Saturday, June 8, 2013

Can Florida's Food Stamp Governor Win In 2014?

Florida's economy is once again shaping up to be the number one issue in the 2014 gubernatorial race.  But can Florida's food stamp governor win on his economic record in 2014?  Well, in a match-up between Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, that could all depend on just who Florida voters think is Florida's food stamp governor.

According to the latest U.S. Government revised data from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or also referred to as food stamps), the number of Floridians on food stamps was 3,566,784 in March 2013, a 6.6% increase compared to March 2012. Florida food stamp enrollment grew at twice the national rate for the same time period.

Although there are a half-million more Floridians on food stamps now than when Scott took office, that number pales in comparison to the 1.7 million Floridians that were added to the food stamp rolls when Crist was Governor:


FY 2007  FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012
1,232,803   1,454,928  1,952,362   2,603,185   3,074,671   3,353,064   

While the unemployment rate is the focus of many politicians, those numbers may not represent the true economic conditions that exist in both the State of Florida and across the U.S.  That's because the often-cited U-3 unemployment rate that makes news headlines does not count those in the labor force who have given up looking for work, are underemployed, have gone on disability because their unemployment benefits lapsed, or have gone to college and taken out student loans because they cannot find employment.  

In fact, individuals with disabilities are historically more likely to seek assistance from social insurance programs in an economic downturn than they are in a robust economy, according to a Social Security Administration policy analysis.  Following the financial crisis in 2007, the number of Floridians on Social Security Disability sharply increased by nearly 100,000 from 418,498 in 2007 to 517,600 in 2011. 

Another economic measure is the employment-population ratio which represents the proportion of the civilian non-institutional population that is employed.  This measure does take into account Floridians who left the workforce.  Florida's most recent employment-population ratio for April 2013 is 55.9%, up from 54.4% when Scott took office in January 2011. The rate fell from 62.2% to 54.4% while Crist was Governor from January 2007 to January 2011.

But even the employment-population ratio does not take into consideration when a Floridian loses a high-paying job and takes a low-paying job as a replacement.  So this leaves Food Stamp participation data as perhaps a more reliable indicator of the present economic conditions that Florida voters face.  

Although Scott ran as a jobs governor in 2010, most economists agree that any governor has little control over the broader economic conditions that affect their state and that governors deserve little credit, or blame, for economic upturns and downturns.

And before any blame or credit is assessed to Crist or Scott for economic numbers during their term in office, it should be noted that there is a significant lag time between policy implementation and results.  Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist told the Tampa Bay Times / Miami Herald Politifact that, "The real measuring stick will probably be nine years from when he [Scott] took office.”

Florida jobs seasonally-adjusted by sector from when Charlie Crist took office in January 2007 to when Rick Scott took office in January 2011 to present (in thousands):

Industry Jan. 2007   Jan. 2011    April 2013
Leisure & Hospitality 978.0         943.3 1027.2
Construction 662.1339.6354.1
Manufacturing 408.6 310.4313.1
Professional & Business   1168.01027.61086.0
Education and Health       1002.7        1083.6        1126.8    


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  1. Even when Charlie Crist was a Republican he represented the Democrat party by kissing Obama's butt. Then he actually changed parties. He waffled on way too many subjects to suit me!

    1. I didn't see him kiss any butts! He welcomed the Pres. to FLorida like anyone with manners would do!

    2. Thank you... seems like the Trolls or Koch's Tea Baggers are starting the BS to try and re elect the worst governor we ever had....He's so wonderful....wth are th 750,000 jobs he ran his campaign on? much did the "pee" tests cost us... how about his "purge" .... and where's my train..... Scott needs to go back to stealing from Medicare....

  2. Scott has us in surplus again. I would vote him in for president any day. The Democrats screwed us. Also would vote for Jeb bush who also had us in surplus, the liberals keep spending us out like a college kid with daddies credit card.

    1. what a numbskull. Clinton left the entire country in surplus and look at us now.

    2. Scott.... surplus?..... Really.... where? just more BS from Trolls.... laying the framework for Scott to slither back into office..... not if I can help it.....

  3. I will NEVER give my vote to scott. anyone who runs against him will win!

    1. Me neither.... read the blogs.... everyone thinks we are nutz.... the Medicare State hiring the Medicare thief to run the hen house..... He's the same ahole that gave his first budget speech at the "Villages" a Tea Party Stornghold of the well off ederly.... had little old ladies thrown out because their signs disagreed with the bum... aft 2010 and the "meeting" at the Koch's resort ALL the right wing tea bag governors, Scott included, were given their agenda..... and he has followed it the the tee..... he has got to go......

  4. Can the Medicare thief win again?.... 1.7 BILLION dollar fine and we hire Scott to run the Medicare State.... Well what has he done for Florida.... I'd be happy if he cared enough to be called the Food Stamp Gov....

    The Med Thief is the Gov that cost us the "train".... now that gas is going up daily mabe a Train or other alternate means of transportation might not be such a bad idea......

  5. Why keep up with the rest of the world..... we are seriously fallling behind in Education, Science, Technology, Healthcare, etc.... and especially, our moral judgement.....

  6. Crist is a fraud and while Scott may not be the best governor we ever had but at least we are not bombarded with images of him kneeling before the usurpers from DC.
    We need a strong governor who will keep the DC trash out of our great state.

    1. You are entirely, absolutlely 100% correct. I personally hate rick scott but when i see what bamma is doing to this country, The only feel good thought I have is the knowledge that rick scott is what we have to protect us from bamma.

  7. if scott was in prison where he belongs , florida would be in a much better place than it is now .

  8. Clerk of court, Scott Ellis sent me the paper work I had been asking for over three years from the prior clerk, and Mr. Ellis sent it in a very short time. He is able to get things done and looks after the records. However, I am sorry to say not all court officers or officials do things according to the Rules or the Statutes. It was as if the prior clerks had been bribed not to show me a copy of the Check in question. The delay cause me a lot of problems due to the delay in getting a copy of the evidence.

    Attorneys would quickly become improved, upgraded, and ameliorated, ‘overnight’ if only the State Bar would increase penalties for members who are convicted of violating the rules of their profession. Lately, some say: “ their Industry.” Clearly, if the Bar members were actually and/or fully punished for causing intentional harm, it would deter their bad faith actions that causes so much harm in the courts. It seems, too many State Bars protects its members, not the public, and now things are out of hand in the lower courts, and it’s because so many court officers are not intimidated by the people in charge of them and their profession. I have experienced this imbalance first hand (how when average citizens’ complain to the Bar or JQC, they just send them a form letter saying they don’t have the resources to investigate all the wrongs done by court officials, and all too often court officials use bribery to ‘cover up’ their wrongs, in the Pennsylvania court officers that used unlawful means in: the “cash for kids” cases, where the kids were wrongly jailed.

    I have requested a heightened investigation into the Brevard court wrongs in my case, because the law books clearly show - when there is ‘Fraud on the court’ it requires a heightened investigation ... it’s Mandated! However, no investigations are done for the poor and/or disabled victims! See Pulliam v. Allen, 466 U.S. 522 (1984)

    Marbury v. Madison, 5 US 137 "The Constitution of these United States is the supreme law of the land. Any law that is repugnant to the Constitution is null and void of law."

    Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans are Being Harassed, Abused, and imprisoned by the Feds... by Rand Paul, Foreword by Ron Paul, (Paperback)

  9. I am very pleased that Adrian Wyllie will be a part of the debate. Floridians deserve to hear from all the candidates to be well informed. Adrian Wyllie deserves my vote and yours too. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round, election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of Florida and stop voting for these 'paid for' career politicians that are only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians. Even if it's just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do what is right for our (yours and your children's) future and vote for Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very powerful. Visit his website today.