Roger Caldwell is the CEO of On Point Media Group in Orlando.
There are two weeks left in the race for the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and there is only one candidate that has 40 years of experience in agriculture and the environment. He has worked on the national, state, local and international level. There is also only one candidate running for office who will restore ethics in Florida government and bring together “people, agriculture and the environment.” The only candidate for the job is Democrat, Lt. Col. Thaddeus “Thad” Hamilton, U.S. Army Ret.
Since Governor Scott has taken office in 2010, the state unemployment numbers have dropped from 11.1 to 6.7 percent and there have been 440,000 private sector jobs created. Based on our governor’s numbers the good times are here again in Florida.
There are times when Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature make decisions because they have a grudge against President Obama and the federal government. Their goal is to make sure that the president fails, and they don’t care who in the state they hurt.
Incarceration is big business in Florida and after closing several prisons in 2012, the Department of Corrections wants some of them re-opened. Blacks make up 17 percent of the population in Florida, but they make up 50 percent of the prison population. Based on the projection for next year, it is expected that the prison population will increase by 3 percent. It is my belief that these prisons are being re-opened to accommodate more Black and Hispanic prisoners.
It’s election time for Governor Rick Scott, and he is promoting himself as Florida’s education governor. Scott spokesman Lane Wright said
Leading up to the election of 2014, Governor Rick Scott will continue to run Florida as a Jim Crow state. In 2012, ex-President Clinton said, “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.” Clinton was referring to the Republican governors and legislators who are “disciplined, passionate, and determined to keep young people, minorities and progressives from voting in 2014.”
There is always controversy in the state of Florida, and everyone can find something wrong with the educational system. Some people don’t like the FCAT testing system, and many say the school grading system is a forest.
There is a fundamental problem in Florida where people shoot first and ask questions later. For African American young males there are two cases within four months of each other,
“I love the SYG law. George had his day in court and won; get over it. Jackson and Sharpton are in it to keep the race issue up. I agree with Bill O’Reilly, on Fox. Should they decide to boycott this state that is fine with me, and as usual, once again the spineless Detmocrats want more gun control laws; well the law is fine. Don’t commit a crime or attack any one and you will not get shot, see how simple it is. And we do not need outsiders coming to our state and telling us how to run it, don’t like what we do, go home and stay there,” says Florida resident Bob Hudsun.
Eighty percent of Floridians support paid sick leave, but our governor finds himself on the wrong side of the majority and refuses to listen. It is a fact that our governor lost the lawsuit for the Affordable Care Act, and now he is refusing $51 billion from the federal government to expand Medicaid and set up the healthcare exchange.