Socialism is on trial in the United States, and if Friday’s jobs report, contrasted with the events in Venezuela, are any indication, it’s rapidly going down and about to be locked up for good.
The Labor Department’s April jobs report, published Friday, indicated that the American economy added 263,000 jobs to the market, bring unemployment to its lowest level in 49 years — 3.6 percent.
The American people must have had an inkling of this earlier. A CNN poll released Thursday, indicated that the president’s job approval ratings on his handling the economy were at 56 percent — “the highest number we’ve ever seen.”
The numbers were achieved through the easing of crippling regulations and massive across-the-board tax cuts.
Former Vice President Joe Biden attempted to counter this by claiming that only the wealthy saw any real tax relief. The Washington Post, which, like CNN, is hardly a friend to the administration, gave Biden’s assertion four Pinocchios.
The Post reported that “80.4 percent of all taxpayers would have a tax cut,” that would amount to “about $1,090.”
President Donald Trump first laid down the gauntlet at his State of the Union address in February, when he reaffirmed America’s dedication to liberty and capitalism.
After contrasting “the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty” with the United States, which was “founded on liberty and independence,” he said the words that must have ripped at the heart of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
"Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country," he said.
Liberals everywhere applauded the late Hugo Chavez when he turned Venezuela into a socialist country, and for that same reason he was mourned at his death. A tweet from far-left filmmaker Michael Moore was representative.
“Hugo Chavez declared the oil belonged 2 the ppl,” Moore tweeted on March 5, 2013, Chavez’s date of death. “He used the oil $ 2 eliminate 75% of extreme poverty, provide free health & education 4 all.”
Moore hasn’t commented on Venezuela much lately, and for good reason. Today, Venezuelans root through dumpsters and garbage cans looking for a scrap of food, they’re denied medicine and basic medical services, and lack simple “luxuries” like toilet paper.
Venezuela is now a country in chaos as Chavez’s successor, President Nicolás Maduro, remains at loggerheads with opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
The people who took to the streets were met with violence as Venezuelan military countered the protests with gunfire, and armored vehicles mowing down the crowds.
The protesters were helpless; Chavez outlawed the private ownership of weapons — for the safety of the children.
Amidst the turmoil, National Review’s John McCormack asked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., another self-described socialist, who the United States should support: Maduro or Guaidó.
Surprisingly, for once in her life she didn’t have an answer. She said she would "defer to caucus leadership on how we navigate this."
Her response was also curious coming on the heels of comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a freshman congresswoman with whom Ocasio-Cortez is normally in lockstep. Omar blamed Venezuela’s troubles on American interventionism.
"A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela, and we've sort of set the stage for where we're arriving today," Omar said Wednesday on "Democracy Now!" "This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States."
Although it’s a long-shot, perhaps even Ocasio-Cortez is beginning to see the light. Socialism is a fantasy.
Eventually one has to ask, if socialism is so wonderful, why are so many people from socialist countries risking life and limb to leave? More than that, why are they trying to enter a capitalist country like the United States?
Finally, Michael Moore wasn’t the only one to make a statement that didn’t age very well. On the day after the 2016 presidential election, New York Times columnist and economist Paul Krugman made this doom and gloom prediction.
“We are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight,” he said.
Socialism has been on trial, and the jury returned its verdict: The lowest unemployment figures in nearly a half-century is proof that freedom always wins out.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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