Just seven-tenths of a percent currently separate Alex Sink and Rick Scott in the Florida Governors race, just days from the 2010 elections. According to polling data, the tightly contested race has been neck-in-neck in polls since early spring. With the margin of error of plus or minus 2.9%, the race is a virtual dead heat.
Sink lists jobs and the economy in the number one slot on her campaign website, saying, “The immediate task at hand is creating and saving jobs.”
Scott blames over-spending on Florida’s economic troubles. His plan is to “cut property taxes for all homeowners in Florida to make their homes affordable again, and eliminate the state business tax over time to attract capital and investment from all over the globe.”
Scott is vague about how he plans to balance the budget while simultaneously cutting taxes.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle are focused on using keywords like, tax cuts and balanced budget to win votes. But when it comes right down to it, the math simply does not add up.
Are voters naïve enough to believe that the laws of accounting are irrelevant just because they are said on the campaign trail? Or do they just want to believe anything that makes them think that the government is going to give them some money?
Few areas know the hardships of high taxes and unemployment better than Hernando County, Florida. Whether or not voters here will buy into the magic math of election year sound bites is yet to be seen.
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