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.
Hey, Al Gore. It is below freezing in New England in the morning, and we have yet more snow predicted for this weekend. Please leave the weather alone, Al. We got 10 inches yesterday, and the daffodils are buried.
Sweden: Slackers find it more rewarding not to work. Brussels Journal. Pathetic. Or is it sour grapes? Would I rather spend my day smoking pot, drinking beer, getting stupid, and chasing Stockholm flickas? A monkey on welfare? Hmmmm. Let me think...
Now, my intent is not to beat up the poor fellow; he is, after all, a liberal, and therefore possessed of a profoundly misguided understanding of human nature and motivation, and a strong inherent (and incoherent) proclivity for finding in government the solution to every imaginable problem. He is more to be pitied than censured. But his comment prompted me to begin thinking about some of the more common medical myths; those axiomatic convictions which seem to drive every discussion about healthcare policy, and show up in virtually every comment section on a health policy-related post. This particular gentlemanís comment mentions at least two such myths, and therefore provides lush green fodder for a rambling rumination on my part.