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  • Top Marxist Throws Socialism and Communism Under the Bus

    12/12/2019 11:02:09 AM PST · by PPSman · 18 replies ^ | December 12, 2019 | Robert Wenzel
    A debate took place last month at the SoHo Forum. The proposition before the debaters was "Socialism is preferable to capitalism as an economic system that promotes freedom, equality, and prosperity." Arguing in the affirmative was Richard D. Wolff, the preeminent American Marxian economist. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Opposing was Gene Epstein, the former economics editor of Barron's Magazine. The debate itself wasn't that interesting. Wolff is a skilled communicator and drove...
  • The Totally, Utterly Irrefutable Case Against Socialism

    07/16/2019 1:49:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 11, 2019 | Lee Edwards
    When a dozen of conservatism’s best minds take on Socialism and expose it for the utopian fraud it is, attention must be paid. In a brief foreword to a special issue of National Review, Editor-in-Chief Richard Lowry admitted that many conservatives thought socialism in America had been “vanquished” after the collapse of Soviet Communism 30 years ago. But as T. S. Eliot insisted, “There is no such thing as a Lost Cause because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause.” The experts examine socialism in its many guises, beginning with Charles Cooke’s blunt assessment that socialism is not...
  • How conservatives in California — and nationally — could turn America around

    06/25/2019 7:56:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Hill (of all places) ^ | June 25, 2019 | Lewis K. Uhler and Peter Ferrara
    Recently, California Gov. Gavin Newsom — who makes former Gov. Jerry Brown look like a conservative — declared that the national Republican Party is headed for the “waste bin of history” because of its policies. This from one who wants universal (taxpayer-supported) health care for undocumented migrants in California and taxpayer-supported preschool for all 3-year-olds by the same public school system that is failing elementary and high school students, with no solution for the many homeless in cities of the Golden State. California can be saved from the progressives seeking the Democratic presidential nomination by broadening the base of commonsense...
  • Socialism, the True Gospel of Greed

    06/12/2019 5:14:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 12, 2019 | Ed Feulner
    “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” That’s from President Donald Trump’s last State of the Union address. I’m sure many people found it as encouraging as I did, especially in light of surveys indicating that socialism is gaining popularity here in the United States. And not just at the fringes. One recent Gallup poll showed 4 out of 10 Americans have a favorable impression of socialism. Almost half—47%—said they would vote for a socialist candidate for president. But don’t despair just yet. The same poll also revealed that almost 2 out of every...
  • Roberts: Why the GOP’s Strategy to Combat the Rise of Socialism Rings Hollow

    06/08/2019 8:21:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 07, 2019 | David Thomas Roberts
    The GOP is figuratively licking their chops, awaiting the new socialists in the Democratic Party to put their socialist extremism on full display for the entire country in the upcoming Democratic presidential debates. A 2018 Gallup Poll indicated Americans aged 18 to 29 are more positive about socialism (51%) than capitalism (45%). And, in the most recent May 2019 Gallup Poll, more than four in ten Americans believe socialism would be good for the country. Has the GOP forgotten that the avowed socialist Bernie Sanders won 23 states and 19 million-plus votes in the primary? Could that result be a...
  • America Finally Admits Recycling Doesn’t Work

    04/24/2019 12:12:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 95 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education ^ | March 21, 2019 | John Miltimore
    A couple of years ago, after sending my five-year-old daughter off to school, she came home reciting the same cheerful environmental mantra I was taught in elementary school. “Reduce, reuse, recycle,” she beamed, proud to show off a bit of rote learning. The moral virtue of recycling is rarely questioned in the United States. It has been ingrained into the American psyche over several decades. On a recent trip to the Caribbean, my friend’s wife exhibited nervous guilt while collecting empty soda, water, and beer bottles destined for the trash since our resort offered no recycling bins. “I feel terrible...
  • Helping Ourselves By Helping Taiwan

    03/30/2019 8:11:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 30, 2019 | Ed Feulner
    I’ve visited Taiwan more than 120 times over the past 47 years, and every time I do, I’m impressed by its economic achievements and dynamism. Taiwan’s economy is a model for Asia and beyond. Over the past 25 years, it has weathered several regional and global economic downturns. Yet it has emerged from these crises as competitive as ever. Today it’s the world’s 10th freest economy, having recorded its highest score ever in the 2019 Index of Economic Freedom. Taiwan and the United States have a long and honorable history. Our peoples joined in a common cause and fought to...
  • No President Trump, Prescription Drug Prices Can't Be Reduced by Decree

    02/11/2019 2:15:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 97 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | February 7, 2019 | Daniel Savickas
    After President Trump’s State of the Union Address, there seems to have emerged one common thread that is uniting the two parties. Both agree that the cost of prescription drugs is far too high in the United States. Trump mentioned it in his speech, and the theme has been invoked in countless post-speech interviews by elected Democrats. America spends far more per capita on healthcare than other developed nations, and yet drug prices here dwarf those in other countries. In one analysis carried out by Reuters, researchers found that top-selling drugs in the U.S. cost roughly triple what their counterparts...
  • Sweden Isn't Socialist

    01/01/2019 7:18:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies ^ | January 1, 2019 | John Stossel
    For years, I've heard American leftists say Sweden is proof that socialism works, that it doesn't have to turn out as badly as the Soviet Union or Cuba or Venezuela did.But that's not what Swedish historian Johan Norberg says in a new documentary and Stossel TV video."Sweden is not socialist -- because the government doesn't own the means of production. To see that, you have to go to Venezuela or Cuba or North Korea," says Norberg."We did have a period in the 1970s and 1980s when we had something that resembled socialism: a big government that taxed and spent heavily....
  • Socialism Destroys

    10/10/2018 12:36:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | October 10, 2018 | John Stossel
    Socialism is hot.Famous actors recently made a commercial proclaiming that "democratic socialism" creates some of the best parts of America. It's "your kids' public school" (says Susan Sarandon), the "interstate highway system" (Rosario Dawson), "public libraries" (Jay Ferguson), "EMTs" (Ethan Embry), "workers who plow our streets" (Max Carver) and "scientists" (Danny DeVito).Wow. I guess every popular thing government does is socialism.The celebrities conclude: "We can do better when we do them together."There is sometimes truth to that, but the movie stars don't know that America's first highways were built by capitalist contractors. They also probably didn't notice that the more...
  • Senate defeats measure to overturn Trump expansion of non-ObamaCare plans

    10/10/2018 10:21:46 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/10/18 | PETER SULLIVAN
    The Senate on Wednesday defeated a Democratic measure to overrule President Trump’s expansion of non-ObamaCare insurance plans as Democrats seek to highlight health care ahead of the midterm elections. The Democratic measure would have overruled Trump’s expansion of short-term health insurance plans, which do not have to cover people with pre-existing conditions or cover a range of health services like mental health or prescription drugs. It was defeated on an extremely narrow, mostly party line 50-50 vote, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voting with Democrats in favor of overturning the short-term plans. Republicans argue the short-term plans simply provide a...
  • Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

    08/23/2018 4:08:33 PM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | August 23, 2018 | Steven Greenhut
    At a conference examining California’s housing crisis, one of the more liberal audience members expressed her frustration at those of us who even talked about free markets. I don’t recall her exact words, but the mere mention of such ideas were a non-starter. Apparently, such notions shouldn’t be raised in polite company given what they mean for the poor and disenfranchised. Couldn’t we just get back to discussing government regulations and programs? That comment summarized the problem with discussing public policy in a state where such ideas are considered arcane. The notion that people should be free to pursue their...
  • Ignorance Versus Stupidity

    11/08/2017 9:41:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | November 8, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    One of the most challenging and important jobs for an economics professor is to teach students how little we know and can possibly know. My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell says, "It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance." Nobel laureate Friedrich August von Hayek admonished, "The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design." The fact that we have gross ignorance about how the world operates is ignored by the know-it-all elites who seek to control our lives. Let's...
  • World Offers Cautionary Tale for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/26/2017 11:14:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 16, 2017 | Peter S. Goodman
    LONDON — The rest of the planet bears a warning for President Trump’s plan to lean heavily on private business in conjuring a trillion dollars’ worth of American infrastructure: Handing profit-making companies responsibility for public works can produce trouble. In India, politically connected firms have captured contracts on the strength of relationships with officialdom, yielding defective engineering at bloated prices. When Britain handed control to private companies to upgrade London’s subway system more than a decade ago, the result was substandard, budget-busting work, prompting the government to step back in. Canada has suffered a string of excessive costs on public...
  • Top 10 Indie Games online you need to download and play!

    06/14/2017 7:54:29 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 11 replies
    Continuing from my previous article on the Democrat's war on free markets and unfair anti-capitalist regulations targeting indie software makers, I said that the best way to stick it to these big companies that back the socialist agenda of the DNC was to buy indie and boycott the big bolshevik businesses. I mean they got to where they were because of capitalism and now they want to ruin it for all of us just so they can avoid competition! SO! We here present our top 10 list of indie games you gotta play! Along with Top 10 Flash games online!...
  • Repeal Obamacare and replace with freedom. Change House and Senate rules to do so if necessary!

    03/27/2017 12:52:30 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 147 replies
    "Prior to this year, the House voted to repeal Obamacare more than 50 times ---when it was clear that President Obama would veto the bill. The problem we are facing is that some of the people who voted for repeal 50 times will not vote for repeal when it counts, when it is "our moment in time," with Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency." --Rep Dave Brat "This has been my complaint since before Obamacare became law. Nothing I’ve seen addresses the problem of increased costs of medical care. All these bills just shift the rising costs from...
  • Snip Obamacare's monopolistic strings, let the free market compete

    03/13/2017 12:54:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 88 replies
    March 13, 2017 | Jim Robinson
    The only way I'd be happy with a non repeal of Obamacare is if the president and the secretary can snip the unconstitutional monopolistic strings that prohibit free enterprise from providing competing solutions. Someone suggested leaving Obamacare basically intact for those who choose to provide or subscribe to it, but allow new free market solutions to rise up and compete. That's not a bad idea to break the stalemate. My understanding is the Obamacare law leaves many decisions for the president and the HHS secretary to make. During the rollout and throughout the remaining years of Obama's term, the president...
  • Lots of congressional swamp dwellers and citizens alike are entirely missing the point re: REPEAL!

    03/12/2017 5:10:11 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    March 12, 2017 | Jim Robinson
    A whole lot of congressional swamp dwellers and citizens alike are entirely missing the point regarding a complete and final repeal of Obamacare. How soon they forget the outrage of we the people when Obamacare was forced down our throats and then a redoubling of that outrage when Chief Justice Roberts failed to uphold the constitution and toss it out. Have they forgotten why the tea party sprang up and why we drove out packs of rats and herds of RINOs in the last several election cycles? We the self-sufficient free citizens of America do not want a federal takeover...
  • Should the United States Abandon the Federal Reserve System?

    03/09/2017 8:07:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Economics Wire ^ | March 9, 2017 | Viliyana Filipova / Mr. Conrad
    The Federal Reserve gives us the freedom to buy things now that we would otherwise have to wait for.In looking at the Federal Reserve, it is important to note that this is a money system, not just a group of people sitting in a conference room controlling everything having to do with the US dollar. The Fed is a system just like the government of the US is a system. What that means is that no one controls it, and that it is much bigger than any one person or group of people could ever control. They can guide it,...
  • There's no such thing as free lunch.

    01/28/2017 12:57:41 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    January 28, 2017 | Jim Robinson
    Every conservative and every American worth his salt knows that there is no such thing as free lunch. And that big government does not make us more free. Too bad they get all balled up when they talk about globalism (big government on steroids) and free trade (government control of trade on steroids).