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Jackson: From toll road to Benghazi, readers disagree

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It’s a Sunday mailbag dump. Look out below!

Re: Toll road didn’t come as advertised, Wednesday

That’s a real shocker isn’t it, private enterprise needing buckets of public money to enrich their pockets. It’s gone on forever but it only gets worse. See U.S. military for decades of corruption and embezzlement at the highest levels.

These idiot, imbecile, cretin, far-right wackos are only too anxious to shout from the highest mountaintop how much they want to shrink government, just as long as it isn’t the public entity giving them those big fat juicy contracts.

Their motto is to privatize and then expand those government functions they’re profiting from. You have to be really proud of a party like that, claiming in no uncertain terms that less government is what they’re for, as long as it doesn’t affect those obscene contacts that they have paid so much to get in lobbying and entertaining fees.

Isn’t that called bribery and corruption in third-world countries? Makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it?

Jim Conefry

Tampa

Re: <URL destination="http://tbo.com/list/columns-tjackson/the-right-stuff-well-see-soon-enough-if-benghazi-probe-is-political-theater-20140511/">We’ll see soon enough </CHARACTER>

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Only a party with nothing to offer is worried about Benghazi. Under Bush how many embassies were attacked and how many people died? Many more than Benghazi. Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare. ... This mantra will not win elections.

I have Obamacare and love it. Fifty wasted votes to get rid of Obamacare and it’s still here. Absolutely “political theater.”

F.M. Younglove

Brandon

Re: Noo Yawkahs vilify Koch brother for giving to hospital, The Right Stuff blog, March 10

In much of the media, both print and TV/radio, I hear the Koch brothers being bashed for contributing large sums of money to promote the free market system, free enterprise, etc. Under our Constitution, they have every right to do that.

My question is, why isn’t the left also being bashed for George Soros, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, etc., giving large sums of money for left wing causes? They have every right to do that too. But Soros stays in the shadows, in my estimation; he is the big money behind many far left blogs, websites and organizations promoting socialist viewpoints and smears. And, as we know, he has destroyed other country’s currencies with his shenanigans. He, and his left wing colleagues, want everybody else to pony up their money but don’t you dare touch theirs.

Tom DuLaney

tarpon Springs

Re: Mounting alarm could prove ‘most dangerous scandal,’ April 13

Although I have never met you, I suspect you fit in the group of closed-minded, evil, greedy, racist, anti-science, war-mongering religious hypocrites that comprise the Republican Party. Please stop spouting all the fabricated crap presented on Fox News. It destroys brain cells. Your writing is exacerbating the polarization of the political process in our country. That is not a very patriotic thing to do.

Rick Bishop

Tampa

Re: <URL destination="http://tbo.com/news/blogs/the-right-stuff/a-flood-of-inconsistent-logic-from-house-gop-20140430/">A flood of inconsistent</CHARACTER>

logic from House GOP</URL><CHARACTER style="Bold">, The Right Stuff blog, April 30

Everyone seems to forget that the federal and state governments require for-profit insurance when it comes to operating a vehicle on the nation’s public roads. To not have this government mandated insurance or a bond paid to the state if you insist on self insuring or not having commercial insurance is against the law of every state, district, and territory of the USA. And Republicans are at the front when it comes to making sure the for-profit insurance business gets all kinds of “incentives,” “tax breaks,” and “grants” for providing that service to those who can afford to pay and make them a profit, but not those who cannot afford it or would not make them a profit.

Yet wasn’t that the stated intent of giving those “incentives,” “tax breaks,” and “grants” in the first place? To cover everyone?

So, it is no surprise when the conservative Republicans try to do the same thing with another form of for-profit insurance. Why should it surprise anyone else? I just do not see why it does!

Bruce Roberts

Sebring

Re: Don’t sacrifice taxpayer trillions at AGW altar, May 5

I just finished reading your “Faceoff” column, and my suggestion to you is, “Go clone yourself,” and I mean that in the nicest way.

The world needs a few hundred million more folks who think like you and have the ability to write like you do, then maybe we can convince the global warming idiots that this is a natural cycle of the planet, and nothing we do causes or can reverse it.

Jim McMullen

Zephyrhills

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