(Quote) James-17080 said:
I didn't notice the italicization. I have weak vision. As you correctly pointed out, h...
(Quote) James-17080 said:
I didn't notice the italicization. I have weak vision. As you correctly pointed out, he could have added a break between the two.
Fair enough. I apologize for being abrupt.
I think a fair accusation of socialism, and one that fits the Webster definition, is the administration's pushing the Chevy Volt.
As the government has bailed out both GM and Chrysler, it now has ownership of the companies. At the same time, it is pushing a product that costs over $40,000.00 but is being heavily subsidized through tax incentives (because nobody is going to lay out $40,000.00 for that car).
In other words, the car cannot stand on its own two feet in the face of open market competition, so the federal and state governments are providing tax incentives in order to sell it. (In other words, you and I are paying for this car.)
We're not talking about providing tap water, or an ambulance service, or a fire department. This is flat-out government meddling in an industry to use taxpayer dollars to make an unpopular car more attractive to a skeptical public. We are still under even-odd gas rationing here in NJ and NY after a storm that hit two weeks ago. There are homes that are not expected to have electricity until December, more than a month after this hurricane hit. Anyone with an electric car here would have nothing more than a 5,000 pound lawn decoration on their hands; it wouldn't be moving anywhere. Yet this administration, in its "infinite" (read: nonexistent) wisdom has no problems using taxpayer dollars to push this product out onto the streets. (And when these cars have all lost their juice on the NJ Turnpike or the Long Island Expressway, the very same people who pushed the product through the production process and off the showroom floor will have nothing more than a blank stare for us.)
James, you're taking this discussion to play a game of "Gotcha!" You're taking the mildest forms of government activity in your attempt to make a point that everyone is some sort of a socialist but at the same time you're not giving any credence to these examples of government overreach.
P.S. I made it clear in a response to someone else's post on this thread that this whole election reflects a reality that conservatives (until now) have probably been in denial about: they could not deliver the votes in this election and they cannot deliver them anymore. To put it another way, the culture war is over; the supporters of the government intervention in the Volt have won. You can continue to ignore the examples of government overreach because at the end of the day, it really doesn't matter. The government has no incentive to do anything different.