Getting to Work In The Sunshine State: A Defense of Rick Scott

Florida's tourism industry has set records the past two years as 89.3 million visitors came to the state last year, up 2.3 percent from the year before. Florida's housing market has turned around as this past December showed statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 18,031, up 15.8 percent from December 2011.

ChiefExecutive.net ranks Florida as the second best state for business in America for 2013, and Scott plays that card quite deftly. He has openly campaigned in states with troubled economies, inviting businesses to buy a one-way ticket southbound.

In just the past few months, Northrop Grumman relocated 2,500 jobs from California and New York to Florida, ditto that for Hertz which moved its worldwide headquarters from New Jersey to the Sunshine State along with 700 jobs. Coca-Cola recently announced it's adding 4,100 jobs to the Sunshine State workforce.

One could forgive President Obama if he is a bit jealous and confused when looking at Florida's success. Obama's liberal, big government policies have led to a stagnant national economy with massive job losses and minimal investment as businesses continue to hold trillions of dollars on the sidelines in fear of what this administration is doing to the national economy.

Unlike Scott, Obama's response to the economic problems facing the nation upon taking office were trillions in more deficit spending through his "stimulus," and more taxes and regulation through his signature policy initiative: ObamaCare. The results are 180 degrees from where Scott has brought Florida.

Governor Scott's 2010 campaign slogan was simply "Let's get to work." By any measure he has certainly delivered.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News. Steve Forbes is chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

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