U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, once the head of America’s largest hospital chain, says Congress needs to run the government like a business.
And those who want to save the country from its spending and debt-free fall, he added, must be willing “to get a ton of bad press and have the Democrats scream like stuck pigs.”
The Florida Republican outlined his theory in an opinion article published by Fox News on Friday.
Scott opened the piece by holding up New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer as an example of the problem.
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Schumer first went to Congress 43 years ago, Scott noted. And in that time, the national debt has rocketed from $914 billion to $31.4 trillion, and the debt ratio to national GDP has quadrupled from 32% to almost 125% — the highest in our nation’s history.
“Along the way,” Scott added, “career politicians like Chuck Schumer and their friends on Wall Street have profited from America’s fiscal decline.”
“Schumer’s track record of fiscal stewardship for America’s taxpayer dollars is gross negligence and utter failure from someone that has spent their career saying we can’t run government like a business. How would he know that?”
Scott recalled that when he took over for then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist in 2011 — who later became a Democrat and took a 20-point thumping last year from Gov. Ron DeSantis — Florida’s economy had lost more than 800,000 jobs, taxes had increased by more than $2 billion and the economy was in “complete freefall.”
Once in charge, Scott said, he led the way for the state to cut taxes 100 times to save $10 billion, slashed almost 5,400 regulations off the books, and paid down the state debt by more than $10 billion. As a result, he added, Florida “for the first time in state history achieved an AAA rating for all three major rating agencies.”
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“At the end of my second term, the results of our work couldn’t have been more clear,” Scott wrote. “Over my eight-year administration, Florida businesses created nearly 1.7 million new private sector jobs, driving the unemployment rate from 10.8% in 2010 to just 3.3% in 2018. Because we focused on growing our economy, the state’s GDP reached $1 trillion for the first time in our history, our state annual general revenue grew by nearly 50%, and our reserves jumped 71%. And again, we did it while cutting taxes and paying down the debt.”
“This wasn’t rocket science, but it does require something that is hard to find in Washington – courage,” the senator continued.
“You have to be willing to get a ton of bad press and have the Democrats scream like stuck pigs. They’ll say the world is ending and that America is doomed. All lies that they’ve been trying to sell for years to protect that reckless spending and massive debt that keeps them and their friends on Wall Street happy and rich.”
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“The dirty little secret in Washington is this – we can grow our way out of debt, and we can protect Social Security and Medicare at the same time. But there are literally thousands of things we need to stop wasting money on, starting with paying the salaries of 87,000 new IRS agents,” Scott concluded.
“Anyone who says that America is best served by changing nothing and raising the debt ceiling with zero reform to how Congress is recklessly spending taxpayer money is too incompetent to serve in elected office. As long as Democrats treat this like a game they can win, you lose.”
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