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.
...few people other than news junkies have noticed how extraordinary Barack Obama's agenda is. Perhaps a number will help: 35%. That is the aggregate percentage of United States GDP produced by the three industries that the Democrats hope to restructure from the top down: Health care (17% of GDP), energy (9.8% of GDP), and financial services (8% of GDP). Think about that. Without even considering the transformational impact of proposed anti-business laws of general application, such as the Orwellian "employee free choice act," the Obama administration wants to redesign 35% of gross domestic product from the center. And he proposes to do it all in a rush this summer, lest the decline in his popularity and that of the Congressional Democrats erodes his power to do so.
Thirty-five percent. Somebody needs to turn that into a bumper sticker.
Amen: my daughter's sister-in-law is one of those.
Two months ago she was at our house for the afternoon: noted that her car was wearing it's spare tire. Hey - it happens.
Yesterday we ran into her at a friend's house (it is a small town) and the car is still wearing the donut. Intrigued I bent down ... the other three tires have zero to no tread showing - flat as pancakes.
"Yeah, well, I've got this trip coming up - we're spending the week at the Dells. The tires only have to last four more months."
Vacation at the Land of WaterParks or ... new tires that will keep your ride out of accidents. And it's the way she's been operating for her entire adult life, it seems.
This would be easier to watch if I didn't like her a whole bunch - she's personable, gives haircuts to family members gratis, her children are polite and well-mannered ... she just makes bad choices like this all .. the .. time.
"The University of Texas mugs Western Civ. How advanced! How Progressive! How modern! How sophisticated!"
Maggies Farm is usually very clear, except to some poor readers who do not seem to understand or recognize sarcasm. Maggies Farm is a daily delight for me.
Too many people will take be called sophisticated as a compliment, however from my old high school/college dictionary:
sophisticated 1: not in a natural, pure or original state : ADULTERATED ..... and it goes on.
sophistication 1a: the use of sophistry ... 2: the process of making impure or weak .. 3: the process or result of becoming cultured, knowledgeable or disillusioned ..
sophistry 1: deceptively subtle reasoning or argumentation
I suppose I should be grateful on several levels. First, San Fran Nan isn't my immediate representative. Second, Gavin Newsom isn't my mayor. Third, and most important, it seems that Mr. Newsom's focus of attention has shifted from the personal pollination of his staff member's wife to gardening in general. Mr. Newsom's micro management of his constituent's lives should be welcomed, if not appreciated. What would they do without him? He is at once a paragon of virtue and a nanny--what a guy!
The health care Trojan Horse is poorly disguised. Everyone that talks with me about the public option expects it to become, for most Americans, the only option if Obama and Baucus get their way. I have been voting against Baucus since 1996, when I voted in my first Montana election.
Military healthcare is less expensive per capita than general healthcare (at least I think it is) in signifcant part because the military pays physicians below-market salaries and uses a lot of PAs and nurse-practicioners. I happen to think that PAs and nurse-practicioners are a good plan and I am always happy to see one instead of a physician.
When the whole healthcare system starts paying below market reimbursements, we're going to find that it's hard to be seen for acute illnesses.