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.
The radicals also have a hefty sense of entitlement. They do not request things -- they demand them. They are perpetually shocked, indignant, and concerned about something. Their shock, indignation, and concern is most frequently directed at Racism, Poverty (which they are demanding – demanding! – be Made History), War, and all the other Important Causes. These evils, they reckon, are best controlled by expanding the State, dismantling what remains of the European heritage, and empowering left-wing internationalist institutions like the EU and the UN. Like China's Maoists the Gen-Y radicals pursue a perpetual, institutionalized revolution in which all humanity is subsumed into isms, ologies, and bureaucratic duckspeak.
Sorry. Tried to respond 6 hours ago, but was interrupted by several people who have been looking for jobs for over a year. All with degrees, two with MBAs from major universities and all with pristine job records. The latter have good ideas for start-ups, but can't get financing as the spouses don't earn enough to support the family, the minor (under $1100) mortgage and pay 30% into the new company.
Obama is clueless. The GM "profit" is smoke-and-mirrors. The banks are still deep-in-doo-doo. Financial reform is anything but. Quinn's tax hike in Illinois (and the way he bought his deciding vote) are just another limb of The Chicago Way.
What bothers me most is some of the more conservative blogs and financial writers are buying into this "new" Obama. Give me a break. He's on recess. He's the bully on the playground who will come back and kick you below the waist as soon as he gets his goons reorganized. Spare me.