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.
My concern with democracy is highly specific. It begins in observing the remarkable fact that, while democracy means a government accountable to the electorate, our rulers now make us accountable to them. Most Western governments hate me smoking, or eating the wrong kind of food, or hunting foxes, or drinking too much, and these are merely the surface disapprovals, the ones that provoke legislation or public campaigns. We also borrow too much money for our personal pleasures, and many of us are very bad parents. Ministers of state have been known to instruct us in elementary matters, such as the importance of reading stories to our children. Again, many of us have unsound views about people of other races, cultures, or religions, and the distribution of our friends does not always correspond, as governments think that it ought, to the cultural diversity of our society. We must face up to the grim fact that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us.
Not mentioned is the net energy loss of putting 40% of our food crops into gas tanks for lower emissions. Although it's keeping us mechanics busy.
Killing the middle class thru increased costs for products and services.
California on government in the bedroom. Just lie back and think of your boyfriend/girlfriend. And government in the bedroom is a machine. It's like is never stops screwing you, over and over, any which way it can and some it shouldn't.
"Schools scramble to help teens who crossed border"
The direct education cost to taxpayers for each illegal child is between $12,000 and $18,000 year. Then there are the welfare costs, the incarceration costs, the deaths and injuries from illegals who kill about 3000 people a year drive without insurance, sell drugs, molest children and commit crimes at a rate more then double the rate of legal citizens. The simple act of crossing the border is a crime. A crime you or I would pay for with fines and/or jail time. Our response it to take more money from our beleaguered middle class and spend it on these criminals. Why? The answer is simply because some people benefit fromthis mass illegal (and legal) immigration. Politicians pamper them and recruit them for votes and then reward them with your money. Businesses hire them for less then they would have to pay a citizen and fire citizens without regard or care. THAT is the reason that illegal immigration is tolerated and even encouraged. This all went into hyperdrive over the last 5 or 6 years. The DNC and left wing activists have hatched a plan to flood the country with illegals and seduce them all into the Democrat party with money stolen/taxed from the middle class. The plan is that once the 20 million illegals here and another 20 million to come over the next decade are registered as Democrats that the Democrats will never lose another national election. We will throw out the constitution and replace it with a Marxist/socialist belief system. The middle class will be destroyed and some elite will become fabulously rich. The plan is on schedule and is unlikely to be stopped even if there was a opposition party (which there is not). If you have any doubts then simply watch what happens in the months following the election. Win or lose the Democrats will push through amnesty, appoint another corrupt far left "minority" AG who will make sure no challenges to this unlawful activity can see the light of day. Your country is being stolen from you and it is happening right in front of your eyes.
The article points out that the graph of alcohol consumption resembles the Pareto Curve, which predicts that the top 20% of users of a consumer product account for 80% of consumption.
"One consequence is that the heaviest drinkers are of greatly disproportionate importance to the sales and profitability of the alcoholic-beverage industry," he writes writes. "If the top decile somehow could be induced to curb their consumption level to that of the next lower group (the ninth decile), then total ethanol sales would fall by 60 percent."
Barry went gray, just as Clinton did, and for a similar reason: an avalanche of political troubles. As I recall, Bill debuted his in Africa with some kind of weird gray/green dye job. I expect by now it is some kind of Presidential meme: poor me, look how the job is so hard on me, me, me .... me.
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