There is a quote which has stuck with me for a long, long time, but it seems even more apropos as time passes. The passage is commonly attributed to Nikita Khrushchev in an address at a meeting with Western Ambassadors at the Polish embassy in Moscow on Nov. 18,1956. The words are chilling and, in light of today’s situation in America, seem extremely prescient. I’ve used it before, but today it really fits the political climate.

“We will take the United States without firing a shot. We will bury you! We can’t expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist the elected leaders in giving them small does of socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have communism. We do not have to invade the United States, we will destroy you from within.”

Making such a proclamation even more frightening, there are some who say Khruschev made mention of our educational system as part of that re-educating process which would make their form of government even more palatable for young people. They felt they could grow a revolution in this country from our very own. Since many of today’s leaders matriculated after 1970 and espouse some really strange thoughts, one is left to wonder.

We’ve all heard the old adage about “The road to hell being paved with good intentions.”  The paving of that road is continuing to be extended every time a member of our ruling class dreams up a wondrous new “entitlement.”  The very first stone was put in place almost 90 years ago during the Great Depression. Even the instigator of many early programs, Franklin D. Roosevelt, often said that he feared they could be a narcotic. We believe that time has shown that the president was frighteningly correct. The real culprit behind much of this appeared when Congress voted the government power to confiscate wealth derived from personal income from all Americans. 

One area where the president got it terribly wrong was his authorization for public employees to organize. When public employee unions go to negotiations over salaries and benefits it’s always with people who are using taxpayer money and not their own. The result of that fiasco is obvious when government employees pay and benefits far exceed that which is paid to employees in the private sector. The tail is indeed wagging the dog! Thanks to the handiwork in negotiations by some bureaucrat the guy or gal who makes less is forced to pay the salary of someone who makes about 150 percent of what private sector makes. But, that’s a discussion for another day.

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