—Capitalism versus socialism—
By Jim Tapscott
There is war going on in this nation, a war of economic and social ideology. It is evident in local, state, and federal government.
We who live in California at times seem to be in the middle of the conflict. California had always been the birthplace of innovative ideas, earning its name as the “Golden State.” Today the gold is very thin and the gleam is fading fast.
We are being inundated with ads from Governor Brown asking us “to take a stand” for California. By “taking a stand” he is asking us to vote on a proposition to raise taxes “to save the schools and emergency services.” The ad tells us that he has cut spending as much as possible and now we must “take a stand”— pay more taxes. It is a lie! Spending has increased from last year and will increase as long as we fall for this deception.
Look up the budgets for the past years and you will see the truth. Tell me where you see a smaller budget. A huge part of that problem is the obligation to the public service unions, which has caused the bankruptcies of several California cities. They will not be the last. That particular issue will be addressed in the near future.
This mindset is at the heart of the war of ideology. Our governments continue to create programs, to institute regulations to save us from ourselves, and tell us what we can/cannot eat, what kind of transportation we should use, how we are to educate our children, and how we are to think. This is at the heart of every one of the –isms: Communism, Fascism, Nazism, and Socialism. Those who embrace these ideologies KNOW what is best for us. To undermine our Constitutional Republic they must replace personal responsibility, morality, and individuality with victimization, moral neutrality, and dependence on government largesse. Opportunity to achieve and excel is replaced by equal outcome. History is rewritten to fit the desired viewpoint.
In a capitalistic society you have the opportunity to succeed or fail, the opportunity to make bad choices and accept the consequences. In a capitalistic society you are not guaranteed success. In a socialistic society, the government decides what is good, what is acceptable, and what the desired outcome is. Failure of a particular program or directive is met with more control and more spending. The examples of these failures are too numerous to list. However I will list a few:
The war on poverty. How many trillions have been spent? Has the war been won? Why not? Will it be solved by spending even more money? Every day we hear pleas or demands that we spend more. Is the goal spending, results, or control? You make that call.
Department of Education: Has it improved our education system? Every year we spend more money and implement more goals, programs, and directives mandated by the feds and special interest groups. Yet our students’ scholastic abilities continue to fall behind the rest of the world, in particular in science and mathematics. In larger cities the dropout rate continues to rise and in minority communities it exceeds 50% +. The answers from the socialist: implement more programs and spend more money. Is that the answer?
EPA: This agency may be the most destructive to our economy than any other. Under the guise of saving the earth or endangered species we have destroyed whole industries in some areas. The steel industry was almost regulated out of existence and strapped to old technologies by the unions. The spotted owl decimated the logging industry in the Northwest. Saving the delta smelt shut down farms in the most productive agriculture area in California. Once thriving farm land has become a dust bowl. Unemployment in the counties affected is in the 30% to 40% range. This subject alone has enough examples to fill several novels.
Department of Energy: Somewhere back in its beginning, its purpose was to make us less dependent on imported energy. Have they been successful in that endeavor? Green energy schemes have been mandated. We have poured hundreds of billions into this industry. Was this cronyism? How many have gone bankrupt or did not deliver what they were supposed to deliver? Regulations spawned by EPA and supported by the Energy Department have increased the cost of energy 3, 4, or 5 times. Do you think our energy costs or problems have been solved?
It has been 30+ years since a new refinery has been built. Stringent regulations on coal usage are forcing the closing of many coal powered electric plants. What are they to be replaced with? Solar panels? Wind machines? Provided that the EPA would approve the installation of them, which will be a problem, how many of each would it take to replace ONE coal powered electric plant? Will they be cost effective? And of course, nuclear is out of the question, in their mind.
All of the above is a product of a socialistic society.
A capitalistic society and economy was what we used to have. Capitalism, coupled with unfettered ingenuity, a moral consensus, and the guts to take a chance is what brought this country to a position of leadership in the world. Why do you think so many want to come here?
That unique spirit is in danger of being destroyed from within, and with its demise will be the demise of our Constitutional Republic. I am not advocating that we remove all regulations. That is what the other side would have you believe. We need to use, dare I say it, common sense! That is something that has been lost as our society has succumbed to the “wisdom of the experts and elitists.” Every “crisis” is met with mandates and regulations that stifle ingenuity and excellence. I could go on forever but here is what I would suggest. We have a marvelous tool that American ingenuity has given us—the computer. Research what I have written and compare it to the socialist agenda. Make an informed decision.
In addition, you could attend Ramona TEA’d’s forum on Saturday, July 28, from noon to 2 p.m. The subject is Capitalism vs. Socialism. Our speakers will be Igor Birman, a Russian immigrant who defected from a socialist country to a capitalistic country and succeeded. He will tell you how that happened. Also, Mike Slater, radio talk show host from KFMB will MC and speak as well. It will be worth your effort to be there.
For more information go to www.ramonatead.com
Jim Tapscott is a Ramona resident.
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