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Socialism and Control: Destroying the Economy

Posted by revkharma on July 23, 2008

As the never ending campaign for President grinds on and on, we hear more from various ‘intellectuals’ telling us how things ‘simply must be done’ if we are to have our economy survive. This morning on NPR’s “Market Place” brought out another whopper. Robert Reich, former Bill Clinton Labor Secretary expounded on how unfortunate we Americans are when compared (once again) to our more fortunate European counterparts. Mr. Reich, a professor at UC Berkley feels that we Americans simply do not have enough vacation time. He compares the average US worker’s time off with that of several European nations. The French, for example have 37 days off. His solution is, of course federally mandated paid vacation time for all US workers. Nifty idea, eh? But then, just where will the  money come from? Any employer has a set budget, and a mandated increase in paid time off will need to be offset by other wage reductions: either lower rate of pay, or fewer employees on the payroll. Getting laid off will certainly add to your time off, but it surely will not help your finances. Alternatively, employers could offer more ‘paid time off’ by reducing overall compensation. The same dollars will simply be spread out over actual time worked and paid time off.  The result will inevitably bring a reduction in overall productivity, and a decline in the general economic strength of the  US economy. A quick comparison of the US economy and that of just about any nation on earth shows exactly the result of such ‘free vacation time’. Worker productivity in the USA is vastly higher than the combined productivity of the EU nations. GDP per employee hour in the US for 2006 hovers just around $50 per hour worked. the same period  for the EU shows a rate around $38 per hour worked. All those days off the job sipping wine and eating smelly cheese at a street cafe show up quickly.

If the figures are broken out for the most competitive EU nations, France, Italy, Great Brittian, the gap narrows, but still those countries lag behind. Imagine if their workers actually showed up and actually DID something during August! (Anyone can search and verify this information, my source today is from this source: Backtalk Blog)

Mr. Reich ends his rant against evil employers with a telling conclusion. He urges anyone campaigning for office to promise free vacations to potential voters. What a concept! Run for office and promise to use the power of government to force private business to pay someone for not working. I seem to recall there is a document somewhere called The Constitution that forbids government from enacting legislation which interferes with legal contracts. ” No State shall…pass any Bill.. or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts” Article1, section 10. But to a professor, a BERKLEY professor at that, why care what the Constitution says? Just ignore it, and hope that if and when it gets to court, the judge will go with the flow, and invoke a “living, breathing, doctrine of the Constitution” which allows the imposition of current enlightened thought in place of the plain text of the actual document.

The big government socialists are very good at promising all sorts of things to people and obligating someone else to bear the burdens created. Someone like Mr. Reich is insulated by tenure and connections, and thus pretty close to immune from the consequences of his theories. The average worker, who will be displaced or suffer a pay cut in order to pay someone else to take vacation is not immune. But the politicians will continue to make promises,and thereby expand the scope and power of government. Once they do so, the problems which result from their schemes are then used to justify MORE power grabs and more control over the economic liberties of more Americans. Each expansion creates a new class of people dependent upon government for their economic support. That support is then taken from the increasingly limited pool of those who actually produce value rather than drain the public treasury. Remember, whenever a politician promises to give you something for free, it’s being stolen from someone else!

As always,

Keep the Faith.

The Rev


4 Responses to “Socialism and Control: Destroying the Economy”

  1. deaconkharmafuture1 said

    The big government socialists are very good at promising all sorts of things to people and obligating someone else to bear the burdens created.

    Social security anyone?
    Then in the 60’s they voted to include it in the actual government budget to make the books go back into the black. “The government adopted a unified budget in the Johnson administration in 1968. This change resulted in a single measure of the fiscal status of the government, based on the sum of all government activity. The surplus in Social Security trust funds offsets the total debt, making it appear much smaller than it otherwise would.”
    It goes on and on. Let them create something to help, then find ways to mismanage it so that there is a crisis which results in us giving up something else to fix it… Bad thing is there was no Social Security before the New Deal and then once it was created, now we had dependents on the government which then granted governement sway on a voter block. It’s painfully obvious to anyone with a brain (no thanks to public school). Make someone dependent give them a little taste, for free, of crack rock. Then once they are dependent you can pretty much lead them around by the nose. In my opinion Franklin Roosevelt was a criminal and ran the government like a mafioso. Threaten the judicial branch into rubber stamping whatever you want and trash trash trash your way through the constitution. Some notable doosies from the guy that brought us social security and other socialist programs:

    In April, 1933 President Roosevelt declared a banking “holiday” and issued the order to confiscate gold:
    The citizens of the United States of America were compensated at the “official” price of $20.67 an ounce. That was the “official” price of gold for 97 years. Following the confiscation, the dollar was devalued by 40% – and the price of gold was revalued upwards to $35 an ounce. Last part of the 5th amendment: “nor be deprived of life, liberty, or PROPERTY, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Yeah hmmmmmm…

    The Supreme Court, ruled that:
    “… in declaring what shall be the Supreme Law of the Land, the Constitution itself is first mentioned; and not the laws of the United States generally, but those only which shall be made in pursuance of the Constitution, have that rank.
    Thus, the particular phraseology of the Constitution confirms and strengthens the principle that a law repugnant to the Constitution is void; and that courts, as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument.” [Marbury v Madison 1803].
    “Article I, Section 10, Clause 1: No State shall… coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debt.”

    or maybe internment of US citizens?
    On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which imprisoned the Issei (first generation of Japanese who immigrated to the US) and their children, Nisei (who were US citizens). again may I present to you: “nor be deprived of life, LIBERTY, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

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