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.
Did he ever find the plot? The guy is a first-class putz. If this bozo believes that the C of E is about money and politics instead of about saving souls, I suggest that he donate all of the C of E real estate and buildings to the poor - if they can find any poor in the UK with all of their government freebies. Looks like more parasites than poor.
...too many people, of both parties, of both political philosophies, believe that when housing prices fall, the federal government has a duty to skoosh 'em up again. And since the federal government cannot, however fervently it wishes it could, suspend the law of supply and demand by edict, the only way to sop up excess supply is to increase demand. And the only way to increase demand in a shortage of qualified buyers is to bring in a lot of unqualified buyers.
And that's precisely what we've been doing by, for example, lowering creditworthiness standards, forcing down interest rates, and reducing the percentage of purchase price required for a down payment.
Since governments at every level refuse to enforce the laws and the Constitution, or at best do so selectively, only a sucker would obey the law.
Consider America's borders. The first duty of any government is to protect the citizens. Our government does not. Hence it is derelict in its duties. This is a signal to all citizens that they, too, can select which laws to obey.
Ok. Here is the most recent example of lower standards in health care. A dear friend has just been diagnosed with kidney cancer and scheduled for surgery the first week of January. In this medium sized Catholic hospital he was sent downstairs to schedule more tests in preparation for the surgery. He was scheduled two weeks ago to go in on December 26 (Monday). I'll bet you can not guess what happened--the hospital staff forgot they were closing on the day after Christmas, because Christmas happened on a Sunday and they did not get an extra day off. Some twit scheduled this patient to show up for tests on the day that their clinics and labs were closed, there wasn't even anybody at the reception desk ! Sheesh!