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2002: Year of Hope or Year of Disaster?

Tuesday, 01 January 2002 12:00 AM

Happy New Year. Or will it be?

That, for the most part, is up to us. Or it is to the extent that we are responsible for our national destiny.

At this moment in our national life we are caught up in a war, and there's little we can do about that. It's entirely in the hands of the president and his people. Beyond giving our full support to the war effort, there's not much more we can do to affect the outcome, which is pretty much assured anyhow.

There will be problems and even disasters, and it's going to take a long time, but terrorism and those who practice it are doomed.

We are also in the midst of what the economists prefer to call an economic "downturn" but which the hundreds of thousands of laid-off Americans rightly recognize as full-scale recession.

We also are witnessing a titanic struggle between those Americans who value their freedom and prefer to order their own affairs, and those who believe that the source of all power and all wisdom resides within the confines of the District of Columbia and in the philosophies of one Karl Marx.

As a corollary to that struggle there is a sub-conflict involving an elite but powerful few who insist that our abilities to use our God-given natural resources be strictly restricted in the name of "environmentalism" – putting the claimed interests of the lower order of nature's creatures over and above those of mankind.

Finally, we are locked in a struggle between the disciples of Karl Marx and his socialist cohorts, and those who cherish the proven advantages of free enterprise.

It is in these struggles that what we do in the immediate future will determine our national and personal destinies. We can either sit back and allow events to take their inevitable course, or choose to take an active part in seeing events go in the direction in which we must have them go if our liberties are to survive intact.

There is in Washington a determined cabal bent on imposing a socialist order upon America. They don't discuss what they seek in those terms, however. Though dedicated Marxists, nowadays they operate under the cover of their membership in the congressional wing of the (National Socialist) Democratic Party.

Nor do they refer to their governing philosophy as socialism, disguising it as a devotion to the welfare of the average American, to be obtained through various and sundry government spending programs.

But make no mistake about it – they are Marxists to the core, and their programs, no matter how appealing they may appear, are socialism pure and simple.

In order to impose a socialist order, Marxists must first achieve power over government because, as a coercive philosophy, socialism requires the power of government to enforce its coercive programs.

These modern-day Socialist Democrats gather power by creating programs and organizations that make the beneficiaries completely dependent upon the federal bureaucracy and federal money.

Take the recent controversy over airport security. Republicans wanted to set strict guidelines for those charged with maintaining security at the nation's airports while keeping the security employees such as a screeners in the private sector.

The Socialist Democrats, however, revealed their Marxism by demanding – and thanks to their control of the U.S. Senate, getting – the security forces federalized, made employees of the federal government.

This forces the employees to become members of a union completely in the pocket of the Socialist Democrats, who can expect a boost in campaign contributions taken out of the dues the newly unionized employees will be forced to pay in order to keep their jobs.

It also gives the Socialist Democrats power over a new government program as well as a source of funds to fatten their campaign chests in the effort to win back control of both houses of Congress.

Everything – I mean everything – the Socialist Democrats propose and support is aimed at enhancing government power and imposing their brand of Marxism on the people of America.

Among the strongest allies of the Socialist Democrats are the radical environmentalists – a powerful group of elitists made in the mold of Mr. Gorbachev, a Marxist who, having failed to impose socialism on the world as head of the Soviet Union, now seeks to use environmentalism as his means to achieve a world socialist order.

These radical environmentalists care not one whit for the plight of the American people who have been victimized by their activities – miners, farmers, loggers, ranchers, landowners and countless others who have suffered at their hands.

Thanks to them, the nation remains dependent upon foreign sources for such vital natural resources as petroleum and natural gas. They have driven up lumber prices, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a house; driven landowners off land occupied by their families for generations; and stopped commercial development and its attendant jobs in the name of preserving bugs, birds and bats, which in their eyes are either equal to mankind or superior to it.

They could have done none of this without the aid and active support of the Socialist Democrats on Capitol Hill who help keep such absurdities as the Endangered Species Act on the books – an act that has created a whole new endangered species, mankind.

Then there is the matter of government regulation, an area in which the Socialist Democrats excel. According to a study by the Grandfather Economic Report Series, "Government is costing us more than the taxes we see" because the cost of complying with government regulations is not included.

Regulations, the report reveals, "consume $997 Billion ($746 billion federal mandates, $231 billion state & local government mandates)." That's 13 percent of the economy – $3,300 per every man, woman and child in America.

The report. written by Michael Hodges and Bill Mechlenburg and updated January 2001, notes that federal expenditures on regulatory activity increased 2.7 times faster than economic growth since 1960 – at 14 percent per year compounded.

"Government-mandated regulatory compliance costs are huge amounts: as much as all spending by state & local governments (education, police, welfare, etc.), or twice as much as social security & Medicare spending, or 3 times more than national defense," they wrote.

"And, government does not budget or account for these huge costs – although $100 hammers are accounted. Despite congressional mandates, government has been dragging its feet for years to account, measure & control – thereby placing the economics of our young generation at incalculable risk."

Hordes of government regulations – the hallmark of socialism – cost jobs, cripple whole industries from performing efficiently, and make citizens in many fields of endeavor creatures of an all-powerful state.

Shockingly, the report shows that "the average small business firm with fewer than 20 employees appears to have spent some $5,500 per employee to comply with federal (not counting the states) regulations in 1992. In contrast, firms with 500 or more employees spent, on average, $3,000 per employee. Manufacturing firms employing 20-499 faced higher per employee costs than either smaller or larger manufacturers, and manufacturing firms of all sizes had higher costs per employee than firms in other sectors, ranging from $4,900 to $10,600." ("Regulatory Costs in Profile," page 19, Dr. T. Hopkin)

"If a nation has a goal of continually increasing real income & economic living standards for its citizens, plus a strong currency and positive international trade balance, it must make sure the free-market private sector is by far the largest and fastest growing share of the national economy.

"The relative share of the economy represented by the pure free-market private sector is determined by the share of the economy controlled by federal, state and local governments – which is determined by the sum of government spending plus all costs to the private sector for compliance with government-mandated regulations.

"The larger the section of the economy that is consumed by government spending, and the higher the regulatory costs mandated, the smaller the effective share of the economic pie remaining to the 'free-market private' sector."

All of this is at stake. Next November the nation will go to the polls and determine who will control the Congress – and our national and personal destinies. If we as a people allow the Socialist Democrats and their handful of allies in the Republican Party to win that control, our fate will be sealed. We will become the latest victims of Marxist tyranny.

What can we do? Well, let's start by demanding that any congressional incumbent or hopeful pledge to rein in the environmentalists by repealing the Endangered Species Act and other government programs and regulations such as those that put the farmers in Klamath Falls, Ore., at the mercy of a federal government in the thrall of the radical environmentalists bent on getting their hands on their victims' property.

There's much more, but I think you get the idea.

As I said, it's up to us.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute.

He can be reached at

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