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.
Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many "czars" appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent?
Did you think that another "czar" would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers-- that is, to create a situation where some newspapers' survival would depend on the government liking what they publish?
Did you imagine that anyone would even be talking about having a panel of so-called "experts" deciding who could and could not get life-saving medical treatments?
The "Czar" thing has gotten progressively worse over time. It is NOT improving life in the US, and many times has made it worse (Energy Czars in particular, Drug Czars specifically). They are low-value, low-impact roles with high visibility and high pay that are morphing into something like a Kievan Rus Boyar.
As soon as the Fed quits buying the 'too-big-to-fail's' toxic mortgage-backed securities, and turns around and starts selling into the open market its Treasuries (OIW, executing the 'escape from inflation' plan), the global bond market may well step in and curtail these madmen from the fever swamps.
newsFlash, Joe Lieberman will join the GOP filibuster unless Reid pulls the 'public option' --just in over the tv news --
First off- don't invite a vampire into your house. Turn off the damn TV folks. The government/media complex wins when we fall for their straw-man divide and conquer tactics.
Second- the creature can only gain on you if you swim with it. Don't get into the dark pool with the Republicans who are right now living off the scraps Drac is tossing them. Start by supporting the Conservative Party in NY State.
Third- the next time someone tells you the Third Choice is a kook or a throwaway- ask yourself Who Benefits? If the answer is the R or D party, a cable news show, or currently serving politicians- why should you believe it?
Remember the McCain!
Remember the Dole!
Remember what choosing the lesser of two evils gets you. Being nice is for last place, how's the race look up ahead?