"Boiling Frog Socialism" Makes Its Way to America
Elio Bonazzi warns of the democrat’s “Boiling Frog Socialism” at Hudson New York today.
This same model has doomed Europe to high unemployment and meager growth but that won’t stop the Democrats from pushing this dysfunctional system on America:
Once socialism has taken over in a society it’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to revert its trend. According to Winston Churchill “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” European economies grow, at their peak, by one and half, maximum two percent per year; salaries are comparatively lower than in the US, and with the exception of the Scandinavian Peninsula, the standard of living is significantly lower than the US, where a yearly growth between 4 and 5 percent is not uncommon. Unemployment in the major European economies, with the exception of Great Britain, is almost the double of US unemployment: in 2007 the unemployment rate was 4.6% in the US, 8.6% in France, 8.7% in Germany and 6.2% in Italy. Those high unemployment numbers do not translate into social unrest, however, because of the massive network of welfare, subsidies, unemployment benefits which can be afforded thanks to income taxation levels that would be considered unacceptable in America; in Europe it is normal to have more than 50%, sometimes even 60% of one’s income taken by the government in taxes.
In order to advance the Socialist agenda, and to create the stealth Socialist engine that slowly expands and solidifies, redistribution is an essential ingredient, together with increased taxes and welfare. Not to be underestimated, however, is the role of the Unions. In Europe the Unions are the number one agent of stagnation and resistance to change, able to paralyze entire nations with continued strikes while protecting the privileges of the few to the detriment of the majority. One of the top priorities of Obama’s is ending secret ballots in Union’s elections. Currently, when 50% of workers in a company sign statements to unionize, that merely sets up a second stage, where workers vote by secret ballot to determine if the company will be unionized. Under the new proposal, shared by Obama and his top aids, using a system called “Card Check,” unionization would occur as soon as half the workers had openly signed cards stating that they favor union representation so that it would be visible who had refused. Such an arrangement would pave the way for a significant expansion of unionization throughout the country, an important move that would ensure an enduring socialist rule even when Republicans returned to power. Like their European predecessors, American Socialists understand that their best bet is a boiling frog style of Socialism, and the shortest way to achieve it is to create institutions, pass bills, and start government schemes not easily reversible by a future administration. Advance slowly, build trenches and resist the wave of counterattacks by the proponents of small government, free markets and individualism.
Obama received a mandate to improve the economy. That is not the same as a mandate to change the social contract of a Nation. Nevertheless Obama and the Democrats will try to pose the foundations for an America looking more and more similar to Europe. Americans who still believe in small government, free market, laissez-faire and individualism unite: resistance has begun.