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.
Economic freedom is founded on personal freedom and personal freedom includes the right of property. I own myself and I own what I produce. I own what I trade for: home, clothing, car. I own the things I provide for my family's needs.
The Constitution provides for individual freedom and therefore economic freedom. I am free to produce and trade; I am free to live in the community I think best for my family; I am free to choose what I buy and what I don't. I am free to provide any service I choose that another finds valuable enough to pay for.
This really annoys His Hopeful Changeness and people like him. So they distract me (or would try) with sexual license and similar foolishness. They want me to give up great freedoms for petty license. Then they tell me that whatever I lack is because some "other" took it from me. Not so: I made my own educational and career choices. They were constrained by many things, mostly my own ambitions. All of us are constrained by many things. The economic freedom HHC bemoans is not freedom, it is serfdom.
I realize this is a blog and not journalism, but I find this sort of thing rather annoying. If you have reason to doubt that something is a fact, why repeat it? It's not like this sort of information has a short shelf-life. If it's true it's much better information after it has been vetted. Just because he's a lousy speaker doesn't mean he also writes that way. Unless there's some solid evidence of his actual, not-possible-it-was-ghost-written writing to the contrary. Maybe there is and I'm just to damn busy having a job and a life to be aware of it or look it up myself.
If I was in the unscrupulous business of running campaigns I would flood the market with this sort of negative misinformation about my side (at the appropriate times and anonymously, of course) and then play gotcha...which is why I'm not in that business...
Doh! My mistake. I saw the " Update: I hear there is some question about whether this is real. Can somebody find out?" line was still there but missed the "It is a hoax - we were fooled" until the ignasecond after I hit "Submit".
A key difference between Maggie's Farmers and many progressives is this: Maggie's team responded to the question of a hoax, found it was, and said so in the same place they started the discusion.
Progressives either continue to hide their lies or they bury their acknowledgement of the facts very deep.