(vanity post...> rant)
'Got to talking to the the counter lady a Dunkin' Donuts today.
She has an accent I couldn't quite place, so I asked her where she was from. "Sweden" was the answer (no, not a Swedish Bikini Team type... she's about 50-something and overweight... but a pleasant enough person).
Just for small-talk, I asked her how she liked it here in the U.S., and frankly, her answer caught me off guard.
She said, "I really miss living in a Socialist country. I miss getting 8-weeks of vacation every year like we do back home. I have four jobs here. There I would have one job and get paid enough to raise my kids and never have to worry."
Now, I'm assuming that the four jobs are all part-time, and if the doughnut shop thing is any indication, I doubt any require much skill or education. And, she didn't say "doughnut cashiers are undervalued and underpaid here in the U.S." She said it was Socialism that provided the way-of-life she missed.
Anyway, what she said next really put a cap on it:
"And I really miss the social life back in Sweden," she said, "People here are always working. Back there we have plenty of time to enjoy ourselves"
Soooooo, I thought to myself, you don't want to work, or not much, and you want the government to provide for you and your family?
I felt like asking her where she thinks the money for that comes from, but I did not want to be confrontational, so I bit my lip (I really prefer my occasional stops for coffee and a doughnut to remain congenial). I doubt she'd care where it came from, anyway, just as long as it came her way.
But, okay, I get it. People with no ambition and no real marketable skills love the idea of a government that will level the playing field, redistribute the wealth of those who are producers, and make sure that they're taken care of and have plenty of time to enjoy the fruits of others' labor... and there are a lot of them.
Yep, there are a lot of them... and that's the key, in my eyes, to why so many politicians go down this road too. It's an easy path to power. It's a very classic tale of using the taxpayers' money to buy votes and power for the elite leaders of the Socialist movement.
IMO, Democrat politicians could care less about substance or ideals, regardless of what you may hear them proclaim when they're stumping. It's votes and power they're after. And any way's the only way. Period. When they tell you "it's for the children", you can bet what they really mean is "it's for the people who will vote for me and keep me in power."
Our current POTUS is a prime example. How did we get saddled with such an inexperienced, unaccomplished egomaniac, except for that "power paid with promises" formula? If you imagine that Obama is there to do anything other than cater to the idiots who will exchange votes for entitlements, you're kiddin' yourself. And if you think those voters expect anything less than a government that will take care of them, and make sure they don't have to work too hard to get everything they want, and time to enjoy it, you're as crazy as they are lazy!