Democrat Insanity Ruins US/ Swedish Socialism Debunked

We conservatives are famous for being rational, calm and level-headed while Democrats are driven by their emotions. And their rabid emotional behavior is ruining our tough American character.

Look at this impeachment nonsense. These goons have been chasing after Donald Trump since the day he announced his candidacy in 2015. Every minute of every day has been consumed by their incessant hatred of Trump. It really is a psychological sickness; they are pathologically fixated. And you become dangerous to your own well-being and to that of others if you are consumed with hatred.

First they said that Trump could never win the presidency. When he did so they smeared him relentlessly and some even rioted on the day of his inauguration. They pursued him over the fake Russia collusion hoax. They have impeached him twice and they will fail to remove him from office twice.

This is a very bad signal to America. It is poisonous. It is legitimizing the rage and insanity of the emotional left which we conservatives never expressed against Obama to even 1% the same degree. They have so sullied our national discourse and the impeachment process that they have become jokes.

Nancy Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders, AOC, Biden, Harris and all of their deranged followers are not only emotionally unstable but clinically insane. They spread their craziness and make it seem mainstream by spouting it over and over and having it echoed in the media. When a rational president like Donald Trump gave us prosperity and energy independence and 100 other great outcomes, they said that it was all bad.

This idea that good is bad and that bad is good – like excusing the riots last Summer and Autumn – creates a very dangerous mindset. It confuses people about the very nature of reality, which is what totalitarian governments always want to do.

This is twisting the American mind into a pretzel. The hatred that these people have ginned up against president Trump and against conservatives is tearing our country apart. We have never seen such division in our country. They even have turned Washington, DC into an armed camp in a way that is intended to frighten and alarm our good people.

The China virus crisis is another example. We conservatives have said that it is a problem that can be managed, but liberals have made it out to be a global catastrophe that is out of control. Our fake president Biden and his associates wear masks all the time in public in order to frighten us. This fear is very destructive to our national character. It weakens the whole country.

They are keeping our children out of school and terrifying them with mask wearing and fear of the virus. This is causing permanent damage, which is just what these crackpots want. They use fear and the uncertainty to control people. It is a form of emotional terrorism.

This tactic goes way back. Starting in the 1970s in the early days of the ‘green’ movement, people on the left began spreading the most vile stories about the environment, that we were running out of oil, that the planet was dying, that the lakes in the Northeastern US were being killed by “acid rain”, and on and on. even remembers one story that walking on linoleum floors – which are everywhere – was kicking up microscopic particles that we breathe in and that were going to kill us.

These are sick people who spread this kind of stuff. They have told us for decades that nuclear power is dangerous yet not one single American is known to have died from the radiation from a nuclear power plant. In 1979, president Jimmy Carter went right inside the control room of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, which had malfunctioned, causing a national hysteria. Carter is still alive at age 96 and he has recovered from cancer twice.

Today we know that hundreds of millions of children worldwide are suffering ill mental effects from the oppressive narrative of environmentalism, and the virus on top of it. Reuters reported in September 2019:

Children are increasingly suffering anxiety and grief about climate change, British psychologists said on Thursday, advising parents to discuss the issue in an age-appropriate way.

Adults must acknowledge young people’s fears and offer them support in taking positive action such as joining Friday’s global climate strike, said the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA), a group of psychologists and researchers.

“Children are saying things like, ‘Climate change is here as revenge, you’ve messed up the climate and nature is fighting back through climate change’,” said Caroline Hickman, a teaching fellow at the University of Bath and a CPA executive.

“There is no doubt in my mind that they are being emotionally impacted … That real fear from children needs to be taken seriously by adults.”

Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg has led a worldwide youth movement demanding action on global warming through weekly “Fridays for Future” protests.

A global climate strike by students and workers on Friday is expected to be one of the biggest climate protests on record, with organisers predicting millions will take part.

Young people were left feeling “betrayed and abandoned” if adults refused to acknowledge their fears about the climate, but they also “don’t need horror stories”, said Hickman.

Parents should give young people facts about climate change, discuss how it made them feel, and offer them opportunities to do something proactive by considering what they consume or joining a campaign group, she said.

“A lot of the time adults want to protect children from frightening things, but if we protect them too much then we are actually lying to them,” she said.

Thus we are raising a new generation of confused, depressed and angry individuals who are easily manipulated, like this lunatic Greta Thunberg. These kids can then be induced to join other leftist causes. And this is the whole point – to undermine their basic well-being and their confidence in themselves in order to pull them to the left.

These skunks on the left, including the Fake News media, are all in on this travesty. They are destroying the American character and making it like Europe, where the people are weak and timid and easily led.

Swedish Socialism Debunked

We have been told for decades that socialism is “working well” in Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries in Europe. But that is a myth. In fact all of European socialism is a myth. Europe has sky-high unemployment, low economic growth statistics and a generally dour hope for the future because of its socialist economies, but you will never hear about it from the Fake News media.

A Scandinavian economist once said to conservative American economist Milton Friedman that “In Scandinavia, we have no poverty.” Friedman replied, “That’s interesting, because in America, among Scandinavians, we have no poverty, either.”

This is very telling. And to understand the truth about Scandinavian socialism, there was great story in The Epoch Times recently written by a Chinese lady who calls herself Jean Chen (not her real name) about the evils and falsehoods of socialism and communism. Below are excerpts from that story with a comment after each:

Chen writes: Indeed, Nordic countries are often used as models of “good” socialism by leftists, like Bernie Sanders, the Clintons, and Barack Obama.

Dr. Nima Sanandaji, a Swedish researcher and author, wrote the book “Scandinavian Unexceptionalism: Culture, Markets and the Failure of Third-Way Socialism,” which provides a very good explanation of the realities in Nordic countries. Let me summarize the book for you in case you don’t have time to read it.

The welfare state is not the reason for the Nordic countries’ success. The Scandinavian societies had achieved low income-inequality, low levels of poverty, and high levels of economic growth before the development of the welfare state.

Before the implementation of welfare state policies, between 1870 and 1936, Sweden’s growth rate was the highest among industrialized nations. However, as the welfare state was gradually adopted between 1936 and 2008, the growth rate of Sweden fell to 13th.

According to Dr. Sanandaji, “High levels of trust, a strong work ethic, civic participation, social cohesion, individual responsibility and family values are long-standing features of Nordic society that predate the welfare state. These deeper social institutions explain why Sweden, Denmark, and Norway could so quickly grow from impoverished nations to wealthy ones as industrialization and the market economy were introduced in the late 19th century. They also played an important role in Finland’s growing prosperity after World War II.” (All quotations in this article are taken from Sanandaji’s book unless otherwise noted.) comment: So there you go. Sweden has a homogeneous white population that is well educated. Protestants, who dominate Scandinavia, tend to have a very strong work ethic. Most Scandinavian migrants came to the United States in the 19th century before the implementation of welfare state policies back home and their American descendants are more successful than their cousins in Scandinavia.

Chen writes: Policies help to shape the character of a society. As Scandinavians became accustomed to high taxes and generous government benefits, their sense of responsibility and their work ethic gradually deteriorated.

When asked during a 1981–84 survey if “claiming government benefits to which you are not entitled is never justifiable,” 82 percent of Swedes and 80 percent of Norwegians agreed. But in a similar survey in 2005–08, only 56 percent of Norwegians and 61 percent of Swedes agreed with the statement.

Generous welfare benefits reduce the incentives for taking a job or working hard. It also weakens parents’ incentives to teach their children to work hard. More and more people have become dependent on government welfare payments. And the dependency would pass from one generation to the next. This growing population in turn voted to support more welfare and bigger government, and therefore higher taxation, which has pushed the Nordic countries toward more extremes of socialism. comment: This is what has destroyed black America. Blacks were totally different people before the welfare state turned millions of them into lazy slobs who won’t work. You can thank Democrats for that.

Chen writes: Dr. Sanandaji described a survey conducted in 2003: “The Swedish public was asked to estimate the total amount of taxes they paid. The respondents were reminded to include all forms of direct and indirect taxation. Almost half of the respondents believed that the total taxes amounted to around 30–35% of their income. At the time of the survey, the total tax rate levied on an average income earner, including consumption taxes, was around 60%.” comment: This is typical. People in heavily-taxed countries often don’t know the truth about their level of taxation because it is hidden by the socialists.

Chen writes: From the beginning of the social democratic era in the 1930s until the 1960s, Nordic countries had remained relatively free-market-oriented, and had similar tax levels as other industrialized nations.. It was at the beginning of the 1970s when radical social democratic policies were adopted, and the fiscal burden and government spending reached high levels.

Sweden went the furthest toward socialism among Scandinavian nations since the late 1960s. The basic idea was to replace free markets with a model closer to a socialist planned economy. “Not only did the overall tax burden rise, but the new system also discriminated heavily against individuals who owned businesses. As politics radicalized, the social democratic system began challenging the core of the free-market model: entrepreneurship.”

The result of the policy is obvious: the establishment of new businesses dropped significantly after 1970. In 2004, “38 of the 100 businesses with the highest revenues in Sweden had started as privately owned businesses within the country. Of these firms, just two had been formed after 1970. None of the 100 largest firms ranked by employment were founded within Sweden after 1970. Furthermore, between 1950 and 2000, although the Swedish population grew from 7 million to almost 9 million, net job creation in the private sector was close to zero.” comment: This is ignored by the socialists in the global media. They only want you to think about Sweden as being stable and nice but not the truth about its system.

Here are excerpts from the rest of the article. It is very interesting:

As for the jobs in the public sector, they increased significantly until the end of the 1970s. At that point, the public sector could not grow larger because taxes had already reached the highest possible level. “When the welfare state could grow no larger, overall job creation came to a halt—neither the private sector nor the public sector expanded.”

At the beginning of the 1980s, “employee funds” were introduced in Sweden. It was to take away a portion of companies’ profits and transfer them to funds controlled by labor unions. The purpose was to achieve socialism moderately by gradually transferring the ownership of private companies to the unions. “Although the system was abolished before it could turn Sweden into a socialist economy, it did manage to drive the founders of IKEA, Tetra Pak, H&M, and other highly successful firms away from the country.”

The dreadful policy of “employee funds” was finally abolished in 1991, which is around the time that Sweden faced its most severe economic crisis since WWII. It took almost two decades for the employment to reach its pre-1990 level. As a comparison, it took only seven years for Sweden to recover, in terms of employment, from the Great Depression in the 1930s.

“Sweden was the more socialist of the Scandinavian countries a few decades ago. It is also the country that has reformed the most.” —Dr. Nima Sanandaji, Swedish Researcher

Beginning in the 1990s, almost all Nordic nations realized that welfare reform is inevitable, except Norway. In 1969, one of the largest offshore oil fields in the world was found in Norwegian waters. The oil wealth makes it possible to sustain its generous welfare systems. Since Sweden and Norway are quite comparable in many ways except for welfare reform, it is a great experiment to see the impact of the reform.

The reform in Sweden includes reducing welfare benefits, lowering taxes, liberalizing the labor market, and implementing gate-keeping mechanisms for receiving sickness and disability benefits. After the reform, from 2006 to 2012, the population supported by government benefits decreased from 20 percent to 14 percent in Sweden. In comparison, the population supported by government benefits in Norway decreased by only less than 1 percent in the same period of time.

For young Norwegians, there is very little incentive to work hard. Employers are therefore turning to foreign labor, including from Sweden. Between 1990 and 2010 the number of young Swedes employed in Norway increased by more than 20 times because of higher wages in Norway brought by oil revenues. According to a survey of Norwegian employers, three out of four answered that Swedish youth work harder than Norwegian youth.

After the reform, during the global financial crisis in 2008 and 2009, Sweden showed impressive economic performance. The reforms lead to greater economic freedom, stronger incentives for work, and less reliance on government welfare.

Denmark and Finland also reformed their welfare systems. Even in Norway, some market reforms have been made. More are likely to come.

A Caution to Americans

The Nordic nations are returning to their free market roots. They have learned their lessons through their forays into welfare states or even tentative socialism, and have turned around from a dead end. We Americans should not fall for leftist propaganda and rush into a future that is doomed to failure.

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