BLOG: If You Can't See The Light, Can You At Least Embrace The Practical?

Bryan Dubois
Nov 16, 2010

I apologize in advance for this, but Rufus Sanders's "Seeing The Light" column provides another opportunity to examine the priorities and thought processes of leftists.  Sanders openly states what most other leftists try to hide.  I hate to keep bringing Rufus up, but his column gives the middle and right a chance to debate the ideas to which he and other leftists cling.

Leftists believe that the repudiation they suffered on November 2nd had little to do with the policies they tried to force down the throats of Americans - but supposedly had more to do with Obama and the Democrats failure to convey the message.  (It's never the ideology, you see.  Always something else.)

Instead of repeating the left's narrative about how Obama failed to explain to Americans how his policies have benefited them, (this artful explanation would allow the left to blame anything other than the ideology.) Mr. Sanders tosses caution to the wind and openly states that nothing anybody says will convince him to re-think his belief that increasing government power is the only way to battle social ills in this country.

Memo to Sanders and other leftists:  There is little difference between the greed for money and lusting for power.  Both exist in the behemoth goverment we've created.  The mistake you leftists make is believing that big government is somehow better than big business.  You delude yourselves with the fantasy that you seek power for the betterment of the country, instead all you end up doing is centralizing government power to chase an unreachable utopian fantasy.  (How's that 'war on drugs' working out?  How about the 'war on poverty?')  At least with big business, the people have a choice on whether to work hard to achieve a better lot in life.  With big government, the ruling class would have the power to take all of that away.

Stay in the dark with the idea that government has all the answers.  Lots of innovation there:  Give the power to the government and then get angry when it can't solve your problems.  Always worked in the past, hasn't it?

Comments

Pete

Any time you have increases in wages you have inflation. It must be paid for somehow

Their buying power is what gets them the better prices. And as far as under-cutting the competition, isn't that how one gains market share? And if Wal Mart is such a bad place, why are they the largest retailer? Is it the fault of Wal Mart for wanting to increase sales, or it is the fault of the consumer that shops there? In my mind, it is the people who purchase from them.

Is the same for the housing crisis. Everyone wants to blame the banks, and while they have a hand in it, the people that signed loans that they couldn't afford or didn't read the loan agreement about the baloon payment are equally at fault if not more so.

Determine living wage. If Wal Mart (or any store for that matter) increases its wages, would they not have to increase their prices to compensate for that?

And I am sure Wal Mart could do without the tax breaks, In fact I feel all tax breaks for any kind of project are wrong. Equates to buying jobs and that is a losing proposition

The sad part of reality in this country is that people love living beyond their means. If they have to do that by going to Wal Mart they will. It is not the Wal Marts that are the problem, it is the people who want more than they can afford.

brutus smith

 So bryan, when are you giving up those worldly possessions so you can reserve your seat?

goofus

Hmm snide comments and misinformation devoid of facts? Sounds like someone is looking in the mirror.

6079 Smith W
Mr. Dubois:   Marxism is a religion rooted in materialism, where the State is a substitution for god.   All socialism is an outgrowth of Marxist economic philosophy. Marx and Engels used the terms socialism and communism interchangeably.   Karl Marx’s diktat of: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” is wholly unworkable as a social policy as it can only be accomplished through authoritarian means.   Those with greater talent will never willingly allow themselves to become slaves for the pleasure and benefit of the less talented.   I always enjoy how the socialists confuse Christian altruism with Marxist totalitarianism.   Nowhere in the New Testament do I recall Jesus preaching that the poor steal from the wealthy.   Here’s a link to an excellent book published in the year 1893 about the rise and fall of a fictional socialist society available in a pdf file:   http://mises.org/books/socialisticfuture_richter.pdf   I read it some months back – it’s extremely enlightening.

 

goofus

What I'm trying to figure out is what is a living wage? A wage based on one's ability our one the government sets. How much per year should everyone make secret agent double naught spy.

6079 Smith W

Cross wrote:

“The EPA was created by executive order by Nixon,”

The Cuyahoga River Fire in 1969 helped prompt the creation of the EPA in 1970.

The process of the outsourcing and offshoring of U.S. manufacturing and industry were the unintended consequences of these two events.

Raoul Duke

Most people would benefit, in one way or another, if they realized that abundance is infinite. People aren't poor because other people are rich, and rich people won't lose their afluence as poor people gain theirs. It's really about our choices, and how we perceive ourselves.

6079 Smith W
TDA writes:   “Abundance is infinite.”   Perhaps.   But in this world, resources are limited and the field of economics is about the most efficient use of those resources.   In free market or mixed economy, socio-economic classes are fluid; there will be those who are currently poor who are getting wealthier and those who are wealthy who are becoming poorer.   Attempting to make everyone equal in regards to the possesion of limited resources is an impossibility and a  wasteful fool’s errand.  

@#$% it, let’s go bowling.

 

mikel

brutus smith says

 "bryan, how about doing a piece on why people earning $30,000-$40,000 are beholden to the Corporations and the rich. Do they think they will be part of that upper 2% one of these days? Even people making less than a $100,000"

well brutus.  here is my story.  i went into the military right out of high school where i didn't make much money as any military person can tell you.  after i got out of the army i went to work in a factory where the most i ever made was about $42,000 but that involved many 48-56 hr work weeks.  in 1999 i had the opportunity to purchase a business so i scraped together what money i had and borrowed from friends and family to make that happen.  today i employ about a dozen people with full benefits and good pay and to this day i continue to put in 50-60 work weeks myself and i am lucky enough that i have been able to double my income from my factory days.

in america you have a couple of choices.  work your a$$ off and be rewarded somewhere down the line or do nothing!  many of people had the same opportunity that i had but were afraid to do it!  the choice is yours.  so yeah, i hope have a great business for years to come.  i am sure i will never be in the top 2% but i am going to try like he!!.  hope, that is what it is all about!  if you don't have hope you don't have much.

Raoul Duke

Who said anything about making people equal? Who said that abundance comes only in the form of natural resouces or money? But yeah, I do hate the Eagles...

Bryan Dubois

Smith, it's pretty remarkable that some people don't see a difference between Christian charity and Marxist totalitarianism, I agree.  I'm sure you noticed how these challenges are answered by the fans of totalitarianism:  personal attacks without a response to the argument.  (Anyone who can't make the distinction between Christian altrusim and Marxist totalitarianism has a pretty twisted brain!)

I agree with ya and would also like to point out that Marxism is wholly unworkable and demonstrates the godlike delusions of those who believe it can be implemented as social policy.

6079 Smith W

Mr. Dubois:

For some strange reason to me, freedom is often confused with authoritarian-totalitarianism.

An interesting book on this subject with an appropriate title is:

“They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45”

http://www.amazon.com/They-Thought-Were-Free-Germans/dp/0226511928/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I21VP7SC7IZRLI&colid=2N5Y3HQSKVHBT

Surprisingly, even after the war, the “true believers” still had faith in Herr Hitler and blamed his ultimate failure on advisors like Dr. Goebbels and others.

 

brutus smith

 So mikel, why wouldn't you vote and support people who are for people like yourself instead of the top 2%? 

And bryan, you and your dad winnie have a thing about Marxism. Are you guys really the closet Marxists? And bryan, when are you going to make that commitment and give up your worldly possessions like that Socialist, Community Organizer Jesus told you to do?

meowmix

No using arguing with Dubois dear Brutus.   He has told us he's a catholic with, if I'm remembering correctly, quite a large family.

Jesus may have advised giving up worldly possessions to help the poor, however, I've yet to see the catholic church do so.........  And, he speaks of godlessness...........good grief!!

Raoul Duke

Maybe by "worldly" possessions, Jesus actually meant, thoughts and actions that keep you separated from God...

brutus smith

The saying was a response to a young rich man who had asked Jesus what he needed to do in order to inherit eternal life. Jesus replied that he should keep the commandments, to which the man stated he had done. Jesus responded, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." The young man became sad and was unwilling to do this. Jesus then spoke this response, leaving his disciples astonished.

meowmix

Dude........that's really deep............

Or on the other hand, maybe Jesus could have just meant letting someone else use your toothbrush from time to time.

Raoul Duke

You can find your way closer to God, AND own 2 Cadilacs-you don't have to get rid of them first. But when you do find your way closer to God, you most likely will not feel a need for them anymore. Because althought owning 2 Cadilacs may currently bring you joy, it will be nothing compared to the joy of being closer to God. Jesus, by any economic standards, was poor. But he never went without fulfillment of his basic needs. The poorness he refers to, again, is a lack of connection with God. Our interaction with everyone, our relationships, is our greatest way to connect with God. The rich man in this scripture was keeping to the commandments without really believing, or understanding, what they meant. Jesus was challenging that, and encouraging him to see all men as equal.

brutus smith

 This is why I'm glad we don't have a Theocracy, we get everyone spin on what was written and what was said. And arguing over who is more religious is really silly.

meowmix

Sorry Brutus......god loves me more than he does you!!!   How do I know this?  Because I, unlike you, never put scotch tape on my finger the minute they started passing the collection plate around!!   :}

brutus smith

 Shhhhh! you weren't suppose to tell anybody.

mikel

brutus, i would love to vote for someone like me but i haven't been able to find them. 

goofus

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November 18, 2010

Vanden Heuvel: Send Hither a Swarm of Bureaucrats

J. Robert Smith

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Katrina vanden Heuvel, who edits the leftwing The Nation, has a very democratic solution to President Obama's loss of the Democrats' House majority a couple of weeks ago.  Vanden Heuvel, a bit vexed that voters don't want to keep the left's regressive revolution going, suggests that President Barak Obama govern through executive order.


No longer able to ram legislation down Americans' throats via Democratic congressional majorities, Ms. vanden Heuvel wants Mr. Obama to ram policies down Americans' throats via unelected government bureaucrats. 


President Obama, who's already loosed the Environmental Protection Agency, among other bureaucracies, upon unsuspecting Americans in the underreported Quiet Regressive Revolution, might just be encouraged by Ms. vanden Heuvel's prodding and go whole hog - as they say down south.  Whole hog being turning the Oval Office into an executive order mill.  Whole hog being subverting the will of the people by breaking the federal bureaucracy's chains and yelling "Sic ‘em!"


Vanden Heuvel's advice is yet more dreary evidence that the left's desire to transform America into some socialist paradise takes precedent over democratic processes.  Day by day, thanks to twits like Vanden Heuvel, the left reveals its decidedly undemocratic character.


But once upon a time, a king -- King George -- used his powers to issue executive orders that didn't sit very well with American colonists.  High tea taxes -- among other travesties -- led to rebellion.  Rebellion led to a freedom revolution. 


Ms. vanden Heuvel may want to be careful what she wishes for.  And the President better be careful what he does in unchaining federal bureaucrats.  Once Americans fully grasp the subversion of their liberties that are being encouraged by the left through Washington's bureaucracies, the backlash that comes won't redound to the left's benefit.


Ms. vanden Heuvel, see the Declaration of Independence for more on the subject of tyrannies and revolution.    



(Hat tip to Thomas Lifson for the term "regressive,' which fittingly describes what progressivism really means for the nation.) 
goofus
Woah!… Soros Group Says Obama Can Use Armed Forces to Push “Progressive” Agenda Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, November 18, 2010, 12:15 PM    


John Podesta from the Center for American Progress released a report this week that, among other things, suggested that Obama can use the US Military to push the president’s radical totalitarian agenda.
The Blaze reported:

The liberal Center for American Progress doesn’t believe significant GOP gains in the House and Senate should stop the President from implementing more of his polices. The group released a report Tuesday suggesting ways Obama can bypass Congress to accomplish a progressive agenda, and it cites the president’s power as commander-in-chief to make its point.

“I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Center for American Progress head and former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta told the Daily Caller. “While that’s an important conversation, it simply ignores the president’s ability to use all levels of his power and authority to move the country forward.”

How does one “move the country forward”? In the center’s report, Podesta explains that Obama can use executive orders, rulemaking, and even the armed forces “to accomplish important change” and that such means “should not be underestimated.”

What exactly does Podesta think the president should use such powers to “accomplish”? Among others, the report suggests “job creation,“ ”quality affordable health care,“ ”sustainable security,“ and ”a clean energy future.”

The report cites specific goals such as mitigating the effects of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, supporting a Palestinian state, and reducing greenhouse gasses by 17 percent by 2020.

The Center for American Progress was given a 3-year $3,000,000 grant by George Soros’ Open Society Institute in 2006.

Media Matters, the communication wing of the Center for American Progress, was given a $1,000,000 grant by George Soros in October.

Salvatore

I was banned for awhile because of my signature and youtube link offended some holier than thou, my way or the highway person. YOU know who you are. I must have posted well over 700 comments and had my share of personal attacks against myself. Never once did I ask to have any comments removed, even personal attacks against me. My days are numbered and I have better things to do than waste my time getting my comments deleted and then getting banned because some "holier than thou" and "my way or the highway" person didn't like my comments, my signature or my political views. I am going to take advice from a good friend, play my musical instruments and watch some more eduacational television. My time is getting too short to waste my time on here, getting deleted by "better than thou" peopel who attack me and then complain about my siganture or political views. I will let the left wing nuts fight it out with the right wingers and the independents. It was fun while it lasted. I have to admit that these blogs can be very addicting at times.

Salvatore

 My signature did not violate any discussion guidelines.

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Raoul Duke

Or maybe we are all going striaght to Hell.

TruthRising

@ The Dude Abides:

Religion is useless unless your a drug addict.

Raoul Duke

I only agree that I have no use for religion.

Bryan Dubois

Dude, I've seen you write comments about Jesus and Christianity.  Are you Christian?

Yes Meowmix, we all understand that you have no respect for Christianity:

September 21st 6:47 am:

Raoul Duke

Am I Christian? Not yet, but I'm trying...

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