Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Quote of the Day

"The bottom line is, I could argue that I don't have to create any jobs. I just have to make sure we don't lose jobs."

Gov. Rick Scott, last year on the Bud Hedingger Live radio show.

Scott has backed away from his campaign promise to create 700,000 jobs in seven years. I blogged before about how unserious the 7-7-7 plan was. There were a lot of pretty pictures but a lack of numbers on how jobs would be created.

Donna Arduin was paid $170,000 to lend her name to the 7-7-7 plan. I doubt that Arduin crunched any numbers. The published plan is a campaign pamphlet. The proof that Arduin got paid for an economic plan, she failed to crunch numbers for, a study showed that natural job growth in Florida would be 1,000,000 during the seven year span. The Scott campaign quickly realized they promised negative 300,000 jobs from expected job growth. The Scott camp revised the 7-7-7 plan to be 1,700,000 jobs. Now Scott is backtracking.

Side note: can we all agree that Arduin should not be taken seriously as an economist. If she is going to get paid $170,000, the least she could do is a jobs growth projection. The Scott campaign would have never gotten tripped up. That is what happens when you hire an unserious hack.

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