Here at home, Obama got his ObamaCare. Why, then, did he grant hundreds of exemptions — many to northern California liberals? Should they instead not have lined up to volunteer to implement such a wonderful, long-needed entitlement?Ah, there’s always the pesky problem of the breaking-a-few-eggs phase before our omelet utopia gets served up. Yet, come to think of it, has socialism ever managed to do anything beyond breaking eggs? Has anyone ever seen the great egalitarian omelet? I believe Hanson is definitely on to something in identifying what is essentially the criminal fraud that is socialism (or liberalism or progressivism – name your poison). Back to VDH:
He said energy would rightly sky-rocket, given his determination to curb fossil fuel production (cf. “bankrupt” coal companies). Why then is Obama concerned that gas hit $4; is not such a high price a welcomed retardant to burning hot fuels? The higher the gas prices, the more that subsidized wind and solar power, and electric cars are attractive, and thus the more we enjoy “sustainable” power. Right? Am I missing something about this desire within our grasp of “living within our means”?
So what is socialism? It is a sort of modern version of Louis XV’s “Après moi, le déluge” – an unsustainable Ponzi scheme in which elite overseers, for the duration of their own lives, enjoy power, influence, and gratuities by implementing a system that destroys the sort of wealth for others that they depend upon for themselves.Bingo. Socialism is unsustainable and everybody knows it, even its proponents.So, what happens when democracy approaches the stage in which the larcenous majority, or their representatives – democratically elected, mind you – start confiscating private property, either through the subterfuge of taxation and regulation, or just plain outright through executive fiat? Oh, wait. GM…Chrysler…Why, it’s already happening! It will be more than simply mildly interesting to see if the voters, in 2012, express buyer’s remorse on a grand scale, or decide, instead, to become accessories to the fraud. No, it will be a fascinating, mesmerizing election, filled with portents of our country’s future, the fork in the road leading to a resurgence of personal freedom and responsible government, or to the sterile, soul-destroying society of the welfare state – or to civil war.