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Can we stop with the sour grape letters from Republicans about the election?

I am disgusted with their latest "makers and takers" meme that's been promulgated by their leadership to explain Mitt Romney's loss. It began with Rush Limbaugh on Nov. 7 accusing President Barack Obama supporters of voting for their Santa Claus, and then it cascaded through the rest of the right wing noise machine. "Do nothing leaches have taken our country away from us and we hard working job creators want it back."

Now Romney is blaming his loss on "extraordinary financial gifts from the government" that Obama gave to "his base coalition."

Obama won with 50 percent of the popular vote to Romney's 48 percent, and of course with an impressive margin of 126 electoral votes -- 62 more than needed.

Republicans simply ran flawed candidates. Romney and Paul Ryan weren't even attractive enough to carry their home towns or states. The people have spoken and its time to listen.

And if we really want to analyze this "makers and takers" business, we easily find out that it is the blue states that are the makers and the red states that are the takers. According to 2010 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and IRS data, for every $1 blue state New Jersey paid in federal taxes it got back only $.77 in government benefits. That includes everything from Social Security and Medicaid to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. New York got $.73 back, Maryland $.86, and Ohio $.90. Yet the red states Mississippi and North Carolina received back $2.73 and $2.13 respectively.

If you average all of the states out by Senate party affiliation, the red states are getting back $.25 more on each $1 paid in federal taxes. Now who are the takers? And the laugher is that some of these taker states were the first to file petitions to secede after the election. Want to go it on your own, huh? Good luck with that.

Republicans will have another chance to choose a president in four years. Now let's stop the insults and rally around the flag. This nation still has some serious work to do.

Frank J. Batavick

Westminster

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