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.
As we noted in our amicus brief supporting Citizens United, the FEC now has regulations for 33 types of contributions and speech and 71 different types of speakers. Regardless of the abstract merit of the various arguments for and against limits on political contributions and spending, this very complexity raises serious concerns about whether the law can be enforced consistent with the First Amendment.
Re: foreign-held US debt. China has the largest single exposure, it looks like, with Japan and England running 2nd and 3rd. Rough count was 3.5 T in foreign-held debt, or around 25% of the total. A lot of the debt is supposedly held by Social Security -- not at all sure how much. So the government sort-of owes it to itself sort-of to pay us when we retire. Sort of.
Let's leave religion out of this. The Mormon Church is big on mutual support, far less so on state largesse. And Obama doesn't live as a Muslim.
Demcare and Masscare/Romneycare are bad ideas. Let's go after them on that basis.