Fiscal cliff deal a puny effort

That clanking sound you hear is that of the proverbial can getting kicked down the road.  That can is the much-needed solution to the federal debt.  This week's "solution" was not a solution at all. At least initially, the financial markets responded with enthusiasm to the idea that Bush era tax rates would become permanent for 98 …

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Hope for the future

Watching dysfunctional Washington is profoundly, naggingly depressing, leaving one having to work hard to count our blessings, of which there are assuredly many. Typically, those blessings are related to home, hearth and health, family and friends. Against the backdrop of consistently gloomy national news, an occasional story comes along that does lift the spirits and is important …

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McGovern urges return to politics of people skills

The wall of failed 1972 liberal Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern's Washington office bore a photo of failed 1964 conservative Republican nominee Barry Goldwater with the inscription, "If you're going to lose, lose big."  Both lost in landslides, disagreed on any number of issues, but they were friends, joined by humor and good will.  Worcester Congressman …

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