Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Socialism Does Not Work

                It appears that our nation is moving steadily in the direction of socialism in spite of the shouts of warning from many “watchmen on the tower.” It appears that our “leaders” are willing to take our nation down the same slippery slope that is causing so many problems in Europe today as well as in the past.  It appears that people just cannot understand that socialism has never worked and socialism will never work because the majority of our countrymen are willing to following our “Dear Leader” right down the slippery slope to destruction!

                The following information is circulating around on Facebook pages with the notation to pass it on.  Whether or not it is true in every detail, it is an economics lesson that we can all understand as well as appreciate the humor in it.

                An economics professor at a local college is a genius.  He once made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had recently failed an entire class.  Why was this class different?  They insisted that Obama’s socialism works and is a great equalizer because no one would be poor and no one would be rich.

                The professor suggested an experiment in his class to see how Obama’s plan would work – substituting grades for dollars – something his students could more easily understand.  He told his students that all grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an “A”.

                After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone received a “B”.  The students who studied hard were upset, but the students who studied little were happy.

                As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.  The second test average was a “D”!  No one was happy.

                When the third test rolled around, the new average was an “F”.  As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

                To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

                Human nature will always cause socialism’s style of government to fail because the world has producers and non-producers (makers and takers).  It cannot be any simpler than that.
Five truths you cannot disagree with and possibly the best sentences you will ever read.  They apply directly to the above cited experiment.

1.        You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2.        What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3.        The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4.        You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5.        When half the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them; and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

We would be wise to heed this counsel from a wise man, even a prophet of God:  “Individuals, to the extent possible, should provide or their own needs.  Where the individual is unable to care for himself, his family should assist.  Where the family is not able to provide, the Church should render assistance, not the government.  We accept the basic principle that `though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.”  Latter-day Saints should not receive unearned welfare assistance from local or national agencies.  This includes food stamps.”  (President Ezra Taft Benson)

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