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.
As we come to the end of the Bush administration, the top 1% of American taxpayers already pay 40% of all income taxes -- the highest level in 40 years. The top 10% of income earners pay 71% of the taxes.
That is beyond fair, and it leaves 90% of the population as minimal contributors to the nation. There is an obvious danger in becoming a nation of 90% "getters" and 10% givers - and not the least being that you discourage the givers.
2. You have some great links above. I love the Obama supporters.
3. As to your last link and comments above, I could not agree more. Everyone needs an ownership stake in this country. That means paying taxes. It should also mean that we have an ownership stake in Social Security - which today is nothing more than America's only legal ponzi scheme.
The move by Bush a few years ago to make it otherwise and to turn it into an actual investment vehicle - giving everyone a clear stake in the business of America - was precisely what needs to happen. We are not a wealthy nation because the government prints money. It is long past time we all had a far greater stake in both funding and insuring the success of our nation.
GW ...Bush's Social Security concept of a few years ago was an excellent idea for grown-ups who wished to protect and take control of their future. Unfortunately, there are not enough grown-ups around. How many do you know? The rest of the adolescents just want something for nothing, as usual, and are encouraged to believe they'll get it, by every politician and teacher around. I'm speaking of those teachers who believe in teaching every child how unique and special he is. Even if he isn't.
Re: obama supporters, what happens when they get bored with him? I hope its before the election and not after.
By the way what is a community organizer? Sounds like a Commie union position that is usually thrown in jail because of rabble rousing.
BD ... I should have clarified my teacher comment. I greatly dislike the habit of many modern teachers to tell every child, whether he has accomplished anything admirable or not, that he is unique and special and to be admired. The excuse is that this protects their self esteem. What it does is eliminate the scales of judgment, so that those children who do accomplish admirable things are not justly rewarded by admiration and commendation.
When I was a little girl in Chicago, "progressive education" had just been invented by the NEA. Think I was in third grade at the time. We were given "goal books" and unlimited time to accomplish our goals. I dam near flunked. What I was interested in was things like archaeology and Egyptology at the time, not taught in third grade, so I kept putting off the boring subjects.
I really dislike the educators' current reluctance to introduce young children to intellectual discipline. There's just a lot of boring, 'by rote' stuff one has to learn to be equipped to face a harsh world -- things like grammar and sentence structure, multiplication and long division, civics, economics, and other, sometimes boring but basic subjects. If one doesn't learn them when one is young, one grows up but doesn't mature and ends up astoundingly ignorant about important things, like the fact that there really aren't 57 states of the United States of America.
P.S. And Grant, as far as I can determine, a "community organizer" on the Chicago Daley team is what used to be called a "union agitator."