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.
Still catching up with Good Stuff du Jour after my long weekend away. It may be TMI, but I do feel the responsibility to put these good things out there anyway, and will give myself a break in the morning:
McCain is frustrated. He thinks he can beat Obama (politicians are pretty confident in their own abilities). But he isn’t convinced his campaign can beat Obama’s campaign. He knows that his three-month general election head start was largely frittered away. He understands that his campaign has failed to develop an overarching message. Above all, McCain is painfully aware that he is being diminished by his own campaign.
This last point is galling. McCain has been a major figure in American public life for quite a while. And yet his campaign has made him seem somehow smaller. Obama is a first-term senator with no legislative achievements to speak of. His campaign has helped him seem bigger, more presidential.
Maybe public school teachers are exempt in Ohio (as the linked post says) and possibly in some other states, but that is not the case in the People's Republic of New Jersey. I taught there for 32+ years and paid in every single year.
(On another topic, explain why I paid into unemployment but could not collect for July and August when school was not in session. I didn't make the decision to close the doors. Yet when an auto factory shuts down to retool for two weeks every summer, the UAW members could and did (do?) collect. And please don't call it a "vacation." The bills still came in even if the paycheck didn't.)
Same applies here in most of the Southeast for both teachers and public employees except State Troopers for some reason. The Troopers in this state pay double the rate state employees pay into their retirement system.
Railroad workers have a separate federally run Railroad Retirement system they pay into.
I quit reading the Economist some years ago. They routinely offer up laughable articles that should be a disgrace to a supposedly thougtful rag. They are posers and not arbiters of truth as they would have you believe.