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.
From our friend at Sippican Cottage, with a piece at Pajamas of the above title, a quote:
The least efficient entity Iíve ever encountered is the government, at all levels, in all instances. Even when itís being ruthless, it takes its sweet time about everything. Death Row would be a drive-up window with a menu, open all night, if McDonalds ran it. (Would you like ďfriedĒ with that?)
And me, Mr. Vertically Integrated himself, knows all about inefficiency. I canít answer the phone if I canít hear it over the table saw Iíve got running while I should be coding my website anyway.
Hillary Clintonís big idea is to think the government can run a vertically integrated version of Medicine. I have my doubts. Bad managers like vertical integration because they are immune to outside pressure to perform. There are no upstream producers giving you things before youíre ready to process them, and no downstream vendors selling things before youíre ready to supply them. And vertically integrated monopolies run by the government donít even have to worry about the customers. No one can go to another vendor. And the opposition party cannot offer an alternative other than the destruction of what been cobbled together, which is like asking if youíd like your ration card torn up during a famine once the thing gets going. The beast will never die once Igor pulls the switch, until it collapses under the weight of its own bureaucracy.
Hillaryís already told me to drop dead, figuratively. Sheís looking for the power to enable her to tell me to drop dead, literally, now. Wanna give it to her?
"It's refreshing to work with chimpanzees. They are the honest politicians we all long for. When the political philosopher Thomas Hobbes postulated an insuppressible power drive, he was right on target for both humans and apes. Observing how blatantly chimpanzees jockey for postion, one will look in vain for ulterior motives ane expedient promises." Primatologist Franz B.M. De Waal
The beauty of being trashy is that one can rest assured that it is entirely one's own achievement.
The condition of being trashy is unmoored to any consideration of race, gender, nationality, political affiliation, origin, religion, appearance, age, IQ, socio-economic status, or even to a degree, personal history.
No, it is a willed condition of the current state of being, a free choice as it were, and as such is under no jurisdiction but the self.
Very fair, completely egalitarian, in fact it is justice itself.