Definitions found in the modern Merriman-Webster dictionary:
Socialism — a) Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
b) A system of society or group living in which there is no private property; a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.
c) A stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.
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Capitalism — a) an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.
As Margaret Thatcher explained socialism, “a system that would rather the poor were poorer provided the rich were less rich.” She then rightly said that, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money” as the reason why redistribution economic policy hasn’t worked and will never work.
A recent article in Pravda which is a famous Russian news magazine opined that “Putin outlined his economic policy in 2009.” Its centerpiece was a Flat Tax of 23% on all income period. “Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but was nevertheless re-elected. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia. Putin was reelected by keeping the new world order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake of embracing Communism.” Pravda further stated that, “Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a second term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them. He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes wars as he did in Egypt, Libya and Syria. He plans his next war with Iran as he fires generals who disagree with him.” Vaclav Klaus, who is the current President of Czech Republic, wonders publicly why America is making the same mistakes that enslaved the Eastern European nations for seventy long years.
So, while the rest of the world laughs in wonderment at America’s folly, America continues on its path to Third world status. Under progressive government control our educational system is failing according to the government’s own statistics, our economy is trending downward so badly that the nation’s credit rating has been reduced and is rumored to be in for another reduction in the near future and now our military strength is under attack making American citizens more vulnerable to outside influences and attack. The achievers who Obama loves to attack just for being “rich” do have an answer to Obama’s taxes. Just as the British rich have fled their country — 62% of millionaires have left — and the French likewise are fleeing France, so too are the American “rich” increasingly leaving America. Then what? Who will pay when America “runs out of other people’s money?”
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Lion and the Lamb: A promised land?
Back in biblical times there was a group of people who believed that God had promised them a segment of land on this planet that would be theirs forever. Who could have known back then that this ancient promise and territorial justification would be used by their descendants today to claim the same segment of land?
We the People: Bring back the American dream
Our economy continues to expand. The stock market is at record levels, yet many ask why so many of us are struggling? Barely half of us believe the American dream is attainable.
Tidbits: Taking a low-tech break
Feeling increasingly strangled by my electronic leash, with phone, text messages, email, social media and a variety of other forms of communication always at my side, I took the weekend off.
Stumptalk: Governing before and after mass corruption
Laws in America were originally written simply. Every citizen could read them quickly and understand their meaning. The founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Northwest Ordinance and the Constitution of the United States, none of which was longer than 4,500 words.
We the People: The last dance
Charlie Hayden’s last recording session with his early partner, Keith Jarrett, was in 2007. The songs they played were mostly melancholy. The second album coming from that session includes Weil’s “My Ship” and Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye.” The dark ballad “Goodbye,” by Gordon Jenkins, was the final track.
Lion and the Lamb: Living in a pressure cooker
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Tidbits: The excitement of election day
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Raising the minimum wage
My first job from which FICA was withheld was a minimum wage job, seventy-five cents an hour. And yes, even then no one could live on that little money. However, I was a high schooler living at home where my father provided room and board. The job gave me pocket money to buy gasoline, to take my girlfriend out for movies and burgers, and to buy tickets for baseball games.
Lion and the Lamb: Children on the move
The news this past week has focused on the humanitarian crisis developing on our southern border. Thousands of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras seeking to escape from the violence, human trafficking and extreme poverty in their countries have been entering the United States.
We the People: Memo to gun rights groups
The recent incident in California helps us understand why we cannot rely on mental health services alone to solve the problem of gun violence.
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