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.
"We're not going to solve the economic problems until we get rid of people like Chris Dodd. As long as Dodd is in there writing regulation, the economy is never going to recover, and more and more people are going to lose their jobs"
Whither government in America, ask the people? How much should we allow it to do for us without losing something essential that makes us who we are? Are we really all that different of a people from everyone else on the planet? Is there an identifiable “American character” that sets us apart?
Our ancestors certainly thought so. Alexis de Tocqueville agreed. Indeed, it may be out of fashion to talk about the basis of our Constitution, but if we ever forget the idea that all power flows from the consent of the governed and not the other way around, we are doomed to suffer a significant loss of personal freedom simply because government can do pretty much whatever it chooses to do unless the people withhold their consent. There hasn’t been a lot of that these last 40 years and government’s ravenous appetite to do what all governments, once created, and regardless of who is in charge, seek to do - control - has gotten out of hand.
This despite the best of intentions of government’s major cheerleaders, and their belief that society can be perfected with the application of the principles of social science; seek out root causes of society’s problems and address them.
As far as the idea that history began in 2009 is concerned, it's an interesting concept. For most of us, whether we admit it or not, history began the day we were born. That's why the global warmenists want the weather to stay the same as it was on their natal day. That's why the liberal pundits want to conveniently forget our country's splendid roster of positive achievements over its more than 200 year history. And that's why liberals keep trying to reinstate the tired old big government solutions to non-emergency problems that didn't work before. Like the guy who keeps marrying the exact same kind of woman he married the first four times he wed. Because this time its going to work.
Re Krugman on unemployment: My daughter, who lives in Germany, notes that unemployment according to the German media has been around 10%+, but it does come down in various locales when U.S. troops return from deployment to purchase German goods and services with their U.S. paychecks. The economy recently got a kick when several battalions returned from Iraq, most recently in October. It's rather like a "works program" supported by our government.
Re Math scores: One of the math experts quoted is Eric Gutstein, an associate professor from the U. of Illinois Chicago. Much of his published literature refers to "math and social justice." Does that sound familiar? Bill Ayres is also in the education department at UIC/Chgo. You draw your own conclusions.
It wasn't Agnew - it was the sponsors who realized women have control of the family's disposable income. In order to sell advertising, stations had to hire consultants who polled women, and who designed news coverage to attract female viewers. News changed from facts and figures to kittens and puppies. I know - I was in the business during the change.