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.
Follow the money...same goes for us: the ICTSMECE (Internation Cartel To Support More Evil Carbon Emissions) gives Maggie's Farm $2 million/year for our skepticism about settled science. Cash, directly to our secret Cayman Island account. It comes in handy during cash flow jams.
We have two generations that have been raised to believe that, ultimately, someone else is responsible for the essentials of their lives. They believe they are supposed to retire in their fifties or early sixties, with a pension followed by Social Security. They believe they are supposed to relinquish concern for healthcare costs when they turn 65. They believe that if things get bad enough in their lives, unemployment, and later welfare, will keep a roof over their head and food on the table. They’ve been trained to believe this by a ruling class that has been assuring them since the 1930s that they have the fundamental right to a soft life.
These people do not want to think about a world where these things are not true.
"They believe they are supposed to retire in their fifties or early sixties, with a pension followed by Social Security."
Anyone who would imply that the above is 'irresponsible' should be taken out on the street and shot. First off, doesn't this blithering moron understand that the money they're taking from Social Security is THEIR GODDAMN MONEY? And as far as pensions go, that's the company's way of saying, "Thanks for all the great years working for us." Something WRONG with that, asshole?
As for the 'retire at fifty or early sixties' goes, just how old would this cretin like us to be when we retire? 70? 80? 100?
"They believe that if things get bad enough in their lives, unemployment, and later welfare, will keep a roof over their head and food on the table."
Yeah, who'd want THAT in the United States of America, supposedly the 'greatest nation on earth'? Just let the unemployed DIE, is that it? I'm sure the Maggie's readership heartily agrees with this sentiment, given that none of them have spoken up about Bird Dog, Barrie and News Junkie expressing their heartfelt desire that poor people be starved to death by taking away their food stamps.
With sentiments like these floating around the right wing, hasn't it occurred to anyone that maybe the conservatives don't deserve to win the next election?
In my book, Doc gets commended for the time and effort he put into the posts. They were well done.
However, I reside in a state with a May primary. The candidate has always been selected before that date. I don't have a say in the nomination process so what's the point?
Furthermore, they all tick me off. Watching them would just make it worse. All the GOP candidates are sadly lacking in one way or another. I doubt if any of them have the ability to pull the USA out of what would be known in aeronautical circles as a graveyard spin.
Yeah Doc, your time is better spent doing something else.
Just remember, the readers aren't rejecting you. It is the subject matter.
The outrage is that females dominate college graduates and most areas of study but not the useful knowledge majors. Thus we have the crisis that a college degree doesn't lead to a good job.
On the other hand, the females do dominate the education, government administration and health professions which are the growth industries right now. Well, at least until the tax base that pays for it dries up. An economy dominated by cost centers, I wonder how that will work out.
Doc, you are in severe need of medication, STAT! You must be thinking of that "Lock-box" AlGore used to yammer on and on and on and on about and think he was speaking truth. Fairness and The American Way impel me to tell you: He LIED. The money you put in--got spent, Mine, too. Everybody I know, and them I don't--theirs, too.
Take two bottles of Jack Daniels, or Johnny Walker, or Jose the Cuervo, and call me in the morning after.