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 love this video clip. Ted Poe was a judge here in Houston before he became a Congressperson and was much respected for, among other things, his innovative punishments for evildoers. I remember one cheating ex-husband who for many years was not paying his child support. He was sentenced to carrying a sandwich board in downtown Houston listing his misdeeds and apologizing... sort of a modern "putting into the stocks," a target for taunting and possibly rotten fruit.
I've been worried about these Compact Fluorescent Bulbs ever since I read about the disposal rules and the dangers of use last year. Congress has been so determined since 2006 not to do anything, anything which might reflect favorably on the Bush administration that they perpetrate ridiculous stuff like this. Reminds me of the low-flow toilets they mandated, which require five flushings at least to function and instantaneously brought into being a thriving black market in the old, five-gallon tank toilets. Luckily, there is one manufacturer which re-engineered the whole system [Toto] to function satisfactorily with only a gallon and a half of water in the flush tank. Nevertheless, correcting Congress' constant busybodyness in messing with the free market is constantly annoying.
Yeah, they're (MD's) all moaning over at the NYT comments section, and with good reason.
Scott Gottlieb, MD, has a column [What's at Stake in the Medicare Showdown] in the WSJ today on the "pay cut" of 10.6% that physicians will see next month, if Congress does nothing to Medicare. Most likely, the Dems will "soften the blow", according to Gottlieb, by raiding Medicare Advantage, which lets seniors use Fed money to buy private health insurance. Messiah Obama hates Advantage, as do all Socialists. Wait until he's elected President, and see what happens to health care.