Blood on hands
It seems that Joe Henderson is up to his old liberal media tricks again. He takes a heart-tugging story of one woman ("Her story is more than a sound bite," Aug. 30) whose "life was saved by Planned Parenthood" and tries to justify taxpayers pouring hundreds of millions of dollars every year into the coffers of the largest abortion provider in the country. While our hearts certainly go out to Ms. McPartland and we're very glad that she is receiving treatment for her cancer, Planned Parenthood is certainly not the only place she could have gone to get her diagnosis. But Henderson wants us all to think that this is the norm over at the abortion factory. Sorry, Joe, we're not buying it. This wonderful little anecdote in no way negates the millions of innocent babies who are slaughtered at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.
Since abortion is legal (for now), Planned Parenthood has a right to go about their grisly business. But let them get their own funding. Stop throwing taxpayer dollars at them. Perhaps if every pro-abortion American opened their wallets and sent them money, they could keep their doors open for a while. Let the blood be on their hands, not those of us who find their abortion business reprehensible.
What would children say?
Joe Henderson's column about the cancer survivor with a sign commending Planned Parenthood for her survival was indeed touching. But I couldn't help wondering about the thousands of children whose lives ended prematurely with assistance from Planned Parenthood. If those children could hold up signs about Planned Parenthood, I wonder what they would say?
Too bad our rock star attorney general, Pam Bondi, doesn't look out for the legal concerns for all the citizens of Florida as much as she runs around campaigning for Mitt Romney. She needs to get over losing the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare and start looking out for all the citizens of this great state.
By the way, where does she get her medical insurance and who pays for it? Someone needs to investigate how much time she is spending away from Florida doing political stuff that is not related to her job while she is still being paid by the taxpayers of Florida. Bondi shouldn't be such a sore loser — Obamacare is the law.
The debt clock
Your Aug. 29 editorial ("Slowing down the debt clock," Our Views) blames President Obama for growth of the national debt. This is somewhat disingenuous, given the sources of that ever-growing debt. The facts show that if there'd been no Bush tax cuts, no wars, no financial crisis and everything else had been the same, our current debt would be between 20 and 30 percent of GDP today, rather than almost 100 percent.
In effect, the Republicans blame the president for the policies the Republicans pushed in the Bush years, the recession that began on a Republican president's watch, and a continuation of tax cuts that they supported. If we took all that off the debt clock, there wouldn't be much debt left. A debt graphic by source, and a discussion of its implications, is posted on Ezra Klein's Washington Post blog.
Who's subsidizing who?
Regarding "Welfare scheme" (Your Views, Aug. 26): Christian Camara suggests that Citizens Property Insurance is subsidized by others in the state. Assuming that Citizens primarily insures coastal properties, where tourists like to hang out, those coastal residents are generating more sales taxes than the inland people. Isn't that also a subsidy, when those taxes are used to pay for roads or schools or to start businesses in rural counties?
And what about crop and flood insurance, both federally subsidized programs? You don't hear coastal residents complaining they have to pay inflated prices for milk and sugar to subsidize farmers, do you?
Who is subsidizing who can get to be a very complicated question. Let's say Citizens disappeared tomorrow. Many homeowners would lose their homes, jobs would be lost and less revenue would come to the state. Who would pay that? Why, it would be the same people Camara says are subsidizing coastal residents.
For many years insurers sold insurance to everyone equally, spreading the risk. We all paid a little, and we were all safe.
Now, what is needed is a mitigation program to lower the risk for everyone. Stronger building codes and inspections of older homes would help. Citizens should buy more reinsurance to spread risk. The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, a subsidy to private insurance companies, should be reduced.
If we put more money into mitigation before the storm hits, it will cost us less later, and everyone will be better off.