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Over the last few years our school children have been taught a new subject.  Let’s call it Capitalism Bad; Socialism Good.  You may not be aware but this socialist almost marxist propaganda has left college campuses and is now finding its way to our middle schools.  The theory and goal behind this video, produced by the “Tides Foundation”—a socialist redistribution driven organization, is to indoctrinate young children during their impressionable years, before they have learned to rationally think and question.

Of course, parents are kept in the dark, by the “all knowing” educators, who have embraced this ideology.  The lead instructional lesson is called The Story of Stuff.  This is a twenty minute video complete with a classroom quiz and related teaching and study material.  The Story of Stuff provides questionable information that is contrary to what is the economic model that has made this country great, capitalism. This video is filled with false statements and half-truths.  The clear intent is to mislead impressionable minds; to convince these minds that the ideology presented is common fact.  This video is clearly propaganda indoctrination.   Here is what that bastion of conservative think, The New York Times, has to say about this video in “A Cautionary Video About America’s ‘Stuff’”  

“…The video is a cheerful but brutal assessment of how much Americans waste, and it has its detractors. But it has been embraced by teachers eager to supplement textbooks that lag behind scientific findings on climate change and pollution. And many children who watch it take it to heart…”

 In a blog of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation called “The Real “Story of Stuff” about Capitalism and the Free Market” you will find a reasonable analysis of “The Story of Stuff”.

 “If you want freedom, peace and prosperity for people all over the globe, you want capitalism. Protestors at the G-20 Summit would have us believe otherwise. So would the creators of the Story of Stuff, an anti-free-market film seen by tens of thousands of school children who now believe capitalism means trashing the earth and stealing resources from poor people.

 It would be good if our schools began teaching intellectually honest economics. But most do not. What if all policymakers understood the connections between peace and personal liberty; prosperity and free markets; justice and risk?…”

 You may want to go to the Evergreen Freedom Foundation website and learn who they are and their mission.  This appears to be a solid and balanced organization.

 The New York Times article states that

 “…Which is one reason ‘The Story of Stuff’, a 20-minute video about the effects of human consumption, has become a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation.” 

A sleeper hit with whom?  Is it a sleeper hit with parents?  Have parents been told that it would be in the lessons?  The piece states that the government exists to take care of us, well James Madison and the other Founders are rolling over on that statement alone.  It is wrong about how much is spent on defense and how must forest remain.  It even uses a military tank to represent the government—how balanced is that?

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Socialism may be coming to a country near you soon.  Yes, if Senator Obama and the Senate and House Democrats win, it will be the end of the trail for capitalism.  The secular progressive movement, led by George Soros and his minions, has been funneling money into the Democratic Party and to its candidates for some time now, with the intent on building a slate of Senators and Representatives who are decidedly socialists by nature.  The crowning achievement for the movement was the support provided a Senator chosen early on for his socialist beliefs to run for President, Barack Obama.  Read: Soros poised for payback on his political investment an editorial from the The Examiner.

George Soros will now have a superhighway to Change – Socialist Change.  We will see wealth redistribution on a grand scale – Obama said it himself recently when he told a hard working self employed plumber that he will experience wealth distribution – his wealth will go to some one else.    We will see the single largest growth in government in the history of this nation.  We will expand the culture that people are not accountable to themselves or to others and that regardless of their actions, government will attempt to take care of them, albeit in a grossly inefficient manner.  Who will be the arbiter of just how much wealth will be redistributed at any time?

There are basically three economic systems found in the world.  Communism, Socialism, and Capitalism are the three, but no one is practiced in its purest sense.  We might ask why an economic system is important.

“…a country’s economic system determines the allocation of the nation’s resources of labor, land, machinery, materials, etc. between their alternative possible uses.” “… a country’s economic system determines the distribution between the individuals in the nation of that which is produced using the nation’s resources.”  “We need to know how an economic system attempts to solve the problems of allocation and distribution before we can see why there is unemployment, inflation, poverty, and so on.” These quotes were taken from an old text book  “Introduction to Economics” by John Craven.

Socialism is chosen by some as an artificial means of controlling unemployment and poverty.  The problem with this noble effort is that time after time, in national experiment after experiment, it actually creates more unemployment and more poverty.  The key element of socialism, redistribution of wealth, actually reduces the incentive for those who create jobs by growing businesses and making wealth for themselves.  When the incentive is removed, as there can be no success in business, the effort dwindles and the economy shrinks.  The shrinking economy fosters more government programs, and greater protectionism.  More government programs means taking more from those who “have it” and giving it to others, until the loss in incentive becomes a vicious cycle.  As protectionism grows, the cost of imported goods rises, and the ability to export diminishes, further restricting jobs, increasing unemployment, and increasing the price of goods and services.  The vicious cycle continues.  By now you get my point.

Socialism is a misguided effort by those who do not learn very well from history.  Read “Disillusioned with Socialism: South Asia experiments with free enterprise.” Europe has toyed with socialism.  Just look at their GDP and unemployment rates – they are far worse than the capitalistic United States.  Europeans have learned that once you start the wealth re-distribution project for those who are either not motivated to contribute to society or have been unsuccessful, you have spread the proverbial toothpaste into the culture and that toothpaste cannot be placed back into the tube easily.  Europeans are paying the socialism price now – yet we do not learn from the failed experiment.  Be careful of what you seek.

What we do have here is a lawyer, an avowed socialist masquerading as a populist, supported by the George Soros machine.  Barack Obama is about to achieve an ignoble change in our economic system by taking income from hardworking productive people – medium and small business owners – job creators,  and redistributing it to those who either have been less fortunate or are simply not as productive.  If he is elected, we shall see just how effective this lawyer’s theory is: reduce the incentive of hard workers to work hard; forcibly share what they have worked for; and grow government to create jobs.  The theory fails to take into account that without the medium and small business job creation machine; jobs will be lost, not created.

Remember, the man, Barack Obama, has never run anything, managed anything, or built anything, in his life.  He is a lawyer turned socio-economic theorist.  Remember that his espoused social plan has not worked in the past and will not work now.

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