Monday, March 29, 2010

Obama Administration Through the Eyes of Karl Marx: Communism is at Hand

First, think of the phrase, to each according to their need, from each according to their ability to give. Need and ability are subject to government interpretation of course. This is the basic tenet of communism. When you look at all of the programs of Obama thus far, you will realize that he applies this principle to everything he does. Primarily, health care was based on the fact that it was deemed that millions had a need for care, and that care will be provided by those that are deemed to have the ability to fund it. There is nothing American about this and this nation was founded on market principles. Let's look at some of the other principles of communism as listed on wikipedia:
10 point program of Communism

1. Abolition of property in land and of all rents of land to public purposesThink of Utah for example.  60% of Utah is now owned by the federal government.  Think of how eminent domain is used. 
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.  Obama is taking this a step further.  Instead of it being progressive, he is just making it so that a majority of people pay no taxes.
3. Abolition of all right of inheritance. The punitive nature of estate taxes is working toward reaching this goal.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.  Recently, the FBI raided several "militia" groups.  Needless to say, their property has been seized. 
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.  Well, not only does the government control many banks, they control the federal reserve.  They also control mortgages and have a total monopoly on student loans now.  Essentially, our financial industry has just become nationalized in 15 months.
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.  The left has indirectly controlled the means of communication for decades until talk radio and the internet.  Look for the next big take over here.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.  Since producing food in our country is actually not an issue, I would translate this one to be our current environmental movement.
8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.  Unionization, unionization, unionization.  SEIU, UAW....
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.  By ignoring constitutional provisions for the separation of powers, as done with health care, the power of the state has been relegated to being merely an agent of the Fed.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.  The key here is public schools.  Private and home schooled kids will not be tolerated.

You know, having gone through this list, we are so much further along the communist road than I thought. 

18 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

I'd like to hear more of your views about "this nation was founded on market principles" and where those "market principles" have taken us with regard to globalization and outsourcing of jobs and insourcing of workers from Mexico and India.

jrchaard said...

I am not against outsourcing of jobs, but what I am against has been the anti-business climate with minimum wage and environmental laws that drive companies out of the US. cutting minimum wage will get rid of insourcing jobs practically over night. There is nothing market about a minimum wage. Surely, this has been going on for a long time now.

Kansas Bob said...

Car manufacturers were the first to offshore their assembly lines to places that had people who would work for next to nothing -how do American workers compete with that? Clothing manufacturers used child laborers in foreign countries - how do American workers compete with that? These days we outsource everything from telemarketing to radiology services via the internet - how do American workers compete with that?

American companies like A (as in American) T&T are outsourcing work and insourcing workers while cutting retiree benefits. I can get mad at Obama and give the CEOs a pass or I can just call them all weasels who are just looking out for themselves and their legacies.

The situation in this country is a complicated one. Prez Bush had his chance at free Halliburton-lobbyist-style enterprise and now Prez Obama is doing govt-insurance-lobby-style enterprise. I think that the system is broke and until we stop re-electing incumbents nothing will change.

jrchaard said...

Personally, I'm not convinced that we do have to have all manufacturing done here. If the global economy demands higher tech type manufacturing jobs, while traditional ones are shipped over seas, then I'm fine with that. I am a "tech" assembly line person. What eliminating minimum wage and so many of our laws will do is help keep the businesses in the US that would stay if only the cost of regulation and employment were a little less. If they can't find workers to work for what they offer or how they operate here in the US, then they will leave anyway. At least this way, gov won't be the cause. I'm not the kind of person that says a car or shirt have to be made here, but if it could have been, let's make that happen.

Kansas Bob said...

Do you feel that software jobs should be outsourced to cheaper places or that software developers should be insourced? It seems that minimum wage restrictions are not impacted in those positions.

jrchaard said...

Everything is affected by the minimum wage. It artificially raises the bottom. It lessens the amount of money I do make because everything goes up with it. If my job can be outsourced, that's the way of it, but as many have learned, when it comes to high tech, often times, time and language become an insurmountable barrier and frustration and delays negate the cost benefit.

Kansas Bob said...

What do you think of this from Wikipedia?

"First enacted in New Zealand in 1894, there is now legislation or binding collective bargaining regarding minimum wage in more than 90% of all countries.

Minimum wage rates vary greatly across many different jurisdictions, not only in setting a particular amount of money (e.g. US$7.25 per hour under U.S. Federal law, $8.55 in the U.S. state of Washington, and £5.80 (for those aged 22+) in the United Kingdom), but also in terms of which pay period (e.g. Russia and China set monthly minimums) or the scope of coverage. Some jurisdictions allow employers to count tips given to their workers as credit towards the minimum wage level."


According to this MW is not a USA thing. So how is it a major factor in attracting jobs to the US?

jrchaard said...

Well, our minimum wage far exceeds that of zambia. So, moving to a country where the mw is a dollar a day is cheaper than here. It is all punitive to allow the market to determine the actual minimum wage. Minimum wage should be defined as the lowest amount of money one is willing to receive to perform a task, not the minimum amount of money a business may charge regardless of task or performance. If wage doesn't reflect the value of the job or the quality it was done, then at the lowest level of the economic system, you are discombobulated. Why shouldn't a grocery store be able to pay some kid 4.25 to sack groceries and carry them out to your car so long as the kid will take the wage. What happens is that we don't see this service anymore.

Kansas Bob said...

I am okay with the minimum wage law not applying to kids.

jrchaard said...

but what is the purpose of the minimum wage. nobody can live on minimum wage. Why have one? Is it supposed to be a livable wage. Who sets that? If we shouldn't give the gov the power to set prices, we also shouldn't do it on wages. (the dirty secret is that unions like the UAW negotiate to have their wages get bumped when minimum wage increases, that's why they are always so vocal about it even though none of them make it)

Kansas Bob said...

Yeah, Scrooge didn't need a minimum wage to pay Bob Cratchit what he was worth.. McDonald's would probably be as generous as Scrooge.

jrchaard said...

And McDonald's would get away with it as they should provided their quality of food and dining experience didn't suffer to affect profit. Remember, nobody has to buy their products. Your quality of worker directly impacts profit. At least by stripping away the min wage, maybe our favorite place to eat could hire a couple of extra people to come in and just clean tables and floors, and pay higher wages to people that do higher end work. Then, the kid gets a job after school and the fry cook can make more money. Plus, cost will go down when you lower the min wage, which means lower wages go further.

Kansas Bob said...

So you see a direct correlation between wages and competence? I guess those CEOs are the most competent people in the World!

jrchaard said...

I trust the CEO, who is directly connected to the health of his business than the collectivization of wage efforts by the Fed.

Kansas Bob said...

The CEO is connected to his cronies on the board and if you evaluate their salaries the minimum wage ain't too bad.

jrchaard said...

So my friend, after long debate, what is your solution?

Kansas Bob said...

Christ is the answer! Remind me to tell you about how the Holy Spirit kept me from trying to take advantage of others when I was buying and selling houses in the 80s. We are all prone to take advantage of others unless a higher power steps in. In a sense we would not need the government to protect us if we just obeyed Philippians 2:3..

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."

Unfortunately even Christians don't get this scripture and sometimes consider themselves entitled and better than others.

jrchaard said...

I look forward to hearing your story. Perhaps I am a bit naive