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Spiraling government spending must end. American energy independence must be unleashed. Burdensome regulations must go.
These are the issues Florida’s Senator Rick Scott is focused on for 2023 in order to get America back on the path to prosperity.
To explain why all three of these issues should be top of mind for every American, Senator Scott joined Americans for Prosperity Vice President, Akash Chougule, to discuss these topics in detail.
If government spending keeps rattling down the same path, “there’s a day of reckoning” in our near future, Senator Scott explained.
“Who is going to pay for all this?” he asked.
“Think about just since Reagan left office, the unbelievable increase year after year, president after president of just constant increase in the debt.”
As that day of reckoning approaches, Senator Scott firmly believes it is America’s most vulnerable that will pay the price.
“There’s no plan to fix Medicare. There’s no plan to fix Social Security. They’re going bankrupt.”
And for Senator Scott, this reality hits close to home.
“I was born to a single mom. We lived in public housing. I watched her struggle to put food on the table. We’ve got more people in Florida going to food banks, I think, than ever gone to food banks. I’ve got people taking second jobs, delaying their retirement.”
However, Senator Scott also believes it’s not too late to change course.
Currently, the congressmen the American people elect have very little power to make budgetary changes to programs like Medicare and Social Security. He sees that as an area that needs immediate adjustment.
“We don’t vote on Medicare. We don’t vote on, you know, on any safety net programs. We don’t vote on Social Security. They’re just automatic pilot. Now, Obamacare is automatic pilot,” he explained. “Congress ought to tell you every year what they’re going to do to fix Social Security, and Medicare.”
The budget isn’t the only government-driven debacle that’s causing America’s most vulnerable to teeter on the edge of financial disaster.
Senator Scott also worries about how current energy policy deeply affects everyday Americans.
“When the Biden administration, the Democrats say, they have a war on fossil fuel– it’s actually a war on the poor families. Energy is a driver to the world economy. It’s a driver to getting people out of poverty.”
Senator Scott also explained that Americans can see the consequences of lacking energy independence by looking at what’s happening in Europe:
“Their economy is in shambles right now because Europe relied on Russia. Russia’s held back. Everything is tied to energy. Food production, manufacturing costs, everything.”
With D.C.’s current policies, the same situation could occur here. The demand for energy doesn’t go down just because D.C. bureaucrats refuse to let it be produced on American soil.
“It puts our companies at risk because we can’t compete in a global economy,” he explained. “Why is it that energy produced in Venezuela is okay, but energy produced in Texas is bad? I mean, this doesn’t make any sense”
Senator Scott believes the best strategy to unleash energy independence and resolve a host of other issues faced by Americans today is to cut out burdensome and outdated regulations.
“There’s a lot of regulations that might have been a good idea years ago. But why do we need government dictating all of our lives? I really trust individuals. I trust Americans to make good choices.”
Unfortunately, not every politician in D.C. has this amount of faith in the American people.
“The Biden administration, the regulatory environment, you know, it just gets worse and worse and worse.” Senator Scott explained. “Business people say, I’m going to invest less and less and less. Guess what? The poor families get less and less jobs, less opportunity to get out of poverty.”
By contrast, Senator Scott saw how taking the opposite approach— and slashing red tape— has huge benefits to the American people when he was governor of Florida.
“We streamlined the permitting processes but we still enforced the law. If we knew you were going to get a permit, we’d let you get your permit quickly. We knew you’re not going to get a permit? We told you right away right.”
This not only made opening a business easier, it brought new jobs to Florida too. Then-Governor Scott’s decision to slash 20% of regulations in the state and cut taxes and fees 100 times assisted in creating 1.7 million new jobs in Florida.
As a senator, Scott holds the same beliefs he held as governor: say what you mean and do what you say you will.
“We’ve got to balance our budget. We’ve got to be clear about what we’re going to do to fix Social Security, Medicare, because I want them preserved for people. We’re going to get up and do exactly what we said we were going to do when we campaign. We are going to make government work better than it has.”
However, Senator Scott knows he can’t meet all his goals without Americans putting pressure on other Congressmen to do the same.
“You have got to tell your House member and your center that they have to put more effort into getting control of the budget,” he said.
Watch our interview with Florida Representative Kat Cammack for more ideas on how Congress can kickstart our economy.
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