My Greatest Fear
I am afraid of Socialism. … There. I said it.
According to the dictionary, Socialism is defined as: “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.” I have taken enough history classes to know that Socialism puts the prosperity of a nation onto a slippery, downward slope. It dulls the keen edge of the business mindset because it takes away the motivation of profit. Who would be willing to risk their life savings on a new venture -- like a new factory, restaurant, or retail store – when the bulk of their profits will be taken away from them and given to people who didn’t work as hard as they did or who were unwilling to risk as much as they did? What innovative, risk-taking, intelligent person wants to have the government making business decisions for him/her? Many choose to take their businesses elsewhere, to other countries (like Ireland) where the laws and tax codes support businesses and allow them to reap the profits from their investments. If spreading the wealth through punitive taxes on business owners eliminates new development, then it also eliminates jobs. That’s a fact. And that’s Socialism.
The Obama administration seeks to tax Americans who make more than $250,000 per year, and I assure you I am not one of those, to pay for unfunded and misguided charity work – insuring the 4% of our population that is chronically uninsured (including illegal immigrants), rescuing failing businesses, and funding pork-barrel projects in the guise of economic stimulus. How long before those so-called wealthy Americans begin to falter under that heavy burden? How long before they can no longer provide the jobs that you and I and our families depend on? How long before the cumulative wealth in our beloved country declines to the point of no return?
It doesn’t seem to matter that we already have a health care system that provides treatment for that 4% of uninsured Americans. They can get treated at almost any emergency room, and many States have low-cost prescription plans to help with medications for things like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood-pressure, and the like. Health care reform could focus on incremental changes to improve the system we have, instead of demolishing it in favor of a government-run plan. Our government has never shown itself to be good at running businesses (look at the Post Office, Medicare, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, or Amtrak, for example), and it is in fact, a conflict of interest. It can’t be a good referee if it’s also a player.
We have a bankruptcy system that was developed to handle cases just like General Motors. Why can’t we let them fail? It happens all the time to other industries. No business is too big to fail. That’s a myth. The bail-out money simple delayed the pain.
The unemployment rate continues to climb higher, in spite of the so-called stimulus packages that were supposed to keep it below 8%. Time after time, we’ve seen our duly elected Senators and Representatives funnel our money into pet projects that either didn’t create jobs or that only served to increase their power and not the public good. I am sick and tired of being at their mercy and would like nothing better than to clean house. Let’s start over with a new set of people with term limits who will fight to preserve our freedoms that were clearly spelled out in the Constitution.
The Obama administration has already made moves to take over our banking system, our health care system, and our automobile industry. That’s Socialism. This is not fear-mongering or myth-building. These are facts. The debt we are bequeathing to future generations of Americans because of this insane spending spree is unforgiveable.
American independence and our way of life is in serious jeopardy. I don’t understand how that fact can still be under debate, but I am certain it will be all too clear all too soon, when we collapse under government rule. And that’s Socialism, my friends.
We are losing our country at a rapid pace, and I am mad as hell about it!