Tent City, U.S.A.



There’s been a lot of angst generated by a new breed of politician in Washington. They’re making a lot of noise and getting a lot of attention for their far-left agenda. It’s called socialism.

Some Americans decry the new ideology and some are just aching to implement it.  Unbeknownst to many, however, we actually have had socialism right here in America for many years.  It’s already an institution in places like New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles; in some cases for many years.  This from an article in the National Economist, “Look at California: fifty years ago the Golden State was home to America’s largest and most affluent middle class.  It was a beacon on a hill, the apotheosis of the American dream.  Now it is dystopia. One-in-five Californians live below the poverty line.  It is ‘home’ to one quarter of America’s homeless population.  California’s income inequality is worse than Mexico’s.”

The problem is that in those cities socialism is an abject failure. High taxes, high cost of housing and low job opportunity.  The new minimum wage law is hitting small businesses very hard.  Some are closing as a result of the high cost of wages. There’s one other thing that New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles all have in common – they are all in financial ruin from socialist policies.  As a result, people are exiting out of these cities in large numbers. Socialism may be a paradise, ideologically speaking, but it’s a disaster in the real world, what with tent cities sprouting up seemingly everywhere.  Even socialist diva Cher acknowledged as much on Twitter saying, “I understand helping struggling immigrants, but my city (Los Angeles) isn’t taking care of its own. What about the 50,000+ citizens who live on the streets. Ppl who live below the poverty line & hungry? If my state can’t take care of Its own (many are vets), how can it take care of more?”

However, in politics, the real world is rarely, if ever, talked about. Only what they, the politicians, can do for you, the voter. The political campaigns are already promising a cornucopia of free stuff including free college education and free healthcare for all.  New social programs are supposedly no problem, just raise taxes… and then watch as consumer spending tanks and takes the economy with it.

Raising taxes on just the rich is a pipedream. It’s simply a political slogan to distract the voter from what will be coming – the unavoidably large tax increases on everyone. Tax corporations. Okay, but there’s a limit to that too.  Unfortunately, lower corporate profits will only exacerbate what is already a looming crisis in underfunded pension plans, which will result in the government having to increase government social programs further. Bailing out the too big to fail banks will be child’s play compared to this. By the way, lower profits for corporations also can dramatically affect people’s 401k investments, but no one hardly seems to mention that.  Besides, the drop in birth rates has resulted in the nation going from Baby Boom to Baby Bust. As a result, future taxation increases will not be sustainable in any event.

Never mind that the American Dream is now beyond the reach of most Americans. Let’s just keep piling it on by spending on illegal immigrants because this new brand of progressive socialism demands it. They will get free education and healthcare too, even if our veterans won’t. According to a 2017 report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, illegal aliens cost American taxpayers $135 billion annually.  As for the homeless, forget about them because in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles they already have.  Even with their high taxes, these cities have been unable to provide for even the basic needs of its homeless due, in part, to the aforementioned cost of illegal immigration.  Welcome to Tent City, U.S.A.


“The goal of socialism is communism.”  – Vladimir Lenin


P.S. Is it any wonder that a former advocate of communism, Bernie Sanders, is now running as a socialist?  Bernie should actually be thankful for capitalism having made him a millionaire.

3 Responses to “Tent City, U.S.A.”

  1. Nan said

    You’ve derided socialism in more than one post. I’m curious to know what type of government you think would work. Obviously we need something different than what we have now.

    • chicagoja said

      It’s not obvious that we need a new system. it’s very similar to the gun issue. Guns don’t kill,but people with guns do. Same with capitalism. There’s nothing wrong with capitalism, per se, but there can be something wrong with capitalism when it is run by the wrong people. Actually, what we have now isn’t even capitalism. It’s more like fascism. instead of free trade(capitalism) we have a partnership between government and corporations to manipulate the market. President Eisenhower coined the expression “military industrial complex” and that term is still relevant today. Conversely, there are many things inherently wrong with socialism which is painfully obvious because it has never worked whereas capitalism has been the engine of world growth since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

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