The grand illusion
Regarding “Votes hint at nation’s mood” (front page, Nov. 9): Tribune staff writer William March states it will be hard to get away from the tea party policies in upcoming elections. I ask: Was it the tea party’s policy of sequestration, Fast and Furious gun-running to Mexico via the Justice Department, the federal government suing states that were trying to enforce federal immigration laws? No. They were the makings of the Obama administration.
Was it the tea party’s policies that resulted in the NSA spying scandal against U.S. citizens and allied leaders, unauthorized wiretaps on media individuals and their families, or the massive IRS scandal? No. They are the product of the Obama Administration.
Was it the policy of the tea party to declare “red line” posturing against Syria, which imploded and Vladimir Putin wrapped the U.S. government around its finger? Was it the tea party’s policy to turn over the entire, wonderful health care system of the United States to the government even though they can’t manage or fund the programs that exist now? No. It is the grand illusion of the Obama administration.
Did the tea party, which stands for smaller government, advocate economic policies to increase the national debt over the last four years by 57 percent, $7 trillion, or $54,000 per person? No. It was Obama and his cabal of liberal tax and spenders.
Somehow Obama is totally exempt from any responsibility from any of the negative results of his policies, declarations or untruths. Simply amazing.
Making a difference
In many of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s speeches he often speaks of Tampa’s “best and brightest.” Certainly, one of these individuals our mayor had in mind was prominently interviewed in Sunday’s Views section by Tribune Opinion Editor Joe Guidry (“Obama’s point man on trade”).
Guidry’s Q & A with Tampa native Francisco “Frank” Sanchez was extremely interesting and highly informative. As a local success story, and now the former under secretary for international trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, he’s moving on to greener pastures.
Reading your story assured me Sanchez was not only a focused and innovative public servant, he was certainly serious-minded, knowledgeable and passionate about his job and our country. He has proven himself to be truly an international man, and has aspired to be the best that he can be for his city and more so for our country.
I wish him the best of success. However, with the lack of confidence we presently have in our government officials, my only disappointment is that honest and hard-working individuals like Sanchez aren’t staying up front in government and continuing to lead — as he is the kind of individual we desperately need who can make a difference.
I read about the ongoing saga of the “Poly Folly” (“Students willing to take chance on new university,” Metro, Nov. 10). This may well be the youthful spirit talking, but is it a pragmatic approach? As we well know the history behind this budding fiasco, JD Alexander and company, while in the Legislature, demanded that Florida Polytechnic take flight on its own and not pursue a course of accreditation. Under the sponsorship of USF, it had accreditation. This article shows some students blowing off the accreditation issue. I wonder how many of these students aspire to apply to top-notch graduate schools when they are done. If I were them I would ask the proposed grad school if they would consider their application if they graduated from a nonaccredited undergraduate school. They may well be surprised by the answer.
Then, there is the issue of the construction contract for the 200-bed dorm that has not yet been signed. I hope they have resources to get this up and ready for students. Construction delays happen; it is part of the real world. I certainly hope they have Plan B that kicks in if the dorm space is not ready on time.
Drip, drip, drip
I read “Culture group raps U.S.” (Nation & World, Nov. 9). I’m all in favor of educating people about the Holocaust and doing tsunami research, but why would we borrow money from world governments that voted, in spite of the protest of the U.S., to make Palestine a UNESCO member and then use that money to continue to support UNESCO? Why, of all the governments in the world, would $80 million from the U.S. make up 22 percent of UNESCO’s budget? Now, in terms of U.S. spending, $80 million doesn’t seem to amount to much, but this drip, drip, drip of spending is what gets us to $17 trillion of debt. Congress and the president need to look at U.S. expenditures and decide which are wants and which are necessary, and then come up with a balanced budget.
Only 50 percent of us are paying federal income tax. What that means is that only 50 percent of us have any skin in the game. If we are going to raise taxes we need to tax everyone. No one should be getting government money if they or their parents are not paying federal income tax.