Socialism

Boss Hogg

February 23rd, 2010 10:32 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Health Care, Investing, Market Regulation, nationalization, Obama, Politics, price control, price controls, Socialism  |  13 Responses

In Barack Obama’s latest health care plan is a proposal to give the Health and Human Services secretary the power to block price increases in premiums by health insurers. That power, on its face, would be subjective and political. However, it would complete the take-over of American companies by this increasingly relentless socialist administration.

Look at the facts, these days government dictates how to make a product, the government dictates what to put in a product, the government dictates shipping methodology if the U.S. Postal Service is used, the government dictates working conditions with OSHA, the government dictates minimum pay for employees and who to hire with EEOC laws, the government dictates salaries and bonuses for management in some industries, and, at the end of the day, for its efforts, the government will be on hand to collect its fair share of the company’s profit through taxation if a company is fortunate enough to make a profit on its transactions.

Now the government wants to dictate to companies what they will charge for their products. 

What decision making is left for a company under this administration? Helping pick the color of tablecloths in the company mess hall?

This proposal will be the final nail in the de facto take-over of American business. And it neatly avoids the messiness and expense of actually having to buy or run companies ala General Motors or AIG. Free companies! What socialist politician wouldn’t be giddy with excitement over the prospect?

You just gotta admire that crazy Capitalist Socialism.

Rewards Abroad

February 4th, 2010 2:19 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Communism, Economics, government spending, Obama, Politics, Socialism  |  13 Responses

by John Browne – Senior Market Strategist, Euro Pacific Capital

President Obama’s State of the Union message only serves to reinforce my forecast that investors will continue to find better returns in markets outside America and in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. Indeed, the reward gap may well increase.

Nothing in the President’s speech indicated willingness to do the hard work of cutting spending. Rather, he reiterated his commitment to a costly new healthcare entitlement and more spending on make-work programs. Only days later, his budget acknowledged that, even before factoring in the cost of his proposals, the federal government is unlikely to be in surplus for the foreseeable future. In response, Moody’s has issued a warning that the United States’ triple-A credit rating is not unassailable. In short, the trend set some ten years ago will continue.

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Evils that are killing America

January 24th, 2010 1:25 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, Blowback, Civil Liberties, Commentary, congress, Constitution, fascism, Individual Responsibility, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Philosophy, privacy, Socialism, terrorism  |  6 Responses

While conservatives like Glenn Beck bemoan the progressive “killing me softly” approach to transforming America into a socialist-fascist city state there are at least two other phenomena that are working toward that same end. Both of them come from the Right side of the aisle. All three together create  a blueprint for the demise of America as our Founders knew it.

The evil triumvirate killing machine aimed at America is made up of:

  1. The progressive agenda.
  2. Bipartisanship.
  3. The so-called “war on terror”.

Ever since Obama’s inauguration we’ve all become hyper-aware of the progressive agenda thanks to commentators like Glenn Beck. The progressives don’t even want the Constitution to be a “god-damned piece of paper“. That would mean it actually exists to them. They’d much rather it never have existed. Sure, Obama is a “constitutional scholar”, but all the evidence suggests he only studied the constitution in order to figure out methods to betray it.

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Escaping the Current Depression – Causes and Cures

November 29th, 2009 9:02 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Economics, Jake Towne, Liberty, Ludwig Von Mises, Socialism, Thomas Dilorenzo  |  7 Responses

Originally published November 28, 2009 at http://towneforcongress.com/economy/escaping-the-current-depression-ndash-causes-and-cures-1

Why should you care?  Why, for that matter, am I spending time during Thanksgiving weekend writing this and running for U.S. Congress to serve the public as an independent private citizen, when that institution is so corrupted that it would be akin to working in a disease-ridden sewer for someone like me?   In the words of Ludwig von Mises in his critique Socialism in 1922:

“Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore, everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us.”

On November 14, 2009, the Mises Circle met in Newport Beach, California, and gave several lectures relevant to the current depression and how to solve it entitled “The Economic Downturn – Cause and Cure.” Below you will find the videos that will shed a lot of light on what is occurring. All of the speakers are from the Austrian school of economics, otherwise known as REALITY economics, which is completely unlike the half-witted analysis of most “respected” Keynesian economists, such as Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz. Two of the speakers, Thomas DiLorenzo and Robert Murphy were my professors this summer at Mises University. If you like these talks, I highly recommend ordering (for free) a mailing of the Mises Institute’s Free Market newsletter.  Below are a couple slides (46-47)  I created highlighting key differences between Keynesian and Austrian economics.   Read More »

Republicans are losing the health care debate

October 30th, 2009 7:33 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Civil Liberties, Commentary, Free Market, Health Care, Liberty, Market Regulation, Maven Commentary, Socialism  |  20 Responses

The House Democrats released their latest attempt at a health care bill yesterday. Feel free to read all 1990 pages of it here in PDF form. I’ve been perusing it all day long because I, apparently, enjoy pain. So much pain that I’m starting to feel sick. Man, they better pass this bill soon or I may die.

Well, that’s what they want you to think. I want to know why the debate is now all about whether or not there should be a public option and little else? This shows us how Obama and his fellow looters are now firmly in the lead on this debate. The argument is no longer about whether we should have the government more involved in health care, but whether the government should provide health care.

The question is no longer “why are we doing this?” Instead, the question is “how do we do it?”

If Pelosi has her way, this is how:

The new House proposal is similar to one drafted by Democrats months ago. It requires Americans to buy health insurance by 2013 or pay a fine, creates a government-run program similar to Medicare to compete with private insurers and lets 15 million additional people enroll in Medicaid by easing eligibility requirements.

But in an effort to make the bill more appealing to moderates in her party, Pelosi altered some of the fine print. The proposed government-run “public option,” for instance, would negotiate for how much to pay doctors and hospitals rather than relying on government-set rates, as Medicare does.

Echoing concerns raised by his Republican colleagues, Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan said the bill’s heft, at 1,990 pages, indicated how it would expand the government’s role in health care: “Families will face higher taxes,” he said.

Replacing the above word “higher” with “astronomical” would be more honest. One need not read past page 4 (3d) to find the most offensive words to free market liberty loving Americans:

initiates shared responsibility among workers, employers, and the Government; so that all Americans have coverage of essential health benefits.”

The word “initiates” should be replaced with the more honest word, “forces”. This phrase is a pure unadulterated call for socialism. When you force someone to share, it’s no longer sharing. It is theft, well-intended theft, but theft nonetheless.

Why do we get put in jail if we steal money to give to the poor yet it is perfectly fine for the government to do it without repercussions? I suppose the answer is: they own the jails.

Why do we get put in jail if we murder someone yet it is perfectly fine for government troops to kill people?

Are government humans more special than civilian humans? They seem to be able to operate outside the scope of morality.

The bill would establish a new federal government department inappropriately called the “Health Choices Administration” with the “Health Choices Commissioner” at the head. I can’t wait for their ad slogan to come out: “The Health Choices Administration: Be Nice, we can choose whether you live or die!”

Under this bill the Health Choices Commissioner has the power to regulate a new “market” they call the “Health Services Exchange”. This is the so-called new “free market” where the government public option health care is to compete with private health insurers. Yet somehow this is supposed to allow private insurers to compete on a level playing field? Please.

This bill becoming law would signal the end of private health insurance. It is only a matter of time before the public option will be the only option.

The government owns the jails now. The government tells you what you can put in your body. With socialized medicine the government is just continuing its assault on individual liberty. There is no “I”, only “We”.

The End of Statism (after its rise)

October 29th, 2009 1:33 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, congress, DownsizeDC.org, Economics, government spending, Health Care, Liberty, Market Regulation, Obama, Politics, REAL ID, Socialism  |  Comments Off

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


Quotes of the Day:

“The State is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.” — Frederic Bastiat, French economist of the 19th Century

“How did I go bankrupt? Two ways. Slowly, and then all of a sudden.” — paraphrased from “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway

“May you live in interesting times.” — a proverbial Chinese curse


President Bush and the Republican Congress expanded government more than any administration in history. They also laid the basic foundations for a future police state. Now, President Obama and the Democratic Congress have . . .

  • Retained, and in some cases expanded, all the Bush-era policies — the wars, the PATRIOT Act, warrantless spying, REAL ID, imprisonment without due process, extraordinary rendition, etc.
  • Begun to extend the already existing foundations for a future socialist state with things like direct government ownership of businesses, the health care bill, cap and trade, and a host of other measures big and small

Put the Bush and Obama policies together, sprinkle in a couple more terrorist attacks, and one or two more state-caused financial calamities, and you have a recipe for . . .

  • The destruction of American liberty
  • The blossoming of a Leviathan State

Read the signs . . .

We are living through a Statist revolution.

Statism is a mindset that prefers coercion to cooperation. Statists love the State because they are blind to its fundamental nature . . .

  • The State is a monopoly that you cannot easily fire, replace, or even control
  • Everything the State does relies on coercion

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Capitalism is not the evil as Michael Moore would describe it

September 24th, 2009 12:12 pm  |  by  |  Published in Bailouts, Big Government, Communism, fascism, Free Market, Liberty, Market Regulation, nationalization, Politics, Socialism, Walter E. Williams  |  5 Responses

Each of Walter E. Williams’ weekly syndicated columns are fantastic, but the most recent one (entitled Lying Propaganda) is particularly worth your time.  He refers to Michael Moore’s upcoming movie (“Capitalism: A Love Story”) and decides it’s a good idea to put out a bit of “defensive mental preparation“, as it puts it, in order nip in the bud the simple lie that we have a system of [pure] capitalism in this country and that such a system is the source of the world’s troubles.

There has never been a pure free market capitalistic system just as there has never been a pure communist or socialist system, where there is government ownership of the means of production and each individual has equal access to society’s resources. However, we can rank economies as to whether they are closer to capitalism or closer to communism or socialism. If one ranked countries according to whether they were closer to the capitalistic end of the spectrum or the socialistic or communistic end, then ranked countries according to per capita GDP and finally rank countries according to Freedom House’s “Map of Freedom in the World,” he would find a pattern that is by no means a coincidence. The people in those countries closer to the capitalist end of the economic spectrum have far greater income and enjoy greater human rights protections than those toward the socialist and communist end.

According to the London Telegraph article, Moore’s film features priests who say capitalism is anti-Christian by failing to protect the poor. This is pure nonsense and revealed as such by asking, “If you’re an unborn spirit, condemned by God to a life of poverty but allowed to choose the country in which to be poor, would you choose a country near the communist end of the economic spectrum or the capitalist end?” If you chose the United States, you’d find that according to the government surveys, the typical “poor” American has cable or satellite TV, two color TVs, and a DVD player or VCR. He has air conditioning, a car, a microwave, a refrigerator, a stove, and a clothes washer and dryer, and whether he has health insurance or not, he is able to obtain medical care when needed. Try to find that in Cuba, Russia, China or North Korea. If we buy into the nonsense of Moore’s priests, the world’s poor people are incredibly stupid. Whether fleeing legally or illegally, their destination country is likely to be closer to capitalism than their departure country.

Go read the whole article here.

Obama Serving Salami Samples From White House

August 26th, 2009 8:30 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, Commentary, fascism, Individual Responsibility, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Philosophy, Politics, Socialism  |  1

A professor teaching a computer security class I had in college stood up in front of the class one day and said, “Today we are going to discuss the salami attack or salami slicing. Does anyone know what a salami attack is?” I laughed at the juvenile thoughts that entered my mind. In my college-aged stupor little did I know it was the perfect term for what the United States has been experiencing since the early 20th century.

From Wikipedia:

Salami slicing is a series of many minor actions, often performed by clandestine means, that together results in a larger action that would be difficult or illegal to perform at once.

Today Obama is taking it to new levels. He’s acting like the proverbial kid in a candy store or perhaps saying he’s like a fat man at a deli counter is more appropriate. Our government has been salami slicing it’s way toward a socialist and fascist hybrid I call socio-fascism for the last 100 years or so. Certain administrations were worse than others, but it’s not too hard to believe that the Obama Presidency will go down in history as the one that signaled the final slice in the socio-fascist incrementalism pie.

For America to turn the corner and get “better” things are going to have to get a lot worse. People are still dreaming of government-sponsored comfort and Obama is doing his best to deliver. Government words and statistics are attempting to mask the hard economic pain reverberating through America. We need to see beyond this feel-good facade and find the truth.

We are a spoiled-rotten coddled nation of eternal victims with a codependency on government. Government is an abusive spouse who promises unicorns but only ever delivers blunt trauma to the head.

Perhaps the turn-around will come when the “green shoots” become nothing more than “green shits”, when everyone realizes the government is the source of the problem rather than the solution.

It’s time to refuse the government’s salami.

Ron Paul has Ron Paul Singles, Obama has Mandates

August 25th, 2009 8:10 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, Commentary, Free Market, Health Care, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Ron Paul, Socialism  |  4 Responses

A few weeks ago a new match-making site for freedom-loving people called Ron Paul Singles was in the news. Some news outlets used it as another opportunity to marginalize Ron Paul. Others seemed genuinely curious about how a 70+ year old politician’s name could play cupid.

While this rather unimportant news item was brought up on CNN and other outlets another type of “date” was swept under the rug because if it became common knowledge the health care debate may be quite different. Admittedly, I went for a low-brow ridiculous play on words to get to my point but here it is:

In many states there are requirements (mandates) that force private health insurance companies to pay for certain procedures.

Those on the Right complaining of socialized medicine don’t realize that we already have socialized medicine. Those on the Left defending the so-called “public option” don’t realize how much money can be saved by simply abolishing health care mandates. Doing so would help restore the free market in health care and help lower costs.

I’m tired of both sides of the debate missing the fundamental point. The Left and the Right need to realize we haven’t had a free market in health care for approximately 30-40 years.

The health care system is broken and needs “fixing”. The government does not have the answer. On health care the government should not lead, it should not follow, it should just get the hell out of the way!

There is no such thing as a government solution. The government only causes more problems.

To understand how ridding ourselves of health care mandates can reduce health care costs please watch Shelly Roche (bytestyle.tv) give details in the video below. This is the kind of information people need to hear when they accuse others of “just complaining and not offering solutions”.

Greed

June 26th, 2009 6:00 am  |  by  |  Published in Banking, Big Government, Communism, Constitution, Economics, fascism, Federal Reserve, Free Market, Individual Responsibility, inflation, Libertarianism, Liberty, Market Regulation, Money, nationalization, Philosophy, Politics, Socialism  |  4 Responses

Author’s Note: Hello all.  The editors of Liberty Maven have graciously agreed to include me as a contributor to this fine site.  As they are always on the ball with breaking news, it may be a challenge to keep up with valuable content.  So, for my first post, I’d like to start with a rhetorical, philosophical open letter that I wrote directed at all those who think that more government regulation will solve all of our nation’s ills.  I hope you enjoy it!

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I’ve gotten some feedback on the subject of deregulation, and the effect of greed.  Many are quick to demonize it, but I think we all need to slow down and take a look at what greed really is, before we admonish the “greedy”.

Interestingly, greed, is one of the 7 deadly sins, so we should strive to not be greedy, right?  Well, greed is defined in several different ways, but the most unbiased true definition (not relating to material wealth – I’ll explain why this is important in a moment) of greed is: An eager desire or longing; greediness; as, a greed of gain.  Is this not merely an extension of self interest?  What is self interest?  Self interest is defined as personal interest or advantage.  Everyone acts in ways of self interest, some more than others.  The reason is because life is a competition, like it or not.  You cannot beat the self interest out of anyone, and that is the paradoxical nature of self interest, i.e., greed.  To clarify my point, allow me to give several examples.

1. Early in life, we play games.  The object of a game is to win.  The desire to win is an act of self interest.  Yes it is fun to play, but winning and losing is part of the game, and the desire to win is part of human nature.  If the true object of the game is only to have fun, why do we keep score?  Why do we play at all?  Can we not find more fun and productive things to do if the object is “fun”?

2. When we go to school, we get graded on our performance.  We strive to get good grades based on our performance, and to gauge how we are faring against our peers.  Some learn faster, or in different ways, than others.  It is in our self interest to get the best grades possible, so that we not only know we are learning, but to ensure that our future will be bright, by being accepted into higher educational facilities which boast better educational practices than others.

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