The road to hell is paved with good intentions - like the Green New Deal
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 18 November 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 doses 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 is 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.
The 16th amendment was passed on July 3, 1909 by Congress and ratified on February 3, 1913. Prior to that, in 1812 and 1816 there were short-lived collections of taxes but they had been to pay for wars. The action of Congress in the early 1900's, in our opinion, gave the government access to the fruit of the labor of everyone in America. If one ever had any doubt about that, simply chart the growth of the size of our government from that date forward. Trust me, it has grown exponentially.
We are currently enjoying the best economy in America in years. That doesn't mean one should not be wary of those who advocate every day to roll back everything President Trump has done. Chief among the items on their wish list is the tax cut. Government types want their money back!
Leading bogeymen on the “most wanted” list of today's crop of progressive Democrats are millionaires and billionaires. We have to be honest with ourselves and realize that even if government took every dime they had it would not improve our personal lives a whit. To the contrary, it would cost jobs for working Americans with the reallocation of capital.
Ask Mario Cuomo, the Governor of New York. They have taxed the wealthy to such an extreme that they are exiting the state, leaving Mr. Cuomo and his liberal buddies at City Hall with a $3 billion deficit in the state's budget. Where the hell has common sense gone? Gavin Newsom, are you listening?
Anyway, you should think this one over. After government takes all their money it would only leave a small percentage of the taxpaying universe to pay for your wasteful budgets. Those millionaires and billionaires have been the cash cows for years and government will have effectively eliminated them. Liberals will be satisfied but nothing will be gained.
Implementation of the “Green New Deal” hardly deserves mention once the cost analysis has been completed on the price tag. We simply don't have enough money in our gross domestic product to pay for free medical care, free schooling all the way through college, a guaranteed job and a guaranteed salary if one chooses not to work. All of that is supposed to be accomplished within a decade while erasing our carbon footprint. The elimination of all fossil fuel powered vehicles including cars, trucks, airplanes and ships is all that will be required! Not to worry, they will be replaced by electrical vehicles, whether you like it or not!
Although we've co-mingled a lot of different thoughts in today's column, the one thing they share in common is that they are indicative of our country's liberal slouch to the left. Everything we have talked about shows that our liberal political class continues an expedited shift toward the basic elements of socialism. Cooler minds and clearer thoughts are going to have to prevail which can help return this national toward more traditional Americanism.
Contrary to what mainstream media and the Democrat party will tell you, that statement is not racist, xenophobic, sexist or any of the slurs they thrown at us, calling conservatives various forms of “isms” It's just plain old common sense, which is completely foreign to their agenda for the country.
But, as always, that's only one man's opinion.
In addition to the Sanger Herald, Publisher Fred Hall oversees two other Mid Valley Publishing newspapers - Reedley Exponent, and Dinuba Sentinel. He can be contacted by phone at (559) 638-2244 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.