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.
A lot of Venezuelans worry that one way or another, the country is headed for an implosion. A Capriles win could be contested by pro-Chavez generals; if Chavez wins and dies, a vacuum will open. Either way the economy will likely crash, once the pre-election spending binge ends.
That’s why the very orderliness and moderation of Capriles and the opposition coalition are so striking. Theirs is not so much an ideological or partisan crusade as a desperate effort to restore a semblance of political and social order to a country that is unraveling — a grasp at the modernity they glimpse in Brazil and Chile. Are they too late? The next seven months will tell.
...slow-moving trends don’t account for the dramatic spike in political polarization over the last decade, with Bush and Obama. What else is happening?
For decades, Democrats have preferred greater social welfare to low taxes, so they are pleased with his policies. Republicans have preferred the opposite, so they are horrified. And the GOP nominee for 2012, whoever that may be, will undoubtedly promise to undo the Obama innovations, cutting back on the welfare state to keep taxes in line with their historical averages. Accordingly, he will have strong support from Republican voters, while Democrats will view him as the devil incarnate. Without economic growth, there is no middle ground for the two sides to occupy together, so polarization is probably the new normal.
For decades, Democrats have preferred greater social welfare to low taxes,... Republicans have preferred the opposite, so they are horrified.
I think our language is broken, because my understanding is not that Republicans prefer worsening social welfare, but that they think "social welfare" programs are counterproductive -- isn't their line "if you subsidize something, you get more of it"?
Go ahead - laugh. Leeches are very in beneficial post trauma surgery (like limb or digit amputation) and recent research is towards leech saliva having a big time effect on reducing and sometimes even eliminating cancer tumors.
Maggots too I believe.
The number of those damn things I collected in SEA - I could have been rich.
CANADA: Campaign against Canadian Keystone XL pipeline driven by US foundation millions. “A Powerpoint presentation obtained by The Daily Caller shows that during a July 2008 meeting, the $789 million Rockefeller Brothers Fund proposed to coordinate and fund a dozen environmental and anti-corporate activist groups’ efforts to scuttle pipelines carrying tar sands oil from Canada to the United States.”
MY LETTER TO THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AUTHORITY ABOUT BILDERBERG AND THE CREDIT CRUNCH
Oil market manipulation to strike narrow extreme political (NWO, the oblivious red fascism) targets in the lead-up to the notoriously-politically-fuel price-sensitive "summer driving season" --this one prior to election 2008 --is the main and/or secondary subject of both URLs, or all three if include the somewhat overwrought #3.2 here:
Mitt having a problem selling himself to Conservatives? Perhaps he and his campaign team should pay attention to what John Derbyshire wrote at Taki's Magazine, to wit, "grow a pair":
"Stupid? The Republican Party’s EEG trace is flatter than Kansas.
"It is to this party of cowardice and stupidity that the American conservative movement has yoked itself—a party very well populated with politicians all too ready to jump when a foul-mouthed leftist bully such as Alex Pareene cracks the whip.
"Conservatives need to reclaim some of the discourse by standing up to these crude thugs. If it’s not venturing too far into Salon.com’s favored linguistic territory to say so, conservatism needs to grow a pair."
"I've been advised to put some fire in my campaign. Okay, what if I beat the living snot out of Barney Frank next time I smell him? Assault & Battery? Who cares?! I'm richer'n four feet up a bull's ass, I can pay a fine that'd make you poor schlubs bite holes in your britches --and never even feel it! The fine I mean, not the hole in your britches."
(...and then he'd proceed to the other regularly-schedyuled immaterial)
In other news, the Gov. Walker recall campaign today presented an alternative state budget alternative, developed by the Wisconsin Economics Teachers' Union's Wisconsin economics teachers union representatives:
The United States Constitution is terse and old, and it guarantees relatively few rights.
False. It guarantees an enormous number of rights, especially if you take Amendments 9 and 10 into account.
It guarantees no entitlements, however. Most new countries' prior governments had controlled their country's resources and set themselves up as the source of all good. This, of course, meant they had all the power and could extract all manner of bribes, etc. The people are used to this form of government and don't have the education to understand the difference.
The people setting up the new government don't want a democracy - they just want to throw out the old power-holders and substitute themselves in their place. So they surely don't want the U.S. Constitution, which was designed to prevent that kind of thing.
But the Constitution is out of step with the rest of the world in failing to protect, at least in so many words, ... entitlement to food, education and health care.
And there you have it in black and white.
The world was out of step with us 223 years ago, and it's out of step with us now. If you want a strong independent country it must be filled with strong independent people. If you want strong independent people you must secure their rights but entitle them to nothing that would make them dependent on the government.
OMG--Buddy--how am I gonna get this DH of mine to sit still and shut up long enough to read through this and understand the implications? He is coming around but from Swedish left it is quite a rotation. As always I thank you for your wonderful self !!