A young college student comes home for a visit and tells her father what is all wrong about America. She feels that the country should be based on the Socialist scale so that everyone will be equal. Her father ignores her excitement and her new found “expert” knowledge.
Instead he says, “How did you do on your finals?” She replies, “I did just great – I got an “A” in all subjects.”
Her father proudly says, “That is just great – you must have worked hard, studied hard, and prepared for your test.”
“Oh, I did she said. I stayed up until all hours and crammed until I knew everything on the test. I didn’t go anywhere, skipped meals and kept my head in my books!”
“I am so proud of you daughter; but how did your roommate do?”
“Ah, she didn’t do so well.” The father then says, “Why don’t you talk to the dean and tell him that you feel bad for your roommate; and you would like to have your two grades averaged together so that you can share your grade to help pull up hers to passing?”
“What…? She replied with an exaggerated tone.
“I should give her part of my hard earned grades when she sat on her rump, watched TV, went to parties, didn’t crack open and book and I AM TO SHARE WITH HER?”
“NO WAY. I worked for my grades and she did nothing.”
Her father patted her on the back and replied, “Welcome to the world of capitalism, sweetheart!”
A Thanksgiving Lesson We Need Again
–SNIP– The Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in December 1620 were motivated by the noblest of virtues. They had vowed to be as selfless as possible and to always put the needs of the group first.
Because provisions were so scanty, they decided that the land would be worked in common, all produce would be owned in common and goods would be rationed equally. It was the agrarian version of Karl Marx’s dictate “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
Unfortunately, this utopian idea did not work very well. Pilferage from the storehouse became common. Suspicions of malingering were muttered. Over the course of that first harsh winter, nearly half of the colonists perished. Four families were wiped out entirely. Only five of 18 wives survived. Of the 29 single men, hired hands and servants, only 10 were alive when spring finally came.
Read more by Chip Wood at Personal Liberty.com
Thomas Peterffy grew up in socialist Hungary. Despite the fact that he could not speak English when he immigrated to the United States in 1956, Thomas fulfilled the American dream. With hard work and dedication, he started a business that today employs thousands of people. In the 1970s, Thomas bought a seat on the American Stock Exchange. He played a key role in developing the electronic trading of securities and is the founder of Interactive Brokers, an online discount brokerage firm with offices all over the world.
–SNIP– Too many people think that freedom, opportunity and a variety of choices are ever-present features of life in the U.S. — that fundamental transformation of America will not affect accustomed standards.
When we lived in the U.S.S.R., locked away from the world, kept from traveling abroad and surrounded by government-controlled sources of information, we couldn’t imagine what kind of life people had on the outside. Simple things, like tomatoes in stores in winter, seemed improbable.
–SNIP– It’s stunning for an immigrant from a socialist country to hear in the speeches of Democratic Party leaders platitudes taught in socialist countries. Even more stunning is how they resonate with people born in the free world.
Read more by SVETLANA KUNIN at Investors.com
The GOP needs to take them on.
Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will release his House Republican budget next week, and one of its themes will be the fighting against corporate welfare. Mr. Ryan says, “We can’t make the case to the American people that we are the reform party if we won’t reform the giant corporate-welfare state in Washington.” Bravo. Too bad so few of his colleagues agree with him.
It’s very simple, really: Republicans have to be willing to cut weak claims, not weak claimants, as Reagan budget director David Stockman used to say. But corporate welfare has strong claimants: deep-pocketed business interests that rely on federal largesse to pad their pockets and jack up stock prices. Too many companies in America, from Boeing to AT&T, have come to regard government as a giant customer. They cheerlead for big government because they are among its chief beneficiaries.
Read more by Stephen Moore at NationalReview.com from March 27, 2014