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.
Listening to someone means accepting the idea that there are things you don't know, and things you may be wrong about. That's hard to do when you're working from a philosophy that insists problems can be solved by following a rigid social or economic plan from a tenured academic. Why would you listen to someone who doesn't even have a PhD and is several social classes below you? Instead you smile patiently while he's talking and then explain to him why he's wrong. And it that doesn't work, you pretend to agree with him, while explaining that both of you actually share the same agenda. Your agenda.
The left does this over and over again-- and then doesn't understand why it's reviled for it. Three years ago it sold the same totalitarian rubbish, the bad economics and meaningless slogans by passing it off as a messianic event that would transform all of human history.
Now the failed messiah and his million dollar buses are trying to salvage the disaster. And yet even staring into the face of the economic apocalypse, the misery they inflicted on so many, and the fall of the national economy-- all they can do is mumble about bad luck and pass off the same bad policies as a bold new approach to saving the economy.
People are hurting out there, and it is because the government has gotten in their way. People are fearful of what the government plans to do to them, and to their businesses, next. My take is that the entire US economy is holding its breath until 2013. In the meantime, people will hunker down and try to survive the economic plague.
Its more than that.
After forty years in the telecom industry I got laid off. Not to bad, I expected it for at least two years and had cut spending to the bone to max the savings. Prior to the slow down in 2008 I had been a very busy senior engineer, often too busy to spend any of my pay. My post lay off plans were; First, create my own consulting and engineering company. I had specialized in creating Call Centers for every type of company or industry under the sun. I know call flow and call handling. Second, I've been a avid photographer for almost as long. I've volunteered to photograph at Senior Centers, the many volunteer functions that my wife was involved in had parties and award functions, I shot them. (The dirty rats they had it coming!.. sorry couldn't resist) I've done weddings and dance productions. I attended classes in photography work flow and production. To become a professional photographer would be a exciting new career. I had at least 500K to start a new business and thats what I thought I would probably do.
Then Obama, and in Massachusetts where I live Obama Lite (Patrick Deval) got elected.
So I went on unemployment and waited to see what happened. In the interim I started to investigate what starting a business in MA would involve. What! No way!
Then my wife passed away of a sudden illness. Today my interest in dealing with bureaucratic assholes to start a new business is zero. Half the blame for that is due to sites like Maggies on the internet. After a hundred horror stories plus the situation in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts, I've decided to do a Travis McGee. I started a Photography and Kayaking Blob and to hell with the world.