Getting what we deserve
Who is to blame for the political mess in Washington? Let’s place the blame right where it belongs — on us. We, the voters, are responsible for sending our representatives to Congress, and we see the results. If you are a Republican, you got just what you wanted — smaller government — and you can’t yell loud enough about how you don’t like it and how the other side is to blame. If you are a Democrat, you are happy with Tennessee Ernie Ford’s lyrics and with being “another day older and deeper in debt.”
And, worst of all, if you are one of the more than 50 percent of the electorate who doesn’t even bother to vote, you are even more responsible.
There is plenty of blame to go around on both sides. Politicians only care about their own re-election and pork for their district. Those who vote only care for their own self-interests. Those who don’t vote must not care about anything. Our schools do a miserable job of educating about how our system of government was founded and how it is supposed to work.
Congress and the president are like kids who don’t seem to play well with others.
Sometimes we get what we deserve, and sometimes we deserve what we get. In this case, I think we got what we deserve but don’t like it.
Carl L. Zielonka
Grayson off base
Rep. Alan Grayson is wrong. Much like Al Sharpton, Grayson is trying to make a name for himself by creating racial tension and making outlandish statements in comparing the tea party with the KKK.
As a three-year member of the tea party, I have never heard any racial comments made, and, in fact, we have actively recruited all minorities, with moderate success.
It is no secret what the tea party stands for. We believe in God, country and the Constitution. We also believe in less government, less taxes and a strong national defense.
Declining work force
Bravo Ken Roberts (“Destructive path chosen by Obama, Dems,” Letter Of The Day, Oct. 23) and bravo Tampa Tribune (“Obama fails to deliver,” Our Views, Oct. 23).
Both opinions got at the core of problems with both the Affordable Care Act and our spending and debt.
I live on Social Security, Medicare and my retirement and investments. I depend on Social Security and Medicare now because I paid in for 45 years, and it wasn’t until the past 10 years or so that people started to seriously talk about those programs going under. All those entitlement programs required a growing work force that would continue to fund the programs as people retired.
In my 20s some brilliant people started to raise awareness about over-population in this country and the world without thinking about the consequences to our entitlement programs. At about the same time Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court, and millions of babies are aborted over the years, again reducing the potential work force.
Now we see people dropping out of the work force and people moving from full-time employment to part-time. We also have managed to ship a lot of jobs out of this country. Try finding something on the shelves at the store that wasn’t made in China or Indonesia.
Democrats need to stop worrying about global warming and start worrying about the national debt and how they intend to fund all these entitlement programs with a declining work force.
Missing a paddle
Duke Energy is a for-profit company traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It merged with Progress Energy, which had bungled a repair of the Crystal River Nuclear Plant. Duke had also planned to build a nuclear plant in Levy County but abandoned that. But the citizens of Florida are stuck with paying for these boondoggles anyway. Isn’t a basic tenet of capitalism investing your own or investors’ money, taking a chance? When did it become OK to charge customers up front for something they aren’t going to get anyway?
The Florida Public Service Commission was created to protect Florida citizens from energy monopolies. But this commission has voted to give our money to Duke Energy, and we derive no benefit. The average customer will pay $5.62 extra a month. Duke Energy covers 7.1 million customers, and its net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $435 million.
There’s something wrong here. No wonder people don’t trust the government. The Republicans in Tallahassee have sold us down the river, and we don’t even have a paddle.