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.
I understand the fear of the parent. When the American Academy of Pediatrics advocates that young girls from the age of 10 should have their own stash of birth control pills--unbeknownst to their parents no less, it's not all that unreasonable that parents would be wary of what their doctors or the government thinks is 'good' for their children.
Vox Day had a blog post on Nov 30 that addressed this issue. It seems the CDC was caught knowingly furnishing false data and was called out for the same. The post is still up at his sight and also lists the source documents. I have given up trusting government data derived from the science that it contracts out to others. Like global warming science it does seem they shop for the results they want rather than truth.
It is rare that really intelligent and experienced people get elected to congress. Generally politicians rise to the top and "qualify" for the highest office by handing out favors, buying or coercing others to support them and by eliminating competitors. Many are "smart" or "sly" or can pass of intelligent. But it is a simple fact that our best and brightest more often spend their lives working, many with great success and more then a few with limited success but almost without exception they never run for office.