“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

― Margaret Thatcher

In The Left’s Brutally Obvious Economic Failures, Greg Jones provides an excellent, though brief, review of the effects socialist and progressive policies have on the economy and, more importantly, on people from Venezuela to Seattle to Illinois.

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An abandoned neighborhood in Detroit

Patrick J. Buchanan asks, “Are Illinois and Puerto Rico Our Future?”  Like Greece, the US Virgin Islands and Guam, as well as the Cities of Detroit, San Bernardino and Stockton, governments throughout the West are finding progressive taxes are unable to keep up with the costs of progressive programs.  Even federal services such as the US Postal Service and AMTRAK run deficits at or near $1 billion every year. Ironically, the progressive state is unsustainable.

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They don’t work.  But don’t take my word for it.  It’s been tried multiple places in the US and abroad.  How did it work out for patients and taxpayers?  See for yourself: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2017/05/23/surprise-californias-singlepayer-healthcare-plan-would-cost-400-billionper-year-n2330456

 

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“We have become an arrogant generation that virtue-signals that we can change the universe when in reality we cannot even run an awards ceremony, plow snow, fix potholes, build a road or dam, or stop inner-city youths from murdering one another.”

My favorite historian, Victor Hanson Davis, shows how Progressive leadership loves to lecture without actually solving any real problems.  In fact, Progressive programs often (usually?) end up hurting those they supposedly want to help.  You can read the full article here: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445596/californias-ineffective-government-progressive-ideals-conflict-reality

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2015 Homicide Rate Increases

Violence has increased.  In Chicago.  In New York City.  In San Francisco.  The social justice focus of the Obama Justice Dept and local jurisdictions has resulted in more violence, not less.  Our government has encouraged citizens to ignore the law, whether it be the former Secretary of State or political protesters or our own children.  The results should not be surprising.

This is not an “American Problem.”  Violence is increasing in Canada , in Germany, in Sweden, and throughout Europe, wherever the Progressive approaches to law enforcement, immigration, and centralized control are practiced.

Hopefully the next generation of government leaders will recognize their responsibility to put the safety of citizens before their ideological and partisan politics.