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.
"I really think that if tobacco and coffee were newly discovered and brought back by U.S. troops, they'd be put in Schedule 1 by the geniuses who want to run our lives." Classical Values rants on Khat and drug laws in general.
The expansion of S-CHIP is the ultimate, literal expression of the "nanny state." We don't trust each other (and, by extension and definition, ourselves) to take care of our children, so we want the government (also, by extension and definition) everyone else to do it for us.
Jeez, we've cut our farm subsidies By $11 Billion this year as a result of ethanol. Approx. 160,000 American Jobs are Positively affected by Biofuels. We've received much more back in various sales, payroll, income, etc. Taxes than we've paid out in Blender's Credits.
And, we came up $300 million short of having enough money in the program to buy corn to give away than we did last year. And that's a Bad Thing.