A Christmas message that everyone can relate to
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“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

Calvin Coolidge

Sometimes it becomes easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everything that has to be done for the holidays. So we thought it would be nice to offer a simple phrase that sums up the general spirit of the Christmas season, even for those who may not celebrate the holiday.

In today’s world, it’s easy to lose the basic concepts of peace, goodwill, and mercy toward others. Leave it to Coolidge, the stoic Vermonter who was known to be economical with his words, to succinctly sum up the one message that all should be able to relate to.

One thing that often comes with the holiday season is nostalgia for a simpler time. Many recall the holidays of their youth as uncluttered with the noise and distraction of the modern world. There is much truth to that. But those modern distractions can also be filtered out, to a large degree, even today. Some of that starts with turning off phones and other electronics. It might entail handwriting an address on a card instead of printing labels or making a phone call instead of sending a text. There are countless other things that can help simplify the season.

What we’re saying is Christmas is a time of year to slow down a little and take stock of what’s important in life. If we can all be a little more civil toward one another, then the spirit of Silent Cal’s simple words will live on, at least for a day.

To all our readers, advertisers, and friends, we wish everyone a happy holiday season and a very Merry Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas …

President Donald Trump has said that congressional Republicans are giving Americans a big Christmas present, in the way of a massive tax cut. While no one wants to say no to a little extra cash, we’re wondering just how much will truly trickle down to the most needy in the country.

It’s more than a little ironic to invoke the Christmas spirit for the tax cut, given that the majority of the cuts are going to corporations and the top 1% of income earners in the country. According to some reports, that is as much as 62% or more of the approximately $1.5 billion in cuts. That’s pushing another $930 million to the top. Yes, it appears the average taxpayers will see a reduction in their taxes, at least until 2025 when the individual cuts expire. But there is little doubt that the tax bill will only increase wealth for some while further widening the income gap for many.

Ultimately, the government will have to make up for the $1.5 billion largess. That could mean reductions in services, fewer federal grants to pay for state programs, additional fees down the road or something else we don’t know about. There could even be a bump in tax revenues, as trickle-down theorists love to point out. But historically, there isn’t a lot of evidence to support those ideas.

The continued effort to push even more money to the top 1% seems less than charitable. It seems more than a little disingenuous of the president to call the cuts a gift for the American people. Certainly it is a gift for some, however, it remains to be seen how many will benefit from the bill.

Perhaps the president and members of the current Congress could learn a thing or two from Coolidge’s legacy about the spirit of Christmas.

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