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Dear Editor:

What part of the word “jobs” is it that our Florida legislators don’t understand, or worse, don’t even care about? I am referring to recent actions by Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Michael Bennet, R-Bradenton.

You are probably aware that the Jackson Laboratory would like to establish a research facility here, but has given up on getting any state and regional matching funding. Averse to the idea of jobs, Senator Bennett foolishly stated that it wouldn't be a good enough "return on investment." I would like to see an accounting of how he came to that conclusion.

Not willing to be out done, our “let ‘em eat cake” governor vetoed a jobs creating World Class International Regatta Sports Center in Sarasota County, just south of Manatee County.

While we’re on the subject, please keep in mind Gov.r Scott’s first memorable act as governor; rejecting over $1 billion in federal money to build a high speed rail. So much for his campaign rhetoric: “I will be a job creating" governor.” The ink has yet to dry on that statement.

Assuming that there are windows in our Capitol Building, I would suggest that our legislators take a look through them.. There are a lot of jobless people out there. Out of work? Yes. Out of memory? No.

Sheldon A Maskin
Anna Maria, Fla.


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New Rules for GOP Town Halls: No Facts, No Questions...Or Else


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Remember last year during the health care fight when the media reported on the "angry mobs" at town hall meetings all over the country?

Remember also that these "plain folks who were outraged over a potential government take over of health care" were really bused in and in some cases paid by groups attempting to hijack the Tea Party "movement," and to use manufactured outrage to disrupt the meetings?

Well, that was last more.


Pay your taxes? These 10 companies didn't.


Thanks to corporate tax cuts and loopholes, these big companies will be rollin’ in the green instead of paying Uncle Sam. Read Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) corporate freeloaders list now:

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They Did Not Pay Any Taxes


Information compiled by Rep. Bernie Saunders, Vt.

Exxon Mobile: 2009 profits totaled $19 billion yet according to its SEC filings, the company received a $126 million rebate from the IRS plus it did not pay any federal taxes.

Bank of America: made $4.4 billion in profits last year after receiving a $1 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department and a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS.

General Electric: has made $26 billion in profits in the United States over the past five years. It has also received a $4.1 billion tax refund from the IRS. GE has cut a fifth of its American jobs in the past nine years and is boosting jobs overseas where tax rates are lower.

Chevron: IRS refund last year totaled $19 million but its 2009 profits came to a whopping $10 billion.

Boeing: received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers. It also received a $124 million refund from the IRS.

Valero Energy: $68 billion in sales and received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS. Over the past three years, it has received a $134 million tax break thanks to the oil and gas manufacturing tax reduction.

Goldman Sachs: paid 1.1% of its 2008 income in taxes. Yet it made a profit of $2.9 billion. How much was its bailout from the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department? $800 billon.

Citigroup: profits last year totaled more than $4 billion. But it paid zero dollars in federal income tax and received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department.

ConocoPhillips: From 2007 through 2009 totaled $16 billion but it was still awarded $451 million in tax breaks because of the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.

Carnival Cruise Lines: is apparently getting pretty good business. It’s profits over the past five years totaled more than $11 billion. Its federal income tax rate came to just 1.1%.

Now is the time for all good Americans to demand corporations pay their fair share!

Sen. Bill Nelson, 1-888-671-4091
Sen. Marco Rubio, 1-866-630-7106


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Who benefits?


The table below was published by The Washington Post.

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Fourth quarter political cash donations, by party


Graphic created by The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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