Democrats Swinging Toward Socialism? Next They'll Tell Us Hillary Is Starting To Whine
By Don Feder
July 9, 2018
Left and Right, commentators are telling us that socialism is now the future of the Democratic Party, based on the primary victory of avowed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York's 14th Congressional district – a district that Mrs. Clinton carried by 77% to 20 % in 2016. Ocasio-Cortez is the chick from Westchester County who claims she was raised in the barrio. Maybe she's a Native American too.
But the commentators will get no argument from me. Socialism is the Democrats' future – also their past and their present. As sensational and totally unexpected developments go, the Democrats' move to socialism ranks right up there with: Feminists embrace anger. Maxine Waters has had it with civility, and Hillary Clinton is starting to whine about the 2016 election.
The last Democrat in favor of smaller government was Grover Cleveland. The last time a prominent Democrat turned thumbs down on a government program was when Andrew Jackson refused to reauthorize the second Bank of the United States. You get the idea.
Whatever they call themselves, Democrats are the party of high taxes, reckless deficit-spending, wealth transfers, enterprise-annihilating regulation, Jolly Old St Nick foreign aid, animus toward business and new programs and agencies, galore.
In the past 100 years, Democratic presidents have exalted the state, at the expense of liberty and progress.
• Woodrow Wilson gave us both the Federal Reserve System and the graduated income tax. Wilson was the prototype for the Democrats of today – an academic elitist (hello Lizzie Warren) whose experience with the real world was theoretical. When Wilson's allies were pushing the 16th Amendment through Congress, they swore individuals would never pay more than 1% of their income. Currently, the top marginal tax rate is 37%.
• Franklin Delano Roosevelt inflicted on the nation Social Security (which is headed for a demographic crackup: fewer and fewer workers, more and more retirees) and the New Deal with its alphabet agencies (including the FCC, FHA, FAA, FIDIC, NLRA, SEC and SBA). FDR is reputed to have saved capitalism. He did – the way Sitting Bull saved the 7th Cavalry.
• LBJ's signature initiative was the War on Poverty. By giving welfare to female-headed households, he destroyed the black family. In 1965, 82% of black households had a mother and a father. Today, the out-of-wedlock birth rate of the community is 69%. In 1960, 12% of all Americans lived in single-parent households. Now, it's 31%.
• Jimmy Carter was too busy screwing up foreign policy to do much to the economy. Bill Clinton had a Republican House for most of his two terms, though he did try for nationalized health insurance 16 years before Obamacare.
• Barack Obama nearly doubled the national debt (taking it from $10.6 billion to $19.9 billion) and gave us Obamacare and amnesty by executive order (a massive subsidy for the Party of Plunder).
The Democratic Party of today increasingly resembles the Third International. It's a party that flies on one wing. Its leading lights include such swamp creatures as Elizabeth Warren (the faux American Indian), Cry-Me-a-River Cory Booker, Kamala Harris (who's achieved the near-impossible – making the other Senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, look like a moderate), Mad Maxine Waters, Kristen Gillibrand and King Hypocrite Bernie Sanders, the millionaire socialist.
Even its farm team is composed of economic illiterates – like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (formerly the mayor of San Francisco). The party's far left is the party's mainstream. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi (soft socialists) are being pushed out by their party's new elite, just as Trotsky was ousted by Stalin.
But we're told that a majority of millennials now favor socialism (53% of those under 30 have a favorable view of the ism), but only because most are new to the workplace (if they're not still on the daddy dole) combined with the fact they've been more thoroughly indoctrinated than previous generations by public education, academia and the mainstream media. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has a whole 28 years of life-experience.
How I wish they could spend a few months in Venezuela, with shortages of almost everything, (including drinking water, toilet paper, meat, milk, coffee and flour), and a projected annual inflation rate of 40,000%, as of the last week in June. (That's not a typo.) It's estimated that 90% of civilians were living in poverty last year. Those surveyed had lost an average of 25 pounds of body weight. Who needs Jenny Craig when you're living in a socialist state?
In one of the world's leading oil producing countries, Venezuelans are starving and desperate. If millennials would experience the joys of socialism firsthand, it's a short flight from anywhere in the U.S. to Caracas.
Or take Puerto Rico, where Ocasio-Cortez's roots lie. Its economy shrunk 20% in the last decade, unemployment is over 12% and the labor-participation rate is under 40%. No wonder Rita Moreno's character in West Side Story was so passionate about not returning to the island paradise. ("Ok by me in America.")
Where are socialism's success stories: Cuba, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Iran? But millennials know nothing of this, because they learn nothing of the world around them from filtered news – economics a la CNN.
Get ready for Caracas in America. The new Democrats' mind-numbing platform calls for abolishing ICE, Medicare for all (socialized medicine), free tuition, forgiving college loans, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, and – on the summit of the Big Rock Candy Mountain – a "guaranteed income" for everyone.
After repealing the laws of economics, Democrats can tackle physics next, starting with gravity. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez staring in "Socialists in Space."
Socialism is like the T-Rex in Jurassic Park – huge, destructive and stupid. Millennials think the creature is cute. But as Jeff Goldblum says of the cloned dinosaurs that his girlfriend is gushing over in Jurassic Park II, "Oh yeah, oohing and ahhing, that's how it starts. Then later there's running and screaming."
As the mid-term elections approach, Republicans must be tickled red. The sound you just heard was the long-predicted 2018 blue wave receding.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains a Facebook page.