A Socialist Lemonade Stand

I happened upon this quite by accident and thought it was so awesome, I would repost it in full here. It’s from a rather impolitic site I think I’ve seen once or twice before called News Machete.” Their title for the below (the line) article is How to Teach Kids About Socialism.”

Now, I can already hear the cries from the left: “Well, what do you want? Anarchy? There has to be some regulation!” Yes, there has to be some regulation. Of course there does. We don’t want our budding entrepreneurs setting up their lemonade stands in the middle of intersections on the reasoning they will get more customers under the banner “Lemonade So Good It Stops Traffic.”  We don’t want pot brownies sold with the lemonade (Or maybe we do… Never-mind).  We don’t want some bureaucrat dropping by and shutting down little Timmy’s lemonade stand and letting little Sally’s lemonade stand across the street stay open because Sally’s parents have the “right” campaign sign on their front lawn. That’s Russia. We are a nation of laws, not men. Equal application of the law. With first amendment rights protected. A certain amount of regulation flows from these rights that provide Timmy & Sally the liberty to pursue their lemonade happiness regardless of their family’s political leanings. The Tea Party, conservatives like me, love that. Want that. Crave it. It’s when equal justice transmogrifies into social justice that it all turns to sh… Russia.

The cherry on top is another wonderful social experiment I came across years ago.  There are many iterations of it, but in short, college students in favor of wealth distribution aren’t so generous with their GPA’s.  Why?  Well… they “earned” it.

Hm.  Imagine that.

So when you’re done with the socialist lemonade stand, below the line, hop on over to CNS (an excellent site, by the way) for “Students Sign Petition To ‘Redistribute’ GPAs, But Some Are Too ‘Greedy’ To Lower Their Grades For Others.”  (Another excellent little site, by the way, for some some moral clarity to bleach away the progressive sewage being vomited all over America every hour of every damned day by ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, etc., is Exposing Leftists.)


How to Teach Kids about Socialism

It used to be that if you wanted to teach kids about capitalism, tell them to open a lemonade stand. By producing a product, marketing it, and selling it, they would get a small taste of what it is like to run a business.

But now telling your kids to open a lemonade stand is the best way of teaching them about socialism, not capitalism. First tell your kids to open a lemonade stand. Watch as they make lemonade, paint a sign, and move a table and chairs and a pitcher and cups to your front lawn.

Then let them sell for a few minutes unimpeded. Then come along and tell them you’re from the Department of Agriculture, and want to see where the calories count for their products are posted. If there is no calorie count, take 25% of what they have earned as a fine.

Then leave them alone for a few minutes and come back and ask if they are aware that they are violating child labor laws. When they tell you they are unaware, take 25% of what they have remaining as a fine.

Then come back a few minutes later and ask for the environmental impact statement for their lemonade stand. When they ask what that is, explain that before stand can be allowed to open, you have to study whether the ants under their feet or the squirrels in the trees above them are discomforted by the lemonade stand. If you notice any ice cubes melting on the ground to form a little puddle, say that is navigable waters and can be regulated by the EPA as well. Assess a 25% fine of what they have left.

Then come back a little while later and ask if they have been investing in healthcare for their employees, and withholding money for social security and medicare. If they haven’t, assess a 25% penalty.

Then come back a little while later and ask why there are no girls working there. Or if there are girls, ask why there are no blacks. Or if there are blacks, ask why no hispanics. If there are hispanics, ask why no gays. If there are gay kids, ask why no transgendered. Say that the absence of one group is evidence of discrimination, and assess a 25% fine.

Then leave them alone for a few minutes and set up a competing lemonade stand right next to them, with the sign “Luis Gutierrez Lemonade, 5 cents”. When the kids ask what you are doing tell them you are an illegal alien come to this country to compete for their jobs. If they start crying tell them that crying about it is racist and they could be fined.

At the end of the day count how much they have earned remaining after all your fines and take 50% of it. When they ask why, say it is for federal, state, and sales taxes. Explain that it was not they who sold the lemonade, but the government, who made the roads and sidewalks by which people came to buy it, and that they, the small business owner, are the “rich”, and need to pay their fair share.

After all this is said and done, ask your kids if they identify more with the producers of lemonade, or the government inspectors. Then you will have explained socialism to them.

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Santorum: Worse than Socialism

Rick Santorum in The Des Moines Register nails it:

“’I’m for income inequality.

I think some people should make more than other people, because some people work harder and have better ideas and take more risk, and they should be rewarded for it. I have no problem with income inequality. 

President Obama is for income equality. That’s socialism. It’s worse yet, it’s Marxism,’ Santorum said. ‘I’m not for income equality.

I’m not for equality of result — I’m for equality of opportunity.'”

Napkin Math

In thinking about the anti-capitalism ethos afoot:

We borrow 42 cents of every dollar we spend, right? Even the Left would stipulate this as FACT.

The top 1% pay in 38% of ALL the revenue the federal government takes in, right?  Even the Left would stipulate this as FACT.

What if the 1% stopped paying? Hmm?

I would argue that capitalism is the only thing keeping us afloat.

If the 1% went on strike, withdrew their capital, took their balls and went to some foreign home you would not only have to borrow 42 cents of every dollar, you would have to borrow ANOTHER 38 cents.

Let’s see… 42 + 38 = 80.

EIGHTY PERCENT of this economy runs on the WEALTH CAPITALISM CREATES AND THE CREDIT THEIR WEALTH ENSURES.

Bonus question: How much do you have to earn to be in the lucky 1%?

Bonus answer: A little over $300,000.  Yes – Three hundred thousand dollars a year.  Forget individual families for a second and consider this:  70% of the businesses in America are small business and the overwhelming majority of them file as individual earners.  The frickin’ corner store grosses twice that, fercryingoutloud.  Bam-Bam thinks they’re fat cats.

Bonus BONUS factoid: (Now, back to the ‘fat-cat’ family we put aside a moment ago)  Obama strokes a check every year for $80k in tuition to Sidwell Friends for his two kids. (His money.  He earned it.  Got no problems with that, okay?)  But how come it’s okay for him to not have to go begging to the federal frickin’ government for a school loan to put his kids through school, but if someone ‘who worked hard and played by the rules’ wants to do it for his kids, he’s a selfish pr*ck?

Conclusion?

STUFF YOUR SOCIALISM.

Useful Idiots

Why is this so hard to understand?

Rich people have money. They are rich. They got rich by knowing how to keep/save/invest/protect their money. Because they have money they can afford lawyers & accountants to shelter their money no matter how onerous the regulation or tax law. If this is done in a business environment, the cost to shelter it (paying the lawyers & accountants) is passed on to the consumer.

DUH.

Every time Washington comes a’gunnin’ for the ‘fat cats’ the fat cats just call their tax attorney.

DUH.

Bam-Bam is poised to push them over the edge, however. Frickin’ ESTONIA is booming for crying out loud. Know why? They CUT taxes on the wealth/job creators and, shockingly, wealth went to Estonia and lifted all boats.

Jesus. This is NOT HARD AMERICA. Hello???? It’s simple friggin’ human goddamned nature. You can’t legislate utopia. You CAN’T.

There’s will ALWAYS be poor people among us. ALWAYS. Life will ALWAYS be unfair. ALWAYS. Didn’t democrats have mothers who told them this?

47% of America pays no federal income taxes. Of the $3+ Trillion this country spent last year over $2 Trillion were DIRECT PAYMENTS TO INDIVIDUALS.

Hello????

It’s NOT capitalism that’s failed. It’s being a ‘little bit pregnant’ with SOCIALISM GODDAMMIT. WAKE THE FRIG UP. It’s not CAPITALISM that caused our CRUSHING DEBT.

Capitalism is the ONLY GODDAMNED THING KEEPING US AFLOAT YOU STUPID FRIGGING MORONS.

You know what else rich people have? THE MEANS TO FLEE. If you’re not getting a government check, that means you are working for an ‘evil rich’ guy. If the ‘evil rich’ guy LEAVES, who you gonna work for? A POOR GUY? REALLY?

THINK ABOUT IT FOR A SECOND, okay? HE’S POOR. P-O-O-R. Hello???

So, ALL the ‘evil rich’ guys LEAVE AMERICA. All you got left is government check, but GOVERNMENT is FUNDED BY THE RICH GUYS.

YOU’RE SCREWED.

Progressives… HAVE YOU EVER, ONCE, IN YOUR WHOLE STUPID, PROPAGANDIZED LIVES, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER EXTRAPOLATED THIS OUT YOURSELVES? EVER?

…I feel better now.

My Favorite Socialist

NewsBusters has this gem:

Lawrence O’Donnell Takes Conservative Boston Herald’s Side Over Obama’s

O’DONNELL: The Herald says it made a request to send a pool reporter to today’s events. Pool reporters provide information to the rest of the media when there’s limited access at a press event. The Herald said in turning down their request, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich mentioned the Romney op-ed from the last time President Obama was in town. Lehrich’s email to the Herald said in broken English, “I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters.” Good luck trying to diagram that sentence. “My point about the op-ed was not that you ran it but that it was the full front page which excluded any coverage of the visit of a sitting President of the United States to Boston. I think that raises a fair question about whether the paper is unbiased in its coverage of the President’s visits.”

Okay, White House, let’s get something straight here: The Boston Herald is not unbiased. Let’s get something else straight: The Boston Globe is not unbiased. The New York Times is not unbiased. The Washington Post is not unbiased. There are now maybe no more than ten cities left in America that have more than one newspaper. Boston is one of those lucky cities. The Boston Globe, the dominant paper in the region, likes you guys in the Obama White House. The Boston Herald doesn’t like you. Get used to it.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/05/18/lawrence-odonnell-takes-conservative-boston-heralds-side-dispute-obam