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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:


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.

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


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)



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.

Border Patrol HBIC: “We Don’t Enforce the Law; We Enforce the Edicts of Obama”

Posted by V the K at 6:36 pm - April 18, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (an Obama appointee) admitted in a congressional hearing that her department no longer enforces the immigration laws written and passed by Congress; but is focused solely on complying with the unlawful edicts of the Emperor.

(Iowa Congressman) Young asked Saldana if Obama’s comments concerned her in any way, given the implication that Obama was asking ICE to enforce his own directive, and not US law.

“I’m trying to be honest with you, sir,” Saldana replied. “No.”

Saldana then had the nerve to compare Obama’s directive to ignore/violate the immigration law to a normal directive any company or congressman might give an employee or staff person.

Flooding America with unskilled, subliterate third-worlders is a key pillar of Obama’s plan to tear down the USA. Republicans, unfortunately, are fully on board with this plan.

Speaking of socialists on a mission to destroy America, the National Labor Relations Board, which is packed with radical union activists, is working on a scheme to gut Right-to-Work laws passed by nearly half the states, by looking for some kind of “Executive Action” that would force non-union workers to pay dues to unions.

Shock: Big banker, up to no good, would rather not be audited

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 9:51 am - February 27, 2015.
Filed under: Depression 2.0,Economy,Socialism in America

Refresher: The Federal Reserve Bank is not a government agency. It is the world’s largest private bank. Government has given it special privileges to basically:

  • counterfeit money (i.e., create it from thin air);
  • fix key prices in the economy (interest rates);
  • tax Americans indirectly (by creating inflation/money and financing government with the proceeds);
  • goose the financial markets for the proverbial “one percent” – which includes government officials themselves;
  • bail out irresponsible/incompetent banks – and (via measures of “regulation”) prevent up-and-coming banks from challenging them;
  • generally plan the markets (create bubbles, followed of course by crises);
  • plan the number of crappy, part-time jobs that Obama’s economy can create for the little people;
  • and escape the Freedom of Information Act.

So, from The Hill’s coverage of Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday:

The biggest challenge to the Fed’s structure is the growing movement to Audit the Fed via legislation from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)…

A GOP-controlled Congress has given the bill its best chances yet of passage, and that renewed interest led Yellen to deliver her most spirited opposition yet.

“I want to be completely clear,” she said. “I strongly oppose Audit the Fed.”

Surprise, surprise.

Hat tip, ZH.

A Reminder: Detroit Is a Sewer Cesspool

Last month, there was a brief internet infatuation with James Robertson, a resident of the Democrat Stronghold of Detroit, Michigan. People were inspired by his 20 mile daily commute… on foot… to his factory job, and were so moved that they raised over $3oo,000 for him on GoFundMe, and a local Ford dealership presented him with a new car. And this was all done voluntary, without any bureaucratic coercion from the Federal Government, because people wanted to show support for someone who demonstrated good values and a good work ethic.

But after his story went viral, the parasites who make up the city that has been run (into the ground) by progressive left Democrats for fifty years decided that Robertson should… gee, how to say it… “Spread the wealth around.”

After that, everybody knew him. And everybody wanted something. The neighborhood started showing up on his porch with their palms out, though Robertson has yet to receive any of the money. His girlfriend — the one who owns the house and charges him 200 bucks for the bedroom — demanded a payout, he said. So did her ex-husband who lives with them. So did her adult son who lives with them. So did the other dude who lives with them.

Safe bet that none of those people would ever walk 20 miles a day to get to a job. The upshot is, Robertson had to move to a secret location, under police protection, because in Detroit, if people think you have some money, they will kill you to get to it.

I just wonder where they got the idea that just taking stuff from people who are better off than you was fair and just.

43% of Democrats Want Obama to Rule as Dictator

Posted by V the K at 10:28 pm - February 20, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

You think we’re just being rhetorical when we label them fascists?

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 26% of Likely U.S. Voters think the president should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if they are standing in the way of actions he feels are important for the country. Sixty percent (60%) disagree and say the president should not have the right to ignore the courts. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.

But perhaps more unsettling to supporters of constitutional checks and balances is the finding that 43% of Democrats believe the president should have the right to ignore the courts. Only 35% of voters in President Obama’s party disagree.

That should be horrifying.

Hey Liz: Here’s why you are a socialist

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 9:45 pm - February 11, 2015.
Filed under: Academia,Economy,Leftist Nutjobs,Socialism in America

Picking this up from V’s post of a week or two ago, Elizabeth Warren does not understand why people think she’s a socialist.

(Please, I need a moment to stop giggling. It’s as if President Obama were to say he does not understand why people think he’s a liar. Air gasp. OK, I think I can go on.) – Warren said:

I just don’t know where [people] get that [idea of her being a socialist]. You know, look at the issues. I mean really, let’s take a look at minimum wage — I just believe nobody should work full time and live in poverty…Student loans: I don’t think the U.S. government should be making tens of billions of dollars in profits off the backs of our students, which is what the current student loan system is doing…

Never mind that Warren proposes the U.S. government to *lose* tens of billions of dollars on student loans. Let’s go straight to Kevin Williamson, defining socialism:

The current Random House Dictionary definition of “socialism” is serviceable but dated: “a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.”…

[Dated, because] It should read “ownership -or- control” rather than “ownership -and- control.” As we have seen in the cases of enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it is entirely possible for government economic planners to intervene deeply (and, in this familiar case, catastrophically) in the economy while maintaining private economic forms…

A more complete definition of socialism incorporates two criteria: The first is that socialism entails the public provision of non-public goods. The second is the use of central planning to implement that policy.

And that, Liz, is why you are a socialist.

  1. You want the public purse to pay for *private* goods (goods that benefit the individual primarily, if not exclusively). For just one example, you want government to fund special young people on a costly, but often low-benefit, multi-year jaunt that we politely call “college”.
  2. And you believe in a planned economy. For just one example, you want government to dictate the minimum wage at which a worker may offer her work (or else you will not permit any employer to give her work).

For the record: I don’t and I don’t. So, I’m not.