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Is America the Next Venezuela?

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Just look at the horrid state of affairs in Venezuela and Cuba and you’ll not need a crystal ball to foresee the future of our own country…. if our voters continue to cast their ballots for candidates espousing socialist causes. Small cracks in massive dams and pebbles running down mountain sides precede major disasters. Pundits sneer at the elections of two outspoken Socialist House members in the last election; New York’s Anastasia Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. But make no mistake about it, the swing to the far-Left is no longer a fringe movement. Socialists haven’t yet taken over control of the country but they have managed to dangerously sink their teeth into the “big, bad system of capitalism” that has raised this nation to the great heights we find ourselves today.

Proud, self-acknowledged Socialist, Bernie Sanders, who would hand out free college educations, health care and housing, could be sitting in the White House had it not been for Hillary manipulating the Democrat National Committee in illegally derailing his primary run. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to government-regulate all corporations at the board level and calls for subsidizing home buyers in so-called redlined neighborhoods. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) wants to give $500 monthly tax credit to families earning less than $100,000 per year. Sen Gillibrand, (D-NY) would turn post offices into banks, effectively destroying our current banking system. And Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) proposes $46,000 “baby bonds” funded by taxpayers that would mature when the kid turns 18. Presidential contenders, all. Scary, indeed.

A recent Gallup Poll indicates that Democrats view Socialism better than capitalism by a significant margin; 57% to 47%, a sharp drop in Democrats’ positive attitude toward capitalism which they favored in 2016 to the tune of 56%. The scary figures, though are those in the 18–29 age bracket who indicated their positive view of capitalism dropping to 45% as compared to 68% just eight years ago. They face the reality of paying off college loans and an uneasy unpredictable job market. And these kids will rule the election roost for many years ahead.

The problem with popularizing socialism is it never works. It sounds reasonable enough but when push comes to shove, it’s doomed to failure..For 50 years the War on Poverty has been an ongoing battle waged by well-intentioned Liberals to the tune of over $20 billion. A booming business but a bankrupt one. It never works! So let’s keep an eye on our southern neighbors, Cuba and Venezuela, keep them in our prayers but keep their cock and bull economic theories out of our system.

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