Buffett rule analysis
Times buried analysis
I noticed that the Tampa Bay Times buried the actual analysis of what the real effect of the Buffett rule would be — $31 billion over eleven years — on the business page. Yet you cover any Democratic representative use of the Buffett rule as some solution to our fiscal problems on general news pages without any explanation of how little this would effect the fiscal crisis.
John M. Whelan, Dunedin
The gas price blame game | March 25
Partisan blame helps no one
Thank you Molly Moorhead. Thank you for the informative and factual article about who is to blame for rising gas prices. The bashing game goes on with the political contenders, and it is getting a little old. I wonder if Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich would be able to take the unfounded criticism that goes on if they had happened to be in office at this time.
Maybe, if the day ever comes, that anyone running for office could actually promise something that can logically be corrected, or be able to accomplish same, without opposition from the other party just because it was not its idea, we may have a chance at a smoothly run government.
Mary Jane Callihan, St. Petersburg
CEOs say hiring, sales will rise | March 29
Tell that to Marco Rubio
I find it rather strange that the optimistic opinions from the leaders of large U.S. companies regarding their plans to keep hiring (in addition to the average of 245,000 jobs a month that have been added since December) doesn't square at all with the pessimism expressed by Sen. Marco Rubio.
In the March 28 issue of the Times, Sen. Rubio was quoted as saying, "...we already know how ObamaCare is turning out. That is as a job-killing initiative that sets us back."
One would think that a high-profile senator would be more attuned to the actual business climate instead of simply mouthing the "bash Obama" rhetoric of his tea party constituents.
Bob Lindskok, Palm Harbor