Rick Scott says ‘able-bodied adults’ need to get back to work
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

Rick Scott
The Senator continues to fret about unemployment benefits.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott fulminated this weekend about the latest lackluster job numbers, contending that part of the problem is “able-bodied adults” aren’t working because of unemployment benefits.

“Are you surprised if people don’t go to work when you pay them more not to work? Are you surprised if you give people free food, free health care, free housing, that able-bodied people don’t go to work? Are you surprised?”

The Senator posed these seemingly rhetorical questions in a tweet Saturday afternoon, amplifying messaging Friday from both the official and the political side.

“The Democrats’ plan to pay people not to work, well, it’s working. It’s workin’ really well. Give able-bodied adults, give ’em free health care, free food, free housing, and they don’t work: Shocking,” Scott Scott said Friday on a radio hit in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Scott was in the Hoosier State in support of the reelection of Sen. Todd Young, who is from the state, in his capacity as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The messaging was similar in a Friday statement from his Senate office also.

“Is anyone surprised that when you spend months paying able bodied adults more to stay home than go back to work that folks aren’t getting back on the job? NO. Is anyone shocked that when Biden pushes billions and billions of ‘free’ money to able-bodied adults that folks aren’t getting back to work? NO,” Scott said in a statement from his Senate office.

Scott’s series of statements came as Friday’s September jobs numbers showed the creation of just 194,000 new jobs.

Yet Scott’s position is nothing new. Dating back almost to the infancy of the COVID-19 pandemic, Scott warned that people not working and still getting paid represented a “big problem” for the economy and policy makers.

“If given the chance to make more on a government program than in a job, some will make the rational and reasonable decision to delay going back to work, hampering our economic recovery,” Scott tweeted in April 2020.

He objected then to federal unemployment payments to supplement those from the state, contending that such programs mean “workers could make more money by not working than they would make if they had a job,” Scott wrote for Fox News.

While Scott blames government intervention for slowing job growth, President Joe Biden takes a different tack, saying that COVID-19 and not the response itself is the issue with the still-lagging jobs market.

“Today’s report has the unemployment rate down to 4.8%, a significant improvement from when I took office and a sign that our recovery is moving forward even in the face of a (COVID-19) pandemic,” Biden said Friday at The White House.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


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  • Frankie M.

    October 8, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Is Ricky counting himself as one of those able bodied adults? When was the last time he put in an honest days work? Back in his Navy days maybe?? Is anyone shocked that people don’t want to work shitty jobs for shitty pay when they can make more elsewhere? The labor market is correcting itself & Ricky has his panties in a bunch.


    • Alex

      October 8, 2021 at 6:05 pm

      Richest crook in Congress pRick is upset that the drones question “the way that it is because I said so” meme and refuse to play unless it’s fair.


  • tjb

    October 9, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Rick Scott was the man behind Florida’s hideous unemployment system (DOE). Unemployment benefits were for a maximum of 13 weeks and the maximum payout was $275 a week. Even worst, he made it extremely difficult to apply for unemployment.
    Rick, it must be nice to be worth $250,000,000 and bitch about folk who need the money for the most basic necessities of life such as food and shelter. Rick, can you live on$275 a week?


  • Tom

    October 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    You hounds got off America’s Gov.
    Get a life you Manchurians.


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