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.
We did not get here by accident or mere ineptitude on the part of our leaders. We were sold down the river by our leaders. There is a reason all our politicians leave office far richer than when they were elected. Also a reason they get cushy high paying jobs after they leave office. They use their position to advance themselves. If our MSM had the slightest ambition they could probably prove that our politicians receive payola before and after leaving government for greener pastures. This is why we have massive legal and illegal immigration. This is why we have H1B foreign workers taking our jobs. Your country is being stolen from you and the "free press" is in it up to their eyeballs.
If you get rid of all tariffs I think we would find that neither the EU or China could compete with us in most all fields. That is why they tariff our products at a high rate. If the EU won't drop tariffs then cancel all work vistas for the EU citizens to work in the US as well.
It is easy to get rich on a congresscritter's salary. One way is to marry someone good at getting million$ and billion$ in Govermnent guaranteed-profic contracts, with no proof of outright collusion (eg, Feinstein and McCaskill?) Another way is to make good "investments" in secret "partnerships" with no investment. Another way is "speaking fees" of hundreds of thousand$ for a private half hour speech to "access seekers". Or, simple bribes like $500K for the clinton pardon of Marc Rich, and the $140 million payments to the clinton-owned clinton crime family foundation as a "bless you" for selling uranium to the russians.
Nothing new, but more blatant now - in the musical Fiorello, a crooked politician explains in song how he got rich on a salary by saving his pennies....
One complaint about Kavanaugh is that he is not rich.