – the same thing the Republican governor started on his first day in office earlier this month.
And the president plans a massive reorg of the federal government, merging agencies to get rid of redundancies, another plan of Scott’s.
But Scott’s statement issued just after the conclusion of Obama’s hour-long talk didn’t mention any similarites. Instead, Scott derided the president’s “Sputnik moment” while making some big promises about his own budget, scheduled to come out Feb. 7 – three days later than he was supposed to deliver it to state lawmakers.
Read Scott’s remarks after the jump.
“Tonight, we heard President Obama describe this moment in America as a “Sputnik moment.” But to face the challenges of our day, we don’t need decades-old history lessons, we need leadership. We need elected officials who will take on special interests, make tough choices and focus on the right priorities. We need fiscal conservatives who recognize the solution to every problem is not a new government program. We need to take less money out of the pockets of Americans, and we need to get government out of the way of those who create jobs. Innovation comes from creating an environment where Americans want to build new companies. Government seldom does a good job of selecting successful innovators.
“In the next few weeks, I will unveil a budget for the state of Florida that reflects leadership and demonstrates the will to make tough choices. It will reduce the tax burden on Floridians and champion a less-burdensome government. Florida will be the place for innovators, not because the State of Florida knows which individuals will succeed, but because we are the place where innovators want to live, raise their families, and build their companies.
“In the months ahead, this budget and the reforms I propose for Florida will reflect my belief that Florida’s best days are ahead of us, not trapped in the memory of days gone by. All that is required to get there is the courage to lead.”