Today, Senator Susan Collins demonstrated her true colors. As a Republican member of the Senate she voted today to kill the “repeal” of Obamacare. She voted yesterday against even allowing debate on the issue. For eight years the Republicans as a party, have been championing the repeal of the disaster that is Obamacare. Approximately one-sixth of our economy is being destroyed by this plan, yet Senator Collins seems uninterested in this reality. She and her Republican colleagues had eight years to come up with a plan but they didn’t. Now that they have an opportunity to improve this debacle they can’t, or rather won’t. I hope people understand that Senator Collins is a Progressive that only believes in big government and not solutions for the American people. Her constant calls for bipartisanship are just a front. I wish I could say I was surprised but I am just disgusted.
Nothing in our material world can come from nowhere or go nowhere, nor can it be free: everything in our economic life has a source, a destination, and a cost that must be paid
Private property is the foundation of a free market economic system. In order to utilize property in a way that best serves your needs you first have to be acquire it, and there are costs associated with the acquisition such as time, effort or money.
In addition, if you want to keep your property, or sell it to another, there are costs associated with that. Some of these costs are explicit, for example how much you paid for your car that you want to sell. Some are implicit: Now that I do not have a car, what will it cost to ride the bus?
The above notion that everything has a source, a destination and a cost is not only true of items that we purchase but also services that we consume.
It is clear that nothing appears out of thin air and is given to us all at no cost. The fact that sometimes it is hard to determine where the good came from, or how it got here or even if it is free to us does not diminish the fact it had a source, it arrived at its destination and someone paid for it.
I do not know who this guy is that wrote this and it does not really matter. The article –
“The Last Crusade: Rip van Con” – summarizes the challenges that we face very well and interestingly.
Last week, the Hillsboro school district in Oregon sent out a memo directing its staff to refrain from using images that could be construed as offensive to others such as Santa Claus. Not using Santa Claus images was a way to respect all religious beliefs. They claimed after the memo became public that they were not “banning” Santa Claus, you just need “to refrain” from using those images in your Christmas decorating.
Sounds like a ban to me.
To a Socialist this is a two-for-one. As we know, Christmas is a Christian religious holiday to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. In America, Santa also plays a large role as part of the Christmas tradition.
Giving gifts for Christmas requires buying things, a willing purchase from a willing seller. Sellers have to have items available that people want to buy and providing items that consumers want at prices they can afford is the function of capitalism. Capitalism is a system that works.
The balance to be struck at the holiday season is to not get too caught up in the commercialism of the season and to try remember the real meaning of Christmas. Remember “A Charlie Brown Christmas” anyone?
Santa Claus represents gift giving and is based on the folklore of the holiday season. Jesus’s birthday is the Christian reason for Christmas.
Socialists despise capitalism because in this market driven system, there are winners and losers. It is unfair that some people become rich and some people are poor. This inequality needs to be corrected by wealth redistribution.
Who will decide how to redistribute this wealth to make things equal? The Socialist masterminds who know better how to take from some and give to others.
Does a Socialist economic model ever work? No, you just need to glance at Venezuela as the most recent example. Money is now being weighed in stores because so many bills are required to buy things that it takes too long to count it.
Socialists, to promote their agenda, incessantly attack capitalism. So Santa is on the chopping block.
Undermining all tradition is another Socialist tactic. The Declaration of Independence states that we have unalienable rights as individuals given to us from the Creator. For some, that Creator is represented by Jesus.
If our rights are given to us by a Creator, this will undermine the authority of the State. In our founding documents, the Constitution, which is based on the principles in the Declaration, provide for individual liberties. How then can the State be the principal arbiter of equality? It can’t, so it must attack these underpinnings to legitimize its authority. At the bottom of these documents is a Christian ethos that must be replaced with a Statist one.
Capitalism is inextricably connected with the individual liberties provided for in our Constitution.
The Constitution is inextricably linked to a belief in a Creator and at the time it was written the dominate belief in a Creator was a Christian one.
So two-for-one, get rid of an oppressive Santa and call into question the entire Christian tradition of Christmas as not being “overly inclusive.”
Brilliant! But really, it is just more misguided crap from the left that needs a push back.
What are the Benefits of Capitalism?
Capitalism is the economic system that has raised the quality of life for people far above anything imaginable before it. It is the system that has provided for all of the industrial, technological and social advancements that has made the world what is today.
Compare even the poorest in our society today to the poorest in the feudal times. Comparisons of infant mortality rates and average life spans demonstrate that people are better off today. In fact, people are much better off today than they were even 300 years ago.
Another more recent comparison. A study by “The Economist” from OECD data in 2013 shows a “Better-Life” index. This is a compilation of 10 indicators observed in various countries, to arrive at a quality of life index and it is split between the bottom 10% and the top 10% of a country’s socioeconomic status. What does it show?
People in the in the bottom 10% have a better life in the U.S, than all but 3 of the 17 countries in the group. Countries that are more socialist, like Germany, France and Britain have a lower standard. In fairness, Sweden has it slightly better.
But wait there is more. Our bottom 10% are better off than the top 10% of Russia, Portugal and Brazil. By a lot.
Indeed, another study from World Bank data shows Americans in the bottom 5% of the U.S.’s income distribution are wealthier than 68% of the rest of the world. Our poorest people are about as rich as the richest in India. Why?
Capitalism, while not practiced perfectly here, is the engine that drives economic growth. It is carried on by self interested individuals in the pursuit of profits and it benefits everyone. The basic tenant of liberty in our country gives individuals the freedom to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and when they succeed, it benefits everyone.
Can a government controlled and centrally planned system do better? It does not appear so.