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.
See, whilst many… are psychologically able to ignore, or excuse, or basically discount altogether the taking money from people bit of public spending, there are some of us that just can’t. One day it occurs to ask the question, “What exactly gives them the right to help themselves to whatever they want?” and the answer turns out to be because they can. Then you get a bit angry and frustrated, feel almost entirely helpless, then, just to make things that little bit worse, everyone else in the world comes and slaps you in the face for even daring to consider such heretical notions. The taking from me bit doesn’t count. I don’t matter. It’s the no longer giving bit that counts. Think about how people feel! Think about all the things they could do with that money, or that job, or learn from those people or achieve with the support of those others! Don’t you understand? Have you no feelings? Apparently not. I just keep thinking, “But it’s not your money. How can you live with yourselves taking it?”
Ms Gore's point at the Thompson link is so important. If you think that art museums are a good thing, then by all means support one. Use your money to do it, not mine. I'll decide if I want to support art. The same thing basically applies to charity: you support the causes that seem valid for you and I'll support the ones I think are valid. But if we gift too much, we reduce the potential of commerce to raise people from poverty and want because commerce provides actual jobs, goods, and services. Commerce first -- that is the greatest kindness we can do.
The concept by extension applies to the abomination of Demcare. Because Pelosi-Reid-Obama and their enablers think I need chiropractic care and contraception, they will require that any policy I can buy pays for those services from the first visit. Never mind that I don't use either service; never mind that paying from the first visit pushes premiums to ugly levels. They feel bad about someone's insurance problems, so you and I must pay to rectify the situation and we must comply with rules we dislike, giving up rules we thought were appropriate.
I'm still laughing over the blast email Schiller sent out to notify of the Juan Williams firing. Fox 'obtained a copy' and ran it across the screen. Among her high schooler's mal-construction, was the phrase that Williams re NPR had "...violated our principals".
I had a sudden mental picture of Williams systematically working his way up and down the hallways of the executive suite, breaking into the offices and violating NPR's principals, right there on the floor or maybe, after reaching out and sweeping off all the desktop paraphernalia, on top of their desks.
Ha ha --no wonder they fired him --
But really, that's not likely a mispell --heterographs (such as 'to, too, two') will automatically focus a writer for a quick double check in the mind --no, Little Miss Perfect, owner of a steamer-trunkful of credentials no doubt, not only doesn't know the right word, but is certain that she does.
Given the likely age and condition of the NPR's "principals", you have just created a terrible mental image.
There are legitimate government roles and a need to pay for them. They come down to national security, public safety and administration of laws. When any level of government wants to go past that point, alarm bells should sound.
Education and parks occupy a light area of the gray zone. Bicycle helmet laws and animal registration are getting well into the dark zone, to me. Never did license our dog.