The Democrat party in the US turned to Communism. This was obvious during the Occupy movement. It was also clear that most of the Occupy protests were paid and staged media events. We in the United States now think we can get something for nothing. All we have to do is vote for the politician who promises us the most. Bernie Sanders says we have a right to free school, a much higher minimum wage, and a bigger government to suppress the inevitable dissent.
I hear what Big Government politicians promise and see what happens when their proposals are really put into practice. We don’t have to guess what will happen here. We have a giant experiment going on in the real world. The real world is where governments actually run out of the money we’ve saved. The real world is where we won’t work when government takes everything we earn. Look at the latest Communist utopia of Venezuela and at the Democrat controlled states in the US.
Venezuela was once an oil-producing giant with some of the largest known oil reserves in the world. The Chavez government seized the oil wells ten years ago. The politicians took them “for the people”. Now, Venezuela imports oil.
Venezuela once did a fairly good job of feeding its people.. until the government nationalized farms. Again, the politicians may claim this is “for the people”, but in reality, the government bureaucracy exists to produce political payoffs to government supporters.
Domestic food production crashed. In Venezuela, agricultural imports increase by 225 percent from 2006 to 2012. The Venezuelan economy became so poor that imports crashed after that. Food lines grew ever longer and shelves emptied. The Venezuelan economy tumbled and total imports increased six-fold from 2003 to 2013.
There are now food riots and looting as Venezuelans are desperately hungry.
The Venezuelan politicians tried anything to hide their failure. The politicians seized the markets until the shelves were bare. Once the stores were empty, the politicians looted the wholesale food distribution centers. Today the Venezuelan politicians say that farmers must sell to the government and that farmers can’t keep food for themselves. The politicians will blame the farmers after the politicians sell the seeds needed for the next harvest.
Electricity is only available a few hours a day.
This political pattern is familiar and you should be able to guess what happens next. Venezuelan politicians bought political support by printing money. The Bolivar is now worth a third of a cent. Soon, the political elites in Venezuela will only settle for political payoffs in hard assets.
We’ve seen the collapse of Communist countries around the world time after time. Democrats want us to follow their example here in the United States. Human character is the same everywhere. Our politicians will promise anything to get elected.
Our local politicians are already trying Communism-lite. The left-liberal Seattle City Council passed a 15 dollar minimum wage. Restaurant jobs immediately fell in Seattle and grew outside the city. The same thing happened in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Jobs left the city and so did the people who hold them.
We’ve seen the same thing happen on a state-wide scale. Millions of US citizens fled New Jersey and California over the last several years. The working class moves to business-friendly states in search of jobs. The rich move to states with lower taxes. The only growth in California is in illegal immigrants.
The expected results are obvious. California’s state-run healthcare is crumbling.
California is not the only state with a shaky economy. In Illinois, the state budget is so precarious that bureaucrats stopped paying the Illinois lottery winners.
Here in the US, these Democrat controlled states are a model that candidate Bernie Sanders wants us to duplicate on a national level. The other Democrat candidates agree with him.
I don’t. Our politicians can’t manage the vastly smaller and simpler Department of Veteran’s Affairs. They are incapable of running an economy. No one can run the US economy. No one should. The politicians are simply after power. Equality is the latest excuse to grab power.