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.
I love kids, helped raise my wifes kids. But to bring a child into this world as it currently is without a plan to give them a financial footing is highly irresponsible. And I'm not talk college education. I'm in my mid 50's and when I moved out I had about $300 to my name. and did fine. Today, with government mandated expenses, I never would have made it. For example, auto insurance, soon to be health insurance, todays phone bill is about 5 times of what it was back then. As our kids become "addicted" to technology and its cost you had better to have a well paying job just to get out of the house. If you send your kids out into todays world without a solid financial plan and some bank, you will limit tour child to a life of just working to pay the bills verses doing something that you really want to do. Anyway I don't regret not having kids as I get just as much satisfaction helping my wifes children. Just my two cents.