Republican Scott Caine lays out economic agenda in CD 8 primary

Scott Caine
Caine is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Posey.

Republican congressional candidate Scott Caine on Tuesday released what he calls his “Flight Plan for Relaunching America’s Economy,” a set of priorities that call for economic patriotism, promotion in telecommunications technology and American energy, and accelerated deregulation.

Caine, a retired Air Force colonel, is challenging six-term Republican Rep. Bill Posey in Florida’s 8th Congressional District serving Brevard and Indian River counties and part of eastern Orange County. Heading toward the Aug. 18 Republican primary, Caine has been trying to grab the right-wing lane, a lane that Posey maintains he has earned.

Democrat Jim Kennedy awaits in the November general election, though Republicans have a commanding advantage in the district, with 43% of the voter registration, compared to 30% for Democrats.

A handful of the things that Caine is advocating in his economic plan would be outside his control if he were elected, including reelecting President Donald Trump, winning back Republican control of the House of Representatives, term limits for Congress, and getting “our kids back in the classrooms.”

His campaign maintains his role with those would be more of a bully-pulpit matter, offering leadership and advocacy to promote them.

“China would love nothing more than our kids to have a lost year of education that could hurt us for decades,” Caine’s economic paper explains on the latter point.

Other points would be within an individual member of Congress’s legislative efforts:

— Expanding school choice for magnet schools, charter schools, voucher programs, virtual learning, homeschooling, or vocational education.

— Reforming public employee unions, especially teachers’ unions.

— Returning manufacturing supply chains to American factories, particularly in industries such as pharmaceutical manufacturing.

— Taking the lead in 5G technology, protecting data, and developing a network with allies to block China’s telecommunications ambitions.

— Increasing efforts to reduce red tape for American ingenuity.

— Working to maintain the world lead in energy production by rejecting the Democrats’ Green New Deal, protecting American oil, natural gas, and coal production, and promoting next-generation nuclear energy.

— Promoting capitalism by standing up to “this fad of socialism.”

— Balancing the federal budget.

— Securing the borders, including building Trump’s proposed wall and developing “an immigration system that works for America.”

Caine’s plan also calls for addressing what he sees as roadblocks to liberty and prosperity: China, antifa, the media, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and a paralyzed Congress.

Those “all fuel a radical socialist movement seeking to stifle the great engine of liberty and prosperity that our Great American Constitution and Free-market Economy produce,” Caine declares in the preamble to his economic plan.

“Simply put, today American patriotism and prosperity are in a stall and Congress is piloting us towards a nosedive.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


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