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.
One money quote from the NYT article: Congress is gridlocked. For nearly two months, Republicans blocked an extension of unemployment benefits, a basic recovery measure. They are still holding up a bill to spur more lending to small businesses.
Since the Democrats currently have a 60- seat majority in the House and can override filibusters in the Senate, which the NYT calls "gridlocked," I will be interested in what "gridlocked" progresses to in the NYT after Republican gains in the November elections. Perhaps "total collapse of legislative legitimacy," or of the legislative process. After all, the NYT has long advised us that a Democratic Party President has a mandate, but a Republican Party President does not.
The (brilliant) illo harked back to a striking R Crump some years ago. I'd've guessed five years ago, but when i found it (in search robert crumb new yorker cover there are several more r crumb covers i hadn't seen), it was from 19 and freaking 94 --jeez --how old AM i anyway --but anyway here it is, with a good analysis in the serendipity-found URL.