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.
Iraq: We could eliminate the enemy and stabilize the nation in 48 hours with a few of these handsome airplanes on the right (that's a model H on the left, and a B on the right). However, we are trying to fight a half-war - or a Nice War - or what I would term a Police Action. Neoneo takes a look at two of today's pieces on the so-called war in Iraq.
Free markets and medical care. Betsy. It's already happening. And (via Opinion Journal) speaking of government medical care, Illinois just nixed the idea.
Al Quaida in Iraq. Dino. Yes, they are there, and it is an excellent opportunity to kill them. Let's do it now.
Whining about work. France is #1, but the US is up there. Spoiled babies. Everyone should be thrilled to have work to do. My friend says people need only three things: Something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.
Public housing. Get rid of it, and give the apartments to the renters. Instant millionaires. Why not? NY Sun
Special treatment for Moslems. Wizbang. Why do people do this?
Why did welfare reform work? Perhaps when people were liberated from the shackles of socially-engineered government dependence, when they were freed from the quicksand and muck of “Free Government Cheese” and able to move to the higher ground of “Unleashed Potential,” they grew in self-respect, self-confidence and - most importantly - in hope. The message “you can, if you try” was a louder, clearer and more spiritually sustaining message than “you can’t, so just give up”
The reformation of our Welfare system, which in the early 1990’s was burgeoning out of control, became a pushback against what President Bush has called “the soft racism of low-expectations,” and the long-term effect of that pushback is not surprising. Encouragement will always trump condescension, and the fisherman who catches his own supper will always feel better about himself than the man who begs the scraps.
I note that you changed the remark about Jerry Falwell, probably better the way you have it now, but what you had was OK, too.
I didn't agree with much of what Mr. Falwell taught in the political realm, but he had some things right (believe there is a largely silent, mostly moral majority out there who for one reason or another is not heard from much.
But he had the strength to believe what he believed and to use his talents to get toe word to people he thought needed to hear.
Rest in Peace
Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr.
I changed the NJ's minor comment. One thing for sure - the guy was right about there being a moral majority, and he was right that they needed a voice.
Speaking of changing. It's OK with me if you de-typo my stuff, I seem to be unable to do it myself no matter how long I stare at it pre-launch.
(Examples: "...(I believe..." and "...heard from much). And "...to get the word ...".)
I swear some of those happen after they leave here. Case in point: There are no typo's in this little item.
Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr.
Oh yes there is --no apostrophe needed. Try, try again.
From the NY Sun article:
"the New York City Housing Authority says the turnover rate in calendar year 2006 for its conventional public housing apartments was 3.62%, and one study showed that the average stay in public housing for a family is 17.7 years."
Ever hear the story about putting a frog in cold water then bringing up the heat?
The thing that is missed by everybody with the idea for a good law: People (all people, good and bad) with any functioning neurons will maximize there comfort (replace "comfort" with a better word, I'm not married to it). Change the rules, they will adjust. Subsidize something, they will spent their money on something else.
There ain't no free lunch. Everything has to be paid for. The only variables are who and how.
Pass a law making something hard, they will figure out how to do it easier. Pass one making something easy, the ones benefiting will take all they can.
They will, I will, you will.
Yes, my ethics my morals, my sense of right and wrong will have an effect.
Maybe yours will too.
But we aren't allowed to teach them much about that kind of stuff, so I worried about how that will work out.
Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr.
We cannot edit comments. We can only delete them. Thankfully, we rarely need to do so because we attract very few obnoxius trolls. Typos are fine. I enjoy typos.