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 couple of quick points on this index. First, Heritage excludes and say they exclude from their index the vast, 'traditional expenditures for the public good' kind of dependence on government. By which they mean, the department of idiotic, never ending wars, the unfunded communist teacher's unions public pension plans and the huge prison, parole and probation industry. Oh, and the billions upon billions of dollars gloriously misspent each year on poorly planned and slipshod work on the transportation infrastructure. Just to name a few of the 'traditional' expenditures the folks at Heritage don't wish to include in their index. Why? Because it's 'traditional', so sit down and shut up. Next, the supposedly conservative Heritage organization does something else I find curious. They bemoan the low, according to them, percentage of people who pay federal income taxes. I just have one question; isn't it a traditional principle for main stream conservatism that we all pay too much in taxes? And that the government on balance should have less money available to it and the people have more? I must have missed the memo about that switch. OK then, Heritage is against some government spending but is fine with the other spending, I get that. But, do conservatives really think it's a winning talking point to argue that 200 dollars a month to feed a poor person is worse than buying many hundreds of billion dollar jets that don't even work? Does mass incarceration and bail outs of communist unions appeal more to conservatives than job training or rent assistance or drug rehab? Does dropping bombs on a dozen far away lands appeal to the conservatives? Does spending billions and failing to improve the transportation infrastructure sound like a good conservative plan? Good luck with that.