During the primary I urged Republican voters to post their ballots for Bill McCollum over Rick Scott.
I wrote this about Rick Scott:

“While he was CEO, his company, Columbia/HCA was accused by the government of committing massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Columbia/HCA settled with the government for the trifling sum of 1.7 billion dollars and Scott was ousted as its chairman. To date this is still the largest case of Medicare and Medicaid fraud on record. Now he wants to be governor.”

Scott claims that he did not know these things were occurring on his watch. Not exactly a great advertisement for someone who is claiming that he will use his business abilities as a governor.

But wait; it turns out that Alex Sink has her own problems in terms of competence, ethics or a combination of both. The following is a link to an article that describes how Ms Sink criticized other agencies for permitting convicted felons from obtaining professional licenses but allowed this to occur in her own agency.

This is the link http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/banking/article1128023.ece

A quote from the article:

“At the same time Alex Sink tried to ban felons from selling mortgages in Florida, her own state office was licensing ex-cons in the insurance business.
As Florida’s chief financial officer, Sink oversees about 527,000 insurance licenses in the state. Her office could not identify how many of those belonged to agents with criminal backgrounds.
But the Times/Herald has identified at least 11 agents convicted of felonies such as grand larceny, fraudulent use of credit cards and writing bad checks who received their license from Sink, the Democratic nominee for governor.”

The article also details some of Mr. Scott’s accusations about Sink’s ethics and abilities. Although these accusations are from her opponents, Sink has addressed them and her answers seem evasive and unconvincing to me.

During the late 1990s Alex Sink was on a board that was supposed to audit Sykes Enterprises. This company was sued by investors for improper accounting procedures. Sink has said that she was unaware of these problems.

Sink was also a member of the board that oversees state investments. A huge amount of money, $266 million, was invested in what was called Peter Cooper Village real estate investments, and the investment went south.

While she was president of NationsBank, the company paid a $6.7 million fine for tricking customers into buying high risk securities. Sink claims that she had nothing to do with it and that her superiors were at fault.

These answers by Sink show a certain lack of awareness, lack of supervisory ability, lack of ethics or some combination of all three.

I have decided to vote for Rick Scott for governor. Here is why. One reason is that when you vote for a candidate, you also vote for their political party and affiliations. Elected officials do not run the government by themselves. A whole huge apparatus and bureaucracy comes with them. One look at the leftists who Obama brought into the federal government shows that the mindset of a political party matters greatly in terms of policy. From my point of view, I would rather have one that represents a conservative way of thinking than do the democrats who will no doubt populate any Sink administration. This is especially true during a time for legislative redistricting.

There is another reason I will be voting for Scott. Scott did build a small business into a large one. This takes some doing. Alex Sink has shown herself to be just another typical politician who illustrates the Peter Principle. The Peter Principle holds that one rises to the level of one’s own incompetence. Based on her mistakes or oversights, she has already reached hers.

With Scott there is a chance that he will do exactly what he says he will. This would be to try to reform this state that has a lot of built in financial problems, including grossly inflated pension promises that cannot be fulfilled without new taxes. I am hoping he wins and is truly committed to a real reform agenda.

prma