Mark Sharpe charting a course for U.S.
Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe’s Letter to Florida is a declaration of a run for national office.
Sharpe’s “repeated calls for major re-evaluations” of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, national defense spending and the cost of the war in Afghanistan, all speak to his national leadership ambitions.
But first, Sharp needs to take a strong leadership role in Hillsborough County; of both its government and of its people.
As a card-carrying Republican, I support his concerns regarding the high cost of government. It is largely due however to the lack of public private partnerships. Neither the citizens nor business alone should push for governmental solutions. We all need to work together for the common good and find mutually beneficial solutions without adding to the cost or scope of government.
Mark, it isn’t the people’s lack of faith in America that is holding us back, it is our lack of faith in our leaders.
When the voters of Hillsborough overwhelmingly rejected rail, they were simply rejecting the all too common “vote us the money, then trust us to spend it wisely” style of government leadership.
There was and is widespread lack of trust.
Voter/taxpayers were also rejecting a policy of “tax & spend”.
Giving tax breaks to businesses when they hire locally, benefits everyone.
Encourage and reward that.
Adding regressive taxes on to individuals to help make business more profitable, benefits few.
Do not reward self-interest.
Mark, show us you have the stuff for national office and we will be behind you.
Ask those hard questions on issues that come before you now, and demand hard answers.
If you show us that you care more about individual good and not the common good, we will fight you all the way.
Get private enterprise to invest in building a better county, then we will follow you all the way – to Washington.
Remember the Code to which you once swore:
“I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free.”
It’s one to which we should all subscribe.
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen