Just Politically Incorrect
Is Capitalism Bad?
Capitalism is the best allocator of resources the world has ever known. However, it is not perfect and there will always be abuses. Capitalism in its purest form creates good paying jobs and reduces prices to consumers. Most of the abuses of capitalism have occurred when businesses [and unions] have used their political connections to reduce competition or raise prices. This is oftentimes referred to as “Crony Capitalism”. Crony capitalism means that success in business depends on close relationships between business and government.
When people perceive that businesses are unfair it can usually be traced back to crony capitalism. When the government bails out the big banks while refusing to help small businesses or home owners, people perceive this as unfair. It results in protests like the Occupy Wall Street movement. The problem is that the anger is focused on the businesses when it should be focused on the government. Without the government’s involvement the bail outs would have never happened.
If you look back at history you will find that the unsubsidized railroads and shipping companies and the unsubsidized oil companies brought the greatest benefits to consumers in the form of lower prices and better service than the businesses that were subsidized by the government. The subsidized businesses were fraught with waste and corruption, were inefficient and were poorly managed. Their costs were high and their service was poor. Most eventually went bankrupt after numerous bailouts from the government.
The unsubsidized businesses knew that the only way to survive was to offer the best service at the lowest price. This forced them to run well managed and efficient businesses. It required that they constantly innovate to reduce costs and provide new services. The subsidized companies knew that they didn’t have to do any of these things because they could rely on the government to bail them out.
It’s time to take down the bird feeders!
This was adapted from a wonderful web site called “Maggie’s Farm” with some changes. Thanks Maggie!!!
My Mother had a wonderful back porch that looked out on a peaceful wooded area. One day my liberal brother thought “Wouldn’t it be nice to help out the poor birds and provide them with a nice bird feeder and at the same time give my Mother some company?” So, he hung a new bird feeder on her back porch and filled it with bird seed. It felt great to be able to help out these wonderful birds. Soon a few robins arrived followed by some sparrows and then some blue birds. It was wonderful to see how my Mon’s eyes lit up watching these lovely birds and to listen to them chirp.
Shortly thereafter, the birds began building nests in the rafters and pooping on her porch. They began to act as though this was their home and not hers. Within a couple of weeks the birds had taken over her porch. They acted as though it belonged to them. She would get attacked for using her own porch and she often got dive bombed with poop. If she failed to keep the bird feeder full of seeds they would raise such a ruckus that it would practically drive her out of her own home.
My brother’s wonderful plan to help out my Mother and these poor birds turned into a nightmare. Of course, he took no responsibility for the problem he created. So I took down the bird feeder, removed the nests and cleaned up the poop. Within a couple of days my Mom had her porch back and once again could enjoy the view of her peaceful wooded area.
Just like most liberals my brother wanted to do things that made him feel good, regardless of the consequences to others. This is the same thing that the government does by handing out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, free education and automatic citizenship to anyone born here. The consequences of these actions are to raise our taxes, increase our deficits, reduce the quality of our education because too many students can’t speak English and to deny medical care to the very citizens who pay for these services. The politicians who started these programs take no responsibility for the problems that have created. I say that it’s time the government takes down the bird feeders and fires the people who put them up!
What is a liberal?
Liberals think with their hearts and refuse to look at the facts.
Liberals want to do things that make themselves feel good – regardless of the consequences to others.
Liberals want to do things that make themselves feel good – regardless of the costs.
If a man was drowning 50′ from shore a liberal would throw him a 100′ rope and then drop his end to go help someone else.
Why do liberals believe that it is greedy for people to want to keep the money they have earned but is not greedy for those who do not work to take other peoples money?
I grew up very poor. My parents were divorced. My Mon worked full-time. I had one pair of pants to wear to school for the entire year. Each night I had to wash my own clothes and cook my own dinner. One year the only thing I and my two brothers got for Christmas was one bag of plastic toy soldiers. We played with those soldiers endlessly making up all kinds of games.
What I learned from this was that, if I ever wanted to have anything, that I was going to have to get an education so I could get a good job. I started work when I was 14. After graduating from high school in 1967 I joined the Air Force. I took as many college classes on the base as I could. After being discharged in 1973 I completed my degree the next year and then went on to get my MBA.
I sincerely believe that, had the government or charities stepped in and given us clothes, toys and food, that I would not have worked my butt off to get ahead. I think that charity would have taught me that if I wanted something that I should have just asked someone else for it. I would have felt “entitled” to it. Instead, what my childhood taught me was to be independent and to learn to take care of myself. What has our entitlement system taught four generations of Americans? To become dependent on the government and not themselves.
PUT ME IN CHARGE
The following was reported in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco, Texas on November 18, 2011. It was written by a 21 year old woman who understands what is happening. It’s her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare big government state that she’s being forced to live in. In her opinion, these solutions are just common sense.
GET A JOB!
Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50 pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza – then get a job!
Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal legations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol and nicotine. If you want to reproduce, use drugs, drink alcohol or smoke – then get a job!
Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360 – then get a job and your own place.
Put me in charge of work programs. In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you to do. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good.” If you don’t like our jobs – then find your own job!
Put me in charge of voting. While you are on Government subsistence, you can no longer VOTE! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Government welfare check. If you want to vote – get a job!
Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money – accept our rules. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.
If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.
Country Run by Idiots
The first 13 lines of this were taken from Jeff Foxworthy, the rest I added.
You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots if:
You can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally,
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion,
If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote for who runs the government,
If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt,
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16 ounce sodas, but not a 24 ounce soda because 24 ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat,
If the NSA can strip search an 80 year old woman or an three year old girl confined to a wheelchair, but can only search the neck and head of a woman dressed in a hijab,
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more,
If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable,
If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings, while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested homes,
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones,
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working through 99 weeks of unemployment checks, without any requirement to prove they sought work,
If the government forgives the mortgage debts of your neighbors who squander their income on fancy cars, expensive vacations, expensive clothes and electronics, but won’t help responsible citizens when they need help because the government policies caused them to lose their job, [Modified by KC]
If being stripped of your ability to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government,
If the credit rating agencies drop your credit scores because you pay down your debts and cancel your credit cards,
If businessmen are put in jail for stealing money from their employees retirement plans but Congress is allowed to steal all of the money from Social Security with no recourse to the citizens,
If the government believes that a cut in spending is a decrease in the rate of increase in spending,
If the government complains that it is a crisis that there are so many unwed mothers and then cuts their benefits when they get married,
If the government declares that prisoners (i.e. non-taxpaying criminals) are entitled to the best health care available while denying adequate health care to honest taxpaying citizens,
If the government believes that it has the right to take honest taxpayers money to bail out corrupt and mismanaged businesses,
If the politicians can lie with no repercussions but send citizens to jail for doing the same,
If the President can state that “If you like your health insurance you can keep it – period” knowing it was not true,
If the President can state that “If you like your doctor you can keep him – period” knowing it was not true,
If the goal of the (Un) Affordable Health Care act was to reduce costs and provide better coverage but actually doubles insurance rates and gives less coverage,
If the Department of Energy’s goal is to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil but forbids offshore drilling, drilling on public lands and refuses to let a pipeline be built from Canada into the USA,
If the Federal government has the right to control yard sales and what is grown in your own garden,
If the States have the right to restrict peoples right to collect rain water,
If the States refuse to let a 10 year old girl sell mistletoe in a public park to pay for her braces and suggests that, instead, she beg for the money,
If the government can blame the loss of four lives in Benghazi on a video because they are afraid to use the word “terrorism”,
If the government wants to restrict the ownership of guns to law abiding citizens and yet sell thousands of guns to gun runners and drug dealers (Fast & Furious),
If the government can send billions of dollars to corrupt governments and yet let people in America go hungry,
If the government tries to promote the growth of businesses and at the same time makes it impossible for banks to loan money to those same businesses,
If the President can change laws that were passed by Congress by simply issuing an “executive order”,
If the President can refuse to enforce laws enacted by Congress (i.e. immigration laws),
If the government statistics shows that the unemployment rate dropped because millions of workers dropped out of the job market instead of finding a job,
If the government involvement in the housing market, forcing banks to loan money to unqualified mortgage applications, causes house prices to skyrocket, making housing less affordable, and crashing the economy,
If the Federal government has the ability to overtax the states and then uses this money to coerce the states into doing what the Federal government mandates,
If the Federal government can force men and sixty year old women to have pregnancy insurance,
If the Federal government can pass laws to protect the elderly and disabled in the job market which actually hurts the elderly and disabled and refuses to change those laws,
If the Federal government believes that the best path to prosperity is to reallocate the public pie instead of growing the public pie,
If the Federal government believes that 10% of the taxpayers paying 71% of the income taxes is good for the country, and then still wants them to pay more,
If the Federal government endorses the FED printing money which has caused the dollar to devaluate by 97% since the inception of the FED 100 years ago,
Then, we are definitely living in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots!
Note – this is another article adapted from Maggie’s Farm – Thanks Maggie!
Operator – Hello, Welcome to 1-800-Obama Flowers. My name is Cathy Sebelis (new job). How can I help you?
Customer – I received an email from Professional Flowers stating that my flower order has been canceled and I should go to your exchange to reorder it. I tried your website, but it seems like it is not working. So I am calling the 1-800 number.
Operator – Yes, I am sorry about the website. It should be fixed in a couple of months. But I can help you.
Customer – Thanks, I ordered a “Spring Bouquet” for our anniversary, and wanted it delivered to my wife’s work …..
Operator – Sir, “Spring Bouquets” do not meet our minimum standards, I will be happy to provide you with Red Roses.
Customer – But I have always ordered “Spring Bouquets”, done it for years, my wife likes them.
Operator – Roses are better, sir, I am sure your wife will love them.
Customer – Well, how much are they?
Operator – It depends sir, do you want our Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum package.
Customer – What’s the difference?
Operator – The Bronze package is 12 red roses The Silver is 18, the Gold is 24, and the Platinum is 48 red roses.
Customer – The Silver package is okay, how much is it?
Operator – That depends on how much you earn.
Customer – What does that have to do with anything?
Operator – I need that to determine your government flower subsidy. Then I can determine how much your out of pocket cost will be. But if your income is below our minimums for a subsidy, then I can refer you to our Flower Aid department.
Customer – Flower Aid?
Operator – Yes, Flowers are a right, everyone has a right to flowers. So, if you can’t afford them, then the government will supply them free of charge.
Customer – Since when have flowers been a right?
Operator – Congress passed the law, the President signed it and the Supreme Court found it Constitutional.
Customer – Whoa…..I don’t remember seeing anything in the Constitution regarding flowers as a right.
Operator – It may not really be a right listed in the Constitution, but Obama Flowers is constitutional because the Supreme Court ruled it to be a tax. Taxes are constitutional. But we feel it is a right.
Customer – I don’t believe this….
Operator – It’s the law of the land, sir. Now, we anticipated most people would go for the Silver Package, so what is your monthly income, sir?
Customer – Forget it. I think I will forego the flowers this year…
Operator – In that case, sir, I will still need your monthly income.
Customer – Why?
Operator – To determine what your ‘non-participation’ cost will be.
Customer – WHAT???? You can’t charge me for NOT buying flowers!!!
Operator – It’s the law of the land, sir, approved by the Supreme Court. It’s $9.50 or 1% of your monthly income.
Customer – This is ridiculous. I’ll pay the $9.50.
Operator – Sir, it is either $9.50 or 1% of your monthly income, whichever is greater.
Customer – ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? What a rip off!!
Operator – Actually, sir, it is a good deal. Next year it will be 2%.
Customer – Look, I’m going to call my congressman to find out what’s going on here.
Operator – It won’t do any good to call your congressman because he didn’t find what was in the bill until he passed it.
Customer – This is ridiculous – I’m still not going to pay it!
Operator – Sorry to hear that, sir, that’s why I had the NSA track this call.
Customer – Why does the NSA need to spy on my phone conversation?
Operator – So they get your GPS coordinates, sir.
(Door Bell rings followed immediately by a loud knock on the door.)
Operator – That would be the IRS, sir. Thanks for calling 1-800-Obama Flowers. Have a nice day…and God Bless America.