Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congressional Issues 2010
Socialism is Evil

A majority of Americans today believe that some socialism is necessary.

There are some policy questions, and some candidates, that are not just academic or political issues. They are moral issues. That means that one side is moral and the other side is immoral.

The Bible says "Thou shalt not steal."

The Two Major Parties add, ". . .except by majority vote."

Suppose you're in the widget business, manufacturing and selling that all-purpose handy-dandy tool. Your competitor is a friend of the Congressman, and tells the Congressman that if a bill is passed giving his business a grant to research better ways to produce widgets, he will contribute to the Congressman's campaign, and make sure all his employees vote for the Congressman in the next election. This bill will take money from your business and give it to your competitor. Is this moral?

Suppose you're a single mother, working two jobs. The government takes money out of your paychecks for "Social Security." That money is not saved for your retirement, or invested so that it grows larger each year, it is given to the widget maker above, or else it is used to pay the Social Security benefits for wealthy retirees in Florida or Arizona. Is this moral?

These are just two of many examples of government theft. The recent "bailout" is another.

Socialism is theft.

If you don't like your hard-earned money being taken from you and given to others who didn't work for it, and you attempt to resist those who would take it from you, you will be arrested or shot if necessary. "We have ways of making you 'contribute.'"

Socialism is institutionalized violence.

The federal budget represents over $2 trillion of theft. Well over half of everything you earn is taken from you by the government.

In this election, you have the opportunity to say that government redistribution of wealth is immoral. The ONLY way you can send that message is by voting for the Libertarian Party candidate, Kevin Craig. Voting for the Republican incumbent won't send that message; it will send the message that you approve of his taking over $2 trillion from other Americans. Voting for the Democrat certainly won't send that message.

What message will you send on Election Day?

Capitalism or immorality?

The main issue in present-day political struggles is whether society should be organized on the basis of private ownership of the means of production (capitalism, the market system) or on the basis of public control of the means of production (socialism, communism, planned economy). Capitalism means free enterprise, sovereignty of the consumers in economic matters, and sovereignty of the voters in political matters. Socialism means full government control of every sphere of the individual's life and the unrestricted supremacy of the government in its capacity as central board of production management. There is no compromise possible between these two systems. Contrary to popular fallacy there is no middle way, no third system possible as a pattern of a permanent social order. The citizens must choose between capitalism and socialism or, as many Americans say, between the American and the Russian way of life.
-- Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy [1944]

11. Milton Friedman, “The Real Free Lunch: Markets and Private Property,” Cato Policy Report, July/August 1993.
12. Report of the National Performance Review—Vice President Al Gore, Creating a Government That Works Better and Costs Less, p. 32.
13. Milton Friedman, “The Real Free Lunch.”
Total government spending now amounts to roughly 43 percent of the national income.[11] On top of this, the Clinton administration’s Task Force on Reinventing Government estimated in September 1993 that “the cost to the private sector of complying with [government] regulations is at least $430 billion annually — 9 percent of our gross domestic product!”[12] Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman observes, “The private economy has become an agent of the federal government…. At least 50 percent of the total productive resources of our nation are now being organized through the political market. In that very important sense, we are more than half socialist.”[13] The average American now works over half of each year simply to pay the cost of government taxes and regulations.
James BovardIntroductory Chapter from Lost Rights (1994), written in 1993, reprinted on his blog.

Today's Regulatory costs are over $1 trillion. The United States is now More Communist Than China.

      An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.
      That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
      The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".
      All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
      After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
      As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
      When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
      The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
      All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
      Could not be any simpler than that. The professor is a genius
      And if somebody is unable to understand THIS explanation, I have serious doubts about their ability to even function in society, much less run the country!
      As the late Adrian Rogers said, "you cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Socialism Grade Averaging
Source: possibly the same as How Taxes Work