An ad for Democrat candidate Phillip Levine who is running for Florida Governor has his mother at a bowling alley and stating that Mr. Levine will raise all teacher salaries by $10,000 and provide Medicaid for one million more residents – all without raising taxes. Conveniently the ad does not mention where he is going to get all this money without raising our taxes. According to the 2018 World Almanac there are 170,475 classroom teachers in Florida (page 378). To give all those classroom teachers a $10,000 raise would be an additional $1.7 billion. I would like to know where Mr. Levine plans on getting an additional $1.7 billion without raising taxes.

A quick Internet search shows that in 2014 Florida had a total of 4.4 million residents on Medicaid and a budget of $23 billion. That is over $5,000 per Medicaid recipient. Adding 1 million residents on Medicaid would be an extra $5 billion to the Medicaid budget.

I don’t think Florida has an extra $1.7 billion and $5 billion in the bank to take care of Mr. Levine’s campaign promises.

Democrat candidate Mr. Jeff Greene from South Florida is also running for governor. His television ad cracks me up every time I see it. The ad shows President Trump playing golf and disrupting traffic in South Florida. If elected Florida Governor the first thing Mr. Greene will do is prevent President Trump from coming to South Florida. Huh? I guess he could declare Air Force One a hostile aircraft and have the military shoot it down when it enters Florida airspace. I think that would nick some of the laws in the US Constitution though. I have no idea how Mr. Greene plans to legally prevent President Trump from coming to South Florida since he owns property there. If Mr. Greene knows how he will keep that campaign promise, I would love to hear it.

These two Democratic candidates for governor must think the Florida voters are complete idiots if they expect us to believe their outrageous campaign promises.

Don Baker

Live Oak

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