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.
" If you want to provide public services to a lot of poor people, you need a lot of rich people to pay taxes. And if you provide such services, immigrants will pour in, and the most diligent and cleverest of them will fight for the available spots in the best schools. We’re seeing the fruits of New York’s success every day. There’s nothing wrong with New York that a million Asian immigrants wouldn’t fix really fast."
The BART strikes show that people shouldn't depend on government to provide their transportation. Infrastructure, that is built then used, yes. Day to day positive transport, No. Your movement should not be at the hands of government employees.
The BART strike isn't about workers or wages it is about SEIU power. They are flexing their muscles and trying to be the Richie Incognito of the labor unions. Interesting that this shutdown is not called terrorism by the media.
"The GOP needs to heavily advertise the fact that the only, yes only, reason that people are losing their current policies is because President Obama's administration (which he presumably leads) wrote regulations that overrode the grandfathering clause in all those policies.
"This is important. They didn't have to do that! It's still reversible!
"The GOP leadership needs to call him out on this daily, until even his sycophantic mainstream press contingent is forced to ask him why he doesn't simply tell his HHS director to reverse the harmful regulations that overrode the grandfather clause.
"Then, he either reverses it and restores normality, while destroying the source of the subsidies required to make Obamacare work, or he continues to lie, and the Democrat brand continues to plummet."
Because without the clause only those without current insurance would apply for Obamacare and that would tank the entire program. In other words, the only way to make Obamacare work was to kick most everyone off their current policies and force them into the new system.
"Blockbuster dead after long illness; who's next?"
Barnes & Noble. They are not renewing their leases here, including the one that probably gave them the best location for a bookstore in the city (in a shopping center in the middle of the most affluent area of the city). That is now being replaced by a Ross Dress for Less. (So it's at the point where even well-off communities are being Obamacized.)
Ironically, B&N and Borders drove all the independent booksellers out of business in the Nineties. Borders then went bankrupt. As stated, Barnes & Noble is now walking out of one of their two remaining locations. So we will now have a single bookstore in our city of roughly 800,000. If you want to get a book, you basically have to get if off Amazon. Of course, that is already happening at the remaining Barnes & Noble. People wander through, and if they see a book they like, they do a search on their i-phones and see if they can get it cheaper online.
And don't bother going to a public library, funding was cut long ago so they don't buy books any more, they just serve as a place for the homeless to sleep and camp out and to provide salaries for public union employees who still work there.
We had a Britt who would retrieve woodcock. Once she retrieved one from the middle of a pond after my husbands friend shot it. She brought it to her master of course, but she got a kiss from the shooter.