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.
On rare occasions I agree with the teachers' unions, to whom this was an election year favor. I don't think the feds have any proper role in education. I don't even think the states have a proper role in education. Important things like education and medical care need to be kept far away from politicians.
Feds Crack Down on Obama’s ‘Enemies’ - The continuing adventures of Government Man!
Government Man has noticed a serious bit of disloyalty. He thrusts his fist with his imperial ring into the air, "Bureaucrats, Activate!"
Suddenly, seemingly from the woodwork, come clipboard carrying government workers singing and dancing, "We're gonna have a regulatory action, ye..ah. Come on, you are a Subject of review. We're gonna have regulatory action to ensure your paying the government you due." Citizen, cum subject, feels an increasing crush upon his chest, his liberty and his enterprise.
You'd better believe I consult Dr. Google, though not his maniacal cousin, Credulous Homeopath Wingnut Google. There's all kinds of useful information on reputable medical websites. Consulting them helps me decide whether a medical visit is urgent, and to prepare the right questions if I decide to see a doctor, not to mention to understand what the doctor tells me. It helps to be familiar with technical terms ahead of time. I wouldn't dream of taking a new medication without reading up on it.
You have to educate yourself enough, and be sensible enough, not to agitate yourself into a frenzy with an infinite list of unlikely horribles. But hey, that's true at all times and in all walks of life.
A week before I read about the auditing of a big Romney campaign contributor, I threw a solicitation for Obama campaign funds into the trash. I was considering returning the envelope with feedback of a negative sort - the campaign letter specifically asked for feedback. I decided that the bar code on the return envelope could probably traced, so better to not return it.