It has not escaped my notice that my posts don't prompt the level of discussion that Fleming's posts do. Bill's posts are entertaining; I don't dispute that. They are also pretty "liberal" in drift. And that's one of the reasons Bill is a moderator here.
The quantity of comment his posts bring probably has a lot to do with the political bent of the majority of those who post comments. I am told that we have tons of viewers, but only a dozen of them ever comment. I guess that's typical, although I'd sure like to see a vigorous debate of issues here.
I feel somewhat, uh, adversarial, in this crowd when I say, for example, that I advocate repeal of Social Security and Medicare. I feel much more comfortable when I advocate the freedom of choice in what one should be able to do with one's own body (or someone else's, with permission, of course). Free minds and free markets.
I think it is evident that government ruins just about everything it touches. Problem is, there is no parallel paradigm for comparison, so folks think that government's promises that the solution to problems is to make new laws and spend new money make sense. Its self-promotion is always couched in the language of improvement of folks' lives. The reality is always the stealing of the fruits of folks' labor and the creation of new punishments. The proposed health care system is a glaring example.
Another is the fact that in 30 minutes I have to leave my place of employment in Spearfish and go to Rapid City to spend another night in jail.