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.
"Over the past 40 years," Coulson writes, "public school employment has risen 10 times faster than enrollment. There are 9 percent more students today, but nearly twice as many public school employees."
We keep hearing how "surprised" people are, especially independents, by the policies and the conduct of His Hopeful Changeness the Immaculation. How could any literate, engaged person possibly be surprised by the extreme positions that HHCI favors or the arrogant methods he uses? They were all apparent in his campaign speeches, in his books (whoever wrote them), in his manner and his whole presence.
My only surprises have been his conservative approach to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, which have angered his base, and his slowness to accept servicemembers who are gay, which has also angered his base.
On the unions, some states could easily see the following amendment to their respective constitutions, via voter referendum:
"All laws of the state of X, making membership in a collective bargaining unit a factor in employment or promotion, are hereby repealed.
"No entity of the state of X shall enter into or extend any agreement or contract requiring it to hire exclusively or in any particular proportion from the members of any collective bargaining unit. Nothing in this amendment shall not be construed to invalidate any contract or agreement already in existence."
The unions would have a cow, and go screaming to DC to have pre-empting federal legislation enacted.