It’s all about government control

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By Robert E. Beckner

We seem to hear more and more the word “socialism” being bandied about but no real effort by our administration, Congress or the business community to refute what has been said by those who are all for America being turned from a Republic and all our capitalism benefits, to their favored type of government destroying America.

So that more of our citizens will be better informed about the dangers of socialism, we decided to provide the definition of socialism from The World Book Encyclopedia Dictionary: “A theory or system of social organization by which the means of production and distribution are owned, managed or controlled by the government, (state socialism) or by association of workers (guild socialisms), a political movement advocating or associated with the system.”

Everyone knows what socialism is and is duly warned that numerous acts by our new administration are aimed exactly in the direction of the given description. It’s all about “government control” of all facets of our lives.

Our country is clearly fast embracing Euro-socialism. At the same time, Europe is going in the opposite direction since they finally woke up and discovered what the stifling embrace of the state will do to economic growth. Europe is the cradle of socialism and the welfare state and they now realize how wrong they’ve been.

Our president and vice president left no doubt during the presidential campaign what they thought about progressive taxation. Even though redistribution of taxes has been demonstrated to curb economic activity, they love them for ideological reasons. The president spoke famously of “spreading the wealth” and the VP reminded voters of their “patriotic duty to pay taxes.” It’s all about total control of our money as well as everything we hold dear in our way of life. Are you going to let it all disappear?

One of the first things we see that points to our becoming a socialist country is the blatant buying into our banks, by another name it’s called nationalizing them. Already the billions we gave to the largest banks are being claimed to be not enough and a second “bailout” is being provided for them.

The government will control all bank activities, including loans. The government will go to the head of the line to get loans and the business community and individuals will fall in line for whatever available funds are left.

The far left liberal politicians are attempting to bring back the “Fairness Doctrine” which was abolished by President Reagan and it is just an attempt to cut off conservative criticism of the government and individuals; it’s called censorship. If the president is smart he will not allow this to happen for political reasons alone.

Their attempt to force “universal health care” on us has already started recently. Our liberal Congress passed the infamous SCHIP bill, originally pushed by Hillary Clinton and was denied twice by President Bush.

Well, it’s back and the funding source will be the poor. Its costs are aimed at low income smokers. As the president said, “everyone’s going to have to give.”

Surveys have shown that smokers are more likely to be blue collar workers, minorities and the less educated. It is also shown that families with incomes of less than $30,000 per year pay more than 50 percent of all taxes paid on cigarettes. It’s their foot in the door to have all of us on universal national care, where bureaucrats say when we can see a doctor and even what the doctor can treat us with, etc.

Our previous column covered what they intend to do to our Second Amendment rights (guns).

They also intend in this bill to attack religion, as it says they will take funds away from churches that formerly distributed the money to the poor and now intend to transfer the funds to their “community groups” and we all know what that means.

The bill allows in the president’s agenda his brazenly open pro-abortion position. Their proposed “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) would overturn almost all the legislative success pro-lifers have realized over the past 35 years.

The president wants taxpayers to subsidize the nation’s largest abortion seller, Planned Parenthood – hundreds of millions of dollars to them, even though they already make more than $100 million in profits annually.

He has already approved the “United Nations Population Fund” which pays to support abortion overseas, some $460,000 a year for use in countries such as China which uses it for population control, and forced abortion and sterilization. He also doesn’t hide his litmus test on abortion for judicial nominees or what he calls “reproductive justice.” So you see the direction he’ll follow when he appoints any new judiciaries.

Next, we have the welfare bureaucrats coming back. The 1996 Welfare Reform Bill was the first time any government entitlements had ever been rolled back. It forced welfare recipients to leave their TV sets and join the workforce. It was such a smashing success, after a few years even Bill Clinton started claiming full credit for the bill.

Now this new so-called “stimulus” bill goes a long way toward repealing the work requirement of the 1966 reform bill and rewards states that increase their welfare case loads by paying unwed mothers to sit home and do nothing. Health and Human Services will collect every recipient’s complete medical records, and bureaucrats will determine appropriate medical care, even to the extent to overrule their doctor.

Doctors who don’t comply with the government’s treatment protocols will be fined. A newly created office of “National Coordinator of Health Information Technology” will be empowered to cut off treatments that merely prolong life. Mom and pop, listen – Big Brother has said it’s time to go.

Since we’re on the subject of “control by the government on all of our lives,” we must also bring in “global warming.” They plan to control it via the Environmental Protection Agency, an unconstitutional bureaucracy, which is authorized by the “Clean Air Act” to regulate certain pollutants. It has no authority to do anything about carbon dioxide, because it is not a pollutant. It is a naturally occurring gas prevalent in our atmosphere without which all life would cease to exist.

The administration says it believes that carbon emissions cause global warming. Thus, they will probably declare CO-2 a pollutant and allow the EPA to be the enforcement arm in setting rules on carbon emission.

They want to “control” global warming that bad, even knowing carbon dioxide has nothing to do with the warming or cooling of the planet as seen through historical records. Man’s activities on the planet have nothing to do with any warming.

This is just a big con game and other countries around the world are getting wise to the fraud. Europe especially is recognizing what restrictions on carbon production would mean to their economies. Poland, Germany, Italy and France are all saying no to this continued attempt in the midst of a global recession. Try your best to not let it happen here.

Robert E. Beckner lives in Majestic Oaks with his wife, Sarah. He is a retired private investigator and insurance adjuster. He has also been a photographer and served with the Military Police in the Marine Corps.