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.
“Krugman’s comments are an indication of the nature of one of the problems we face; which is, a lot of people in positions to influence our country really don’t like our country. Krugman (by the way, did you know he is a former ‘Enron adviser’?) is among those who earn well, live well and eat well but really wish they could live among a better sort of people.”
re Why Are the Children of the ‘Greatest Generation’ So Selfish?:
That is a simplistic premise. One that has been debunked by the readers of Maggie's time and again.
The author displays his ignorance with,"Our political foundational principle, on the other hand, is “one person, one vote.” Our founding fathers believed that if we give a political voice to the Great Majority, diverse interest would produce a fair and just society." It was landed men that were eligible to vote and even then the founders put a check on them by having the senate elected by the states.
He beats his generation up by stating that 10% of the greatest generation served in the military while only 1% of boomers served. Well that may be, but with out a world war to go fight, there was hardly a need for 10% of the boomers to join the military.
"Our nation has been successful precisely because we have found ways to mitigate the concentration of wealth, produced by our free enterprise system, through tax and social policies that benefit a majority of voters." Here he inadvertently puts his finger right on our problem and calls it a feature and not a bug in the system.
So he is blaming the Boomers for being selfish in a "successful" wealth transfer society.
And then he stands there and picks his nose and wonders why things are going to hell.
You are 1000% correct, old friend. I could dismantle the entire vacuous screen on literally a line-by-line basis. Bird Dog, perhaps in his naiveté, is simply kowtowing to the latest right-wing meme; that Boomers are bad and greedy and evil. Both political extremes need their whipping boys, and the right-wingers are every bit as bad as the left-wingers. Dare to care about the environment and you're immediately branded a 'hippie'. It's pathetic.
The Gorelick put in two years as General Counsel at DOD, where she lobbed wrenches into the machinery in the aftermath of the Cold War. She led the parade of budget cuts in Defense, the Department that traditionally is first to follow orders from the CIC, no matter how wrong-headed. She needs to wear an "UNCLEAN" sign around her neck.