The United Socialist Republic of America

by Sal on December 8, 2008

in Economy,Politics

America is headed towards a Socialist state.  The current economic crisis, which is directly attributable to government intervention in the free market, is now being used to foster a new Socialist Democracy, threatening the ingredients of freedom that fostered America’s greatness for the past two centuries.

As we speak, a deal has been struck between Democrats in Congress and the Bush administration to provide a bailout to the failing domestic auto industry.  The auto industry is one of the industries hardest hit by liberal policies.  For years, the unions have squeezed GM, Chrysler, and Ford, to get unreasonable demands agreed to, causing the cost for producing an American car far higher than the cost that foreign auto-manufacturers have to contend with.  Additionally, the arbitrary fuel efficiency standards and trade issues with Japan have made it difficult for Detroit to compete.  So now, the Federal Government, in what is rapidly becoming a new trend, will bail them out.

We were told that the bailouts for the financial industry were necessary.  Indeed, we were told that it was an extraordinary measure aimed at solving a problem that would cause the collapse of our financial institution.  Yet now, we are providing a bailout to a single industry that has nothing to do with the global financial system.  Now, everyone wants a bailout.  Industries from all over America are requesting bailouts from the government.  This needs to be called what it is, and that’s corporate welfare.  Corporations having made big mistakes in some cases, or being victims of government mismanagement in other cases, are now turning to the very people who were complicit in creating this mess to begin with.  Congress, and the federal government as a whole, has been dysfunctional since the Great Society in the 1960s, and its shortsighted actions are now causing ripple-effects throughout the economy.  Yet our solution is more government intervention, oversight, and regulations.  How, exactly, does that make any sense?

The creeping Socialist America is affecting other areas as well.  In Chicago, recently laid-off workers are staging a sit-in at the Republic Windows and Doors Factory, who had their financing cancelled by Bank of America due to poor credit (Hat Tip to Mrs. Sal).  The factory, naturally, had to lay off workers.  Now, the workers (headed by the union) are demanding severance, vacation pay, etc.   Our President-Elect has weighed in and says that the company should give into the laid-off workers:

The workers who are asking for the benefits and payments that they have earned, I think they’re absolutely right and understand that what’s happening to them is reflective of what’s happening across this economy,

Jesse Jackson sees this as the beginning of a wider movement:

These workers deserve their wages, deserve fair notice, deserve health security,” Jackson said. This may be the beginning of long struggle of worker resistance finally.

Now, Ace of Spades is reporting that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is ordering that the state no longer do any business with Bank of America, until the bank provides the financing necessary to allow Republic Windows and Doors to give into the union’s demands.

What business of it is a State’s to determine the business practices of a bank or any other private institution?  Bank of America has every right to remove financing from a company that it does not expect will pay it back.  Yet now the state is telling a bank that they have to throw more money into a hole?  It makes this Onion parody seem like an actual segment on the nightly news.

The policy plans of the new Obama administration do not do anything to calm my concerns about America on the path to socialism.  Over the weekend, Obama discussed his economic stimulus package.  It is a planned 1.2 trillion dollar package that is mostly spending on infrastructure and pushing liberal policies such as a “green” agenda.

These developments are a cause for concern.  America was founded on freedom, and we are seeing that freedom eroded.  Pushing a socialist economic system may help recovery in the short term, but will lead to long-term economic collapse, as the Soviet Union demonstrated with its collapse in 1990.  The march to the United Socialist Republic of America continues.  There is still a long way to go to get there, but we are treading dangerously close.

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Ryan December 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I think we can calm down and understand that whether or not we agree with the money hole in principle, in practice there are some issues that have arisen lately.

As we all know, there have recently been calls by some conservatives to close the hole. I know this has upset libs and hole-lovers alike, but luckily for hole-lovers nationwide, an Obama Nation is likely to usher in a new age for the money hole and all those who embrace stuffing the hole.

On a serious note:
Hey, if the Dems want to embrace public disorder at a time of massive economic uncertainty and when the middle class is getting to the boiling point regarding the incessant bailouts, then so be it. The Dems have been trying to recreate the 1930s since the 1930s and now they have their chance. Good luck guys, I’m sure the voters will appreciate you in ’10 and ’12 with that attitude.

I’m not too worried about the lurch toward socialism in the short run if the Republicans can take advantage of the inevitable disorder and economic stagnation within the next two years and frame the capitalist alternative in the area of ideas with bold plans. Keynesian solutions to ecnomic problems were debunked in the 1970s and will be so again.


rightonoz December 8, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Not knowing the specifics of this case, however workers anywhere should be entitled to any pay they have worked for, including accrued holiday entitlement etc, as long as the company has the money to keep paying the bosses the workers should get that. In Australia if a company goes under first in lien is the Tax Man, staff, secured creditors, unsecured, then the shareholders last.

What I do not agree with is large severance payments, or any other handouts being forced on the company. As a business owner I am mindful of my legal and moral obligation to pay for any work I have received from my staff and any holdiday pay they have been entitled to until the second I let them go. OK down here I have to give them 1 pay period in lieu of notice.

In one of my careers I have been responsible for factories in the US, Netherlands, France and Germany. When we wanted to downsize as new technology meant fewer staff required, in Germany we had to contact the government first and then negotiate on who was put off. There were a few social issues, however if we could show one person to be more valuable than another we could keep that person.

In France the government arrived and told us who we could lay off and who we HAD to keep. Anyone approaching retirement within 10 years, anyone with 3 or more children, and diability etc etc. In the end the only people we could lay off in France were our best workers as they had more chance of getting another job.

This is why I supported Howard in his attempts to break the union stranglehold here in Australia, and what happens, all the bleeding hearts elect the socialists and the first thing they do is repeal all the Howard legislation.

Pray you do not go down the same road…


rightonoz December 9, 2008 at 12:01 am

Just another comment on the US auto industry.

While the unions did saddle it with stupendous costs compared to non union factories the Japanese opened in the US and overseas, the reality is they brought it upon themselves with an arrogant attitude that they knew what was best and refused to build vehicles that could compete in export markets and did not see that in their own market the market was surely going to abandon them sooner or later with what are poorly designed and built products. Blaming the government for their failures is wrong.

Having driven vehicles all over the world from basic to luxury (S-Class at 220kph plus on the autobharn)I have always been stunned by the lack of logic in vehicle design in the US. Lousy panel fit, poor handling, brakes, ergonomics, ignorant approach to fuel economy.. the list is almost endless.

Ford seems to be best positioned to survive, probably because of it’s more world view on product design (apart from debacles such as the later Taurus – have an Aussie to blame for that pig).

Remember the safety standards and fuel economy figures being forced on the US automakers are already in place in most markets worldwide, or in the case of Europe even tougher, even Australia meets the Euro 3 standards, so they are not being disadvantaged in being required to keep slightly behind the world. In fact by dragging their heels they drive more customers away. Why buy a gas guzzling, rattling Ford/GM/Chrysler when you can drive an economical, safe, quiet Honda/Nissan/Toyota/Holden (Aussie GM vehicle that is exported all over the world, and should be sold in many more thousands in the US than it is (As a Buick and Pontiac) except the unions won’t allow it), or even European Ford, GM(Opel/Vauxhall).

Sorry Guys, the only people to blame for the US car industry being in the Sh.t are the car companies and the unions. As we sould say here and in the UK, they deserve to go ‘tits up’ (bust, out of business)


Doug June 4, 2010 at 1:15 am

I remember seeing that broad cast on the workers camping out on the doors of there job. Most of them are mexican immigrants so don’t give them shit!!!!!!!!!! Send those fucking chilie shitters back where they belong, well where there from they belong in the ground or out in the Arizona dessert with there heads in plastic bags


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