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How Did This Election Get So Weird?

Just a thought: Is Hillary really losing because she’s being “dragged down by scandals?” Because Democrats really find her duplicitous and untrustworthy? Because she’s just plain unlikeable? Or is it because Sanders is just promising a lot more free stuff and class vengeance?

I have come to believe it’s the latter. Democrats never gave a wet slap about scandals or corruption within their own party before. They didn’t care that Barack Obama got semi-trucks full of campaign donations from Wall Street and made his Administration an ATM for Goldman-Sachs. It seems odd that they would start caring about that now. I gotta believe it’s about the free stuff.

By the way, did you know that even though America’s answer to Evita Peron lost by over 50,000 votes, she gets more New Hampshire Democrat delegates than America’s answer to Salvador Allende? Hillary leaves the state with 15 delegates. Bernie leaves with 13.  Overall, Hillary has 394 delegates in hand and Bernie has 42, despite skunking her in New Hampshire and tying her in Iowa.

That “Democratic” Party is a Hell of a thing, isn’t it?

Over at the Republican side, the conservatives and the moderate establishment are both losing to a loud, boorish populist. Trump is tapping into the angst of the working class, and in a not-so-different way from Bernie Sanders. Trump also rails against the hedge fund managers, and promising to tax them more, and promising to maintain and expand the welfare state.

This is being portrayed in the media as a “populist revolt.” The narrative is that the people who have suffered twenty odd years of wage decline and economic stagnation… the people who have been losing ground economically while politicians and bankers in the DC-Wall Street corridor have built up unprecedented levels of wealth… are turning on the politicians and bankers whose policies (open borders, cheap imports, cronyism) have led to this state of affairs.

Do people really just plain hate politicians and bankers? Or do they really hate that the politicians and the bankers seem to be scheming against them to enhance their own wealth?

If you want a socialist revolution, this is how you get a socialist revolution.

In the end, this election may well come down to a billionaire capitalist supported by the blue collar working class running against an avowed Marxist supported by the trust-fund wealthy.

What an odd thing to see happening.

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A Pretty Good Rundown of the Democrat Campaign

 

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60% of the Republican Caucus vote in Iowa went to black or Hispanic candidates. But if you are uncomfortable with minorities and prefer to vote for old white people, the Democrat Party had a debate last night. It pretty much went like this:

Hillary: Vote for me. I’m a woman.

Sanders: Vote for me, I’m a socialist.

Hillary: I’m pretty socialist, too. I’ll give you free stuff.

Sanders: Grr, I’m the real socialist. I’ll give you ALL THE FREE STUFF! And I hate Wall Street.

Hillary: I hate Wall Street too.

Sanders: No you don’t. They give you money.

Hillary: Big money corrupts our entire political process… except for me.

Sanders: I’ll take all of Wall Street’s money and give it away to voters. Then everyone will be as rich as a hedge fund manager. Because that’s how economics works.

Hillary: I hate the NRA.

Sanders: I hate Climate Deniers.

Hillary: I hate the Koch Brothers.

Sanders: I hate you.

Hillary: I hate you.

Sanders: In closing, Vote for me, Free Stuff, bitches!

Hillary: Vote for me, I’m  a woman.

Socialism Fails Mainly Because Socialists Are Lazy, Selfish Jerks

Posted by V the K at 7:40 pm - February 2, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Bernie Sanders’ fan base is a lot like the youthful Bernie Sanders — lazy, irresponsible, bad with money and possessing an outsized sense of entitlement. Case in point, the “Anti-Capitalism” Campbell Co-Operative House in Oregon. (A place I actually stayed in once. They serve tofu hotdogs. They were vile.) The young Sandernistas living there wanted to establish a socialist enclave.

“I thought this would be an artist utopia if the right set of motivated and creative and inspired people lived there.”

Instead, they got lazy, irresponsible bums who were bad with money and possessed an outsized sense of entitlement.

“Though rent is cheap — between $300 and $400 depending on the room — members tend to move in, stay for a few months and move out, often without paying the owed rent, the source of the debt.The co-op’s lack of funds and “anti-capitalist” stance make it reluctant to hire debt collectors.”

There you have it. Socialism isn’t about “equality” or “fairness,” it’s about using the power of the state to force other people to give you their stuff.

This is why Socialism is very popular among people who don’t want to work but want stuff. It is notably less popular among people who actually work for the things they need.

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Stuff I Didn’t Know About Bernie Sanders But Was Not Surprised to Learn

Posted by V the K at 11:45 am - February 1, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money; mainly because he is promising to take even more money away from the productive to lavish on the unproductive Democrat base. His socialist fervor is borne of his own experience of being a lazy, good-for-nothing failure who attached his mug to the Government teat and never let go.

Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult. It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck – and it was a government check.
“I never had any money my entire life,” Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington. . . .
Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment. Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail. “He was a shi**y carpenter,” a friend told Politico Magazine. “His carpentry was not going to support him, and didn’t.”
Then he tried his hand freelancing for leftist rags, writing about “masturbation and rape” and other crudities for $50 a story. He drove around in a rusted-out, Bondo-covered VW bug with no working windshield wipers. Friends said he was “always poor” and his “electricity was turned off a lot.” They described him as a slob who kept a messy apartment – and this is what his friends had to say about him.
The only thing he was good at was talking…non-stop…about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off. “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,” the bitter layabout said. “I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

In a meritocracy – or a country where voting majorities were rational and well-informed – Bernie Sanders would not be trusted to run a Dairy Queen, much less the United States of America.

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And This Is Why They Call It MSLSD

Posted by V the K at 2:47 pm - December 31, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

2015 as seen on the Official Network of the American Left:

 

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“I was told there would be no math on this quiz”

Posted by V the K at 4:39 pm - November 12, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Host: What are your demands?

Socialist Airhead: “Free college! No debt! $15 an hour!”

Host: “How do you propose to pay for it?”

Socialist Airhead: “Um, well… the 1% have all the money and … um the 1% should pay um…   because, um, they’re the 1% and… um I can’t do math.”

 

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Has Obama Really Failed?

This is a thing that’s going around. Screen-Shot-2015-11-05-at-4_37_03-PM-550x321 The implication is that Obama’s presidency has been bad for the Democratic Party. I guess you could make that case, kinda sorta. And since the Democratic Party threw themselves all-in to his Cult of Personality, it’s kind of Karmic that it would lead to their withering in state governments and Congress.

But I don’t think Obama or his Alinskyite backers care very much about states or legislatures. Obama has been spectacularly successful in centralizing autocratic power in the executive branch; aided and abetted by Republicans who are either too timid to oppose him or actively collaborating. Obama has unilaterally re-written welfare laws, immigration laws, environmental laws, and labor laws. His administration has imposed policies on the states ranging from dictating what school children may eat for lunch to how states may use natural resources. The Democrats may be losing power in the states and legislatures, but Obama has largely made them irrelevant.

On the Difficulty of Being a Patriot (when your citizenry sux)

Hi folks! (Jeff/ILC) I haven’t posted here for several months. Where have I been?

As a rule, I dislike negative people; I like problem-solvers and try to be one. But sometimes, even a problem-solver can get negative because problem-solving starts with acknowledging reality, and the reality may be very negative.

This is the situation I’m in, with regard to the United States of America. By my guess, Americans today fall into roughly four categories:

  • 25% good people. (Constructive people who see clearly and value liberty.)
  • 25% confused people. (Semi-good people who have been mis-educated with anti-freedom ideas. Some of these may live off the public trough, although they know they shouldn’t.)
  • 25% parasites. (People who expect to live off the public trough, claiming it’s right and they deserve it.)
  • 25% fascists. (People, usually leftists though not always, who actively want government to control more and more of everyone’s lives. Even speech, for example with speech codes.)

When I was a kid, things were not much better; but they may have been a little bit better. The proportions seemed to be more like 30, 30, 20, 20. So the balance was a little more in favor of the good people.

I believe that, by now in 2015, the balance has tipped against the nation’s remaining good people. As a result:

  • We get “leader” after “leader” who is either pathetic and confused (Donald Trump, any of the Bushes), or pathetic and malevolent (Barack Obama, any of the Clintons or Kennedys).
  • We get government officials that continually lie – for example, saying that unemployment is 5.1% when it is 11% or more – and a media that couldn’t care less, as long as Planned Parenthood or its other favorite causes will be funded.
  • Add your own. (Libya? Syria? Talk about illegal wars! Given that ISIS and the disgusting, U.S.-backed “Syrian rebels” are much the same people, shouldn’t we be asking if ISIS may be an incredibly-stupid U.S. covert op?)

I gotta be honest: It’s depressing. As I survey this post-modern, corrupt, neo-socialist wreck of a nation that had once proudly taught the world about human freedom and productivity, I feel disgust and disappointment. I’ve been absent from the blog because I hit a point where I simply did not want to pay any attention to current events. And because I (still) feel uncomfortable writing at a blog with the word “patriot” in the title when, in Obama’s America, there is increasingly less that is worth defending.

I love and support the America that its Founders had intended: a beacon of liberty. I do not love or support (except by paying a ton of taxes, in cash) the America that we have in the year 2015: a deceit-filled, national-socialist travesty whose eventual crash (and/or takeover by China) can no longer be prevented.

That’s at the political level. On a personal level: I have to admit that it took me a couple decades to “get it” – that is, to understand real economics, psychology and morality and how they should interact to make a free society. It took me awhile, because I was mis-educated originally (was told a lot of the standard lies), and because my general desire to love people and give them credit made it hard to disbelieve the lies. It took me a long time; so why not be patient with the many people today who “don’t get it”?

Here’s why not. Yes, it took me a long time; but I did “get it”, because of my lifelong commitment to figuring out what’s real and what isn’t real, what works and what doesn’t work. I don’t see most people making even half of such an effort. I see a majority of people lying to themselves and others, spouting crap, not caring that they’re spouting crap, and treating their families like crap – as they indulge themselves with daily marijuana, coke, alcohol, iPorn, affairs/hookups, all-day gaming or other destruction. Which they rationalize.

Anyway…your thoughts?

For Those Who Like Their Coffee Bitter, Overpriced, and Humorless

Posted by V the K at 11:13 am - October 20, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

They have a unique customer loyalty program. For every four cups of coffee you buy, they give somebody else a free cup.

Every cup is served by an angry bureaucrat and accompanied by a stern lecture on gun control and sustainable development.

The store later went bankrupt because of spiraling employee pension costs.

Illegal Immigrants: Show your California Drivers License for a 50% discount.

The Democrats Come Out of the Socialist Closet

“Last night the Democrats presented themselves an an openly left-wing party, to whose base Bernie’s honeymoon in the Soviet Union appears far less eccentric than Jim Webb doing his Scoop Jackson routine 40 years too late. Bernie thinks we should be more like Denmark, Sweden and Norway – just debt-ridden and with more race riots. As far as I can recall, the most pressing priority for the Democrats is free parental leave for illegal immigrants if they happen to have an anchor baby while enjoying their free college tuition. Insofar as foreign policy raised its head, it was something to be avoided at all costs. While crazy right-wing nutjobs worry about footling peripheral trifles like Isis, Putin, and Iranian nukes, smart Democrats are focused on the real global threat of “climate change”, which is why they’re committed to investing in wind-driven fax machines for all Obamacare sign-ups by 2020.” – Mark Steyn on the Democrat Debate.

The Democrat debate on Tuesday demonstrated conclusively that the Democrat Party is now openly socialist and Bernie Sanders represents its center. The Democrat debate essentially became a “Coming Out Party” for Socialists who had just been waiting in the dark among the coats and boats, afraid to express their true selves for fear of how society might react. However, now they are out and proud and ready to march at the front of the May Day parade.

It also demonstrated my axiom that the value proposition of the Democrat Party is “We will take money from other people and buy you stuff with it.” Among the FSFTG that the Democrats promised were:

  • Free College Tuition
  • (By implication) Free College for Illegal Immigrants
  • Obamacare for Illegal Immigrants
  • Paid Family Leave
  • More Social Security benefits

But don’t worry about the debt because “the rich” are going to pay for all of it.

Buying votes with other people’s money, as per usual, while also promising to tear down (what’s left of) the capitalist system that created the wealth they now want to distribute. Hillary is commonly considered the winner of the debate because of her well-rehearsed soundbite answers and enthusiasm for the New Socialism (same as the Old Socialism).  As  Mark Steyn points out, she was an alpha female among beta males (which describes the Demographic make-up of the Democrat Party quite well).

More from Mr. Steyn below, beginning at about 4 minutes in:

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Millennials and Bernie Sanders

Posted by V the K at 9:40 am - October 5, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Having access to a left-leaning, reasonably articulate Millennial, I was able to ask, “Why are you guys so crazy about this Bernie Sanders fellow?” The answer basically boils down to two things.

1. They perceive the current system to be corrupt and stacked against them. They have completely bought into the line that too few people control too much wealth and that they are disadvantaged as a result. They like Sanders because he is going after ‘the wealthy.’ This is a particularly potent attraction among those who have accumulated lots of college debt and have no prospects for paying it off.  The idea of the Government mandating paid paternity leave and a living wage sounds great. How could more money and paid time off not be great?

2. They think the free market has failed, and point to examples like the fellow who bought the patent for the AIDS pill and jacked up the price to $750 per pill as an example. (They have no idea that this was enabled by Government regulation, and not the free market because Reddit didn’t tell them that.) They know Sanders is a Socialist and they don’t care. When they think of Socialism, they think of Sweden, not Venezuela. And when they think of Sweden, they think “Free college and IKEA,” not 70% tax rates and Muslim rape gangs.

Many Millennials have had little or no exposure to the intellectual case against socialism. To them, conservatives are people who don’t want gay people to get married, and that’s about it. When the GOP talks about “tax cuts,” they see no benefit to themselves. The Conservative Right largely talks among themselves, and are terrible at explaining the benefits of free market capitalism to those who have been indoctrinated by 12-16 years of education in Government schools.

In the pre-Reagan Era, the media was just as left-leaning and reluctant to discuss the poverty and oppression that permeated the Soviet Union. But there were enough people willing to talk about it outside the media for the truth to get out. The pervasiveness of social media should make it easier, not harder, for conservatives to get a message out around the media gatekeepers. Millennials should be told what happened in Venezuela after his ideological brother Hugo Chavez took over; they should be told how toilet paper became a black market commodity and supermarket shelves became bare. And they should be made aware that Sweden is not quite the utopia they’ve been taught it is, either.

How Socialism Works

Posted by V the K at 12:01 pm - September 1, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

After ten years of Marxist rule, Venezuela is bankrupt, stores are empty, people are rioting, those who can have left the country for Colombia, Florida, Canada, and elsewhere.

However, the daughter of Marxist revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez has a fortune estimated at over four billion dollars.

U.S. President Barack Obama greets his Venezuela counterpart Hugo Chavez before the opening ceremony of the 5th Summit of the Americas

Hat Tip: Insty

 

Socialism Is Bad for Gays and Other Living Things

Posted by V the K at 7:46 am - August 10, 2015.
Filed under: Gun Control,Socialism in America

There is a contest on the Left Coast to see which large urban Metroplex can be America’s most radical left city. San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland OR all try very hard to see who can best implement the destructive policies of central planning and punishing the hard-working, but Seattle routinely wins. It helps that one of the city’s landmarks is a statue of Soviet Revolutionary Communist Vladimir Lenin.

In this spirit, Seattle has introduced a $15 an hour minimum wage, which while even before full implementation is shutting down restaurants and small businesses throughout the city. They also passed a law making it illegal not to sort your household garbage, enforced by apparatchiks examining people’s garbage and encouraging neighbors to rat on each other; just as citizens of the Soviet Union were encouraged to rat out their neighbors to the state for hoarding food or listening to western radio broadcasts.

And now, the radical left-wingers ofSeattle’s city government have decided to push a “Gun Violence Tasks” on gun sales and ammunition sales.

A Seattle City Council committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a two-pronged gun-safety plan, which would tax sales of guns and ammunition in Seattle and require that gun owners report the theft or loss of any firearm within 24 hours.

This has nothing to do with “gun safety,” the left’s favored euphemism for gun control. This is about punishing gun owners because the left disapproves of their behavior. It is also about driving law-abiding gun shops out of the city (which worked oh so well in Chicago), just as Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage for burger flippers is driving small businesses into the suburbs. https://www.aei.org/publication/minimum-wage-effect-january-to-june-job-losses-for-seattle-area-restaurants-1300-largest-since-great-recession/

And then there is this silly piece of rationalization.

Harborview Medical Center treated 253 victims of gun violence in 2014 at a cost of $17 million, $12 million of that borne by the taxpayers, so it is right to “ask the gun industry to chip in and help defray those costs,” Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, sponsor of the legislation, told colleagues.

Of course, making the people who actually inflicted the injuries pay for treatment is a concept that would baffle the average leftist. This is kind of like making everyone who owns a car responsible for the medical bills of drunk drivers who get into accident. Actually, the left has figured out a way to do that, too. The state of Michigan has had “No Fault” (i.e. socialized, i.e. “universal”) Auto Insurance going back a generation. How well has that worked out? Well, Michigan has the highest car insurance rates in the country; and fifty percent of motorists in Detroit don’t carry car insurance. And why should they, since the state makes responsible people pay more so that scofflaws are not inconvenienced. See also California and illegal immigrants.

At the end of the day, this is the kind of political posturing the left loves to do so much. The mundane business of collecting garbage, keeping streets in good repair, and keeping the cops honest but effective… theses sorts of things are just beneath the dignity of the radical left’s political class.

Hippie Economics FAIL!

Posted by V the K at 6:00 pm - August 1, 2015.
Filed under: Economy,Socialism in America

Seattle CEO Dan Price won raves from the economically-illiterate press when he announced some months ago that he was raising the minimum wage at his company to $70K per year. Many on the smug ignorant left were elated, “See, you selfish conservatives, it is possible to be financially successful and egalitarian.”

And those of us who actually understand how economics works endured the smug snottiness because we wanted to wait and see how it worked it.

Now, we can see how it has worked out.

I’m working as hard as I ever worked to make it work,” he told the Times in a video that shows him sitting on a plastic bucket in the garage of his house. “I’m renting out my house right now to try and make ends meet myself.”

The Times article said Price’s decision ended up costing him a few customers and two of his “most valued” employees, who quit after newer employees ended up with bigger salary hikes than older ones.

“He gave raises to people who have the least skills and are the least equipped to do the job, and the ones who were taking on the most didn’t get much of a bump,” Gravity financial manager Maisey McMaster, 26, told the paper.

She said when she talked to Price about it, he treated her as if she was being selfish and only thinking about herself.

“That really hurt me,” she said. “I was talking about not only me, but about everyone in my position.”

Approaching burnout, she quit.

Socialism in the Workers’ Paradise of Venezuela isn’t working so well either.

I have come to believe that what makes a man conservative is simply understanding economics and human nature. On the other hand, I suppose there are leftist leaders … Castro, Mao, Obama, Chavez … who don’t necessarily misunderstand them so much as exploit the ignorance of their followers on those topics.

What Is the Difference Between a Democrat and a Socialist?

Posted by V the K at 6:36 am - July 31, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Not even the Chairman of the Democrat National Committee knows.

Chris Matthews: What’s the difference between the Democratic Party and Socialist?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: (Speechless) (Laugh)

Matthews: I used to think there’s a big difference. What do you think it is?

Wasserman Schultz: Wuh… The difference between…

Matthews: Like Democrat Hillary Clinton and Socialist Bernie Sanders?… Well what’s the big difference between the Democrat Party and Socialist. You’re chairman of the Democratic Party. Tell me the difference between you and a Socialist?…

Wasserman Schultz: (She won’t answer) The relevant debate we will be having over the course of this campaign is what’s the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.

There is no way for her to answer that question without offending some part of the Democrat base. She can’t say, “we believe in the free market,” or “we believe in capitalism.” Half the Democrat base is hardcore socialist, and the other half is willing to go along with socialism for the sake of identity politics like gay marriage and #blacklivesmatter.

Self-Delusion on this Scale Is Pretty Hilarious

Posted by V the K at 11:01 am - June 7, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

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Apparently, those ideas include “A woman enjoys intercource with her man — as she fantasizes about being raped by 3 other men simultaneously.” And “A man goes home masturbates to his typical fantasy. A woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused.” And a firm conviction that there are too many brands of deodorant out there, consarn-it!

Contemplate how much left-wing delusion and narcissism is tied up in this poster. “Bernie Sanders is a smart and serious person because he agrees with me. I am smarter and more serious than those who don’t agree with me and Bernie Sanders. Eventually, everyone will see that we are right because they will want to be smart like us.”

And, for realz, is Bernie Sanders really that different than any other Democrat except for maybe being slightly… slightly… more open about his socialism?

H/T: Sondra K

Would You Bite This Pillow?

Posted by V the K at 5:27 pm - May 26, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Hillary “the Iron Dingbat” Clinton wants you to buy this pillow for $50 to help her get elected. (Hey, it’s only 1/6000 the price of a Hillary speech)

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With purchase of 5000 or more, you’re entitled to her support for the policy of your choice.

Or, and her Socialist Democrat alternative, Comrade Senator Bernie Sanders, thinks there are too many kinds of deodorant; an example of decadent capitalist excess. In a centrally planned socialist economy as he would like the USA to be, there would be one brand of deodorant, which you would wait in line for six hours to purchase and it would fall apart at first use.

The Example of the Icarians

Posted by V the K at 8:15 am - May 21, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

In 1849, a group of proto-socialists calling themselves the “Icarians” moved into an abandoned Mormon settlement in Nauvoo, Illinois. Their intent was to create a utopian society based on collectivism and equality.

Like the modern left, they were enthralled with a charismatic leader, Etienne Cabet. Like the modern left, they were appalled by the “inequality” created by capitalism, and convinced that a collective social order would create equality.

Like the modern left, they were incapable of building anything on their own, but co-opted what had been built by an earlier, more industrious society. The Mormons, who had been driven out of Nauvoo a few years earlier, had left behind homes,shops and workplaces that were occupied by the Icarians.

Every Icarian was allotted two rooms and identical furniture. In a move that would have gladdened MSNBC, children were separated from their parents and raised in collective-run schools. Religion was replaced with Sunday lectures on Icarian philosophy.

Within a few years, the socialist experiment failed, as their utopia collapsed due to “economic setbacks, policy disagreements and personal rivalries

Socialism has never, ever delivered on its promises; never, ever succeeded anywhere. And yet it will always be with us so long as there are people gullible enough to believe in its pipe dreams of equality and social justice and cynical autocrats willing to exploit those gullible idiots.

More Socialism Success in Venezuela

Posted by V the K at 11:53 pm - May 3, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

The Socialist dictatorship in Venezuela is nationalizing food distribution.

During a rally Friday, on International Workers’ Day, the socialist leader allowed a union activist to ask for the nationalization of food and essential-item distribution.

Citing new decree-making powers recently granted by the National Assembly, Maduro said he would carry out such a measure “in the coming days and weeks.”

Maduro had pledged earlier in the week to announce economic reforms.

Various estimates suggest the government already controls about half of the country’s food distribution, but that hasn’t stopped record shortages in shops and markets.

“Hasn’t stopped” being Leftist Journalese for “directly caused.”

Venezuela’s equivalents of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Rachel Maddow are already accusing critics of the plan of wanting people to starve. Because, according to the left, there is no way for people to have access to anything (health care, birth control, et c) unless it is directly provided to them or paid for by the Government.

U.S. President Barack Obama greets his Venezuela counterpart Hugo Chavez before the opening ceremony of the 5th Summit of the Americas

Baltimore, Detroit, and Other Democrat Utopias

Kevin Williamson at NRO points out that the Baltimore riots are a direct result of the Democrat leadership of that city; a city with no Republicans in any positions of city Government, in the bluest state in the country. Baltimore is a one-party Democrat-run city, and the same can be said of Detroit, St. Louis, Newark, Atlanta and most other large cities that have not seen a Republican mayor since before the advent of color television. Williamson catalogs the failings of Democrat city governments, but he doesn’t really explain how dysfunction is rooted in the Democrat style of politics.

As I have often said, the Democrat Party has one value proposition: We’re going to take money away from people you don’t like and spend it on you. This model has been highly successful in large urban areas and in the last two presidential elections. It is a highly effective message for the greedy, entitled, low-information voters that make up the Democrat base. It is not, however, an effective strategy for actual governance. It is, in fact, the root of why Democrat governance is so dysfunctional.

In real life, how the Democrat value proposition plays out is, “We’re going to take money from people you don’t like, use it to create massive, bloated government bureaucracies where we can give our cronies do-nothing, no-show jobs and also divert a lot of that money to our business cronies who contributed to our campaigns, and whatever is left will trickle down to you in the form of lousy Government services [think inner city schools] and welfare payments that are just enough to keep you in poverty and demanding more.”

In the Democrat model, businesses that employ people and indeed people employed by the private sector are the enemy. The Democrat base is constantly told that businesses are greedy, and that they “owe” the community their “fair share.” And even when businesses try to do good for the community, they are attacked for not doing enough, or for doing it in the wrong way.

In this way, Democrats justify constant increases in taxes and regulations on businesses; and also make sure businesses contribute to the party in a kind of protection racket. However, it also drives businesses out of Democrat-run areas, or out of business entirely, creating unemployment. Democrats are by and large OK with this because welfare recipients are loyal voters; but a model in which ever fewer working people are supporting ever greater numbers of welfare recipients and government bureaucrats is unsustainable. Government, despite the “you didn’t build that” claims of Barack Obama and Liz Warren, creates nothing; it only takes. And it can only be sustained by economic growth in the private sector, which Democrat policies stifle.

Democrats also must villainize Republicans to make sure no alternative to their party exists. They tell blacks, “Republicans want to bring back slavery.” They tell gays, “Republicans want to outlaw sex and make it legal to kill you.” They tell single women, “Republicans will outlaw contraception.” They tell Hispanics, “Republicans want to secure the border and stop you from illegally taking American jobs.” None of these is true, but by demonizing Republicans, Democrats assure dysfunction by denying political alternatives, and by allowing their constituents to ignore the causes and effects of their own dysfunction. Contrary to Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, and guilt-ridden white liberals, the dysfunction of the black community is not the fault of Caucasian Americans. But it is politically potent for Democrats to tell African-Americans that they are the victims of White America. As such, there is no incentive for the black community to introspectively examine black-on-black violence, broken and dysfunctional families, or their rotten (Democrat-run) education systems. Those who acknowledge the dysfunction are decried as racists.

Democrats win election by stoking resentments, scapegoating productive people for the failures of unproductive people, looting the public treasury, and making monsters out of their opponents. These policies win elections very effectively particularly where voters are uneducated and ill-informed (i.e. dependent on Democrat-run schools and Democrat-run media), but as a strategy of governance, they are inherently dysfunctional. The resentments become hatred and violence, the productive people abandon the dysfunction until the dysfunctional are a voting majority, the public treasury is robbed bare, and you end up with… Detroit, Newark, Baltimore, St. Louis, Providence, Bridgeport, Camden, and all the other one-party urban hellholes, basically.

Democrats think that the dysfunction can be papered over by spending more of other people’s money. But that only works while there is money to spend.  The country is broke, which is why I think Baltimore is just the prelude of what’s to come.