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Time to make some changes

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

With the 2013 elections now behind us we need to muster up some courage and commit ourselves to regaining control over our government. Every two years as the election cycle nears, the opportunity to make any change is less likely. Since we have the maximum amount of time immediately after and election now is the time to effectively get something done.

Remember in early February we’ll be facing yet another debt ceiling crisis, and that’s just a few short weeks away. Time and time again our elected officials have failed to do what they’ve promised to do. The debt ceiling continues to steal the future from our children and grandchildren. From the President, down through the Senate and Congress they have repeatedly grandstanded on issues and have refused to live within their means.

Even the farce of the most recent “Government Shutdown” proved little since funds always seemed to be available to cause inconvenience for the families of our fallen heroes or to repeatedly put up barricades to open-air monuments. Federal workers were reimbursed for time away from work and it was even reported that some government workers were a little put out when they were called back to work on a Thursday of all things. From their perspective, the following Monday would have been much better to complete a paid three week vacation. Remember our country has never, not paid the federal employees who were shut-out of work.

If we are going to pay them why do we allow are government to play this charade? The answer is simple. We don’t stand up to them. Instead we thrown money at them, place them on pedestals, name buildings and roads after them and allow them to tell us right from wrong.

Here is a game plan for starters to begin the overhaul that is long overdue;

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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