Newly-elected Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib doesn’t just hate President Trump in ways that compel her to use vile profanity in front of crowds and small children. She also doesn’t seem to care much for Israel. At the link, Sen. Marco Rubio exposes the hypocrisy and anti-Semitism at the root of her claim that she’s defending the Constitutional right to boycott against those with “dual loyalties” -- when she's actually attacking those who would boycott companies that boycott Israel, and she plainly harbors conflicting loyalties of her own, as a photo at the link makes crystal clear.
With the benefit of her (at this writing) 113 hours of experience in government, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying to distance herself from criticism that her grandiose plans to remake America into a socialist Utopia mean she wants to turn the USA into a failed state like Venezuela. She told “Sixty Minutes,” "Of course,” that’s not what’s being planned: “What we have in mind — and what of my — and my policies most closely resemble what we see in the U.K., in Norway, in Finland, in Sweden."
First of all, I’m appalled at the suggestion that we need to turn America into Sweden. But her comments also once again revealed the shallowness of her economic knowledge and historical perspective.
She apparently doesn't understand that no socialist nation ever PLANS to become Venezuela…or Cuba, or Russia. Not even Venezuelans imagined they’d ever become today’s version of Venezuela. It takes an incredible amount of incompetence, corruption and tyranny to turn a nation so blessed with abundant resources into a disaster that people are fleeing because they don’t even have the basic necessities of life. It just happens that socialism makes it oh-so-much easier to achieve that seemingly impossible goal. Putting vast power into the hands of an easily corruptible governing class is a perfect incubator for the fatal flaw of socialism summed up so succinctly by Lord Acton: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
No, Venezuelans never planned to become a nation where the rich got richer and the poor got poorer; where the leaders and their relatives amassed billions in foreign banks while the people lost their freedom and civil rights and went without food, medicine or toilet paper. They just followed a charismatic leader who promised them endless free stuff (sound familiar?), and started inevitably down the road to Hell.
Another thing AOC fails to understand is that her examples of “Democratic socialism” that works (the so-called “Nordic model”) aren’t even socialist themselves, and the little bits of socialism they embraced backfired so badly that even they are backing away from them.
At the link, economics Prof. Jeffrey Dorfman explains that Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway are not socialist. They are actually successful capitalist nations that rank higher in economic freedom than Japan or South Korea. They just have generous social services paid for with high taxes, which they thought they could afford because their free market economies were already so successful (although he fails to mention that they can also afford them because the US picks up so much of the tab for their defense.) As he notes, they aren’t successful because they have lavish government benefits; they have lavish government benefits because they’re successful.
But Dorfman also notes that these nations have many aspects that would make a leftist like AOC blew a gasket. For instance, not one of them has a minimum wage law: people are paid what the market will bear. Much of Norway’s prosperity is dependent on off-shore oil drilling. Finland and Norway have some of the highest per-capita gun ownership in the world. And Sweden is 100% pro-school choice, with vouchers given out that can be used for public or private schools. If she wants America to be more like Sweden in that way, I'm in.
It’s also worth noting the many negative effects of those high taxes. For instance, Swedes don’t live in tiny homes and apartments, ride bikes instead of buying cars, and are skinnier than Americans because they’re more concerned about their health and the environment. It’s because they’re taxed to death and can’t afford larger homes, cars or food. Yes, the high sales tax applies even to food and prescription medicine in Sweden, and the cost of a meal out can be up to twice what it is in the US.
These nations have also started rolling back some of their more socialist-leaning policies after realizing that even a small drop of that poison can cause serious harmful effects. Denmark recently cut its generous government benefits after the cost became unsustainable and the public was outraged by media reports on how it was eroding the famous Scandinavian work ethic among young people, with profiles of lazy Danes who refused to look for jobs because they were making more in welfare and benefits than people who actually worked.
I won’t even go into how other loony leftist policies such as open borders and unfettered immigration of people who refuse to assimilate have affected nations like Sweden. Or how confiscatory tax rates and arrogant socialist policies have sparked open revolt among the working class in France and other European nations.
For any Americans who would prefer to live in Sweden, there is a much easier solution than destroying the free market system of the USA that’s the economic engine of the world: planes to Stockholm leave every hour of every day.
Here are a few more examples of how the Scandinavian countries cited as socialist models for the US by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are actually nothing of the sort, unless she really wants the US to privatize Social Security, repeal the minimum wage, embrace school vouchers, etc.
For those who saw Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on “Sixty Minutes” pushing for a return to 70% tax rates on the “tippy-top” earners (apparently, that’s a math term now used in college economics classes), here’s a handy primer on how tax codes really work and why punishing tax rates result in less revenue to the government, which Democrats like JFK used to understand.
You heard about the Democratic false-flag misinformation campaign meant to make it look like Russians backed losing Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore? Well, it appears there was another one, designed to make it falsely appear that he backed Prohibition of alcohol sales.
Why do Democrats think they have to pay to create fake social media campaigns to slander Republicans as Russian agents and misrepresent their views? Isn’t that what the real news media is for?
Depressing if it comes true, but a must-read: Former Deputy Under-Secretary of Defense Jed Babbin argues that by stonewalling overseers until partisan Democrats could win back the House and shut down investigations, the Obama-led FBI and DOJ successfully pulled off a cover-up of the biggest abuse of power scandal in the history of America. And many of those who committed crimes in the name of protecting Hillary and undermining Trump – from illegally unmasking citizens’ identities to filing false FISA court documents – will not be held responsible or sent to federal prisons but will remain in power to keep doing it.
Pray that he’s wrong, but read it and then spread it far and wide, because one of the few ways at the moment to keep them from sweeping the truth under the rug is to refuse to stop demanding answers.
Talk about disrupting the popular narrative! A new worldwide university study of gender inequality found that men face more discrimination than women, and that men have it worse than women in over twice as many countries, facing such anti-male policies as men-only military drafts and harsher punishments for the same crimes. Yes, the US is one of the nations where they say men face worse discrimination than women.
On the other hand, this study does rank Saudi Arabia as a nation where women have it better than men, so you might take it with a grain of salt.
Feel-Good Story of the Day: It’s not usually a good idea to charge into your house when you think there might be an intruder there. It’s always safer to call the police and let them handle it. On the other hand, it’s also not safe to be a punk who thinks he can break into a house of a woman who has a brown belt in karate.