Politics is the art of compromise. POTUS said, just a few months ago, that the USA would never be a socialist country:
Many people would say that the key defining points of socialism are:
1 – Handouts of free money to the impoverished;
2 – Government command and control of key factories and related “means of production.”
Commenters on Isegoria have reported that the USA is handing out free money to the impoverished and seizing control of key factories.
Americans could get a check for $1,000 or more in the coming weeks, as political leaders coalesce around a dramatic plan to try to prevent a worse recession and protect people from going bankrupt.
The idea took off Monday when Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called for every American adult to receive a $1,000 check “immediately” to help tide people over until other government aid can arrive. By Tuesday, there was bipartisan support for the idea, including from President Trump. The White House even suggested the amount could be over $1,000, an acknowledgment of how big the economic crisis is becoming.
“We’re looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, adding that Trump wants checks to go out “in the next two weeks.”
The act will hand Trump “a broad set of authorities to influence domestic industry in the interest of national defense,” according to an updated Congressional Research Service report on the act released earlier this month.
“The authorities can be used across the federal government to shape the domestic industrial base so that, when called upon, it is capable of providing essential materials and goods needed for the national defense,” the report says.
The act is divided into three main sections:
Priorities and Allocations, which allows the President to require corporations to accept and prioritize contracts for services and materials deemed necessary to aid US national defense.
Expansion of Productive Capacity and Supply, which gives the President the authority to to create incentives for industry to produce critical materials.
General Provisions, which broadly establishes government authority to strike agreements with private industry, to halt foreign corporate mergers that threaten national security and to create a volunteer bloc of industry executives who could be called to government service.
Trump’s plan to invoke the act comes as top health care officials say there is not enough stockpiled medical equipment like masks, gowns and gloves to fill the anticipated need as the nation’s health care system deals with the coronavirus.
Several commenters made different contributions.
The root issue with socialism and all the other utopian schemes is that the adherents thereof are generally idealists without a lick of common sense. They’re also not the sort of people who observe, living in their own self-created delusional world. Because of this, they tend to be easily gulled by the totalitarians in their midst, and they authorize those types to take control when they first run into the dichotomy between reality and what they believe.
There is rarely any pragmatism or self-awareness among the socialist ranks. They persist in doing things that don’t work, simply because they think that if they just believe hard enough, the hard realities won’t apply. Every single communitarian utopia that humans have attempted has failed utterly, but even with that track record, we persist. We’re not wired for that crap, and I seriously doubt that any intelligent and self-aware creature in the universe would be. If they were, then the intelligence would never have evolved in the first damn place.
No, socialism is an endemic fantasy for the dysfunctional–Which is why it will never work outside the confines of a late-night dorm room BS session where the realities of human self-interest and motivation can be hand-waved away by undergraduates with no real experience of life or the world around them.
You want to break them? Let them try to actually run something using their ideas, and watch the horror gradually overtake them as they discover what rat bastards their fellow humans really are.
One of my fondest memories as a mid-level NCO was the time I actually gave one of these sorts the reins, and let him try his kinder, gentler way of life out. Two months in? LOL… Lemme tell you what, when Mr. Sunnyhappyface wannabe believer in the good will of all men runs smack dab up against the asshole element in his fellow man? That’s a funny, funny thing. You could almost see his little eyes, all shiny-bright with the prospect of Showing The Man how things should really be done, only to see that light fade out gradually over the period where he had free rein to do as he willed. By the end of his rope, he’d reached the point where he wanted authority for capital punishment, and would have probably had bodies nailed up to the walls of that latrine as a measure of encouragement.
I don’t know what the hell it is that’s so damn amusing and delightful about exploding someone else’s misbegotten fantasies, but… Man, did I derive some pleasure from that whole thing.