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.
Children are being taught not to microaggress at school or say anything that could hurt others. They are also beginning to be encouraged. to report microaggressions. they are additionally being taught to report bullies and speak out against bullying.
These things canno0t all happen at the same time. something has to give.
Assistant Village Idiot
In fact for over 50 years the U.S. has bent over backwards to push women and minorities into better jobs, education, politics, etc. There has been some success but at a cost. The politicians and activists choose to do it by holding others back, most notably white males. So while some minorities and women have done well thanks to the extra help and funding the U.S. has gone backwards by most economic and social measures. The question is do we continue to hold back capable innovative people so that the less capable and innovative among us can look good? Can we continue to borrow and print money and stop manufacturing in this country forever? Or will the pendulum swing the other way and we will be forced to reward actual work and success and stop subsidizing failure? Frankly I'm not confident we will choose to do that without first having an economic collapse.
A very smart CPA friend of mine likes to say he thinks recessions are a good thing. To many companies/businesses become fat ans wasteful in a good economy and we need the cyclical economic downturns to weed out those businesses and people who through poor management or ignorance are incapable of running a business. I think our bureaucracy and federal meddling exacerbates this problem. I also believe this portends much deeper recessions and more tenuous recoveries.