We need help | July 17
Centralized power isn't answer
The Times' Sunday editorial, "We need help," was sickening. Basically, the liberals at the Times disagree with the Republicans in Tallahassee and want the federal government to overrule the state government. Very patriotic. How far the states have fallen — from asserting their sovereign independence to begging the federal government to usurp their constitutional rights. The Founding Fathers would be appalled at how much power has centralized in the federal government over the years.
Despite the Times' pleas, the federal government lacks the constitutional authority — not to mention the competence — to intervene where the Times believes it should. For example, nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government authorized to "ensure health care is affordable and accessible," yet the Times casually calls for federal intervention. Furthermore, the Times dismisses Florida's lawsuit — which 26 states have joined — as a "legal battle with President Obama," and claims state legislators are "too cheap … to provide quality health care." Actually, Florida and half of the states are challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare under the Commerce Clause and 10th Amendment, and there is nothing "cheap" about politicians refusing to waste taxpayers' money.
Besides, surely a $14 trillion debt, hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded entitlements, trillion-dollar deficits projected until kingdom come, three imperial wars of nation building, and the regulation of everything under the sun is enough for Washington these days. Regardless, the federal government has always shown that it is eager to seize power from the states, even at the tip of a bayonet.
James Rutledge Roesch, Oldsmar
We need help | July 17
Floridians must act; we can't count on Washington
These suggestions are great ideas in theory but won't work because Washington has been mired in political gridlock over one issue: the nation's crippled economy and its untenable debt and deficits.
Every issue presented in your editorial has been on Washington's table at one time or another for over a century. Amid gridlock by political extremists who are focused on the next election, how would it be possible for these prima donnas to find the time, much less the political will, to solve Florida's problems? They can't even solve the nation's immediate budget problems.
Although I am a progressive, the idea that government in Washington would be able and willing to rescue Florida from its self-imposed cesspool of corruption is dreamland at best.
The answer lies with the people of Florida rescuing themselves from the cancer that is Tallahassee: become informed, then rise up and demand that politicians preserve, protect and defend the ideals embodied in our governing documents in order to equitably serve all the people and not genuflect to corporations.
Mike MacDonald, Clearwater
Spending cuts are working
Sunday's Perspective front page was a fiery rant about Gov. Rick Scott and his efforts to slash spending.
I saw no such spotlight shined on the recent decision by Standard & Poor's to raise our state's credit outlook from "negative" to "stable." S&P attributed this change directly to recent cost-cutting measures.
The improved rating benefits our state by giving Florida better interest rates when borrowing for infrastructure and education projects.
It is a breath of fresh air to have a governor who cares more about our state than about his own political future.
Laura Harris, Brandon
Remember at the polls
I suggest that regardless of the political party to which they belong, Florida voters should place the "Memo to Washington" that appeared in the Sunday Times away for safekeeping.
Before the next election, I advise they bring the article out and read it again before casting their vote.
Mary Burke, Oldsmar
Too far left
Of the six items you mentioned in your editorial, you referred to the Republican Legislature five times and to Rick Scott four. All of these were on the negative side. I have never read a paper that is so hellbent on not giving someone a chance. Every comment you have is so far left of center it is amazing. I think I will just read the funny papers; I get just as many laughs.
Bill Moudy, Temple Terrace
Missing the obvious
I don't understand how educated people who occupy an important position such as members of an editorial board can take the position the state of Florida needs the assistance of the seat of our federal government, an organization that cannot keep its own affairs in order.
Norman S. Cannella Sr., Tampa
Consult the facts
The latest sound bite from the Republican camp is that cutting taxes equals a robust economy; that cutting taxes on the wealthy, who create businesses, will equal more jobs. Nothing could be further from the truth.
From 1940 to 1970 taxes on the wealthy were never less than 70 percent. At times they were as high as 90 percent. This gave rise to a strong middle class. Ronald Reagan increased taxes and was re-elected. Bill Clinton raised taxes, and this country has never seen a more vibrant economy, leaving a surplus. George W. Bush lowered taxes and added $5 trillion to the national debt.
The sad truth is that our citizenry just follows the party line, believing what they are told. Like sheep.
Don Hayes, Tampa
The backbone of America | July 21, commentary
The painful truth
Charles Blow's description of the hard workers who make our economy function is poetic and painfully true, bless their exploited hearts.
One may wonder why many of the working poor, voting against their interests, place their enemy in charge of their lives. The reason is not hard to discover. Their critical thinking is impaired because they rely on the popular demagogues who so effectively pretend to be their friends.
Bud Tritschler, Clearwater