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.
A world in which in many nations it is normal for the poor to be fat is a utopia by any measure from the perspective of someone who lived in 1900.
So true. That was when they had the term "prosperously plump." Now people spend thousands to try not to be plump, and the stats say the "poor" are the most plump. Why that is, I do not know. What I do know is that body lard is unattractive to me. If people want to be fat, though, it's their choice and I would never hold it against them.
Why Germany would decide to further enable Greece's socialism and corruption is beyond me. The NYT thinks they should.
"Americans were the most prosperous people in the world, and also the lowest taxed. In fiscal terms the rebellion was inspired by ambition rather than hardship, by a desire not for financial freedom but for more financial freedom. This push for opportunity spurred people's envy of success, their scorn for failure, and their increasingly dubious view of their compatriots' integrity."
State government’s free-fall into insolvency was designed intentionally and executed methodically. Over the years, legislators devoted more to hoarding power and ensuring their re-election than to smart governance. They repeatedly created employee benefits, entitlement coverage and spending obligations that the people of Illinois cannot pay as costs come due.
9th Circuit nominee John Liu says he “envisions the judiciary…as a culturally situated interpreter of social meaning.” Is he a social worker, a forensic Psychiatrist, or a nut?
In Health Bill, Obama Attacks Wealth Inequality. Duh. But not by making it easier for people to create wealth - if wealth is what they want. No, just by taking mine and giving it to somebody else, preferably to a Dem voter.
It looks like the Obamacare bill Amendment Train is getting started. Republicans are proposing to eliminate the item in the bill which guarantees sex offenders access to Viagra or Cialis or whatever [see Instapundit]. Let's see if the Democrats will fall for this. Probably not. But it's only the beginning of a cornucopia of Republican amendments to the bill. And if any amendment passes, the bill will have to return to the House to be voted on again.
Looks like a good plan to me. Unless, of course, you are a convicted sex offender who wants a little 'help.'
That cartoon reminds me: During Obama's campaign, I would like to know what the people who voted for him heard? Were they so enthralled with his voice that they didn't hear that he wanted to "spread the wealth" and "transform" our country. How did they rationalize the radicals he hung around with or listened to in church? I'm not a Sharpton fan but he's right: Americans (not me) voted for Socialism when we voted for Obama. And the Republicans should have done something about healthcare when they had the chance. It could have been done in a bipartisan fashion and maybe we would have real reform (maybe).
No maybe about it. Obama & crew are an act of nature --ina jungle, something will eat what can be eaten, even plants fight it out for that open patch of sunlight. GOP left the keys in the car and someone stole it. the deepest iteration of Murphy's law, "can, will".
For example, look at this from Instapundit:
DON’T GET COCKY, KID: Axelrod: Health Care Passed Because GOP Let Down Its Guard After Massachusetts.
Only thing you can do is pick out as many of your acquaintances as you can handle and work on 'em cheerfully and persistently for the next eight months. Then if you lose anyway, at least you tried, eh?