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The problem with socialism

Posted: October 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
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As is pretty common with Dem/socialists, Kevin Buck falls into the pit of conflating conservatism and Republicans in his Sept. 30 column in The Signal, “Six of one — half dozen of the other.”

As an Independent conservative, I can assure him that I hold that party in only slightly less contempt than I do the Dem/socialists.

Now that we have that out of the way, as I examine what Buck’s written, I see the standard Dem/socialist bullet points based on a collectivism that is in no way envisioned in our founding documents, in particular the Constitution.

It’s a waste of time and space to enumerate them point by point. He points out that “The Democratic Party platform continues to be very popular when people are polled about its individual planks.”

Well, duh. Who’s going to vote against Santa Claus showing up and giving them free stuff?

So if you’re part of the almost-50 percent who are on Santa’s Gift List ... well, you’re going to vote for Santa! That’s just human nature.

The big problem is that Santa’s gifts aren’t really “free.” Someone’s got to pay for them. Who is that, you ask?

It’s the other poor saps who are still working and paying taxes. That so-called “fair share” Buck bleats about.

The fruits of their labor taken from them at the figurative point of a government gun through taxation and inflation.

At some point, the gravy train comes to a screeching halt. As Thatcher noted, “The main problem with socialism is that at some point it invariably runs out of other people’s money.”

And when that happens, bad things invariably follow. Again, an expression of basic human nature.

Either people just stop producing, figuring “Hey! If I can get everything for free from Santa, why the heck should I work my butt off every day?” Or the whole system just collapses from fiscal lunacy.

That’s been unvaryingly true throughout human history.

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