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.
Americans -- with their lawsuit culture, their safety obsession and, above all, their addiction to government spending programs -- demand more from their government than just about anybody else in the world. They don't simply want the government to keep the peace and create a level playing field. They want the government to ensure that every accident and every piece of bad luck is prevented, or that they are fully compensated in the event something goes wrong. And if the price of their house drops, they will hold the government responsible for that, too.
She's right and she's not right. She's right about the lazy thinking about public policy that most people do, but I think she gives those attitudes too much credit for staying power. Had any sufficiently large public or political entity spent the last generation really explaining to the public why those attitudes would create something unsustainable--and do that consistently and with integrity (yeah, the i-word leaves any political party out of that list)--those attitudes wouldn't be so strong. And most people, even "progressives," can be brought around pretty easily to her argument if pressed by someone they trust. The numbers are real, they are not fairy dust.
The article was lazy. It projects the opinion of one side of our polarized population (liberals) as if it was representative of everybody's. The anecdote of closing schools so that ice-infested roads won't pose a danger was absurd.
Anyhow, I'm glad we live in a prosperous and educated society where it's ok to be concerned about terrorists.
This article reminds me of Fareed Zakaria's article where he was rather laissez faire about Obama's handling of the oil spill, as if they were doing everything they could http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/13/presidential-pony-show.html Apple's article just seems like an excuse for mediocrity.