The Left is not right

Reading about and hearing our snowflakes touting socialism as the new sliced bread, one has to wonder if they ever look up from their Gameboys to read the news. Not American rags but the foreign press which does report “NEWS’. Or they could read the financial papers but alas, those are considered capitalist agitprop.

Venezuelans Vote in Election Overshadowed by Crisis

Venezuela holds an election Sunday that will be ignored by much of the country, but could set its path for decades to come.

President Nicolas Maduro, fighting to keep control of a restive state, called a vote months earlier than it’s traditionally held. In doing so, he defied the international community and risks further punishment for a nation already ravaged by hyperinflation and hunger. He faces a former governor, Henri Falcon, and a televangelist, Javier Bertucci — but the main opposition coalition told its supporters to stay home.

State television has broadcast images of invited election observers from around the region and from Russia and Europe. Those monitors have no power, though, to control a government accused of employing dirty tricks, from intimidating voters to stuffing ballot boxes.

The United Nations has refused to certify Venezuela’s polling as fair, and the U.S. has said it won’t recognize the winner. U.S. officials have also threatened to choke off the nation’s crucial oil industry, though its creditors may do the job first. [snip]

But even as Maduro, 55, has consolidated political power, reviving Venezuela’s economy has been beyond his grasp. After years of mismanagement and a plunge in oil prices, it’s deteriorated to the point that electricity and running water have become luxuries, and malnutrition is rampant.

Maduro has dealt out large and profitable sectors of the economy to the armed forces, installing soldiers in key positions at the state oil producer, PDVSA, and empowered the military to oversee the nation’s food supply. [snip]

One has to believe that the mass of mushwits emerging from their College of Indoctrination are so fuddled in thinking that anything not sanctioned by their professors just goes down the “Memory Hole”. They’re taught not to believe their ‘lying eyes’.

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Laissez le bon temps rouler

Obama, it seems, is a bit miffed about his ‘Legacy’ being so roughly handled.

And to make matters worse, Israel gives one of Obama’s close buddies, a colossal wedgie.

Cognitive dissonance

We’ve seen the news, heard the talking heads on the Nets choke on their words about Trump and North Korea so there isn’t much point in beleaguering the issue. HOWEVER, there is one lovely tidbit to be extracted from all this. Obama’s jaw-jacking foreign policy mouthpiece did make a fool of himself on last time.

Obama’s Top Foreign Policy Aide Is Eating Some Serious Crow Over North & South Korea Peace Talks

[snip] Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize if this goes through, then. I mean it’s only fair since they gave Obama the same honor—and he escalated the war and our footprint in Afghanistan. The point here is that the media was wrong (shocker, I know). They said this man would start World War III. His tweets will cause a missile launch. This behavior is not conducive to diplomacy. These people can all suck it. Choke on all that crow, fellas. Also, Obama’s former top foreign policy adviser, Ben Rhodes, should just stop tweeting about his insights on such matters.

This didn’t age well:

[he tweeted this]
Every taunt back and forth between Trump and Kim Jong Un makes deescalation and diplomacy less possible.

Trump has also hit North Korea with a series of sanctions after missile tests, which earned the North Korean dictator the nickname “rocket man” from Trump. The news media was scared about this. Again, they were wrong.

Don’t you wonder how those grapes taste right now?

Big Spenders

Like all socialist programs, this one too crashed and burned. The only difference is this one fell apart quickly. At least it saved the working stiffs more of their wages.

Finland’s basic income trial falls flat

Currently 2,000 unemployed Finns are receiving a flat monthly payment of €560 (£490; $685) as basic income.

“The eagerness of the government is evaporating. They rejected extra funding [for it],” said Olli Kangas, one of the experiment’s designers.

Some see basic income as a way to get unemployed people into temporary jobs.

The argument is that, if paid universally, basic income would provide a guaranteed safety net. That would help to address insecurities associated with the “gig” economy, where workers do not have staff contracts.

Supporters say basic income would boost mobility in the labour market as people would still have an income between jobs.

Finland’s two-year pilot scheme started in January 2017, making it the first European country to test an unconditional basic income. The 2,000 participants – all unemployed – were chosen randomly.

But it will not be extended after this year, as the government is now examining other schemes for reforming the Finnish social security system.

“I’m a little disappointed that the government decided not to expand it,” said Prof Kangas, a researcher at the Social Insurance Institution (Kela), a Finnish government agency.

Speaking to the BBC from Turku, he said the government had turned down Kela’s request for €40-70m extra to fund basic income for a group of employed Finns, instead of limiting the experiment to 2,000 unemployed people. [snip]

OECD finds drawbacks

In February this year the influential OECD think tank said a universal credit system, like that being introduced in the UK, would work better than a basic income in Finland. Universal credit replaces several benefit payments with a single monthly sum.

The study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said income tax would have to increase by nearly 30% to fund a basic income. It also argued that basic income would increase income inequality and raise Finland’s poverty rate from 11.4% to 14.1%.

In contrast, the OECD said, universal credit would cut the poverty rate to 9.7%, as well as reduce complexity in the benefits system.

Another reform option being considered by Finnish politicians is a negative income tax, Prof Kangas said.

Do welfare states boost economic growth, or stunt it?

Under that scheme, people whose income fell below a certain threshold would be exempt from income tax and would actually receive payments from the tax office.

The challenge is to find a cost-effective system that incentivises people to work, but that does not add to income inequality, Tuulia Hakola-Uusitalo of the Finnish Finance Ministry told the BBC.
[snip]

As per usual the State won’t use true drivers to get people into jobs. There is always work, one may not desire that form. That soesn’t mean that that form of work doesn’t need to be done for the good of the community, country and the individuals living in the area. A short list includes ut isn’t limited to the following:

  • Public sanitation route compaction engineer
  • Water treatment plant sanitation engineer
  • Roadside beautification engineer
  • Public works janitorial engineer
  • Farm engineer: Produce identification and removal agent

Rather than pay someone for not working, give them a reason to feel good about themselves through employment. Yen paying a decent wage is necessary. So it raises the cost of some items. Inflation is one of the constant irks of life. It is cheaper than having a sub-class on the dole.

The motivator for having people take these jobs is simple: Deport the illegals back to their home countries and cut out welfare. That opens up the positions to Americans to take gainful work at decent wages. With no welfare to fall back to, the other option is a growling stomach. If that doesn’t motivate one to change their ways, international travel might. Cuba, Venezuela and California a strong practicing socialist Countries. Yes, We know California pretends to belong to the US of A but that’s a fallacy.

It is possible to imagine that many of those cut off from the largess of the Federal teat could live for some time by selling accrued “stuff” like big screen TV’s X-boxes new cars and other finery to replace the EBT card monthly loot. An example of the cash flow and benefits in a small state like Vermont totals up to the vicinity of $43,000/year.

Think you could live in that vicinity? That leaves some cash over for legal dope too.

International

Across the bounding blue, the Brits are dealing with those same characters, the Iniquitous Individuals who regard law as beneath their station in life. Hizzoner, the Poobah of Londonstan, wears the same set of progressive glasses as worn by the Progressive pols in the US. Lightly rose tinted they convey blame for evil from human to any inanimate object that is politically incorrect at the moment.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan enacts ‘knife control’ policies to crack down on stabbing epidemic

In response to the spike in crime, Khan deployed over 300 additional London police officers to the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods to stop and search anyone they suspect is carrying a knife. In the U.S., such policies are very controversial and possibly violate the Fourth Amendment, but in England, police are able to stop and search anyone they suspect is carrying a knife.

The “tough, immediate” measures also ban home deliveries of knives and acid, two of the most common weapons in London today. [snip]

What will really put an end to this nonsense of banning any and everything will be when the miscreants use umbrellas as weapons. Let him tell Londoners they cannot carry the ole bumbershoot with them.

Illegal Immigration

This flow of illegals isn’t few in numbers; it’s a sea of bodies moving north abetted by various governments that should be thwarting it due to lack of documentation, papers and plain closed borders. Mexico’s Southern Border is one of the tightest to cross without proper paperwork, suddenly becomes porous.

An army of illegal aliens is marching on America

Sounds like the first line of a movie script based on some dystopian future, doesn’t it? But it’s actually an underreported story from the real world.

I first became aware of this developing tale thanks to a tweet from Nicolas Medina Mora lionizing the work of Adolfo Flores of Buzzfeed. What is Adolfo up to? Take a look.

Flores is apparently on a lengthy trek through all of Mexico with a literal army of migrants from a number of countries including Honduras. Normally one might imagine that a potential national security crisis for the United States such as this would be cause for raising the alarm. Instead, the Buzzfeed reporter is cheering them on and talking about their “struggle.”

You won’t see much in the way of coverage of this on the major networks or CNN, but Buzzfeed is covering it.

For five days now hundreds of Central Americans — children, women, and men, most of them from Honduras — have boldly crossed immigration checkpoints, military bases, and police in a desperate, sometimes chaotic march toward the United States. Despite their being in Mexico without authorization, no one has made any effort to stop them.

Organized by a group of volunteers called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, the caravan is intended to help migrants safely reach the United States, bypassing not only authorities who would seek to deport them, but gangs and cartels who are known to assault vulnerable migrants.

Organizers like Rodrigo Abeja hope that the sheer size of the crowd will give immigration authorities and criminals pause before trying to stop them.

“If we all protect each other we’ll get through this together,” Abeja yelled through a loudspeaker on the morning they left Tapachula, on Mexico’s border with Guatemala, for the nearly monthlong trek.

This isn’t a group of family members or some isolated, organized clan. This is an army. Flores numbers them in the hundreds but looking at the pictures coming from the “march” it clearly appears that their numbers are swelling. The real figure, as cited by Mora, is likely already more than a thousand. Their purpose? They make no bones about it when asked. They, “hope American authorities will grant them asylum or, for some, be absent when they attempt to cross the border illegally.” [snip]

This army of interlopers moving across Mexico “without authorization” as Flores puts it (translated to “illegally”) is seeking to overwhelm the resources of immigration officials and are ready to cross the border illegally if an opening presents itself. If Mexico allows this to simply happen with no intercession they shouldn’t expect such a friendly reception with the State Department and the White House.

Laissez le bon temps rouler

You have a better chance of surviving a Peruvian bus trip than living under Socialism in Venezuela. We need to offer some Snowflakes the choice for a summer externship in LIFE.

The Bus Trip

Venezuela

Let Them Eat Socialism…from Rico 

The MSM is far too busy auditioning young-Goebbals Hogg (the gun-grabber darling du jour) for a position on CNN or MSNBC to report on the FAILURE of Socialism in Venezuela that is unfolding.
– Must not fit their ‘narrative’ or something, huh?

Socialism has destroyed Venezuela.
– Almost 90% of the population of this oil-rich nation have now been impoverished, and thanks to Socialism the only FULL refrigerators are in the morgues.