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Socialism an Uneven Model for U.S.

  • October 23, 2008

    As many have probably seen in political ads by the McCain camp, Barack Obama was taped explaining to "Joe the Plumber" how he would "spread the wealth around", something that is contrary to the principles of our government and exactly what the founding fathers sought to dissuade (of course, they also wanted to avoid concentrations of wealth).

    While much of public probably has little idea what socialism really is, most know it to be a bad word when used against someone, and that's all they're really concerned about. Socialism, the intermittent step between capitalism and communism, is the process of changing privately held property into community-held property, or property of the people.

    In theory, communism is the highest form of society in that there is no class system and no need for conflict since all are equal owners; however, in practice, such societies almost always fail and often denigrate into totalitarianism, which achieves none of the desired goals.

    With the knowledge that communism and socialism do not work as advertised and with a capitalist society (in which we live), socialism undercuts the driving force of our society: entrepreneurship.

    The incentive to work harder and develop new skills and technology is fueled by the reward that comes with such endeavors, principally, money. Take that away and you have a stagnant economy and a stagnant nation that has nowhere to go except down.

    Sen. Obama's comments clearly run counter-intuitive to the form of government that we have established: taking from the high earners and giving to the lower earners without cause.

    But in all fairness, one of the biggest examples of socialism in the U.S. exists in Alaska, where residents have collective ownership of the natural resources of the state. Companies extracting these resources (think oil companies) are taxed by the state and then the money collected is re-distributed to the residents of the state, which according to the Alaska Permanent Fund Division, comes out to a little over $3,200 per person in 2008.

    While Gov. Palin is not responsible for the creation of the division or the program, she as governor has not acted to stop the socialist practice put in place, to little notice of anyone managing either campaign.

    If socialism is to be frowned upon, we as citizens and voting electorate should expect it to be done so across the board regardless of one's political affiliation.

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