|Paddling off into the mangroves.|
|There were lots of people not in as good shape as this dude.|
The very center of the state still has horse farms, cattles ranches, and orange groves (although I was told 80% of the citrus industry has collapsed due to "green disease.") I actually received a gift of clementine oranges in a bag...that came from California! This part of the state along with suburbs outside the above mentioned cities have communities struggling with poverty, drugs and illegal immigation. Not unlike much of the rest of parts of the U.S.
Rick Scott, the current governor, has been against the Affordable Health Care act from the beginning, but that does not stop him from taking advantage of its Federal dollars. Prior to his becoming governor his company was involved in a nasty health care lawsuit. He took the 5th amendment over 70 times during the lawsuit. He now has awarded his largest campaign donor a huge medicare/medicaid contract which most believe will result in much higher health care costs for those using it since it promotes for-profit health care which means a shaving of services to make a profit although much of this will be in the health care system in prisons paid for by tax dollars to profit this company. His HCA company was reported on in a Wall Street (August 15, 2012) article which reported that it used the profit profile to increase certain private hospitals' bottom lines while slashing medical care to many. My advice is to not retire in Florida unless you are a millionare.
Yes, if the weather had been better, we would have had a great vacation, but we did have a nice time and staying indoors on a rainy day gave me time to blog.