July 25, 2018
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I received a thoughtful response to my recent post of a friend’s parody song lyrics about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“I’m Just A Wide-Eyed Socialist”), defending socialism and using Finland as an example of a place where socialism works.  To show that I do read the comments and appreciate the chance to have a friendly discussion with people who disagree, I thought I would write about the rise in popularity of socialism among American Democrats, particularly young ones.


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First, I’d note that one of the most shocking things about Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is not that someone who’s an avowed socialist would win a Democratic Congressional primary in New York (sadly, not a surprise at all), but that someone with an economics degree (!) would not only embrace socialism, but prove to be so clueless on so many aspects of Econ 101, such as thinking that the unemployment rate is only low because “everyone has two jobs” (A. They don’t; and B. Having multiple jobs doesn’t affect how your employment is counted.) 

 



There’s also a popular meme going around the Internet that claims that if you like Social Security, Medicare, public education, infrastructure, police, firefighters and the military, then you already like socialism.  Putting aside the fact that the first two are in desperate financial straits, the third is widely criticized, and even liberals are always attacking the fourth, none of those things are particularly “socialist.”  Using taxes to pay for common societal needs is a characteristic of virtually all forms of government.

 

I think all this provides pretty solid evidence of the low quality of economics education that today’s students are receiving.  Don’t forget, college freshmen in 2018 have never even known a world in which the pound sign wasn’t called a “hashtag,” much less lived through the horrors of 20th century communism.  If their only knowledge of socialism came from their biased leftist professors, no wonder they think it’s just peachy.  It’s always easier to convince people that socialism can work when they’ve never seen with their own eyes how it really, really doesn’t. 

 

It’s also easier to get someone to swallow poison if you put chocolate frosting on it.  Hence the current popularity of the term, “Democratic Socialism.”  As in, “Oh, this isn’t the kind of socialism that has Venezuelans going without medicine or toilet paper or being forced to eat zoo animals.  This is ‘Democratic Socialism!’’’  That mindset inspired a great Internet meme showing a doctor telling a patient, “The bad news is, you have herpes.  The good news is, it’s ‘Democratic Herpes!’” Adding a meaningless adjective doesn’t make it more palatable. When the government is so big it controls every aspect of your life, democracy becomes irrelevant.  Or as one fed-up Finn put it, what choice of education do parents have when all the schools you can choose from are run by the same government?

 

Defenders of socialism usually point to the Scandinavian nations, where the so-called “Nordic model” of “socialism lite” allegedly works so well that Bernie Sanders wants America to become Sweden West.  In fact, those nations are not socialist: they are capitalist nations that thought their economies were so strong, they could afford to experiment with high taxes (around 45% on every level of income) in exchange for free health care, college, etc., for everyone, regardless of income.  As any Garrison Keillor fan will recognize, they had largely homogeneous populations of Nordic Lutherans who believed it was their duty in life to work hard and demand little in return, and that should be the perfect lab for socialism. 

 


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But even these nations are abandoning the limited elements of socialism they adopted, because they’ve found that even small doses of socialism prove toxic over the long haul, like adding just a little pinch of arsenic to your spouse’s oatmeal every morning.  It’s still deadly, it just takes a while.  Letting government take half your income, make all your decisions and provide all your needs with no options was destroying the fabled Scandinavian work ethic, exacerbated by the decline in traditional religious beliefs and an influx of migrants who realized they could enjoy the same handouts whether they worked like dogs or slept like cats.

 

I recently ran a link to an article about how Swedes are getting fed up with ever-rising taxes while the quality of public services keeps declining.  Also, Finland is ending a failed experiment in giving people a guaranteed monthly income after two years.  While it was still income redistribution, the hope was that giving people cash to make their own consumer choices would allow the government to cut the expensive social services bureaucracy that now employs a third of the population, and encourage people to take lower-paying entry level jobs.  Instead (surprise!) handing out free money just encouraged more sloth, dependence and entitlement. 

 

The excuse when socialism inevitably fails is that the “wrong people” were in charge, or that other countries prevented it from succeeding (a popular excuse for Venezuela), or that it didn’t go far enough and “real socialism” hasn’t been tried yet.  This is all nonsense.  While socialism has many definitions, it’s basically “the workers control the means of production,” which is Marxism.  Naturally, “the workers” can’t run all the industries that government is meddling in or do all that redistributing of wealth themselves, so politicians and bureaucrats must do it “on their behalf.”  And that, in a nutshell, is why it will never…NEVER…succeed.  Because socialism, communism and all such collectivist isms fail to take into account human nature.  It doesn't matter who's in charge; if humans are in charge, it's destined to fail. 

 

Ronald Reagan articulated one of the immutable laws of human nature that socialism violates when he said that if you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.  This is why I think we should have a consumption-based Fair Tax instead of an income tax: we punish people for working harder, being more productive and creating jobs. Socialism punishes productivity and innovation and gives equal rewards both to those who work hard and those who do the bare minimum.  Guess what the results are? 

 

Another reason socialist systems always fail (there are many such variations, but they all have this in common) is that they violate the law of human nature that the people who are most attracted to government positions involving great power over others tend to be the worst people to whom to entrust them (or as I call that: the Hillary Clinton Rule.)  Capitalism has its flaws, and it does require government to insure a level playing field and free markets and to police unfair business practices.  But at least the ultimate power of the purse rests in the hands of consumers.  If the people really decide that a company isn’t acting in their interests, they can withhold their patronage and kill it overnight.  That’s real “power to the people!”

 

But when you have a government system that redistributes vast amounts of wealth, the power inherent in that job attracts the most corruptible people.  This insures that under a socialist system, the only people who are rich are the existing tycoons who are able to buy government influence and crush any rising competitors (hence the saying, “Only the very rich can afford socialism”) and the politicians who control the redistributing and snip off a piece of every transaction for themselves.  The late Hugo Chavez, who infamously brought socialism to Venezuela, loved to rail that “being rich is bad.” Yet miraculously, his daughter ended up as the nation’s richest woman with an estimated $4.2 billion in foreign banks.  Baaaad daughter!  She claims she made it by selling hand creams. That’s right, blame capitalism!

 


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In fact, many young Americans have been taught to blame capitalism for everything.  They pull on their Nikes, hop in their Priuses, and head down to Starbucks to use the free wi-fi to connect their iPads and iPhones to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and post about how capitalism has never done anything to improve the lives of people like them.  They’ve been misled into believing they’re living in the worst of all possible times when, thanks to capitalism, they’re actually blessed to be in the cleanest, safest, most abundant, best-fed, most medically- and technologically-advanced era in history, a time when even Americans below the poverty line enjoy benefits that royalty of a century ago couldn’t imagine. And they believe that only by replacing capitalism with socialism can things change. 

 

Well, they’re right about that.  It would change things for sure. But to quote yet another piece of eternal wisdom they probably never learned from their college professors, “Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.”  

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  • Gigi Taft

    07/25/2018 04:54 PM

    Excellent read! Thanks so much. Loving your tweets, too.

  • Harold W Marshall

    07/25/2018 03:51 PM

    I've tried Googling this out of curiosity; not much luck, so I'll ask here: since Finland is such a success, how much does the U.S. contribute to it's military costs? I did notice their military budget was only 1.4% GDP. And something tells me they aren't shouldering the world's military expense the same as good ole Uncle Sam.

  • BeeGee Johnston

    07/25/2018 03:12 PM

    I wish my grown grandchildren would read this newsletter. So much common sense, and making the case so well against socialism.
    I do pray for the blinders to fall away in this country, but God may have another plan.
    Love your TV show, too.
    May you continue to be the strong voice for what is right and good in this country, and may you be blessed??

  • Sheila Schnorr

    07/25/2018 03:09 PM

    While I’m not a fan of Ayn Rand’s take on faith, I remember reading Atlas Shrugged back in the 70’s and thinking, this is exactly where we’re headed. What if the producers and inventors withdraw their talents because they’re sick of footing the bill and being regulated to death? I promoted the Fair Tax concept to my friends before I heard the name. At least President Trump is pulling away from funding the entire world and working to rebuild our financial structure. Thank you for always being a voice of reason, Governor.

  • Chuck Walter

    07/25/2018 03:04 PM

    If a federal judge orders the release of an illegal alien that broke a federal law that is in federal custody (ice) isn’t he breaking a federal law?.?????

  • David Colonna

    07/25/2018 02:55 PM

    Mike,

    This article or fact based story is totally spot on and I have been to Finland and Sweden many times and the people there hardly ever smile. The suicide rate in Finland has always been high and they live in very small apartments or housing is very costly and low square footage. We all definitely need to stop any form of Socialism in our great Capitalist nation. It amazes me how anyone these days can vote for any Democrat. It just amazes me they dont understand the truth.

  • Emily Yeatts

    07/25/2018 02:49 PM

    What about the person in at arrested for failure to pay taxes? So what’s with John Lewis and sharpton
    Are they exempt if so how do I become exempt?

  • Emily Yeatts

    07/25/2018 02:45 PM

    Question isn’t the release of an unauthorized tape illegal so would not Cohen be guilty of the wrongful taping

  • Larry E Fry

    07/25/2018 02:15 PM

    Mike,

    Great article. As a Constitutional Conservative I look forward to your articles and comments on a daily basis. They are informative and give me backing for much of my thinking.

  • Karen L Nassie

    07/25/2018 01:15 PM

    As always you are correct. It’s kinda like all the white people, getting their first chance in front of the camera, going on and on about the evil white man!

  • Bo

    07/25/2018 01:04 PM

    Mike,
    Outstanding information and we'll done.
    Too bad so many liberals are in our educational system today.
    Is our present department of education doing anything to change. this picture?
    Bob Jepson

  • Walter Charles Towle

    07/25/2018 01:00 PM

    The comment I like about socialism; it is ok until they run out of other peoples money to spend.

  • Conrtad Trudelle

    07/25/2018 12:47 PM

    It is so refreshing to hear someone describe what I have witnessed throughout my time in the Military going from country to country, and then coming home and actually seeing the difference in quality of life. I have done some research into Socialism going back to the French Revolution and Mr. Maximilian Robespierre and his usage of the guillotine, to enforce his rule over the country of France. What I consider preposterously infantile is the fact that though these examples of the rise and fall of Socialistic imperatives is well documented throughout history, no esteemed Scholar, nor Professor in Academia today pays any attention to it. I mean really how stupid can you get? To bring Socialism in any format to the position of being the cure-all of world problems is equatable to one of these so-called enlightened people holding a line attached to a sledge hammer tied to a beam in the ceiling and increasing the tension on the triggering line that would release the hammer which would swing in a perfect arc aimed directly at the face of the overly egotistical individual and watching it approach, gaining speed and power without trying to avoid the impending collision. Now we all know that is stupid, so why do these so-called elite denizens of Utopia still cleave to the Idea that they know better than anyone else how to do something they have never done.
    On the part of the suggestion that Socialism benefits all, let the self-ordained leaders go to these third world countries and live there for a month under the conditions that Socialism leads to, then let's ask them to vocalize their opinion of Socialism. Seems simple enough! Think it will gain traction and change course in to REALITY?

  • Bill Beggs

    07/25/2018 12:39 PM

    Mike, I supported both of your runs for president and have always enjoyed your thoughts and opinions. I would like your thoughts on insurance being very similar to socialism and specifically becomes that when it is required, like liability car insurance in my state and health insurance. I realize when it is voluntary, it is just voluntary socialism and so may not fall under the true definition of socialism since it is not government enforced, but it sure leads the people down the socialism path of expecting someone else to take care of us. It is a system in which all(those that volunteer or are forced) pay into a system that only pays out to certain people who need it, and are chosen by a third party, the insurance company. There is no direct control over the money of the payer and therefore costs skyrocket for anything that is covered by insurance. The insurance company does not care significantly about the cost because they can go up on rates to cover costs and the government requires, or society highly expects, everyone to have it. This leads to people not being concerned about consequences for their actions and expecting to be "bailed out" for anything bad that happens to them. In my opinion if there was not insurance, God and the Church, or individual Christians, would be looked to for help and our country would not have turned so far away from a reliance on God and His people. I know you read all the comments, but also realize there is no way you can respond to all of them. Please respond as God leads.

  • Teresa Hall

    07/25/2018 12:38 PM

    Love it Gov Hucklebee. You covered every base. These millennials do not have a clue how blessed they are and that is not all their fault. Left leaning professors, now it is in our high schools (more by omission than what they are instructed ), lacking of responsibility by their parents to teach them a sense of work ethic and pride in own accompliments, teaching love of our nation, and love of our Lord. These youngsters need to be raised up all over again,somehow,and awakened to the good life. The conservative way of looking at how our nation does things. You sir, could be the Headmaster of such a school. We need to pray for our nation and pray for these misguided misfits. And that their evil mentors be whisked away in the night never to be heard from again and no one misses them. Ah!, Only the angels can do such glorious things. But, until that, we must stand together and stand our ground and hope your wisdom seeps into some of their brains. I love your commentary

  • Gary Fitzner

    07/25/2018 12:34 PM

    When you talk about the Hillary Clinton rule about corruptible government employees, I have a concern that ALL of our public employees are that corrupt. I have very little faith in our Congress and Senate to do what is right for the people who elect them. There is TOO much money flowing into Washington DC that is used to line their pockets for their votes rather than them voting for what is right. I am very concerned about the fact that they can pass legislation but then exempt themselves from the laws that govern the rest of us. They have turned themselves into the royalty of the US, like France had. I believe our congressmen and senators need to be on the same social security as all the rest of us and the same healthcare program. No more voting to give themselves pay raises. Lobbyists need to be removed from Washington DC.

  • philip crane

    07/25/2018 12:22 PM

    Governor....All you need to do is tell them about the lies of Bernie and the "new girl" from the Bronx, er....not really the Bronx. First Bernie owns three properties, one house, one condo (in D.C.) and a vacation home...total value over $1.5M. It all came compliments of CAPITALISM.
    Same for the "new girl" she left the "squalor" of the city at 5 years of age....was brought up in a area where the average earnings were about $160K a year. Both her mother and father raised her on again....CAPITALISM.
    So in closing no one has to defend our system...just ask anyone of the millions who came to America because we are who we are. Not one American has left to go and live in a socialist country. If these young punks want to leave and live that way...fine. "Stupid is as Stupid does" and that's our public education system of today....wrong again. Thank you.

  • rodney burke

    07/25/2018 12:11 PM

    iI predict before Nov 1, the grand socialist experiment will be over and she will be abandoned. The almost daily display of total ignorance on economic will sink the dems if they don't. Those bug eyes remind me of Schiff and we know what kind of liar HE is. If she is all the dems have, November is going to be a route. And add Bernie to the mix. Oh brother! Blacks are leaving the "plantation" and I see it all the time on FB, where ELSE are they saying that? Yes there is a shift going on. And since the platform of the libs is out there for all to see, well It's gonna be a sad night on election day for the media. Will we be laughing? I'm sure.

  • Sheldon K Larsen

    07/25/2018 12:03 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, I try to read your insights daily and find them so pleasing because I thought that no one was noticing the transition the country has been going through. It has been obvious the education has been their point of 'indoctrination' for Americans and it has been going on for sometime. The most recent being 'common core', which teaches children that the teachers are all knowing and parents aren't to be listened to. There is no exceptionalism and no one left out. We're all the same and now including gender ( which I expect them to remove the term from the dictionary and ban). Anyway thank you for your continued insights that express the real condition of things. You are blessed! And please let Sarah know she is well liked and appreciated also.

  • Carol Wagner

    07/25/2018 12:02 PM

    Hi Gov. Couple of things please.
    When is the RNC going to push for its candidates in MA?? We have to get rid of Warren and Kennedy.
    Who is supporting Ocasio-Cortez? She quit her job to run.. Where is the $$ coming from?
    Can anyone stop Mueller from giving immunity to his cronies?
    Great job!

  • Amelia Little

    07/25/2018 12:00 PM

    The young people in my life (kids and their friends) all think that college education and health care should be free. I try to point out that, once they get whatever jobs their free education allows them (and, it won't be those 6 figure jobs!) that a great deal of what they earn will be taken in taxes to pay for that free education and health care. I also know that, whatever services are covered in health care will change, with some not being covered, and long waits (because, if you wait long enough, things will take care of themselves or you will die before "your turn") for those services that will be covered. From what I hear (not first hand) is that child coverage is a big thing--prenatal care, labor, delivery, home services after, vaccinations, etc. But, we did see, as in the case of Alfie Evans--not all services will be allowed, and you just might not be able to take your child to a country to get treatment (or even diagnosis.) A friend said they had an exchange student from, I think Sweden, and the student says her parents both have good degrees (thanks to free education) and good jobs. They use bikes to get around because gas is so expensive, they have to ration when they can drive the car. A poster responded--yeah, this is a kid--what does she know? I think that, perhaps part of the "free" college education should include studies abroad--a year at least in one of these countries to see just what life is like when your taxes pay for all that the government offers for "free." Living in real homes, not just some selected elite that won't show them real life.

  • Laszlo Denes

    07/25/2018 11:59 AM

    Thank you Governor for your most comprehensive outline of socialism. If I may however, let me add three thoughts from my personal experience growing up in communist Hungary, that in my opinion were not mentioned strongly enough in your otherwise excellent article:

    1 -- Full-blown socialism (the early phase of communism) was never "tried" anywhere. Ever. It was always brutally forced upon disarmed populations who couldn't fight back.
    2 -- Socialism sucks the souls out of human beings. Civil liberties are nonexistent. People are not individuals but members of the collective. No expression of individualism is allowed. All behavior and actions must be only for the benefit of the "greater good."
    3 -- Religion is persecuted and made virtually illegal. The ruling class feels no accountability to a higher power for their actions. Religion is supplanted by socialist/communist dogma. The Clergy, their families, and all religious practitioners who are beholden to a "supernatural being" instead of socialist ideals, are classified as "enemies of the people." I experienced this first hand (my father was a Baptist minister).

    Therefore, the very idea of socialism in America, where the self-evident truth "...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..." is enshrined in the very foundation of the Nation, is anathema.

    Thank you for listening.

    Laszlo Denes

  • Carrie Browning

    07/25/2018 11:59 AM

    Well said, as usual. My concern is the people that need to read this probably won't.

  • Robert S. Stockslager

    07/25/2018 11:45 AM

    Spot on Governor! Should be required reading in every school above grade 10 and all colleges. The fact that the majority of the professors, economic and otherwise, have to be leftists just to get a job certainly exacerbates the problem. Blessings

  • Norm Able

    07/25/2018 11:41 AM

    I believe the free market capitalism, where in there is peaceful voluntary exchange, is morally superior to any other economic system. I am my private property owner, & so are you. Murder, rape, theft, & violence are immoral because they violate self-ownership. Free market capitalism in America has been so successful in eliminating the traditional problems of mankind: diseases, hunger & gross poverty.
    A much larger & totally ignored question has to do with the brutality of socialism: The one party socialism of Soviet Russia, Germany & China were responsible for the murder of 110 million citizens in the 20th century, mostly their own. USSR 62 million; Nazi Germany 21 million; & China 35 million. NO SUCH RECORD OF BRUTALITY CAN BE FOUND IN COUNTRIES THAT TEND TOWARD FREE MARKET CAPITALISM. THIS IS THE REAL TRUTH!

July 25, 2018
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I received a thoughtful response to my recent post of a friend’s parody song lyrics about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“I’m Just A Wide-Eyed Socialist”), defending socialism and using Finland as an example of a place where socialism works.  To show that I do read the comments and appreciate the chance to have a friendly discussion with people who disagree, I thought I would write about the rise in popularity of socialism among American Democrats, particularly young ones.


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First, I’d note that one of the most shocking things about Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is not that someone who’s an avowed socialist would win a Democratic Congressional primary in New York (sadly, not a surprise at all), but that someone with an economics degree (!) would not only embrace socialism, but prove to be so clueless on so many aspects of Econ 101, such as thinking that the unemployment rate is only low because “everyone has two jobs” (A. They don’t; and B. Having multiple jobs doesn’t affect how your employment is counted.) 

 



There’s also a popular meme going around the Internet that claims that if you like Social Security, Medicare, public education, infrastructure, police, firefighters and the military, then you already like socialism.  Putting aside the fact that the first two are in desperate financial straits, the third is widely criticized, and even liberals are always attacking the fourth, none of those things are particularly “socialist.”  Using taxes to pay for common societal needs is a characteristic of virtually all forms of government.

 

I think all this provides pretty solid evidence of the low quality of economics education that today’s students are receiving.  Don’t forget, college freshmen in 2018 have never even known a world in which the pound sign wasn’t called a “hashtag,” much less lived through the horrors of 20th century communism.  If their only knowledge of socialism came from their biased leftist professors, no wonder they think it’s just peachy.  It’s always easier to convince people that socialism can work when they’ve never seen with their own eyes how it really, really doesn’t. 

 

It’s also easier to get someone to swallow poison if you put chocolate frosting on it.  Hence the current popularity of the term, “Democratic Socialism.”  As in, “Oh, this isn’t the kind of socialism that has Venezuelans going without medicine or toilet paper or being forced to eat zoo animals.  This is ‘Democratic Socialism!’’’  That mindset inspired a great Internet meme showing a doctor telling a patient, “The bad news is, you have herpes.  The good news is, it’s ‘Democratic Herpes!’” Adding a meaningless adjective doesn’t make it more palatable. When the government is so big it controls every aspect of your life, democracy becomes irrelevant.  Or as one fed-up Finn put it, what choice of education do parents have when all the schools you can choose from are run by the same government?

 

Defenders of socialism usually point to the Scandinavian nations, where the so-called “Nordic model” of “socialism lite” allegedly works so well that Bernie Sanders wants America to become Sweden West.  In fact, those nations are not socialist: they are capitalist nations that thought their economies were so strong, they could afford to experiment with high taxes (around 45% on every level of income) in exchange for free health care, college, etc., for everyone, regardless of income.  As any Garrison Keillor fan will recognize, they had largely homogeneous populations of Nordic Lutherans who believed it was their duty in life to work hard and demand little in return, and that should be the perfect lab for socialism. 

 


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But even these nations are abandoning the limited elements of socialism they adopted, because they’ve found that even small doses of socialism prove toxic over the long haul, like adding just a little pinch of arsenic to your spouse’s oatmeal every morning.  It’s still deadly, it just takes a while.  Letting government take half your income, make all your decisions and provide all your needs with no options was destroying the fabled Scandinavian work ethic, exacerbated by the decline in traditional religious beliefs and an influx of migrants who realized they could enjoy the same handouts whether they worked like dogs or slept like cats.

 

I recently ran a link to an article about how Swedes are getting fed up with ever-rising taxes while the quality of public services keeps declining.  Also, Finland is ending a failed experiment in giving people a guaranteed monthly income after two years.  While it was still income redistribution, the hope was that giving people cash to make their own consumer choices would allow the government to cut the expensive social services bureaucracy that now employs a third of the population, and encourage people to take lower-paying entry level jobs.  Instead (surprise!) handing out free money just encouraged more sloth, dependence and entitlement. 

 

The excuse when socialism inevitably fails is that the “wrong people” were in charge, or that other countries prevented it from succeeding (a popular excuse for Venezuela), or that it didn’t go far enough and “real socialism” hasn’t been tried yet.  This is all nonsense.  While socialism has many definitions, it’s basically “the workers control the means of production,” which is Marxism.  Naturally, “the workers” can’t run all the industries that government is meddling in or do all that redistributing of wealth themselves, so politicians and bureaucrats must do it “on their behalf.”  And that, in a nutshell, is why it will never…NEVER…succeed.  Because socialism, communism and all such collectivist isms fail to take into account human nature.  It doesn't matter who's in charge; if humans are in charge, it's destined to fail. 

 

Ronald Reagan articulated one of the immutable laws of human nature that socialism violates when he said that if you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.  This is why I think we should have a consumption-based Fair Tax instead of an income tax: we punish people for working harder, being more productive and creating jobs. Socialism punishes productivity and innovation and gives equal rewards both to those who work hard and those who do the bare minimum.  Guess what the results are? 

 

Another reason socialist systems always fail (there are many such variations, but they all have this in common) is that they violate the law of human nature that the people who are most attracted to government positions involving great power over others tend to be the worst people to whom to entrust them (or as I call that: the Hillary Clinton Rule.)  Capitalism has its flaws, and it does require government to insure a level playing field and free markets and to police unfair business practices.  But at least the ultimate power of the purse rests in the hands of consumers.  If the people really decide that a company isn’t acting in their interests, they can withhold their patronage and kill it overnight.  That’s real “power to the people!”

 

But when you have a government system that redistributes vast amounts of wealth, the power inherent in that job attracts the most corruptible people.  This insures that under a socialist system, the only people who are rich are the existing tycoons who are able to buy government influence and crush any rising competitors (hence the saying, “Only the very rich can afford socialism”) and the politicians who control the redistributing and snip off a piece of every transaction for themselves.  The late Hugo Chavez, who infamously brought socialism to Venezuela, loved to rail that “being rich is bad.” Yet miraculously, his daughter ended up as the nation’s richest woman with an estimated $4.2 billion in foreign banks.  Baaaad daughter!  She claims she made it by selling hand creams. That’s right, blame capitalism!

 


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In fact, many young Americans have been taught to blame capitalism for everything.  They pull on their Nikes, hop in their Priuses, and head down to Starbucks to use the free wi-fi to connect their iPads and iPhones to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and post about how capitalism has never done anything to improve the lives of people like them.  They’ve been misled into believing they’re living in the worst of all possible times when, thanks to capitalism, they’re actually blessed to be in the cleanest, safest, most abundant, best-fed, most medically- and technologically-advanced era in history, a time when even Americans below the poverty line enjoy benefits that royalty of a century ago couldn’t imagine. And they believe that only by replacing capitalism with socialism can things change. 

 

Well, they’re right about that.  It would change things for sure. But to quote yet another piece of eternal wisdom they probably never learned from their college professors, “Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.”  

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  • Gigi Taft

    07/25/2018 04:54 PM

    Excellent read! Thanks so much. Loving your tweets, too.

  • Harold W Marshall

    07/25/2018 03:51 PM

    I've tried Googling this out of curiosity; not much luck, so I'll ask here: since Finland is such a success, how much does the U.S. contribute to it's military costs? I did notice their military budget was only 1.4% GDP. And something tells me they aren't shouldering the world's military expense the same as good ole Uncle Sam.

  • BeeGee Johnston

    07/25/2018 03:12 PM

    I wish my grown grandchildren would read this newsletter. So much common sense, and making the case so well against socialism.
    I do pray for the blinders to fall away in this country, but God may have another plan.
    Love your TV show, too.
    May you continue to be the strong voice for what is right and good in this country, and may you be blessed??

  • Sheila Schnorr

    07/25/2018 03:09 PM

    While I’m not a fan of Ayn Rand’s take on faith, I remember reading Atlas Shrugged back in the 70’s and thinking, this is exactly where we’re headed. What if the producers and inventors withdraw their talents because they’re sick of footing the bill and being regulated to death? I promoted the Fair Tax concept to my friends before I heard the name. At least President Trump is pulling away from funding the entire world and working to rebuild our financial structure. Thank you for always being a voice of reason, Governor.

  • Chuck Walter

    07/25/2018 03:04 PM

    If a federal judge orders the release of an illegal alien that broke a federal law that is in federal custody (ice) isn’t he breaking a federal law?.?????

  • David Colonna

    07/25/2018 02:55 PM

    Mike,

    This article or fact based story is totally spot on and I have been to Finland and Sweden many times and the people there hardly ever smile. The suicide rate in Finland has always been high and they live in very small apartments or housing is very costly and low square footage. We all definitely need to stop any form of Socialism in our great Capitalist nation. It amazes me how anyone these days can vote for any Democrat. It just amazes me they dont understand the truth.

  • Emily Yeatts

    07/25/2018 02:49 PM

    What about the person in at arrested for failure to pay taxes? So what’s with John Lewis and sharpton
    Are they exempt if so how do I become exempt?

  • Emily Yeatts

    07/25/2018 02:45 PM

    Question isn’t the release of an unauthorized tape illegal so would not Cohen be guilty of the wrongful taping

  • Larry E Fry

    07/25/2018 02:15 PM

    Mike,

    Great article. As a Constitutional Conservative I look forward to your articles and comments on a daily basis. They are informative and give me backing for much of my thinking.

  • Karen L Nassie

    07/25/2018 01:15 PM

    As always you are correct. It’s kinda like all the white people, getting their first chance in front of the camera, going on and on about the evil white man!

  • Bo

    07/25/2018 01:04 PM

    Mike,
    Outstanding information and we'll done.
    Too bad so many liberals are in our educational system today.
    Is our present department of education doing anything to change. this picture?
    Bob Jepson

  • Walter Charles Towle

    07/25/2018 01:00 PM

    The comment I like about socialism; it is ok until they run out of other peoples money to spend.

  • Conrtad Trudelle

    07/25/2018 12:47 PM

    It is so refreshing to hear someone describe what I have witnessed throughout my time in the Military going from country to country, and then coming home and actually seeing the difference in quality of life. I have done some research into Socialism going back to the French Revolution and Mr. Maximilian Robespierre and his usage of the guillotine, to enforce his rule over the country of France. What I consider preposterously infantile is the fact that though these examples of the rise and fall of Socialistic imperatives is well documented throughout history, no esteemed Scholar, nor Professor in Academia today pays any attention to it. I mean really how stupid can you get? To bring Socialism in any format to the position of being the cure-all of world problems is equatable to one of these so-called enlightened people holding a line attached to a sledge hammer tied to a beam in the ceiling and increasing the tension on the triggering line that would release the hammer which would swing in a perfect arc aimed directly at the face of the overly egotistical individual and watching it approach, gaining speed and power without trying to avoid the impending collision. Now we all know that is stupid, so why do these so-called elite denizens of Utopia still cleave to the Idea that they know better than anyone else how to do something they have never done.
    On the part of the suggestion that Socialism benefits all, let the self-ordained leaders go to these third world countries and live there for a month under the conditions that Socialism leads to, then let's ask them to vocalize their opinion of Socialism. Seems simple enough! Think it will gain traction and change course in to REALITY?

  • Bill Beggs

    07/25/2018 12:39 PM

    Mike, I supported both of your runs for president and have always enjoyed your thoughts and opinions. I would like your thoughts on insurance being very similar to socialism and specifically becomes that when it is required, like liability car insurance in my state and health insurance. I realize when it is voluntary, it is just voluntary socialism and so may not fall under the true definition of socialism since it is not government enforced, but it sure leads the people down the socialism path of expecting someone else to take care of us. It is a system in which all(those that volunteer or are forced) pay into a system that only pays out to certain people who need it, and are chosen by a third party, the insurance company. There is no direct control over the money of the payer and therefore costs skyrocket for anything that is covered by insurance. The insurance company does not care significantly about the cost because they can go up on rates to cover costs and the government requires, or society highly expects, everyone to have it. This leads to people not being concerned about consequences for their actions and expecting to be "bailed out" for anything bad that happens to them. In my opinion if there was not insurance, God and the Church, or individual Christians, would be looked to for help and our country would not have turned so far away from a reliance on God and His people. I know you read all the comments, but also realize there is no way you can respond to all of them. Please respond as God leads.

  • Teresa Hall

    07/25/2018 12:38 PM

    Love it Gov Hucklebee. You covered every base. These millennials do not have a clue how blessed they are and that is not all their fault. Left leaning professors, now it is in our high schools (more by omission than what they are instructed ), lacking of responsibility by their parents to teach them a sense of work ethic and pride in own accompliments, teaching love of our nation, and love of our Lord. These youngsters need to be raised up all over again,somehow,and awakened to the good life. The conservative way of looking at how our nation does things. You sir, could be the Headmaster of such a school. We need to pray for our nation and pray for these misguided misfits. And that their evil mentors be whisked away in the night never to be heard from again and no one misses them. Ah!, Only the angels can do such glorious things. But, until that, we must stand together and stand our ground and hope your wisdom seeps into some of their brains. I love your commentary

  • Gary Fitzner

    07/25/2018 12:34 PM

    When you talk about the Hillary Clinton rule about corruptible government employees, I have a concern that ALL of our public employees are that corrupt. I have very little faith in our Congress and Senate to do what is right for the people who elect them. There is TOO much money flowing into Washington DC that is used to line their pockets for their votes rather than them voting for what is right. I am very concerned about the fact that they can pass legislation but then exempt themselves from the laws that govern the rest of us. They have turned themselves into the royalty of the US, like France had. I believe our congressmen and senators need to be on the same social security as all the rest of us and the same healthcare program. No more voting to give themselves pay raises. Lobbyists need to be removed from Washington DC.

  • philip crane

    07/25/2018 12:22 PM

    Governor....All you need to do is tell them about the lies of Bernie and the "new girl" from the Bronx, er....not really the Bronx. First Bernie owns three properties, one house, one condo (in D.C.) and a vacation home...total value over $1.5M. It all came compliments of CAPITALISM.
    Same for the "new girl" she left the "squalor" of the city at 5 years of age....was brought up in a area where the average earnings were about $160K a year. Both her mother and father raised her on again....CAPITALISM.
    So in closing no one has to defend our system...just ask anyone of the millions who came to America because we are who we are. Not one American has left to go and live in a socialist country. If these young punks want to leave and live that way...fine. "Stupid is as Stupid does" and that's our public education system of today....wrong again. Thank you.

  • rodney burke

    07/25/2018 12:11 PM

    iI predict before Nov 1, the grand socialist experiment will be over and she will be abandoned. The almost daily display of total ignorance on economic will sink the dems if they don't. Those bug eyes remind me of Schiff and we know what kind of liar HE is. If she is all the dems have, November is going to be a route. And add Bernie to the mix. Oh brother! Blacks are leaving the "plantation" and I see it all the time on FB, where ELSE are they saying that? Yes there is a shift going on. And since the platform of the libs is out there for all to see, well It's gonna be a sad night on election day for the media. Will we be laughing? I'm sure.

  • Sheldon K Larsen

    07/25/2018 12:03 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, I try to read your insights daily and find them so pleasing because I thought that no one was noticing the transition the country has been going through. It has been obvious the education has been their point of 'indoctrination' for Americans and it has been going on for sometime. The most recent being 'common core', which teaches children that the teachers are all knowing and parents aren't to be listened to. There is no exceptionalism and no one left out. We're all the same and now including gender ( which I expect them to remove the term from the dictionary and ban). Anyway thank you for your continued insights that express the real condition of things. You are blessed! And please let Sarah know she is well liked and appreciated also.

  • Carol Wagner

    07/25/2018 12:02 PM

    Hi Gov. Couple of things please.
    When is the RNC going to push for its candidates in MA?? We have to get rid of Warren and Kennedy.
    Who is supporting Ocasio-Cortez? She quit her job to run.. Where is the $$ coming from?
    Can anyone stop Mueller from giving immunity to his cronies?
    Great job!

  • Amelia Little

    07/25/2018 12:00 PM

    The young people in my life (kids and their friends) all think that college education and health care should be free. I try to point out that, once they get whatever jobs their free education allows them (and, it won't be those 6 figure jobs!) that a great deal of what they earn will be taken in taxes to pay for that free education and health care. I also know that, whatever services are covered in health care will change, with some not being covered, and long waits (because, if you wait long enough, things will take care of themselves or you will die before "your turn") for those services that will be covered. From what I hear (not first hand) is that child coverage is a big thing--prenatal care, labor, delivery, home services after, vaccinations, etc. But, we did see, as in the case of Alfie Evans--not all services will be allowed, and you just might not be able to take your child to a country to get treatment (or even diagnosis.) A friend said they had an exchange student from, I think Sweden, and the student says her parents both have good degrees (thanks to free education) and good jobs. They use bikes to get around because gas is so expensive, they have to ration when they can drive the car. A poster responded--yeah, this is a kid--what does she know? I think that, perhaps part of the "free" college education should include studies abroad--a year at least in one of these countries to see just what life is like when your taxes pay for all that the government offers for "free." Living in real homes, not just some selected elite that won't show them real life.

  • Laszlo Denes

    07/25/2018 11:59 AM

    Thank you Governor for your most comprehensive outline of socialism. If I may however, let me add three thoughts from my personal experience growing up in communist Hungary, that in my opinion were not mentioned strongly enough in your otherwise excellent article:

    1 -- Full-blown socialism (the early phase of communism) was never "tried" anywhere. Ever. It was always brutally forced upon disarmed populations who couldn't fight back.
    2 -- Socialism sucks the souls out of human beings. Civil liberties are nonexistent. People are not individuals but members of the collective. No expression of individualism is allowed. All behavior and actions must be only for the benefit of the "greater good."
    3 -- Religion is persecuted and made virtually illegal. The ruling class feels no accountability to a higher power for their actions. Religion is supplanted by socialist/communist dogma. The Clergy, their families, and all religious practitioners who are beholden to a "supernatural being" instead of socialist ideals, are classified as "enemies of the people." I experienced this first hand (my father was a Baptist minister).

    Therefore, the very idea of socialism in America, where the self-evident truth "...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..." is enshrined in the very foundation of the Nation, is anathema.

    Thank you for listening.

    Laszlo Denes

  • Carrie Browning

    07/25/2018 11:59 AM

    Well said, as usual. My concern is the people that need to read this probably won't.

  • Robert S. Stockslager

    07/25/2018 11:45 AM

    Spot on Governor! Should be required reading in every school above grade 10 and all colleges. The fact that the majority of the professors, economic and otherwise, have to be leftists just to get a job certainly exacerbates the problem. Blessings

  • Norm Able

    07/25/2018 11:41 AM

    I believe the free market capitalism, where in there is peaceful voluntary exchange, is morally superior to any other economic system. I am my private property owner, & so are you. Murder, rape, theft, & violence are immoral because they violate self-ownership. Free market capitalism in America has been so successful in eliminating the traditional problems of mankind: diseases, hunger & gross poverty.
    A much larger & totally ignored question has to do with the brutality of socialism: The one party socialism of Soviet Russia, Germany & China were responsible for the murder of 110 million citizens in the 20th century, mostly their own. USSR 62 million; Nazi Germany 21 million; & China 35 million. NO SUCH RECORD OF BRUTALITY CAN BE FOUND IN COUNTRIES THAT TEND TOWARD FREE MARKET CAPITALISM. THIS IS THE REAL TRUTH!

July 25, 2018
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I received a thoughtful response to my recent post of a friend’s parody song lyrics about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“I’m Just A Wide-Eyed Socialist”), defending socialism and using Finland as an example of a place where socialism works.  To show that I do read the comments and appreciate the chance to have a friendly discussion with people who disagree, I thought I would write about the rise in popularity of socialism among American Democrats, particularly young ones.


YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:  FUN WITH SOCIALISM: a song parody tribute to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


First, I’d note that one of the most shocking things about Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is not that someone who’s an avowed socialist would win a Democratic Congressional primary in New York (sadly, not a surprise at all), but that someone with an economics degree (!) would not only embrace socialism, but prove to be so clueless on so many aspects of Econ 101, such as thinking that the unemployment rate is only low because “everyone has two jobs” (A. They don’t; and B. Having multiple jobs doesn’t affect how your employment is counted.) 

 



There’s also a popular meme going around the Internet that claims that if you like Social Security, Medicare, public education, infrastructure, police, firefighters and the military, then you already like socialism.  Putting aside the fact that the first two are in desperate financial straits, the third is widely criticized, and even liberals are always attacking the fourth, none of those things are particularly “socialist.”  Using taxes to pay for common societal needs is a characteristic of virtually all forms of government.

 

I think all this provides pretty solid evidence of the low quality of economics education that today’s students are receiving.  Don’t forget, college freshmen in 2018 have never even known a world in which the pound sign wasn’t called a “hashtag,” much less lived through the horrors of 20th century communism.  If their only knowledge of socialism came from their biased leftist professors, no wonder they think it’s just peachy.  It’s always easier to convince people that socialism can work when they’ve never seen with their own eyes how it really, really doesn’t. 

 

It’s also easier to get someone to swallow poison if you put chocolate frosting on it.  Hence the current popularity of the term, “Democratic Socialism.”  As in, “Oh, this isn’t the kind of socialism that has Venezuelans going without medicine or toilet paper or being forced to eat zoo animals.  This is ‘Democratic Socialism!’’’  That mindset inspired a great Internet meme showing a doctor telling a patient, “The bad news is, you have herpes.  The good news is, it’s ‘Democratic Herpes!’” Adding a meaningless adjective doesn’t make it more palatable. When the government is so big it controls every aspect of your life, democracy becomes irrelevant.  Or as one fed-up Finn put it, what choice of education do parents have when all the schools you can choose from are run by the same government?

 

Defenders of socialism usually point to the Scandinavian nations, where the so-called “Nordic model” of “socialism lite” allegedly works so well that Bernie Sanders wants America to become Sweden West.  In fact, those nations are not socialist: they are capitalist nations that thought their economies were so strong, they could afford to experiment with high taxes (around 45% on every level of income) in exchange for free health care, college, etc., for everyone, regardless of income.  As any Garrison Keillor fan will recognize, they had largely homogeneous populations of Nordic Lutherans who believed it was their duty in life to work hard and demand little in return, and that should be the perfect lab for socialism. 

 


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But even these nations are abandoning the limited elements of socialism they adopted, because they’ve found that even small doses of socialism prove toxic over the long haul, like adding just a little pinch of arsenic to your spouse’s oatmeal every morning.  It’s still deadly, it just takes a while.  Letting government take half your income, make all your decisions and provide all your needs with no options was destroying the fabled Scandinavian work ethic, exacerbated by the decline in traditional religious beliefs and an influx of migrants who realized they could enjoy the same handouts whether they worked like dogs or slept like cats.

 

I recently ran a link to an article about how Swedes are getting fed up with ever-rising taxes while the quality of public services keeps declining.  Also, Finland is ending a failed experiment in giving people a guaranteed monthly income after two years.  While it was still income redistribution, the hope was that giving people cash to make their own consumer choices would allow the government to cut the expensive social services bureaucracy that now employs a third of the population, and encourage people to take lower-paying entry level jobs.  Instead (surprise!) handing out free money just encouraged more sloth, dependence and entitlement. 

 

The excuse when socialism inevitably fails is that the “wrong people” were in charge, or that other countries prevented it from succeeding (a popular excuse for Venezuela), or that it didn’t go far enough and “real socialism” hasn’t been tried yet.  This is all nonsense.  While socialism has many definitions, it’s basically “the workers control the means of production,” which is Marxism.  Naturally, “the workers” can’t run all the industries that government is meddling in or do all that redistributing of wealth themselves, so politicians and bureaucrats must do it “on their behalf.”  And that, in a nutshell, is why it will never…NEVER…succeed.  Because socialism, communism and all such collectivist isms fail to take into account human nature.  It doesn't matter who's in charge; if humans are in charge, it's destined to fail. 

 

Ronald Reagan articulated one of the immutable laws of human nature that socialism violates when he said that if you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.  This is why I think we should have a consumption-based Fair Tax instead of an income tax: we punish people for working harder, being more productive and creating jobs. Socialism punishes productivity and innovation and gives equal rewards both to those who work hard and those who do the bare minimum.  Guess what the results are? 

 

Another reason socialist systems always fail (there are many such variations, but they all have this in common) is that they violate the law of human nature that the people who are most attracted to government positions involving great power over others tend to be the worst people to whom to entrust them (or as I call that: the Hillary Clinton Rule.)  Capitalism has its flaws, and it does require government to insure a level playing field and free markets and to police unfair business practices.  But at least the ultimate power of the purse rests in the hands of consumers.  If the people really decide that a company isn’t acting in their interests, they can withhold their patronage and kill it overnight.  That’s real “power to the people!”

 

But when you have a government system that redistributes vast amounts of wealth, the power inherent in that job attracts the most corruptible people.  This insures that under a socialist system, the only people who are rich are the existing tycoons who are able to buy government influence and crush any rising competitors (hence the saying, “Only the very rich can afford socialism”) and the politicians who control the redistributing and snip off a piece of every transaction for themselves.  The late Hugo Chavez, who infamously brought socialism to Venezuela, loved to rail that “being rich is bad.” Yet miraculously, his daughter ended up as the nation’s richest woman with an estimated $4.2 billion in foreign banks.  Baaaad daughter!  She claims she made it by selling hand creams. That’s right, blame capitalism!

 


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In fact, many young Americans have been taught to blame capitalism for everything.  They pull on their Nikes, hop in their Priuses, and head down to Starbucks to use the free wi-fi to connect their iPads and iPhones to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and post about how capitalism has never done anything to improve the lives of people like them.  They’ve been misled into believing they’re living in the worst of all possible times when, thanks to capitalism, they’re actually blessed to be in the cleanest, safest, most abundant, best-fed, most medically- and technologically-advanced era in history, a time when even Americans below the poverty line enjoy benefits that royalty of a century ago couldn’t imagine. And they believe that only by replacing capitalism with socialism can things change. 

 

Well, they’re right about that.  It would change things for sure. But to quote yet another piece of eternal wisdom they probably never learned from their college professors, “Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.”  

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  • Gigi Taft

    07/25/2018 04:54 PM

    Excellent read! Thanks so much. Loving your tweets, too.

  • Harold W Marshall

    07/25/2018 03:51 PM

    I've tried Googling this out of curiosity; not much luck, so I'll ask here: since Finland is such a success, how much does the U.S. contribute to it's military costs? I did notice their military budget was only 1.4% GDP. And something tells me they aren't shouldering the world's military expense the same as good ole Uncle Sam.

  • BeeGee Johnston

    07/25/2018 03:12 PM

    I wish my grown grandchildren would read this newsletter. So much common sense, and making the case so well against socialism.
    I do pray for the blinders to fall away in this country, but God may have another plan.
    Love your TV show, too.
    May you continue to be the strong voice for what is right and good in this country, and may you be blessed??

  • Sheila Schnorr

    07/25/2018 03:09 PM

    While I’m not a fan of Ayn Rand’s take on faith, I remember reading Atlas Shrugged back in the 70’s and thinking, this is exactly where we’re headed. What if the producers and inventors withdraw their talents because they’re sick of footing the bill and being regulated to death? I promoted the Fair Tax concept to my friends before I heard the name. At least President Trump is pulling away from funding the entire world and working to rebuild our financial structure. Thank you for always being a voice of reason, Governor.

  • Chuck Walter

    07/25/2018 03:04 PM

    If a federal judge orders the release of an illegal alien that broke a federal law that is in federal custody (ice) isn’t he breaking a federal law?.?????

  • David Colonna

    07/25/2018 02:55 PM

    Mike,

    This article or fact based story is totally spot on and I have been to Finland and Sweden many times and the people there hardly ever smile. The suicide rate in Finland has always been high and they live in very small apartments or housing is very costly and low square footage. We all definitely need to stop any form of Socialism in our great Capitalist nation. It amazes me how anyone these days can vote for any Democrat. It just amazes me they dont understand the truth.

  • Emily Yeatts

    07/25/2018 02:49 PM

    What about the person in at arrested for failure to pay taxes? So what’s with John Lewis and sharpton
    Are they exempt if so how do I become exempt?

  • Emily Yeatts

    07/25/2018 02:45 PM

    Question isn’t the release of an unauthorized tape illegal so would not Cohen be guilty of the wrongful taping

  • Larry E Fry

    07/25/2018 02:15 PM

    Mike,

    Great article. As a Constitutional Conservative I look forward to your articles and comments on a daily basis. They are informative and give me backing for much of my thinking.

  • Karen L Nassie

    07/25/2018 01:15 PM

    As always you are correct. It’s kinda like all the white people, getting their first chance in front of the camera, going on and on about the evil white man!

  • Bo

    07/25/2018 01:04 PM

    Mike,
    Outstanding information and we'll done.
    Too bad so many liberals are in our educational system today.
    Is our present department of education doing anything to change. this picture?
    Bob Jepson

  • Walter Charles Towle

    07/25/2018 01:00 PM

    The comment I like about socialism; it is ok until they run out of other peoples money to spend.

  • Conrtad Trudelle

    07/25/2018 12:47 PM

    It is so refreshing to hear someone describe what I have witnessed throughout my time in the Military going from country to country, and then coming home and actually seeing the difference in quality of life. I have done some research into Socialism going back to the French Revolution and Mr. Maximilian Robespierre and his usage of the guillotine, to enforce his rule over the country of France. What I consider preposterously infantile is the fact that though these examples of the rise and fall of Socialistic imperatives is well documented throughout history, no esteemed Scholar, nor Professor in Academia today pays any attention to it. I mean really how stupid can you get? To bring Socialism in any format to the position of being the cure-all of world problems is equatable to one of these so-called enlightened people holding a line attached to a sledge hammer tied to a beam in the ceiling and increasing the tension on the triggering line that would release the hammer which would swing in a perfect arc aimed directly at the face of the overly egotistical individual and watching it approach, gaining speed and power without trying to avoid the impending collision. Now we all know that is stupid, so why do these so-called elite denizens of Utopia still cleave to the Idea that they know better than anyone else how to do something they have never done.
    On the part of the suggestion that Socialism benefits all, let the self-ordained leaders go to these third world countries and live there for a month under the conditions that Socialism leads to, then let's ask them to vocalize their opinion of Socialism. Seems simple enough! Think it will gain traction and change course in to REALITY?

  • Bill Beggs

    07/25/2018 12:39 PM

    Mike, I supported both of your runs for president and have always enjoyed your thoughts and opinions. I would like your thoughts on insurance being very similar to socialism and specifically becomes that when it is required, like liability car insurance in my state and health insurance. I realize when it is voluntary, it is just voluntary socialism and so may not fall under the true definition of socialism since it is not government enforced, but it sure leads the people down the socialism path of expecting someone else to take care of us. It is a system in which all(those that volunteer or are forced) pay into a system that only pays out to certain people who need it, and are chosen by a third party, the insurance company. There is no direct control over the money of the payer and therefore costs skyrocket for anything that is covered by insurance. The insurance company does not care significantly about the cost because they can go up on rates to cover costs and the government requires, or society highly expects, everyone to have it. This leads to people not being concerned about consequences for their actions and expecting to be "bailed out" for anything bad that happens to them. In my opinion if there was not insurance, God and the Church, or individual Christians, would be looked to for help and our country would not have turned so far away from a reliance on God and His people. I know you read all the comments, but also realize there is no way you can respond to all of them. Please respond as God leads.

  • Teresa Hall

    07/25/2018 12:38 PM

    Love it Gov Hucklebee. You covered every base. These millennials do not have a clue how blessed they are and that is not all their fault. Left leaning professors, now it is in our high schools (more by omission than what they are instructed ), lacking of responsibility by their parents to teach them a sense of work ethic and pride in own accompliments, teaching love of our nation, and love of our Lord. These youngsters need to be raised up all over again,somehow,and awakened to the good life. The conservative way of looking at how our nation does things. You sir, could be the Headmaster of such a school. We need to pray for our nation and pray for these misguided misfits. And that their evil mentors be whisked away in the night never to be heard from again and no one misses them. Ah!, Only the angels can do such glorious things. But, until that, we must stand together and stand our ground and hope your wisdom seeps into some of their brains. I love your commentary

  • Gary Fitzner

    07/25/2018 12:34 PM

    When you talk about the Hillary Clinton rule about corruptible government employees, I have a concern that ALL of our public employees are that corrupt. I have very little faith in our Congress and Senate to do what is right for the people who elect them. There is TOO much money flowing into Washington DC that is used to line their pockets for their votes rather than them voting for what is right. I am very concerned about the fact that they can pass legislation but then exempt themselves from the laws that govern the rest of us. They have turned themselves into the royalty of the US, like France had. I believe our congressmen and senators need to be on the same social security as all the rest of us and the same healthcare program. No more voting to give themselves pay raises. Lobbyists need to be removed from Washington DC.

  • philip crane

    07/25/2018 12:22 PM

    Governor....All you need to do is tell them about the lies of Bernie and the "new girl" from the Bronx, er....not really the Bronx. First Bernie owns three properties, one house, one condo (in D.C.) and a vacation home...total value over $1.5M. It all came compliments of CAPITALISM.
    Same for the "new girl" she left the "squalor" of the city at 5 years of age....was brought up in a area where the average earnings were about $160K a year. Both her mother and father raised her on again....CAPITALISM.
    So in closing no one has to defend our system...just ask anyone of the millions who came to America because we are who we are. Not one American has left to go and live in a socialist country. If these young punks want to leave and live that way...fine. "Stupid is as Stupid does" and that's our public education system of today....wrong again. Thank you.

  • rodney burke

    07/25/2018 12:11 PM

    iI predict before Nov 1, the grand socialist experiment will be over and she will be abandoned. The almost daily display of total ignorance on economic will sink the dems if they don't. Those bug eyes remind me of Schiff and we know what kind of liar HE is. If she is all the dems have, November is going to be a route. And add Bernie to the mix. Oh brother! Blacks are leaving the "plantation" and I see it all the time on FB, where ELSE are they saying that? Yes there is a shift going on. And since the platform of the libs is out there for all to see, well It's gonna be a sad night on election day for the media. Will we be laughing? I'm sure.

  • Sheldon K Larsen

    07/25/2018 12:03 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, I try to read your insights daily and find them so pleasing because I thought that no one was noticing the transition the country has been going through. It has been obvious the education has been their point of 'indoctrination' for Americans and it has been going on for sometime. The most recent being 'common core', which teaches children that the teachers are all knowing and parents aren't to be listened to. There is no exceptionalism and no one left out. We're all the same and now including gender ( which I expect them to remove the term from the dictionary and ban). Anyway thank you for your continued insights that express the real condition of things. You are blessed! And please let Sarah know she is well liked and appreciated also.

  • Carol Wagner

    07/25/2018 12:02 PM

    Hi Gov. Couple of things please.
    When is the RNC going to push for its candidates in MA?? We have to get rid of Warren and Kennedy.
    Who is supporting Ocasio-Cortez? She quit her job to run.. Where is the $$ coming from?
    Can anyone stop Mueller from giving immunity to his cronies?
    Great job!

  • Amelia Little

    07/25/2018 12:00 PM

    The young people in my life (kids and their friends) all think that college education and health care should be free. I try to point out that, once they get whatever jobs their free education allows them (and, it won't be those 6 figure jobs!) that a great deal of what they earn will be taken in taxes to pay for that free education and health care. I also know that, whatever services are covered in health care will change, with some not being covered, and long waits (because, if you wait long enough, things will take care of themselves or you will die before "your turn") for those services that will be covered. From what I hear (not first hand) is that child coverage is a big thing--prenatal care, labor, delivery, home services after, vaccinations, etc. But, we did see, as in the case of Alfie Evans--not all services will be allowed, and you just might not be able to take your child to a country to get treatment (or even diagnosis.) A friend said they had an exchange student from, I think Sweden, and the student says her parents both have good degrees (thanks to free education) and good jobs. They use bikes to get around because gas is so expensive, they have to ration when they can drive the car. A poster responded--yeah, this is a kid--what does she know? I think that, perhaps part of the "free" college education should include studies abroad--a year at least in one of these countries to see just what life is like when your taxes pay for all that the government offers for "free." Living in real homes, not just some selected elite that won't show them real life.

  • Laszlo Denes

    07/25/2018 11:59 AM

    Thank you Governor for your most comprehensive outline of socialism. If I may however, let me add three thoughts from my personal experience growing up in communist Hungary, that in my opinion were not mentioned strongly enough in your otherwise excellent article:

    1 -- Full-blown socialism (the early phase of communism) was never "tried" anywhere. Ever. It was always brutally forced upon disarmed populations who couldn't fight back.
    2 -- Socialism sucks the souls out of human beings. Civil liberties are nonexistent. People are not individuals but members of the collective. No expression of individualism is allowed. All behavior and actions must be only for the benefit of the "greater good."
    3 -- Religion is persecuted and made virtually illegal. The ruling class feels no accountability to a higher power for their actions. Religion is supplanted by socialist/communist dogma. The Clergy, their families, and all religious practitioners who are beholden to a "supernatural being" instead of socialist ideals, are classified as "enemies of the people." I experienced this first hand (my father was a Baptist minister).

    Therefore, the very idea of socialism in America, where the self-evident truth "...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..." is enshrined in the very foundation of the Nation, is anathema.

    Thank you for listening.

    Laszlo Denes

  • Carrie Browning

    07/25/2018 11:59 AM

    Well said, as usual. My concern is the people that need to read this probably won't.

  • Robert S. Stockslager

    07/25/2018 11:45 AM

    Spot on Governor! Should be required reading in every school above grade 10 and all colleges. The fact that the majority of the professors, economic and otherwise, have to be leftists just to get a job certainly exacerbates the problem. Blessings

  • Norm Able

    07/25/2018 11:41 AM

    I believe the free market capitalism, where in there is peaceful voluntary exchange, is morally superior to any other economic system. I am my private property owner, & so are you. Murder, rape, theft, & violence are immoral because they violate self-ownership. Free market capitalism in America has been so successful in eliminating the traditional problems of mankind: diseases, hunger & gross poverty.
    A much larger & totally ignored question has to do with the brutality of socialism: The one party socialism of Soviet Russia, Germany & China were responsible for the murder of 110 million citizens in the 20th century, mostly their own. USSR 62 million; Nazi Germany 21 million; & China 35 million. NO SUCH RECORD OF BRUTALITY CAN BE FOUND IN COUNTRIES THAT TEND TOWARD FREE MARKET CAPITALISM. THIS IS THE REAL TRUTH!