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Life and Death – But Especially Death – Under Socialism

As the call for socialism gleefully reverberates around the Democratic Party, let’s take a look at what happens – whether in the Soviet Union or Great Britain – when the government runs your life.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Britains national health care system killed hundreds of patients at a single hospital.

Yes, you’re reading that correctly. From the article:

NHS managers covered up the unlawful killing of up to 650 patients at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital on the English south coast . . .

One nurse told the police that the regime at the Daedalus Ward—“Dead Loss,” the staff called it—was geared toward euthanasia. Upon admission, one elderly woman was immediately put on a syringe drive. Her family insisted she be allowed to die naturally. She recovered sufficiently to be taken home. Brian Livesley, a physician at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, was brought in by the police to review the evidence. He said he would support allegations of manslaughter, assault and actual bodily harm.

The most damning evidence was that nurses had raised concerns in 1991 about indiscriminate use of opioids and syringe drivers. Eleven years later, the meeting notes resurfaced. “When I read the minutes, I felt sick,” a senior nurse recalled.

In discussing whether to prosecute, one police officer noted the “perceived plight” of the NHS ahead of the 2001 general election. At a pivotal meeting of prosecutors closer to polling day, a government lawyer attacked Dr. Livesley and sabotaged the emerging prosecution case.

As the article points out, private health care providers, whatever their shortcomings, at least have a market incentive to keep you alive. I guess partly so that they can keep billing insurers but even more so,  I would think, so they have a reputation as a place people can come to and also walk out of.

The government’s sole concern is that your presence in the health care system is making their life more complicated – so many forms to fill out! – and raising costs.

British Prime Minister Theresa May of the Conservative Party wants to increase spending on the health system by 20 percent over the next five years, which makes wonder what it means to be a conservative in Britain.

This is what Sarah Palin meant a few years ago by death panels. Once everyone is guaranteed all the health care they want, you have to start rationing it. And the same kind of people who decide whether you can build an addition onto your home will choose whether you live or die.

Video || DNC Chair Perez Doesn’t Deny Ocasio-Cortez is a Socialist, Says She’s Dems’ “Future”

Good. If she represents the future of the Democratic Party, then the Democratic Party doesn’t have much of a future. I don’t think this country is ready for socialism. Not yet, anyway. We still have to more work to do on getting enlightened, dontcha know.

The RNC is smart to be promoting this video or DNC Chair Tom Perez calling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who just unseated a leading Democratic congressman in a New York congressional primary – the “future of our party.”

Radio show host Bill Press calls her a socialist, and Perez not only doesn’t seem the least bit bothered, he suggests that’s where Democrats need to go.

It’s not President Trump who demonstrates that we’re a “fallen” country, as liberals would have it. It’s that Democrats now routinely accept socialists as their leaders, with no concept of the danger of this. That’s how far we have fallen.

Here. Here’s socialism.

In a country rich with oil.

Video || Puerto Rico, Progressive Paradise!

Guess, what? Everything President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders wants is right next door, in lovely Puerto Rico. Income inequality eliminated! Rampant Socialism! More time for recreational pursuits outside or work!

And guess what? The place is broke!!

Scott Ott of PJTV explains.

Labor Secretary Perez Goes After Ronald Reagan

Labor Secretary Tom Perez, one of the more ideological and also annoying members of the Obama administration, attacked Ronald Reagan for his prediction that Medicare would lead to socialized medicine and, indeed, socialism.

Here’s some of what Reagan said.

Now, I know everyone likes their Medicare. But Reagan had it absolutely right.

With health insurers now effectively government utilities whose business practices are dictated by Uncle Sam, and with everyone required to have insurance, we are well down the road to socialized medicine. As Obamacare becomes increasingly unworkable and Medicaid expands, the Left will begin increasing the pressure to simply move toward a single-payer, government-run system.

Also, BTW, Medicare is broke and will require sweeping changes or massive tax increases to save it.

And with half of all Americans receiving government benefits today, we already are living under a form of socialism. Perez, of course, wouldn’t recognize it, because for him government control of the means of production is market capitalism.

But Reagan understood, and events are proving him right, not wrong.

Obama Touts “Inclusive Capitalism”

In an interview with Ezra Klein of Vox, President Obama said traditional market forces that used to redistribute income are failing and the time for government to do it instead has arrived.

The interview, which ran today, was conducted January 23.

Touting what he referred to as inclusive capitalism, Obama made the case for what actually sounds a lot like socialism.

So part of our job is, what can government do directly through tax policy? What we’ve proposed, for example, in terms of capital gains — that would make a big difference in our capacity to give a tax break to a working mom for child care. And that’s smart policy . . .

We also still have to focus on the front end. Which is even before taxes are paid, are there ways that we can increase the bargaining power: making sure that an employee has some measurable increases in their incomes and their wealth and their security as a consequence of an economy that’s improving. And that’s where issues like labor laws make a difference. That’s where say in shareholder meetings and trying to change the culture in terms of compensation at the corporate level could make a difference. And there’s been some interesting conversations globally around issues like inclusive capitalism and how we can make it work for everybody.

Capitalism, Obama indicated, is no longer working to get enough money out of the hands of the rich and into the hands of workers:

I think that part of what’s changed is that a lot of that burden for making sure that the pie was broadly shared took place before government even got involved. If you had stronger unions, you had higher wages. If you had a corporate culture that felt a sense of place and commitment so that the CEO was in Pittsburgh or was in Detroit and felt obliged, partly because of social pressure but partly because they felt a real affinity toward the community, to re-invest in that community and to be seen as a good corporate citizen.

Today what you have is quarterly earning reports, compensation levels for CEOs that are tied directly to those quarterly earnings. You’ve got international capital that is demanding maximizing short-term profits. And so what happens is that a lot of the distributional questions that used to be handled in the marketplace through decent wages or health care or defined benefit pension plans — those things all are eliminated. And the average employee, the average worker, doesn’t feel any benefit.

Obama, singing from the traditional Leftist hymnal, said we must “make sure” that “folks at the very top are doing enough of their fair share.” He complained about the “winner-take-all aspect of this modern economy” and the need to be “investing enough in the common good.”

Because, you see, you didn’t build that. And you don’t own it either.

Obama to Force Integration of Neighborhoods

President Obama appears set to move boldly beyond prosecuting discriminatory housing practices into an entirely new arena: holding state and local official responsible for integrating areas that don’t, in the eyes of the administration, have enough minorities.

Get ready folks. We’re moving from a society based on equal opportunity for all to one requiring equal results for all. And you think I’m overdoing when I say Obama is prodding us toward Socialism?

Ah yes, fairness for all, and responsibility from all.

Sound familiar?

IT SOUNDS FAMILIAR TO ME!
IT SOUNDS FAMILIAR TO ME!

In a speech to the NAACP last week that is only now gaining attention, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan said the administration is letting neighborhoods know if they don’t have enough minorities:

HUD is enhancing its enforcement techniques by initiating investigations on our own without waiting for individuals to file complaints . . .

For the first time ever, HUD is providing information, data to every single neighborhood in the nation, detailing what access African American families and other members of protected classes have to the community assets that I’m talking about – jobs, schools, transit.

Have a look at the remarks and some reporting by  Chris Stirewalt of Fox News:

Here’s some additional reporting from Stirewalt on the Fox website.

The old way was to punish exclusion. The new way is to punish lack of inclusion.

The punishment is also different. Rather than fines and prosecutions for those who sought to keep minorities out, the new penalty would be a withholding of federal funds from local and state government agencies dependent on HUD grants if they fail to push greater diversity. The way those agencies interact with developers, realtors, homeowners associations and others would need to reflect the federal push for diversity.

The report card comes in the form of the new maps, which use Census data to score communities on their racial and ethnic concentrations, as well as income and community services

Wow. Officials will now be trying to protect themselves from losing out on federal funding by moving minorities into neighborhoods WHETHER THEY WANT TO BE THERE OR NOT. And – talk about unintended consequences – whether they can afford to be there or not. Unless – yes, my crystal ball, please – the government decides that minorities should be offered a special price for a home.

This type of social engineering has so much potential for abuse, unfairness, and interference in the normal workings of the economy that it’s almost impossible to believe the Obama and his commissars are serious. And yet, it seems they are.

Did you think Obama was going to stop at taking over your health care? It’s just the beginning, baby.

Okay, that video is satire. At least, for me it is. No I don’t think Obama is a Communist. But he has fundamental problems with the capitalist philosophy that has guided this country to greatness. Because, you know, it doesn’t spread the wealth around quite enough.

H/T to Gateway Pundit.