April 30, 2012

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I have a question for you Progressives out there. One of the complaints I here The Obama and Democrats mouth is the we are losing our middle class. The politicians in Europe are making the same complaints.

If European-type Socialism/Progressivism is so great, where is the burgeoning middle class? Where is the middle class in China? Was there a middle class in Soviet Russia?

I find it interesting that the rise of the middle class in Western Society came right along with the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the capitalist explosion in the last 300 years or so. As Government and bureaucracies have gained greater control we see a larger and larger disparity.  Under Obama's policies the welfare state has expanded. Since the Dems took control of Congress in 2006, the economy has tanked, home values have fallen and unemployment is at sustained levels we have not seen in more than a generation.

Today's Liberal/Progressive says we just need more of these policies. If the Government could just take over health care, or perhaps the oil companies, or maybe the housing market, perhaps food distribution, all will be better.  Can anyone point to empirical evidence that supports this position? Is there anywhere the liberal/progressive/socialist program has worked?

Anyone? I am not from Missouri, but I still invite you to show me.

6 comments:

Erin O'Brien said...

Germany.

Joe said...

I have been to Germany several times and I speak to German colleagues at least once a week. Germany is trying to roll back some of their social programs. They realize the German people just cannot afford them. Germany is struggling to support Greece and other nations due to the structure of the EU economy.

Germans are complaining about the same shrinking middle class that is the subtext of the Obama campaign. The very nature of socialism is the middle class is destroyed.

The haves get more, and the rest are pushed to a common demoninator -- always a lower standard of living.

Anonymous said...

The re-unification of Germany created a nightmare for the economy, which they will be dealing with for years. The west German government desired to bring east Germany up to the western standard and did so by trying to finance it all through the Government. Seem familiar?
JOG

Nathan said...

The other problem Germany has is a fairly massive immigrant Islamic underclass that is going to overrun it one of these days. But move along, citzen, nothing to see here.

Anonymous said...

Are the Democrats in control of the Congress? I've missed the news the last couple of days so I missed any recent elections we may have had.

Joe said...

I was not clear, I meant since the Dems took control back in 2006. They still hold the Senate and White House.

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