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.
We saw a documentary about homeless families on HBO last night that was done by Pelosi's daughter. Couldn't help but notice that most of the homeless people, including young children, seemed to have cell phones- with cameras!
Check your phone bill, and your electric bill. If it's like my state, your local socialist public utility commission has forced the utilities to charge you huge amounts of extra money in your bill every month that is then redistributed in terms of subsidized rates or free service to other customers if they can show they are economically "underprivileged."
On the tv cable bill, they also get you for "public access" fees, which basically means "public access" channels (at last count I think we have six different stations, with unionized workers, natch) the government forces on cable customers. That's why our real "public" tv station (supported by private contributions) hovers on bankruptcy most of the time, while the government studios are the most expensive and elaborate in the state and spend their time filming left-wing and "social activist" shows that no one will watch but which we all pay extravagant sums for. Any time people call for reduction of fees for these phony stations, the union then films and puts a blitz ad campaign on all channels (which the cable companies are forced to run) going on and on about the possible loss of "public access." Since the legislature is basically controlled by the public worker unions, nothing happens.
The only success people had was when one of these stations pushed the envelope too far and started showing home-made porn late in the evenings.
Just another form of hidden taxation and government corruption.