Tag: socialism

Let Ocasio-Cortez Keep Talking

One of the funniest things President Donald Trump said in his speech at CPAC was that we should encourage the Democrats talk more and more about their brilliant Green New Deal. He wants them to keep talking about it because they are digging a huge political hole, and wants them to keep digging.

If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez keeps talking about the Green New Deal and her spooky ideas, we will be better off. We need to hear more and more about how deprivation and starvation will save our nation.

Here are a few of her solutions.

  • Stop using fossil fuels. Replace them with wind mills and solar cells. Too bad that the wind doesn’t blow all the time, and solar cells don’t work at night.
  • Get rid of energy inefficient automobiles and make everybody take the train. If a train is not available, like to Hawaii, you can walk or ride a bicycle.
  • Automation will displace millions of people from their menial jobs, like the toll takers on the New Jersey Turnpike. They should be happy because they don’t have to work anymore.
  • Give everybody free college, free medical care, guaranteed housing, guaranteed jobs, and guaranteed income. Good intentions for all.
  • Ocasio-Cortez plans to pay for this with new taxes based on the climate-change scare, and higher taxes for corporations and rich people.

Let us not denigrate her intelligence. After all, she graduated college cum laude. I am not sure what that says about Boston University, but it seems impossible that someone could go through four years of higher education and graduate enamored with the failed nineteenth century theory of socialism.

How many people have been raised out of poverty by socialism in the last fifty years? None. As an example, this century Venezueal is mastering the socialist process of starving an entire nation. Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t talk about Venezuela. That’s up to someone that understands the subject.

An article in The Economist relates that Capitalism raised over a billion people out of abject poverty in the twenty years from 1990 to 2010. This equates to 50% of the people in the world who were under that poverty line. Of course, those people are not rich yet, and are still in poverty according to US standards. The point is that there have been huge advances in the condition of people around the world, and capitalism is the driver of this prosperity.

We need to let Ms Ocasio-Cortez speak for the Democrat Party. The more she talks, the less sense the Democrat policies make.

The Slavery of Social Justice

Social justice. You hear those words all the time as if they really mean something important.

Hear this. Social justice is just another term for socialism, and somebody’s desire to take what you have and deposit it into their own bank account. There is no other explanation no matter what Wikepedia says.

Wikipedia says, “Social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality and involves a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution.”

Social justice, like its named parent, socialism, is a depraved and failed concept. It comes from the nineteenth century, and belongs on the trash heap of failed social experiments.

As a matter of fact, the people who espouse social justice are communist lead unions like the teacher’s union in Chicago, and ne’er-do-wells like the Occupy-Whatever crowd. Intelligence is not a hallmark of these people. The teachers average about $76,000 in salaries, and the poor slobs who pay the Chicago teachers average about $44,000 in salaries. On, yeah. That makes lots of sense. Maybe it’s time for a political change in the Windy City, but the corruption may be too great for that to happen.

Today, a certain class of person on the political scene loudly proclaims a need for social justice. They would have you believe that people are being murdered out there, in the name of capitalism. We all know this is bunk, of course, but about 43% of the nation listens to these exaggerations. Those people should know better, but they are blinded by current political leaders.

I have news for all the Occupy folks and other illiterates. The world is not fair, especially if you don’t make a decent effort to contribute. Just because you majored in psychology, sociology, women’s studies, or diversity studies does not guarantee you can find a job wielding your terrific knowledge in these all important areas.

Face it. You chose to study those subjects because you could not handle any of the scientific or other rigorous programs at your university. You took the easy way out, understanding that many of those areas of major studies are only for the inept. You got screwed, and it is your fault. Live with it, or find a way to make yourself useful to society.

The only people to which social justice makes sense are Marxists. We all know what happened to all those Marxist countries. Millions of starved people, murdered people, and destroyed ecologies and economies were the result of social justice.

Social justice is the clarion call of socialism. According to history, socialism is slavery.

D-Day Remembrance

picture of cemetary in France with American War Dead Graves
Thousands of American Soldiers Are Buried At Normandy

Today is June 6, 2012. Sixty eight years ago , over 6,000 American soldiers became casualties at Normandy, and about 2,500 of those died. That’s a lot of soldiers, but that is not the whole story.  About 3,000 other Allied troops died that day. They were from England and Canada.

Around 19,000 French civilians were killed in the bombardments leading up to and during the Normandy invasion. The Germans lost around 80,000 soldiers. Casualties are usually lighter on the winners side, but the blood shed for the future generations of Europeans, Englishmen, Canadians, and Americans was very high. I believe we improved the future for the German people, too.

Today is a day to be remembered. It was the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany, one of the most egregious and cruel regimes in modern times. Their legacy was genocide, and we can never forget.

Even today, there are entire nations and religions that deny the evils perpetuated by the Nazi’s. Islamic leaders in Iran deny the holocaust because they hate Jews. Indeed, they are dedicated to finishing the extinction of the Jewish people. How others overlook this documented goal of an entire nation is a sign of danger in itself.

Today, we are faced with some of the same choices that the German people faced. Do we move our government into a socialist entity like Nazi Germany (National Socialism), or do we strive to keep free markets and free people as our goals. Do we rob ourselves of free speech by instituting a fairness doctrine, or do we insist on our sacred rights of being able to say anything about anything?

Our choices diminish daily with the arrogance and ignorance exhibited by our leadership in Washington, DC. We need to make the choice for freedom, now, or we will learn the meaning of the words written by Frederich Hayek:

Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.

Honor freedom and make your choice for freedom while you have the chance. Maybe we will not have to fight another World War II to get it back if we pay attention, now.

The New Retirement System

Reporting on a Gallup poll, today, is an article that posits the new ideal retirement age is 67. This poll reflects the opinions of over a thousand people. Those opinions of the right age to retire have changed over the last several years, with the expected retirement age going up, and up.

We have been brainwashed that 65 is the age to retire. We also find that corporations tend to get rid of older, higher paid workers. My experience is such that I was laid off at age 57 from a sales job, and when looking for work discovered that nobody is going to hire a grey-headed salesman. The only sales positions available are those that pay commission, only, and are primarily low-income, telephone based sales positions.

At some point, you will find yourself taking Social Security payments. Social Security is nothing more than extended unemployment income for someone over the age of 62..

The government is pushing the Social Security retirement age past 65, and workers are being forced out of jobs at age 60 or before. A large part of the unemployed in the US is that population of pre-retirement age adults that cannot get a job. These are the people who have given up seeking employment.

Maybe you think that our drift into a socialism will mitigate the problem with the government taking care of you.

Think, again.

The government is looking harder and harder at the wealth accumulated in 401K’s and IRA’s. The government has long wanted to take that money and give it to those who have failed to plan for their retirement. They think you are more fortunate than others, and you should share. That is the government mentality.

So, all that hard work with accumulating money for your retirement can be gone in an instant. Your job can disappear in an instant, and so can your wealth.

The new American retirement system is called, unemployed. Good luck with that.