Sen. Marco Rubio has many fine qualities. He is a genuinely nice guy. His conservative attitude is genuine, and his gift of expression is exceptional. The enthusiasm he brings to the conservatives and the Republican Party has been wonderful. He holds the right core beliefs, and he has the potential to be the voice for a new generation of conservatives.
In 2010, I campaigned for him, phone banked for him, canvassed neighborhoods for him, and attended his rallies. He has been a great spokesman for the party, the Republican answer to Barack Obama.
But now he is my senator doing the business of legislating, and his inexperience is showing. His efforts run counter to every conservative I know, and it is becoming painfully obvious that he is not ready for the presidency. Democrats may put an empty suit into the White House, but Republicans will not.
Gee, who knew that a young freshman senator could be manipulated by the likes of Chuck Schumer and John McCain? Who knew that a tea party favorite could be cajoled into joining the compromising Gang of Eight?
Who knew the Gang would make him their leading face on a piece of legislation that sounds reasonable and far-reaching? Who knew that legislation would fail to do the one thing that it must do above all else - namely, secure the border?
And who would ever think that such legislation could end up soaking our treasury and changing our culture by the new wave of undocumented Democrats it creates?
Who would ever think that it would create a new class of Americans, a documented non-citizen whose status would no doubt be challenged in court?
And who would ever think that once the law is overturned in court by a liberal judge, 11 million people and all their relatives back home will gain their legal status here anyway?
This is how Washington works. Rubio needs to wake up.
It appears that Rubio has been hoodwinked by cynical Washington insiders and has now become their puppet. If he were smart, he would quit the Gang of Eight and openly oppose the very legislation he has been sponsoring.
Fast and Furious II?
I find it amazing that in this country of ours there's an outcry for us to register our guns and to submit to background checks while at the same time our government is eager to arm rebels in Syria who are registered as al-Qaida affiliates, without background checks.
Talk about another Fast and Furious scandal about to appear on the horizon.
TampaFreedom of religion
I just want to say thank you to my paper, The Tampa Tribune. It is so refreshing to this 83-year-old reader to find this uplifting article on the front page. What article? The one on Monsignor Higgins, '"No regrets, just blessings'" (June 17).
I'm a Baptist and only know Monsignor through my deceased neighbor, Marie. I do so long for the days when religion was a major part of lives. It certainly is the major part in Monsignor's life, and what a blessing he has been to our city. Thank goodness that he arrived in our country when we believed and practiced that we are a country where you come to enjoy freedom of religion. It appears to me that many people and news media now prefer to change the word "of" to "from." What a difference that is making in many hearts. "Freedom from religion?" No thanks!
Here we go again, another "Poly Folly" in the works, "Polytechnic offers first year free" (front page, June 20). The article mentions that the newly formed "foundation" will help raise scholarship money for as many as 500 students. Let's use rounded figures of $5,000 per in-state student and $21,000 for out of state. If we assume 90 percent in-state and 10 percent out of state, this totals out to $2.25 million for in-state assistance and $1.05 million for out of state students, for a total of $3,3 million. If the scholarships were to be given for all four years, this amounts to $13.2 million in rounded figures.
All I can say is that the "foundation" better get cracking on raising a lot of money. But the article was not at all clear if Polly is going to pitch in on this and, if so, how much and for how long. A noble thing to do, but in my mind not at all realistic. What happens if the foundation in the outer years or even in the first year cannot raise the entire amount needed to fund each student? Looks like we taxpayers will be opening our wallets again to fund this non-accredited school.
Part of the whole folly here was that they had accreditation while they were under USF! Holy higher education, why did they give up that prized position? Seems JD Alexander and crowd wanted it that way.