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Democrat Congress — BFF With Venezuela

Alright, first things first. I know Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is a moonbat of the highest level.

But this is still a bit odd:

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, told reporters that she was making the first U.S. congressional visit to Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez’s December re-election with the message: “I want an immediate repairing of the relations between the United States and Venezuela.”

Jackson Lee described Venezuela as a friendly nation that the U.S. should cooperate with and said that the F-16 jets, which are built in Texas, was an issue of concern to her constituents in Houston.

Friendly nation? Hugo Chavez is far from friendly to the US. In fact, the only people he shows more dislike to than the US are his own people, but that won’t be evident for another few years, when Venezuela starts looking even more like Zimbabwe.

But I wonder how many of Lee’s Democrat cohorts were happy to see a quote like this?

But she added that her fact-finding mission to Venezuela was part of an effort by a new Democrat-controlled Congress to show that “Venezuela has many friends in this new Congress.”

Apparently Rep. Lee doesn’t understand that the Democrats weren’t elected to institute Venezuela-style socialism, they were elected because the Republicans were acting like power-mad nanny-state theocrats, rather than the small-government folks they promised to be. Getting buddy-buddy with someone like Hugo won’t endear you to anyone but the hard left, and will cause the moderates to jump ship like the Titanic.

Hat Tip: No Angst Zone

Socialists Don’t Like Profits

Earlier today, Doug posted an excerpt from a Larry Kudlow article on oil profits [and Democrats wishes to tax them]. He rightly pointed out that the result of taxing those profits will be to hurt ordinary Americans, but he brought up a question that wasn’t answered:

The bottom line is that our economic system is all about free-market capitalism, and at the core of that system is profit. Profit isn’t a dirty word. From profits spring the abundance of this great country. Profits are the mother’s milk of stocks and the economy. Expanding profits provide businesses the resources to enlarge production operations and hire additional workers. This, in turn, is how incomes are created, wages that are then spent by American families. Why can’t liberals grasp this?

I hate using the word “liberals” in this manner. “Liberals” aren’t liberal; they’re authoritarian socialists. I’m liberal. But that’s a different point.

I call them authoritarians socialists specifically to bring up a point. THEY’RE NOT CAPITALISTS! They don’t believe in free-market capitalism. They don’t believe in the worth of our economic system. Specifically, they don’t for a moment agree with the statement that “Profit isn’t a dirty word.” To them, profit is a very dirty word.

To a socialist, profits don’t legitimately belong to the owner of a company or to the capitalists who invest in the company. Profits should belong to the workers of the company. Essentially, they believe that the capitalists are stealing that value from its rightful owner, the worker who produces it. Thus, they see it only natural that democratic government should steal that value right back from the capitalists, and hand it over to the workers, in order to right the “wrong”.

When a capitalist talks about Exxon’s profits, he’ll probably use the word “earn” in there somewhere. After all, the process of finding, extracting, transporting, refining, and selling oil and gasoline is not an easy process. With smart decisions, they’ve served consumers and made money in the process. As Kudlow points out, they’ve made huge dollar amounts on very high revenues, but at a relatively modest 10% profit margin.

But when Hillary talks about these profits, she won’t use the word “earn”. To her, those profits weren’t earned. Those profits, therefore, should be taken away and given to the people who truly “earn” in this country, the worker. Hillary Clinton is a socialist— not a liberal. To her, profit is a dirty word, and she’s more than willing to take them away “for the common good”; regardless of what economic growth they could fuel as investments.

The Debate is Over

Global warming alarmists have cleverly come up with a term for those who are skeptical of their position as ‘global warming deniers.’ Because, as they say, ‘the debate is over,’ anyone who disagrees is a denier by definition. And what about scientists who disagree? They are of course being compensated by either the Bush administration, BIG OIL or both. Scientists who believe global warming is man made who receive government grants and funds from environmental activist groups on the other hand, well their motivations are pure.

Those who are promoting the global warming agenda may be onto something. Why bother debating your position when you know your position is right? This is brilliant! After all, there are several issues I know I am right about. Ending the war on (some) drugs: the debate is over. The war on drugs is completely ineffective, un-winnable, and a threat to personal liberty. I shall henceforth call anyone who supports the war on drugs a ‘war on drugs failure denier.’ The debate over capitalism vs. socialism, communism, and other competing economic systems has also been settled once and for all. I shall henceforth call those who disagree with the moral superiority of capitalism over these inferior systems as ‘free market deniers’ or better yet, ‘economics deniers.’

There are so many other debates I could, perhaps with ‘consensus’ of my fellow contributors here at The Liberty Papers, declare as over. We don’t need to waste our time with ‘deniers’ here. We are right, you are wrong, and the debate is over.

Socialists LOVE Chicken Feet!

After all, that’s what their utopia has come to (emphasis added):

Meat cuts vanished from Venezuelan supermarkets this week, leaving only unsavory bits like chicken feet, while costly artificial sweeteners have increasingly replaced sugar, and many staples sell far above government-fixed prices.

President Hugo Chavez’s administration blames the food supply problems on unscrupulous speculators, but industry officials say government price controls that strangle profits are responsible. Authorities on Wednesday raided a warehouse in Caracas and seized seven tons of sugar hoarded by vendors unwilling to market the inventory at the official price.

Major private supermarkets suspended sales of beef earlier this week after one chain was shut down for 48 hours for pricing meat above government-set levels, but an agreement reached with the government on Wednesday night promises to return meat to empty refrigerator shelves.

Shortages have sporadically appeared with items from milk to coffee since early 2003, when Chavez began regulating prices for 400 basic products as a way to counter inflation and protect the poor.

Yet inflation has soared to an accumulated 78 percent in the last four years in an economy awash in petrodollars, and food prices have increased particularly swiftly, creating a widening discrepancy between official prices and the true cost of getting goods to market in Venezuela.

Now, perhaps the Venezuela apologists will come out of the woodwork again. This is all America’s fault! Chavez would have his paradise working properly with his billions of dollars in oil money if we would just stop criticizing him!

But for those of us who understand basic economics and human nature, this is the expected result, and the one that we have been predicting. The socialists told us it wouldn’t happen. Shall we serve their crow in a soup, or should we do it southern style, deep-fried?

Hat Tip: Q and O

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