Saturday, January 21, 2012

Brazil - A Study In Socialism

This Blogger is in Brazil this week on business.   Brazil is an up and coming economy experiencing growth.   However, there are really two Brazil's.   There is the Brazil that looks like many cities in Europe with a degree of affluence; though certainly not the same as exists in the US.   Then there is the Brazil with Flavelas in major cities, or slums by any other name.   Homes in the Flavelas were constructed, one by one, by the poor squatting on government land over many years.   In fact, some of the Flavelas are on very desirable view hillsides in major cities; however they are very high density with no paved streets, or official utilities in place.  

Several million people live in these crime and drug infested Flavelas.   Since the World Cup and Summer Olympics are coming to Brazil in the next few years, the government has cracked down on the Flavelas because the crime rate in major cities in Brazil is very high as a result of proximity to these poor people who live by manual labor and apparently criminal activity.  

Brazil has had successive Socialist governments in the last 10 or more years that has raised taxes on the middle class and the rich presumably to pay for Entitlements for the poor.  Even so, though Brazil has experienced economic growth, the disparity between the middle class, rich and the poor is huge.   Like in the United States, the Socialists buy elections by providing entitlements to the poor that vote for them.  For example, the government actually pays the poor to send their children to public schools.   However, the public schools are so bad and produce such poor results that no one in the middle class, or upper class would send their children to public schools; kind of like in the inner cities of the United States. 

The two Brazil's divide on the basis of education much the same as is true in the US.   The poor in Brazil are for the most part illiterate, much the same as many of the poor in the United States.  Entitlements provided the poor by the Brazilian government, which ensures the election of Socialists, has done little to improve their conditions, very much the same as in the US.   Trillions of dollars have been spent on the poor in the US since 1965 and the poverty rate today has never been higher.   It is pretty clear that Socialist Schemes just do not work any where in the world they have been tried including the U. S.

The United States was built on free market Capitalism; though we have experienced Socialist creep in the last 100 years, particularly since 1965.   And, the poor are worse off for it.  Government programs intended to help the poor have back fired and it is getting even worse since Socialist President Obama assumed the Presidency.   In the last three years, under Obama, Food Stamp recipients have grown from 26 million Americans to 46 million.   How can having even more people dependent on government be a good thing.   Of course, Obama is causing more dependency to gain votes for his reelection.  Are these people going to bite the hand that is literally feeding them?   Obama hopes not as he makes his divisive, Class Warfare argument to win reelection.   

In the extreme, we can see what Socialism looks like in Brazil with its permanent under class.  The same thing is happening in the US as a result of our Socialist Creep.   We have to take back our country in 2012 and 2014, most importantly to benefit the poor.   Limiting entitlements is the way to do it.   We need Workfare not Welfare.   We need pay checks not Food Stamps that can only come through economic growth and job creation.   We need a School Voucher system to allow the poor to escape failing public schools.   These are Conservative solutions to helping the poor to end government dependence, which is just another form of slavery as government has become the new Master to the poor.   The inner cities of our country are just another form of the plantation that enslaved people. 

We must take back our country in 2012 and 2014 by sweeping Socialists at all levels of government, including President Obama, with all their Entitlement Schemes to buy votes out of office.  These characters are both bankrupting our country and creating a permanent under class in our nation.   For the sake of the poor and all Americans, we have to push back 100 years of Socialist creep.   We can do it.   We must do it to preserve our freedom, our nation and way of life for the sake of our children and grandchildren and especially the poor and disadvantaged.   We can see the impact of Socialism in Brazil and every other country where it has been tried and it has always led to poverty, misery and a loss of freedom.   All Americans must fight to prevent more Socialist Creep that is bankrupting our country. 


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