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-, , 0 . , , . 0 i  i i   :i T t THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHU-I A L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 7 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 $.30 A COPY Presidents" Day Observed February 21, 2011 Remember these men as you enjoy the holiday Abraham Lincoln 1809 - 1865 President 1861-1865 George Washington 1732- 1799 President 1789-1797 Briefs Sal Giarratani GOP Governors Sign Up for ObamaCare? Republican governors of 21 states recently wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, proving a list of demands in order to get their support to imple- ment the plan. On the same day the letter went out, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal summarizing the governors' letter. In the commentary, ObamaCare is called a "seriously flawed over- haul" that "favors dependency over personal responsibility" and would 'ultimately destroy the private insurance market." Daniels calls ObamaCare a "massive mistake" that would "lead to the de facto government take- over of health care faster than most people realize." Yet, despite all this harsh rhetoric, Daniels' message seems clear: "We're willing to work with you to make ObamaCare better." I thought Republican governors were calling for the overhaul's repeal? Why is Daniels a conservative and Republi- can willing to help construct the pipeline through which $i trillion in new federal spend- ing would flow? Why do Republican governors opposed to ObamaCare want to take part owner- ship in it all, especially if they think the whole thing is unconstitutional? Maybe it is just me but I don't get it! Rex Trailer Tales of Wells Fargo? Senator Susan Fargo, !D-Lin- coln) has filed a bill naming Rex Trailer as the state's official cowboy. Haven't our legislators on (Continued on Page 12) Do You Remember ... THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF EVERETT? Mayor of Everett Edward G. Connolly welcomes the Italian-American Association of Everett to City Hall. (Circa 1979) (PosHY, azette archive photo) AP: GOP Insists on Budget Cuts Because It's "Eager to Please Tea Party Supporters" by Dan Calabrese A day after President Obama proposed the most absurd federal budget in the history of this nation, with- out one dime of deficit reduc- tion this year, and between $11 trillion and $13 trillion in new debt over the next decade, any sane person must surely lay awake at night and ask, "How can they propose such a thing?" All propaganda. The Associated Press pro- vides an answer. With its predictable spin in the story on the matter, the AP dem- onstrates that people awash in the Washington mental- ity simply don't think it mat- ters how much money the federal government spends. They reveal this unwit- tingly, but they reveal it nonetheless. The AP's Alan Fram frames it like this (emphasis mine): Republicans are mocking President Obama's $3.73 trillion budget for 2012 for waving feebly at historically huge federal deficits. As if to show how it should be done, they are ready to start muscling their own package of deep cuts in domestic spending through the House. Eager to please their con- servative tea party support- ers, Republicans are cham- pioning $61 billion in cuts to hundreds of programs for the remaining seven months of this federal fiscal year un- der a bill the House planned to debate Tuesday. Ameri- Corps and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be completely erased, while deep cuts would be carved from programs for feeding poor women and children, training people for jobs and cleaning the Great Lakes. So why are the Republi- cans insisting on a meager $61 billion in budget cuts? To "show how it should be done," the AP says, and be- cause they're "eager to please their conservative tea party supporters." Not, mind you, because the federal government is racking up debt so fast it's speeding down the road to insolvency. That can't be the reason, because that's what's known as substance, and the AP doesn't under- stand that. The AP only understands politics. It reminds me of a "Seinfeld" episode in which Jerry asks George what he and his current love inter- est are using for birth con- trol. George shrugs, explains that he just assumes she's taking care of it, and as to the particulars, he says, "I figure it's something." That pretty much sums up the mindset of the AP and the rest of the legacy media when it comes to the mount- ing national debt. What could possibly be the source of all the money we will need to cover these crushing debts? They J>ujure it's something! What they probably figure is what Obama figures: The more the public gets used to this spending, the less it will be willing to see it cut, and that's when the public will (Continued on" Page 2) THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON 1 This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from I1:00 AM to 2.'00 PM, J for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information