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?”
Definitions found in the modern Merriman-Webster dictionary:
LION AND THE LAMB: Four ways to demonstrate opposition
Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan mention in their book, “The Last Week,” that Roman-occupied Palestine during the first century was under the control of Pontius Pilate who lived in the coastal city of Caesarea. Each year at the beginning of the Passover observance when Jews celebrated their liberation from Egypt, Pilate feared that they might be getting ideas about revolting from Rome, so he would come with additional soldiers on horses to beef up the Roman garrison in Jerusalem.
WE THE PEOPLE: Is it (new) party time?
The Democratic and Republican parties are toast, according to Joe Trippi. The Republican Party is coming apart at its Tea Party seam. Democratic candidates struggle to celebrate President Obama’s health care successes, while responding to criticism of his failed promises, e.g., government transparency.
TIDBITS: I found it at the library
I have such fond memories of going to my local library as a child, searching through shelf after shelf and finding a book that would make me a Little Princess in World War II England, or bring me along as Nancy Drew solved the Secret in the Old Attic.
STUMPTALK: The reason words have meaning
If words did not have accepted meanings we would not be able to communicate effectively and civilized society would not exist.
Lion and the Lamb: Do we really believe in democracy?
The recent Supreme Court decision, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, is in a long line of debates about power in a democracy. Should power be in the hands of all the citizens or should it be in hands of those who have greater wealth and social position?
We the People: Public education or business opportunity?
A month ago, we followed the money trail left by a ‘think tank’ to the major sources funding an attack on our traditional, locally controlled public schools. We saw that a handful of billionaires provide major support to many organizations lobbying for change.
Stumptalk: Just another government lie?
There is a vault located in Fort Knox, Kentucky. It was built in 1936 and encased in 16 cubic feet of granite and 4200 feet of cement. The door is made of 20-inch thick material that is immune to drills, torches and explosives.
GARY'S WORLD: The chance to speak your mind
Are you tired of hearing people complain about the way things are run in Cumberland County? Or, do you like the way the county government is run and operated in our beautiful county?
Are you happy with the way things are, or would you like some change?
LION AND THE LAMB: Digging beneath the headlines
Our media have been focusing on two important events that have taken place overseas during the last several weeks.
WE THE PEOPLE: SNAP, health and work
A recent letter from Representative Diane Black to me states that she voted for the farm bill (with $8 million in Food Stamp (SNAP) benefit cuts) because she, like me, is a supporter of food stamp benefits for Tennessee families who qualify. That’s a lot of families, as most recipients are families with children and the elderly. Now, recall that there was already a major cut to the food stamp program back in the fall. But for some Republicans, that was not enough.
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