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.
• jimfromthefoothills firmly states, "Remember, we are going to rebuild every school, bridge and road in the country. We will fix healthcare. We will restore the constitution, end illegal wars [and] reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses." ......... And then luscious chocolate-chip cookies will drop from the sky, multi-colored unicorns will everyone give free rides to work and school, and Karl Rove will get frogmarched out of Fox News in primetime. As an aside, Jim is still living in the foothills and apparently ate some bad possum before posting.
People tend to be more driven to protest things that affect them personally rather than abstractions or faraway problems in distant lands. And it’s hard to imagine a government program that promises (or threatens) to affect people more personally than the health care reform bill, or one that has been more suspect in its claims and more murky in its lack of transparency. Therefore it should not be the least bit surprising that there’s a lot of energy in the fight against it.
What is surprising—to the Left—is that now they’re the objects rather than the perpetrators of the outrage. Their charge that opponents are astroturfers is partly a cynical ploy. But I suspect it’s also partly sincere, because they are experiencing shock and resultant denial that a populist movement has arisen against the Left itself.
An ex-insurance guy has become an emotional crusader against private insurance companies. Trouble is, if we end up with a government monopoly he will have many more complaints. And there will be no exit. The No Exit and no choice is what folks fear most, I believe.
The legislation still plans to achieve 40% of its savings from cuts in Medicare, slicing reimbursement rates to doctors and hospitals encouraging them shortchange their elderly patients as a matter of economic necessity and shrinking further the population of doctors. The standards and protocols of the newly established Federal Health Board are just as likely to direct the denial of care to seniors for such surgeries as hip and knee replacements and even coronary artery bypass as before the Obama retreat.
A prediction of civil war in Germany. Gates. In a way, it looks as if it has already begun.
I am confused as to why a preference for overpriced organic foods and a preference for government monopoly control of health care are necessarily correlated at the 1.0 level. But apparently they are. Maybe its a common desire to overpay for basic necessities?
I hear too much of this sort of ignorant nonsense from Greenies. How is shutting off your tap in England supposed to help people in deserts get water? As the Englishman asks "Where does it go?"
Legal, but unbelievably stupid. The ignorant or excitement-seeking reporter refers to that A-15 as an assault rifle. Maybe it once was one, but that rifle will not do full auto. Here's full auto (via Am Digest):
DC "self-identifies" as liberal?
Look at the demographics:
2000 Census - 572,059 residents
55.6% - Black or African American
36.3% - White
8.3% - Hispanics
3.1% - Asian
estimated 74,000 foreign immigrants
8.1% - gay, lesbian, or bisexual AND
many law firms, independent contractors (both defense and civilian), non-profit organizations, lobbying firms, trade unions, industry trade groups, and professional
associations have their headquarters in or near D.C.
Growing industries not directly related to government, include those in the areas of education, finance, public policy, and scientific research.
The George Washington University,
Washington Hospital Center,
and Fannie Mae
are the top five non-government-related employers in the city
H-m-m-m...wouldn't know why there are a majority of liberals resident in DC