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.
Since his re-election defeat in 2004, Daschle has mastered the art of turning humiliating political loss into high-roller riches, much of it coming from his work for a well-connected law firm where he didn't technically operate as a lobbyist but gave policy advice to companies with business before the government.
But trading on his name, his political connections, his ability to tap into Democratic donors and becoming wealthy by virtue of his past public service isn't what has Daschle in trouble. Failure to pay taxes is.
These aren't "very modest differences", they are profoundly different versions of the role of government and people in a free society. Also, only one of these will actually work, while the other does nothing more than empower government for generations.
You shouldn't make fun of Tom Daschle. He apologized and looked very sad. John Kerry was snickering with someone as he stood behind Tom's very sincere mea culpa. I bet John was in diapers until he was eight.
Re: Wal-mart, I worked as a Xmas employee at a Wal-mart around Tampa over Christmas and had a different experience. Everything seems to revolve about not getting sued. I would right more but it seems I could right a short essay on the subject and don't want to bore readers.
The funny thing was all XMAS help was let go a week before their busiest week before Christmas to keep their wage expense down.
"Everything seems to revolve about not getting sued."
That is the new motto for the seal of the United States of America. Forget E Pluribus Unum. Time we modernized things a bit and got with the program. That old Latin one just got us into trouble. Which is why we need the new one.
Fifty years ago today, the music died. On February 3, 1959, the plane carrying rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly, teen idol Ritchie Valens, and novelty act J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson crashed in a snowy Iowa cornfield.
Dear D---Thank you so much for that great little bit of music--the sound of one of those old rigs is music to my ears!
With regard to democrats, money,and power. How about this:
first they go into a country with limited resources that has been saving dollars for years (Greenland). They promise them an expanded GNP by providing more tourists (Jewish groups, Baptist groups, gay groups, etc.)
next step: when the trust is build up they get the leaders of that country to invest in New York schemers.
Finally: when all the money is gone the country is in a state of collapse and two weeks after Hillary shows up as secretary of state guess what happens?
How about this: that desperate, now bankrupt country is without a leader--but installs it's first ever homosexual into the role of president. Wonder how much ol Hillary promised to give em back for that--.10 cents on the dollar maybe?
Pray for Iceland. Look here: