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.
I don't know about you but I have had it with the legions of hustlers, grifters, drunks, junkies, pathics and drooling layabouts that keep waddling and teetering up to the public trough from that swamp of puke called New Orleans. The latest of an endless line of calls upon the kindness of strangers by these public-purse pimps is this little bit of chicanery: Katrina victim sues U.S. for $3 quadrillion.
There is a incontrovertible reality that the sooner confronted and come to terms with the better off the individual is.
It is the fact that all governments end up constricting the freedoms of man, not enlarging them. That God given freedoms are soon man restricted freedoms and seldom is that reversed.
So we avert our gaze and divert our attention until we end up where we are now .... taxed at every level of government so that 50-60% of our money is forceably taken by the state to redistribute. We are now fully a nanny state constantly looking for the answer from a corrupt system that will jail you or bankrupt you should you endeavor to raise the issue of it's legitimate rights vis a vis the constitution. Think not? Just try to fit in the Xth Amendment to the Constitution into today's world.
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people"
"With a lower dollar, American products - and American stocks - are cheaper for the world. Why is that a bad thing?"
I benefit from the fact that the Chinese government messes with their currency to keep it artificially low. It is a transfer of stuff from their own people to foreigners who buy their products (which includes me). I am not happy when the American government does the same thing because ... it is a transfer of stuff from their own people to foreigners who buy their products (which includes me, on the wrong end).
There is no such thing as a free lunch [TINSTAAFL]. Devaluing the dollar helps exporters at the expense of their countrymen. It helps debtors (such as the federal government) at the expense of savers and investors (like me).
There is only a certain amount of stuff in the world at any instant in time. Changing the amount of money doesn't change the amount of stuff but it does change how the stuff is allocated. Printing money is redistribution by means other than taxes. It is just harder to see.
Think TINSTAAFL every time a politician (or economist!) talks about the good things that are happening by means too obscure for you to understand.
I despise writing letters of recommendation, but I'll stop there, because I could go on, and on, and on ... as for lawsuits, I'd happily sign onto a suit to reclaim all of the wasted taxes on Katrina and NO. Any lawyers reading?