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.
Coulter on poverty. It's a simple fact that poverty in America correlates with terrible decisions in life about having babies (h/t, Vanderleun):
"Democrats resolutely refuse to tell the poor the secret to not being poor: Keep your knees together until marriage.
"That's it. Not class size, not preschool, not even vouchers, though vouchers would obviously improve the education of all students. You could have lunatics running the schools -- and often do -- and if the kids live with married parents, they will end up at good colleges and will lead happy, productive lives 99 percent of the time.
"But Democrats don't care about the poor. They don't care about the children. They care about government teachers and other government bureaucrats -- grimy, dowdy women who "woo" at political debates. Or as CNN calls them, the "young," "hip" crowd."
Ann Coulter is correct. Her delivery straightforward apropos to the old Chinese saying, "A womans tongue is her sword and she takes care never to let it rust"
It's a bonus that she's easy on the eyes and can count coup on any Democrat she debates.
My wife has been a teacher for 32 years. She has many accolades and awards and is hard to engage in a debate over schooling. However she will tell you straight up that their are Black parents she has seen and heard coaching their first grade children to "act retarded" since they will get more money from the government under those circumstances. The underclass knows how to 'game" the system as well as the Wall Streeters, they just don't get to Wall Street that often because they game at too low a level initially and never acquire the knowledge base to handle the complexities of options,margins,rate swaps, and the like.
I knew a 10%'er at the local dog track. Know what a 10%'er is? It's a person who makes a living cashing the large winning tickets for other people. He provides his SSN and other IRS info for 10% of the winnings. He then spends all the rest of his time picking up the tossed away losing tickets to use as write offs against the winnings...he was plenty smart and could easily have been a broker but preferred working the system differently. Gaming at a different level.
So next time you're at the track, horse or dog, and hit a big trifecta and feel like breaking the law just watch the IRS window for a person who consistently cashes in at that window. Not that I would ever recommend it.
When my daughter was about 5, we were walking in Brooklyn, she saw a black woman smack her kid, and said to me, "Mommy, why are black people always so mean to their kids?" Out of the mouths of babes...she had grown up in a racially mixed neighborhood, and noticed the politicallyincorrect but quite obvious difference in parenting styles.
One could add slightly to the list, to improve the odds of escaping poverty even further. In addition to the two-parent rule, you could add: Finish highschool somehow. Get a job - any job.
For a hundred reasons, the poor have not learned to delay gratification. Game over.
Sure, things can still go wrong. A drunk driver might give you brain damage. You might develop a major mental illness. You may run afoul of evil people through no fault of your own. But as those things might happen to even the most circumspect people, why increase the odds of being miserable by doing stupid things?
Assistant Village Idiot