There is no place on earth that socialism works. It does a good job of laying the groundwork for the other C-word; Communism.
Some in the media and all enemies of America do a remarkable job demonizing Capitalism.
Today I listened to a live town hall meeting(on the web) where President Obama(a tobacco smoker) spoke of further regulating our health habits and our healthcare- and putting Tobacco companies under the control of the FDA.
President Barack Obama:"...for example, the single payer plan-in some countries- thats worked very well..."
Before naming any countries where his proposals even work, let alone work well-he moves on to more awesome oratory.
Facts or no facts, Mr. Obama is one eloquent man ,and that smile, like Oprah said "he's The One"
back to Socialism...
President Obama along with his chief of staff and many of his cabinet members are millionaires- H0w could this be ? Are they closet capitalists? or just lucky Socialists or maybe something that should not even be discussed in public...are they...NO !!...they're not Republicans...
If that were the case...the public would know everything ....much like we know about Sarah Palin's daughter's baby's father's lovelife.
The first rule of CLUB OBAMA don't talk about CLUB OBAMA
Socialism is truly the "feel-good" sensation of the season ,from churches to schools to General Motors. Socialism was GM's down fall. In fact your Yukon Denali payment helps pay the bennies of retired GM employees for the rest of their lives. Just to be clear: work 30, then get carried for an additional 20, 30+ years...until the planet is broke. At least in the case of GM...there was hard work on the front end.
James Ostrowski explains the zany popularity of Socialism.
Why then is socialism so popular? The reasons are not complicated. First, socialism allows people to spend other people’s money. Let’s avoid the phrase “steal other people’s money,” because only libertarians see it that way.
Nevertheless, however socialists justify this spending, even they realize they are taking other people’s money. Yes, I know some socialists deny the very concept of private ownership. But even they realize that socialism takes money and property that is possessed by some and transfers possession to others so they can spend or use it.
Reason No. 1: Socialism allows people to spend other people’s money without feeling guilty about it.
Second, there is a related but distinct craving that animates socialism, as noted by many commentators. Envy is a strong emotion that has always had a powerful impact on society and politics. Envy is “a painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary). Because no one admits to acting on the basis of envy, the term “equality” — robbed of its original and legitimate meaning in classical liberal thought — is used instead. Socialism is the perfect political expression of envious people because it purports to rein in greedy and wealthy capitalists and usher in social equality.
Reason No. 2: Socialism satisfies the deeply felt and widely held emotion of envy.
Third, free-market capitalism emphasizes the individual’s responsibility for his own economic welfare. Socialism professes to place this responsibility outside the individual and with the state. Many people are happy to be rid of this burden and glad to be able to blame others for their problems. Unlike Reasons No. 1 and No. 2, this reason for the popularity of socialism is one trumpeted by its proponents. They do not see the obvious downside of the structural reduction of individual economic responsibility: laziness, profligacy, and passivity.
Reason No. 3: Socialism purports to relieve people of the burden of worrying about their economic well-being.
Fourth, in a secular age, socialism acts as a religion-substitute. Traditionally, religion would offer solace to people facing the numerous traumas of life. Now, for millions of people, socialism plays that role. “For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, the oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, the pangs of despised love, the law’s delay, the insolence of office and the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes, when he” could overcome all these problems with socialism?
Utopian socialism — all socialism is utopian — purports to offer a solution to virtually all human problems. In contrast, the claims of capitalism are seen as too modest, and hard work is required as well. There is no need to quote a Marxist on the all-encompassing promises of socialism. Lyndon Johnson will do fine. In a speech given on May 22, 1964, Johnson promised that his Great Society would “pursue the happiness of our people,” conquer “boredom and restlessness,” and satisfy the “desire for beauty” and the “hunger for community.” All this and beat the Viet Cong too. Amazing!
Reason No. 4: Socialism is a secular substitute for religion and offers people (false) solace against the traumas of this life.
I considered giving intellectuals their own special reason for worshipping the state, but I decided that to explain why 95 percent of intellectuals have a ferocious love for socialism you merely have to combine and intensify all four reasons already stated.
These are some of the main reasons that socialism, which is silly in theory and lethal in practice, remains so popular, even in a society such as ours, whose fabulous wealth is the result of the shrinking capitalist remnants of the economy.
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