Gaetz never grew up
This should not happen more than once | Column, April 8
Alexandra Petri’s column on U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz was excellent. She’s usually hilarious, so it’s no surprise she’s smart, too. Gaetz is to appear before a gaggle of GOP Trump supporters at a South Florida golf resort soon, and despite what’s obvious, they will fawn over him. Forty years ago, at 22, I was sitting at the beach bar by the tennis courts at the Don CeSar hotel, with a mob of corn country middle-age squares swirling about. One plopped next to me, and the next I knew, he’d pulled out a well-worn black and white snapshot from his wallet. It was a sex pic, but uniquely “agricultural,” no humans involved. I saw it, looked at him like he had 10 heads, and ran him off. He scatted pretty quick.
I think a Matt Gaetz is the very same creature as that old pervert. Their aim is not to shock, they just have a lip-licking lasciviousness in them, bone-deep. They are stunted — infants until the day they die.
Steve Douglas, St. Petersburg
Really, higher taxes?
Treasury detail tax hikes to fun Biden plan | April 8
The Times reported that the Treasury Department plans to raise $2.5 trillion primarily by raising the U.S. corporate income tax rate. Evidently the Treasury believes that raising this tax rate increases tax revenue. This is not necessarily true. Raising this rate makes U.S. companies less competitive in the global market, especially against China which will have a significantly lower corporate tax rate than the U.S. This will push consumers to buy more goods from non U.S. companies which will reduce U.S. corporate sales, profits and taxes paid.
Also, when corporations incur additional operating costs, such as taxes, they can raise the prices of their products to cover these increased costs. The net result is that consumers, at all income levels, will actually pay for any corporate tax increase.
David Burton, Clearwater
Good for Gov. DeSantis
I applaud Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision not to get vaccinated until it was his turn, unlike other elected officials who were not age-eligible put pushed there way to the front of the line in front of those who were age eligible at the time. I’m sure if our governor would have been vaccinated before he was eligible. the media would have crucified him
John Spengler, Spring Hill
More work for McConnell
Mitch McConnell says corporations should stay out of politics | April 8
If Sen. Mitch McConnell thinks corporations should stay out of politics, then he needs to start working toward the repeal of the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court case.
Tracy Fugleberg, Tampa