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Promoting the socialist agenda
By Charles Bloomer
There has never been a truly successful, prosperous centrally planned, socialist economy. The more tightly controlled an economy is, the more catastrophic the failure will be. The Soviet Union is a prime example of the futility of attempting a planned economic system. The socialist leaning European Union has a certain amount of prosperity, but it is unable to shake its 10 per cent average unemployment, with rates of 25 per cent and higher in some areas. It is just simply not possible for any group of human policy makers to make the millions of market decisions that get made daily in a free economy.
Yet, despite the failure of socialist systems to produce well off, successful populations, the two leading likely candidates for the 2004 Democratic nomination for president, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Senator John Kerry, are promoting purely socialist agendas. Of course, "socialist" is not the description either of them would use to describe their agendas, but that doesn't hide the fact that they are.
Senator Daschle has cleverly disguised his agenda as an economic stimulus plan. In Senator Daschle's understanding of how economies work, he has told the American people that President Bush's tax cuts of 2001 are the cause of the current recession. In Daschle economics, the way out of the recession is to allow the government to keep more of taxpayers' money so that the bureaucrats and politicians can spend us out of the recession. This is a real case of "voodoo" economics and, luckily, no one of any consequence believes him.
The underlying socialist thread to Senator Daschle's approach is this: The government knows how to spend your money better than you do, politicians are better qualified to make the economic decisions that make our economy run. Tax breaks that only benefit the rich (defined as anyone who has any money) are bad things.
Leaving money in the hands of ordinary citizens might lead those citizens to make economic decisions that are contrary to the socialist agenda. Those regular citizens might spend their money on a - GASP! - gas-guzzling SUV.
The other socialist whopper comes from Senator John Kerry. Wrapping himself in a complex cape of the war on terrorism, global warming and dependence on foreign oil, especially oil from the Middle East, Senator Kerry thinks it is time we gave some serious study to "alternative" fuels such as ethanol and other renewable "bio-fuels". In addition, the government should make the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards even more restrictive in order to conserve oil. Of course, he feels that exploring for and expanding domestic supplies of oil should be discouraged. Drilling in the frozen wasteland of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge should be prohibited while we pursue an energy utopia where fuel is more efficient, clean, and reliable.
In Senator Kerry's socialist, the-government-is-smarter-than-you view of the world, the government (meaning politicians like Senator Kerry) should impose upon Americans the morally superior regulations and conditions that are for the "good of the country". Politicians and bureaucrats are better qualified to tell you what kind of vehicle to drive, and how that vehicle should to be powered. Never mind that small cars are more dangerous than large cars. Never mind those alternatives "bio-fuels" are more expensive and less efficient in powering vehicles.
In the real world, if there were a market for small cars powered by ethanol, the car manufacturers would be working day and night producing them. But the only demand for these types of vehicles is in the minds of controlling, do-gooder politicians.
It is no coincidence that the richest countries in the world are also the freest economically, and that the poorest countries suffer from command economies controlled by the elites in government, usually repressive, totalitarian dictatorships.
Socialist wealth redistribution schemes do not work. We should not allow politicians of any party, at any level of government to make our economic decisions for us. Attitudes espoused by Senators Daschle and Kerry are insults to our intelligence, to our ability to make our own decisions. America will remain prosperous only so long as Americans remain free.
Charles Bloomer is a senior writer at Enter Stage Right. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org © 2002 Charles Bloomer
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