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People never learn lessons from socialist failures. They always - say "if the right people were running things.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2018 - 4:30 am In Reply to: Giving a nice sounding name to socialized medicine, - AKA single payer, Medicare for All,

Most countries like Sweden are not socialist. they are capitalist with a welfare state.

If you truly want to look at a socialist country, look at Venezuela. They were a rich country with a lot of oil reserves, gold, diamonds, many resources. Hugo Chavez, you know that guy that Democrats love, like Sean Penn, Jeremy Corbyn of Britain, Oliver Stone (My Friend Hugo), took in $1 trillion in oil profits. He nationalized private companies because he said the government could run them better than private individuals (this is what Elizabeth Warren wants to do).

Then after Hugo confiscated all profits and redistributed some in social programs (this of course kept him in power), he took control of all branches of power: executive, legislative, judicial and military. He and his supporters rewrote Venezuela’s Constitution, eliminated the nation’s Congress and replaced it with a National Assembly, which Chávez controlled. He used this body to extend presidential terms and abolish term limits. He stacked the Supreme Court with those loyal to him. After his government increased state control over the oil industry. He destroyed the private sector by confiscating all industry and putting it under government control.

People love the short-term effects of socialism, but giving the government that much control has consequences. “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” Gerald Ford

What happened in Venezuela is the price of oil dropped. Other people's money started running out. The oil money dried up. Venezuela couldn't stand on it's own two feet people the government took over industry. There was no economic resilience or free enterprise (free market, capitalism). No new ideas coming in. Total dependency.

So my point is that electing a democratic socialist to redistribute the nation’s wealth ended up fostering corruption, crushing the economy, and reducing the power of the people.

Democratic socialists make the idea sound "noble." That's why it always is a hit with some people, universal health care, universal education, free college tuition, massive minimum-wage increases, redistributing wealth, certain price controls. The problem is moving wealth from one to another never produces wealth.

This has happened throughout history. Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant wrote about it in The Lessons of History.

The big-government socialist model ignores the principles of human nature.


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