Ledyard King, writing in USA Today explains Florida Governor Rick Scott’s life of hard work. Scott has seen both sides of the jobs/government programs coin, and he knows that hard work improved his life more than any government program ever could.
The son of a J.C. Penney store clerk and a truck-driving stepfather, Florida Gov. Rick Scott grew up in economically challenging conditions as his parents struggled to provide for five children.
He lived for a time in public housing. The car was repossessed. His family lacked health insurance, so he said it was an “unbelievable godsend” when a Shriner’s hospital stepped forward to take care of his younger brother’s hip disease.
The story of a meager Midwest upbringing — one Scott has used in campaign ads and repeatedly shared in winning two terms as Republican governor of the country’s biggest swing state — might have made him a progressive crusader for expanded government programs to help the poor and disenfranchised.
But the 65-year-old Scott worked his way through college, obtained a law degree and rose to become CEO of Columbia/HCA, the nation’s largest private, for-profit hospital chain in the U.S.He became a multi-millionaire.
His personal experience is one that has shaped his conservative political view of government’s role in society and one that defined his two terms as governor of the nation’s third-largest state.
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