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Truth matters

May 11, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Our Republican "businessman" governor, Rick Scott, has started off his campaign for the Florida U. S. Senate seat with two advertisements that are totally designed to confuse. In the first one, he brings up the subject of term limits, implying that he will work to achieve them if he is sent to Washington. Standing in front of a white board with an out line of the United States on it, he says the people in Washington do not care about term limits, driving his point home by marking a big X next to the word "Washington."

Two things really annoy me about this.

First, the X he draws is probably somewhere in Ohio. Second, it would take a Constitutional Amendment to get term limits, giving that idea a zero chance of succeeding.

Mr. Scott needs to get a better map and to read the Constitution. Even as Governor of Florida, his lack of respect for the Constitution led to a number of court cases which Florida voters had to pay millions of dollars to defend. We do not need a repeat.

The second ad continues to put forth Mr. Scott's belief in term limits. Additionally, he returns to his old mantra of how we need to send successful businessmen to run the government. Only these businessmen can get things done. He does not say what the goals will be, or what he could possibly achieve.

If he defines his success by how much money he made, as do many of the businessmen now in power in Washington, the rest of us are in big trouble. Mr. Scott, in particular, knows all about defrauding the taxpayers. As reported by Wikipedia: "He was pressured to resign as chief executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997, amid a controversy over the company's business and Medicare billing practices. During his tenure as chief executive, he oversaw the company while it defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs. The Department of Justice ultimately fined the company in what was at the time the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history."

As governor, Rick Scott has demonstrated to me that he sees taxpayer money, public lands and resources, and publicly owned assets of any kind as a piggy bank for private companies. You can bet he would fit right in with that money-grubbing bunch of profiteers we have serving in Washington right now.

So, and now back to the two ads. I think Mr. Scott's characteristically staccato delivery of nonsense information is a poor start to his campaign. The truth matters and I hope we will hear more of it this campaign season than over the last few years.

Gloria E. Garber




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