I usually don't use this section in my newsletter to provide my political
opinions. However, this coming Election Day, Tuesday, November 4
th, 2014, is a very important day.
I want to encourage you all to vote. Some people think "my vote does
not matter" or "it's only one vote". I have two comments on this.
First, if everyone felt this way, our political system would fall apart.
It is well-known that voter turnout during a mid-term election cycle is
far lower than that of a Presidential election. In 2010, only 45% of eligible
voters in Palm Beach County cast a ballot for the Governor's race.
I think this is sad. The concept of voting, developed within our democratic
system of government, is a gift. Citizens of most countries in the world
cherish this gift - this is evident when a country gets to vote for the
first time. Lines of up to two days form, so that the once disenfranchised
citizens finally get an opportunity to make their opinion count. I think
it is offensive to our military soldiers, past and present, who defend
this gift, to not take advantage of our opportunity to vote.
Second, if you don't vote, I believe you lose the right to complain.
As Americans, we are very fond of complaining about our politicians. If
you don't vote and take place in the political process, what right
should you have to complain about it? I encourage you to be a voice for
change, not a voice of complaint.
Now, on to why this coming Election Day is so important. Rick Scott has
been our Governor in Florida for four years. He has been a governor who
supports big business and powerful insurance companies. He has appointed
conservative judges who are against the civil justice system as guaranteed
by our Constitution. He has helped pass laws that limit my clients'
abilities to bring a lawsuit for negligence. He has sworn to destroy trial
lawyers (like me), who are a major source of campaign contributions to
Before he became Governor, Rick Scott was the Chairman and CEO of Columbia/HCA,
one of the county's largest private for-profit hospital chains, during
a Justice Department's investigation into the company for Medicare
and Medicaid fraud. That investigation later resulted in the largest civil,
criminal, and penalty fines ever recorded: $1.7 billion. Scott resigned
from the company four months after the settlement became public. In 2010,
Rick Scott bought his way into the Governor's mansion, spending more
than $85 million, obliterating political fundraising records for Florida
(more than $73 million was his own money).
To the contrary, Charlie Crist is a supporter of our civil justice system,
of womens' rights, of public education, of the environment, and of
increasing the minimum wage. Charlie is also committed to advocating on
behalf of consumers to create fair competition and low rates in the Florida
health insurance marketplace. Rick Scott is the opposite. He believes
corporations should run the world, at the expense of the public.
I support Charlie Crist because I believe large corporations and insurance
companies are here to serve us; we are not here to serve them. I hope
you will join me in voting for Charlie Crist on November 4th.
But whomever you vote for, please vote. Democracy is not perfect, but it
is the best form of government that exists in the world – and it
is truly a gift.
Thanks for listening.