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.
By current CBOís estimates Obamaís deficits will add some $10 trillion to our national debt in the next decade, nearly doubling it. This number, however, will also be revised upwards once the new deficit figures are factored in. Dreary as these figures are, things are likely to be worse. This is because the CBO calculations do not take into account the costs of some of the presidentís most ambitious programs such as health care reform. Providing universal health insurance would effectively create the most far-reaching entitlement program in American history. The administration puts its cost at some $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Most experts, however, dismiss this figure as grossly understated. It is only enough to look at the exploding costs of Social Security and other entitlements to see how profoundly unrealistic the administrationís numbers are. But even if we take Obamaís estimate at face value, the resulting national debt would by 2019 stand at more than twice the level he inherited when he took the oath of office.
All together now - Megan McArdle has a great post explaining how a government health care program largely depends on getting young, healthy workers to subsidize less-healthy participants. Also, the bureaucracy will be mind-blowing.
I'm sick and tired of the government telling me what to eat, when to eat it and what's good or bad for me. I can figure this out on my own. I take care of my body, am in excellent shape for my age and am 25 pounds less than when I graduated high school. While I enjoy some fatty foods and alcohol in moderation, I know what I can handle and pay attention to my doctors.
I don't need a government spending program to monitor my diet. Stay out of my business!
Muni's: a few people will never again buy muni's after NYC's Municipal Assistance Corporation swapped unredeemable junk for fully guaranteed full faith and credit NYC bonds that couldn't pay off in the 70s.
That proved that full faith and credit doesn't mean full faith and credit. It's whatever the judge they shop for goes along with.
Double that gak. My broker calls and gets me to buy stuff. Notice how I wrote that - as if I don't have the power to say 'no'. Anyway, she talked me into Dulles Airport munis - a great big chunk of them. Now I don't answer the phone.
Even when faced with a pointy satire- Moderates cannot grip facts about reality.
From the fatty fatty rush druggy link comments:
"Ideological purity is not going to return the Republicans to power. They will remain out of power until they become the party of freedom and liberty."
This seems to be the dominant ideolgy of the ModReps. So running a moderate, McCain, that worked well? McCain the banner carrier for Freedom and Liberty? (as long as we don't ask what Hussein means and let the illegals live here and also agree with Kennedy on just about everything and also shut up you angry conservatives)
Seriously, the Moderates seem to enjoy running candidates as the poster children for failure. Bleating endlessly that we conservatives are too strident, while supporting mashed potato vanilla solutions that FAIL EVERY TIME.
It's past time for ModReps to put up or shut up. Show me a staunch conservative failure rate that is worse than a moderate one. Being so right about the argument- statistics should agree, correct? Otherwise they are just children playing around with a microphone handed to them by the left- that is the only reason you hear them.