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.
For a person with New Urbanist (or Old Urbanist) leanings, a visit to Seaside feels a bit like a pilgrimage to a sacred site. Although the merits of the town have been debated for years, its significance in the history of American urban planning is undeniable.
May we take some solace in finally hoping that even hard-line leftists like Mr. Klein have belatedly seen the glaring light? Now he admits that community action programs such as Head Start are "little more than patronage troughs for local Democrat Party honchos ... far more adept at dispensing make-work jobs than mastering the subtle nuances of early education."
Briefly, since the 1980's, Netanyahu, then Econ Minister and facing triple digit inflection, invited Stanley Fisher (then on the US Fed) along with U of CHicago economists to revise Israel's fiscal policy. They did so. Since then, not onlyhas israel come out of crushing inflation, but has thrived.
It is also true (and not mentioned in article above that the VAT is around 16%: regressive and outrageous. The tax on a new car is 125% (yes, you read that right, 125%)
But, I recall that Marx wrote in the 18th of Brumaire that the downtrodden rise in revolt not when they most downtrodden, but when matters are improving. (Look at how the industrialists in England got Royalty by the short hairs; and the owners weren't so economically downtrodden at the time.)
In Israel, in my experience, there is both an extraordinary sense of entitlement (including among the 10-20 families who own most of the industries -- all gas stations in Israel are now owned by I believe 3 families; was four until a few years back: guess who resists alternative engine models that are based on non-gas technology). There is also a yearning by the non-religious for the days when people in society sincerely cared for each other.
Doesn't surprise me that the Media is stoking the fires and doing double-latte shots to muck-rake Perry.
And, here's Evidence of Media Bias #12988823 - http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44182931/ns/today-entertainment/?gt1=43001 Piers Morgan is a normal MSM flak, doing DNC legwork, while decrying Media ambivalence.
If it goes against the Progressive meme, its 'a threat to the nation'...riiiiiiight
O'Donnell, to start, is a nut. Flaky as they come.
Secondly, it's his show - knowing this, you have to come on expecting to be asked ANYTHING. She (falsely) assumed the list of questions that would be asked were the ONLY questions that would be asked.
Last, she says she was on the show to answer questions about what was in her book. Interestingly, that's exactly what Piers' question was - the item is in her book.
I didn't consider Piers out of line at all, and I'm willing to push the limits when it comes to what I consider media bias. Clearly, this was Piers doing his job, and O'Donnell doing what she does best - flake out.
Man, when she got nominated for that seat, I cried. That was just one of the WORST nomination jobs ever. That and what's her name in Nevada. How the hell do you nominate the ONLY person in the universe who could lose to Harry Reid?