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.
The sobering moment arrived the other day when they put Peggy Noonan's latest column behind the wall. They'd been doing that with individual articles, but not some of the regular columnists. I keep expecting Best of the Web Today to follow suit.
The odd thing about the whole situation is, with 140 million blog and opinion sites out there, why would they think we'd want to pay for their humble opinion, when a Google search for the proper keywords would proabably turn up ten articles on the same subject, with some of them possibly better written? The 'pay wall' was a total bust for the NYT, so it's strange that the WSJ thought it would work for them. This is the second time they've tried it, by the way, and if it didn't work the first time, why do they think it will now?
Just a note on the looming doctor shortage resulting from the passage of Obama's dreadful healthcare bill. To begin with -- it's real. It's out there and it's going to happen. The White House's liberal fascist team think that they can coerce doctors to do what they want. They can't, and they better figure it out pretty soon. The older, more experienced and skilled physicians will simply retire, taking their skills and experience with them, rather than be starved out of their formerly profitable practices. The newer doctors, those who are still in training, will analyze the market and decide which specialties are the most profitable -- heart/thoracic surgery, plastic/reconstructive surgery, the other most high-dollar skills, and immediately upon their certification will head straight for those specialties. They won't "waste time" learning the broad basis of knowledge necessary to become internists and generalists.
Presto ... an acute shortage of general practitioners and internists coming up, along with a downward spiral in medical skills out in the field.
Furthermore, if you and your family are on the older, more mature side, the young doctors won't want to bother with you, since the healthcare "reform" bill wants old folks to quietly die quickly, to free up more money for younger folks who want such things as acupuncture, anger management counseling, and other "treatments" which can't be scientifically assessed as effective or not.
Personally, I'm considering finding a "black market" doctor, perhaps a really smart veterinarian, who will be willing to work with me if I pay him directly and don't let Obama or Medicare know what I'm doing.
There's a joke going around now about a woman who went to a costume shop and rented a dog costume for her husband, complete with leash. She marched him into her local veterinarian, who is very up to date on the latest tests, and told the vet: "Give him all the checks and tests -- you know, MRI, CAT Scan, etc. Just don't neuter him while you're at it."