Everyone will pay more
Memo to Democrats: Lean into ‘soaking the rich’ | Column, Sept. 16
In his very narrow view of the Democrats’ tax and spend plan, columnist Paul Waldman has failed to take into account the negative effects of “pouring a huge amount of money into the economy.” The biggest one is rising inflation which we are already seeing. While Waldman and the Dems would like to think that only the rich will pay for their planned trillions of dollars in spending, in reality everyone will be paying for it through higher prices on everyday commodities like food and clothing which will hit the lower-income families harder. Besides, the numbers just don’t add up. By taxing only the very wealthy “slightly more,” it won’t come close to covering the cost of their mostly unnecessary reconciliation bill which will leave all Americans with the burden of paying for it.
Susan Khan, Tampa
Health care needs help
2.8M acquire health coverage | Sept. 17
In the peculiar profit ecosystem of America’s health care scheme, nearly 3 million took advantage of the Affordable Care Act, enhanced with Cares Act subsidies. Many of these consumers will now gain the privilege of having their health managed, their costs controlled, and their access to care restrictively rationed. Only in America would this high-cost, low-return plan be considered hope.
We continue to shell out more for health care despite indications that we are not living longer, that we aren’t healthier, and that we are falling like a rock in the category of well-being. Despite the marketing and propaganda blitzkrieg extolling the contrary, our health care system remains a terrible investment when considered against the welfare of our people. America must open its collective minds to stop this insanity of buying the same lies over and over.
Finn Kavanagh, Tampa
Doing the right thing
Biden defends Gen. Milley against calls for resignation from Rubio, others | Sept. 16
It is clear that what Gen. Mark Milley did was not treason; rather, his calls to his Chinese counterparts may have saved this nation from a fatal engagement precipitated by a clearly-unhinged and unpredictable lame duck president. Despite what Donald Trump now claims, the entire world could sense his desperation and his ostensible willingness to do whatever it took to somehow declare his legitimate loss in the November election null and void.
While Milley should’ve spoken up against the president — for instance, during the deplorable crowd dispersal and Bible waving incident in Washington, D.C. — he at least gathered enough courage to finally do his duty and step up when he was most needed.
Rick Sherin, Tampa