Rick Scott Still Trying to Figure Out Exactly What His Campaign Promises Meant

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Back when he was running for Governor, Rick Scott promised that he'd add 700,000 jobs in Florida over seven years in addition to what the economy would produce regardless of who was Governor. It seemed like a simple enough promise at the time, but now ten months into his term he's still apparently tying to figure out exactly what he meant. 

Earlier this week Scott got popped for walking away from the promise. He started telling journalists the he promised to create 700,000 jobs, not 700,000 jobs in addition to the 1,000,000 jobs state economists predicted the state would add anyway between 20011 and 2018, and Politifact branded his statement with a big fat "flip-flop." 

Now, in yet another shift Scott is questioning the expertise of state economists to try and explain away the flip flop: 

Here's the statement he released today:
"Let me begin by saying that regardless of economic predictions that shift with the wind, my promise to create 700,000 jobs over seven years has not and will not change.

"During my campaign for Governor last year, I unveiled a plan to fix Florida's economy and turn the state around. It was called the 7-7-7 Plan: Seven Steps to 700,000 Jobs in Seven Years. As I said during my campaign, this plan will create 700,000 jobs over seven years no matter what the economy might otherwise gain or lose.

"No one, not even economists, can predict the future. What can be verified is actual job creation data. From July to December 2010, before I was in office, Florida's job creation numbers show that the state lost 20,100 jobs. For 3.5 years before that the state lost more than 800,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate skyrocketed hitting its peak at 12 percent in December 2010.

"Since then, we have begun implementing the 7-7-7 plan and creating an environment where jobs can grow. Sure enough, Florida has gained 87,200 private sector jobs so far this year and the unemployment rate has started going down, bucking the trend at the national level.

"Instead of focusing on hypotheticals, I'm focused on what I know will be accomplished through my 7-7-7 plan - the creation of 700,000 jobs over seven years regardless of what the economy might otherwise gain or lose. Floridians will judge me not on what an economist in Tallahassee predicts, but on actual job growth each month. Those are the numbers I will be held accountable for and that's what I remain focused on."
Sneaky. This latest clarification makes it absolutely impossible for anyone to hold Scott accountable for his campaign promises. By promising to add 700,000 jobs in addition to regular growth during a Gubernatorial debate, we assumed he implicitly agreed with the current projection of state economists of what that regular growth would be. By dismissing things like "math" and "experts" though, there's absolutely no way to measure whether Scott is holding his promise.

To borrow a term from George W. Bush, it seems like "fuzzy math." 
 

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Marc Medios
Marc Medios

Just a reminder that scott won by 1 point. Now everyone who didn't like him but didn't vote should be reminded of what shooting oneself in the dick feels like.

Alex Pittman
Alex Pittman

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Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Obama has been a total disaster as president. 1.Increased debt massively since Bush left office.2.Increase in unemployment3.Involved the US in more wars Unilaterally than Bush in 3 years.4.More bailouts on wall street5.Could not cut spending 6.Gays in Military7.Healthcare reform that is unconstitutional.8.Still in Afghanistan and Iraq9.No signs of improvement.10.Doing his best to blame this all on the GOP even though he owned the majority for 2 years and accomplished nothing besides fed funded abortions etc. 11. Still waiting for a plan on immigration......

Now that was the hope and change we asked for.

Fernie B
Fernie B

Lets see...

Healthcare Reform checkbin Laden Dead check100,000 troops removed from IRAQ CheckDodd-Frank Reform checkGeneral Motors thriving CheckBanks although i dont agree with this....saved and more secure than they were in 2008Nuclear Treaty With Russia checkFema Actually Working as it should....checkThe world actually is willing to talk to us.....check

Fernie B
Fernie B

some ideas were not execute perfectly, but he has kept and delivered most of his promises..... the guy is not a wizard he cannot create jobs with a wand.... besides...you republicans say that government cannot create jobs, that the private sector should..... so maybe you should go to wallstreet and bitch at the top 500 CEOs

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

can we start examining obama's broken promises, just to be fair?

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Yes, let's do be fair. So we will have to give Obama credit wherever the republican house refuses to allow a vote or the senate republicans filibuster. Then the number would probably be near zero.

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

If you did your research, a call to vote by the GOP was brought up the last 2 sessions and was struck down by the democrats. Obama had majority for 2 years and barely managed to pass healthcare while the country was going down the toilet. Lets not blame the republicans and fall into hate rhetoric.

Fernie B
Fernie B

Give up Zorn. These people dont know civics or twist shit around. The plan he is referring to was a democratic plan that was amended by the democrats. They wanted the democrats to vote no on their own plan so that they, the republicans, could say HEY THEY VOTED DOWN THEIR OWN PLAN.... even though it was an old plan, that has been amended and could not possible be voted yes on. Luke your people won the house of representatives... you havent even tried to make a jobs plan. All you guys have focused on has been abortion and light bulbs... yes light bulbs and shut down the FAA and EPA.. Can we say stalling? If you people think waiting til 2012 doing nothing will make the president look bad, think again... the president has twice the approval numbers of congress..... so, i would be afraid if i were you. All obama has to say is.."this is a do nothing congress"... Republicans by winning the house of representatives....won ownership of the economy... Now they are in the sinking ship too....If they dont act now, not only will they not win the presidency but they will lose the house of representatives... They might win a few seats in the senate.. but otherwise... they will have nothing to show for..

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Alright, Lukeisetc, last time. This is really boring and you probably never had to take a civics class. Legislation comes from the House, not the President.

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Why is it up to the republicans to have answer. Where is the leadership from the messiah?

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Which votes are you referring to? It doesn't take any political courage to bring up for vote in the House an issue that you know will be defeated in the Senate. WHERE IS YOUR JOBS BILL MR. BOEHNER?

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