Across the board everyone can agree these have been tough times in the last 3 or 4 years. Some regions and cities weathered the crisis better than others, even Tampa experienced a downturn, but remains resilient.
The city of Tampa has not been short on exceptional leadership in government or business in several decades. From Sandy Freedman, Dick Greco, Pam Iorio and now Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the city achieved a succession of thriving and favorable administrations to lead through tough times. Though these mayors were and are Democrats, fiscally, Tampa has been successful. The fiscal policy of Democrats generally draws criticism for being too liberal with city budgets, yet Tampa still performs well and ranked 5th in the top cities of the U.S. as recent as 2009.
Tampa took a hit in the housing market during the height of the recession, although there was a slight increase in home sales for May 2011. The unemployment rate during the recession fluctuated between 10.1-10.4%, yet, not as high as the state of Florida. The state climbed over 12%, but has been on a downward slope for the past 5 months and currently sits at a 10.8% unemployment rate.
Republican Governor Rick Scott says his policies are the reason for the decline in unemployment and increase in jobs. Critics say the decline in unemployment had begun before he was sworn in office. By now you realize more than ever there is always room for debate over party policies in the wonderful world of politics.
Of course, the GOP has great ideas and policies, but somehow never has the personnel to convey their message. Take for instance yesterday, Mitt Romney visitsTampa and states he’s also unemployed. The guy is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and attempts to warm up to voters in a state with nearly 11% unemployment rate with a remark like that. Or the recent media frenzy of courting both Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, until the media realized they were being sucker punched by reality show con artists. Neither one had any concrete plan of action for the future of this country. In most cases, it was an opportunity to hold a microphone and state what another person (President Obama) is doing and isn’t doing, but had no sound resolution or intellect to present to the people.
If President Obama is doing such an unsuccessful job, what do you call the previous administration? Realistically, where is true leadership going to come from now other than President Obama who diverted this nation from certain economic disaster?
Intelligence is a given when it comes to great leadership and when it comes to the track record of who succeeds and who fails, let’s take a look.
Observation 1: Great Depression, Herbert Hoover,Republican, but some may debate he was in office less than 8 months when the stock market crashed, his predecessor, Calvin Coolidge, Republican who advocated small government and hands off policies on business regulations…Recovery, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Democrat. Observation 2: Great Recession, George W. Bush, Republican who advocated small government, hands off policies on business regulations and advocated privatizing social security… Recovery, Barack Obama, Democrat, its no secret, seems to be a pattern here.
Ah, but, the debate continues on the effective policies of one party as to the other. Who’s responsible for this and who’s responsible for that. Its a media’s paradise, a dream come true.
Now, the media will dress Michele Bachmann for her closeup. Prime Time Michele Bachmann or maybe (not prime time Michele) delivers her most memorable line in a presidential debate that she has filed to run for president. That’s why everyone on stage is here Michele, didn’t you get the memo? Its nearly comical if it wasn’t such a serious issue that the lack of intelligent leadership in some circles is heart wrenching.
In the meantime let’s enjoy Tampa Bay with its huge variety of restaurants, casino, amusement parks, aquarium, performance centers, parks, beaches, sports arenas, bayshore, channelside, universities, ybor city, shopping centers, TIA, etc. and its amazing people.
Is the tenacity and resilience in Tampa the influence of Democrats or Republicans? Or is it the result of a tough people? Again, there is room for debate.