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.
First, the Democratic Party is the party of government, not only because of its extravagant sense of government's competence and proper scope, but also because the party's base is government employees. Second, government employees have an increasingly adversarial relationship with the governed. Third, Obama's "move to the center" is fictitious.
"Most of the American mega-wealthy are Lefties or semi-Lefties. An interesting phenomenon"
Not really - I think it's along these lines: Those currently creating wealth tend to be more market driven, that is, supportive of free(er) markets Those who have "made it" tend to support the status quo as of that moment - making them supporters of the state control of said markets...
"A generation of Americans could enter the workforce with an unfounded sense of entitlement"
It's already underway. My employer already has training sessions on dealing w/ different generations w/in the institution. We are told that the youngest employees (most fresh out of college) come from a generation that does feel entitled.
Somehow we're just supposed to accept this, all as part of "diversity."
Ah, rapini. It's worth a trip to Philadelphia for the city's true signature sandwich (not cheesesteak!), the Italian roast pork sandwich. John's Roast Pork is the gold standard, but there are other good ones, including Tony Luke's.
Slow-roasted, garlicky pork sliced, on a fresh Sarcone Bakery hoagie roll, slathered in rapini that was sauteed in good olive oil with a lot of chopped garlic, and sharp provolone. It's better than it sounds, and with a side of rapini it makes a special treat of a hearty meal.
I rarely eat pork, but will make an exception for this wonderful sandwich. Cheap imitators often leave off the rapini or substitute spinach or use inferior rolls.
This isn't the first generation to enter the workforce "with an unfounded sense of entitlement." If a 'generation' is fifteen years in length, as people who estimate those things tell us, it's been going on for several generations, ever since Woodstock and the 1960s. Ever since our educators decided that our little darlings must have their self-esteem protected from the harsh reality that they've made a mistake, said educators have been turning out dumber and dumber students.
Just read an article on the 'Net about the notable increase in narcissism among our younger citizens -- obviously the result of the youngsters being told in their scholastic years, "well, Johnny, that's an interesting answer... does anyone else have an interesting answer?" Instead of, "No, Johnny, two and two does not add up to five. You're wrong. Try again."
Now, let me add, hastily, that of course some teachers are dedicated, and work hard to stimulate the minds of their students, and don't try to cushion the blow when they make mistakes. They tell them to try again.
But those teachers aren't out demonstrating against their having to share the burden of paying on their own health insurance and pension funds at roughly half what workers in private industry pay. And incidentally demonstrating contempt for their fellow citizens whose hard earned taxes they want to spend lavishly on their own comfort.
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. I've listened carefully to Governor Walker. He seems to be both tough minded and fair and not easily shaken by screaming protests.