Let the free market reign
in a potential JEA sale
The free market, its profit motive and consequent competition have provided the highest standard of living to Americans, dwarfing our closest competitor.
History has shown that the freer the market in any industry, the more innovative, effective and productive it becomes.
Yet progressive naysayers are predictably weighing in with alarms about the horror of the possible sale of JEA and an accompanying profit motive. Progressives always find the profit motives of others to be suspect.
I suggest that with any sale, the market be opened to all competitors.
That will do a far better job of weeding out undue profits and inefficiency.
Certainly, there will be a period of confusion and disorganization, especially after such extended period of insulation from competition.
Inevitably, however, there will be a far greater array of options — and at far better prices.
Roderick T. Beaman,
Believing growth will fund
tax cuts is fairy tale stuff
Here we are with near-record high stock markets, very low interest rates, low inflation and a solid, low unemployment rate.
Yet with all of that, the 2017 GDP was 2.6 percent — even though politicians keep touting 3 percent as the holy grail that can be attained to magically pay the $1.2 trillion-plus in debt that’s being added to give so many Americans tax cuts.
The long-term annual GDP rate as far back as pre-1970s has been in the 2.8 percent-plus range as an average. So the notion that 3 percent-plus GDP will be the normal future rate in America is foolhardy; it is totally unsubstantiated by employment and productivity growth data.
Demographic and technological realities — as well as the existence of such things as recessions — will doom the political fairy tale of “paying back borrowed money that has been refunded" to taxpayers.
But it seems that all politicians need to do is lie, exaggerate and promise that paying for tax cuts with borrowed money will cost us nothing at all.
Shame, shame, shame.
Wake up, Americans.
Stop falling for dishonest programs that deceptively appear attractive and simple to implement. We get the government that we deserve.
Bert Livingston, Ponte Vedra
Taking on Trump means
taking on his supporters, too
A recent Florida Times-Union headline read: “When going gets tough, Trump goes it alone.”
This is not so!
There are millions of supporters of President Donald Trump who elected him and stand with him.
Trump is not alone in his many quests, and I hope that others in office realize that fighting him means also fighting his supporters.
Good luck staying in office if you are not fulfilling the wishes of the electorate.
Cynthia B. Roberts,