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.
The government thinks you’re stupid, or at least ignorant.
This isn’t just an indictment of the current government or an indictment of government itself. It’s simply a statement of fact. At its core, the government exists to do certain things that people aren’t equipped to do on their own. The list of those things has gotten longer and longer over the years. In 1776, the federal government’s portfolio could have easily fit in a file folder: maintain an army and navy, a few federal courts, the post office, the patent office, and maybe a dozen or two other pretty obvious things.
Now, the file folder of things the federal government does is much bigger.
Read the entire brief post. It is in the government's interest to keep us all ignorant, poor, weak, and unresourceful serfs on the government plantation. That is not American, it's European or worse. Even "colonial." If your taxes approach 40%, you are a serf of the State. Feudalism endures and the bank accounts of the mandarins grow fat.
Typically, serfs in England owed 30-50% of their production to the Lord, who in turn owed some fraction of that, plus soldiers when needed, to the King.
I place the blame for this on the Supreme Court and the people. Of course the government elite want to become more powerful, that's why the constitution is first a list of negative rights for the federal government. All of these things the Federal government has chosen to dabble in are prohibited by the constitution. The genesis of this can be traced back to the first case to go before the Supreme Court to test the commerce clause. The court failed us and the people failed to recognize it.
Unfortunately we keep electing Type A people to run our government. And they get into the power cycle of "must do something" to fix every problem that pops up. That is why the founding documents that LIMIT government are so important.
Meanwhile, those of us who burn wood are going to have to figure out a way to mask the smoke coming out of the chimney if we wish to avoid being busted by the EPA stormtroopers: EPA Bans Most Wood-Burning Stoves (won't let me embed the url for some reason...)