IF SOCIALISM IS SO GOOD…

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Translation of statements on graphic:

If socialism were as good as they say,
Berlin wouldn’t have made a wall,
The people wouldn’t have escaped from Cuba on rafts,
And in Venezuela, they wouldn’t be standing in lines for food.
(The little red logo says “No to leftist fanaticism“)

Read a Washington Times article dated 11/4/17 titled: Millennials would rather live in socialist or communist nation than under capitalism: Poll ‘This troubling turn highlights widespread historical illiteracy in American society’

Our three-year-old granddaughter wanted so very much to touch her grandmother’s coffee cup heater. Grandmother repeatedly warned her against touching it, but one day she elected to ignore the warning and laid her hand atop the hot surface. She no longer wishes to touch the cup heater.

Is there a crisis in public and university training in America? Yes, there is a genuine crisis due to historical revisionism.

I experienced my first up-close-and-personal with this crisis in a weekend conversation with my eldest son, then a student at Sul Ross University. We discussed Cuba, a subject dear to my heart. His closing statement to signal his belief he won the debate was: “Well, Dad, you know Castro is the best thing that ever happened to Cuba.” I responded, asking him, “Have you ever talked to any Cubans about this?” He dismissed me, saying I have ignorant opinions.

My eldest son is a product of leftist education from a public university. Over the years, his worldview changed somewhat.

In 1959, Cubans were not hungering for socialism. They just wanted to be rid of the corrupt Batista tyrannical government. Castro promised change. He just didn’t reveal what the change would be and a socialist-communist regime was firmly set in place.
At one point in time, Fidel Castro boasted, “Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world.” Who are these well-educated prostitutes? They are doctors, nurses, and teachers who supplement their meager socialist income by prostituting themselves to sex tourists. LA Times http://lat.ms/2jdS65C

The poor Venezuelans, on the other hand, welcomed socialism that promised cheap food, ‘affordable’ housing, and free medical care. Hugo Chavez actually placed Cuban administrators into every level of the Venezuelan government and Cuban medical personnel provided the free medical care. For a time, Chavez even flew Mexican patients to Venezuela for free eye care with the end of fomenting a communist takeover of Mexico.

Where is Venezuelan socialism today? Educated Venezuelans, including mothers desperate to feed their children, teachers, and doctors, willingly prostitute themselves. [Miami Herald http://hrld.us/2wOwB03 ]

Millenials are the largest voting bloc in our country.

During Jesus’ three-year ministry on earth, some believed in him, others did not. How could there be any unbelief after all the amazing miracles witnessed by thousands of Jews? I have no qualified answer to this question, but I know a sure-fire experience that removes all doubt. The Apostle Peter and I shared this experience.

Matthew 16:13-17 describes this experience.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock [of revelation] I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

In August of 1974, I experienced this rock of revelation. Nothing and no one can shake me of my belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

My point: Speaking to like-minded American adults, there is nothing you can say to dissuade most Millenials from their hunger for socialism. But, a divine revelation of truth will ring them all around.

Rabbi Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.

My prayer to God is a request for revelations of truth to the Millenial generation. I see no plan ‘B’.If we wait for them to learn the reality of socialism first-hand, as did Cubans and now Venezuelans, it will be too late to save our beloved country.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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A Streetcar Named DART (Or You Pick A Name)

Applying classic math, 100%-62.9%=37.1% true unemployment rate. [Source: BLS.Gov] During the Great Depression, unemployment peaked at 25% in 1933.

The Obama administration pushed for and got ACA coverage for families with children up to 26 years of age. [Source: HealthCare.Gov]

Today, we call these young layabouts ‘millennials’. Earlier layabouts who gave rise to Marxism and Communism were Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin. Coming forward, Bernie Sanders, a notable layabout who did work a little in his life as a carpenter (“a shady carpenter”), educated himself on the writings of Marx, Lenin, and Trotsky.

The Minimum Wage Act of 1948 and the Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938 are socialistic laws intended to elevate Americans out of poverty, but it only applied to certain jobs. Back in my high school years, the minimum wage was $1.15/hour, but the Texaco gas station where I worked 12 hours per night 5 nights per week paid only $0.65/hour because gas station employees were not covered by the law and I didn’t complain. I needed the work. It’s helpful to know that I worked 12 hours per night while attending high school by day and, yes, I graduated.

People with actual marketable skills are worthy of wages well above the legal minimum wage and are generally paid far more than today’s minimum wage of $7.25.

The Minimum Wage Act of 1948 and the Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938 work contrary to their intended purpose because they fail in a free-market economic system, a natural exchange of ideas and services between willing buyers and willing sellers. Simply stated: The minimum wage laws are perfect examples of the inevitable failures of socialistic economics.

The “people in the basement” are the young people NOT in the labor force today. These so-called millennials don’t have to work.  What’s the cure? How do we get them out of the basement? Consider the wisdom of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.

I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

Franklin’s wisdom was valid 227 years ago on the day of his death, as it is today.

Nature abhors a vacuum, it is said. The Bernie-Sanders-inspired-layabout-millennial generation creates a huge labor market ‘vacuum’ that is a chief reason for illegal immigration and H1B visas. We have a pool of able-bodied and unwilling-to-work that today, May 28, 2017, represents almost 40% of the adult population of our country.

How can we minimize the illegal immigration problem and the tandem problem of millennials in the ‘basement’? I have a few suggestions.

  • A full repeal of ObamaCare
  • A full repeal of the Minimum Wage Acts
  • Better scrutiny of social programs like WIC, disability insurance, social securityobama has my vote he gave me a free phone payments to able-bodied Americans
  • End the free ObamaPhone program whereby 20,000,000 Americans get free cell phones
  • Dramatically cut back on Executive Branch departments and a myriad of social programs – You can tell President Trump which to cut via WhiteHouse.gov. Learn more via this link https://rockwallconservative.me/2017/05/27/help-pres-trump-drain-the-swamp-he-wants-your-input/

As PM Margaret Thatcher famously said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

John White
Rockwall, Texas

 

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Urgent prayer request – Venezuela has run out of other people’s money

As Margaret Thatcher wisely noted about the end of socialism, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

 

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“The South American nation of Venezuela is about to erupt.

“Thousands of citizens are fed up and are now taking to the streets to express their anger and frustration towards President Nicolas Maduro, a man that has forced a sizable portion of the population to go to bed hungry and live without the necessary medications they need to stay alive.

“And according to the Economist, that’s not all, inflation is estimated to exceed 1,600% this year, a situation that will make it even more difficult for the average person to purchase food when it’s available.” CBN News, 12 April 2017 http://tinyurl.com/mxdl94a

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“To say life is hard in Venezuela is an understatement. The socialist regime has continued to fail their people in every way imaginable. Thousands of natives are forced to stand in lines for necessities like food and medicine. In January the first infant death from starvation in Venezuela this year was reported. Citizens have had to take measures including the consumption of dogs, cats, and exotic animals in an extreme attempt to survive.” – Natural News, 14 February 2017 http://tinyurl.com/l3d4e4k

Most of South America is struggling economically, nutritionally, and spiritually. The empty promises of socialism remind us that socialism shall forever remain an unproven economic theory.

My Cuban friends endured a similar fate after the Soviet Union withdrew its support from that island bastion of socialism.

I invite your prayers of intercession for the desperate people of Venezuela. Their chief need is a nationwide spiritual revival. Between now and such time there comes a spiritual revival, ask the Lord to deliver the people from the ham-fisted tyranny of a socialist government led by a belligerent former bus driver.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

The Real Tesla Succeeded Without Government Subsidies

The Tesla. It’s the talk of Wall Street and Main Street. A Bloomberg.com article posted June 7, 2016 predicts: “Tesla Will Become a $700 Billion Gorilla, Top Investor Suggests“.

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Billionaire Elon Musk’s multi-billion-dollar fortune enables him to do as he pleases with his money. But, is it truly “his money”?

Government subsidies have made many men and women overnight millionaires and billionaires. Musk is of this category. According to the LA Times, the federal government ‘feeding trough’ has doled out $4,900,000,000 in subsidies to Mr. Musk’s various enterprises that include electric cars, solar power panels, and spacecraft.

SpaceX has accomplished some amazing feats. The solar power business has yet to become what I would call a successful technology. The jury is still out on the success of his Tesla car business. Investor Ron Baron expects to cash in on the success of the Tesla Model 3 electric car, but let’s not forget the obvious: the Tesla Model 3 does not exist. Anywhere.

What if Elon Musk were to have to compete in a legitimate open market, as do GM, Toyota and Nissan, carmakers that all have delivered successful hybrids and electric car technology. There are actual owners of vehicles made by these three automakers.

There was a genuine Tesla, Nikolai Tesla, a visionary Serbo-Croatian immigrant who came to America to become the singular most important American inventor of all time, past, present and future. Mr. Tesla invented AC power, transformers, AC generators, fluorescent lighting, radio and a host of other technologies that are the bedrock of our way of life. And get this: Nikolai Tesla did what he did without even one government subsidy. Yes, there was a truly successful Tesla, but Tesla motors is not a repeat. My opinion.

General Motors has its genesis in the Chevrolet brand that has a long and successful history of producing cost-effective vehicles, in fact, over 500,000,000 vehicles sold worldwide. I have driven a Chevrolet Volt. It’s a snappy, responsive high-performance vehicle – an overpriced car – but one with four wheels on the ground. Meanwhile, there are no Tesla Model 3’s anywhere in the universe.

Apart from one bankruptcy and a government bailout, General Motors will, in my opinion, outpace all automobile manufacturers in the production and delivery of electric vehicles.

GM learned through the Volt experience how to make cost-effective electric vehicles. GM will be delivering Chevrolet Bolt EV next year. It will be priced as low as $30,000 due to a federal tax credit (Yes, that’s a government subsidy.)

 

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2017 Chevy Bolt EV

As it is with all present EV technology, the recharge time is HOURS, not minutes. Full recharge time for the Bolt EV is 9 hours. Compare ‘recharge’ time for a hybrid of five minutes at a convenient gas station.

Battery technology advances day by day. If you are content with a 200+ mile range of driving on one charge, and you are in no hurry to recharge the battery, electric vehicles are the thing for you.

Toyota has produced excellent hybrid vehicles and Chevrolet is right behind Toyota with the new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid that came out this year (2016). Chevrolet learned hybrid technology through its Chevy Volt experiences. The range of the 2016 Malibu Hybrid is far superior and more practical than any electric vehicle. I drive more than 200 miles sometimes in an afternoon.

I predict Chevrolet will dominate the electric car market. I also predict government subsidies and tax incentives will disappear. My reason for saying this  is WE AIN’T GOT NO MORE MONEY to dole out. National debt is well over $19 trillion and climbing by the second. Global instability sets the stage for global economic collapse. For economics, I refer you to the Mystery of the Shemitah, “Rich Dad” Robert Kiyosaki’s predictions of economic collapse this year  of 2016, and the outlooks of respected investors like Carl Icahn who predict economic events of Biblical proportions.

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Meanwhile, I go on living, calling on customers, looking for new opportunities and I have my hope in God, not Wall Street.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

ObamaCare Morphs Into TrumpCare – What is the definition of insanity?

April 14, 2016, AD

How successful has ObamaCare worked for America? In a March 2016 article published in MarketWatch.com, seven key points shout ‘failure’ of this socialist experiment, an economic ‘wrecking ball’ from which we will suffer the consequences for generations to come.

MarketWatch: 7 Obamacare failures that have hurt Americans

  1. Low enrollment
  2. High numbers of uninsured
  3. Lost doctors
  4. Lost plans
  5. Higher premiums
  6. Higher deductibles
  7. Higher costs

ObamaCare is a problem in search of a solution. The divergent campaigns run by the two Republican contenders offer two alternatives to ObamaCare.

  • Donald Trump’s vision is to cover everyone. Medicare for the entire nation? If we can’t fund medicare, how do we fund a dramatic increase in Medicare borrowing?
  • Ted Cruz has the simple and most practical solution: repeal ObamaCare entirely.

As you can see in the below federal budget pie chart, Medicare presently consumes 27% of the entire budget.

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Social Security is the other budget ‘gorilla’ in the room at fully one-third of all federal government spending.Countries where socialism has failed

On the Democrat side of things, Hillary and Bernie want MORE federal government spending on social welfare. On the Republican side of things, Ted Cruz wants to shrink the size of federal government to restore our country to prosperity. Donald Trump? Where is he on the economic spectrum? Is he not on the left, over there with Bernie and Hillary?

Free market capitalism works 100% of the time. Socialism inevitably fails, because it will forever remain an unproven economic theory.

Countries where socialism has failed

  • Here on our soil, the Pilgrims tried it. They discovered if not for free market competition and personal responsibility they would all soon die of hunger.
  • Cuba is the ultimate failure. In 1959, Cuba was the fourth largest economy in the western hemisphere and the Cuban people enjoyed a higher standard of living than U.S. citizens. It is not a success of socialism that Cuba maintains its course; socialism continues due to a communist government that has total control of everything.
  • Venezuela is gasping for breath. ‘Bernie voters’ chose the mess they now have to live with. It’s not yet a communist country so there is an opportunity for reversal, but it will continue to be painful for all involved.
  • Argentina is a socialist experiment blended with crony capitalism.
  • Brazil, another glorious socialist paradise, is on the verge of collapse. Keep in mind the enormity of that beautiful nation and its wonderful people. We must not dismiss the importance of a sister nation larger than the continental United States where the greater São Paulo metroplex has a population (33 million) greater than the great state of Texas (28 million).

Countries where socialism has succeeded

(there are none, zero, zip

In the failure list, you notice Russia and China are conspicuously absent. This is because the two discovered the hard way the impossibility of socialism. One local business Rockwall-area owner has served to instruct Chinese entrepreneurs on the properties and simplicities of capitalism. He once said to me, “The Chinese do capitalism better than we Americans.”

For which Republican will I cast my vote? My choice is the man who reads and studies the U.S. Constitution, the man who pledges to restore America’s greatness by means of shrinking tyrannical federal government that chokes the life out of American businesses through a flood of bureaucratic regulations. There are two reasons for American business owners to invest in other countries:

There are two reasons for American business owners to invest in other countries: to escape onerous regulations and lower corporate taxes. By the way, Donald Trump is one of those very wealthy Americans who has offshore investments for the same reasons as Ford, General Motors, and others.

Let’s restore greatness to America by first of all honoring our Creator, second by returning to the economic system that made us the most prosperous nation in all history.

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America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. – Alexis de Tocqueville

Let’s restore the goodness. Greatness will follow.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Natural Economics Wages War on Wal-Mart Decision

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Around the country, employees demanded a “living wage”. Wal-Mart responded by raising minimum wages to $9/hour; early next year to $10. Naturally, raising wages raises costs thereby cutting profits and incentives to investors. What to do next? Cut hours. Zero sum gain for employees.

Read from Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Cuts Some Workers’ Hours After Pay Raise Boosts Costs

Wal-Mart is the low-price leader in the world. While some may scoff at its low wages, the fact of Wal-Mart’s benefit to our lowest income families is unmistakable: Wal-Mart customers save over $2,000/year over what they would pay at Kroger or other up-scale grocer.

Economist Milton Friedman warned against the good intentions of mandatory minimum wage which will have the opposite effect.

The fact is, the programs that are labeled ‘for the poor’, ‘for the needy’ almost always have effects exactly the opposite of those the well intentioned sponsors intended them to have. – Milton Friedman discussing the effects of minimum wage, dispelling the myth that it is a Good Thing.

Inevitably, Wal-Mart must raise prices to maintain investor expectations. As prices increase, market forces will drive down purchases by the company’s traditional customer which, in turn, will put pressure on the company to further reduce hours and demand more productivity from employees who will again demand higher wagers and so the inflation spiral gains momentum.

Time was when Sears, Montgomery Ward and JC Penney were on top. Today, two of these former giants gasp for breath while one has gone out of business. Time comes when Wal-Mart will follow suit.

Socialism fails every time it’s tried. Capitalism is not an economic theory, but the natural exchange of goods and services among a free people. Mandatory minimum wage artificially shapes the marketplace.

Socialism does not increase a society’s overall wealth; it shares the poverty.

John White

Rockwall, Texas

What’s at the Heart of Global Warming-cum-Climate Change?

Well, which is it? Man’s stewardship of the environment or collectivism in disguise? Can’t we have some plain talk? What is ‘it’? ‘It’ was once called “global cooling”, followed by “global warming” and now widely known as “climate change”. Well, which is it? Do you truly want to know?

Obviously, you can’t have it both ways, that is you can’t have it as “global cooling” and “global warming”. “Climate change”  is such a neutral term. It’s like my favorite word: “interesting”. When angry or ignorant people approach me intending to engage me in a fruitless debate, I simply reply to their claims as “interesting”. What does “interesting” mean? Absolutely nothing. Nothing at all. What does “climate change” mean? Absolutely nothing. Nothing at all.

In the name of all three claims by so called environmentalists, global cooling, global warming & climate change, we see the disintegration of heavy industries, smaller automobiles, higher fuel prices, declining electrical power reliability and so on.

Finally. Finally the number one environmentalist comes forward to disclose the truth behind their movement: the destruction of capitalism.

I quote from Investors Business Daily, 02/10/2015, an article titled: U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare

At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  speaks at the opening session of the United Nations Climate Change conference in Doha, Qatar, Monday , Nov. 26, 2012.  U.N. talks on a new climate pact resumed Monday in oil and gas-rich Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200 countries will discuss fighting global warming and helping poor nations adapt to it. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) speaks at the opening session of the United Nations Climate Change conference in Doha, Qatar, Monday , Nov. 26, 2012. U.N. talks on a new climate pact resumed Monday in oil and gas-rich Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200 countries will discuss fighting global warming and helping poor nations adapt to it. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism. The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.”

What is capitalism?

  • Wordreference.com: “an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned
  • Merriam-Webster.com: “a way of organizing an economy so that the things that are used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships, etc.) are owned by individual people and companies rather than by the government
  • My definition: “capitalism is a system for the exchange of goods and services among a free people

In all three of the above definitions, do you see the word “system”? Let’s compare socialism with capitalism: the latter is a ‘system’; the former a ‘theory’. Why is socialism a theory? It’s never been proven to work. But, free market forces have been the staple economic system since the founding of our wonderful country and we call those free market forces ‘capitalism’.

What’s your plan? Are you going to sit out the fight and assure enslavement of your children and grandchildren? Not I, my friends.

Collectivism is another word for fascism. Am I getting through to you? Quite simply, the difference between capitalism and collectivism is ownership of property. Living in a capitalist society, we the people own property as opposed to collectivism where the government owns all the property. Fascists manage a collectivist society. Ruling elite own it all – lock, stock and barrel.  How well does collectivism work? Look no farther than 90 miles off the shores of Florida. Cuba has been a fascist, socialist, collectivist ‘laboratory’ since 1959. 55 years of misery. 55 years of poverty. 55 years of slavery.

Can’t happen here, you say. Yes it can, my friends. In fact, it’s happening right before your eyes.

  • The Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare
  • Nationalization of the Internet
  • Destruction of our free-market economy
  • Ever enlarging federal government
  • Destruction of the family

What’s the cure? At this point in time, only the Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob can save us. Talk all we wish. Elect all the Republicans and Libertarians as we will, they can’t stop this slow march toward national dissolution.

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Here and there pockets of spiritual revival, spiritual awakenings, are appearing. Are they enough? No. Only national repentance, believing in and confessing the Lord Jesus Christ can save us. Question is will we repent or continue down this path of self-destruction?

John White