Nugent's script leaves out jobs
Did you catch the carnival? Rep. Rich Nugent rolled into town with his Republican-script tailored for his tea party followers and any non tea party constituents. What's new is that on the day that he delivered his party's scripted opinion the Dow Jones Index dropped 512 points.
His response to many questions in general was we did the best we could under the circumstances, including the debt ceiling bill. What he hasn't answered is why 12.9 percent are still unemployed in Hernando County and why his party has not sponsored one jobs bill since he has been elected on a platform to create jobs.
When asked why he signed Grover Norquist's pledge not to raise taxes he said he didn't sign it for Norquist, he signed it for the gentlemen sitting in the audience. Sure he did? A retired schoolteacher tried to express her fears about the budget cuts that would affect her, Nugent's response was that each of us has to choose how much we will be willing to give up. My question is why he is willing to ask us to sacrifice and not the wealthy he is trying to protect who earn taxable income over $250,000 a year. (The Norquist signing.)
Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, the Republican agenda has been to discredit and inflict much pain on the people of the United Sates. They blame President Obama and the common man for the Great Recession, not the bankers on Wall Street. They blame President Obama and the common man for government spending, not themselves and the previous Bush administration tax cuts for the rich, two wars and an unpaid for drug program.
I know I've seen and heard this before so I traveled back in time to my childhood and realized I was watching the Howdy Doody show all over again. A wooden puppet controlled by his master.
Vito J. Delgorio Sr., Spring Hill
Thanks GOP for credit rating drop
According to the tea party, raising the United States debt ceiling doesn't matter. So I would like to thank U.S. Rep. Nugent, the tea party and their Republican allies for managing for the first time in history to get Standard & Poor's to reduce United States credit rating from AAA to AA+. Town meetings are great, but I hope Congressman Nugent doesn't rely too much on local input when it comes to macroeconomics.
With all the fine universities in Florida and all those doctorates in economics, why don't you listen to the intellectual experts on macroeconomics? If solutions to this problem have any chance of being found, we need to listen to the experts, not tea party members. If you keep listening to the tea party, we won't have to worry about a double dip recession, we'll have to worry about the next depression.
Ken Lang, Spring Hill
Posturing in the real world Aug. 10, Dan DeWitt column
DeWitt gets it all wrong on the debt
Dan DeWitt should stick to things he understands in his column such as Greyhound bus trips and the Withlacoochee River, etc. When he decides to become the great liberal know-it-all when it comes to politics and the economy, he is out of his league.
My goodness, are we still blaming everything that is happening in the country on George W. Bush? Are those terrible Republicans spoiling everybody's party by trying to stop the bleeding in Washington? Liberals like Mr. DeWitt cannot understand why the government cannot just spend and spend and then print more money (which is what raising the debt limit amounts to). Doesn't he and the tax-and-spend liberals known as Democrats realize that you cannot keep spending money you don't have?
U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent and the others who opposed raising the debt limit without corresponding cuts in spending are just terrible party poopers and caused all the trouble. Get a grip, Mr. DeWitt, and realize that the lowering of the nation's credit rating is the result of too much debt rather than the fight to stop the increase in spending.
Lewis Corvene, Hudson
Road work here is a colossal waste
I have been living in Spring Hill for about nine years and it amazes me to watch the county rework one of our roads. I've truly never seen anything like it.
They bring in lots of equipment and tear up the old road and from then on it looks like a day with the Stooges.
Five to 10 people at the work site daily; equipment sitting idle for days at a time and the usual five guys standing around trying to figure out what to do next.
What a colossal waste of taxpayers' money, not to mention the inconvenience to the people in the area of the work. If you think this is exaggerated, look at what happened at the intersection of Mariner Boulevard and Spring Hill Drive. Not only did it take too long but the end result left something to be desired. Right now they are widening Elgin Boulevard. You should watch that mess in the making.
Here's an idea! Do all our road repairs in the winter months.
Most the crews up north are off and need work. We bring them down here to do this work in a quarter of the time. We only pay for the service and not all the fringe benefits.
Walter Brown, Spring Hill
Higher sinkhole rates hit home
My wife and I are among those who will be negatively impacted by the proposed increase in Citizens Insurance's sinkhole premiums.
Our mortgage lender is one that requires full sinkhole coverage, so we do not have the luxury of opting out. Unfortunately, since Citizens is virtually the only insurer writing in Pasco County, we have no other choice but to pay what Citizens will demand.
According to news reports and Southwest Florida Water Management District's own data, the vast majority of claims filed under sinkhole policies are, to say the least, spurious. Even the most cursory look at the number of attorneys advertising for sinkhole clients tends to convince one that this is the modern day version of ambulance chasing.
One of the difficulties with monopolies is that their management has little incentive to require that those who work for them actually do the work for which they are paid.
When a monopoly doesn't like their bottom line, they simply increase what they charge the consumer. Might Citizens suffer from that same malady? Would it not be better for Florida's economy, for Citizens' customers, and ultimately for Citizens' own health to simply require their adjusters to do that for which they are paid?
Sure, actually managing an organization is difficult. However, long term, isn't that better than forcing a substantial increase on those whose only relief might be foreclosure?
Ken Slattery, New Port Richey