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ECONOMY: Socialism has failed state, nation

Letter by Ken Morse, Olympia on Dec. 2, 2010 at 11:50 am | 151 Comments »
December 2, 2010 1:02 pm

Socialism has failed. The bipartisan White House National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform titles its report “The moment of truth.” Frankly I am glad, but their “moment of truth” is four years overdue.

The Bush-Obama strategy has come due. Trouble was brewing when Bush told us in 2008, “I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system,” which is like saying “I’ve abandoned my parachute to more thoroughly enjoy my sky-diving experience.”

Truth is, everyone but a political hack realizes we are facing national bankruptcy with all its bad, bad consequences. Socialism has failed. This is what brought 6,000 “tea partiers” (aka, citizens) to the state Capitol steps on Tax Day 2009 to defeat the proposed sales tax increase.

What Olympia didn’t get was the need to cut spending and fight institutionalized corruption. Olympian politicians are buying votes with failed socialist policies. They have bowed down at the altar of the unions.

Don’t get me wrong; like Ronald Reagan, I believe in the right to collective bargaining. But like Reagan, I also believe in fairness and balance. Remember, Reagan fired the air traffic controllers when they went on strike illegally. Gregoire is no Reagan.

Socialism doesn’t work because greedy special interest groups eventually figure out how to vote themselves a pay raise and get “free” things from the government – cash for clunkers, risky home loans, Wall Street bailouts, TARP, Obamacare, etc. – until the whole irresponsible, socialist experiment comes crashing down.

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