Friday, October 31, 2008

Fact Check: Palin's Alaska spreads its wealth

Well the silly political season is almost over. I'm sure you're as tired of it as I am. But, there's still work to do. If we have to drag McCain's carcass over the finish line ourselves we need to do it to keep NObama out of the White House. Not that I have anything against the man personally. I just think his politics stink to high heaven.

When I heard Keith Olberman ranting about Sarah Palin being "socialist" because they "shared the wealth" in Alaska I laughed it off. What an idiot. He doesn't even know the difference between socialism and free enterprise. But now I'm seeing the quote flying all over the place.

Are HALF of the people in this country really that stupid? Is public education in this country really that far gone, that people don't know socialism from capitalism?

What Alaskans have is a product. It's called oil and gas (among many other resources they have). Alaska is set up so all residents have OWNERSHIP in that product. When the product is sold they all get a piece of the profits. That, my friends is not socialism! That is CAPITALISM. They have ownership much like any shareholder who owns stock in a company. When the company makes money and pays out a share of the profits in the form of dividends, THAT'S NOT SOCIALISM.

Socialism is when THE GOVERNMENT takes some of YOUR WEALTH (the end product of YOUR efforts) and redistributes it to others who they deem worthy but who otherwise have no ownership in your product, all in the interest of "fairness".

Er, Big difference, don't you think?

In NObama's world, he wants to take some of your property and "spread" it to people who had no part in earning it. (With a big fat cut off the top for government of course.) That's socialism. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs![" -- Karl Marx

So when some nut case starts regurgitating Olbamamerman's 'socialist' talking points to you, you will know what to say!

Fact Check: Palin's Alaska spreads its wealth

And while I'm at it I might as well address this Robin Hood thing I keep seeing. Some of these same people keep equating NObama's plan to "spread the wealth around" to what Robin Hood did. No. Robin Hood did not just rob from the rich and give to the poor. If you think that you missed the whole point.

In his battle against injustice and tyranny Robin Hood stole the ill-gotten gains from the illegitimate king and his corrupt followers and returned the money to the people it was stolen from. (Kinda like Bush's tax cuts following Clinton's tax hike!)

A short review: socialism bad. more socialism more bad. Redistribution of wealth = socialism. (remember: socialism bad). Higher taxes means fewer jobs. Who do you think hires people? The poor? This is the Land of Opportunity not the land of a 'right' to have everything free from cradle to grave. socialism leads to communism every time it's tried. Read history. Why does history repeat? Because people keep falling for warm fuzzy 'hope' and 'change' platitudes from smooth talking socialists. socialism bad.

This country was not founded on socialism. It did not become the greatest country in history in its 250 short years of existence based on socialism. It is built on FREEDOM and OWNERSHIP. Freedom creates OPPORTUNITY. Opportunity creates WEALTH. Socialism is the exact opposite of freedom. You can't have both!


Three follow-up questions I wish Joe the Plumber had asked NObama:

1. Don't you think that everybody has the same chance at success as I (or you) do?
2. How will taxing my success make someone else more successful? (Aside from politicians and bureaucrats skimming off the top.)
3. Do you think rich people make poor people poor? That is, do you think there is a finite amount of wealth that must be shared?


“That is what change means for Barack the Redistributor: It means taking your money and giving it to someone else.”


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