Finland Loves Speeders – They’re Good for Business

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The next time you have to pay a few hundred dollars for a speeding ticket – thank your lucky stars you don’t live in Finland.

A few days ago my son and I were watching a rerun of an episode of The Grand Tour on Amazon. It is the continuation of the wildly successful British program, Top Gear. After one of the hosts got sacked by the BBC, Amazon offered the three hosts about a gazillion dollars (or pounds) to effectively continue the show.

The episode took place in Finland. Finland is unabashedly socialist and progressive. Possibly the most socialist of all European nations.

They are so progressive that they means test virtually everything. Finland is the embodiment of the Marxist ideal of, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

One of the show’s hosts, Richard Hammond, discussed the matter of a simple speeding ticket received by a wealthy Finnish citizen. He was pulled over and ticketed for going 49 in a 30 mph zone.

In America, this might warrant one a ticket of maybe $50 to a few hundred dollars, depending on the State. But regardless of the State, at least for now, everyone ticketed pays the same amount. read more

Single Payer Government Healthcare was Always the Endgame

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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This was the endgame all along. A few of us saw this coming a mile away and spoke out back then. Heck – all you had to do was listen to Obama’s own words to know what the plan was. It was never going to be ObamaCare forever.

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program… A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately…” – Barack Obama, 2003.

In 2006, Obama said that although he “would not shy away from a debate about single-payer,” right now he is “not convinced that it is the best way to achieve universal healthcare.”

Obama knew back then that one cannot dive head first into the deep end. He knew the people would first have to dip their toes in the water – then step into the shallow end. Eventually the people would acclimate themselves to this new environment. Only then would they be willing to venture into deeper water.

It’s similar to the stepping stone of socialism. There really isn’t anything like permanent socialism. It’s just the bridge between freedom and communism or fascism. And unfortunately, the traffic on that bridge only travels in one direction – away from freedom and toward communism or fascism. I hate to say, but it’s kind of the natural order of things.  read more

Sanders v Cruz – A Debate for the Ages

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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My son and I watched the Obamacare debate between comrade Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz the other night.

We both agreed it was the most entertaining debate we had ever watched. It was actually fun. When was last time anyone could say that of a political debate? Answer: Never!

Debates are predictable and boring. We can mostly surmise what each candidate will say before they do. And it’s always droll political double-speak. They talk and talk and never say anything. It is a practiced and smarmy art form.

But this was different, which is why it was a relative ratings bonanza. Obviously people enjoyed it as it was the night’s top-rated cable news program in the 25-54 age bracket.

What I personally found fascinating and was pleasantly surprised by were that the moderators, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, TV news stars in their own right, made no attempt to put themselves before the two participants. Many times over the last year, the moderators attempted to steal the limelight, as it were. read more

Ted Cruz Versus Bernie Sanders Will Settle Things Once and for All

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Although polar opposites on every known and unknown political and social issue, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders both have one important thing in common. They are both hated by their respective party elites.

The hatred for Cruz is obvious and palpable. Everyone who follows this stuff knows. But no Democrat has come out and proclaimed enmity toward Sanders. But it must be the case. The Democrat elite are not true socialist believers. They are statists who only wish to run the American Politburo. They don’t care, as does Sanders, about the little people. They may not come out and condemn him, but believe you me, behind closed doors, they’re scrambling to try to stop him. The Democrats elites are “Feelin the Bern!”Bern

No one, me included, thought at any time the fossilized socialist hippie from Vermont had any chance of unseating Hillary Clinton. But now I’m starting to wonder. Sanders is drawing tens of thousands of supporters in stadiums across the country to hear and cheer his workers-of-the-world-unite diatribe. It’s all utopian nonsense, but he enthusiastically believes it and the woefully informed Democrat base, of which there are already far too many, believe him and trust him.

They can tell he’s not selling them a disingenuous line of crap, as the other Democrats do. He truly believes in the socialist model for America.

And unlike the Republicans, these Democrats don’t care that he has no real executive experience. After all, he doesn’t need any. He has the instruction manual for the perfect society in the writings of Marx and Engels and Thomas Friedman and Robert B Reich. read more

For the 2016 Election – Time to Revisit the 10 Cannots

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The 2016 presidential election season has begun and already the left is attacking the Republicans.

walker dunceThey have already begun to tear down our more conservative presidential candidates. Popular Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been atop most polls recently, is a perfect example, with the lefts lame attempt to cast him as a dunce due to not completing college. Evidently that has really hindered him as the chief executive of a large state.

Simultaneously, leftist insiders are feeding the press with what they believe to be winning issues for the Democrats. One such issue is income inequality, which we’ve already heard Obama pushing.

Last week the LA Times wrote a piece entitled “Income inequality emerges as a key issue in 2016 presidential campaign.” Has it really? Of course it has, because the left feels it’s a winning issue.

The Times writes that voters have noticed the income gap and cites a Gallup poll released the week prior showing “two thirds of Americans said they were dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the U.S.” read more

Manifesto, Then and Now

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In 2008, many unsuspecting voters took a cursory look at candidate Barack Obama and saw something new and different. By now a good number of those ignorant citizens have wised up, at least enough to recognize that Barack “Philip Dru” Obama is nothing new. He is just a logical choice of a progressive ideal that began long ago, toward the turn of  last century, whose goal was turning the American Republic into a socialist utopia.

Moses Mordecai Marx Levy, a.k.a. Karl Marx, published his Communist Manifesto in 1848. However, his Manifesto borrowed so heavily from a book written by Clinton Roosevelt, The Science of Government Founded on Natural Law, published in 1841, which Marx was introduced to at a Reading Room of the British Museum, that it was close to plagiarism. Author Emanuel M. Josephson even called Science, “Roosevelt’s Communist Manifesto”. What a coincidence Clinton Roosevelt is related to 2 of the 3 early progressive presidents, Teddy and Franklin. I guess it must run in the family.

Marx’s Communist Manifesto had been commissioned by the Communist League in London. The League, formerly known as the League of the Just (or the League of Just Men), was an offshoot of the Parisian Outlaws League (which evolved from the Jacobin movement).

Both Clinton Roosevelt and Horace Greeley, owner of the New York Tribune, the country’s first national newspaper, provided funds for the Communist League in London to pay for the publication of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Moreover, Greeley put Marx on his newspapers’ payroll. Imagine that, the father of modern-day communism on the payroll of a New York newspaper.

Both Roosevelt’s Science and Marx’s Manifesto agreed on the prerequisites for the implementation of communism. Let’s take a look at these 12 prerequisites for creation of a communist society juxtaposing present-day America. How close are we? You be the judge: read more

Thomas Piketty – The Latest Leftist Hero

by: the Common Constitutionalist

All this talk by the president of “Income Inequality” seems to be quite well-timed.

It seems to coincide quite nicely with the blitzkrieg of promotion regarding the book “Capital In the Twenty First Century”, by French economist Thomas Piketty. Who better to attempt to trash the capitalist system than a French socialist and obvious Keynesian.

In his book, Piketty argues that worsening income inequality is an inevitable outcome of free-market capitalism where a select few get richer – widening the gap between the haves and have-nots.

There’s only one problem with Piketty’s theory and it is his assumption that we actually have a free market. Of course to him, anything that isn’t a top-down centralized authoritarian socialist state would be considered a free market.

But we don’t have a free market. We have a skewed system – some call it crony capitalism – I call it crony corporatism. Whatever you call it, it bears little resemblance to a free market. read more

Mayor de Blasio Isn’t Socialist Enough

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

Good news for those who live and work in New York City. Mayor de Blasio has been in office for just about a month and already things are changing.

 

The New York Post reported that the murder rate in New York City is up 33% in one month, since comrade de Blasio took office.

 

A source within the city’s police force told the Post, “This is the residual effect of de Blasio’s backlash against stop and frisk. Cops aren’t stopping people and taking guns off the street, which emboldens the criminals.”

 

However, the good news is that robberies are down 15%. Another police source explained that, “Robberies are down because it’s too damn cold to go out and rob someone. When it warms up, the number of robberies will go up too.” Ah, spring in New York City. Can’t wait!

 

Want more good news from the Big Apple? On Monday de Blasio declared that the city’s public schools will be closed for at least two Muslim holy days. Wonderful! And typical of liberal short-term thinking – I’m sure no thought was given to this decision – other than the feel-good political correctness of the gesture. read more

The Pope and Walter Williams

 

Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, levied charges against free market capitalism, denying that “economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world” and concluding that “this opinion … has never been confirmed by the facts.” He went on to label unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny.” Let’s look at the pope’s tragic vision.

First, I acknowledge that capitalism fails miserably when compared with heaven or a utopia. Any earthly system is going to come up short in such a comparison. However, mankind must make choices among alternative economic systems that actually exist on earth. For the common man, capitalism is superior to any system yet devised to deal with his everyday needs and desires. read more

Socialist In Seattle

Are we all socialists now? This article is a classic representation of how little most people know about business. Half of me actually hopes they could pull something like this off. It would be fun to watch the failure in action. The other half knows it’s wrong to think that way.

After Boeing, it’s on to Microsoft! It will make sense in a minute.

 

From RedState:

At a rally on Monday, Seattle’s newly-elected Socialist councilwoman, Kshama Sawant, accused Boeing of “economic terrorism” should the company decide not to build the new 777X in Puget Sound and urged the union members to “take over the factories.”

Her comments follow the members of the Machinists’ union in Puget Sound rejecting a Boeing offer that had been negotiated secretly with the company by IAM international officials from the union’s headquarters near Washington, DC.

IAM officials reportedly negotiated the tentative deal with Boeing in an effort to ensure the assembly of Boeing’s new 777X in Puget Sound. read more