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.
That is a real feel good picture at the link on the oil spill in the gulf. A couple of weeks ago I read an article that said it is a waist of time washing the crude oil off birds and animals. I wish I could tell you who the scientist was that wrote it but can`t. It spoke in particular about a large spill where the enviro gang washed the crude oil off 13,000 birds and animals. Out of that 13,000 wash jobs 600 birds and animals survived. That is a less than 5% success rate.
I do not want to sound crude or uncaring but to me numbers like that make the cost prohibitively uneconomical. It only servers to make the PETA people and their ilk happy.
Re Dow: at this point in 1999, it was at a high point with the help of a Republican Congress and in spite of Bill Clinton. Rising economic activity and budget restraint had finally brought a surplus in the federal budget.
The Dow dipped in the recession of 2000-2001 and then rose again to around 14000 in 2008. Dems took over Congress in 2007 and a year later we had a recession on our hands. Coincidence? Maybe partly -- the recession of 2000 wasn't particularly Bill Clinton's fault. But the financial collapse due to housing was a long-delayed Dem fiasco and the push for healthcare and cap-n-trade was underway.
Now, after a year of His Hopeful Changeness and three years of Democratic Congressional majorities, we've finally caught up with where a Republican majority had the stock market 10 years ago. The surplus is close to the largest budget that Ronald Reagan signed. Healthcare ruin will happen unless we can head it off and cap-n-trade, in a new name, could be next.
Not that I am bitter or anything.