The term, socialism, has been much bantered around since Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders became a candidate for president of the United States. According to dictionary.com, socialism is defined as a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole. Dictionary.com also states that socialism is the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
Senator Bernie Sanders’ party affiliation is listed as “Independent,” and he claims to be a Democrat socialist. He caucuses with the Democrats on Capitol Hill.
When I graduated from college, I was an obnoxious brat who thought I knew everything and I wanted everything right then. My mother tried to explain to me that I needed to start at the bottom, get my foot in the door, and work my way up. Do any of you want to take a guess as to who was right? I was a pill to deal with and sort of hate myself to this day for it.
The United States of America was founded on the principles of hard work and dedication. Every person in America would have the chance to succeed at his or her own level. If you desire to be the CEO of a large corporation with the corner office with a view, you would have the opportunity to make that happen. If your desire was to lead a simpler life, you were very much free to pursue that. Unfortunately, achievement of your goals is not guaranteed. In your pursuit of the corner office with a view, things can happen that prevent you from getting there. You may have to settle for a small office on the third floor with a view of the parking lot. Never-the-less, the opportunity is there. Furthermore, in the pursuit of your goals, you may be called upon to make difficult decisions that keep you from achieving your dreams. You may have to settle for less as a result of other factors in your life.
Having said all of the above, we all know that what’s worth having is worth working for. We most certainly appreciate those things that we have to work for. These things may include accumulating vacation days and sick days, a better than average health insurance plan, a nice automobile(s), a nice house, a vacation house(s), etc.
In campaigning, Bernie Sanders has promised free healthcare, free college tuition, paid family leave and other items that most of us are used to working for. To pay for all of this, he claims he can go after the billionaires in this nation and let them pay for all of the goodies he’s going to distribute to us. The health care will most certainly be a standardized, one size fits all. I’d rather choose my health plan according to what I can afford and what coverages I need. And I don’t want to have to purchase it through a government exchange. I want to handle it through the private sector.
As far as the free college tuition, what are the limitations going to be. Will students be able to choose where they attend college and the course of study they want to pursue? Or will the government direct this for the sake of social engineering? Will private colleges disappear? Will the funds distributed to the colleges by the government be enough to provide quality education to the students? We all know that Obamacare was not implemented so that those poor unfortunate souls who didn’t have health insurance could now have health insurance. It was implemented for the purpose of putting 1/6 of the economy under the government control. Liberals are already admitting this and telling those of us who were hurt by it that we’ll get used to it. According to Forbes, before the ACA was implemented, 17.87% of Americans were uninsured. Now that the ACA has been implemented, 14.22% of Americans are uninsured. This is a difference of 3.67 %. Worth destroying the best healthcare system on the planet? You tell me.
Back to socialism. The billionaires alone aren’t going to be able to pay for this and the implementation of these socialist programs is going to eliminate the billionaires. All classes will be taxed heavily. Sure, your education will be free, your healthcare will be free, and you will get a lot of paid time off from your job. But what are you going to do with all free time. Will you have any extra money left after the government takes its hefty share and you provide for your other basic needs to take a vacation and enjoy your time off? Will there be any room to stretch your wings and pursue your dreams? Also, what’s going to happen to small businesses?
One thing that particularly disturbed me during the Democrat debates was the promise that companies would be forced to share their profits with their employees. Many companies do this and I think that’s great. However, companies shouldn’t be forced into this. And what amount of profits is the government going to allow a company to keep? The above will surely result in fewer people willing to take chances because the government will squelch resultant prosperity. So why work your buns off and take risks if the government is just going to take it away from you in the form of taxes and re-distribution demands?
Socialism will punish achievement and put the screws to entrepreneurism. If you want to punish the billionaires, I guess socialism would be the way to do it. But what’s going to happen when we run out of other people’s money?