Ruminations of a Despondent Ex-Subject of Socialism

So we were thinking, while watching and reading all of the quite proper arguments against raising taxes, excuse us, “enhancing revenue” in the middle of an economic depression as a means of eliminating the deficit combined with the gargantuan clusterfrack that is the impending EUro Collapse:

Why hasn’t a single one of the supposedly “best and brightest” GOP candidates connected the two because, to us, it’s pretty blindingly obvious.

But perhaps that’s only because we, unlike the moron politicos of this nation, actually have some first hand experience with that sort of thing. Maybe it’s a “you had to be there” sort of thing.

The EUnuchZone has some of the most outrageously confiscatory, rapacious taxes in the world and just what did that do to help them with their deficit?

We realize that the destructive effect of government theft of resources is obvious to anybody with an IQ of at least 50 and thus within the grasp of even Jon Huntsman, which might explain why none of the eggheads in the race have thought of elaborating on it further, but it ought to be equally obvious to those wannabes that the lesson clearly hasn’t sunk in among a sizable proportion of American voters, being the spoiled, cushioned, ignorant of the ways of the world brats that they are, so perhaps it might help to point it out to them?

We mean, EUnuchistan is about the width of three crotch hairs away from utter economic implosion and if you want a case study of Nanny and Welfare Statism, you can’t ask for a better one, so why not point it out?

We’d do so ourself — who are we kidding? We’ve done nothing but for going on ten years now — but evidently the great unwashed of this country (and pretty much the entire punditry) have no use for the experiences of people who’ve actually lived the “dream”, much better to leave that sort of analysis to the eggheads at the Weakly Standard or National Review who wouldn’t recognize socialism if it jumped up and bit off their carefully coiffed bangs, having no experience with it at all beyond trying to split a tab at the Four Seasons.

So hey, you “conservative think tank” geniuses. It’s right there. Would it kill you to point it out?


It would be uncivil and probably lead to a lot of instances of being uninvited to important cocktail parties inside the Beltway.

Can’t call socialists “socialists” or point out their failures, now can we? It’s simply not done.

Don’t Let’s Be Beastly to the Commies.



  1. 1
    Special Ed growls and barks:

    Wella. Still need more ammo. A local store is having a “Black Friday” sale on ammo, and GUNS AT COST. Hmmm. Might just stop by …

    Fusstess”‘! Wif de mostess’!!

  2. 2
    tweell growls and barks:

    Yet another demonstration of how the Stupid Party manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It also shows how little difference there is between the leadership of each. Sigh.

  3. 3
    Special Ed growls and barks:

    Seems to me that I heard that the “revenue enhancements” proposed by the Stoopid Potty consisted of actual revenue enhancers: i.e. tax cuts on larger-scale earners.

    Of course, the way the stuporcommittee was set up was a guarantee of success for both sides. Both Dems and Repubs get to look like they’re “Doing Something” while risking huge danger to institutions and other considerations they hold dear (military and social {votebuying} programs. The fact that even when they failed to agree on cutting about eight freaking percent from the deficit spending over ten non-congressionally-binding years, said mandatory cuts don’t occur for a period sufficient to change the entire premise of the bargain, is apparently lost on most folks. But not our congressweasels. Sorry weasels, seriously, sincerely sorry.

    My solution would be slightly different:

    ME: “Cut two trillion from next year’s budget by the end of the day, please.”

    ANY CONGRESSPERSON: “That’s impossible!”

    .45ACP: Bang!

    ME: Cut two trillion dollars from next year’s budget by the end of the day, please. (Points) Don’t step in that.”

    ANY OTHER CONGRESSPERSON: “What do you want from us!?”

    ME, slightly puzzled.: “Cut two trillion dollars from next year’s budget, please.”

    ANY CONGRESSPERSON: “How are we supposed to do that? Where do we cut?”

    ME: Shrug.

    ANY CONGRESSPERSON: “It can’t be done!”

    .45ACP: Bang!

    ANY CONGRESSPERSON: “You’re a madman!”

    ME: “Madman, congressman – I’m the one with the gun.”

    .45ACP: … …

    God Bless the Secret Service and the USMC! Bloody roadblocks … grumble grumble …

  4. 4
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    As a former citizen of a heavily socialist nation, I have been speaking, cajoling and outright shouting and those in my sphere of influence that all that is happening here I have personally seen and lived before and the end result is not pretty, that it is best to vote them out NOW and not wait for later.It took a military coup to straighten out my old country (for a while), then when the Mil. stepped down, all went to crap again in less than 10 years following. The problem is that no native born American currenty alive has ever experienced full bore socialism with rationing, government intrusion down to the toilet-in-your-house (Oh, well maybe that one) with rationed toilet paper, sugar, flour, milk and meat level, so they simply cannot mentally connect the dots. Sorry Misha and the rest of our loyal Rotties, it is going to take a full in your face 2×4 hit to wake up the American populace. And yes, continually prepare to overcome difficuly, with whatever means you are able . Wife does not understand why I am so into stocking canned goods, buying up kerosene pressure lamps (Mr Coleman, bless you) and why I have stocked firewood. flour, sugar and so on. Not as much as I would like, but it is a start.

  5. 5
    GamerFromJump growls and barks:

    It says something when a city in China (Wenzhou) is better at being capitalist than America’s managed in the last 20 years.

  6. 6
    emily_nelson growls and barks:

    Terrapod @ # 4:
    “As a former citizen of a heavily socialist nation…”

    Where did you used to live Terrapod?

  7. 7
    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    You said it well, Terrapod…and I agree totally, explaining why I have done what I have done, and it is extensive.

  8. 8
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    I will name 3 countries I have lived in and all 3 went socialist/military/socialist (not all same years) during my formative years – Argentina, Uruguay, Chile – so I have seen this crap up front and personal. Can anyone here comprehend inflation so severe that the cold cuts in the butcher shop window had word codes on them for price per 100 grams, and the butcher had a calculator and pegged the cost in pesos to the current hourly exchange rate adjustments of the government to the Dollar? No, I did not think so, but I have lived it. Also, people literally running to any shop rumored to have received in a shipment of flour, sugar, toilet paper, whatever… You spent your weekly paycheck the day received because tomorrow it was worth less (and you wonder where the term “worthless” comes from.

  9. 9
    irish19 growls and barks:

    Terrapod @ #:
    Good point about the kerosene. I have several Aladdin oil lamps that will run on kerosene as well.
    This is not going to end well. Keep your powder dry.

  10. 10
    Just Another Random Nut growls and barks:

    It seems to me that a powerful campaign might be based on the following thought:

    If we want to get ourselves out of this mess, we need to look to the values and concepts and the actions that got us our success to begin with. Hard, honest work. Responsibility for our own success. Freedom to do and believe as we choose without fear of persecution. Where in our history have we ever been successful by following in others’ footsteps? We as a nation have always been all about blazing trails for others to follow, not doing the following ourselves. We are here because we believed that we could find a better way, and it is because of that belief that we are among the wealthiest and most powerful nations in the world. Who thought it was a good idea to stop blazing our own trails now and meekly follow in the path of those we turned our backs on 200 years ago?