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.
Can a memorial service be a fine, almost joyful, inspiring thing? It sure can. We lost a solid pillar of our church last week, and it was a wonderful service for a remarkable fellow who died way too young. He brought many to Christ just by his example of living. A friend confided to me that he was jealous of the fellow's memorial service - and I was too.
...Given these facts, you are left to ponder the following question articulated by Richmond:
So a federal government which has never in history demonstrated one iota of ability to reign in spending can permanently add another 40+ million people to federal entitlement programs [and] [t]his is the silver bullet necessary to reduce costs?
Nope. No bullets at all, silver or otherwise. The government is shooting blanks, and a system that isranked number 1 out of 191 in the world for “responsiveness to the needs and choices of the individual patient” (uh, isn’t that what good medicine is all about?) is about to be downgraded dramatically based on a collection of myths, half-truths and outright lies.
By the way, Bird Dog, there seems to be some confusion out here as to what exactly a "green job" is. Is it like mowing a lawn? Kvetching about the fate of those poor polar bears, who are in actuality doing just fine, thank you, increasing their populations according to polar bear biologists? Building solar panels [which won't work unless the sun shines? Building those bird-shredding windmills all over the landscape which won't work unless the wind blows?