Sliding toward socialism

By Steve Smih

I have been watching the presidential campaign lately with almost total apathy. When your choices for president are bad and worse, how can you get excited about our prospects as a country?

Are these guys really the best we muster in this once great country? We have Obama the “redistribution of wealth” socialist and McCain the “redistribution of less wealth” socialist-lite candidate.

Recently Joe the plumber has been thrust on the scene because of a simple question put to Obama about taxes and how his policies would affect the small business Joe wanted to own. In effect, Obama said he didn’t want to penalize Joe’s success but wanted to make sure those behind him could share the wealth. Basically, Obama wants to take some of the money from Joe’s hard work and give it to those who don’t work as hard but should share in the wealth from Joe’s efforts. This is pure socialism: “from those according to ability, to those according to need”  

If you take a risk and start a business and that business succeeds, what Constitutional right does the government have to take part of your success and give it to someone who didn’t take a risk and work to make something successful? If someone succeeds, they should be held up as a model so others can see success and how they might get there, not take part of their success and give it to others.

If you can’t take advantage of the opportunities this country offers, our government shouldn’t look at others to give you part of their success. If you can’t find success, then you should be looking in a mirror and asking “why,” not looking to government asking for a handout.

A quote attributed to Alexander Tyler although states:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy collapses over loose fiscal policy, followed by a dictatorship.

Obama is promising more “largesse” from the public treasury, free health care, free college and many other freebees. These are not free. Someone will pay, either the taxpayers — at least those who actually pay taxes — or business owners.

If this country elects Obama, I hope it is prepared to continue the slide toward socialism and government’s continuing “loose fiscal policies.” In the meantime, I will continue to “cling to my guns and religion” and hope we are not heading for a dictatorship.

Steve Smith is a Ramona resident.

   
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