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.
Voter nervousness about the economy, Rasmussen noted, is clear in the declining number of people he finds who feel their own finances are “in good order.” Two years ago, he recalled, 43% of Americans felt their finances were in good order, 38% felt this way the day Barack Obama was elected, and 35% felt that way on the day he took office as President.
“At the beginning of the year, that figure dropped to 32%,” he added, “and today, it is down to 30%.” Rasmussen also said that more than half of homeowners are “unsure if their home is worth more than their mortgage.
Was very surprised by her speech. I didn't know any of European ruling class had come to this conclusion.
If more European leaders speak out, it will be interesting to see what actions follow.
Am also wondering, if the 'multi-culti is not working" attitude takes hold and becomes the norm of European leadership, what will be the reaction among our left leaning elite? After all, they look up to the Euro-elite and prefer to follow their trends.
That's right, Thalpy. What we see here, I think, is the bafflement Western civilization feels when faced with the Mid-East and its strange combination of primitivism, and its unjustifiable conceit about its achievements and basic superiority to the civilizations of the West. Mid-Easterners feel no need to 'assimilate' with the West because they are deeply convinced that their civilization, with its treatment of women as chattels, its cruel and all too usual punishments of its own people, its scorn for Western scholarship and technology, entitles them to try to 'con' us at every turn. "Sure, we'll swear to be a good citizen of your country. We won't mean it but we'll swear it, just to get in on the goodies. And you guys [Western countries] are just too dumb to know what we're doing."
Angela is a pragmatic German, and she has just said "Wait a minute. We're being conned here."
Marianne, I believe you are spot on about Mid-Eastern immigration both in the European Union and in the United States. Taqiyya seems to serve not only Muslims, but Progressives as well.
Our enlightened State Department remains committed to their Diversity Visa Lottery nonsense. One would think that by now even our State Department would realize that we've surpassed our quota for suicide bombers and other bomb throwing Muslims, but they are from the religion of peace after all. I forgot.
Followed the link to Mr. Somin. His article details how lawyers are saying what Maggie's Farmers and Surberbans said all last year and this year: this is a totally dictatorial overreach of authority for any level of government.
Parenthetically, he mentions the Weckard case. The Weckard case should stand with Plessy v Ferguson as bad, bad precedent, a good time to discard stare decisis. The Interstate Commerce Clause was never meant to manage individual or corporate actions. It was meant to keep the states from interfering with commerce between states. That is the only legitimate operation of the Commerce Clause. I suppose I could extend it to manage how an interstate business dispute would be adjudicated, but it isn't used for that purpose anyway.