I am by American standards a centrist, no not a lefty who claims to be a centrist but someone that on security and economy issues is on the right, and on social issues to the left. No I dont support the handout system that is practised in my homecountry Germany, but I miss a universal health system, being aware its not free. What I learned from the contributors on this boards is media bias. Although I dont buy into the MSM story as some here, I have become far more critical to publications. 2/3 is leftist 1/3 is conservative imo for the US. The partisanship makes every story distorted and I am now more aware then ever how both sides play the game with loose informations and slant their articles with info that had nothing to do with the subject line. So for that thanks to the members of the board. Due to work I have been slacking in participation but I still check in regularly.