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.
Mcardle writes: " I don't understand how the estimates could have been so far off."
Surely she jests and that whole column was sarcasm. The estimates were wrong because the assumptions were wrong ( but good politics), the bureaucrats--academics, lawyers, and social workers--who collected the data are corrupt, and the politicians who passed the laws had pork, not efficiency in mind.