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.
In Left-wing La-La Land everyone should either work for The Excellent Benign Government or sell puka shell necklaces to each other (if you can comply with the 4,000 pages of Puka Shell Necklace regulations.) Failing that, Nancy Pelosi suggests writing poetry, an apparent high-paying growth industry.
Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments of Progressivism
- "We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it."
Maybe, but be more specific. What rules do you propose, how are they going to help?
- "We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth."
Sounds good, but in my experience, most Progressives are scientifically ignorant, and tend to get emotionally overwrought when challenged about their misconceptions and preconceptions. They also tend to be easily swayed and influenced by highly un-scientific arguments. They tend to abdicate their own judgment for that of someone else, because they are too uneducated about science and mathematics.
- "We believe that the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality."
Not sure what that means, but I believe in the right to contract, so nobody should be getting something for nothing, or at someone else's expense.
- "We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage."
Horseshit. You should be paid what you are worth, nothing more. If you want more, find a way to make yourself worth more. If you can't support yourself and require the public to assist you, you should temporarily lose the right to vote.
- "We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them."
Horseshit. Fast food workers should be entry-level jobs for teenagers. Trying to artificially raise wages will only cause automation to eliminate most of these jobs.
- "We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt."
Then they ought to make better decisions about what they intend to be educated in, and what amount they are willing to pay to be educated, and what economic opportunities that education will open up for them. Welcome to adulthood and being responsible for your decisions by enduring the consequences. Nobody deserves a free education – because such a thing doesn’t exist. Someone will be paying the bill. The government shouldn’t be luring students into making bad economic decisions about their education by making it so easy to get into debt that they have no hope of getting out of.
- "We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions."
Agreed. If people paid in, based upon certain promises, then the government owes it to them to keep their word. The problem is that government has forced people to pay into a fundamentally flawed system, with no intention of keeping its promises. But the government leadership needs to be held accountable for making unsustainable promises in exchange for popularity and support.
- "We believe—I can't believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work."
And we have this. Don’t push the false meme about pay inequality. Any differences are more than explained by type of work, experience, and factors other than sex. Progressives have to quit lying about this to goad the rank-and-file into action, if they want any credibility.
- "We believe that equal means equal, and that's true in marriage, it's true in the workplace, it's true in all of America."
Define equality. Equality under the law exists in most areas except family law, where females are generally favored. Equality of opportunity? Equality of outcome?
- "We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform."
You’re living in the past. Times have changed, the nature of the immigration has changed. Immigration can weaken and pull this country down. We need to control our borders before any “reform” can be discussed. And reform should not be a code word for allowing illegal immigrants to stay in this country or allowing a flood of invaders with no intention of assimilating.
- "And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!"
Corporations are nothing more than groups of people working with common goals. Closely held corporations are even more like individuals. Hobby Lobby doesn’t interfere with women’s rights to their bodies, and saying otherwise is a damnable lie. Trying to force people to pay for someone else’s birth control is absurd. It is an abomination that you try to force your social engineering goals down the throat of this country. This is why you have no credibility or trust from most thinking people.
And the main tenet of conservatives' philosophy, according to Warren? "I got mine. The rest of you are on your own."
No. The main tenet is “I’m working to get mine. Leave me alone and get out of my way.”