I am an engineer, former US Marine, and a widower caring for an ageing step-father. I am a fiscal conservative but also a Jack Kemp style "Bleeding Heart" Republican.
I believe that we can't fix anything by doing a half-assed job but I also believe that we need REAL health Care Reform (Not just a shell game). I believe that we need to give people a hand up, but not a recurring hand out.
I am a registered Independent but, in spirit a Jeffersonian Democrat. Most importantly, I believe in two important Adages. The first is ancient old one from Japan that, loosely translated says "Fix the problem, Not the Blame!"
The other is a limerick given to me by my late mother. it is entitled The Thinker; and it goes:
We have two ends with a common link,
With One we sit, with one we think.
Success depends on which we use;
Heads we win, Tails we loose!