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Jan. 8, 2014 |

Well, here we are again at the beginning of another new year. The Republicans are busy devising their 2014 version of opposition to everything that might be productive. The Democrats are busy preparing a list of 2014 compromises from what little remains of their liberal heritage. And about 50 percent of the voters in America are preparing to support Republican positions that are detrimental to their own best interest. Must be something in the water. The Republican position is that America did not become, and cannot remain, what it is today by wasting treasure on misbegotten socialist programs for the less fortunate among us because “government benevolence” is incompatible with capitalism and the independent spirit of the American people. The liberal Democrats, who now call themselves progressives and fancy themselves as the “adults in the room,” offer feeble resistance as America embraces austerity and frees itself from the “quaint” idea of government of, for, and by the people. At the same time they endorse cuts in the Social Safety Net, and in all other assistance programs, which are not targeted on the untouchable job creators or the sacrosanct military/security establishment. Whatever name they may choose to use, they no longer deserve to use it in conjunction it with the words liberal or Democrat. May I suggest Republicrat? For many years, both parties have limited the use of most of our resources to matters that enhance Washington’s perception of itself as the greatest nation in the world. They both believe it is essential that this policy continue. Therefore, in these very early days of 2014, both parties, each in its own way, are calling upon the elderly, the jobless, the homeless, the underemployed and the underpaid, the students and the student debtors, the impoverished, the powerless, the dwindling middle class, and the 47% takers, to set an example. It is time, once again, to ask not, what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. Oh, yes, and lest they forget, Happy New Year! Philip B. Fregeau Longmeadow

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