Rick Scott says inflation is driving retirees back into workforce

Rick Scott
'They can't afford the gas, the food, the rent that's gone up.'

Florida is considered a retirement destination, but one of its Senators says its retirees are having to get back to work in the wake of inflation, now at 8.6%.

Sen. Rick Scott, during a Senate Republican Leadership press conference in which he blocked Mitch McConnell’s face with a poster more than once, bemoaned the impact of price hikes and spikes on people who thought they had secured their post-work futures, only to see their dreams dashed.

“We are hearing stories from everybody about what’s happening in their states,” Scott contended.

“In my state, I’ve got a lot of retirees. Many of them are delaying their retirement or coming back to work because they can’t afford it right now. They can’t afford the gas, the food, the rent that’s gone up,” said Scott, the richest man in the U.S. Senate.

“You’ve got families that are going to food banks,” Scott added. “They’ve never gone to food banks before in their lives. You’ve got people taking second jobs all across our state. It’s happening in all of our states.”

Scott has taken positions against various inflationary policies since President Joe Biden took office last year, and has often personalized his attacks against Biden, who the Senator has pilloried as a “rich kid” insulated from economic realities.

“We’ve got Biden at the beach,” he complained to Fox and Friends in June. “And we’ve got people who moved to Florida to enjoy the beach going back to work. You can’t make this stuff up.

“Think about this. Biden’s a rich kid. His whole life has been paid for by your tax dollars. Has no idea how to deal with inflation, no plan to deal with inflation,” Scott complained. “All he does is blame everyone else, including Vladimir Putin, for inflation.”

Last month, Scott also slammed Biden while responding to a Producer Price Index release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed final demand prices up 10.8% year-over-year in May.

“Blame-Game Biden just doesn’t get it. All he’s offering is more inflation and less opportunity. Hardworking families cannot afford another day of Joe Biden; they deserve so much better,” Scott said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Andrew T. Linko

    July 12, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Senator Scott is worried Seniors are having to go back into the workforce? But this billionaire who doesn’t care a bit about the legacy and the success of the Social Security trust and how it kept millions of seniors out of poverty, is planning with his party to privatize and destroy Social Security? Are we that gullable?

  • YYep

    July 12, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    There is no more retirement destination.and insolvent comes soon ..better off on Medicaid. So to say homeless comes with a hostile rule

  • Frankie M.

    July 12, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    The richest man in the Senate calling Biden rich…lmao. If I were Scott I wouldn’t own a mirror either. Who knew Voldemort was so empathetic? Alert the presses.

    • Olivia

      July 12, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      it’s not going back to work that irks me but Rick Scott being a stone face criminal trying to tell anybody what to do is beyond ridiculous…he keeps coming up with these big ideas to push low income people farther down to keep from remembering his own dishonesty…

  • tom palmer

    July 12, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    I’m a retired working guy. Scott’s full of it. More GOP bull.

  • Don’t Look Up

    July 12, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Floridians have many different reasons for returning to the workforce. My sister’s husband turns on Faux Noose at 8AM every day and sits in his oversized recliner with his beer can and MAGA hat. She loves escaping to the quiet of a library where she helps new immigrants learn to speak and read English.

  • Just a comment

    July 12, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Seniors that have trouble working needs to roommate up.

  • marylou

    July 13, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Con Rick has voted against all legislation by Democrats that would help retirees. Now he’s planning to cut, privatize, and tax Social Security, and eliminate Medicare and Medicaid. Robbing Rick wants to starve retirees back to work because businesses are crying to him that they can’t find anybody willing to take their abuse for slave-wages.

    Time to vote out Republicans!

  • Al

    July 17, 2022 at 7:49 am

    People got stimulus money someone wants it back at them.

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704