8 reasons why you must register and vote in 2014. It could be your last chance to save Florida and your family's future.
Farid A. Khavari
Gov. Rick Scott was elected by less than 25% of Florida's eligible voters. It's easy to understand why over 50% of Florida's eligible voters didn't vote in 2010. If the choices are Tweedledee or Tweedledum, what difference does it make?
This year it's different. Rick Scott will spend $100 million of special interest money on his campaign. Ex-Republican governor Charlie Crist has become a Democrat with millions of special interest money, too.
This year there is a real alternative: Farid Khavari, an economist with an economic plan for Florida and an independent candidate who accepts maximum $25 contributions. His economic plan is spelled out in detail, not sound bites.
Depending on who our next governor is, Florida will be very different by 2018! The difference can be thousands of dollars per year for your family in your pocket (or not), and life or death for our environment and our future.
1. Either--(Scott or Crist) Unemployment will continue to grow, and statistics will continue to lie about it, covering up the fact that new jobs are mostly low-pay, and that many people have stopped looking for work.
Or-- (Khavari) We are well on our way to adding 1,000,000 good new middle-class jobs throughout Florida, without subsidies or tax giveaways, and regardless of the rest of the U.S. economy.
2. Either --(Scott or Crist) Health care costs will continue to destroy families and our economy, while over 1.1 million are denied Medicaid coverage that would have cost Florida nothing for 3 years (and 10% thereafter). Over 6,000 more Floridians will die each year due to this insane policy.
Or -- (Khavari) Health care quality is up, costs are down, everyone has access to health care, thanks to SuperClinics throughout the state that are open days, nights, weekends with the best care and lowest cost in America.
3. Either -- (Scott or Crist) Our college students will continue to graduate with huge debt (average $30,000 now and escalating!), only to find minimum wage jobs--if they are lucky.
Or -- (Khavari) Florida's higher education cost is down by 30% and on its way to being free. Student loans--new or refinanced--are 1.5%. Graduates are getting good middle class jobs; hard working Floridians are advancing into better jobs, leaving the lower paying jobs for people who are just starting out.
4. Either -- (Scott or Crist) Homeowners insurance companies will continue gouging Floridians more and more each year. Your premiums could be $2,000 higher by 2018. The state takes the risks, and the private insurers suck up the profits.
Or -- (Khavari) Everyone's homeowners insurance is 30% less than today, the state has virtually no risk, and even earns a billion dollars per year to reduce taxes.
5. Either -- (Scott or Crist) Fracking (dirty drilling for natural gas and oil) is polluting our water, air and land with dangerous chemicals so a few people can make a lot of money. "Fresh" water from Lake Okeechobee is dumped into our rivers and estuaries, dead manatees are floating in our lagoons, the Everglades is the same but getting polluted.
Or-- (Khavari) Fracking and drilling are ended in Florida in January, 2015 and ended permanently by law or constitutional amendment by 2016. Water from Lake Okeechobee and parts north is cleaned and sent south to the Everglades as nature intended. Florida has so much clean water that we export some to cover half of the state's budget, reduce everyone's state taxes by thousands of dollars per year. At the end of every year starting in 2018, every Floridian will receive a check--just like Alaskans each get an annual share of the oil revenues.