#1 My Son The Socialist – Confronts Reality
05-23-2009, 02:55 PM
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“A man younger than 30 who’s not a liberal has no heart and a man older than 30 who’s not a conservative has no brain” - Winston Churchill.
Spending his formative years in Paris and then returning to complete college and graduate school at the American University of Paris, my son became deeply steeped in French cradle-to -grave socialism, never failing to extol its virtues. A self proclaimed “caviar socialist”, my caviar - his socialism, lamented how hardened we fiscally conservative “old people” had become to the wishes of the “people”. The mean spirited American ideal of education, hard work and opportunity for all was just a bromide invented by the American bourgeoisie in a nefarious plot to stifle the true wishes of the “people”.
“Ah, for those carefree days, when my motto was “C’est Mon Pere Qui Paie” - it’s my father who pays - how have they gone by so quickly and weren’t they sweet… but alas, a return to New York and the reality of having to earn a living. An $80,000 starting salary, a fortune by French socialist standards, I will soon be king of the “Big Apple” and dining on caviar and champagne. WHAT! An incremental federal tax of 25%, state tax of 6.85%, city tax of 3.65%, my half of social security 6.2% and don’t forget 1.45% for Medicare - what’s left for me, only 57% and I have to pay $2,000 for a studio apartment. C’mon Pops you can help out with the rent? Oh, I’m a little short this week, you think you can give me a couple of hundred?”
The crotchety old man dispenses his words of wisdom: “Don’t worry my son work hard and you can join the wealthy 1-2% of top earners with over $250,000/annum, then President Obama and Governor Paterson will give you the pleasure of paying an additional 15% on your incremental income - they will get 52% and you will be the lucky recipient of 48%. Count your blessings kid, you don’t have to kick in the 6.2% for social security above $106,800…. yet. And with that tidy sum maybe some day, if you scrimp and save, you can afford to buy a one-bedroom apartment, probably not in the best neighborhood. You rich people have it so good.”
Reality, it has a way of humbling us all. “Ah, did I forget to tell you my son, President Obama, has big plans for you successful young men and women. You get to pay for his great new American social experiment. To tell you the truth, I would prefer democratic evolution to social revolution but you young people have your opportunity to show us old fogies how clever you are. ”
Perhaps the fiscal 2009 deficit of $1.75 trillion should be viewed as an anomaly since it’s the direct result of the $700 billion Bush TARP plan and the $800 billion Obama Stimulus Plan, both implemented to ameliorate the effects of the financial crisis and recession. But how can you justify an average deficit of $700 billion annually from 2010 to 20019, which, according to the Obama budget, will be boom times? GDP will likely rise to an eye-popping $23 trillion in 2019 based on the Obama budget. However, expenses will grow to nearly $5.2 trillion and “taxing the rich” will not pay for it.
Obama Administration Budget (In billions of dollars)
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
GDP $14,240 $14,729 $15,500 $16,470 $17,498 $18,836 $19,205 $20,952 $20,952 $21,884 $22,858
Outlays $3,938 $3,552 $3,625 $3,662 $3,856 $4,069 $4,258 $4,493 $4,678 $4,868 $5,158
Deficit $1,752 $1,171 $912 $581 $533 $570 $583 $637 $636 $634 $712
Is this “A New Era of Responsibility”? If we take the administration’s rosy recovery scenario at face value, fiscal 2010 GDP will grow by a very healthy 3.4% and federal outlays will be a breathtaking $3.6 trillion, or 24.1% of the projected $14.7 trillion GDP. Since federal receipts will only be $2.4 trillion, a deficit of $1.2 trillion will be incurred in fiscal 2010. This is only the beginning of a recurrent pattern: rosy growth projections for GDP, increased spending and unprecedented deficits as far as the eye can see. Deficits dip from 2012 to 2015 and then continue merrily higher for the rest of the decade without respite. In fact, the projected deficit in the Obama Budget is $7.0 trillion for the decade 2010 to 2019. That’s the good news!
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has concluded that, if the Obama budget were approved, the federal government would actually run even larger deficits averaging nearly $1 trillion a year over the next decade. The cumulative deficit from 2010-19 would be $9.3 trillion, according to the report - $2.3 trillion more than the administration’s forecast. The main reason for the difference in budget estimates is a difference in economic growth, with congressional views of long-term growth less optimistic than those of the White House.
I fear the Obamanomics road to national insolvency is paved with red ink. “But don’t worry my son, work a little harder and you can pay off the annual $1 trillion Obama deficit and with what’s left over you can buy a slice of pizza.”
:) Some replies are from Socialist or Communist.
05-23-2009, 04:24 PM
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Socialists/progressives/liberals are ignorant and faddish. From the pop psychology of Eric Berne and the personhole covers of the feminists to recycling, tofu and channeling, liberals are as faddish as teenagers in their choices and irrational in their fickleness.
Socialists/progressives/liberals use name-calling to squelch debate and have a wonderful array of smear terms, the most popular of which is "bigot". They supposedly champion the downtrodden, but care nothing for the people who must bear the brunt of their ill-advised and socially-disruptive programs, especially the lower classes. It has been pointed out many times that "compassionate" liberal programs such as welfare have wreaked havoc among the poor, and especially blacks, whose motivation to succeed by their own efforts has been sapped by these programs. What has rarely been mentioned, however, is the fact that socialist programs usually affect the working class adversely while leaving untouched the wealthier classes to which most of the socialists belong. For example, the socialists can usually afford to move to the suburbs and/or send their kids to private school, while the working class cannot, and thus must contend by themselves with the liberal-created devastation and criminality of the inner cities.
Socialism has been an ignominious failure everywhere it has been tried, from the Fourier communities of the 19th century to the recently-collapsed Soviet "worker's paradise". But no socialist worth his salt ever let facts get in the way of his faith.
Because socialists feel guilty about the poor and downtrodden, they think this gives them a license to steal from working people in order to support their "compassionate" programs. This, however, is just part and parcel of socialist thinking, in which there is no respect for private property because they think it all belongs to the government (and especially to them.)
Socialists/progressives/liberals are willing to jettison eons of painfully-acquired human wisdom because they think it is "irrational". For example, they wanted to break down old sexual barriers and taboos, so what we now have is an epidemic of sexually-transmitted diseases, explosive anger over homosexuals getting special privileges, and an army that won't be worth diddly-squat once the sodomites are affirmatively promoted and the competent soldiers leave in disgust.
Socialists/progressives/liberals have dispensed with individual responsibility. As a result, it has now become socially OK for everyone to blame "society" (whether "racist", "sexist", "ageist", "handicappist", or any other) for their troubles instead of themselves, which the losers are doing in droves, rather than using their own capacities to succeed. Is it any wonder, then, that these classes are not only remaining losers, but are acquiring a huge reservoir of hatred for those who do succeed?
Socialists/progressives/liberals are ass-kissers. For fear of offending their favorite minorities, they are vigilantly sensitive and politically correct, a situation which causes them to change language, employ euphemisms, suppress unpleasant facts, and assassinate the character of anyone who dares even suggest anything contrary to their socialist catechism.
The Socialist/progressive/liberals have turned words, rationality and the world upside down. For them, "tolerance" is intolerance of speech they don't like; "social justice" is unjustly pulling down the successful to the level of the unsuccessful; "exploitation" is the creation of a wealthy capitalist society in which even the poor are more wealthy than most people in socialist societies; "freedom" is a government by liberal fascists; "peace" is unilateral disarmament in the face of a totalitarian enemy; and "love" is hatred of anyone who is not a liberal.
Socialists/progressives/liberals have no idea why others hate them so much, and they especially do not understand what contempt the minorities have for them. For minorities hate them because the liberal insistence on "protecting" minorities implies that the minorities are incompetent and thus need special protection. Yes, minorities will accept the special privileges which socialists have won for them, but their reward will be the eternal -- if covert -- contempt of their "children".
Last edited by Camaraderie; 05-23-2009 at 04:42 PM.
05-23-2009, 05:03 PM
It brings to light the old adage: Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime. Now, as for these idealistic kids, there's an easy way to help them see the light. Ask them how much money they have in their pocket. Then ask them to produce it. Then tell them to give you half. Better yet, tell them to take half of what they have and give it to some random stranger. Chances are they'll look at you like you're nuts.
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05-23-2009, 11:08 PMSolve a man's problem with violence and help him for a day. Teach a man how to solve his problems with violence, help him for a lifetime - Belkar Bitterleaf
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05-24-2009, 01:37 AM
Last edited by AlmostThere; 05-24-2009 at 01:40 AM.Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
05-24-2009, 10:14 AM
05-24-2009, 11:51 AM
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the people!
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