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.
Cap and trade would cost you $3600/year. And accomplish nothing. Slightly related: Rick Moran thinks about greening the Repubs. We at Maggie's are passionate conservationists, but think that the Greenies are wacko pagans.
Insurance is not medical care. Indeed, health care is not the same as medical care. Countries with universal health care do not have more or better medical care.
The bottom line is medical care. But the rhetoric and the talking points are about insurance. Many people who could afford health insurance do not choose to have it because they know that medical care will be available at the nearest emergency room, whether they have insurance or not.
This is especially true for young people, who do not anticipate long-term medical problems and who can always get a broken leg or an allergy attack taken care of at an emergency room -- and spend their money on a more upscale lifestyle.
This may not be a wise decision but it is their decision, and there is no reason why other people should lose the right to make decisions for themselves because some people make questionable decisions.
If you don't think government bureaucrats can make questionable decisions, then you haven't dealt with many government bureaucrats.
Napolitano got that job for two reasons: sexual orientation, and family (mob) connections.
We need to begin to seriously assess the damage that has been done to three generations of young women. I am a strong supporter of the rights of all people to be equal. I believed and supported the women's movement in an effort to address several issues. But the movement began to betray all of us when the leaders of women's rights began to convince young gals that they owed no allegiance to the truth, or facts. When they began to convince young gals that because they had been held back for so many centuries they were now free to bully, to steal, to lie, to mob, to falsely accuse. In short, I believe that we have turned out three generations of young woman who demonstrates many systems of sociopaths--free to do any thing they want in order to get whatever it is they want in the fastest possible way. You know--like corrupting the election system. With power like that no wonder they are put into jobs for which they have limited qualifications. The tragedy is that once they get these "teaching" jobs on campus--they are then only able to teach other young gals how to become sociopaths.
I didn't know she was a lesbian. Not that there's anything wrong with that, per se. It's just that those folks seem so angry all the time --like Barney Frank for example --that one can't help get a little chill that in positions of power these anger levels (regardless of the source, & there are of course many other sources than er ah, differentness *whew*) might lead to er, ah, destructive administration of public duty (as in "getting even with the straight world").