Socialism is nothing more nor less than the failures and corruption of the Obama Administration writ large.
Imagine the wisdom, intelligence, foresight, the deep reasoning, the wide-ranging vision of Obamacare applied to every industry in America; to banking and finance, education, manufacturing, textiles, fashion, the arts, mining, transportation… food.
Just think we could have the glories of the Soviet Union here too!
Europe, good ol’ fashioned Socialist-lite Europe, is tumbling further and further into decrepitude. Remember when we were hearing about once-prosperous Greeks scrabbling for their next meal in the nearest dumpster? Well, that quaint scene is making its way across Europe, and all because they thought they could just “dip their toes into socialism,” without turning into the monstrosities that the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Red China, North Korea and so many others became.
And recently they thought they could “cure” their horrific recession — really a depression — by infusing vast quantities of other people’s and other countries’ cash, without getting rid of what caused the problem in the first place: re-distributing other people’s cash — or: socialism. See the problem? You can’t cure the ills of socialism with more socialism. Duh! Europeans are none too bright nowadays, though, dulled as they have become by years of the narcotic: other people’s money.
The sad truth: once you dip your toes into it, it grabs you the people by the ankle, and starts dragging you slowly, then ever faster, into the La Brea Tar Pits of economic reality: You can’t start giving away stuff that others produce, and then expect that you can ever stop doing it. Or, worse, take it back.
The real cautionary message of socialism, and of Europe’s current agony: “How much of a really bad thing is too much?” Answer: Any at all.
Or: How much Nazism is too much? How many concentration camps are too many? How many gulags are too many? Can’t you have just a little of these things? Nope. In for a penny, in for a pound. Don’t expect, when you start giving other people’s money and stuff away, that the recipients won’t then demand more of it. And you’ll have to give them more of it, or expect riots in the streets.
Remember my tale of my uncle? (here) Here’s the passage from that linked essay:
A personal story: One day, when my dad finally stopped sending the monthly gift check he had been sending for years to his alcoholic brother, the brother, my uncle, called our house. I answered the phone. His first words: “Where’s my money?”
This guy had simply built the “free money” into his life’s finances, and when it stopped, he was really angry. It simply never really occurred to him that it might not ACTUALLY be HIS money, and that maybe he should have, long before that, worked his way OUT of depending on it.
Kind of illustrates the whole welfare/food stamps/socialism thing in a nice, tidy nutshell…
When you have whole populations receiving “free stuff” — really just stuff that others have paid for or produced — then these people will build that “free stuff” into their budget forever. You can’t at some point take it away — when the economy turns down, or producers slow or stop producing for whatever reason, or the American nuclear umbrella goes away and you have to pay for your own defense — and not expect riots in the streets as the people demand to know, “Where’s my money?!?“
Key phrase from above: “It simply never really occurred to him (them) that it might not actually be his (their) money.”
Watch it. Every time someone suggests backing up a bit from welfare, maybe suggesting that paying people not to work just might not be a good idea overall, what happens? Imagine in the future, when so many millions of people build into their lives and finances the myth that they’re getting “free healthcare” (see our series on that myth here.). Then, imagine when things turn down, and the already beleaguered producer class slows down a bit, and the “Independent Payment Advisory Board” has to start to decide how to pay for the “free” healthcare. Well, the answer to that is easy: Either force the producer class to produce more, or demand more money from them, or, if they’re tapped out as is inevitable — start denying healthcare to people.
How useful will that “free” healthcare be when you can’t get any? I discussed that a bit here. Here’s the relevant passage:
try a little exercise with me. Let’s just say that I own a car dealership, and one day as a marketing strategy, I decide to offer 1,000 “free” cars to the public. First: how long do you think that supply of cars will last, before there aren’t any left? Second: do you think that EVERYONE will get a free car? Third: Let’s just say that I start that “free” car giveaway at 10:00 am, and the cars are gone at noon. At 1:00pm how much are my “free” cars worth to those who want them, but didn’t get there when they were available? Fourth: were those cars REALLY free? They certainly were “at the point of delivery,” I’ll concede. But, were they really free? Of course, not…I paid for them! Even more importantly, and read this well, the people who didn’t get them paid for them! Yep. If each “free” car cost $10,000 on average, then I just gave away 10 million dollars worth of automobiles, right? Wrong. I built that 10 million dollars into the price of the OTHER cars I was selling! So, irony of ironies: not only did the latecomers NOT get a “free” car, they also PAID for the early birds’ FREE cars!
And, that is socialism too. What the poor and the middle class don’t understand is that there is nothing free under the sun. Everything requires both that someone work to produce it (the producer class) and pay to obtain it before you get it. That counts for goods and services both.
The bottom line is, and read this well: if you don’t give someone the value that he thinks he deserves for his goods or services, he will stop providing those goods or services.
Stop paying doctors, car dealers, grocers, shoe makers, tinkers, tailors, computer consultants, software developers, accountants, nurses, machine operators… what they think they’re worth, and people will stop becoming doctors, car dealers, grocers… And there will be no “free” healthcare, or subsidized cars or food…
It is to that condition of penury, famine and despair that socialism inexorably leads.
We’ve dipped our toes into it. We started with all the big government programs like Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Welfare, Food Stamps, and we ramped it into high gear with Obamacare (should be called “Obamacareless,” or “Obama-Couldn’t-Care-Less”).
Socialism has us by the ankle now, and is dragging us into the tar pits.