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.
The Left dislikes Bloomberg's pay-for-grades idea. Why? From Moonbattery:
Incredibly, moonbats are attacking the program from the left. Screeches Margy Waller, a domestic policy advisor in the Clinton Administration:
It just reinforces the impression that if everybody would just work hard enough and change their personal behavior we could solve poverty in this country, and that's not reflected in the facts.
You see, the idea that people could rise out of poverty through their own effort is dangerous crazy talk.
Sheesh. Talk about dangerous crazy talk. Is she saying that everyone wants to come to America for the government freebies and not for opportunity? That is sick. If you have kids after you get married, and stay married, and finish high school, and quit drugs, and maybe move to where jobs are, it is almost impossible to be poor in America. Otherwise, you must want to be poor.
And, speaking of the Mayor, his party switch is really meaningless. He was a Dem, switched to Repub to run for Mayor. Now he's indep. I like and admire the guy, but his politics are for the birds. He is very smart but unwise.
Like most of the American public, I have stood at the pump at my local filling station and cursed the cost of gasoline. Yet, after filling my tank I inevitably drive to Starbucks to stand in line with other women seeking a reprieve from morning mommy detail, handing over $4.24 without batting an eye as I order my beloved venti, soy chai latte.
And re taxing "big oil," guess who will be paying those taxes. Sneaky, because it won't show up as a tax at the pump - just in the pricing. So you won't get mad at Congress - you'll get mad at Mobil.