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.
The bill creates a new health entitlement program that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates will grow over the longer term at a rate of 8% annually, which is much faster than the growth rate of the economy or tax revenues. This is the same growth rate as the House bill that Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) deep-sixed by asking the CBO to tell the truth about its impact on health-care costs.
Sad but true: Everybody wants something from big government. I want a pony.
My favorite two political philosopher's are Vito Coreleone and Eliot Ness.
NJ you can't have that pony. I asked for it first a long time ago.
You can't be Spartacus either, that's Jephnol, or the King of Sicily, that's Roger.
All the Knights are me.
You might be able to get the baby elephant with the blue ball. Meta gave him to the Salvation Army, because he was shitting on her rugs.
One question, News Junkie. How the heck can you "save" a job? You personally may be able to save your own, but how can you tell if a number of jobs in the thousands have been "saved?" That's another pseudo-statistic which all of you actual statisticians out there ought to be protesting about.
Just another way the politicians are trying to manipulate us.
Is Obama anti-American? Yes, he is, and we knew it last year. He wants an America that is diminished, tamed, obedient. He wants American citizens diminished, tamed, obedient, herded at the convenience of his minions.
I hope it will fail. But the Canadian and Australian examples are the ones to look at, and they indicate that promises of goodies may produce a population that selects masters instead of servants.