I never thought I would see it in my lifetime, but Russia, specifically, former Soviet leaders, are warning the United States not to go socialist, especially during tough economic times.
Putin specifically said: “. . . the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.”
I had a discussion about too much government not too long ago with a friend of mine. I emphasized how important it is that we limit government intrusion into our lives. He responded by saying, if we have no government, we will be an anarchy. And then he said that when the government stops caring, and a good example of that is in Mexico where government doesn’t care so wages are horrible and so on and so forth, the people will suffer.
This is a great example of the Liberal Mind. Sort of like the commenter here that, when I said we need to lower taxes, ranted on a comment about how if there is no taxes we can’t pay for government functions.
I didn’t say we should eliminate taxes, just as I never said that we should eliminate government.
But you see, when you make an argument, the liberal left tend to take it as you saying the extreme. To them, if you want something limited, then you must not want it at all. If you want something enacted, then they think you mean that it then must be applied to every person in every situation. If you disagree with entitlement programs, that must mean every program every person somewhere thinks is an entitlement and that you think that every program must be eliminated right now with no questions asked, or chance to reform them. If you say that generally speaking people using entitlement programs have the means to not be dependent on the government, you must think that all poor people are lazy. The Left fails to take into consideration the nuances and exceptions.
Interesting how people who reject absolutes in morality suddenly demand absolutes in political dialogue.
I think that Social Security, medicare, and other entitlement programs like them are unconstitutional. I believe that the programs put into place by the New Deal (FDR), and the increase of these programs through LBJ’s great society, are a part of the problem, not the solution.
But, imagine the outcry now that the American People are used to depending on the government for such things, if medicare or Social Security or welfare programs were suddenly eliminated. And that is not to say that all of these programs need to be eliminated. Some merely need sticter guidelines, or need to be reformed into a reasonable size and functionality.
Let me give you an example. I don’t necessarily consider disability insurance an entitlement program. In some cases disability and unemployment insurance are beneficial. The programs shouldn’t be the size that they are, and people shouldn’t have such easy access to them without proving hardship. The systems are heavily abused, but that is what human nature does when it has a chance at some “free money” (or at least that is what many of the people using the programs call it).
What interests me is that very thing that Liberals claim they are trying to avoid they are creating. They want to create a great society, but they are creating a society of dependency. They want to formulate a society where everybody gets along, and everybody works together, but with their tactics of progressive taxes, wage increases, and overregulation of business, they are creating a hostile environment between the wealthy and the middle class – and they are destroying the small business sector, the one link between the middle class and the wealthy. This “class warfare” is further seperating and further widening the trench between the wealth, and the not-so-wealthy. Through liberal programs and their heavy taxation and their attacks on the corporate world the Left is creating a gulf between the two – and are ultimately guiding us into becoming a socialist state – a society of the haves and the have-nots, the powerful and the workers, of big government and peasants. They are trying to create the very thing that has failed time and time again – socialism.
Putin of Russia calls it a perfect storm. A crisis that is fueling a rising wave. The root causes are government intrusion. Socialist systems like the one the liberal Democrats are trying to create in America have “left entire regions, including Europe, on the outskirts of global economic processes and has prevented them from adopting key economic and financial decisions.”
No matter what you call it, progressivism, liberalism, Obamaism – Socialism is still socialism – and it is a mistake.