Rick Scott on the Occupy Movement: "I'm Glad People Come Out and Tell Us What They Think"
Even though the Occupy Wall Street movement entering its second month, and similar protests popping up around the globe, most politicians are remaining mum. Those of the Republican variety, in most cases, have been pretty flippant. Take Herman Cain's "if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself," line for example. So, kudos to Florida Governor Rick Scott for not being a total dick about the Occupy movement. Sure, he totally doesn't get it, but at least he's not a dick!
The controversial governor was asked about the protests, which spread to Florida this week, by Tampa Bay Fox affiliate WTVT this week.
"What's happening is I think people are frustrated with where the world's going," Scott said.
"I tell you what, in my race, the biggest frustration people had was jobs. And they're frustrated because they believe government kills jobs, whether it's taxes, or regulation or permitting. So I think people are fed up with the fact of, that, 'I want a job.'"
"And so I won my race because I had a plan for jobs," he said. "I think we're going to solve these issues -- and I'm glad people come out and tell us what they think -- by creating an environment where people can get jobs, and that's what I think about every day."
You can watch the video, in which Scott jokes about bald heads, here:
Scott, is, of course, not completely right about his analysis of the movement however. Yes, the fact people are unemployed is a big part of the protests, but the most common thread of the protests is an anger about the vast and growing income disparity in America and corporations' unchained power.
So, no, the protesters do not "believe government kills jobs, whether it's taxes, or regulation or permitting." In fact, many would like to see more taxation, regulation and permitting. But at least he wasn't a Herman Cain-style jerk about it, and for Scott, well, that's a faint step in the right direction.
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