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What Is The Greatest Line Ever Said About Commmunism?--Pure Vanity
11/17/05 | Patrick1

Posted on 11/17/2005 10:03:12 AM PST by Patrick1

I nominate this from a long ago episode of The Simpsons.

The Simpsons episode where Lisa gets dance lessons...

Lisa: But my parents are counting on seeing me dance! And I’ve worked ever so hard. Vicki: I’m sorry, Lisa, but giving everyone an equal part when they’re clearly not equal is called what, again, class? Class: Communism! Vicki: That’s right. And I didn’t tap all those Morse-code messages to the Allies till my shoes filled with blood to just roll out the welcome mat for the Reds. -The Simpsons, “Last Tap Dance In Springfield”


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: commiebastards; communism; quotes

1 posted on 11/17/2005 10:03:13 AM PST by Patrick1
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To: Patrick1

"Communism is what happens when, in the name of mind, man separates himself from God" Whittaker Chambers


2 posted on 11/17/2005 10:05:01 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: Patrick1

The Simpsons' take is hard to beat, but my favorite was always the Soviet worker who described their system there: "We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us"


3 posted on 11/17/2005 10:05:33 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Patrick1

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"


4 posted on 11/17/2005 10:06:06 AM PST by day10 (Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: Patrick1
"We begin bombing in five minutes."
~~President Ronald Reagan
5 posted on 11/17/2005 10:06:18 AM PST by rvoitier ("Hug your babies tight"--Luanne Platter)
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To: Patrick1

An Immigrant's Tale

By Nima Sanandaji Published 06/14/2005
http://www.techcentralstation.com/0614055.html


I arrived in Sweden in 1989 together with my mother and brother. We were refugees from Iran and since we arrived we have depended on welfare and government benefits in one way or another. In a sense I believe that this gives me a much better understanding of the Scandinavian welfare system than most ethnic Swedes have.


In Sweden my family encountered a political system that seemed very strange. The borders were apparently not very heavily watched, since the smuggler could drive us all the way from Berlin to Stockholm without encountering any government officials. Smuggling immigrants was apparently a low risk enterprise. The driver bragged about how he was responsible for getting thousands of people into the country.



Some friends of ours had emigrated to Sweden earlier and we stayed in their apartment for two days before we turned ourselves in to the Swedish police. Our meeting with the police made us wonder what kind of country we had come to. The reason was that the Iranian interpreter had secretly given us advice on how to act in order to get a permanent residence permit. Basically we were supposed to claim that my mother was a political refugee who would be persecuted and imprisoned if we returned to Iran. The interpreter also told us that Sweden is a country where the government will put a check into your mailbox each month if you don't work. She explained that there was no reason to get a job. How could a country function if people were paid not to work?



Determining our migrant status was not an urgent matter. The departments of migration first sent us to a hotel in Stockholm. The streets of Stockholm were not crowded in the same ways as in Teheran and there was no smog or queues in front of grocery stores. Sweden seemed to be a nice enough country, much more modern and free than Iran. However, we were soon flown to a refugee camp outside of Visby, the main city on the island of Gotland. The camp consisted of lodges and was originally built for tourists who wanted to bathe by the shores of Gotland during the warm summer months. Unfortunately, we arrived in October. Not only was the winter much colder than back in Iran, it also lasted for most of the seven months that we stayed in the camp.



Living in Gotland was an interesting experience. Back in Iran my brother and I went to school six days a week and wrote our homework about two hours each day. A lot of our spare time was spent at the local library. My father worked full-time and my mother had worked first as a teacher and later as a vice president in the kindergartens that we had attended. Later she became a housewife. In the refugee camp nobody did anything. Nobody learned how to speak Swedish. Nobody was integrated in the Swedish society and nobody was allowed to get a job. The strong work ethic that we had brought from our home countries simpered away and we became used to the idea that social security was responsible for our lives.



Many people in the camp started stealing from the stores in the neighborhood. For instance, I remember a lady from our lodge that would steal as much as she could from a supermarket and put it in her son's backpack. It really wasn't a problem for her when she got caught. The sentences for crimes in Sweden were nothing compared to those in Iran. And what reputation did she have to defend in her new home country?



We never resorted to crime in the camps, but we became accustomed to the idea that there was no reason for us to work. A myth among the Iranian refugees was that the money that we each month received was what the previous Iranian Shah had lent to the Swedish government, or that it came from the UN. In any case, there was no reason to be grateful to the system for receiving it.



We continued to live on money from the government also in our second refugee camp in Gävle, which is located on the Swedish mainland. Here a dozen or so rent apartments had been converted to residences for refugees. In Gävle, we learned about a new phenomenon regarding social security; how you could cheat the government. The vast majority of the people who lived in this location were supported by social security and had been in the Swedish system long enough to understand how it worked.



Social security secretaries assumed that the people that they supported had no sense of responsibility. Also, they were responsible to see that each person had enough money to live a decent life at all times. If you told them that you had spent all your money at the beginning of the month and didn't have any left, they gave you some more. If you told them that your children cried every day in want of new toys, they helped you. If you told them that a neighbor had stolen all you clothes, they helped you.



I remember that my mother spent a lot of her time nagging to the social secretary that was appointed to her at the time. She had all the time in the world, while the social secretary had a job to do and knew that the only way to get rid of the problem was to give my mother some more cash. From time to time you could also get something extra from the system. The best example is when social security paid my mother around 30,000 Kronors (A Swedish Krona is worth about a tenth of a euro) for stomach reduction surgery, even though she wasn't particularly overweight and only lost 3 kilos thanks to the surgery.



I am not saying that everybody took part in cheating the system, but a revealing fact is that a social secretary for a few months gave my mother extra money because she was happy that our family would not try to cheat social security as often as others would.



Our dependency on social security continued even after we got a permanent residency and later became Swedish citizens. Although my mother got several jobs, we concluded that this really didn't improve our family's economy. A low pay job meant a couple of thousands Kronors more each month. However, income isn't everything. When our mother didn't work she could take better care of us. She could save money by buying the cheapest groceries from the shop on the other side of town and it was more economical to always be able to eat at home. Also, social security usually gave us more money than we were supposed to get. This was usually not due to cheating from our side, but rather because the social security secretaries wanted to be generous and helpful. During the sixteen years we have been in Sweden, my mother has in total worked less than one year.



One thing that my up growing has shown me is that there is little incentive to work and educate yourself in the Swedish welfare system. According to the Institute for Labour Policies the average salary of a person who has studied at a university for three years is only five percent higher of somebody who is uneducated. Most Swedish families would have higher income if they lived off government and made some money working in the black market.



For a long time the strong work ethics in Sweden has prevented people from exploiting the system. But this seems to be changing. The work ethic has dramatically fallen in Sweden. More and more people are finding ways of living off government as an alternative to working. Between 20 and 25 percent of the working age population does not work. Between 1997 and 2003 the number of people who were on sick leave increased by more than 200,000, a dramatic number for a small country such as Sweden.



There hasn't been a great epidemic sweeping the country during this period, but rather a change in attitude. Today 62 percent of the employees in Sweden believe that it might be OK to take a sick leave even though illness doesn't stop you from working. This attitude is probably simply an adjusting of ethics to the Swedish system. What can you expect in a country where 9 out of 10 females who are living off sick leave would have less money in their pockets if they went back to their jobs?



The European welfare systems have functioned because of strong work ethics that made people reluctant to exploit them. But these work ethics are the product of a society where you had to work in order to provide for yourself and your family. As people adjust to the political systems we have today the ideas of individual responsibility diminishes. This is exactly what has happened among the large number of emigrants who are dependent on social security. What happens when the rest of the population adjusts to the system?



The author is the president of Captus, a pro-market organization, and the editor of the Captus Journal (www.captus.nu).


6 posted on 11/17/2005 10:06:50 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: Patrick1

"70 years on the road to nowhere"

Sign seen in Moscow demonstration when the place started to fall apart.


7 posted on 11/17/2005 10:07:07 AM PST by garyhope (.)
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To: Patrick1
How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

Ronald W. Reagan
8 posted on 11/17/2005 10:07:17 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Patrick1

"Capitalism is the exploitation of one man by another, and communism is the opposite."

Russian joke.


9 posted on 11/17/2005 10:10:11 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: Patrick1
I'd say...


10 posted on 11/17/2005 10:10:13 AM PST by r-q-tek86 (When I move, I slice like a freaking hammer)
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To: Patrick1

"F*** this s***!" - The millions of citizens of communist countries just before making their plans to go over the wall or to escape in whatever manner necessary.


11 posted on 11/17/2005 10:12:36 AM PST by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: Patrick1

"The bombing begins in five minutes"


12 posted on 11/17/2005 10:14:21 AM PST by jw777
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To: Patrick1

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
Joseph Stalin

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.
Joseph Stalin

The Pope? How many divisions has he got?
Joseph Stalin

When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use.
Joseph Stalin


13 posted on 11/17/2005 10:16:02 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Patrick1; TheBigB
"You can't get good chinese takeout in China and cuban cigars are rationed in Cuba. That's all you need to know about communism." -- P.J. O'Rourke
14 posted on 11/17/2005 10:16:33 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

I like that one.


15 posted on 11/17/2005 10:17:21 AM PST by Patrick1
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To: Patrick1

My favorite is from a CommunistsforKerry.com t-shirt:

100 Years of Failure Means Nothing!


16 posted on 11/17/2005 10:18:19 AM PST by wvobiwan (It's OUR Net! If you don't like it keep your stanky routers off it!)
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To: Patrick1

I recommend a book called "MiG Pilot" for a really good view of the communist system from the inside. It is the autobiography of Viktor Belenko, the Russian pilot who flew his MiG 25 to Japan.


17 posted on 11/17/2005 10:28:30 AM PST by wolfpat (Their, there, they're: Learn the difference.)
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To: martin_fierro

I just read his book about why we need new lists, ala McCarthy--it was a riot.


18 posted on 11/17/2005 10:28:45 AM PST by attiladhun2 (evolution has both deified and degraded humanity)
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To: silverleaf

"In America, you can always find a party. In Russia, Party always finds you."--Yakov Smirnoff


19 posted on 11/17/2005 10:31:39 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Patrick1

Frank Zappa said 'Communism doesn't work because people like to own sh*t'


20 posted on 11/17/2005 10:34:36 AM PST by pikachu (That which does not kill me just makes me grumpy!)
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To: Patrick1; Samwise; Peanut Gallery

"The bombing begins in 5 minutes." ~Ronald Reagan


21 posted on 11/17/2005 10:41:36 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Got Flag?)
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To: Patrick1

It's got to be Reagan's line (paraphrasing):

A communist is someone who reads Marx and Lenin. A capitalist is someone that understands Marx and Lenin.


22 posted on 11/17/2005 10:41:39 AM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Stalkfest 2005 Part Deux: A Turkey Camps Out With Pigs.)
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To: martin_fierro

I love that guy!


23 posted on 11/17/2005 10:48:03 AM PST by synbad600
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To: Patrick1

Hollywood's stars, who are the biggest pushers of this type of equality, will have sick looks and be shocked when the support actors and others in the flick/gig want equal shares of the profits. Think of the look on Babbling Streisand's face when each member of the show want pay and accomodations equal to hers. Fact is, liberals think they are above all that.


24 posted on 11/17/2005 10:56:09 AM PST by right right
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To: Patrick1

What's the difference between a liberal and a communist?

A communist knows what he's doing.


25 posted on 11/17/2005 10:59:50 AM PST by elfman2
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To: Patrick1

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery."

Winston Churchill


26 posted on 11/17/2005 11:03:16 AM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: Patrick1
A man dies and goes to hell. The devil shows him two doors and says he must choose between communist hell and capitalist hell. Outside communist hell is a line extending as far as one can see. The other door has no one in line.

The man asks what happens in capitalist hell. He is told that each day they pour boiling oil on you and poke you with hot coals.

He then asks about communist hell.

"The same thing, except most days they are out of oil and coal."

27 posted on 11/17/2005 11:21:48 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: cotton1706

"You and Ike don't have to get your hands dirty. Just give me the word, and I'll start a war with those Commie bastards."

George Patton, 1945

(I'm sure someone will correct me...tried it from memory)


28 posted on 11/17/2005 11:37:15 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (#1 Rule in Dealing with the Media, Democrats and Terrorists: Can't Please 'Em, so Don't Appease 'Em.)
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To: Patrick1

I don't have one about communism but a friend from Newfoundland regarding Canada's socialized medicine says:
"It's great as long as you don't get sick."


29 posted on 11/17/2005 12:18:24 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Patrick1

Wolverines!


30 posted on 11/17/2005 12:20:28 PM PST by hattend (In France, it's not just the cheese that's soft and runny.)
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To: Patrick1

Communism possesses a language which every people can understand--its elements are hunger, envy, and death.

Author: Heinrich Heine


31 posted on 11/17/2005 12:32:32 PM PST by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: martin_fierro

Bingo.

I was going to post that one.


32 posted on 11/17/2005 12:40:39 PM PST by Skooz (If you believe Adolf Hitler was a Christian, you are a blithering idiot.)
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To: Patrick1
I have THE WINNER right here:


33 posted on 11/17/2005 12:54:26 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Want to be on my Civil Engineers ping list? Just say so!)
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To: PerConPat

The more I learn about Churchill,the more I like and admire him!


34 posted on 11/17/2005 1:25:17 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: Patrick1
"There are many people in the world who really don't understand,or say they don't,what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world.Let them come to Berlin.There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future.Let them come to Berlin."

JFK,West Berlin,June 1963

35 posted on 11/17/2005 1:30:34 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: Patrick1

Communism - Just waiting for the right 3rd world dictator to come along and prove it can work.....waiting.....waiting.....waiting.....


36 posted on 11/17/2005 1:43:03 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: Patrick1

"Communism is Slavery."


37 posted on 11/17/2005 10:06:25 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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