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.
Most of the state and local government employees will never collect their pensions or bene packages as no one in government seems to understand the basics of finance. As a short term resident it was clear that the idea of "long term" planning was beyond their scope. They will have to mandate a bong for every citizen in order to escape hanging from a lamppost.
The natural tendency of electoral politics is for the legislature's planning cycle to extend only to the next election. As long as the people continue to say they want long-term stability but keep voting for pork now, they're going to get short-term, patchwork, and destructive government.
Another guy named Dan
Who was it that said we get the government we deserve.
I was here for the genesis of Uber. Repeated use of the initiative ballot process tied up the taxi business. Terrible traffic and government meddling kept the old line cabbies (think Robert Duval in Bullit from making a living, and they were replaced by angry immigrants who intimidated many (female) passengers and soon only serviced the airport. So the City established a safety/charm school which was quickly corrupted. Uber rose out the ashes to fill the public need. It has.
The drivers don't want (and may not be able to be) employed cab drivers. Passengers don't want angry immigrants driving them. I can not believe the local news won't tell the whole story.