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.
Unemployment: We have only seen these numbers five times in the past 50 years. It's the Bush Economic Miracle. And more self-employed people than ever: that has to be a good trend.
New Dem senators support border defense and de-fence. PoliPundit
Abandoning Iraq. Everyone would love to. But would it be wise? Quote from a David Warren piece:
But in trying to build a secular democracy over the ruin of Saddam’s regime, the Americans tried something they had not the stomach for. From the outset, they imposed upon themselves restrictions that would make that fight unwinnable. As in Vietnam, they adopted a purely defensive posture.
So far as President Bush can be blamed, it should be for showing insufficient ruthlessness in a task that could not be accomplished by half-measures. Alternatively, for failing to grasp that America was psychologically unprepared for real war, not only by the memory of Vietnam, but by the grim advance of "liberal" decadence in domestic life over the generation since.
Agreed, You cannot fight a long, slow "nice" war for "hearts and minds." You can only fight hard, and do the hearts and minds thing afterwards. Same lesson as Vietnam.