Socialism In The US House…takes hold

With the Democrat House filing into DC they bring with them a new host of Socialists.  And one might gasp except that in 2010 the Socialist Party released a list of 70 Congressional Democrats who were also members of the Socialist Party of America.   They endorsed none other than John Kerry and Obama.  In the latest election 15 Socialists were elected to office across the US.  While the numbers may seem small from a percentage standpoint, they do reveal an evolution.   The EU Commission is comprised of Socialists, the UN is run by Social Democrats, and still, despite the collapse of Venezuela, the push continues.

In every Socialist state, the first death is that of the Middle Class.   Those who have much, have more, and those who had nothing, have something.   The fact that those who had nothing was a high percentage is what keeps the power operating.  Until it collapses.

And so the question arises, why does it collapse?

Opinion pieces are rampant in this discussion, most recently Bloomberg’s op-ed attempted to sway the discussion of Venezuela, and instead highlight the vast progress and effectiveness of Bolivia’s Socialist President, Morales.    The opinion piece claims there is a right way and a wrong way to do Socialism and lists Venezuela as the wrong way compared to Bolivia as the right way.  Noah Smith, the author of the piece bills himself as a neoliberal on his Twitter status.

But is Bolivia really a ‘right’ way, or is the author simply attempting to validate Socialism?

Bolivia’s President Morales continues to win re-election, not because his policies are good for Bolivia, but because he has given something to a population that had nothing, and virtually eliminated the Middle Class in the process.  He is elected by the poor, the 40% of the population living below poverty line.   Despite being given vast free assistance from Cuba and Brazil, Bolivia continues to rank in the bottom bowels of South America’s economy, ranked just above Venezuela.  Somehow Noah Smith didn’t read that far.

Bloomberg’s, Smith, cites the fact that they have GDP growth… and makes the claim that illiteracy has been eradicated.  Unemployment is made up of unskilled laborers, and skilled workers are in high shortage.  Corruption is rampant, a dictatorial rule is leveraged, while only 40% of the youth population continue school after the 4thgrade, and 20% enter secondary school, UNESCO has declared the country to be wholly literate.   In case you are math challenged, UNESCO warns that the rate can not be higher than 100%…   Unlike Florida which typically allows upwards of 140% of the population to vote.   I digress.

In terms of World Ranking – Bolivia is followed by Zimbabwe.

Not exactly a stellar record to use in support of Socialism.

The splintering and demise of the Republican and Democrat Parties is parlayed.

While Noah Smith argues that Socialism didn’t destroy Venezuela, hyperinflation did, he rather bizarrely refuses to acknowledge what caused ‘hyperinflation’.   It is humorous to note that Venezuela is referred to as the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela – it followed the exact same ideologies and principles as Morales does now in Bolivia.  The Bolivarian Revolution in 1999 ushered in Chavez as the savior of the Republic.  He vied for ‘socialism or death’.   Chavez government was called the Bolivarian government.  He created a new Constitution – as did Morales.  They support social welfare, social property, communes, universal healthcare, and of course, redistribution of wealth.

The only difference between Bolivia and Venezuela is that Chavez introduced Socialist policies beginning in 1999, Morales took office in 2006, Bolivia simply hasn’t reached the same crescendo – yet.

While the Soviet Union took decades to rise from the ashes of it’s socialist/communist rule instituted by the Bolsheviks, Venezuela and Bolivia don’t have the machismo or brute intellect to know how to recreate failing economics despite being rich in natural resources.  Reading of the demise of Venezuela, it reads as a static version of Bolivia’s current crisis and stagnation – crime rates soaring, riots, protests, inability to redirect industry from oil, vast resources left untapped, education crisis, etc…

Despite Noah Smith attempting to frame Socialism as simply mishandled, he has shown that his own understanding is rather pathetic.    But what he isn’t noticing is the fact that while both ruling parties in the US are crumbling, fracturing, and called out as failures (thank you Romney), the evolution of Socialism historically appears as a saving solution only to completely destroy the country so relegated – from within.

The EU is only now waking up to their own demise promulgated by the Socialist/Communist regimes of Merkel, Macron, and May.  Sweden is Falling faster than the Twin Towers, and Norway is a close second.   But then, that is the plan…

We The People, have that authority.  It is a choice.

US Emigration Exodus

Charlize Theron wants to leave the US because racism is so pronounced now that Trump is President. Of course, few would notice her exodus, but it is curious exactly where she would go.   While she retains her South African citizenship, I doubt that South Africa would be her chosen place of exodus.  South Africa is mired in crime, rape, child rape, and white genocide.  Not exactly a prime location to bring up – children.

But according to the New York Times, numerous people are making the exodus from the US because of Trump, some going to the wonderful world of Indonesia where Sharia Law is the rule.  Others are apparently going to Mexico where gangland killings have become commonplace and government officials are slaughtered.   And still others are going to the quaint local of Columbia where drug trafficking and human trafficking are its mainstay.

The New York Times is peddling a strange utopia.

In the 6 ½ years between 1999 and June 2016, 2 million people are estimated to have made the exodus from the US.   That would equate to roughly 367,000 per year.   Errr, Trump wasn’t President.

Gosh darn, the New York Times seems to have forgotten that convenient statistic.  In fact they portray a family hiking with backpacks, children skipping through forests, and oh, it is too expensive to live in San Diego clauses, all the while forgetting that California real estate prices are not – Trump’s fault!

Theron’s claim that racism is Trump’s fault, is so bizarre as to be nonsensical.   Racism was stoked during the Obama administration, it is spiking in the UK, in Germany, and in France, countries where Trump is not President…   Paris is in virtual lockdown as armed Gendarmes are deployed to the streets to deter possible terrorism or ‘hate crimes’.   Perhaps Theron wants to live there?   Of course, given that pot is not legal there, she may want to ‘reconsider’.

People leave the US for a multitude of reasons.   Sometimes it is to retire where it is less expensive and beaches are amazing.  Sometimes it is to experience an adventure.  Sometimes to escape.  And sometimes just because.   Rarely, do people leave the US because of ‘racism’, or a President.   That is simply hogwash perpetuated by the New York Times for one purpose only – to denigrate Trump.

Certainly there have been innumerable Hollywooders who have made the threat, albeit none have seemingly actually followed through on the threat.  Why?   Because everyone wants to come to the US for a reason.   It is good.  It is free. And now, it is a tax haven.

But to make the exodus a political statement is purely inanely – boringly NYTimes.   How would they explain the 307,000 that left annually during the Obama administration?   Deplorables?

As I have said before, statistics have value, as long as they are relayed from perspective.   They can be manipulated.   But that would have to be the intent.   And in this case, the intent was to play Trump as the causal factor for exactly two families they interviewed and used to support their article and agenda.  Not good journalism.  Not good reporting.   But they – tried nonetheless.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time the media has launched a query about the exodus of US citizens.   In 2013, Bloomberg reported, “the number of Americans that renounced their citizenship in the second quarter of 2013 was six times larger than the number that renounced their citizenship in the second quarter of last year…”  But wait! That was when Obama was President.

Oops.  Charlize?   Do you remember?

So what did Bloomberg cite as the reasons for the Obama era mass exodus?

-The U.S. economy has been steadily declining for many years and that decline now seems to be accelerating.

-We are being taxed into oblivion.

-The quality of the jobs in our economy is rapidly declining.

-The middle class is continually shrinking.

-Poverty is exploding.

-Escalating social decay in our major cities.

-Our culture is rapidly going down the toilet.

-Our health care system has become a complete mess and a giant money making scam.  Obamacare is only going to make things even worse.

-Our politicians are tremendously corrupt, but the same clowns just keep getting sent back to D.C. over and over again.

-Our nation seems to be on a relentless march toward collectivism.

-America is rapidly turning into a “Big Brother” police state that is run by control freaks that seem obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and controlling virtually everything that we do.

 HUH.   Short term memory loss.   Bloomberg is considered a Liberal outlet of the MSM.

Amen.

Gun Control Politics – Again…

How much does a protest march cost? Apparently quite a lot because 17 year old Cameron Kasky has rather quickly organized a March in DC to fight gun rights and so far has raised:   $500,000 from Spielberg, $500,000 from Katzenberg, $500,000 from Clooney, $500,000 from Oprah, and upwards of $1 million on a GoFundMe page that has been up for 3-4 days!   Quite a haul! All of the donors were heavy weights in the Obama and Clinton camps. Katzenberg came under an SEC investigation that claimed he had bribed Chinese officials with Joe Biden.

Kasky is joined by David Hogg, who has also made himself a personal spokesperson for anti-gun ownership, anti-NRA, anti-Trump.   Their solution? Ban all guns.

Kasky set up his Twitter account February 18th. He now has over 78,000 followers.   Hogg, about the same, (I imagine – the same followers). Their “Political Organization” (as per their Facebook page) is called March For Our Lives, donations are not tax deductible, they have a Twitter account, a Facebook account, Instagram page and a website.  WHEW!

They have utilized the disgraced former DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz to help promote their campaigns including the upcoming nationwide March 24th protest.   They are also supported by Florida Senate member, Lauren Book, who ran unopposed for the District seat because it was a ‘redistricted’, newly created seat. This is her first political experience.

In 2016, Eric Holder and Obama created the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in order to extend the number of potential Democrat seats by the next election given Trump won the majority in the 2016 election.  And that wasn’t fair.

Reading the Twitter feeds and Facebook feeds, the commentary demand that anyone whose opinion is not aligned be ‘blocked’. Others claim that anyone who disagrees must be a Russian Troll.   And still others believe that everyone is a Bot. One person went so far as to state that freedom of speech was for the government, but didn’t apply to them.  OUCH!

While their pain and fear is shared by everyone, their solution is not.   And while the publicity is aligned with the students attempting to change gun laws, the laws are not and the facts are not. When lobbying for change, it is best to have truth and facts to support your argument.   These students are naïve, but because they are students, they have managed to rally hearts behind them. Statistics? Not so much.

Media outlets have vilified conservatives who challenge some of the oddities in the student organization – the most obvious being the scripted reading by Hogg. However, the idea that a group of underage teen-agers would be in charge of $3,000,000 (and growing) donated via Facebook from highly public democrats is a bit startling… if not wholly lacking in legality.   I seriously doubt that Clooney, Oprah or Speilberg would hand over that kind of money without a league of adult lawyers managing it’s use.  So obviously, there is much more lurking in the background than we are privy to.

It’s also rather interesting that the March 24th protest was scheduled in DC seemingly without going through the ‘elaborate’ permitting system which requires Homeland Security approval, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs approval, Metropolitan Police Department approval, Fire Department approval, as well as a sit down to discuss specifics with the police.  Who did all that?

In addition, it is common for opposing groups to petition for simultaneous permits, which we have yet to hear about.

George Soros’ Media Matters has taken the student movement to the highest degree of propaganda.   The Women’s March organizers are also behind the March 24th protest whose goal was to raise $2 million for the 2017 protest which would pay for porta-potties, security and bus parking. The March For Our Lives is backed and funded by Bloomberg’s, Everytown For Gun Safety, a nonprofit which advocates for gun control. In 2015, their reported revenue was shy of $40 million. According to their 990 for 2016, they spent $1.8 million on actual grants – 4.5%of total revenue, most of which went to three organizations: Mainers For Responsible Gun Ownership, Nevadans for Background Checks, and Oregon Democracy Fund.

Oregon Democracy Fund was created in 2015, has no known website or data. They are a 501©(4) organization which is not considered charitable and may not be written off as a charitable donation, rather they are a business expense registered as a Social Welfare organization. Therefore, Everytown, which is a charitable nonprofit, makes grants to Social Welfare organizations that are not charitable nonprofits, but rather lobbying organizations. Both the Mainers and the Nevadans organizations, also 501(c)(4)’s, are linked back to Bloomberg.

Thus, it would appear that his grant making is simply to support his own lobbying organizations. In addition to the “grants”, Everytown spent roughly $2.4 million on political lobbying and gave funds to politicians.

For Every Season, turn, turn turn… there is always a back story.