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.
Designed to fail.
I recall liberals at the time, including my medical director, gleefully telling me this, because they thought it would usher in something better. So add this to Jonathan Gruber's admission that they deceived the American people in order to pass it, plus the other dishonesties, https://thefederalist.com/2014/11/24/three-lies-about-obamacare-jonathan-gruber-accidentally-revealed/. Then add in the unprecedented manner of how the vote was conducted.
This has been dishonest from the start.
Assistant Village Idiot
Welfare and Non-citizens. I somewhat dislike this because it takes our eyes off illegals and what they receive. That is the main prize. If people came here legally, they are not to be despised in any way. We might, for prudence sake, elect to reserve some benefits for citizens or at least limit what non-citizens can receive. We do this to highlight the importance of citizenship, and to discourage those who would immigrate with an eye to skirting the rules.
Assistant Village Idiot
""We need a bold plan here and I am on every bill to improve health care"
Representative Schawkosky, from the late, great, (broke) state of Illinois needs to brush up on her C.S. Lewis.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
End welfare. It is nothing more than robbing taxpayers to pay indigents and the lazy for their votes. It harms everyone; the taxpayers, the recipients and the politicians. It is unconstitutional.
End all immigration. We don't need it, we have too many people, we are broke and in debt. And it is harmful to citizens and contrary to common sense. It was always a Democrat plan to replace citizen voters so Democrats could seize more power. put our effort into finding and deporting people here illegally AND to encouraging recent legal immigrants to assimilate.
A couple of disagreements. Each town has cared for its poor since colonial times. They have sometimes done so reluctantly, or tried to put them off on other towns (being town-born was important in those days), but they did it. It is emphatically not unconstitutional. Statements that we have too many or too few people in a place are largely dependent on the technology we are employing. Without modern sewage treatment, the land on Manhattan would sustain comparatively few humans. Beyond that, you are talking about feelings and aesthetics of what you would like to see, not about any real or measurable amount.
I agree about the deportation and assimilation. More of both, please.
Assistant Village Idiot
I can remember when welfare was handled at the township level in my area. Those needing welfare had to explain what they were going to do to get off of welfare. They were accountable to the local people. Same with education. Contracts and salaries were negotiated at the school district level (school districts were also much smaller) and paid by that school district. It seems that welfare recipients and educators wanted it taken out of local hands and moved to the state and federal level where they could leverage bigger budgets.
I absolutely believe in taking care of our people/citizens. Where we made the mistake was to do it at the federal level AND with an unrestricted checkbook. I have seen documented examples where single mothers receive in excess of $60,000 a year in cash and benefits. Even if we were to keep a federal welfare system it should have some upper limit; perhaps the amount one could earn in a minimum wage job. But what I would prefer is that churches and charities do this and not the government. I strongly suspect that for every dollar given to a welfare recipient there is at least a dollar paid in wages to a government employee to manage the bureaucracy. We are broke and in debt and our federal welfare exceeds $1.2 trillion a year and the states spend approximately the same in matching and supplemental funds. My fear is that welfare will indeed end but it will end when our economy drops off the cliff that is coming at us at 100 MPH. We are due for a horrible economic disaster. It isn't mandatory, smart and proactive leaders could prevent it and fix our economy but history shows us that smart and proactive people don't seek public employment or political office. So we are doomed to repeat history and this time it will likely be a disaster of biblical proportions.
preamble...to provide for the national defense and promote the general welfare. Provide and promote do not have the same meaning in any dictionary from the founding to the present. Politicians need remedial education along with the political court jesters.
So, after Schakowsky drove the car in the ditch, and made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, she wants the keys back? No! You can't drive. So, get in the back seat and STFU.
And as absolute batshit crazy as the modern democrat party has become it's still hard to believe they're fighting for illegals to have their hands in the taxpayer's pocket. I don't know how we ever reconcile with that side.
Oh, well, "stupid nationalists in love with their own countries", how gauche. I guess that's us told. But then I remember that this is just the usual "wisdom" from Karl Druncker, and I go on loving my own country.