We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
An important article for anybody who wants to create or produce anything. I have no doubt that the Washington power elite wants to keep us all poor and stupid. And dependant upon them.
Their problem is that we are smarter than they are. We the people know how to make stuff happen, and all they do is take our stuff to try to get relected to their phony, no-heavy-lifting sinecures with their amazing benefits.
"Don't follow leaders, watch your parking meters." I have always been impressed by doers and makers, but never impressed by political "leaders." Not even once. Including Reagan, who I liked very much.
Simply put, liberals do not understand human nature. The people who lie and cheat will do so regardless of the rules, even if those rules sometimes may make it harder to cheat. In the same way, people will work hard and create wealth in the process when incented to do so. Why bother if the results of taking risk and fruits of ones labor is "redistributed" to others?
Approximately 70% of people are employed by small businesses, yet all of the actions being taken by government are ultimately hostile to entrepreneurs and small businesses and benefit the large and bureaucratic companies with the staff to comply.
Sarbanes-Oxley, FASB (options and mark-to-market among others), regulation FD and soon-to-be higher taxes on capital are strangling the very thing that made America great and the very thing that could mitigate the current financial implosion.
If these rules were suspended for every company under $1 billion in revenues in combination with a zero percent rate on capital gains up to a threshold amount of [$250 million] - pick your own number, the process of capital formation and business creation would likely lead us out of the recession and into a newer, bighter future.
The government cannot, and should not attempt to, protect us from ourselves.