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Showing posts with label socialism. Show all posts
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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Venezuela's leader channels his inner Marie Antoinette and eats a $100,000 cake while his people starve

If there is one thing that can be said about socialist/communist leaders, they have no problems living the high life on the backs of the people they have conned.  From Fidel Castro, who is reported to have billions of dollars stashed away in offshore accounts, to Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua who has become a multi-millionaire by creating private companies to fulfill most government contracts, the reality is that those who rally for government controls over the means of production do so with the intention of putting themselves in power over them, and getting rich while the people they claim to help remain poor.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that on July 30, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro had a cake costing $100,000 made to celebrate the birthday of Hugo Chavez, while his people are relegated to eating their pets just to survive from hyperinflation and massive food shortages.


Nothing describes socialism more aptly than baking a 4 feet tall cake weighing 90 kilos for Hugo Chavez’s birthday (a dead man) while the rest of the country starves, cannot find basic necessities 
According to a local newspaper, the following ingredients were used :
  1. 720 eggs
  1. 23 kilos of butter
  1. 90 kilos of flour
  1. 90 kilos of sugar
  1. 44 gallons of milk                                                                                     
With the state sponsored food program. Evidently, the government’s priorities are elsewhere.
So like all historical leaders who see their people as little more than peasants or slaves, and keep them in poverty under the guise of 'government for the people', it is a reminder that when it comes to 'doing as they do', all they will say is let them eat cake.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Switzerland just weeks away from a vote to bring about the ultimate in state welfare

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders loves to push nations like Sweden and Denmark as being the ideal models of socialist economies.  Of course, he refuses to acknowledge places like Venezuela, which are now in the final bloody days of their own Socialist experiment.
And while a modicum of safety net benefits are necessary for any society to protect those who either cannot work, or are in transition between jobs and other hardships, the question has always been how much a government can spend on such programs before they affect both economic growth, and fiscal policies.
The nation of Switzerland however, could potentially become the ultimate pendulum swing as they are now just a few weeks away from a referendum which would create a system that would provide every man, woman, and child free money, whether they are employed or not, or whether they actually need it or not.
Helicopter-Draghi
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Free market vs. Keynesianism - What the world was and what the world is today

In Western economics there are two schools of thought regarding economies and markets.  First is the free market system, otherwise known as Austrian economics, and it is based on the invisible hand determining winners and losers, and setting the natural course of prices and interest rates in a self-correcting manner.

But since the early 1930's, and with the advent of Great Depression, most economies in the West have chosen to follow economic principles outlined by English economist John Maynard Keynes.  And in Keynesian economics, government and central bank intervention is used to manipulate interest rates, business cycles, and where the flow of capital goes... and has been the primary economic policy for nations ever since.

But what are some of the key differences between Austrian or Free Market economics and government/central bank controlled Keynesian theory?  Below is an infograph that details the differences.



Adam Smith advocated the use of natural market forces to determine prices, supply, and demand, while politicians since 1776 have sought to impose their own agendas on markets through the use of manipulated intervention as seen in economic models like Communism, Socialism, and Fascism.  And in the end, it was pure free market capitalism that brought the greatest boom to the world in a period of inconceivable prosperity (Industrial Revolution), while in the 20th century this prosperity was forged on a foundation of debt and credit, and by separating winners and losers by political means, rather than by hard work, merit, and opportunity.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Next Democrat hopeful wants to follow in Obama’s footsteps by doubling national debt

Socialism works until you run out of other people’s money.  This is a famous quote that was attributed to the former Prime Minister of Britain during the final decade of the Cold War, and during the rise of socialism in what would become the European Union.  And since the 1980’s when capitalism flourished in its final decade of free markets, growth has been measured not by productivity, but by how much administrations around the world could increase their money supplies and national debts.
And while many Republican Presidents, including the well respected conservative Ronald Reagan, have used borrowing to facilitate their goals and agendas, it has been the current President, and the front runner from the Democratic Party for the 2016 election, that have placed any semblance of fiscal responsibility in the distant past, and could potentially be two back to back Presidents who would double the national debt during their times in office.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

California: Socialiam works until you run out of other peoples money

California, and its sister state Illinois, are two prime examples of what happens to states when emotional activists gain power, and socialist policies are implemented to drive economies and budgets.  For years, the state of California was not only the most productive state in the union GDP wise, but its the 8th largest GDP in the entire world.

However, with sancutary policies for illegal immigrants, over-regulation to the point where hundreds of thousands of businesses have left the state, environmental regulation which has destroyed a large sector of California's bread basket, and a tax rate that is nearly equivalent to socialist Europe, the spectre of Margaret Thatcher's famous quote has finally entered the scene.

"The problem is with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."


Picture courtesy of Americaandproud.net

California, and Governor Jerry Brown have finally capitulated as on May 14th, the state government found it necessary to propose billion dollar cuts across the board, after a referendum to increase taxes failed in recent elections.

Hit with a soaring state budget shortfall of $15.7 billion - up from $9.2 billion as recently as January - Governor Brown announced proposals Monday to make $8.3 billion in painful, cross-the-board cuts that quickly elicited outcries from those affected.
Most telling of his predicament, and his strategy, Brown admonished California voters that if they don’t pass his tax-hike initiative in November, $6 billion more will have to come out of budgets for public schools and higher education.
 “We have so much money from the people, and we have so much spending,” the governor said at a press conference in Sacramento before jetting to Los Angeles to release further details. “We can be out of alignment for awhile, but now - given the decade of fiscal disconnect - I’ve committed to right the ship of state and getting it into balance.” - Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo News

California now joins the long list of Democratic and Progressively run cities and states, which have bankrupted its citizens through massive welfare, taxation, and over-regulation.  New Orleans, New Jersey, Illinois, Detroit are just a few municipalities and states that stand on the brink of insolvency, and which for decades refused to even perform a modicum of fiscal responsibilty.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Greek production and tourism closing the doors on economic recovery

Even after the EU bailout of Greece, and the subsequent austerity imposed on its citizens, not a single indicator shows that the Mediteranean nation is emerging from any sort of depression.  In fact, both economic production and tourism, the two mainstays of Greek economy, are spiraling down to historic levels.



Athens has the highest rate of empty office space in Europe, according to data for the year’s first quarter presented by BNP Paribas Real Estate.
Its report on the course of the European office market showed that the availability rate in the Greek capital soared to 20 percent in the January-March period from 15.5 percent in the same period last year.


This clearly illustrates the blow that the recession has inflicted on the country’s business activity, resulting in a major drop in demand for the lease of office space.
Additionally:
Online tourism bookings from abroad are pointing to a 12.5 percent decline for this year, according to the Airfasttickets travel agency.
Nikos Koklonis, head of the company that owns the agency, says that the biggest drop in bookings for Greek destinations this year is from the German market, which last year accounted for 15 percent of all bookings. Its share has now shrunk to just 3 percent.
Surprisingly, most bookings from abroad this year originate from Italy, followed by Britain, Spain, France and Austria. One in four clients the agency handles chooses Greece as its destination.
Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises president (SETE) Andreas Andreadis expects receipts from tourism to drop below 10 billion euros this year, after climbing to 10.5 billion in 2011. - Ekathimerini
Forced austerity is a death sentence to any nation, both fundamentally and economically.  Few politicians have the stomach to implement slow changes, since the people, once they get socialistic promises of pensions, welfare, and healthcare, will fight governments to the end until there is little left and the entire ball drops.

This is why Greece is simply a microcosm of what will occur to most of Europe in the future.  As former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said:  "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tax raising by the government will not increase revenues but only lower GDP

Professor Antony Davies is back, and brings logic and facts to the ongoing debate over tax the rich economics.  In his easily followed video, the economic model in America validates that raising or lowering taxes increases the amount of revenue the government receives only slightly, whether the rich are taxed the current 35%, or the 90% they were stifled with just 60 years ago.


Picture courtesy of Progressive Think.com

However, what does change is economic growth, and the amount of money the worker has to improve their standard of living.  By decreasing overall GDP and growth when you tax corporations and the rich who actually create jobs, the PERCENT of revenues by the government remains the same, while actual revenue itself decreases.  Subsequently, the opposite happens when you lower taxes, as GDP growth creates a larger pie for the government to receive more money.



So you see, the argument that Obama, Buffett, and all other Marxist/Socialist/Progressives make when calling for higher taxes on the rich, is simply a process of class warfare and NOT a means to increase revenues to balance the budget, or lower the deficit.

In the scope of progressivism and marxism, it isn't about raising up people to be equal, but about bringing everyone else equally down.  Equal and poor, not equal and wealthy.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Ghost of Reagan schools Obama on economics

For a lighter, yet educational look at how former President Reagan would look at the current Socialist in Chief Barack Obama if he were alive today, and his ghost was haunting the White House, we present this video for your viewing pleasure.

Thanks to Conservideo for all their hard work.