The problem with socialism is that sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.
That quote is attributed to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and it demonstrates the fatal flaw in any non-voluntary collective system of government.
The problem today, though, is that the people running for public office and espousing the tenets of socialism cannot counter this truism with anything other than incoherent gobbledygook. Take the Democrats’ new darling from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for example. When asked in an interview how she intended on paying for all her give away ideas, this…uh two-minute monologue served as her answer.
I think it’s that same exact thing. It’s that we … they say, “How are you gonna pay for it?” as though they haven’t used these same ways to pay for unlimited wars, to pay for trillion-dollar tax cuts and tax cut extensions. They use these mechanisms to pay for these things all the time. They only want to know … it just seems like their pockets are only empty when we’re talking about education and investing in human capital in the United States: education, healthcare, housing, and investing in the middle class. All the sudden, there’s nothing left. All the sudden, the wealthiest nation in the world, we’re just totally scarce. We have complete scarcity when it comes to the things that are most important. And so for me, I think it belies a lack of moral priority and that’s unfortunate. I think that a lot of these folks, especially those perhaps on the Democratic side, they don’t even see it, you know?… I legitimately think that they start kind of buying into conservative talking points. They get dragged into their court all the time. And I think it is because there is this really myopic and also just misunderstanding of politics as this flat, two-dimensional left-right thing.
Talk about a word salad. If it came with garlic and an avocado it could serve as roughage for a week. There’s nothing there that remotely talks about how to pay for pie in the sky ideals. No higher taxes, or cutting the defense budget. No higher tariffs to level the playing field or government and private enterprise partnerships. Not even subsidies.
And this is the savior of the Democratic party? Maybe the Dems need to go digging through the diamond mine of the inner cities another time or two. This one seems to have a lot of flaws.
— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) August 7, 2018