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.
I don't want you to bail out my mistakes, America, and I don't want to bail out yours. Take your lumps! It's the free market; prices have to find their real level. I'm underwater in my stocks, and nobody cares. It will come out OK in the end.
Paraphrased from Larry Kudlow, on the radio this morning re government support of artificially high housing prices.
We learn a lot more from our mistakes, less from someone else's and probably even less from our successes. The critical factor is the direct impact on us. If that impact is mitigated, we learn less and thus become more stupid. I guess there are a lot of people in Washington who have made very few mistakes!