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Judge the Socialist-Left on results, not intentions

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Judge the Socialist-Left on results not intentions

Brian Balfour of the Civitas Institute, details how policies meant to ‘Help’ the poor trap them in a never-ending cycle of poverty.

There was a time before many Leftist policy items had been tried that one could argue that they had ‘good intentions’. Several centuries ago, the precepts of wealth redistribution and collectivism were relatively new ideas to most untested in the harsh crucible of reality. So perhaps back in the 17th century would be valid to give them the benefit of the doubt, even though most learned people would say they made no logical sense.

The ‘Good Intentions’ excuse is no longer valid, along with every other pretence for socialism.

But that time is long since passed, centuries of horrific results should make it clear that the ‘Good Intentions’ excuse has long since worn out it’s welcome. The experiments in collectivism started with failure in the new American colonies of Jamestown in 1607 then Plymouth in 1620. These were not a very auspicious beginning with the results being starvation and death, aspects of which that have always plagued this ideology. These ideas also failed in the first experiment in socialism [As in the first use of the word] in New Harmony, Indiana in 1825  Continuing to the present with the same consistently horrific results. Of course, the good intentions excuse has fallen out in favour of some variation of ‘That wasn’t really socialism’ or the ‘socialism works in Scandinavia’ red herring. The latter being disproved here, here and here. The ‘That wasn’t really socialism’ dodge amounts to plain denial of historic fact, but that is all the Socialist-Left has in deflecting the results of their base ideology.

In addressing the ‘good intentions’ angle, Brian Balfour of the Civitas Institute wrote an excellent piece for The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) detailing how policies that are supposed to help with the poverty stricken actually have the opposite effect:

If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. Let’s count them down.

1: An Expanding Welfare State

For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state—programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.

I would recognize that an effective recipe for keeping poor people poor is to create incentives that push them into decisions that prevent them from climbing out of poverty.

Rather than help individuals, the perverse economic incentives created by the “social safety net” trap aid recipients on welfare.

Moreover, there is the impact the welfare state has on the family unit. Welfare programs break up families by replacing a father’s paycheck with a government check and benefits. Nationally, since LBJ’s Great Society ratcheted up government welfare programs in the mid-1960s, the rate of unmarried births has tripled.

2: Progressive Taxation Policy

High marginal taxes on profitable companies and small businesses alike discourage capital investment.

If I wanted to keep poor people poor, I also would finance the welfare state poverty trap through punitive taxes on the job and wealth creators of society.

3: Increase the Minimum Wage

Higher minimum wages will price more and more low-skilled people out of the labor market.

4: Support Restrictive “Green Energy” Policies

5: Increase the Business Regulatory Burden

If I wanted to keep poor people poor, I would see to it that government imposes many costly regulations on businesses. Such tight restrictions discourage businesses from starting or expanding, Such tight restrictions discourage businesses from starting or expanding.

6: Inflate the Money Supply

7: Impose High Tariffs

The price increases passed along to consumers disproportionately harm low-income households.

Finally, if I wanted to keep poor people poor, I would most definitely not support a competitive, free market economy. As Milton Friedman once famously schooled Phil Donahue:

So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear that there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.

Judge by results and not by intentions or word mutations.

Policies that supposedly help the poor clearly do the exact opposite. As seen in these examples or in every time socialism [or one of it’s 40 synonyms] is tried. So, even if one assumes that ‘good intentions’ are the basis these policies or that the Socialist-Left is lacking in the intellectual depth to understand what they are doing. The practical results of their socialist national agenda show that they are the opposite of what their supposed purpose. This is why it must be rejected once and for all.

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The truth about Thanksgiving

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The truth about Thanksfiving

Thanksgiving for many of us has been presented as a time when diversity worked. When a group of people who came seeking refuge from religious persecution was saved by another group of people. A time when different cultures could come together and share what they had to offer one another, culminating in a feast consisting of corn and turkey that was made to honor that moment.

Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

The drawbacks of doing so are few but potent. It would enrage hardline Muslims in the United States who may go after Bibi and her family, but that’s a risk she’ll face anywhere she goes. It would put US citizens and military personnel at greater risk than they already are when traveling abroad, especially in Muslim majority nations like Pakistan. Lastly, it would spark negative press against the President who would ask whether or not he would do the same for a Muslim in a similar circumstance.

All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

  1. It goes against the bigotry narrative. Don’t get me wrong. Mainstream media and leftists will still try to paint the act of offering asylum to a persecuted Pakistani family as racist because she’s Christian. Thankfully, most Americans are smart enough to see through that false narrative.
  2. Pakistan won’t mind. If anything, their preference would be for America, which is already evil in the eyes of most hardline Islamic Pakistanis, to accept a burden that will only perpetuate a narrative that already exists.
  3. It’s the right thing to do. Any time the President of the United States can do the right thing, he should. Lately, there just haven’t been many opportunities to do so.

Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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