Can our democracy recover? Sept. 18 guest column Criticism of Scott short-sighted | Sept. 22 letter
Scott's spending was no secret
The letter criticizing guest columnist James Pettican for his comments about Gov., Rick Scott spending millions of dollars of his own money to get elected as governor of Florida is absurd but not surprising because Republican voters accept it as a normality. It was published in all major newspapers throughout our country so why pretend it did not occur.
Scott is a businessman and ex-CEO of Columbia/HCA, the company that committed the greatest Medicare fraud in American history right under his nose. Scott claimed he was not aware of the fraud, claiming innocence, and pleaded the Fifth Amendment more than 75 times.
It appears that the voters in Florida were desperate, picking Scott and ignoring his shady past. In the meantime, they keep blaming President Obama for all that is done, or not done. Who cares as long as he looks bad for the next presidential election?
Robert Rodriguez, Spring Hill
Glazers should prevent blackouts
I would like to thank the Glazer family for the gift of $ 7.87 million in bonuses to the 500 non-playing staff members of their English soccer team. Yet they can't buy up the remaining unsold tickets of our home games so our Bucs games in Tampa can be televised?
The owners of the Detroit Lions used to buy up the remaining tickets so there were few blackouts in Detroit. Then the Lions got smart and built a smaller stadium and now there are few, if any, blackouts.
It looks like the Glazer family has short arms and deep pockets when it comes the Bucs fans. Now, we know where their values are, and it's not football, but soccer.
Ronald Fox, Spring Hill
Re: Balanced budget amendment
Social Security would be affected
I can see the value of a newly introduced balanced budget amendment that requires that federal spending in any year be offset by revenues in that same year. But there is a worrisome drawback to this policy that must be addressed or Social Security payments will not be able to keep up with the aging baby boomer generation.
The growing amount that the United States will spend on Social Security each year has already been covered by raises over the years and currently the Social Security Administration holds $2.6 trillion waiting to be allocated to the Americans who contributed their whole lives.
The problem is that under the balanced budget amendment, it would be unconstitutional for Social Security payments to exceed the amount of new revenue — even though there is a huge pool of Social Security money already set aside for the increasing needs. The same is true for federal civilian and military retirement.
If the balanced budget amendment is to proceed, the representatives and senators we elected to Congress must first fix this dilemma in the bill that would have awful consequences on every baby boomer's retirement.
Richard Golden, San Antonio