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.
CBS News released its own poll on Tuesday, finding that Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of health care by 47%-40%, a 9 point increase since July. A majority believe “the health care reforms under consideration in Congress” will “mostly hurt” the middle class (43%) or have no effect (21%). Twice as many (46%) believe it will hurt small business than believe it will help them (23%). By two to one, Americans believe the proposals will increase their health care costs and by almost three to one, they believe the proposals will make it harder to see their doctor. In CBS’ June poll, a majority (50%) believed government would do a better job of providing health insurance than private companies; now, a plurality (47%) thinks government would do a worse job and only about a third (36%) believe government will do a better job.
A poll from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released this week found that a majority of Americans, 53%, have now heard “a lot” about “the bills in Congress to overhaul the health care system” while another 40% have hard “a little.” So it seems the more people learn about the proposals from President Obama and Democrats, the less they think they’re a good idea. That might suggest to the president that the problem lies more with the policies than the pitches.
FROM 1948 to 1970, 850,000 to a million Jews fled or were expelled from Arab lands. Many of these forgotten refugees were members of ancient Jewish communities that predated Christianity. More than a few were wealthy, powerful and successful. Nearly all of them left their homes with little more than the shirts on their backs, leaving behind houses, bank accounts, investments, personal treasures and their means of livelihood. They resettled, mostly in Israel. From then until now, they have received no reparations, no inventory of their lost possessions and virtually no consideration in negotiations for Middle East peace.
According to scholar Maurice M. Roumani, "In contrast to the high profile maintained by the Palestinian refugees, Jewish refugees in Israel began a costly rehabilitation program and played down their refugee status as much as possible. Their story was little known until 1976, when a new organization named WOJAC [World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries] undertook to make their voice heard so that no Middle East refugee settlement could take place without their claims being part of the equation. These claims are based on both historical and legal rights from centuries of continuous living in the Mediterranean region under Muslim rule."
This demonstrates the problems of having the House (and Senate) holding its members accountable for their actions. In theory, it works great. However, in practice, elected officials on Capitol Hill do plenty of backscratching, and Rangel gets a lot of contributions in defense of a safe seat. That makes him powerful on the Hill, as he can dole out cash to allies and deny it to foes. In this particular instance, Rangel is using it to corrupt an Ethics Committee investigation, which would be the height of irony everywhere else but Capitol Hill.
AARP's Washington office, which is among the most heavily financed lobbying operations in Washington for higher taxes, more regulation, and bigger government budgets; it is, effectively, an appendage of the liberal wing of the Democratic party.
Peggy Noonan wakes up column: Obama is “Faux Eloquent Boring”; his staffers are bright, inexperienced punks: “Long-term it is hard to get people to trust your policies if they think you're coolly operating on some intellectual or ideological abstractions.”
The "Research on Men" link is unnecessarily cruel to 'men' as a group, I think. It takes the conventional [should I say feminist?] attitude that men are fundamentally simple creatures, led around by their baser instincts. Come, come, girls. Men are capable of multi-tasking, just as women are. And doing a damn good job of it, too.
Give us a break here. Men and women should be equal, I agree. But God save us from 'equal' meaning 'identical.' No, they don't enjoy going clothing shopping with or for women. But if you want to buy a car, a lawnmower, or some other fun piece of equipment that goes fast or makes a loud noise or hits a target and feeds the family, he's your man.
I like that -- especially if I'm the target. Ahhh, memories ...
Ahh , Marianne. I'd laugh at at Houstonian hickdom from the heights of the Dallas snob culture .... but my kids & grandkids live down yonder, and since I became a yankee by moving north of Conroe, I have my own issues. Other than that, I do like your insight. Just don't tell the local elitists I said so!