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February 1, 2014

The state of the speeches

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The opposition party doesn’t get to have a formal televised response to the governor’s address, but Sen. Bruce Tarr did a strong on-site interview with New England Cable News, in which he noted that Massachusetts has one of the highest minimum-wage rates in the nation, making it tougher to create entry-level jobs.

The difference in the two primary speeches is probably the one-party status on Beacon Hill, which makes Gov. Patrick far less confrontational versus the two-party ongoing battle in Washington that gives Obama something to blame for the failure of his policies.

Here is the state of the nation, in English, according to independent libertarian tea-partier me. The state of all the states depends on the state of the union. There is no equality, except the best that can be done with “equality of opportunity” for people who graduate from high school and are willing to start in any workplace at low wages and work their way up, understanding that welfare and permanent unemployment is no way to live. The U.S. is not a monarchy; the president must follow the Constitution. If a president doesn’t understand this, it’s a good idea to make sure the other party controls Congress. If we don’t do this in November, the state of the union, a year from now, will be sorry.

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Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is president of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

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