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.
...surely women's groups, who were at the forefront of fighting against government intrusion into our decisions about our bodies, is out there leading the fight against government health care. WRONG! Their privacy arguments stand out today as sham libertarian arguments that applied only narrowly to abortion. It's clear that as long as they can get full access to abortion, women's groups are A-OK with government intrusion into people's decisions about their bodies.
And re SCHIP, Fred Barnes explains why extending a poverty entitlement to the middle class is a bad idea. Weekly Standard. This used to be called "creeping socialism." At the least, it is an effort to transform a charity, stepwise, into a universal entitlement.
Who is Joyce Hatto? She's a virtuoso pianist, but you might not have heard of her. Attack Machine has the tale.
America's worst airlines. Gay Patriot. Speaking of air travel, the Carol Ann Gotbaum story. Who knows where that story goes, but it's a damn shame. Those airport guards are quick to use force on the obviously innocent, and everyone knows that.
So, the 1929 Stock Market Crash had a leading cause of literally millions of Americans investing in it, getting way too much leverage on their cash down and inflating the market beyond sustainability just as the Great Depression was setting in.
Forgive me... but, millions of Americans investing in the Stock Market is not done by the rich but by the *middle class*. That is why it was over-leveraged: they were not rich, they were middle-class. Of the one thing that I do remember is ordinary folks having lots of stock and then wallpapering their rooms with it as it was seen as worthless... then a decade later and even onwards, folks actually looking at the stock certificates and realizing that many of those companies still existed or had been bought out. Saws were used!
Mr. Krugman is trying to re-write history. There was quite a large middle-class and folks like Isaac Asimov wrote about it in his autobiographical books - relatively poor immigrants setting up shop after getting a bit of cash together and opening up stores, renting rooms over the shops... you know, 'middle class'. The poor can't do that. Apparently there were a lot of these folks in urban settings, plus managers, secretarial staff... the entire shift away from agriculture had tipped by the late '20s with low income farm work replaced by moderate income (comparitavely) factory and office jobs. Plus the 'service sector'.
That history just don't wash, and my own family (extended with grandparents tending to six children, and still owning, outright, their home and a cousin running a saloon next door. These were not rich folks, but they were not the down and out poor, either. Owning a home, working at different jobs to 'make ends meet' and 'stretching the dollar' were all things done to get by during the Depression, but even that oral history tells of the major turn-arounds and going back to the previous level of prosperity by 1939.
I have been looking at this for awhile and what I was taught in school was, apparently, dead-wrong on a number of fronts. Amazingly and spectacularly so...
Two rather long posts with overlap in high degree:
Reading a story in a paper generally gives you little insight into what happened, and in the case of the irate air traveller, I can see that someone might get a little over the top at missing a flight, but I have a challenge for you. Put your wrists together, as if handcuffed. You can choose front or back, hands facing in or out, it doesn't matter. Now, I defy you to "entangle" your neck in the handcuffs. It is physically impossible to choke yourself this way. Something is incredibly wrong with this story.
US Airways has a lot of explaining to do...I myself have had a gate door slammed in my face by a US Airways employee when the airplane was clearly visible sitting on the tarmac with its doors open. I know how this woman felt. This culminated a trip where every flight on US Airways was late, their employees were virtually no help and hardly polite...As for the handcuffs, I can't see why a forty five year old woman would need handcuffs. I hope US Air is sued into bankruptcy. They don't deserve an air carrier license. One man's opinion.