Seems I’ve started a fire I can’t put out.
To begin with, I posted the contents of an email about the ludicrous assertion that under Obama the US is drifting towards socialism. This was sent to me by an alarmed friend. You’ll find that below.
Then, below that, I’ve posted a comment that came from someone who is equally alarmed, but this time by the views of my alarmed friend.
Next, you’ll see a short, sharp smack to the head from my alarmed friend aimed at the guy who disputed her views in the first place. And last of all, you’ll witness, in what is rapidly becoming the fight of the century on Swami, the contender’s comeback, which is fierce and damning.
It’s brutal, like Godzilla versus Mothra, yet fascinating. Is it wrong of me to find this a bit of a turn-on?
Anyway, here goes…
This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by socialist electricity
generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of
Energy. I then took a shower in the socialist clean water provided by the
municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the socialist radio to one
of the FCC regulated channels to hear what the socialist National Weather
Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
determined the weather was going to be like using socialist satellites
designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of socialist US
Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking the socialist drugs
which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.
At the appropriate time as kept accurate by the socialist National Institute
of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I
get into my socialist National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
approved automobile and set out to work on the socialist roads built by
the socialist local, state, and federal departments of transportation,
possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level
determined by the socialist Environmental Protection Agency, using socialist legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way
out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the socialist US
Postal Service and drop the kids off at the socialist public school.
If I get lost, I can use my socialist GPS navigation technology developed by
the United States Department of Defense and made available
to the public in 1996 by President Bill Clinton who issued a policy
directive declaring socialist GPS to be a dual-use military/civilian system
to be managed as a national socialist asset.
After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the
socialist workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor
and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the socialist USDA, I
drive my socialist NHTSA car back home on the socialist DOT roads, to my
house which has not burned down in my absence because of the socialist state and local building codes and socialist fire marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all it’s valuables thanks to the
socialist local police department.
I then get on my computer and use the socialist internet which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and
browse the socialist World Wide Web using my graphical web browser, both
made possible by Al Gore’s socialist High Performance Computing and
Communication Act of 1991. I then post on freerepublic.com and fox news
forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t
do anything right.
Message #2, from “Kazvorpal” :
All of the things you mention are parts of our lives we find lacking…if we’re paying attention…and that is because of the socialism you mention.
People pay silly prices for bottled water, because the water monopoly tends to produce a supply of dubious quality, and forces us all to suffer the same intentional adulteration, despite questions as to whether things like fluoride and chlorine may actually be harmful to our systems.
We insanely overpay for electricity, and in most places the wires are still above-ground, prone to failure in bad weather and even deadly to innocent bystanders at times, all because the monopoly power company has no incentive to be responsible to customers.
The science says that the forced daylight savings time actually costs human life, aside from the discomfort and suffering that studies say actually lasts until the return to non-government-arrogance-time.
We suffer traffic jams and crappy road conditions purely because government has even less incentive to respond to consumer needs than government-mandated, private monopolies.
Many of our greatest economic crises are caused by the socialized currency you mentioned…for example, the current economic depression, produced by a shortage of currency, because of the mismanagement of the Federal Reserve, or the normal recessions, caused by a surplus of said currency.
The postal service, of course, has been increasing its prices at double inflation, for the past few decades, while it’s actually become decreasingly useful in the same period. It even tried to demand that email be taxed to subsidize its inefficient blundering.
Most health and safety standards actually stagnate health and safety technology, so that we’re often using criteria and techniques developed decades, even generations, ago, when we’d have been far safer if businesses building/selling products had to actually compete for consumer confidence directly.
Pretty much everything you laud, is crap we’re stuck with because of government coercion.
Can you imagine what we’d have to pay for water if it was owned by private companies, like those that bottle it for us?
Can you imagine what would happen if private companies controlled electricity, as Enron did in California, shutting off power intermittently to raise prices on false premises of power shortages to increase their profits?
Daylight savings time has actually saved lives by allowing farmers to stay in the fields longer to supply cheap produce for this country and much of the planet.
Private monopolies, like health insurers, running our road system so everyone has to pay to use those roads? That should work out for the majority, huh?
The economic depression produced by a shortage of currency would be funny if it wasn’t so deliberately misleading. This economic depression was caused by the same principles that caused the last Great Depression. No regulation of Wall Street, allowing people like Bernard Madoff to run a Ponzi scheme for 20 years and corporations like AIG and banks to create unsupported loans which created the housing speculation that just blew up in their (and our) faces when those unsupported loans went into foreclosure.
The postal service hasn’t been increasing its prices enough, let alone with the false charge of double inflation. It’s losing money now because people are using the internet rather than paper, dropping the bottom out of the system because of lack of support. No blundering on their part, just changes in technology and the times.
And being protected against injuries in the workplace hasn’t stagnated anything, especially technology, which has boomed in and around these protections, creating all sorts of time savings apparatus and efficiency standards in the process, as opposed to the good old days, when workers were regularly injured on the job and simply replaced by healthy workers until they wore out.
Pretty much everything in this comment on your blog is crap, promoted by the “libertarians” and Ron Paulites who make stuff up to support their false claims of “the free market regulates itself!” Yeah. Like any store left unattended for days or weeks would have any inventory left or any income to show what was taken. It regulates itself. And pigs can fly.
> Can you imagine what we’d have to pay for
> water if it was owned by private companies,
> like those that bottle it for us?
Yes, I can, and it would be less, for higher quality.
Why? Because monopolies always have higher prices and lower quality. There’s really no choice in the matter, no pun intended.
When a company has a monopoly, not only is it certain to charge more and try less, but if it wanted to do otherwise, it has no means of measuring what works better or worse, where the efficiency lies, et cetera.
Competition is the only way to drive cost down and quality up, as the businesses test ideas against each other.
The evils of monopoly don’t magically stop being true just because the thing they supply is really important…if anything, it makes them apply more.
> Can you imagine what would happen if
> private companies controlled electricity, as
> Enron did in California, shutting off power
> intermittently to raise prices on false
> premises of power shortages to increase
> their profits?
You just made another argument in my favor. Almost all power companies are private, that doesn’t make them any less socialist. They are state-mandated monopolies, and their abuses are the fault of socialism…were there competition, they would never dare treat customers so poorly.
What’s more, it is massive state regulation that forced Enron to shut off power; California has effectively banned the building of local power plants, and set price controls that effectively banned the importation of power from states with less socialism, ergo more power plants. If socialism bans you making the product, and bans you buying it, then you can’t supply it.
> Daylight savings time has actually saved
> lives by allowing farmers to stay in the fields
> longer to supply cheap produce for this
> country and much of the planet.
That doesn’t even make sense on its face.
How, precisely, does having farmers in fields longer (which is a silly premise, anyway) save lives? Especially while the socialist government pays farmers to grow less specifically to make prices higher.
But, as two seconds of actually thinking things through will tell you, farmers work EXACTLY the same number of hours, regardless of daylight savings time. During harvest, they work each available hour, and the clock changes nothing for them. It’s the rest of America, who isn’t dependent upon the climate for their living, who suffer.
> Private monopolies, like health insurers,
> running our road system so everyone has to
> pay to use those roads? That should work
> out for the majority, huh?
More brilliant logic…you think each of the dozens of health insurance companies is a monopoly? Do you know what mono-poly means?
People would no more have to pay to use private roads, than they have to pay to watch network television. In order to get you to their stores, Wal-Mart would build its own roads, if it couldn’t bribe local politicians to build them on taxpayer backs. And it would make them better, because it wants as many customers eager to use them as possible. And they’re not going to bring in nearly as many customers if they charge a toll, any more than if they made you pay a fee to have the lights on while you shop.
The same, obviously, with anyone developing a sub-division.
On a highway scale, there would be far more money to be made in advertising, and charging rent to businesses on the road-side, than charging a toll that would massively limit the number of drivers and how quickly they could get on and off the highway.
> No regulation of Wall Street, allowing people
> like Bernard Madoff to run a Ponzi scheme
> for 20 years and corporations like AIG and
> banks to create unsupported loans which
> created the housing speculation that just
> blew up in their (and our) faces when those
> unsupported loans went into foreclosure.
This speaks to a sheer ignorance of even the basics of recent economic history. The amount, and enforcement, of regulation increased rapidly under George Bush, which is why there was so much more /prosecution/ of things like Enron and Madoff. Remember, Enron’s crimes, and many of Bernie’s, were committed while they were bribing the Clinton administration to look the other way.
Curiously, the economy did better when we did have lower regulation and minimal enforcement, because of the Lincoln Bedroom bribery system of Clinton.
Meanwhile, as anyone paying attention knows, the loans causing the housing speculation bubble were FORCED on the industry, by Congress. Laws requiring that loans be made to undeserving people in order to have “record home ownership” for Clinton and Bush, plus the power to force this behavior with the socialist Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, guaranteed the bubble…and the response of the socialist Obama administration, pushing new home loans with lower standards, are setting up an even bigger fall, in the future.
You’re not going to have a store “left unattended” in a free market, that simile is bordering on literal insanity. A business owner, in a free market, protects his property more than he does under socialism, not less, because he has more of a sense of responsibility.
More appropriate is the image of a store-front left abandoned under socialism, because you can get tax breaks for losing money on the store, versus the massive cost of complying with money-making regulations in order to rent to a new client, while in a free market every day the store was un-rented is lost money, so you’d cut prices until you found a renter, no matter what.