Rick Scott's Best Political Miscalculations

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Staring down the barrel of what's sure to be a brutal campaign to stay in the governor's mansion beyond 2014, Rick Scott is pushing out a variety of campaigns that seem aimed at scoring points with weary voters.

On Wednesday Scott announced he's planning to give every public school teacher in Florida - good, bad or indifferent, a $2,500 raise.

The announcement runs contrary to his longtime positions of bringing business savvy to education. In 2011 Scott fulfilled a campaign promise and pushed a bill through Tallahassee tying teacher compensation to students' performance.

"We need to support our hard-working, dedicated teachers who understand the importance of getting good results," Scott said on his campaign website, according to Politifact. "A 'merit pay' plan would reward high-performing teachers and hold school administrators accountable, while under-performing teachers would be challenged to improve."

We've compiled a short list of Gov. Scott's most memorable missteps so you won't forget what he's done once he hits the campaign trail.

5. Claiming implementing Obamacare would cost taxpayers $26 billion
Scott held fast to the idea that Florida wouldn't implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul even after the Supreme Court upheld the law. While the federal government will implement online healthcare exchanges in states that refuse to do so, Scott argued that implementing parts of the bill, mainly a Medicaid expansion, would cost taxpayer's an eye-popping $26 billion. That figure, it turned out, was a massive overstatement provided by the state-run Agency for Health Care Administration and failed to account for the fact that the feds would cover most of the cost, according to Politifact. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated the cost at $1 billion between 2013 and 2022.

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is that average  $46,000  for 52 weeks of work?  or the normal school year?  

I'm googling average school year, and see 180 days as average.  /5 = 36 weeks. so if 46,000/36 weeks would be a nice sum... on a days worked basis.  (66k/yr or 31.60/hr)

btw, (Obama wants to increase that to 197)

How did you calculate the average pay?  how many weeks of work?


On Wednesday Scott announced he's planning to give every public school teacher in Florida - good, bad or indifferent, a $2,500 raise.

So lets see what we have here.

The avg teach makes $46,000 p/r according to the newspaper

$46000 plus $2500 = $48500

$48500 minus 3% for the old pension pay in =$47045 p/yr 

$47045 minus the original $46000 (avg teacher pay) = $1045 as a raise

From this enormous raise has to come the payroll tax @ 6.2% and federal income tax in about the 25% tax bracket

Bottom line is that this bug eyed fhuck needs to shoveth the raise up his skinny ass and give us back the pension money!  Any married couples having children better drop them right off at the fire department (no questions asked) upon birth because they won't be able to support them!


Ok, the rest of the story is good.  spot on.  but the high speed rail was foolish and expensive.  it would have cost everyone a ton of money to run it.  


4. Rejecting more than $2 billion for high-speed rail
Scott told Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to stuff $2.4 billion for a high-speed rail line connecting Tampa and Orlando right where the sun don't shine. Sure it wouldn't have posed any immediate benefit to South Florida, but the plan would've created thousands of jobs and lay the groundwork to connect the state's major population centers. Republican lawmakers rebuked the move and even former Gov. Jeb Bush was scratching his head.

this would have cost us millions a year for EVAR...  and who would really use it?  

--- is there really a problem driving from orlando to tampa, (or orlando to miam) for that matter.  -no.  the problem is from suburbs to downtown, and downtown to downtown (wpb to miami).  

I've yet to hear any justify this link....  what would it cost to ride, park, and how much time would you save?  even miami to Orlando, just didn't make sense.  

frankd4 topcommenter

i don't know why POLITICIANs, any of them, should be held to any standard of common decency

one gets elected by pandering to wealthy donors whose money is necessary to run a campaign and lying to the masses whose votes are necessary to win the election

why think a POLITICIAN is in for anything but ego or anyone but themselves ?

riverrat69 topcommenter

Full of shit, hypocritical,  and trolling for votes I hope the criminal Medicare ripoff artist never gets. This is truely Flori-DUH if this douchebag gets re-elected.

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