Bernie Sanders Flawed Socialist Model

Bernie touts the wonders of Socialist Denmark at his political rallies.     His followers embrace his generated image of the country without looking at the facts. Denmark has its freebies and welfare programs but they going broke fast.  How do I know?  I know a native born Dane who will give you the facts that Bernie and the media ignore.

Here are examples: They have some of the highest taxes in the world.  For example, there is a 25% sales tax. Can you image buying the family groceries with a tax this high?

The government takes over half of a person’s paycheck in order to redistribute it to the people who don’t work.  The problem is that the number of workers supporting the system is shrinking.  So the government passes new laws calling for higher taxes.  Among those who are on welfare are Muslim immigrants who refuse to work. Why should they?  They can have all of the benefits without paying into the system.

My Danish friend told me that the government publicly tells a rosy story that everybody is happy; however, if you talk to the Danes on the street they claim the government is sucking them dry.  He said American would never like living in a Danish home because the average number of rooms is 3 per dwelling.  Furthermore, the rooms are small.

Most Danes use bikes rather than cars for transportation. In addition, the birth rate is going down because married couples opt to have just one child. The choice is influenced by how expensive it is to live there. The declining Danish population means less people to support their Socialist government and its programs.

Yes Denmark has free healthcare and free college. It sounds rosy but there is a caveat. The nation is suffering a shortage of university trained engineers and degrees in the sciences. Many high paying jobs are vacant because people don’t want them. Instead, citizens are taking majors that are “fulfillment” according to a recent survey. To some it may sound good but it means a loss of business to outsiders who have the technical skills. The “fulfilled” students are taking lower paying jobs.  Students rationalize their choice by saying why spend years studying for a high paying career when the government will take as much as 56% of you salary. It is not worth it.

My Danish friend who now lives in the US said he moved here because his salary as a technical expert was eaten up by the government’s funding of the welfare state.  He went on to say that it is a myth that the government will provide free medical help until death.  He said his mother was DENIED medical prescriptions by doctors because they said she was too old and would eventually die. He traveled back to Denmark years ago and fought with the doctors because his mother was NOT even close to death. Eventually he persuaded the doctors to issue the prescriptions his mother needed but he pays for the medicine and not the government.

He admitted their medical facilities are far from the best. According to him, American hospitals have equipment the Danish hospitals dream about but cannot afford.

The Danish economy is weakening just like Sweden’s. The nation is being swamped by Muslim immigrants who are takers.  Along with the migration came a massive crime wave. Again the government tries to provide a rosy picture; however, my friend said when he talks with his fellow countrymen, they tell him that they are hiding the truth. The Danes never had a high crime rate until recently. It came with the influx of immigrants. Robbery is the top crime in Denmark now.

Bernie Sanders and his followers are ignorant of the facts or just want to ignore the facts. Danes want to move out of the nation but can’t afford to do so according to my Danish friend. He and many of his friends expect Denmark to be a Muslim nation in ten years if things don’t change.

People also use England’s socialized medicine as an example we need to follow. The new media didn’t report that the head of England’s medical system reported a few years ago they are running out of money. Yes you can get free medical attention at a clinic for common ailments. But their hospitals like Denmark’s don’t compare to American hospitals.

Another friend ‘s granddaughter was studying in the United Kingdom until she came down with a major illness that required hospitalization. After being admitted to the hospital, she called home and asked her family to get her out of the country and home to the United States for medical treatment.  She told her grandfather that the British hospital was like taking a step back to the 1940’s. Like Denmark, they didn’t have the high tech medical devices that are standard in American hospitals. They are years behind ours.

She was brought back to the US and quickly recovered. If you ask her about the socialized medicine of England, she will give you an ear full of her bad experience in the English hospital.

If the socialist system medicine is so good, why do people with major medical problems come to the US?

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The True Charlottesville Story

For people who don’t know history, the Confederate statues throughout the south were erected by Democrats.  Democrats dominated southern politics before and after the Civil War.

Some consider President Andrew Jackson to be the father of the Democratic Party. It was during his administration they adopted that name. Jackson was a major slave plantation holder.  So why isn’t the left wing demand the removal of ALL statues of Jackson?

 

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Trump Doctrine

Tonight, August 21, 2017, President Trump gave an historic speech. He announced a new policy/strategy that has implications for the war in Afghanistan.  No longer is the United States going to be involved in “nation building”. This reverses decades of trying to make nations over in the image of the United States. Instead, nations must choose their own destiny especially Afghanistan.

He served notice that the United States will wage war to win.  Trump made it clear that he will not micromanage the military’s efforts to fight the war. Our military has the brains and capacity to fight an effective and punishing war against the terrorists who threaten us and our allies. Instead, he will support their efforts with diplomatic, economic and military resources. He called upon our allies to bolster our efforts in killing the terrorists who are carrying out deadly attacks primarily in Europe.

Rather than arbitrary time tables, conditions in Afghanistan will determine the actions of the United States. He made it clear that the Afghan Government can only depend upon American support by taking a leading role in defeating the terrorists and not allowing the nation to become a sanctuary for terrorists again.

There will not be announcements of what the United States will do publicly because the enemy will adjust their strategy to counter American moves. Instead, the military has been given the green light to pursue victory without restraints from the Trump Administration. The goal of the US and our allies is to crush all the terrorists.

He issued a warning to Pakistan.  No longer can that nation expect to be given billions so they remain friendly towards the United States. Pakistan has been both a friend and enemy when it suited them in Afghanistan. They have supported the Taliban and have acted against them in their Northwest Territories. President Trump will not allow them to sit on the fence.  If they want continued economic support, they must not allow the Taliban to use their nation as a sanctuary. This is quite a warning since Pakistan needs that economic support. In addition, President Trump called on India, Pakistan’s enemy, to get more involved economically in Afghanistan.  This is a direct challenge to Pakistan. India is bigger and wealthier than Pakistan. Pakistan’s dubious role as a supporter and player in Afghan politics would be in jeopardy if India got involved.

In the larger picture, President Trump issued a warning to all nations that our economic aid will depend upon their support or lack of it. This has been a criticism of US policies under previous presidents. Too often money has been doled out even to hostile governments under the mistaken believe it would make them friendlier. Previous presidents obviously never learned their history lessons.

Trump does not believe in “leading from behind”. Victory is the goal. He wants American and allied forces to obliterate the terrorists so they no longer pose a threat to the American people. Rather than put politics at the top of his agenda and retain power, he wants to provide for the security of the American people. This is why his speech was so important.

You can be sure China will probably end up financially supporting Pakistan.  They already have bases in the country.  But the United States has wasted billions trying to Pakistan to act against the terrorists. The money can be better used to build up our own military.

Those people who believe that there should be peaceful solutions to terrorism are delusional. Terrorism is not new. If you study history, it has been around since the Stone Age. A good example that the kiss and hug groups that think this is the only solution obviously don’t understand why the United Nations was created. The UN was suppose to end wars and other violent actions through peaceful means. Since its creation, it has failed in that purpose like the pre-World War II League of Nations.

At the very least, unlike the Obama Administration we now have a clear strategy for the future. Only time will tell how effective the strategy will be. For our safety, all Americans need to support it.

 

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What Liberals Don’t Want You To Know About Charlottesville

A commonly held opinion is that the police made numerous mistakes in Charlottesville left wing –right wing clash.  Although it didn’t get much attention, an anonymous police office leaked that his force was told not to prevent the two groups from clashing. Normal procedure with opposing groups is to keep them separate like Boston did last week.

If you look at videos from the park area where the statue was there are no policemen even though it served as the flash point. The no interference order came from the town’s Democratic political leaders.  They wanted a clash.

My wife taught me a good lesson when she asked me why the Polish Government did not tear down the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.  I told her it serves as a reminder of Nazi evils along with being a memorial.  She said, “So why don’t they just add plaques telling people where these southern leaders who have statues stood on the subject of slavery?” Good idea was my reply.

“I wonder if they are going to tear down the Washington National Monument and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington , D.C. ” was my next thought. I went on to state that in Virginia they should tear down every statue of Virginia Democratic Senator Harry Byrd.  The Democrats supported him throughout his political career despite the fact that he was a KKK leader. While they are at it, they should tear down every statue of Democratic President Andrew Jackson. Jackson is considered by many to be the father of the Democratic Party because he gave them the name Democrat. He was beyond a doubt a slaver. While they are at it, they should get rid of any statue of our rapist ex-President Bill Clinton. He is the only president who lost his lawyer’s license because he committed perjury.

Wait! Shouldn’t they also take down any portrait or statue of Democratic Senators or Representatives who supported slavery before and after the Civil War.  But the Democrats want to distract people from knowing their own history. It was Democratic members of Congress who supported and wanted to expand slavery. The Republican Party was founded as an antislavery party. Lincoln’s election (He was the first Republican elected to the Presidency.) was the reason for the Democratic south succeeding from the Union.

As for symbols of the Confederacy, how about the Clinton-Gore campaign button from the 1992 presidential race.

The hypocrisy of liberals and Democrats demonstrates they want to hide their own history of supporting slavery. This is historical fact. It was Democratic legislatures that put grandfather clauses, polling taxes, and literacy tests into state laws to prevent African-Americans from voting for decades. But most American liberals don’t know or ignore their own history.

It was the Radical Republicans who enacted the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments over the objections of Democrats.  The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in ALL states, the 14th Amendment provided “equal protection” to all and the 15th Amendment gave black men the right to vote.

President Eisenhower enforced the desegregation of education to the point he used airborne soldiers in Little Rock, Arkansas. Southern Democratic governors opposed him every step of the way.

So historically speaking, Democrats fought civil rights while Republicans championed them.  You just have to look at the historic record. So do we tear down all statues of Democrats?

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Comey Fired, About Time

History will not treat Comey well. James Comey will forever go down in history for declaring that Hillary Clinton violated the law through her serious security lapses with State Department e-mails but was not going to be prosecuted because she didn’t “intend” to violate the law. Right there he was acting as the Attorney General rather than the investigator. A multitude of legal experts agree that he exceeded his authority with his statements about Hillary Clinton at that time. His sole function was to enforce our national laws through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She clearly violated security regulations and she knew about them because she enforced them within the State Department. He botched an investigation and made it political.

Tucker Carlson, Fox News commentator, had the best interview about the firing with former District of Columbia attorney Joseph DiGenova. DiGenova worked with the FBI for many years so he is very knowledgeable about how a Director of the FBI should function.

Carlson simply asked him, “How did this happen?” James Comey violated Justice Department regulations according to DiGenova. He elaborated by stating, “James Comey is a danger to the country. He surrounds himself with his own cult of personality.  He believes he is the last righteous man standing.  When he held that news conference on July 5th and accused Hillary Clinton and then exonerated her, he violated every rule and regulation of the Department of Justice.  He should have been fired that day.” So I have to ask Democrats and leftists, why didn’t Obama fire him?

DiGenova elaborated on Comey’s transgressions by saying, “His job is to investigate and give the evidence to the Department of Justice and let them decide. He usurped the function of every prosecutor in the Justice Department.  He should have been fired that day.” So again, why didn’t Obama fire him?

“He violated every known rule of the Department of Justice,” stated DiGenova. Since it was clear that Comey was not following regulations, Obama had justification for firing him.  The question remains, why didn’t he? Weird!

Once the announcement of Comey’s firing came out, Democrats and the left wing media immediately criticized Trump for doing so.  Yet months ago they were calling for Comey’s head and wanted him fired. When asked about this, DiGenova gave a classic response. “If it wasn’t for double standards, the Democrats wouldn’t have standards. They have no principles.” Yes! True! True! True! They are hypocrites.

As usual, the Democrats and the left are more concerned about demeaning Trump and obstructing his draining of the swamp because they are the swamp. They put party politics above the safety, security and welfare of the American people. DiGenova was right on target when he said, “They have no principles.”

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Sanctuary Cities Deadly For Criminals

I predicted that sanctuary cities would become the homes of many of our illegal aliens and that crime would explode in these cities. The lack of cooperation with federal officials in turning over criminals and providing safe havens for them naturally would attract more and more criminals to move into these sanctuaries. Only an idiot would think otherwise but this nation has a lot of liberal misguided idiots.

Each week stories are breaking about how crime is increasing in these cities and overwhelming the police. Chicago is on the same murderous path with over 200 deaths so far.  This is only one statistic because it doesn’t include people shot and wounded.

Now the mayor of Baltimore has asked the FBI for help. To quote Mayor Catherine Pugh, “Murder is out of control.” She is correct. The murder rate has shattered a 20 year record and the year is not even over.  A new murder record will be established by December 30, 2017.

But wait, wasn’t this the city that prosecuted police officers in the van death of Fred Gray? Yes! Wasn’t this the city where the city prosecutor tried to convict six police officers in his death? Yes! Wasn’t this the city that lost the cases because even a black judge said the cases lacked merit? Yes! Wasn’t this the city where as a result of a lack of support by the city’s administration many of the police officers moved to other communities to serve or retired? Yes!

Chicago, Baltimore and other sanctuary cities are experiencing the same massive crime wave because of the wrong-headed policies of the Democrats. Common sense will tell you “sanctuary” status is a magnet for the criminal element in our nation.  They will flood into these urban centers knowing the federal authorities are being defied.

Adding fuel to the sanctuary city fire is a new unclassified FBI report. The FBI Office of Partner Engagement Report declared that police are no longer engaging in proactive policing in these cities.

It all began in 2014 with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It became the spark for the liberal leftist social justice movement to “made it socially acceptable to challenge and discredit the actions of law enforcement.”

According to FBI spokesman Matthew Bertron, “Nearly every police official interviewed agreed that for the first time, law enforcement not only felt that their national political leaders [publicly] stood against them, but also that the politicians’ words and actions signified that disrespect to law enforcement was acceptable in the aftermath of the Brown shooting.”  The politicians he mentioned were the liberal Democrats, including President Obama, who used every opportunity to criticize, mock and denigrate the police.

The criminal element is concentrating in the sanctuary cities. They have become war zones. Despite the obvious, the Democrats continue to defy the federal government and refuse to cooperate with them. Yet their police forces are being overwhelmed. Police are retiring, moving to jobs in other locales or now being proactive because of what the liberals have spawned. Rather than work with the feds to stamp down on crime, they play opposition politics to the detriment of the poor innocent people who cannot move away from the violence. The innocent non-criminal citizens of these cities don’t matter in their eyes. Politics is what is important.

The only fortunate thing is that the criminals are killing the criminals. As police enforcement declines, crime will continue to become more rampant. Chicago and Baltimore should serve as warnings of what lies ahead. But the warnings will NOT be heeded. Instead, Democratic Party politicians will continue to allow the mayhem to continue to because in their minds it is politically the thing to do.

Eventually, those who can move, including companies, will leave the sanctuary cities for safer areas. This will result in lost revenues and higher taxes to make up the difference. The cities will become poor areas that will deteriorate so much that nobody will want to live there. But you can be sure the politicians will blame others for their misguided and just plain stupid decisions to be “sanctuary” cities. It doesn’t have to be if they come to their senses.

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Deaf, Dumb and Blind Democrats

I am always amazed how Democrats remain steadfast in their ideals and support for Obama’s failed left-wing policies.  Rather than cut loose from policies that don’t work such as ObamaCare, they defend and continue to support what is very obviously a disaster. Every year of ObamaCare has witnessed a financial money pit that has sent our national debt spiraling up, up and up. It was deliberately written in such a convoluting way that even after it was passed without reading (which is a stain on the voting record of the Democrats), people still could not comprehend it. In addition, it just doesn’t work as reported by the major insurance companies who have withdrawn from the insurance exchanges.

Then there is the national debt which established a new historical record for the Obama Administration.  It was $10 trillion when he entered office.  It was close to $20 trillion when he left office. So over 8 years the Obama Administration with the support of the Democrats and some Republicans accumulated a debt equal to what all presidents had created over a 225 year period. Not a good record but one that the Democrats defend.

The Democrats have also been silent about the Inspector General’s Office issued a damning report about the financial mismanagement of the Housing and Urban Development Department. According to the Inspector General, HUD cost the nation $516.4 billion dollars because of “weak internal controls over financial reporting which led to errors and delays in preparing financial statements; several ‘significant deficiencies’; and instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations.” Yes, “noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations!” Yet this gross mismanagement and waste of money doesn’t seem to bother the Democrats. It was the worst case of financial mismanagement according to the Inspector General. Yet there was no outcry from the Democrats about how how HUD engaged in what was obviously criminal activity.

Then there was the diplomacy of Obama and his “leading from behind” strategy in fighting aggression and terrorism. “I think he left a more dangerous world,” Barry Pavel, senior director for defense policy and strategy on the U.S. National Security Council staff from 2008 to 2010 said about Obama’s soft approach to aggression and terrorism.

“In Syria, a major mistake was treating it like a humanitarian crisis, when it was a major national security crisis that has caused destabilization on our closest allies in Europe,” Pavel said, “Syria has been a source of terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States, and future attacks.”

“Potential adversaries know we had the capability, but not the will” to strike out at aggressive actions by certain nations against their neighbors or their own people, Pavel, who is director at Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, said. “Because they knew that the Obama administration would never use military force for any purpose, they felt free to conduct their coercive actions in the South China Seas, the Russians went into Iran and Syria and North Korea accelerated their nuclear arms program.”

Again Democrats praised Obama’s “leading from behind” policy.  To them, they think Obama made the world safer despite the growth of North Korea’s nuclear proliferation, Russian aggression, Chinese expansion into the South China Sea, Iran’s increasing sponsorship of terrorism, explosion of terror attacks outside and inside the United States, the birth of ISIS, etc. under the Obama watch.

Remember Obama repeatedly stated that the greatest danger to the United States was not terrorism or foreign aggression but CLIMATE CHANGE. Well in 8 years he never accomplished anything to reduce climate change except to spend money on “green energy” which cannot supply our nation’s needs.  Germany learned that lesson decades ago after it had a “green energy” revolution that was an expensive disaster.

Perhaps what is most puzzling is their lemming like following of Obama’s national political agenda. In simple terms, they lost political power by following the far-left policies of Obama. Here are the statistics showing what they lost:

  • Democrats surrendered the White House to non politician President Donald J. Trump.
  • Democrats ran the Senate and House in 2009. Now they control neither.
  • US Senate seats slipped from 58 to 46, (not counting the Independents that vote Democrat and special Massachusetts election)
  • US House seats fell from 256 to 194.
  • Democrat State Legislative seats decreased by 959.
  • Democrat Governorships slid from 28 to 16.
  • State legislatures (both chambers) plunged from 27 to 14, down 48 percent
  • Trifectas (states with Democrat governors and both legislative chambers) cratered from 17 to 6, down 65 percent.

A sane and astute group of politicians would have changed their policies by learning from their mistakes.  Not the Democrats!

They refuse to admit their loss of power was due to over-bearing regulations that stifled business growth, laws like ObamaCare that created a plethora of part-time jobs, negotiations that increased an unfavorable balance of trade, limited banks ability to lend money to new businesses, campaigned on social issues that only impacted a tiny segment of our national population, not enforcing existing laws against illegal criminals, etc. Compounding the situation, they went on a spending spree that achieved nothing significant for the average American.  As a matter of fact, government statistics show that the middle class decreased by 7% and fell below the 50% mark for the first time in ages.

To pay for their spending, they taxed, taxed, taxed to the point that Democratic controlled states have the highest debts, the greatest crime, rampant corruption and decreasing populations. People are fleeing the Democratic liberal bastions for the lower taxed Republican states. Yet they continue to double-down on their failed policies and ignore reality.

Unbelievably, they are like psychopaths who blame others for their failures. But this is not surprising, Democrats under Obama called all who opposed their wrong-headed policies racists. That was the easy thing to do.  Unfortunately, they are in a political trough that is leading them into a political abyss. They think they will start to recoup their power in the 2018 Congressional elections with the same tired agenda that Hillary Clinton ran on 2016.  It didn’t work then so why would it work now?

Einstein’s adage that “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity” applies to the Democrats. They are out-of-touch with reality and what the American want and need.

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