Daily Blog: If you are worried about the socialists, tell a friend. Tell a Democrat as they think this socialism is about Liberal Democracy. It isn’t. It’s about Leftist Democracy, a very dangerous challenge to the American Dream.
1/15/2019: Socialism Versus Capitalism: The short List of Why Socialism Doesn’t Work:
Too Few Government Institutions Creating Ideas Versus a Flood of Ingenious Commoners Producing Ideas
Monopolies not Markets
Pessimistic View That Needs Government Help To Live Of Man Versus Optimistic View Of Man That Knows Everyone Can Seek Their Own Greatness With Great Freedom
Redistribution Dollars versus Pursuit of Happiness
Freedom Without Choice (Monopolies) versus Freedom With Choice (Markets)
Distrust of Citizens versus Distrust of Government
Resultless Government Versus Government That Fosters Faster Economic Growth Through Individual Freedom
Government is the Answer to Every Problem Versus Individual Freedom as the Catalyst of Greatness
Big, Strong, Intrusive Growing Government That Limits Individual Freedom Versus Constitutional Limited Federal Government Focused on Protecting Our Freedom
Tomorrow: An example: Socialism versus Capitalism: Why Medicare for All Is Great Marketing but Poor Governance
1/13/2019: Socialism Versus Capitalism: Pessimism versus Optimism
1/12/2019: Socialism Versus Capitalism – Social Welfare Versus Pursuit of Happiness
1/11/2019: Socialism versus Capitalism: Trust.
The quality of every single human interaction is based on trust. Our personal relationships depend on trust. So, too, do economic, political and religious interactions. Where trust ceases to exist, there is either no interaction or no perceived value in continued interaction.
As our government has slowly moved to a large strong intrusive government, toward socialism. from a well-defined, limited federal government with specific duties articulated in the constitution research shows an equally well-articulated reduction in trust. Federal spending in the 18th and 19th centuries seldom rose to 5% of GDP. In the 1950s, spending rose into the teens. This century, when adding in borrowing to cover our habitual deficit spending, the cost of government is over 25%. Government tentacles are ever, whereas is government’s inability to spend smart or provide solutions that deliver on our expectations translates into reduced trust.
Pew Research conducted government trust surveys since the 1950s. Our trust in government, as its spending and scope has increased dramatically show our trust in government has fallen from 80% in the late 1950s to just under 20% today.
If government is the answer to our problems, the trust polling numbers would be vastly higher. The stronger and stronger our government has become, the more we are dubious about its abilities to sustain a trusted relationship. And no government is focused on keeping you as a customer, none. You will always be a customer by default. Government can’t go out of business, so its focus is on increasing budgets and power and customer service or efficient service delivery.
Government has no motive to improve itself. The bigger it gets the worse our situation. There is no sound reasoning nor any good example for a big, strong central government where the political objective is expand the government. None. Were longer government improving our lives a highly-valued, trusted relationship with Washington, D.C. would exist and it does not.
Tomorrow: Socialism Versus Capitalism: Pursuit of Happiness
1/10/2019: Socialism versus Capitalism: Power Corrupts
1/7/2019: Socialism versus Capitalism: Micromanagement versus Trusted Leadership
1/5 Socialism Versus Capitalism
Ideas as the currency of personal and national economic success.
Try to imagine a world without new ideas.
Not only no iPhone, no wheel, no electricity, no nada. We’d still be living in a cave.
The political elites simply were simply too small of a group to great enough ideas to drive a successful economy. In America, five hundred and thirty-seven elected officials, some K-streeters, and the intelligentsia have no way to produce enough ideas compared to the 333,000,000 citizens who are trying to find ways to make their lives better every day. And yet, this is what the Left would like you to believe in. That the few can proliferate ideas like the many. The ‘ingenious commoners’ of the Renaissance produced what Matt Ridley calls a time when ‘ideas were having sex with ideas.’ Economic success under Mao or Stalin could never be described as the foundation for a radically effective way of idea generation.
Why, socialism is a form of governance that kills new ideas because the party has all the experts’ ideas required to control the citizenry and economy. The intellectual conceit is that the commoners is not required. Central planners have all the answers. Conceit, indeed.
If you want to assure you kids have a good future vote for the party that is looking to assure the success of the entrepreneurs working in their garage, like Steve and Woz, not the gent seeking government credits so rich folks can afford his cars like Elon.
Ideas rule and the more the better. If you get a chance, kick a leftist in the skin and tell them to go home and hide.
Tomorrow: Ideas in Short
Socialism Versus Capitalism: A Thought Series: Expert Socialists
The 18th and 19th centuries produces a covey or European writers seeking to improve the governance of kings and popes. The seeds of socialism, though, instead of replacing the dual-class system of kingdoms simply replaced kings for leftist experts, our dear socialist/Progressive nobility.
Today’s socialists understand society to be made up of two distinct classes, enlightened leaders like kings, and commoners. Kings were responsible for the lives of commoners because commoners just didn’t have the right stuff to live without kingly guidance. In today’s lingo, this intellectual conceit has been offered in less kind words. Consider Hillary Clinton’s ‘deplorables,’ or Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s ‘the stupidity of the American Voter,’ or Maynard Keynes’ belief that the common man was too ‘ignorant’ to understand public policy.’
The results of their enlightened tutelage and leadership over the last 8 decades appears to contradict their two-class society proposition. Having taken ownership of retirement, education and social welfare, are we commoners better off?
Nope: retirement programs are under funded by $44 trillion and this number is probably understated. The education monopoly has produced declining results over other industrial nations though they spend half what America does. Worst or all, after spending over $40 trillion in the last 50 years on the War on Poverty, our poverty rate has not moved an iota. Is this the best our Leftist can do? No they can do worse. Just give them more responsibilities. Medicare for all? Run away, quickly.
If socialism worked, these experts should have much better results. But they don’t get the results proposed because they aren’t the experts, they think they are. They are simply well-educated with opinions that don’t produce results.
America has always been a one-class society. Our classless society works well because we have the power of the vote and we vote on just about everything in life, not just political candidates. Smart phones, food, housing, cars, clothing…widgets of every kind. We are experts at just everything, and just about every business we engage trusts us to vote for products businesses’ hope we will love what they produce.
Some businesses, charities, and churches produce well and get our votes, and some don’t and either change or cease to exist. With the internet, the world of our voting got even better. Now we can review what we invest in. It let’s the rest of us know the product is a good one, or if it is not up to snuff, gives the entity feedback on how to improve.
Try giving feedback to one of the government’s agencies. Good luck on that.
Tomorrow: Socialism Versus Capitalism: Ideas as the currency of 21st Success
1/3/2019: Pre-requisites for Immigration and Border Enforcement
Walls and shutdowns and budgets, what a bunch of political malarkey.
The parties will agree on little and manage to do less.
What’s the problem? The parties not only do not have a common set of principles on how to govern. The foundations for immigration policy and border security are irreconcilably different.
The Left says border security is important but in the same breath silently transmits subliminal messages to non-citizens to please come to America illegally. About half the conservatives do the same.
The Left erects sanctuary cities. Worse, some of its membership goes to south and central American nations and educates illegal entrants how to beat the system. This is just about as mean-spirited as is humanly possible. ‘Come hither’ and work for less than citizens and in the darkness of having no credentials to be in country. How is this good for either the immigrant or our nation’s poor who compete with illegals for jobs? Not to mention the criminals that join in this illegal entry game.
Worse, half of Republicans do the same, albeit more in the shadows of illegal business hiring.
How to move ahead?
First, if we are going to have sane immigration policy, everyone……every single politician in the US, local, state and federal, needs to agree that the current laws, no matter how good or bad, need to be enforced. Everyone takes an oath of office to enforce the law. If an elected official doesn’t like the laws, then their responsibility is to change them, not ignore them.
Second, agree that enforcement does mean border enforcement. Instead of politicizing every discussion about funding a wall or fence or more people, a debate about the options to create the most effective solution at the border would be better.
1/2/2019 Shutdown or Politics as Usual
1/1/2019 New Year’s Resolutions for Fixing Washington
Ideas that might help make it easier to understand our sloppy, complex, expensive, result-less government.
1. A chief simplicity officer for Congress. Complexity of government is killing the ability of government to govern. Creating an institution in the CBO that stresses a culture of simplicity in process or legislation would reduce costs dramatically.
2. X-Prize for solving problems. X-Prize is a private foundation and funds a variety of projects from education, to space travel, to education. Special interests and lobbyists have been the go to platforms but focus on last century’s solutions not the future. Why use X-Prize’s to seek new ideas for healthcare, fixing retirement and welfare. There are just not enough people in DC to come up with innovations that can fix many of our problems and soliciting those outside the beltway might improve our odds of finding good solutions and take some of the politics out of the equation.
3. Instead of launching one-size-fits-all solutions, test ideas in the states, counties and cities first to see if they work. America is dragging along a large number of programs that provide little or no benefit but have a big political following that makes it difficult to end programs and expands the opportunity for perpetually poor governance. Let’s start testing ideas on a smaller scale to find solutions to replace aging and poorly performing laws, regulations and government programs.
In Arizona, the two Senate Candidates spent over $30 million. After all the spending, and TV, web and radio commercials, my IQ went down about 20 points and frankly I could not tell you one thing that either candidate would do to fix the problems with Washington. The only debate I saw was about DNC and RNC talking points. The objective of the debate seemed more about whether the candidates passed their parties litmus test. Underwhelming, to say the least.
The reason there are ‘low information voters’ is because parties spend billions of dollars on tweaking the voter to make them mad enough not to vote for the ‘other’ candidate, but nothing about a plan for the future, no vision, no new ideas…
Wouldn’t it be great to talk about ideas that can change the vector of our future to something positive, something that will ensure our children’s future. CIVIL thinks so.
Here are some ideas
- What’s the Biggest Problem in Washington and How Would You Fix It?
- Transformational Government: What the problem with our Retirement System and How Would You Fix It?
- Transformational Government: Why Can’t Our Inner City Children Get an Education, and How Would You Fix It?
- Transformational Government: Social Welfare or Pursuit of Happiness?
- Climate Change: Alarmist or Denier?
- Immigration: What is the Road Forward to Improve our Economic Fitness?
- Is Complexity and Size Killing our Trust in Government?
If you have more ideas, please send them to us.
Our desire is to schedule these in Tempe. I have reached out to a few groups to see if they would like to participate.