Bernie Sanders Democratic Socialism Means Coercion

Bernie Sanders Socialism@Bernie Sanders “The Problem with Socialism is That Eventually
You Run Out of Other Peoples Money.” -Margaret Thatcher

(Washington Times) Do you know what Socialism is? Hillary Clinton struggled to find an answer when recently asked. — Socialism is a system which the government owns or controls the means of production and allocates resources and rewards.

Sen. Bernie Sanders proudly proclaims himself a ‘democratic socialist’ and many in the Democratic Party seem to have no problem with it and in fact, are embracing him and his ideas. Listening to all of this, one gets the feeling that for a significant portion of the population, history began in the year 2000 — Where have been the great Socialist success stories? Much of the worlds population greatly suffered under various forms of socialism in the 20th century. Not one of the various socialist models proved to be a success.

There was the Communist variety of Socialism in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China and Cambodia, which resulted in tens of millions of deaths from starvation and the gulags. There was the Nationalist Socialist (Nazi) model in Germany and Italy, which like the Communist version, resulted in tens of millions of deaths. Somewhat more benign but still coercive versions of Socialism were prevalent in India, many places in Africa and South America, all resulted in economic stagnation–because productive effort was separated from reward. The two most Socialist countries today are North Korea and Cuba–both very poor and repressive. The average Cuban government worker has a monthly wage which is less than what the average American worker makes in an hour.

It is true that every country has some Socialist enterprises at the federal, state or local levels. For instance, the U.S. government owns Amtrak and the City of Flint, Michigan owns its water department. Arguably, both would do much better in private hands. France has many more government owned enterprises than neighboring Switzerland. Even France is still basically a capitalistic free-market economy but with far less freedom and prosperity than Switzerland.

Why does Socialism always fail and why will Bernie Sanders’ schemes and to a lesser extent Hillary’s ObamaCare version also fail? Under a capitalist free-market system, the business person seeks to produce goods and services that the consumer wants at the lowest possible cost-which includes having the smallest and most productive work force possible–in order to maximize profits. Under the Socialist model, the political leaders decide what the consumers should have (which is often very different from what they want or need) Productivity and innovation are given short shift, needless workers are hired and few are fired. In almost all cases, costs soon overrun revenues and the losses are made up by even higher taxes or more debt–eventually causing an economic collapse. As economic stagnation increases, the citizens become more restless and either throw off the yoke of government through ballot box, as was done in 1979 in the United Kingdom with the election of Margaret Thatcher, or the protesters are imprisoned until often a bloody revolt occurs.

Now back to Bernie Sanders who has proposed “Medicare for all” as one of his many schemes. Professor Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts, Dept of Economics has examined the Sanders plan (and has no political ax to grind) he estimates it would cost $40.9 Trillion between 2017-2026 Hospitals and doctors would be forced to take huge cuts, driving many out of the medical profession, reducing innovation and standards in health care. Patients would be forced to wait in long queues. It would be like the present failed Veterans Administration health system for all.

Back in 2002 Joshua Muravchik wrote a classic book on the history of Socialism. Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (available at Amazon.com) Perhaps it is time for the political class, including the commentators, to go back and read it and realize again that the next time the Socialists will not get it right because the model is fatally flawed.

What is most disturbing is the idea that America–and its unique success as a nation, was built around individual liberty and opportunity, not collective coercion. All too many no longer understand what the American Founders were trying to and largely did achieve.

The young people who support Bernie Sanders and even Hillary Clinton, seem to be generally ignorant of why America worked. Many do not want the government to restrict unfettered abortions or their right to smoke pot but seem to be oblivious that Socialism and big government makes everyone into an economic slave. Many workers in the Soviet Union as is true of North Korea and Cuba today, could not even choose their own profession, or what town or apartment block they lived in. Such restrictions are the logical and necessary outcomes of Socialism, unless it is thrown off before it reaches that stage.

Those in the news media who have an opportunity to quiz the presidential candidates, would do the citizens a great favor if they could discern what the candidates really know about the Constitution and the arguments made in the Federalist Papers.

Related: CATO Matthew Feeney–Bernie Sanders Democratic Socialism

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H/T: CATO Institute

How’s That Covered California Working Out This Year? Still Not So Good, Huh…

Covered California...@Liz Kofman Covered California Like the Federal ObamaCare Website Continues Having Computer Issues — Go Figure —

Covered CaliforniaGovt Bureaucracy: Covered California Hasn’t Even be Able to Correct What Should Be Easy to Change in Its System for @Caitlin Doughty

Flashback: Last March I wrote here and here about other issues with Covered California — Isn’t government bureaucracy just peachy?

Related: ObamaCare to Raise the Cost of Food –Calif Political Review

ObamaCare: Federal Panel Now Recommends Physicians Screen All Adults for Depression

Big Brother Task ForceBig Brother’s Task Force — Govt Overreach — @Dr. Kris Held MD

(LA Times) In a sign that the treatment of depression is shifting to the mainstream of medical care (thanks to ObamaCare) a federal panel has now ‘recommended’ that general physicians screen all adults for depression and treat those affected by mood disorders with antidepressant medications and/or refer them for psychotherapy.

For the first time the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force also advised physicians assess all pregnant and postpartum Women for signs of depression as well as seniors.

On the 20 January, Hillary Clinton Tweeted, “We need to protect and build on the Affordable Care Act…”

Good Grief, more-and-more government intrusion in peoples daily lives. Where does it end? Are the days of a limited federal government gone forever?

Flashback: Remember when, “Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.” –President Ronald Reagan (1981)

Another back door approach by Big Brother to declare that much of the nation is or has been depressed at one time in their life or another, “A slippery slope with interoperable meaningful use of government sanctioned electronic medical records,” writes Dr. Kris Held via Twitter.

Majority of Americans Oppose ObamaCare – Democrats Argue Who Can Expand It More

Hillary and Sanders ObamaCare(BenefitsPro) Two Peas in a Pod: @Bernie Sanders & @Hillary Clinton Argue Who Can Expand ObamaCare Fastest Despite Continued Opposition by a Majority of Americans

ObamaCare RCP Avg(RCP) Majority of Americans Continue to Oppose ObamaCare

Related: ObamaCare Reduces Wages -Wall Street Journal

If You Love Obamanomics You’re Gonna Love Hillary Clinton

Hillary ObamanomicsReally… @Hillary Clinton Praises Obamanomics

94 million+ Americans jobless – Labor Force Participation rate 62.6% remained at near record lows after more than 5 years of steady decline — Unseen since Carter Administration — 45 million Americans food stamp recipients.

More here from The Wall Street Journal

Related: 1 in 3 Americans Slash Staples to ‘Afford’ ObamaCare

Obama to Address Nation Tonight – I’m Wondering if the Failures of Obamanomics Will Be Discussed?

ObamaCare Implosion: Deductibles Rising Faster Than Premiums & Wages – Majority of Co-Ops Fail

ObamaCare Deductibles(Kaiser) Since 2010 Deductibles for All Workers Have Risen Almost 3X
as Fast as Premiums and About 7X as Fast as Wages & Inflation

Since 2010 both the share of workers deductibles and the size of those deductibles have increased sharply. These two trends result in a 67% increase in deductibles since 2010 much faster than the rise in single premiums (24%) and about seven times the rise in workers wages (10%) and general inflation (9%)

“With deductibles rising so much faster than premiums and wages, its no surprise that consumers have not felt the slowdown in health spending,” Kaiser Family Foundation President/CEO Drew Altman said.

In related ObamaCare news, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, that a majority of ObamaCare insurance co-ops (12 of 23) have now failed and their $1.24 Billion of taxpayer loans have all but vaporized. As more fail, nearly a million Americans may lose insurance coverage as the contagion from their failures spreads.

More here from Washington Free Beacon

Little Sisters of the Poor Receive Temporary Relief From ObamaCare HHS Mandate

Obama Catholic Church(LifeNews) In a victory for the the Pro-Life fight against the HHS mandate the U.S. 10th Circuit Ct of Appeals issued an Order today temporarily safeguarding the “Little Sisters of the Poor” and other ministries from violating their faith until the U.S. Supreme Court hears their case.

Without relief from the federal appellate court, the ‘Little Sisters” were facing millions of dollars in fines from the IRS.

More here from The Becket Fund

Covered California 2016 Rate Hike 4% If You’re Lucky, Some Will Realize a 30% Increase

Covered California...Covered California Still Having Computer Issues
Says Mrs. Mochulsky and EscapadeMusic@Twitter

(IBD) ObamaCare/Covered California trumpeted the news on Monday that premiums are set to rise 4% in 2016 slightly less than last years 4.2% increase.

While avoiding the double-digit premium hikes that have been proposed in many other states, many consumers may not be so celebratory when they find out what is happening to their deductibles which are already sky high.

Particularly hardest hit are people seeking the lowest cost ‘bronze-level’ coverage. In 2016 these plans will carry a deductible of $6,000 (an increase of $1,000 from 2015) and a separate drug deductible of $500 — After the deductible is met bronze coverage will cap R/X costs at $500 mo the combined $6,500 deductible will then be 30% higher than in 2015

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said in a conference call that in 2016 a visit with a Specialist (with a $90 co-pay) will be allowed as part of three partly covered physician visits, left unsaid is that low income individuals facing a $6,500 deductible could easily be swamped with debt after getting limited benefits before the deductible is met. — This is perhaps ObamaCare/Covered California Achilles’ heel given that enrollment has badly lagged expectations.

Related: Covered California Rates Jump 7% in Northern California

John ‘Spanky’ Roberts Gift to Libs by George Bush, Do You Want Another Bush in The White House?

John Spanky RobertsChief Justice John ‘Spanky’ Roberts a Gift to Liberals
Who Keeps on Giving –Image: PolitiCat

H/T: Thank You TIMENOUT