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.
Old Soldier... I agree about limiting the Department of Agriculture. But first, I would like to limit the EPA which, because the Congress wouldn't directly pass cap and tax, is now trying to "bankrupt the coal companies" as Obama promised during his campaign. This would raise electricity generation costs, since more than half of the country's electricity is generated by coal fired plants. Presto and voila! Higher energy bills for all of us. See how that works?