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.
Dionne dismisses anti-statism by narrowly associating it with 18th century anti-federalists who opposed the Constitution. In fact, most of our founders mistrusted a powerful central government, which is why the Constitution enumerated and restricted federal powers, safeguarded the independence of states, and reserved ultimate power to the people. "Progressive" leftists like Dionne are inherent statists with unbounded faith in the virtue and wisdom of elite bureaucrats who share their ideology to run our government, our economy and our lives.
This is the great divide between left and right in our country and the real root of opposition from Tea Partiers and, as the polls reveal, from most Americans to Obama, Pelosi, Reid and their statist agenda.
When calculated by the average annual percentage of the Gross Domestic Product that he will spend during his presidency, Obama is on track to become the biggest-spending president since 1930, the earliest year reported on the OMBís historical chart of spending as a percentage of GDP. When calculated by the average annual percentage of GDP he will borrow during his presidency, Obama is on track to become the greatest debter president since Franklin Roosevelt.
No kidding! Who's going to babysit the little darlings from the ages of 11 on? Maybe we'll have buildings that look just like the schools where they'll have to sit from 9-3 every day. I know just where we can find some unionized babysitters with time on their hands.
Note, the abuses described in the "pension scam" above are not widespread outside the State of California. Most municipal employees elsewhere will never retire at 100% of salary. In my municipality at 30 year employee gets 75% of his ending salary and there is no cost of living adjustment after that nor is there any Drop program.