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.
To say that antipoverty programs in the United States are perverted may
be an understatement. When you take into account the loss of
means-tested benefits (e.g., cash assistance, food stamps, housing
subsidies, and health insurance), and the taxes that people pay on
earned income, the return to working is essentially zero for those in
the lower two quintiles of the income distribution.
For many of
the working poor, the implicit marginal tax rate is greater than 100
percent. The long-run consequence of undermining the positive incentive
to work is, of course, the creation of an underclass acclimated to not
Lacking a Muslim reformation, we had better not see Jihadist suicide bombings in the USA. That would excite reprisals, and the media (those who had not been personally hurt) would go nuts proclaiming martyrs. America has done the same thing that other countries have done, probably since early times: import an underclass of workers from impoverished societies to do “the work we won’t do”. The result has always been a permanent resident pissed-off underclass, and when said underclass has access to powerful weapons, nasty results are inevitable. Most recently, countries like this are: England, Germany, France, Israel, Netherlands, even Canada. Betcha the Romans did it too.