An article by Kris Kobach in Breibart made this observation about the recent SOTU address. Kobach said, ”But the most revealing moment occurred after President Trump described the staggering failure of socialist policies in Venezuela, when he said, ‘Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.’” And none of the Democrats clapped. Of course, their action will be dissected from both sides but I wanted to give you the real answer why the Democrats didn’t clap.

Yes, many people are by now aware of a new socialist movement in the U.S. The poster children for this movement in the 2018 mid-term elections were Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andrew Gillum and Beto O’Rourke. Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a socialist Green New Deal which has been embraced by a number of high-profile members of the Democratic party, like Kamala Harris who is a 2020 presidential candidate for the Democratic Party nomination. One could easily then make the leap from Democrats favoring Venezuela over Trump (i.e. by not clapping) to Democrats taking on the socialist mantle of the Green New Deal as their party’s new platform.

In a way, that is quite understandable when viewed through the lens of the Democratic Party’s loss in the 2016 presidential election.  That is, Hillary Clinton, a moderate Democrat, lost to Trump, who had previously been a Democrat himself.  Clinton lost because she didn’t oppose Trump’s campaign agenda. Instead, she ran on her record.  So, the new thinking in the Democratic Party is that they need a platform which will stand in stark contrast to Trump; thus socialism. Or could there be something else in play? After all, billionaire donors now finance the Democratic Party and he who has the gold rules, as they say.

In that regard, the larger context in which American politics can be viewed is the world-wide conflict between globalism and populism. In that context, the Green New Deal represents socialism/globalism and Trump represents capitalism/populism.  Here’s the tie-in. Christiana Figueres, who then headed up the United Nations global warming program said this at a news conference a couple of years ago:

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”

So, the United Nations goal is to destroy capitalism in the name of globalism.  If you need to know the history of the United Nations, it is instructive that the United Nations was really founded to govern the world under the banner of a one-world government and it is an agent for the globalist agenda.  If you don’t believe me, check out Agenda 21.

This dynamic of globalism vs. populism is playing out in every country of the industrialized world, including the U.S. It doesn’t matter that communism destroyed the Soviet Union; it doesn’t matter that communism destroyed Cuba; and it doesn’t matter that socialism has destroyed Venezuela and is bankrupting the European Union.  It doesn’t matter. It’s not about economic philosophy, only political ideology.  You see, the globalists perspective is that nation-states are expendable.

You need to realize that Barack Obama intended to hand the reins of the presidency over to Hillary Clinton. It was at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner that Obama said,“This time next year, someone else will be standing here in this very spot. And it’s anybody’s guess who she will be…You all look great. The end of the republic has never looked better.” However, the globalists’ plans to deep-six the Republic got derailed.  Hillary lost – and populism then started to sweep the world.

The reason that the Democrats didn’t clap is because they have embraced the socialist agenda and are the agents of globalism in this country.  This is why they insist on open borders and this is why they promote the Green New Deal. In short, they didn’t clap because they oppose the constitutional form of government of the United States of America.  Many wore white as a show of solidarity in opposing the President. Welcome to civil war in America.

 

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.  Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

 

 

It was a huge yawn this year.  Nothing to write home about, although there were a few side conversations that it would have been worth it to be the proverbial fly on the wall. Just a bunch of arrogant, greedy billionaires who have already decided that they run the world.

According to an article in Zero Hedge, Ocasio-Cortez and her idea to raise marginal income tax rates to 70% was discussed.  The sound you would have heard if you were there was the derisive laughter from those talking about her proposal saying,“everyone knows you need to tax capital, not income to soak the rich! “ In other words, the rich don’t pay income taxes. Besides, they are the 1% and they contribute heavily to those who write the tax code.

With the meetings all but concluded, the moguls all left for their homes around the world – each one in a private jet. I guess they weren’t overly concerned about global warming, now were they?

 

 “Our current economic model is inequality by design.” – Sharran Burrow, International Trade Union Conference

 

 

The Hill recently ran an article entitled, “America – The New Socialist Frontier” (link https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/425970-america-the-new-socialist-frontier). Whether you agree or disagree with the perspective of the article, there are a couple of things that I would like to point out about issues connected with this article.

Some newly elected legislators do have a socialist agenda. No doubt. What the article doesn’t talk about, though, is why they were elected by the voters.  In order to answer that question, let me first digress for a moment.

After World War II, many Americans believed in something that was referred to as The American Dream. Sure, there was a sprinkling of wealthy people in the country, but the vast majority worked very hard just to be able to support their families.  In a fairly short period of time, prosperity blossomed from sea-to-shining-sea.  The burgeoning American middle class was born. Opportunities abounded – capitalism was king and consumerism became the driving force in society.  Before long, the nouveau riche sprouted up seemingly everywhere.

After many years of prosperity, something unforeseen happened.  Class warfare. Why? Well, because not everyone shared in the spoils equally.  Of course, not everyone contributed equally either but that didn’t seem to stop the have-nots from complaining.  People had gotten accustomed to great prosperity in the country.  They could see it everywhere – in magazines, on TV and the movies and in advertisements, and so they wanted some of it for themselves.

A new age dawned. People become fat and lazy.  They no longer wanted to work hard to obtain The American Dream. Many didn’t want to work at all. They simply wanted the government to provide for them. Problem was that the government doesn’t grow money on trees. It’s is funded by the taxpayers.

So, a rallying cry inevitably went out to tax the rich. However, taxing the rich is not quite all it’s cracked up to be as The Hill article pointed out,“The philosophy of envy and siphoning from the rich appeals to a large segment of the population that does not realize that the definition of ‘rich’ is a spiral of devolution that eventually will reach every business and every individual who works for a living.” You may remember how President Obama’s definition of ‘rich’ with respect to tax increases kept spiraling down and down until at one point it was going to include the middle class.  In actuality, it’s even much worse than that.  When you look at the income distribution curve in this country, the only place that significant tax increases can really come from is the middle class. You can’t fund a socialist society like Ocasio-Cortez wants unless the middle class pays for it.  Increasing the top tax rate to 70% for the rich is a smokescreen.  It’s a mere pittance of what will be required. What she is not saying is that her Green New Deal will destroy the middle class which is actually a key objective of socialism.

This leads me to the political strategy of our newly-minted socialists. The key words that I quoted from the article are “every individual who works for a living.” The reason those words are key is that Ocasio-Cortez is appealing to a political base who does not work for a living or, at the very least, works but does not pay taxes. She is targeting the have-nots to get them to revolt against the haves; in other words political class warfare. It’s a smart strategy since it appeals to roughly half the people in this country who do not pay income taxes as well as to people who get paid some form of government assistance. The problem, though, as Benjamin Franklin pointed out, is that,When people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic.” Are you ready for that?

Socialism is superficially a very appealing concept. However, there has to be a group that implements the desires of the people, assuming that the people are smart enough to even make those kinds of decisions (which studies seem to show that they are not).  Even in a democracy such as America, you can see how flawed a process that can be. There always has to be a 1% whether they’re called kings, tsars, presidents or the corporate elites. So, tell me, who gets to decide who will be the 1%?  See the problem. The real issue isn’t whether it’s capitalism or socialism, it’s who gets to be in charge. Ocasio-Cortez wants to be the one in charge, to be the one who gets to tell you which personal freedoms you’ll have to sacrifice on the altar of socialism and to be the one to tell you how much in additional taxes you’ll have to pay. Now, that’s what I call a New Deal.

 

Epilogue

There’s a reason why communism has never worked.  Russia, Cuba and Venezuela should be a reminder to us all. The reason is that when there is no incentive for people to get ahead, there is no incentive for them to contribute either. Everyone has to share equally, right? Eventually, everyone does share equally because everyone is equally poor.  Well, not everyone.  We forget sometimes that regardless of whether a society has capitalism, socialism, fascism or communism, there always has to be a ruling class. There always has to be a 1%.

 

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”
– Margaret Thatcher

 

 

 

Nancy Pelosi may be presiding over the destruction of the Democratic Party.  There’s a long list of former core constituents who have been jettisoned by the DNC. No more liberals of the Bernie Sanders ilk.  Not to worry, though, since the nomination was stolen from Bernie many of his supporters were leaving the party anyway (#walkaway). No more unions, since the Dems previously sent those jobs overseas, particularly to China.  Now, with the fight over the border wall, the Dems will be losing Hispanic votes too since illegal immigration threatens Hispanics more than any other single demographic.

But wait, it gets worse. There is an internal revolt within the party which will result in a three-ring circus with respect to the 2020 Democratic Party nomination.  Many people will run and yet so few have any real prospects of winning.  They will literally eat each other up. It will be Pelosi’s job to keep the party from imploding as the various factions fight for power and in the process wreck the party’s chances for winning the presidential nod.

First, there are the far-left progressives with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the limelight, even though see can’t run herself. The progressives are backed by all the people who don’t work and want the government to support them.  There’s actually a lot of those what with half of all families with children receiving some sort of government assistance and they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with. Then, we have Tulsi Gabbard.  What a thorn she’s going to be.  Previously a Bernie Sanders supporter, Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, is surprise… an anti-war candidate.  With the rest of the Democratic Party pretty much against the pullout of troops from Syria and Afghanistan, Gabbard will force the other candidates to justify their position of endless wars abroad. Believe me, Trump will be listening and profit by that dialogue.

And poor Nancy Pelosi.  She will be told to steer the party to a candidate that supports wars, which most certainly will not be Tulsi Gabbard. She will be left out ala Bernie Sanders.  As for foreign policy, the candidate will have to be on the Russia boogie man train.  That’s because so many inside The Beltway have sold out to the Chinese who are, in reality, the real threat to the country.  Meanwhile, Nancy just can’t help herself what with her confusion over the immorality of building a wall that she has previously been in favor of to leaving town on junkets during the government shutdown.  Congress is even talking about passing legislation (The Pelosi Rule it’s being called) to keep lawmakers in D.C. during any future government shutdown.

In the end, Nancy will be trying to manage the fringe lunatics on the far left who are against free speech and prefer communism to capitalism and the Deep State, including corporate titans such as Google, Amazon and Facebook as well as the military industrial complex.  Sounds like a trainwreck waiting to happen, if you ask me.

 

“When people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic”.   – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

There’s a new breed of politicians loose in the country.  They are hell-bent on making America poor again (MAPA).  MAPA has overnight become the new MAGA.  Go figure.

When I was growing up, my parents (and their generation) were driven by the idea of the American Dream. The American Dream was sometimes represented by the picture of a house with a white picket fence around it. In front of the house was pictured a father, a mother, and two kids, a boy and a girl. Oh yeah, and a dog. That, for them, was the embodiment of the American Dream.  They simply wanted to work hard so as to provide for their families, and the government was there to provide an infrastructure of jobs and security towards that end.

Now, the world is headed in a totally different direction. MAPA has a radically new agenda. Some of the losers in this new paradigm are the very people that we should be caring for the most, veterans and the homeless.  In my day, veterans were treated more like heroes and the homeless…well, there weren’t hardly any. Certainly, there were no tent cities.

Under the banner of socialism, and social justice, the government will no longer represent its current citizens.  By that, I mean that priority will now to be given to new immigrants. No longer will there be a designation of “illegal immigrant” because the borders will be open and virtually everyone will be allowed in.

Oddly enough, another group of losers under MAPA are minorities and those people who had immigrated in the past. I know that may sound counterintuitive to some but the jobs that go to the new immigrants will have to come from somewhere (unless the new immigrants are going to go on the welfare rolls).  Not only will there be a loss of jobs for minorities, but the hourly wages paid for other jobs will be lower because of the competition from the new immigrants. That’s basic economics.  Of course, the new social programs will be funded by higher taxes, Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have already said so.  Ocasio-Cortez is currently promoting an increase in the top individual income tax rate to 70%.

Ultimately, what will all this look like?  For starters, population of the U. S. will soar. It could well double in just five years. Birth rates will go up sharply causing another upward spike in population. Will there be jobs for another 300-400 million people? Of course, not. Even a relatively healthy growth rate in the economy would add no more than 3 million jobs per year and certainly there will be down years and even recessions, or worse yet a depression.  And forget about how we’re going to house such a big influx of people. Tent cities will sprout up everywhere, including across the street from you. On the other side of the coin, businesses will move their operations to other countries as this will no longer be a healthy environment for them.  As a result, significant jobs will actually be lost.

There will be a resulting disparity between the number of people working and the number of people not working which will make it necessary to raise taxes even higher. In addition, high-income people will also leave the country causing a brain drain and capital outflows and there will be a complete collapse of the middle class.  The gap between the haves and the have-nots will widen even further, actually a lot further.

Welcome to the world of MAPA.

 

Epilogue

In the end, America will become not much better than a third-world nation.  Of course,without borders, there will be no nation because sovereignty is the result of having real borders.  Inevitably, ultimate authority will rest with the United Nations.  Hope you’re ready for Agenda 21.

 

 

“Ocasio-Cortez is a socialist, and she’s determined to give the voters exactly what they’ve asked for.  Free school.  Free drugs.  Free retirement.  And a guaranteed income for showing up to pretend jobs that are little more than adult daycare.”  – Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge