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.
Think of Greece as California: Every year an irresponsible and corrupt bureaucracy awards itself higher pay and better benefits paid for by an ever-shrinking wealth-generating class. And think of Germany as one of the less profligate, still just about functioning corners of America such as my own state of New Hampshire: Responsibility doesn't pay. You'll wind up bailing out anyway. The problem is there are never enough of "the rich" to fund the entitlement state, because in the end, it disincentivizes everything from wealth creation to self-reliance to the basic survival instinct, as represented by the fertility rate. In Greece, they've run out Greeks, so they'll stick it to the Germans, like French farmers do. In Germany, the Germans have only been able to afford to subsidize French farming because they stick their defense tab to the Americans. And in America President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are saying we need to paddle faster to catch up with the Greeks and Germans. What could go wrong?
As a small side note, are you Mac users seeing a heart symbol up above in the first sentence? I used the 'Symbol' font for it, which is standard on all PC's, but I don't know about Macs. Please let me know if it's not, t'anks.
Thon - Well, that's odd. I'm using XP and the heart is displaying just fine. Since I'd bet anything that Symbol font is included in Vista, I have no idea why it's not working. Oh well, no biggie, and thanks for the feedback.
Okay, it seems to be a Firefox thing. I take it that's what you're using? I just tested it and got the copyright symbol. No telling why, though, in that FF is using the standard Unicode character encoding. Such is life.
Steyn is such a party pooper. First he tells us there isn't a free lunch. Next he's probably going to tell us Santa Claus doesn't exist and doesn't bring us free goodies because we are good and deserve it.