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The Republican brand has hit an all-time low; see the Gallup poll on Jan. 8 at www.gallup.com/poll. That is due in part to their harsh policies and practices that divide and slow down things in Congress, now the worst in history.

We see a level of nastiness toward women, students, seniors, vets and minorities. Issues being hit are voting rights, health care, unemployment, food stamps, WIC and higher education. Plus, inquiry after inquiry that gets little if any traction. But repeated to get media and GOP base attention.

Many in Congress forget, do not remember or selectively choose not to remember the awful events that got us into 2008. That was nearly a total financial meltdown close to the Great Depression. The country is making a huge improvement to get back on our feet, but certainly not fast enough for people still hurting due to a lack of jobs.

People lost jobs for many reasons. They were laid off or their job moved to China or India.

As the recovery took hold, businesses have not rehired. It seems they got used to doing “more with less” due to paying lower wages, not giving benefits and hiring less than full-time.

Since then, profits have soared with the big guys well back on top. Now they feel comfortable and see no need to rehire.

Profits are at an all-time high while wages remain incredibly low. Profits as much as $2 trillion some say sit off-shore in safe havens as they wait on more tax breaks to “create jobs?”

Call it “trickle down” double take. It works this way: Congress gives another tax break, another tax incentive or a new subsidy and they fork over a nice fat PAC check.

If you believe in that method, then you are apt to be a Republican with those falling numbers who continues to worship at the feet of big business. Great for the givers and receivers but not for the takers (that new nasty GOP buzzword used to hammer people on public assistance and the less fortunate).

On the other hand, if you fight that imbalance and unfair practices and try to help solve our most serious problems for the greater good, then you are a Democrat who favors people over greed and profits, and my friends, that is not income redistribution, not one bit. Complex problems sometimes require simple solutions but also need strong leadership.

Danny M. Francis

Watertown

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