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.
But Mitt, like Republicans in general, needs to reclaim the language of compassion for the poor. It’s not compassionate to leave the very poor tangled up in our social safety nets. It’s not compassionate to promote dependency. What is compassionate — what actually serves the interest of the very poor, as well as everyone else — is unleashing economic growth that brings greater opportunity, better values and better compensation for everyone. The very poor are not doing fine. They’re drowning in the unintended consequences of liberals’ good intentions — their families are falling apart, their spirits and creativity are languishing, and the economic virtues are withering from their communities because of the perverse mis-incentives of government largesse.
Mitt needs to learn how to be America’s foremost expositor and defender of the power of the free market. He’s not quite there yet.
Mitt is a bit out of touch. Obama was out of touch too. They are both bubble guys.
"From the coincidence of the time with that of the Februation or purification of the people in pagan Rome, some consider this as a Christian festival engrafted upon a heathen one, in order to take advantage of the established habits of the people; but the idea is at least open to a good deal of doubt."
Hardly a coincidence, and not open to much doubt. February 2, or Candle-mass, is one of the cross-quarter days that fall between the Winter and Summer solstices and the Spring and Fall equinoxes. The others are May day, August 1 (Loaf-mass), and, of course, Halloween.
Re: What does Obama do all day?
When Obama is gone and the dust clears, history will judge him in such a harsh light it will be chilling.When O was elected I already knew he would be bad but this guy has redefined the term.
Without Christianity and other religious teachings, socialists would be hard pressed to sell their soap. They pervert the teachings to subvert the people into submission. But as the quote below indicates, Christ understood, you must work to change the hearts of men. A measure that, though slow, has brought mankind to this point where great effort is extended to assist our fellow man even as the technocrats use those tendencies to impose their tyrannical mechanizations of the state.
Christianity, as a late writer has pointed out in words well chosen, is the only system of socialism which commends it self as having a rational basis, and its founder the most practical teacher of it that the world has ever seen. " The aim of all socialism is the securing of equality in the social condition of mankind, and if equality is to be secured at all it will be secured only by changing the hearts of men, and never by setting to work, in the first instance, upon the conditions." But the present impulse of socialism is not Christian, but rather one willing to put an end to Christianity. And it is a system of machinery, like the kingdom of a tyrant, not of souls, like that of Christ. Now the Christian system did not rest on force at all. It was communistic, but not socialistic, as the word is properly used; for its very essence was the freedom of the individual will.
Socialism and Legislation, Westminster Review, January, 1886.
So now that Facebook just went "public", who d'ya think had bought the largest blocks of stock at the lowest prices before the public sale opened? I can't imagine can you? Are you surprised that after this meeting about the internet/privacy and such, that the guy from New Zealand was arrested (dotcom), that we had an attempt to pass a bill that was shot down last month. What do you wanna bet?. . . .