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.
Taken as a whole, Obama's social democratic agenda is breathtaking. And the rollout has thus far been brilliant. It follows Kaus' advice to "give pandering a chance" and adheres to the Democratic tradition of being the party that gives things away, while leaving the green-eyeshade stinginess to those heartless Republicans.
It will work for a while, but there is no escaping rationing. In the end, the spinach must be served.
As someone whose health care will be "rationed" under the Obama Master Plan, I am worried more than a bit. If, as is planned by the devisers of this pernicious plan, a civilian board of non-medical people are going to decide whether it is "worthwhile" to prolong my useless [to them] life, it's really scary. Like Pastor Niemoller famously said in the Second World War, "First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I was not a communist, then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew ... and then they came for me, and there was no one to speak up for me."
"This is the way the world ends ... not with a bang, but a whimper."