Tag: socialism

Noted Moron Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has the sads that Socialism killed her former place of employment

There is dumb, then there is nuclear grade STOOPIT!

New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bemoaned on Monday the closing of a restaurant where she was previously employed, however, the restaurant cited an Ocasio-Cortez-endorsed policy for its closure.

Ocasio-Cortez visited The Coffee Shop in New York’s Union Square to say goodbye to her old stomping ground before the iconic eatery shuts its doors for good.

The restaurant announced in July that it was closing, and cited the increased minimum wage as one of the attributing factors.

“The times have changed in our industry. The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees” one of The Coffee Shop’s co-founders, Charles Milite, told The New York Post.

Ocasio-Cortez has campaigned on more than doubling the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, in addition to full healthcare and child and sick leave for all, a policy that can stifle economic growth and lead to massive layoffs.

“Ocasio-Cortez’s desired ‘living wage’ of $15 an hour has been a living hell for many small business owners in New York, who’ve been unable to offset the cost through higher prices,” Employment Policies Institute Managing Director Michael Saltsman told The Washington Free Beacon. “It’s fine to mourn the impending closure of your former employer — it’s better to understand the misguided minimum-wage mandates that contributed to that closure.”

Reality?  Naw, Ocasio-Cortez wants nothing to do with reality. She wants Socialism to work dammit! No matter how much damage to real people it does, no matter how many businesses it shutters!

So, Karl Marx has a statue now

One of the most evil and demented men in history He helped birth Communism, which has killed more than 100,000,000 people and tortured/imprisoned/enslaved countless millions more

 A larger than life statue of Communist philosopher Karl Marx was unveiled Saturday on the 200th anniversary of his birth in the western German town of Trier.

The celebratory uncovering of the 4.4-meter (14-foot) bronze statue of Marx, donated by China, sparked criticism by some who blame Marx for crimes committed by social revolutionaries in Russia, China and elsewhere in the name of Communism.

About 200 guests, including a delegation from China, applauded during the anniversary celebrations, when a bright red cover was lifted from the statue which depicts Marx with a frock and his signature bushy beard.

Marx laid the philosophical foundations for Communism, an ideology that aims for shared ownership of the means of production and the absence of social classes. He explained his thoughts in two famous works, the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.

 

Obama In Argentina: Communism, Socialism And Capitalism Are All The Same (Video)

Obama Has His Say on Communism, Socialism And Capitalism… They’re All The Same – Independent Sentinel

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Barack Obama told an audience of Argentinian youth that the differences between socialism and capitalism make interesting conversation but just pick whatever works. The ideological-left U.S. president suddenly doesn’t have an affinity for ideology.

He said in the past there was a sharp division between communists, socialists and capitalists but that is merely an intellectual argument and it’s not so today.

The Marxist in the White House is erasing the lines between two dangerous ideologies and the one that made the U.S. great, just as he erased our borders. This is a man who would be at home in communist China.

“So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate,” Obama said at the Buenos Aires town hall.

“Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it really fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works.”

For Obama, high taxation, wild spending, government agency domination over the people and heavy regulations work which tells you what he is.

Obama made his comments in response to a question about establishing nonprofit community organizations and said it’s important to get government and private sector investment, which for him is a sketchy relationship between Wall Street and DC.

“To president Castro, I said you’ve made great progress in educating young people [Cuban dictators indoctrinate its youth]. Every child in Cuba gets a basic education. Medical care, the life expectancy of Cubans is equivalent to the United States despite it being a very poor country because they have access to health care. That’s a huge achievement,” he said about the repressive regime. “They should be congratulated. But you drive around Havana and you see the economy is not working. It looks like it did in the 1950s.”

The US president likes socialism but also likes the capitalism, both of which he has subscribed to for the last seven years.

Then he told them not to rigidly adhere to labels as if the systems of socialism and capitalism are mere labels.

“You have to be practical in asking yourself, How do you achieve the goals of equality and inclusion, but also recognize the market system produces a lot of wealth and goods and services and innovation and it also gives individuals freedom because they have initiative, depending on the social issues you are trying to address, what works? What you’ll find is the most successful societies and economies are the ones that are rooted in a market-based system but also realize a market does not work by itself. It has to have a social and moral and ethical and community basis.”

His love of wealth redistribution and social [unfair] justice trumps all.

During his trip, he told the Cuban dictator that his revolution was like ours – it was a liberation movement – and he told Argentinians earlier in the week that he is frustrated with the separation of powers.
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FLASHBACK 2012: Socialist Or Fascist – Thomas Sowell

It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a “socialist.” He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.

What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.

Politically, it is heads-I-win when things go right, and tails-you-lose when things go wrong. This is far preferable, from Obama’s point of view, since it gives him a variety of scapegoats for all his failed policies, without having to use President Bush as a scapegoat all the time.

Government ownership of the means of production means that politicians also own the consequences of their policies, and have to face responsibility when those consequences are disastrous – something that Barack Obama avoids like the plague.

Thus the Obama administration can arbitrarily force insurance companies to cover the children of their customers until the children are 26 years old. Obviously, this creates favorable publicity for President Obama. But if this and other government edicts cause insurance premiums to rise, then that is something that can be blamed on the “greed” of the insurance companies.

The same principle, or lack of principle, applies to many other privately owned businesses. It is a very successful political ploy that can be adapted to all sorts of situations.

One of the reasons why both pro-Obama and anti-Obama observers may be reluctant to see him as fascist is that both tend to accept the prevailing notion that fascism is on the political right, while it is obvious that Obama is on the political left.

Back in the 1920s, however, when fascism was a new political development, it was widely – and correctly – regarded as being on the political left. Jonah Goldberg’s great book “Liberal Fascism” cites overwhelming evidence of the fascists’ consistent pursuit of the goals of the left, and of the left’s embrace of the fascists as one of their own during the 1920s.

Mussolini, the originator of fascism, was lionized by the left, both in Europe and in America, during the 1920s. Even Hitler, who adopted fascist ideas in the 1920s, was seen by some, including W.E.B. Du Bois, as a man of the left.

It was in the 1930s, when ugly internal and international actions by Hitler and Mussolini repelled the world, that the left distanced themselves from fascism and its Nazi offshoot – and verbally transferred these totalitarian dictatorships to the right, saddling their opponents with these pariahs.

What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people – like themselves – need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.

The left’s vision is not only a vision of the world, but also a vision of themselves, as superior beings pursuing superior ends. In the United States, however, this vision conflicts with a Constitution that begins, “We the People…”

That is why the left has for more than a century been trying to get the Constitution’s limitations on government loosened or evaded by judges’ new interpretations, based on notions of “a living Constitution” that will take decisions out of the hands of “We the People,” and transfer those decisions to our betters.

The self-flattery of the vision of the left also gives its true believers a huge ego stake in that vision, which means that mere facts are unlikely to make them reconsider, regardless of what evidence piles up against the vision of the left, and regardless of its disastrous consequences.

Only our own awareness of the huge stakes involved can save us from the rampaging presumptions of our betters, whether they are called socialists or fascists. So long as we buy their heady rhetoric, we are selling our birthright of freedom.

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Your Daley Gator Anti-Leftist Picture O’ The Day


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Feel The Bern… Sanders Experiences The Wonders Of Socialism After New Hampshire Vote

Sanders Gets Berned By His Own Type Of “Justice” – Moonbattery

Anyone capable of feeling sorry for socialists might start with Bernie Sanders. After a de facto tie in Iowa was counted as a loss, his overwhelming victory in New Hampshire went down as a tie:
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Hillary Clinton is expected to leave New Hampshire with just as many delegates as Bernie Sanders, even after he crushed her in Tuesday’s presidential primary.

Sanders won 15 delegates with his 20-point victory Tuesday while Clinton won nine.

But Clinton came into the contest with the support of six superdelegates, who are state party insiders given the freedom to support any candidate they choose…

[A]s it stands, the superdelegate support gives Clinton a total of 15 New Hampshire delegates.

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Maybe the Democrats are undemocratic, but you can’t say they aren’t fair – in the Democrat sense of the word:
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During his victory speech Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders said that America is “based on a simple principle, and that principle is fairness.” Ignore for a moment the sound of Thomas Jefferson rolling over in his grave and instead be happy for Sanders that his dream was put into practice after the New Hampshire votes were counted.

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Sanders might have won his blowout victory because he campaigned harder, and was more effective in crafting a message the voters wanted to hear. He might just be a better politician than Shrillary. But thanks to this political application of his own notion of economic justice, they get the same benefit anyway. It’s called “equality.”

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*VIDEO* AlfonZo Rachel: Opposing Socialism Does Not Make You A Racist


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*VIDEO* Bill Whittle: Loch Ness Socialism


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*VIDEO* Hillary Tour: Selling Socialism At $250K A Pop And Doing It In Style


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VA Scandal Exposes Greedy Socialism (Glenn Harlan Reynolds)

VA Scandal Exposes Greedy Socialism – Glenn Harlan Reynolds

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So Secretary Eric Shinseki is now ex-secretary Shinseki, and cleaning up the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health care mess will now be someone else’s job. But there’s a good chance that no matter who is in charge, the cleanup will be, basically, impossible. That’s because the VA is government health care.

Not all that long ago, some people were boosting the VA’s government-run nature as a plus. Writing in the Washington Post during the debate over Obamacare, Ezra Klein suggested that we should expand VA coverage to non-veterans, because the government just does health care better than the private sector: “Medicare is single-payer, but VA is actually socialized medicine, where the government owns the hospitals and employs the doctors… If you ordered America’s different health systems (from) worst-functioning to best, it would look like this: individual insurance market, employer-based insurance market, Medicare, Veterans Health Administration.”

A couple of years later, in 2011, Klein hailed the VA health system as an example of “when socialism works in America“: “The thing about the Veteran’s (Affairs’) health-care system? It’s socialized. Not single-payer. Not heavily centralized. Socialized. As in, it employs the doctors and nurses. Owns the hospitals… If I could choose my health-care reform, I don’t think I’d go as far towards government control as the VA does. But the program is one of the most remarkable success stories in American public policy, and it needs to be grappled with.”

Now that the VA has erupted in scandals involving phony wait lists, and people dying because of treatment delays, an audit reveals a “systemic lack of integrity” in the system. According to the auditors, “Information indicates that in some cases, pressures were placed on schedulers to utilize inappropriate practices in order to make waiting times appear more favorable.”

In other words, they cooked the books. And what’s more, they did it to ensure bigger “performance bonuses.” The performance may have been fake, but the bonuses were real. (One whistle-blower compared the operation to a “crime syndicate.”)

And that captures an important point. People sometimes think that government or “nonprofit” operations will be run more honestly than for-profit businesses because the businesses operate on the basis of “greed.” But, in fact, greed is a human characteristic that is present in any organization made up of humans. It’s all about incentives.

And, ironically, a for-profit medical system might actually offer employees less room for greed than a government system. That’s because VA patients were stuck with the VA. If wait times were long, they just had to wait, or do without care. In a free-market system, a provider whose wait times were too long would lose business, and even if the employees faked up the wait-time numbers, that loss of business would show up on the bottom line. That would lead top managers to act, or lose their jobs.

In the VA system, however, the losses didn’t show up on the bottom line because, well, there isn’t one. Instead, the losses were diffused among the many patients who went without care — visible to them, but not to the people who ran the agency, who relied on the cooked-books numbers from their bonus-seeking underlings.

And, contrary to what Klein suggests, that’s the problem with socialism. The absence of a bottom line doesn’t reduce greed and self-dealing – it removes a constraint on greed and self-dealing. And when that happens, ordinary people pay the price. Keep that in mind, when people suggest that free-market systems are somehow morally inferior to socialism.

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It is time for The Useful Idiot of the Month

So head over to Conservative Hideout and vote!

Wow, where did April go?  Seems just yesterday that we were nominating useful idiots for March.  Well, time warp or not, it’s time to nominate the useful idiots that will appear on this month’s poll.  What’s a useful idiot, you ask? Welll, a useful idiot is person that assists on promoting Marxism in a target country,  They are used to wreck the target country to the point the Communists can take over.  Then, ironically, the Marxists that come to power then usual eliminate the useful idiots.  In other words, your standard leftist, who is usually a misguided Occupod, will help destabilize the US.  Then, when the Communists come to power, they will kill the useful idiots.  Why?  They know too much.  And, when the get to see what social justice looks like in actual practice, they will revolt again their new masters.

Anyway, this is what we do.  The last two days  of the month, we have a poll to see who contributed the most to the Marxist cause.  However, we need nominees to populate the poll. That is where you come in.  It is up to you to select the useful idiots!  So, if you have a fitting nominee, drop it in the comment section.

 

Yep! Time to nominate the Useful Idiot of the Month!

Over at Conservative Hideout Personally, I went with Soledad O’Brien

It’s that time folks!  We have a mission here at the CH2.0.  We have to nominate useful idiots for this month’s poll.  For those new to this, useful idiots are people that, unwittingly or not, support socialism/Marxism.  Then, when Marxists actually come to power, and install a totalitarian state, the useful idiots are usually eliminated.  After all, you can’t have idealism interfering with the totalitarianism, can you?   It’s happened everywhere a Marxist state has been installed, but, according to the useful idiots, the survivors and witnesses are lying, so it’ll come a big surprise if it happens to them.

The process is simple, drop you candidates in the comment section.  In two days, I’ll post the poll, and the world can vote for their favorite useful idiot.

Video- Communists agenda Grinding America Down

Via  America’s Watchtower

Here are more of the 45 goals that you need to understand

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

We have heard this repeatedly have we not, if we just disarm, everything will be OK

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

Lord don’t we all know how the Left worships the U.N.?

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

Do yourself a favor, read the writings of Marx, then do a bit of reading on the ideals of the Democratic Party.

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

I think the ACLU has done that pretty well.

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

Those two are BIG, and they are, and have been in place for years now.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

Centralization, Marxists love that

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

BINGO!

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

Because it “takes a village”

Now, take a peek at The Communist Manifesto, see if any of this rings a bell

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

The Democratic Party’s number ONE issue!

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

Well, look at the “Death tax” or Estate tax, the Democrats consistently push for it to be as high as possible even if that means it is well over 50%

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the State.

Can you say FCC? Net Neutrality? The Fairness Doctrine?

Yes, Communism still stalks us. Never forget that. Frankly, I just scratched the surface here folks, I did not even mention the EPA as a tool to crush business, or the constant push to disarm us through “sensible gun laws”, and ObamaCare?

Your Marxist Moron of the Day!

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Some people are given this award because they are too stupid to even fathom that they are, in fact, espousing Communism. This tool, however, knows exactly what he is. Via The Lonely Conservative

Another day, another radical Marxist who wants to recruit your kids. They’re coming out of the woodwork these days. Why wouldn’t they, now that we have a Marxist in the White House? This one is Brian Becker. Here’s his short bio:

  • Co-Director of the International Action Center
  • Member of International A.N.S.W.E.R.’s steering committee
  • Member of the Secretariat of the Workers World Party

Discover the Networks has more on this anti-American, pro-North Korean loser who wants nothing more than to turn our kids into little card carrying commies. Listen to him. He admits it! Of course, he bashes the wealthy and his solution to our problems is a “revolutionary process, that creates public property where there is private property. A process that leads to socialism, and defeats capitalism…. If you believe in justice….then you should be in our party…. We’re entering a new period of uprising and revolt.”

What a deluded fool. The path to “Utopia” he looks to leads only to suffering, and slavery to the state!

don’t believe that the Democratic Party are a bunch of Socialists?

WEll, you might want to ask those who lived under Communism………….

Many Russian immigrants to the “red borough” of Staten Island are flocking to the Republican Party, saying that the national Democrats’ “socialistic” policies remind them too much of the top-down oligarchy they fled in their native land.

See folks, these people KNOW Communism, unlike many Americans today who, sadly, have no clue what it is.

Fridman said that the Democrats “are going in an absolutely different direction,” focusing on “income redistribution” and rich-versus-poor “class war.”

“It’s too socialistic,” said Fridman, head of the non-profit Staten Island Community Center and president of Citizens Magazine, a public affairs publication. “It’s very painful for us to see.”

The Democrats’ national losses were seen as a rejection of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law and other initiatives that opponents say went too far in pushing government control on Americans.

Video: Dem Rep wants borders to become an “irrelevancy” « Hot Air

Via Hot Air I have long-held that the Left wants to destroy this nation, to reform it into some Marxist Utopia! Rep. Keith Ellison, a Muslim, and a Marxist, makes that VERY CLEAR in this clip. He wants American sovereignty eradicated, and actually loathes our military and suggests that it is not important to national security

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