Socialism or Constitutionalism?

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.    – Ronald Reagan

Slavery or Freedom?  Government rule or self-rule?    You decide.

Ever wonder what a free bailout, a free welfare program, a free healthcare system looks like?

Take a look at the tax brackets for European countries below that have been the “testing grounds” for the socialism that our present administration, is determined to pursue, to provide, and to force down the throats of unsuspecting, ill-informed, and apathetic Americans.  The tyranny of our day is deceptive.  On the outside modern tyranny looks nice, inviting, sensible, warm, cuddly, merciful, and generous, but on the inside – at its very core – it is slavery.  An utter and abject lie, for in socialism nothing is free including the citizens.  Government will tax, and tax, and tax some more to provide us with these so-called “perks”, and false benefits. 

What if?  What if Government acted the way it is supposed to, in a limited and fiscally responsible way.  What if, citizens managed their own affairs, their own income, and through the prudence and common sense of average people, we used our personal freedoms to provide for the necessities of life.  What if my severance check from my company was not taxed at the outlandish rate of 38%, and what if I could have kept that 38% to provide for our families needs instead of us filling out form after form of nonsensical Government red tape in order to get a “hand out”? What if we relied on temperance, prudence, and intelligence to create free market economies, and relied on friends, family and our faith-based communities i.e. our church – for those needs that we have that go above and beyond in cases of emergency?  This is the genius of our Founders who framed a Constitution that did not enslave men to a Monarch, or a Despot, or a Government that makes us slaves of their programs and handouts.

Apathy on our part will lead to death.  Indifference on our part will lead to the dismantling of the greatest form of self-rule, and Constitutional government ever devised in the history of mankind.  Liberty and Virtue, freedom and religion, limited government, fiscal restraint, self-responsibility.  All  these make America great .   All make America, and Americans, good.

How Much Does Socialism Cost?

Current European tax rates:

United Kingdom
 Income Tax:  50%
 VAT:  17.5%   TOTAL:  67.5%

Germany
Income Tax:  45%
VAT:  19%      TOTAL:  64%

France
Income Tax:  40%
VAT:  19.6%   TOTAL:  59.6%

Greece
Income Tax:  40%
VAT:  25%      TOTAL:  65%

Spain
Income Tax:  45%
VAT:  16%      TOTAL:  61%

Portugal
Income Tax:  42%
VAT:  20%      TOTAL:  62%

Sweden
Income Tax:  55%
VAT:  25%      TOTAL:  80%

Norway
Income Tax:  54.3%
VAT:  25%      TOTAL:  79.3%

Netherlands
Income Tax:  52%
VAT:  19%      TOTAL:  71%

Denmark
Income Tax:  58%
VAT:  25%      TOTAL:  83%

Finland
Income Tax:  53%
VAT:  22%      TOTAL:  75%

If you’ve started to wonder what the real costs of “socialism” are going to be, take a look at the tables.  As you digest these mind-boggling figures, keep in mind that in spite of these astronomical tax rates, these countries are still not financing their social welfare programs exclusively from tax revenues!  They are deeply mired in public debt of gargantuan proportions.   Greece has reached the point where its debt is so huge it is in imminent danger of defaulting….. which is the reason the European economic community has intervened to bail them out.  If you’re following the financial news, you know Spain and Portugal are right behind Greece .

The United States is now heading down the same path.  The “VAT” tax listed above is the national sales tax that Europeans pay.  Stay tuned because that is exactly what you can expect to see the Obama administration proposing after the fall elections.  The initial percentage in the United States isn’t going to be anywhere near the outrageous numbers you now see in Europe.  But the current VAT numbers in Europe didn’t start out as outrageous either.  They started out as miniscule—rightaround the 1% or 2% where they will start out in the United States.  Magically however, they ran up over the years to where they are now.  Expect the same thing here.

It may be time to rethink the ‘American Dream’ idea:  You know.. the notion that with hardwork and perseverance, anybody can get ahead economically here.  Do you think that can ever happen with tax rates between 60% and 80%?  Think again.  With the government taking that percentage of your money, your life will be exactly like life in Europe .  You will never be able to buy a home.  You will never buy a car.  You will never send your children to college.  Let’s not shuffle the battle cry of the socialists under the rug either.  It’s always the same cry.  “Equalize” income.  “Spread the wealth” to the “poor” (whoever they are).  “Level” the economic playing field.  Accomplish that and everything will be rosy.

It’s time to take a really hard look at reality.   Greece is a perfect example.  Despite the “socialism” system that has ruled this country for decades, with a 65% tax rate, they are drowning in public debt, would have defaulted without hundreds of billions in bailout money, and still. . .20% of their population lives in “poverty.”  What has all that “socialism” money bought, besides ultimate power for the politicians running the show?  Do you think these people are “free”? They’re not.  They are slaves to their economic “system.”

People, we are at a tipping point in America .  We all know it.  Turn this around right now or our children, and grandchildren will be massing in the streets of this once-great country, just as the people of Greece now are.  Economic slavery is slavery, just the same.  Carefully and deeply consider what it takes to throw off the yoke of slavery, once it takes hold and settles over your neck.

 

 Life is not the way it’s supposed to be.. It’s the way it is…. The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference.

Anaphora!

In the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, and in a cry for all citizens and patriots to realize what is becoming of our country… do something.

Here is where you can start.   Start now.  If not for your sake, for your children.

http://heritageforamerica.org/

Get knowledge.  Learn the facts.  Become a citizen again, and fight for your country and the Constitution upon which she was founded.

 

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27 thoughts on “Socialism or Constitutionalism?

  1. The bad dream of the Obama occupation must end this November. With a convincing election victory in Congress, I look forward to a replay of Clinton’s castration and subsequent impotent utterances about “remaining relevant” and “the era of big government is over”.

    I also look forward to Hillary’s resignation as SOS and immediate challenge for the nomination in 2012. She is no better than the present fraudulent occupier of the White House, but a nasty battle between the Obama and Clinton factions (dark souls indeed) is the happy dream I covet.

  2. That’s fine, but if anything the U.S. is heading in the direction of countries like present-day Denmark and Austria, not Russia or Nazi Germany. (I grew up in Austria, so I’m not exactly shaking in my boots at the prospect.)

    And I’m getting a little tired of drawing comparisons between the current U.S. president—be it Bush or Obama—to Hitler. Such comparison falls flat on its face right from the jump, as our leadership can be voted out of office.

    • The image on the post that you refer to does not implicitly compare President Obama to Adolf Hitler, and the only way it could be offensive to Jewish people is if you say that it is. The image is what it says: a picture of three historal, radical, charismatic, leaders who used the word “change” to attract and deceive people who are fearful and naive.

      That is the intent of the image; nothing more, nothing less.

      • First you compare others to Nazis, and then you delete dissenting points of view. You’re like Keith Olbermann. That guy also complains about fascism all the time, but no one who disagrees with him ever gets invited on his show. (Of course, squashing dissent is the hallmark of fascism.)

        In light of the above, I’d like to reiterate my previous comment, and would like to read your rebuttle. (I don’t expect one, but I’d like to read it nonetheless.)

      • Dear Mr. Cyberquill,

        I will say right from the beginning that this blog does not tolerate name calling or unkind behavior on it. For you to suggest that I am a fascist is not only untrue but is rude uncivil behavior. For you to call Keith Olberman a fascist on my blog will not be tolerated. You need to take that up with Keith face to face, regarding your pent up anger against him.

        Nowhere in my post did I write, imply or compare anyone to a Nazi. My post was about runaway taxation rates in European countries to pay for their socialized free handouts, and I made the strong and well thought out suggestion that our present administration was moving us in the same direction – a direction that is vehemently against the Constitution.

        As for rebutting you, there is nothing really to rebut. The picture of the three historical figures does not say or infer that our President is a Nazi, or a Communist. He is shown for what he is presently bringing to this nation: Democratic Socialism – to the tune of Trillions of Dollars of Debt, which you and I will soon be forking over with increased tax rates in the coming months. I stand by the picture. If it offends, it is because you allow it to offend you. The facts behind the picture in the actions of each leader make the picture what it is. Honest. The words and the logical, non-caustic method of writing in my post is clearly evident to anyone who will actually read what I wrote. I trust that you did? My logic and presentation are non-inflammatory, non-accusing, and are as factual and kind as can be. Apparently you have no qualms with the text of my post. Your concern is for the image.

        Again I stand by my original reply to you regarding the image. Three historical figures, all running on the platform of “change you can believe in”, two are avowed historical Socialists one is a National Socialist, the other a Communist Socialist. Our President is presently putting into place (and can be witnessed in every major newspaper and Nightly News show in America) a Democratic Socialism – a form of Government that cannot be found in any of the founding and guiding documents or practices of our nation. Taxing citizens at exhorbitant rates to pay for BIG Government Jobs, and BIG Government programs is socialistic, not Constitutional.

        In the future please be advised that this is my blog not yours, and not anyone elses. I welcome warmly and invite energetically anyone to reply, as long as the reply is civil, has intellectual merit, and can be conducted without calling names and casting disparaging epitaphs. Again, this is my blog, not yours, and only civil, thoughtful and peaceable coversations will be allowed.

        Thank you Mr. Quill.

      • All cherry trees are trees, but not every tree is a cherry tree. While the disinclination to tolerate dissent is certainly the cornerstone of fascism, this does not mean that everyone who displays such disinclination is a fascist.

        Ergo, I never directly nor “implicitly” called you or Mr. Olbermann a fascist, at least no more or less than you “implicitly” compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Highlighting particular aspects of individuals and ideologies does not rise to a full-fledged equation. If I understand you correctly, your argument is the same: Obama doesn’t equal Hitler and Lenin except in certain aspects of his leadership.

        My main point, though, is the power of an image versus the power of words.

        You say that nowhere in your post did you write, imply or compare anyone to a Nazi, and I would simply point to the picture at the top of your post with President Obama sandwiched between Hitler and Lenin. While you didn’t explicitly compare Mr. Obama to the other two men, I do suggest that you did compare them implicitly, for—as I had stated in my comment which you subsequently deleted—a picture communicates far more effectively than a thousand words.

        Put differently, pictures take precedence over words as far as audience impact, and we all know that. That’s what makes television so powerful. You can add whatever voiceover you want, people will pretty much walk away with the message conveyed by the images they saw and forget what they heard (or read).

        What I am “accusing” you of is not that you’re a fascist, but that you knew full-well that the Obama=Hitler=Lenin equation is what will stick in your visitors’ minds simply on account of the power of that picture you chose.

        This, of course, is how advertising works, namely by planting images into people’s minds. In essence, you’re using an old advertising trick to convey a particular message, and then you added some verbiage to blunt the message you’ve already conveyed, and now you’re conveniently off the hook in case someone calls you on it.

    • The younger generation of Jews in Israel tell jokes about Hitler. They wouldn’t find this offensive. I spent last summer in Israel shocked by the Hitler/Holocaust jokes they share.

  3. Michael,
    Good post. We are making a choice in America today. If we look at Socialism from Marx point of view, we see that Socialism is just s truck stop on the road to Communism. The problem is that Communism is a dead end (in more ways than one).

    Socialism (Marxism) has basic flaws at its foundation. 1. The unpredictability of human behavior. 2. Dependent on “class struggle”. 3. Based solely on materialism. Marx felt that people were to be pushed to the middle (equality). He fails to recognize outliers within human populations/society/economy and falsely assumes that all human behavior is somehow predictable and also assumes that all humans share the same ideals of “fairness”. Nassim Taleb points out Marx’s misapplication of the Gaussian Bell Curve in regard to human behavior in his book “The Black Swan”. What modern Socialists do not recognize is the fact that Marx was writing from his particular world view and limited observations of behavior and economics. Marx makes broad assumptions and puts forth his idea of how things “should” be within society/economy. Class Struggle is another main tenet of Socialism. Due to the fact that a newly arrived immigrant from Uganda can go from driving a taxi to owning his own business (making millions of dollars) in America debunks the “class struggle” assumption. So, Socialists must broadcast the perception that “class struggle” exists. Since skin color, political leanings NOR religion determine an individual’s earning potential in America, Socialists are dealt an anomaly that does not fit the formula.

    Furthermore, they must reframe the “class struggle” in relationship with race (skin color) in an ill-fated attempt to engineer a perceived “class struggle”. I’m sorry, that dog won’t hunt. We could get into the one-dimensional side of Marx (Materialism) at a later date. American capitalism is benign in regard to class.

    What am I trying to say? Socialism self-destructs. The challenge is stopping momentum before we move into the shallow waters of communism. Interesting thing about Socialism and Communism, they always end in economic collapse, oppression of outliers and the death of millions of humans. Is that far-fetched in the modern world? Most western Europeans say it is. I say, open a history book and read. See that this stuff doesn’t happen overnight. Don’t be fooled by your own hubris.

    The best way to understand “where” Marx came up with these ideas is to research his childhood and his relationship to his earthly father. You’ll find that Atheism is directly tied to bad relationships/ no relationship with a father. Thus, the rejection of a Heavenly Father. (it’s all related).

    In conclusion, the fact that America is an anomaly and Socialism self-destructs gives me confidence that we have the ability reverse this trend. If America falls, the rest of the world is in REAL trouble.

    Thanks for getting my wheels turning 

    Lance
    Ps. There is a solid article on Zero-Hedge “On Why America’s 234th Birthday May Not Have Many More To Follow”

  4. This post was very disturbing to me, I was brought to this site by Michael Hyatt’s twitter feed. I am very disappointed that a man of your stature would post a blog with such hateful rhetoric and such untrue lies. The idea that the Obama administration is turning the United States Government into a socialist country is just down right false. In countries such as France, and other self-proclaimed socialist countries, the Government controls every aspect of the private business sector. As you know this is not the case in America.

    I am incredibly disappointed that i can no longer go to a self-proclaimed Christian blog without seeing this type of rhetoric about the President of the United States. I don’t think you understand that in some countries you would be put in jail for not only this blog but being a Christian in general. Be thankful that we live in the country that we do and we can speak our minds freely.

    • Dear Evan,

      I am not only a Christian, but I am a citizen of the United States of America. Both are important to me. Both are so important in fact without a Judeo Christian understanding and worldview in the minds and hearts of the Colonists, and the Framers of the Declaration and Constitution, this nation would not have the freedom, liberty and equality that is found originally in the Holy Book. Besides that, let’s not forget that in a Constitutional Republic our President, our Senators, Representatives and all elected officials work for the people. We have the right, liberty and freedom to speak out on what they are doing, whether another person agrees or not. Thankfully under the Constitution we have the freedom to express our opinions, yours and mine. But what If I were a Muslim, or Jew, or Buddhist, would my comments still be comdemned by you as being “hateful rhetoric”? You see, my post is not about Religion or Faith, ultimately it is about whether there is anyone in America who understands what the Constitution is and how it has been ignored in the last decades. In short, I wish you would have read the post and the actual words in it. It was neither hateful, untrue or rhetorical. It was a post on what has already been done by President Barack Obama, and it suggests that if his plans for taxation and the enlargement of Governemnt programs are fully realized – that we can expect to have the tax rates and the problems of European countries. That is all. Socialsim is when Government saves you, buys you, provides for you. Constitutionalism is when we do that for ourselves.

      Please if I can be corrected show me. Show me where I defame the President? Show me where I am Un-Christian. or unkind, in anything that I stated. Show me where any of the facts that I shared are untrue. If you can do this then I will recant and repent for the post.

      Please understand that being a Christian is not about being silent. Being a Christian is not about closing our eyes to the blatant disregard to the very document that provides us with the freedoms that we all take for granted. Imagine if our Christian Founding Fathers were quiet in front of the injustices thrown at them by King George? Imagine if William Wilberforce was Christian and quietly went into a dark room and said nothing in regards to the slave trade. Christians should be the first to speak truth and to do it lovingly if not firmly.

      My Christianity has nothing to do with the mess that our nation is in right now. I am merely suggesting that a plan for enlarging Government, taxing the people more and more, creating more bailouts and handouts, and more programs is the way to Socialism, and socialism is not the form of Government that John Adams. Thomas Jefferson, and others gave birth to.

      What I wrote was clear, level, factual, and tinged with compassion and a innate sadness for the mess our nation is in, I feel bad that you saw it otherwise.

      God be with you. Evan

    • Evan,

      Nonsense! I’m sorry, I don’t see the “hateful rhetoric” in Michael’s post. I believe you may have made a Freudian slip by penning the phrase “untrue lies”… wouldn’t an untrue lie be the truth? I’m just sayin’ 😉

      I cannot speak for Michael’s faith. However, I am a BOLD Christian and I speak my heart and mind regularly. Sometimes my statements are aimed at the Whitehouse and Congress, etc. After all, they work for ME!

      Evan, Where did you get you data on France? And the French government control of every aspect of private business?

      You say “The idea that the Obama administration is turning the United States Government into a socialist country is just down right false.” This is an assumption and must be supported by some type of evidence. Prove to me that he’s not? Support your statements man.

      You state: “In countries such as France, and other self-proclaimed socialist countries, the Government controls every aspect of the private business sector. As you know this is not the case in America.”

      Does this mean that an American President can fire the CEO of a private company?

      Does this mean that an American President can use the phrase to keep “his boot on the throat” of BP?

      Does this mean a the Federal Government can award money and benefits to a Union without a judicial process?

      “I don’t think you understand that in some countries you would be put in jail for not only this blog but being a Christian in general. Be thankful that we live in the country that we do and we can speak our minds freely.”

      Ummmm, you just proved my point. And the point of Michael’s post.

      As for Mr. Hyatt pointing to this blog. Good on him! I admire Christian leaders who make a stand. I may not agree with them all the time, but at least they say something. The days of riding the fence are over. Get in the game. Christ did not die so we could quietly wait for our entrance into eternity. He wants us to engage the world boldly. We are to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

      Michael, I defend your right to say what you believe.

      Lance

      ps. I suggest reading Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals for more info on Obama’s philosophy.

  5. Michael,
    While I consider myself somewhat on the “evangelical” side of christianity, I get a bit frustrated when I feel that I need to be a Reagan Supply side, republican to be included on “the right side” of any current politcal and religious debate.
    I am thankful to my creator for many things that each party has brought to our country’s development over the years…Many of the “humanistic social programs” have been brought about by progressive democrats. Yet, I am thankful for many business related things brought about by the Republicans. The Republicans even created one of the most innovative health care coverage reforms in the recent years with the developments of High Deductible Medical Coverage coupled with Heatlh Care Savings Accounts. Mitch Daniels,R-Gov of Indiana just hadf Mercer do a report on the success this plan design had for State workers there! It has been proven over and over that this design makes economic sense.
    What I am now upset about, is just because the extreme conservative right is out of power, they are whinning instead of compromise…Obstructionism…instead of communicating their alternative views…And they all cry Socialism!!! And Obama’s Oil Spill! And Obama’s_____!
    When Dems are out of majority, they whine as well….
    What I would love to see, are leaders that can lead, that can reach compromise, have public discourse…Afterall, this is what I was to teach in a public school social studies class…Why shouldn’t the gov be required to practice what they mandate?
    Partisanship will never solve the issues we have gotten in to…Time is for leadership, rather than partisanship…So, you get elected, make some tough decisions, not get relected, but the world becomes a better place because you helped…That, my friend is what we need…
    Check out “Comeback America” by David Walker, former CEO of the GAO. He actually has the credibility to propose ideas and he has done the required MATH.
    Also, check out Frank Luntz’s book, “What Americans Really Want, Really…”. For being an admitted conservative republican, he lets his extensive research speak for itself…and the research definitely does not favor one party’s agenda over another, pretty basic, centrist views….Common sense stuff for common sense people…
    Well, again, I believe in God, the goodness of people and their innate desire to actually want to get along…So, when I see smart people get all political with their thoughts on reforms, I get a tad dissappointed because we then let our parties try to do all the problem solving and that just won’t work…
    Thanks for spurring the conversation…
    Blessings,
    Grant LeMahieu
    “God before Reagan & the Republican Party” & “Independent Voter and Thinker”
    Christian

    • Dear Grant,

      Thanks for the lengthy reply. In short, the issue in America is not about the conservatives or the liberals. It is not about “conservatives” whining, and if they are, they should stop. This post is not a blame game. This post is fact. Unmitigated fact. It is not about the Democrats or the Republicans. It’s not about arguments, or arguing because I am not arguing as you seem to suggest in your close. I am simply advocating for a common sense return to the foundational documents, virtues and mandates found in our Constitution, instead of a country slowly eaten by socialism, i.e “Government save me, with some money” In short, both sides have failed us over the past century Republican and Democrat. Conservatives and Liberals. I am neither. Any true American is first and foremost a Constitutionalist. My post is to show that the plans and actions of this present administrations are leading us to more, bailouts, more welfare, more programs, more handouts, more social care… and when the Government takes money from the people to pay for programs they are giving back to the people that is socialism just ask Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Greece. What Governement can give to you, it can also take away from you.

      Grant you are well schooled enough to know that the Constitution and the ideals of a republican form of Government is not based or built on Government saving the day and handing out billions that it borrows, increasing debt to the point that our debt is more that half of our GDP.

      Grant this is the problem.

      What we are dealing with is a blatant disregard for the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, upon which our nation was founded. These 10 ideas are what patriots lived, died, and gave their Sacred Honor for: These are what every citizen and patriot should suggest we return to: Liberty, Equality, Natural Rights, Consent of the Governed, Religious Freedom. Private Property, The Rule of Law, Constitutionalism, Self Government, and Independence. Ideas which give birth to limited government, fiscal responsibility (Governmental and Personal, and Virtue (self-policing) based on an agreement that virtue and liberty are both essential for one another.

      Ultimately, in the end, it does not matter who the elected official is, or what “party” they represent…. because the Constitution and its mandates and laws are bigger than the man or his party, this was how the Framers ensured that the power of the Constitution was greater than a person or a party. The original intent of the Constitution not some “progressive” guess at what we think it woulda, coulda or shoulda mean. If the original intent of the Founding Fathers, if the innate genius of the Constitution is not adhered to… then partisanship gets us only more of what we don’t want or need… more talk, more debt, more enlargement of Govt, a national debt in the Trillions, bailouts of six figure unethical business leaders, an education system that is broke etc. etc. promises to tax more and more, to give handouts more and more.

      I appreciate the “middle way” you suggest, the concilatory need to “conversation and talk… but Grant are we not way beyond that right now? Our children, and their futures are being destroyed and determined right now. How much longer can we wait? Another four more years? How much national debt do we rack up? We can’t even pay the interest on it right now. The issue is not whether President Obama is a nice man, or concerned about the “poor” etc. the issue are his polices and his administration which are socialistic not because I say they are, but because the evidence demands a verdict, and they are leading us to 50, 60, 70 % tax rates. Who is going to pay for all these handouts and programs? We need the restoration of limited government, and the freedom for citizens to make decisions for the income that they earn, instead of handing it to Uncle Sam for the creation of some kind of governmental program.

      The clock is ticking. The time for talk and partisanship is slowly evading us. If we decide not to return to the Constitution and its guidance that once made this nation great. All the peace making and talk won’t make a difference.

      PS How about a cup of coffee to discuss these issues “Christian Style” face to face. I’ll buy. 🙂

      PSS Since you suggested a few books to me, here are my suggestions to you: “We Still Hold These Truths” by Matthew Spalding, Common Sense by Thomas Paine. and the Constitution itself. Perhaps we can read one of them over coffee?

      Peace to you Grant

  6. I believe your figures are a bit misleading. While true, the tax rates you give are not complete and apply towards the highest earning people in each country. For example, in Germany, the tax rate is progressive from 14% to 45% with the highest rate only kicking in for singles who make over EUR 250,000 and couples earning over EUR 501,000. People reading your post without investigation or prior knowlege would just assume everyone is paying 45% income tax and that’s just not true. For complete accuracy, it’d be better if the listing contained the range of tax rates for each country and/or a more detailed breakdown or at least an explanation that the listing was the highest rates in each country.

    I fear the day the US tries to implement a VAT tax and will fight tooth and nail to defeat it.

    • VAT Tax No…
      However, I like the Fair Tax Movement idea of moving to more of a Flat Tax on Personal Income, Eliminate Taxes on Dividends and even most Corporate Income(becuase we will get the tax on the personal income side), and ADD a Federal Sales Tax…
      Since our economy is based on consumption, lets collect taxes at consumption point…Plus, we also capture tax revenue from those that operate in the Grey and Black Market economies.
      Mike Huckabee understands this, he just didn’t get the communication method right, like most politicians on either side these days.

  7. I was also directed here by Michael Hyatt.

    I note that the UK figure for income tax is an exaggeration. Income tax here is 20%; it increases as you earn more and this year a 50% rate was added for those earning over £150k ($227k) per annum.

    As an outsider it wouldn’t be right for me to comment on the right way forward for the states; but I think it’s important that the argument is informed by the correct facts.

  8. Michael,
    I very much enjoyed your blog and agree with you about the direction that our country is heading. My only suggestion is that you reconsider the use of the image of Obama with Hitler and Lenin.

    I personally don’t find it offensive, because I understand you are simply showing how all three leaders used the call for “change” to draw in the masses. However, many people will not get past the images to read your excellent article because it is so offensive to many to see our President aligned with such tyrants. Your message is too important to get lost in unncessary controversy.

    Just my humble opinion.

    Jeff

  9. Greetings Michael,

    Thanks for taking the time to consider my ramblings and your enlightened response…

    I would love to have a coffee clutch someday, when you have a chance.

    I agree whole heartedly that we need to realign the “business” of our government (that is from the local to the federal level). Some of my buddies (from business world) have quipped that we should undergo some type of LEAN SIX SIGMA evaluation of our government! Heck, every other organization has had to do this, why not?

    In another book, actually a college text on politcal sciences, titled “The Irony of Democracy” oulined a study on what Americans expected from their government. The findings were quite simple:

    1. National Defense (not offense…)
    2. Strong support of public education
    3. Making sure that women and children had shelter and enough to eat
    4. Personal property rights
    5. Public infrastructure (ie Hiways, rail, ports, air, etc)
    6. Public safety
    7. Access to HealthCare, and protection from, catastrophic (bankruptcy) medical bills…

    That’s it…All those folks in Lansing and DC should be able to manage 7 things, uh?

    Thomas paine is a fav of mine! Glenn Beck’s recent book on that subject was pretty entertaining too…

    Well, let me know when you can “do coffee”…

    Keep pushing the dialog along my friend! Such a great country when we can engage in this!

    Blessings,
    Grant

  10. Our taxes are already at levels comparable to Europe when you add in state taxes (15% of federal tax in Arizona), sales taxes (9-13.5% in various Arizona towns), property taxes assessed by cities… European nations have only VAT taxes, no sales tax; we’re talking about adding one on top of sales tax.

  11. mr obama’s behavior, actions, and beliefs are now fully enough on display that we can include him in various rogue’s galleries without moral reservation.

    One rogue’s gallery is the image above, and it is appropriate in the sense in which it was intended: socialist movements that arose in times of national crisis, where an alleged positive “change” was promised, but a hell-realm of state control was delivered. With luck and fortune, obama will be stopped this November before he can complete the ruthless and cruel bait-and-switch he is in the midst of.

    Another rogue’s gallery appropriate for obama would be with chairman Mao to the left of him and Joseph stalin to the right. The analogy here would be one of a pathological and wrong belief in the benefits of collectivization and central planning. All three men believe in such systems, and obama happens to be the latest demagogue to try it. National healthcare is his first salvo, and he is far from done as he names more and more marxists to key posts in government.

    Finally, there is this rogue’s gallery – a bit of a mixed bag, can you decipher the theme? – that he was spotted in on another planet:
    http://wp.me/pMW8w-nu

  12. As an unabbashed American Socialist, I see that you are unjustly afraid and of the wrong things. Socialism is not coming here because it is not a centrist philosophy here so it will never have enough traction to become the way of the nation. Sadly, you shoot at things that are not Socialism and do not know what it will do for you. I love America, so I will not halt my attempt of converting more to Socialism.

  13. Your ‘facts’ and ‘statistics’are deliberatly misleading. The European taxation information you provide is highly selective as you are no doubt more than aware. For example, the UK’s 50% tax band is applicable to just 1% (ONE PERCENT) of the population. For most UK citizens income tax stands at 20%. The truth is obviously a little inconvient for you!

    I shall leave you with a quote from that most famous of all Socialists.

    MARK CHAPTER 10:21-25 21
    Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

  14. Supporting socialism requires a willful ignorance of the fact that once a system surpasses a few people (you + your neighbor whom you treat in a christ-like manner) it fails. I explained this in an essay directed towards the boob known as Bill Maher recently, in a response to his failed NFL / MLB sports analogy in which he claimed the NFL’s success was a result of its system of socialism among the teams:

    Bill offers mostly sophistry, which is a kind of tricksterism with words. Let us, and Bill, be clear: the NFL has a total of 32 teams. Sharing revenue equally (“socialism” according to Maher) is easy with 32 units of interest. The normal distribution (statistically speaking) always has a few outliers of bad and very good behavior, but this is easily managed with only 32 entities: the bad apples can be dealt with and inequities can be smoothed over. Likewise, efficient allocation of resources can be managed with so few units of interest.

    However, what works within a system of 32 does not extrapolate or translate to a system of 1,000, or 10,000, or 1 million, or 300 million. Why do I say this? Because large systems of competing interests overwhelm all of the combined computing power of the Earth and render all attempts at central planning and resource allocation to be a failure and usually a horror and tragedy. There are so many examples to prove this that it saddens me when people like Maher remain stubborn in their support of systems that result in misery and death.

    Exhibit A? China. Exhibit B? Vietnam. Both are communist countries who barely lived through several decades of central planning of the kind Maher seems to respect and love. Ever heard of the Great Leap Forward, when Mao collectivized agriculture? Estimates of the human death toll range from 30 – 45 million people.
    Both countries have lately been ruthlessly pursuing capitalism and moving away from socialism. They have been doing this by necessity: socialism is a FAILED economic model and will result in the STARVATION of a country’s population. If you want to feed 1.3 billion people, then you had better go capitalist for better allocation of resources, and this is exactly what China has been doing.

    China just surpassed Japan as the world’s second largest economy. How did they do that, Bill Maher, sophist? With capitalism, bitch.

    Socialism does not work, and the human brain needs to absorb this incontrovertible fact.

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