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.
I was completely disgusted by Judge Sotomayor’s testimony today. If she was not perjuring herself, she is intellectually unqualified to be on the Supreme Court. If she was perjuring herself, she is morally unqualified. How could someone who has been on the bench for seventeen years possibly believe that judging in hard cases involves no more than applying the law to the facts? First year law students understand within a month that many areas of the law are open textured and indeterminate-that the legal material frequently (actually, I would say always) must be supplemented by contestable presuppositions, empirical assumptions, and moral judgments. To claim otherwise-to claim that fidelity to uncontested legal principles dictates results-is to claim that whenever Justices disagree among themselves, someone is either a fool or acting in bad faith. What does it say about our legal system that in order to get confirmed Judge Sotomayor must tell the lies that she told today? That judges and justices must live these lies throughout their professional careers?
Think about it – the French and the British – two of the societies with a past history of the proponency of freedom of expression, and both with no shortage of understanding of the burden and suspicion that a state-run media can burden a society with STILL have state run media establishments, but Poland is simply disposing of theirs for precisely the right reasons.
Next year's elections are going to produce a political earthquake. That is because we currently suffer the most left-wing government in our nation's history. After just 6 months in office, the flower children that rule Washington in overwhelming numbers are already smashing through all records regarding federal taxes, spending, deficits, and debt. Obama and his ultra-left Democrats adopted a so-called stimulus bill raising spending a trillion dollars that never had a prayer of actually creating jobs and promoting long-term economic growth, because it was based entirely on old-fashioned, brain dead, proven to fail, Keynesian economics. Though we would have to double federal taxes to finance the entitlement promises we have already made, the ruling Washington Democrats completely ignore that and focus instead on adopting yet another entitlement -- national health insurance -- that would be the biggest of all.
It's worth noting that we have had Health Care Reform in this nation, but Congress has (as usual) mucked it up. This Reform is called Medical Savings Accounts. Like Flex Spending, you can allocate portions of your income into this tax-free. Unlike Flex Spending, you get interest on it, it doesn't get taken from you at the end of the year if you don't use it, and you can continue to save for years....
Medical Savings Accounts would allow people to increase deductibles and lower premiums, a portion of which can then be funneled into MSAs, etc, etc.
MSAs are the BEST way to begin the discussion of "reform" yet NOBODY wants to talk about them because it means they don't get to expand their power.
Plus, nobody likes talking about "savings" during a recession, they want investment...or so they think. Fact is, if people started spending and investing the way they were 2 years ago, we'd have an even bigger recession on our hands in another 2 years....so it's time to start thinking smart.
Let's get the MSA discussion working.
The ONLY way to defeat the criminal LEFT element is to speak of optimistic and positive means of countering their illegitimate and negative activities which are borderline criminal.