Thursday, August 11, 2011

Van Jones and the Contract For An American Socialist Nightmare

As much as those on the left denigrate and demean conservatives on the right, it is most laughable that they seem to think imitating our ways can elevate them to power. This cannot be demonstrated any better than the latest move by former Obama Environmental Adviser Van Jones, forced to resign in disgrace due to past involvement with a known Marxist Group, the 911 Truther Movement and for publicly disparaging congressional Republicans, as he copies Republican Newt Gingrich’s 1994 Contract With America that propelled Republicans into power.

Jones, working with calls his A Contract for the American Dream, playing off of the 1994 Republican contract mentioned above. That’s where the similarities end. As US News’ Peter Roff puts it, “it fails to define the specifics of what a new Democratic majority would do if returned to power along with President Barack Obama, something the GOP's Contract with America did clearly and succinctly.”

While the contract does not explain fully and clearly in specific terms, looking it over with a discerning eye reveal it to be yet another call for massive spending increases and expansion of government well beyond any America has ever endured to date. Contrary to its claim of for the American Dream, it is actually a contract for a socialist nightmare.

It begins playing off of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 I Have A Dream speech, “I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

The contract then launches into a tirade heard all too often these past few years from the socialist left, “America is not broke. America is rich – still the wealthiest nation ever. But too many at the top are grabbing the gains.” And, “Americans need jobs, not cuts. Many of our best workers are sitting idle while the work of rebuilding America goes undone… We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis.”

Those “at the top” who are constantly accused of taking too much, not paying their fair share, not giving back and what have you, pay over 50% of the taxes already! They are also the ones who own the companies that supply the jobs we used to have, but have now lost due to our continuing economic decline.

As CNN has finally admitted, There Aren’t Enough ‘Rich’ People to Tax to really make a dent in our trillions of dollars in external debt, the highest of any nation on the planet currently. From where I come from, if you are so deep in debt you cannot pay it off in a reasonable amount of time, you’re broke!

None of this stops Jones from sending out an email through pandering to people with, “If you're fed up with Washington and tea party politics, sign the Contract for the American Dream today.” That the Tea Party people want the staggering debt paid down and freeing up Billions of our Tax Dollars now being spent every month on interest payments, instead of being invested in America and our people escape Jones in his 10 step proposal he calls “for the American Dream” below.

1. INVEST IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. Rebuild our crumbling bridges, dams, levees, ports, water and sewer lines, railways, roads and public transit. We must invest in high-speed Internet and a modern, energy-saving electric grid. These investments will create good jobs and rebuild America. To help finance these projects, we need national and state infrastructure banks.

Wouldn’t it be great to have the debt paid down enough to recover some of those Billions of Dollars in interest payments going out every month to do just this? But, since our tax dollars are paying interest, what recourse is there currently? Raise taxes on everybody and borrow more, going deeper into debt.

2. CREATE 21ST-CENTURY ENERGY JOBS. We should invest in American businesses that can power our country with innovative technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal systems, hybrid and electric cars, and next-generation batteries. And we should put Americans to work making our homes and buildings energy efficient. We can create good, green jobs in America, address the climate crisis, and build the clean energy economy.

A job is a job, where I come from. The so-called “Green Energy” remains unperfected, unreliable and overly expensive. It can only remain in business now by pouring our tax dollars into it. For there to be jobs of any amount would require more tax dollars being poured into those companies. Additionally, as Europe discovered, “Subsidizing renewable energy in the U.S. may destroy two jobs for every one created.”

Ignored are studies showing if the government ended their moratorium on drilling our own oil just in the Gulf of Mexico, by the end of 2012 we could add 230,000 American jobs; More than $44 billion in US gross domestic product; Nearly $12 billion in tax and royalty revenues for state and federal treasuries; and a $15 million reduction in the amount the US sends to foreign governments.

3. INVEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. We should provide universal access to early childhood education, make school funding equitable, invest in high-quality teachers, and build safe, well-equipped school buildings for our students. A high-quality education system, from universal preschool to vocational training and affordable higher education, is critical for our future and can create badly needed jobs now.

Yes, just what we need, more tax dollars going to the Teachers Union while kids graduating from public schools complain now they weren’t taught the skills to land a good job. This is evidenced by a recent comment made by Washington State Democrat Sen. Patty Murray who said, “Too often, I hear from students who feel that what they learn in school isn’t relevant to the work they will do when they graduate -- and unfortunately, too often they’re right.”

Her solution? More tax dollars to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act in order to train young people entering the workforce with what they did not receive from public education.

4. OFFER MEDICARE FOR ALL. We should expand Medicare so it's available to all Americans, and reform it to provide even more cost-effective, quality care. The Affordable Care Act is a good start and we must implement it—but it's not enough. We can save trillions of dollars by joining every other industrialized country—paying much less for health care while getting the same or better results.

Even with the current problems in our health care in America, other system have  been shown a failure in giving better care to  more people. Even the New York Times came out last year recommending economically struggling Greece to abandon their socialized health care. And, our following suit, pouring more and more tax dollars into Obamacare and expanding Medicare for all is somehow different?

5. MAKE WORK PAY. Americans have a right to fair minimum and living wages, to organize and collectively bargain, to enjoy equal opportunity and to earn equal pay for equal work. Corporate assaults on these rights bring down wages and benefits for all of us. They must be outlawed.

Outlaw people’s right to work unless they join the unions? Referring above, once the government stripped the so called rich, who run and own these corporations they are complaining about, how many do you think will still be in existence? There won’t be any corporations except government owned corporations.

While the minimum wage always sounds good, has it really helped anyone? No. It is supposed to be entry level workers who are unskilled still. If you expect a fair wage, learn a viable skill. Government requirements on wages is part of what drives our jobs overseas where companies can operate with reasonable labor costs and still offer a product we can afford to buy. It goes without saying that every penny you tack onto a business in expenses are added to the cost of their product when consumers purchase it.

Unions, in their ever increasing demands placed on businesses have contributed to jobs heading overseas too. They no longer stand for fairness and safe working conditions as they once did, but have gotten as greedy if not greedier that business owners have been accused of. And, since they funnel money into Democrats campaigns to keep them elected, little wonder Democrats continue to support their demands.

That is not an American Dream.

6. SECURE SOCIAL SECURITY. Keep Social Security sound, and strengthen the retirement, disability, and survivors' protections Americans earn through their hard work. Pay for it by removing the cap on the Social Security tax, so that upper-income people pay into Social Security on all they make, just like the rest of us.

Once again, stick it to others. Social Security would be sound now if past Democratic administrations hadn’t raided it to fund their insatiable spending habits.

7. RETURN TO FAIRER TAX RATES. End, once and for all, the Bush-era tax giveaways for the rich, which the rest of us—or our kids—must pay eventually. Also, we must outlaw corporate tax havens and tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. Lastly, with millionaires and billionaires taking a growing share of our country's wealth, we should add new tax brackets for those making more than $1 million each year.

Tax, tax, tax, but only a portion who already pay over half of all taxes received. The socialist doesn’t mention that if it were to be actually made fair, the 47% now who pay no income tax and still receive a refund every year ought to pay something too.

8. END THE WARS AND INVEST AT HOME. Our troops have done everything that's been asked of them, and it's time to bring them home to good jobs here. We're sending $3 billion each week overseas that we should be investing to rebuild America.

Actually defending America is something the socialist left loathes. Of note, they always preach “end the wars” not “win the wars.” They are who tie our Troops hands as they did us in Vietnam with ridiculous ‘rules of engagement.’ They are the ones who do not honor the Troops for their sacrifices, but look down upon them and consider them victims. They are the ones who discuss cutting defense at a time those Troops are in harm’s way.

If the socialist left had their way, our Military would be disbanded, save a dedicated force they would use to enforce their socialistic regulations upon us all. That, my friends, is a socialist nightmare.

9. TAX WALL STREET SPECULATION. A tiny fee of 1/20th of 1% on each Wall Street trade would raise tens of billions of dollars annually with little impact on actual investment. This would reduce speculation, "flash trading," and outrageous bankers' bonuses—and we'd have a lot more money to spend on Main Street job creation.

Again, tax, tax, tax. That is the socialist dream, tax all of us to pay for their wealth to grow. We pay the taxes, the drive the wealthy out of the country with their restrictive taxation and that leaves us, funneling what little we have left to the socialist elites at the top. They become the rich without working for it and we become the poor while working for them. All you need do is look to the plight of those in Cuba, North Korea and the struggles of the people in Venezuela. China too would be a good example where even as their economy is expanding, union workers earn $12 a day!

American Dream? Not hardly.

10. STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY. We need clean, fair elections—where no one's right to vote can be taken away, and where money doesn't buy you your own member of Congress. We must ban anonymous political influence, slam shut the lobbyists' revolving door in D.C. and publicly finance elections. Immigrants who want to join in our democracy deserve a clear path to citizenship. We must stop giving corporations the rights of people when it comes to our elections. And we must ensure our judiciary's respect for the Constitution. Together, we will reclaim our democracy to get our country back on track.

We already have clean and fair elections. At least, if a Democrat wins, that is. And, if they worry about money buying a member of congress, do they complain about unions funneling some $30 Million into Wisconsin recently in an effort to undo last years’ election there?

How does granting amnesty to illegal aliens strengthen Democracy? More votes for Democrat candidates? Do we really need our tax dollars going to ensure Democrats win every election? If Corporations, recently ruled by the Supreme Court to have free speech rights in elections, do not have any right to contribute to elections, how is it unions do?

If they are concerned about the Judiciary upholding our constitution, shouldn’t they object to rewrites of it by the left to fit their agenda and Justices that look to foreign nation’s laws for precedence on constitutional matters?

Our country, a Republic not a Democracy by the way, has been on track for a long time. We had a strong middle class because of those wealthy the socialist left hates. They invested in their businesses, took the risk and hired more and more people. The Socialist is who came along and decided they needed to give up what they worked for.

And now, they mask their efforts at rebuilding America into a shadow of the failed Soviet Union by calling it “an American Dream.”

The only way the American Dream was ever achieved was by working for it and being free to make what you can. Those who would desire to start up a new company under Jones’ plan would be penalized if they were successful.

That isn’t a dream they offer, but a nightmare.


Storm'n Norm'n said...
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Storm'n Norm'n said...

Ref:"That is not an American Dream"

The words reminded me of the title of a book I read back in the 70's, "Restoring The American Dream" by Robert Ringer (the author claimed to be a Libertarian but the book contained much conservative thought). I recall a statement in the book concerning minimum wage...Ringer stated,(I'm paraphrasing)"Minimum wage increases also increased unemployment especially among blacks since 1948." Then by scanning and old book at our public library I read where the minimum wage was increased to thirty-five cents per hour (up from thirty cents) resulting in wiping out an entire industry...the knitting industry. That was back in 1939 but it only goes to proove that since FDR brought us the minimum wage rule book something bad happens on the way to becoming fully employed.
Henry Ford had the right idea. He understood that increased productivity makes it possible to increase wages without increasing prices. Remember when he doubled the wages of his employees (without a government mandate)...productivity shot up!

LewWaters said...

Yes Norm, Henry Ford, who saw that by shortening the hours his employees worked to 40 per week raised productivity and gave workers leisure time to purchase and use so many items he and fellow industrialists were manufacturing.

Few people take the time to note that when Democrats passed their last minimum wage increase in 2007, unemployment began creeping upward right after and has been steadily climbing since.

Henry Ford also was very anti-union, seeing they caused more problems than they claimed to solve.

Storm'n Norm'n said...

I recall the words of Ted Kennedy,speaking of the 2007 minimum wage increase: " They haven't had a raise in ten years."
He actually released an official paper from his senate office stating the same.... When I read it I responded to his office, "Minimum wage is an entry wage and people move on and up as they gain experience and education. If you can find me one person in these United States that started out at minimum wage ten years ago and has not had a raise then maybe I could go along with your official declaration." Needless to say his office did not respond.
Also in 2007... I used to stop by the local Dairy Queen for one of their soft-serve ice cream cones. Being such a regular customer I had the correct change ready...that is until one day the employee told me the price had increased by fifteen cents...I asked, "What happened?" The employee said, "Minimum wage was increased today." Which again prooved my point in many of my discussions that minimum wage does one or two things, and in most cases both! It gets people (especially at the entry level positions) laid off and increases the cost of everything else.


ps: Lew, great post!