Obama Says U.S. "Lazy" at Scoring Investments; Rick Scott Thinks He Was Talking About Him

After President Obama made a comment about the United States being "lazy" about attracting foreign investments for the past couple of decades while he was at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit over the weekend, Gov. Rick Scott -- who apparently thinks the president was talking about him -- has issued his response.

The president was responding to a question about Chinese businesses investing in the American economy, and even though the United States is the world's largest recipient of foreign investment, he said Americans aren't out there "hungry selling America."

That led to Scott issuing a statement this morning saying Obama was "clearly incorrect" and how he's been going on vacations trade missions to help score foreign investors.

"I recently returned from Brazil, where I and dozens of Florida business leaders worked hard to attract jobs to America," the governor says. "Every day my focus is on attracting new businesses and jobs to Florida."

We'd like to mention that the only announcement the governor had about bringing Brazilian business back to the state after his "trade mission" was that a caffeine company was creating 75 jobs in Florida by 2014, which had been known for at least five months.

Explaining why foreign investment may not be as high as it could be, Scott blames it on Barry Obama:

Obstacles to job creation in America are a result of policy, not of motivation. Our business taxes are among the highest in the world.  Our regulations are among the most difficult in the world.  If you need evidence, look no further than the companies who have moved their oil rigs from the Gulf coast to foreign countries in the last year because of the regulatory environment. Just last week, yet another major medical device manufacturer announced they were cutting more than 1,000 jobs because of new Obamacare taxes. The President's comments indicate a belief that more taxes, more regulation and more government is the solution, yet those are the very things standing in the way of those of us who are trying -- very energetically -- to recruit businesses and jobs to our states.

We're not sure how he cooked up that last sentence, but the governor apparently missed the fine print on Stryker's announcement that it was cutting 1,000 jobs because of "Obamacare taxes" that mentions 13 other reasons why its projected operating costs may "differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements."

Still, it's apparently Obama's fault.

"Please, Mr. President, help us bring jobs to America and let us have an honest conversation about the barriers in our way," the governor says.

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