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.
Met a guy once--on our sleek, new, silver rapid transit train. He was only few years older--maybe 39. I was only a few years younger: pretty, and the proud new owner of my own business--it was doing well.
I sat next to him because the train was nearly full and he had a nice three piece grey suit on--looked ok. We started to chat and had a few giggles. I talked about my new business, my competitors, my vendors, etc. When he got up to leave he handed me his business card. He had stepped off the train and the doors were closed when I looked down at the card: Mr. XXXX of the IRS: mr nice guy was regional director. His parting words to me had been words I have not forgotten in the 35 years since: "if anybody gives you any problems--just call me, I 'll give them something to think about." When I stepped off the train at the next stop, I stood on the platform in that bright setting sun and could not decide whether to laugh or cry. I have never forgotten the good intentions, nor the power suggested to do harm. This was not the America I had been waiting all of my life to embrace. I always knew that when I grew up-my country, my people would be honest and fair and do every action with great integrity. What I found out about being my own boss was that that was not true--it broke my heart.
1. If I had been in the crowd when Joe Biden insinuated successful people are unpatriotic, I would probably be in jail now.
2. I work in the corporate headquarters building. The IRS has a permanent office right down the hall. They work there to make sure they can smoothly pump 35-40% of our profit out of the company and into the government. Nobody says a word to them as they come and go.