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.
When ruling elites feel threatened they oppose partisan bickering. They oppose the idea of a legitimate opposition. If the polls showed support for stimulus spending and taxes on energy and government run health care there would be no partisanship in Washington. Only peace and unity and niceness. The elite views opposition to the imposition of their will as annoying and illegitimate.
A few years ago, I accepted global warming theory with few doubts. I wrote several columns for this paper condemning what I thought were unfair attacks by skeptics and defending the climate scientists.
I must confess that the more I read of the health care reform bill that just passed the senate this morning, the more it grows on me.
Unfortunately, that growth is a cancerous tumor, one that will be impossible to excise once this God-awful monstrosity becomes law.
If the Democrats had stuck to their original intent - covering more people, covering those who are chronically ill and denied insurance, and trying to bend the cost curve on Medicare - I would probably have supported it. These things are necessary goals for America and legislation was desperately needed to address these problems.
A lost decade for stocks, yes. My IRA is 80% in equities, and the value has declined since 1998, which was before the peaks in 1999. And it is well diversified among value and growth as well as cap size. Retirement will have to be very lean and very late.
Oh dear God. This guy has had a "guaranteed lifeteime job" here in MT. Don't know why, or how. Never thought our election system was as corrupt as others, but always wondered why he kept getting re-elected. Now, I suspect that that was not the case. Someone was making certain this drunk would get to be head of the Finance Committee.
But, then again we have this gentlemen speaking in the Irish house of parliament. I think playing the two side by side provides a keen insight to the current state of the world's affairs.