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.
More Insty on paying taxes. I agree that every American should pay something. The middle class gets off Scot free. He quotes a reader:
If my federal taxes are any indication then the middle class is almost certainly not paying its "Fair Share" of federal taxes. My tax position is utterly ordinary. Married with three kids, gross annual income of approx $68K. I take only the standard deductions (no Schedule A) and received the Child Tax Credit for all three children. My total tax bite for each of the last three years was approximately $900/year, or barely over 1%.
So Obama and McCain can talk all they want about cutting taxes for the middle class but, in reality, there's just not much left to cut. The really big hits to my pocketbook come from FICA and, now, orthodontia.
Cuba can buy medical and agricultural products from the US, as long as they pay with cash. One point about ending the embargo: Cuba will then be able to get credit from US institutions, and Cuba has a long-standing record of being a deadbeat. Anyone who extends credit to Cuba is as astute as someone who loans a million for a house to someone making $10,000 a year who puts no money down on the house. Something to consider.