Socialism Fails Every Time, We Don’t Need to Try It Again

If you have paid any attention to presidential politics in the last week, you probably heard about the discussion between Sen. Barack Obama and a plumber named Joe Wurzelbacher from Toledo, Ohio.

Joe the plumber’s question was pretty straight forward, “I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year. Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” Obama gave a long, drawn out answer about the supposed virtues of taking from the haves and giving to the have-nots. Then the Democrat nominee finished with this statement, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” from ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper

This exchange shows Obama’s love for socialism and his contempt for hard-working Americans. Apparently, despite the fact that socialism has failed every time it has been tried, Obama and the rest of the American left wants to try it again. Like Mitt Romney said at his Republican convention speech “We need change all right: change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington. We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington: Throw out the big-government liberals and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin.”

What’s amazing is that the failures of big-government socialism have been known for at least 100 years. In the early part of the 20th century, Ludwig von Mises, an Austrian Economist, wrote this about socialism:

“The second main objection raised against socialism is that it is a less efficient mode of production than is capitalism and that it will impair the productivity of labour. Consequently, in a socialist commonwealth the standard of living of the masses will be low when compared with conditions prevailing under capitalism…The only certain fact about Russian affairs under the Soviet regime with regard to which all people agree is: that the standard of living of the Russian masses is much lower than that of the masses in the country which is universally considered as the paragon of capitalism, the United States of America. If we were to regard the Soviet regime as an experiment, we would have to say that the experiment has clearly demonstrated the superiority of capitalism and the inferiority of socialism.” Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis, by Ludwig von Mises 1

And I found this quote I love about the dangers of socialism on my friend Greg McMurdie’s blog:

“We are chasing an illusion of equality . . . instead of freedom under States Rights and local self-government. Many have been deluded into a fuzzy morality which holds that equality and equal rights are the same thing. Forced equality contradicts the dream to excel; smothers individuality; restricts rights; removes freedoms; legislates mediocrity; waters down courage, thrift, self-reliance and initiative; and nurtures tyranny. An all-powerful federal government is a mass denial of freedom.” Tom Anderson, Church News. 2 September 1961.

I hope American will learn the lessons from the past failures of socialism and reject Barack Obama before he and his extreme liberal policies further destroy America.

1. From Wikipedia: Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (September 29, 1881 – October 10, 1973) was an Austrian Economist, philosopher, and a major influence on the modern libertarian and conservative movements. Because of his Jewish origin and his political opinions, he left Austria in 1934 and emigrated to Switzerland and eventually settled in the USA where he was a professor at New York University from 1945 until he retired in 1969.

The Race for President: Mitt Romney Analyzed

I thought I would start my analysis of presidential candidates with an in-depth look at my current preferred candidate, Mitt Romney. As you can see below, I have analyzed what the candidate has said on the issues (his stance) and what he has done (his record). I really enjoyed this exercise (a sign of a true political junkie) and look forward to going through this exercise for the other major candidates.

About the candidate: Mitt Romney (Republican) is the former governor of Massachusetts (serving 2003 through 2007). He is a former CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and the co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm. He also served as president and CEO of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family “America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.” Gov Romney, Feb 26, 2005
-Faced with the dilemma of choosing between same-sex marriage or civil unions after the MA Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages, Romney reluctantly backed a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage but still allowing civil unions
-Romney endorsed a petition effort led by the Coalition for Marriage & Family that would have banned same-sex marriage and made no provisions for civil unions

-Romney vetoed legislation to expand stem cell research because it allowed the cloning of human embryos for use in stem cell experiments–a practice Romney said amounts to creating life in order to destroy it.
-Romney vetoed legislation that would have made the Abortion pill available without a prescription

1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion Though running as pro-choice in a 1994 senate race, Romney has more recently said, “I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother… I believe that the states… should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.” Gov Romney, Boston Globe, July 26, 2005
1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
“We respect hard work … We are self reliant, we respect human life, we are a religious people… We are a purpose-driven people founded on the family unit. I think every child deserves to have a mother and a father.” Gov Romney, March 19, 2006
2. Defending Our Country “We need to increase our investment in national defense. This means adding at least 100,000 troops and making a long-overdue investment in equipment, armament, weapons systems, and strategic defense…We are going to need at least an additional $30-$40 billion annually over the next several years to modernize our military, fill gaps in troop levels, ease the strain on our National Guard and Reserves.” (Gov Romney, “Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges,” July/August 2007)
From a Mitt Romney Press Release
-In December 2006, Romney signed a memorandum of agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deputizing state troopers to enforce immigration laws.
-Romney vetoed a Massachusetts bill to provide in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

According to Tim Cruz of National Review Online
-Romney provided an influx of $700,000 in state aid to faith-based and community groups working to solve the crime problem
-He established an $11 million statewide gang prevention program in 2005
-Under Romney’s leadership, the total number of MA State Police grew by nearly 200 Troopers to the highest in the agency’s history.
-He championed “Melanie’s Law,” the toughest drunk driving law in the state’s history

2A. Defeating Terrorists “Today, as we stare at the face of radical violent Jihad and at the prospect of nuclear epidemic, our military might should not be subject to the whims of ever-changing political agendas. The best ally of peace is a strong America.” Gov Romney, Dearborn, MI, 2/13/07
2B. Protecting Our Borders “We need to make America more attractive for legal immigrants — for citizens — and less attractive for illegal immigrants. I want to see more immigration in our country, but more legal immigration and less illegal immigration.” Gov Romney, June 23, 2006
3. Free Market Economic Policy CNBC’s Larry Kudlow: “I think [Romney’s] a real capitalist. I think he’s a free market capitalist. I think he’s a supply-sider. He talked to me a lot about keeping the Bush tax cuts in place and lowering the corporate income tax” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 8/30/07)
-Upon entering office in 2003, Romney faced a $1.2 billion deficit

-Through spending cuts and lower taxes, and removal of tax loopholes the State had a $700 million surplus by 2006

-Romney increased the state gasoline tax by 2 cents per gallon

-The state legislature with Romney’s support also cut spending by $1.6 billion

-Romney sought additional cuts in his last year as Massachusetts governor by vetoing nearly 250 items in the state budget.

3A. Lower Taxes “I want to lower taxes. I want to lower marginal rates across the board. I want to lower taxes for corporations – we’re high relative to our competition around the world.” (CNBC’s “Kudlow & Company,” 8/28/07)
3B. Smaller Government Gov. Romney “imposed some much-needed fiscal discipline on a very liberal Massachusetts legislature.” (The Club For Growth, Press Release, 8/21/07)

“I don’t want to add entitlements. I want to find ways to reform our entitlement programs.” Gov Romney, Boston Globe, Jan 27, 2006


Romney’s grade point average, therefore, comes out to be 3.78 on a 4 point scale. He got a perfect score in 7 of the 9 categories. The two issues on which he was penalized were Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion (for his pro-choice stance in the 1990s) and Lower Taxes (for supporting a gasoline tax increase). Overall, not a bad showing for Romney.