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.
Easier than figuring out what women really want is what Americans really want from their government: a free ride.Whenever lofty goals are polled, majorities speak in favor.Whenever asked whether they are willing to pay for the goals themselves or personally participate in furthering those goals, majorities say no.
A recent poll of attitudes toward charities shows 70% expressing deep caring for the environment, relieving poverty and improving schools. But, less than 20% have personally done anything to aid these causes in the past year, and on most such causes the personal effort drops to 10%.
The latest polls, for example from Rasmussen and CBsof the so-called stimulus package in Congress shows majorities skeptical that it will deliver stimulus, and favoring tax cuts over spending.Americans believe they are better qualified to decide what to do with their earnings than Washington’s legislators and bureaucrats, especially when so much of the stimulus bill is deemed wasteful, unnecessary, and unproductive of economic growth.
In every popular vote for government-provided healthcare, the majority has said no as the extra and excess costs become evident and the loss of quality, choice and access become clear.Nonetheless, the stimulus bill contains many provisions that will move the US toward government-run healthcare.
President Obama and his party may have won a winning margin of about 5% of the popular vote, which is hardly a mandate for such dramatic changes and charges to our population and future generations mired in $1-trillion more impoverishing debts.