First, a word about Barack Obama’s executive action on guns. Think about it – Hussein Obama wants even more background checks on Americans who wish to buy guns, but no background checks on Muslims coming into our country. Yet we already have 20,000 gun control laws, but we have virtually no scrutiny of Muslims entering the United States.
Amazing… And look under Recent Posts or Current Events for my commentary called ‘Liberals Commit Most Gun Crime, Conservatives Hardly Any’ (posted December 18, 2015) for an analysis of the truth about guns. And now onto today’s main commentary:
Why Socialism Dominates the World, but Capitalism Should
You may think that the world is full of different political ideologies but you would be wrong. The most dominant ideology by far is big-government socialism. The question is: Why?
The reason is simple. It is because socialism is an ideology of “taking” things. And it is vastly easier to “take” things than to “make” things.
Imagine that you could just “take” a house for free rather than building it and paying for it yourself. That would be infinitely easier and very appealing, would it not? Of course. And socialists do that every day – it is called ‘taxpayer-subsidized housing’. And so there you have the seductive appeal of socialism in a nutshell.
This is precisely how a society becomes lazy and decides through relentless propaganda from the political left that it would rather “take” things and control and redistribute wealth, jobs and power through government action rather than expend time, effort, risk, money and labor to “make” things, which is what capitalism does.
But the Big Catch is that this “taking” socialism is a collectivist mentality that always makes societies poorer, as any rational person could predict. Because “taking” ultimately destroys economies when the “takers” flourish and are rewarded, while there are fewer and fewer people “making” things and creating wealth.
Communism is a sterling example. Communist societies are controlled by government “takers” while “makers” are marginalized, maligned or even killed. This is why communism always spirals down into poverty, deprivation, tyranny, pessimism and starvation.
This also is why America is getting poorer today; it is a result of Democrats’ decades-long war on our wealth-creating corporations, businesses, Tea Partiers and the whole idea of economic self-sufficiency itself.
You can see the results of “taking” in poor parts of American cities, which are controlled without challenge by Democrats. Many, many millions of people there live on welfare and do nothing all day. Thus there is rampant decay in every way from the physical surroundings to the mental state of the people. Because “taking” is a passive, lethargic way of living while “making” is active and positive and it improves the mind, the heart, the body and the soul.
Socialist power also is infinitely easier to build than capitalist wealth. Because anyone, including stupid, lazy and selfish ideologues like Obama, can be elected to political office and take the wealth of the nation and/or arrange for their cronies to take it. This has been done all over the world for thousands of years.
Case in point: As the South American nation of Venezuela has spiraled down economically over the last two decades its socialist dictator Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, was estimated to have had a fortune of $2 billion at his death while starting with virtually nothing in 1998. In comparison former US president George W. Bush is today worth $25 million in a nation 40 times as wealthy as Venezuela.
On the other hand capitalism always has produced much higher standards of living for all of the people, and vastly more freedom than socialism and communism. After World War II, for instance, East Germany became communist and West Germany remained free, increasingly wealthy and relatively capitalist. And over the next decades East Germany remained a grey, poor, oppressed and static nation that had to build the Berlin Wall in 1961 in order to keep the people inside, like a prison.
As East Germany gave its people the ratty Trabant, which was one of the worst automobiles in history, West Germany, just across the border, was producing world-class Mercedes-Benzes, Porsches and Audis and many of the finest manufactured products in the world.
Question: What product or service has Hussein Obama ever actually created in his lifetime, something useful that Americans want and need? How many jobs did Obama create as a community organizer before being elected to office?
Answer: Nothing. Zero. Meanwhile Mitt Romney was trashed by the Democrats in the 2012 election yet Romney created 130,000 jobs through his investment firm Bain Capital. He smartly funded and guided the startup of the office supply store chain Staples, the steelmaking firm Steel Dynamics, and several other companies.
And friends, don’t be fooled by the propaganda that socialism is a system that creates economic equality. Socialism always generates INequality on a massive scale because the “takers” who dominate socialism create no wealth at all and they marginalize the “makers” who do.
Just look at how many millions of Americans are getting poorer under Obama. Yet socialism is supposed to create utopia, isn’t it? Then look at how Americans are rushing to the conservative states like Texas and Georgia by the millions, leaving behind the economically withering liberal states like Vermont, Massachusetts and Illinois.
College professors are notorious “takers”. They generally make more money and work many fewer hours than most of us and then propound the most radical ideas. These professors can earn up to $150 an hour and more because they work so few hours, often the equivalent of just a few months per year. I know because I went to college and knew some of them. Today most colleges only operate 7 to 8 months a year.
But these professors can earn $80,000 a year and more, up to $200,000 a year and more, along with full benefits and pensions. And that is why they are so socialistic – because they are thriving beyond belief in these artificial left-wing environments.
The far-left Democrat US senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren used to teach at Harvard and earned more than $400,000 a year for a part-time job. Meanwhile millions of Americans pay these price-gouging college tuitions while earning $10 an hour or $15 or $30 an hour.
The average private sector salary in America in 2016 is about $25 an hour ($50,000 a year for 2,000 hours work). In contrast the average public school teacher earns $43 an hour.
And where do the universities get all of the money to pay their professors these high salaries? Answer: They “take” it in excessive amounts from the tuition-paying students and parents of America.
Environmentalists are famous “takers”. They create no wealth at all, and then spread relentless eco-fear stories in order to get rich through contributions to “green” groups, and through endless taxpayer grants for every type of foolish “study” that proves nothing and is read by no one. They get rich on ineffective windmills and solar panels while the rest of us pay skyrocketing rates for electricity as a result.
Socialism is the ideology of government control, and governments by nature want to control societies. That is why only free-market, non-government capitalism works to cultivate genuine individual liberty. Because capitalism urges people at every level, from the self-employed carpenter up to the billionaire software magnate, to create their own wealth and their own destiny using their own skills, talents and ambitions. Government is irrelevant.
Socialism, on the other hand, wants to control all the actions of all the people via the government. This obviously creates corruption and inefficiency on a massive scale. Just look at Obama’s famous “stimulus” plan of 2009 when $800 billion largely disappeared, mostly into the pockets of Obama’s left-wing cronies.
Socialists gain control of entire nations by winning, taking or stealing political power (Example: The 1960 US presidential election was brazenly stolen by Joseph P. Kennedy for his son. Look it up if you are too young to know about it); by using government power to tell everyone what to do; and by giving taxpayer money, along with power and jobs, to certain people (the takers) in exchange for votes. This happens because people like government bureaucrats, college professors, environmentalists and welfare freeloaders have always sought prosperity without doing much or any work, and government socialists are only too glad to oblige them with Other People’s Money.
Stephen Moore wrote the following in an essay called A Nation of Takers on April 1, 2011 in the Wall Street Journal:
If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.
It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?
…Where are the productivity gains in government? Consider a core function of state and local governments: schools. Over the period 1970-2005, school spending per pupil, adjusted for inflation, doubled, while standardized achievement test scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public-school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. That is what economists call negative productivity.
This explains our entire economic crisis in a nutshell. Look at how those government worker/private sector proportions have flipped. And these expanding public-employee unions, allied closely with the Democrat party, are just like the private-sector unions that drove countless businesses, big companies and even entire industries out of existence in the 1960s and 1970s with strikes, outrageous wage demands and violence. Now they are driving entire states into bankruptcy. This is why once-wealthy states with powerful public-employee unions, like New York, are spiraling down economically.
These unions, both public and private, are always powerful in socialist countries and states, and linked closely with the Democrat party in America. And it is easy to see why these economies suffer. Remember that unions do not “create” wealth. They never contribute their hard work to building a business from the ground up or accepting any of the risk of building. Unions come along only after a company/state/nation becomes successful and they then “take” as much wealth as they can. And if you have more and more “takers” and fewer and fewer “makers”… well, you can see the math.
Here is an excerpt from Foxnews.com about private-sector labor unions that operate on the West Coast of the United States near Portland, Oregon:
At first glance, operations at the Port of Portland might look normal. Trucks come and go. Containers are loaded and unloaded. But upon closer inspection, it’s clear the normally efficient system is moving like molasses. Crane operators hover over a container for up to a minute before hooking and moving it. Once the container is set down, the crane worker backs up right in the path of the next truck and sits there for another minute. It all adds up to lost time and lost productivity at the busiest port in Oregon, a state where 500,000 jobs are dependent on international trade. The work slowdown has been going on for a year and is threatening thousands of jobs and the region’s economy. It’s the result of a war between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the (private) terminal operator, ICTSI.
Yet Pacific Maritime Association’s homepage says that the unionized longshoremen on the US West Coast earn an average of $98,603 a year or $49.30 an hour. These are not high-skilled jobs, either. Most of these longshoremen only have a high-school education and they do relatively simple jobs.
This is the root of socialism – “takers” with low levels of achievement and/or with little ambition, get lots of money; or people on welfare with no achievement level at all get high standards of living like free food, clothing and shelter, cable TV, medical care, cell phones, even pets, etc. Meanwhile productive and self-motivated “makers” like Tea Partiers and independent businesspeople, who would never “take” anything for ‘free’, are penalized through taxes and regulations, and impugned by the socialists as “greedy”.
No, friends, the socialist “takers” represent the ultimate greed. And the more that socialists get, the more they want; this is part of socialist psychology. This is why socialism grows like a weed. If you give one dollar to a socialist like a welfare freeloader and expect nothing in return, he/she immediately assumes that he/she could have two dollars and so he/she focuses on getting two dollars; this becomes their obsession.
This is how the Welfare States has expanded geometrically in the last 50 years. This type of greed is indoctrinated into the mentality of welfare freeloaders and labor unions and government bureaucrats every day. That is how longshoremen in Oregon can be earning $100,000 a year and still angrily go on strike. It is irrational unless you understand the thinking behind socialism.
Now here is another example of how labor unions “take” money from business in the most absurd ways. This is also from Foxnews.com about the Portland dock workers:
Before ICTSI took over Terminal 6, the Port of Portland ran the docks. Ganda said the longshoremen are working at a snail’s pace because they’re still angry over a recent dispute over jobs. The work in question involves plugging and unplugging refrigerated containers. Traditionally, the jobs belonged to electricians in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
Yes, folks, you read that right. A bunch of radical union crybabies who already earn $98,630 a year are throwing a tantrum over who is going to plug and unplug refrigerated containers while 150 million Americans have no jobs at all or earn $8,000 a year or $20,000 a year or $30,000 a year.
And if you think that this union anger is an isolated incident, you know nothing about unions. This is everyday behavior. This plugging/unplugging ploy is precisely the kind of absurd work rules that unions have been promoting for 80 years in America in their relentless pursuit of more and more money and power. This is how millions of great jobs have been destroyed in America, or driven overseas by the unions. Here’s more about the “takers” in the American labor movement. This is also from Foxnews.com:
The union seems to be getting even more militant. The National Labor Relations Board accused the longshoremen in nearby Vancouver, Wash., of threatening the children of United Grain employees, including the threatened rape of one manager’s daughter.
This is frightening, but this is routine. This is how unions and socialism build power – through threats, intimidation and violence and through appeal to the most negative human traits including sloth and greed.
Many people in the Portland area suffered from the work slowdown. Do the unions care? Of course not. Labor unions always say that they care about “the common man” but that is false. They care only about union power, union bosses, and the cause of socialism. In destroying many millions of American jobs in the last 60 years, the unions have shown themselves only too happy to throw “the common man” overboard time after time after time.
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