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Thaddeus Stevens is spinning in his grave.

The venerable Pennsylvania Republican, portrayed so vividly in the movie "Lincoln" by Tommie Lee Jones, was a man ahead of his time. He helped establish tax-financed public education in our commonwealth — a massive expansion of government at a time when many believed government had no obligation to educate its citizenry.

Mr. Stevens' stern visage still looks down on our legislators in Harrisburg, where a party bearing the name Republican holds a solid majority. But he can't be happy with what he sees these days. ...

Read the full op-ed at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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