May 27, 2008

Why you should vote for Obama

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. Things are not going so well in our nation. We need change. By the most objective standards the politicians have micro-managed the war in Iraq. The situation is quickly becoming lose/lose. Iran is growing in power and influence every day. The price of energy is careening out of control. If it continues, our economy will be left in shambles. The falling dollar is causing upturn in inflation, and the price of basic food is rising sharply. In the most prosperous nation on Earth we have too many hungry, too many with no hope, no future. It is time for a change.

Do you think we should talk more to those who hate us, to try and understand their point of view? Do you believe, like Jimmy Carter, that Iran is reasonable, and we should try diplomacy not threats? Is the real answer to world peace found in narrowing the gap between the rich and poor, the haves and have nots?

Are the banks and real estate speculators to blame for the high foreclosure rate and uneven money supply? Should the Government bail out those 'swindled' into bad mortgages and high interest?

Obama and the Socialist left of the Democratic Party believe the answer is more. More money, more taxes, more Government. A Congresswoman from California believes the answer to high gas prices is to "socialize" (and by that she means nationalize) the oil industry. Obama believes we should not be "allowed" to drive certain types of vehicles and the Government should determine the temperature we keep our house. Some faceless bureaucrat will determine what is comfortable. Mr. Obama thinks profit is bad and the companies that make too much should be punished. Both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama think the Government should determine how and where private companies should do research and reinvest profits. I bet they believe the economy would run better if the Government determined what industry should produce and when it should do it. They could direct what crops should be planted and how many acres of corn or wheat would be grown to ensure no shortages. Is there not enough rice? Force the farmers to grow more next year. This will keep the prices low and supply at adequate levels.

Too many children are not learning. The government should demand accountability from the schools. Schools that do not make the grade should lose funding. Students should be allowed to go to better, more successful public schools (of course addressing the mind-boggling arcane custom of tenure would do more to get rid of bad teachers and improve education than any number of standardized tests and billions of dollars). We need to get children educated. Add preschool. Make Kindergarten full day. Some parents are not teaching their kids numbers and colors and preparing them for school and life, we will do it.

Are sick of rich SOBs like Bill Gates, Paris Hilton, and those CEOs making hundreds of millions of dollars? Do you believe athletes should not be allowed to make so much money?

Here are some suggestions that will fix the problems outlined above:

A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

Abolition of all right of inheritance.

Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.

Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

Does this sound reasonable to you? Do you believe these actions will restore America to prosperity, improve our image in the world, end hunger and poverty? If you think so, then you are not alone. In fact, a book was written in Germany some 160 years ago called Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei. it was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and detailed and promted these very ideas.

Those statements are seven of the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto. Take a look at Cuba, Zimbabwe, Russia, and Venezuala. Do you like the way the Government handled the floods in Miramar (Burma)? Think the economy in South Africa is booming? Do you believe the Government of Angola or Mongolia or North Korea set good examples of efficiency? These are all Socialist/Communist nations. Do you see a track record of success anywhere communism is found? Has it ever worked? Do you notice that with Socialism comes a loss of freedom in every case? China has found economic success only by opening their markets to Capitalism.

Go ahead, vote for the Democrats. Put Obama in office, elect Hillary. Let them take over the oil companies, prices may come down, but nary a drop of oil will be found. Farms may produce, but we will have rationing and lines for basic necessities. Put the Feds in charge of health care, and you will wait years for elective surgery. Let some bureaucrat determine if you need that new knee, or that tonsillectomy. What incentive would drug companies have to spend years finding cures and relief for common ailments when the profits are confiscated by the government.

Go down to your local licence branch, if you think it is a model of efficiency, vote for Obama. Pray for the rest of us.

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