I have worked in the buy side at two major investment firms for the past 6 years. I trade my own accounts daily and am currently studying for part 2 of the CFA. I am skeptical by nature, and there's nothing I trust less in this world than big gov't. I am a true believer in Capitalism and the tremendous increases in standard of living we've had as a result. Why in the world people endorse socialist policies when they've never worked in history is beyond me. You've also discovered another passion of mine...politics. Anyway, I have an open mind. I try to use facts, logic, and historical precedence to frame my arguments and my beliefs. However, I'm a human being and emotion sometimes sneaks its way into my words. If you think I'm wrong, I invite you to use the same tools as me (facts, logic and historical examples) to try and change my mind. It wouldn't be the first time it's happened!