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.
Barter, my good doctor, barter. Could be an adventure. Also could be a thousand lbs of tomatoes in the kitchen and a driveway full of goats, too, but after a bit of time, might be doable for the year or three we'll need to circular-file this entire administration and ditch the dismal tide.
My son is in his second year and U of Chicago med. His class of 101 was accepted fom over 7000 applicates. I cannot beging to tell you how pround I am of him and how scared I am for his future. However, he loves it. He loves the learning. I have never seem him happier in his life.
"What are you going to do, Jim?" It's always a scary world for the young and hopeful when they venture out into it. When I got my first job after graduating from college in 1951, times were somewhat iffy and jobs scarce. My Dad told me that "you don't need a lot of job offers. You just need the one right one." And I bet that will still hold true when your son graduates. We just have to have faith in American ingenuity and creativity. Somehow, these wonderful youngsters will find a way to outwit the oppressive Big government mandates that have been thrust down our throats. American exceptionalism has been in effect far longer than these tired old socialistic ideas have. They keep trying them. And they keep failing. I suspect that once again they will fail. Because the socialist shoes don't fit the Americans who love the free market. They just don't. And clever, creative Americans will figure out a way to get us out of this, when those shoes really start to pinch.
My doctor friend was expressing the same thoughts until a patient came in with a different slant. He does hip replacements and has 90% Canadian patients. His latest patient told him, "Plan on seeing me a lot in the next four years. I need to get the other hip done (and then knees and what ever) in the next four years before your Healthcare kicks in and I can't come down here anymore. All my Canadian friends feel the same way." He was set to retire but now thinks he'll stay for the gold rush.