As recently as 5 years ago, the word socialism was a bland word. Thanks to President Obama’s economic policies, terms like Marxism and socialism seem potent again. Thanks to David Shuster’s monthly colum in the St. Cloud Times, we get a glimpse into the thoughts of a hardline socialist:
In years past, corporate America’s intrusions into an average day were restricted to newspaper, billboard, radio and television ads. Now, such limited sensory assaults seem quaint relative to today’s pervasiveness capitalist message. Corporate logos, promotions and initiatives are ubiquitous. As a result, the onslaught and influence of modern capitalism is difficult to avoid.
A toxic display of capitalism occurs weekly at NFL stadiums across the country. Fans pay hundreds of dollars for the privilege to enter arenas plastered with corporate signage and, once in, purchase monopolized, overpriced merchandise.
Before kickoff, the football enthusiast is accosted by a series of advertisements played at deafening volume on one or more Jumbotrons. Through a miracle of nature, a one-hour game consistently takes three hours to complete, allowing time for additional Jumbotron-delivered capitalist cacophony. Despite the carnage committed on their wallets and eardrums, consumers love the NFL.
Apparently, Dr. Shuster didn’t notice that people choose to attend football games despite the rampant capitalism on display weekly in NFL stadiums. More telling is Dr. Shuster’s statement saying “A toxic display of capitalism occurs weekly.”
When did capitalism become something toxic to liberals? Daniel Patrick Moynihan was a liberal but he wasn’t bashful about praising capitalism. Ditto with Bill Clinton. Today’s liberals like Dr. Shuster don’t have much in common with Sen. Moynihan or President Clinton.
Dr. Shuster has more in common with President Obama than with President Clinton.
Dr. Shuster even sees capitalism’s ‘heavy hand’ in K-12 education:
Many Americans accepted the myth that free markets represent public education’s last hope for reform. But few realize that corporate principles of performance benchmarks and competition formed the backbone of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The law’s mandates have narrowed the scope of public education, discouraged teacher input and creativity, ignored the societal ills that hinder student learning, and established standards that are either unachievable without malfeasance and/or woefully inadequate.
In short, it’s the perfect system for spawning a generation of unquestioning, minimally educated individuals who will be content with chewing on the few bones capitalism tosses their way.
Dr. Shuster’s thinking is puzzling. It’s accepted that corporations need lots of well-educated people to consistently make profits. That’s because corporations need great decisionmakers in key positions throughout the corporation to excel.
Dumbing students down would thwart corporations’ goals by not preparing students to be productive. Dr. Shuster didn’t think this through because he’d realize the whole economy would improve if lots of graduates started their own companies and created additional wealth.
Though he wasn’t the first to say this, the late great Jack Kemp loved saying that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Kemp knew that prosperity isn’t a zero-sum game.
There’s been ample proof that leftist Americans see the world as being better off if it went socialist. That’s proven by Shuster’s column and Gov. Dayton’s policies.
Closing question: How can you compromise with someone who thinks like this?