sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Obama Socialist Impact

Trick or Treat:  The neighborhood kids come around for a hand-out of candy, dressed up to scare or delight. You turn your lights on and decorate to lure them to your home and drop a Snickers of Almond Joy into a bag or pillow case. If you opt not to give the kids candy, you simply turn off the light and the hoards of sugar-crazed children go elsewhere to harvest.

It's up to you. Decide to participate or not to participate as you are moved to do. If you don't turn your light on, you miss the kids decked out in their finest. I buy two or three bags of the good candy from Costco and stand by for the ghosts and goblins to arrive, flanked by caring parents.

-- I'm big on metaphors these days -- 

I did the same a many Americans who were too lazy to cook on a Saturday Halloween night - I ordered a pizza. Can you believe it? When the pizza delivery guy brought a fresh, hot, fragrant pizza, he expected me to pay for it! He was a white kid - likely a racist and a capitalist (today all capitalists are painted as racists or traitors to their race) because he hinted at a tip for bringing the pizza on time, cooked to order. If I snatched the pizza and slammed the door without paying, I'd have been a thief. If everyone defrauded them, the pizza shop, the delivery boy and the people who supply the pizza shop with ingredients would all go out of business.

Socialism is a form of robbery - theft - and it has the same social impact as my and others' failure to pay for pizza. There is no more pizza. No more jobs for the guys who make the sausage, whirl the dough, grow the onions and peppers, or blend the sauce. At the State Pizza Shop, you stand in line like a beggar, waiting for the pizza. It arrives cold, the dough isn't baked (a green pizza made without energy) and there isn't sauce, cheese or anything on it. However, all pizzas are the same now.

The kids in their costumes wear one costume - perhaps that of young pioneer - and come around to shake you down, threatening to denounce you to the Dear Leader unless you pay them (does that sound like SEIU?). The love of voluntary contributions is gone, the joy of giving becomes a cancer that eats the giver and the republic is replaced by a sinister force that is feared.

Which is the better part? For me, for my family and my friends, we're fine with working and earning, ordering a pizza with the money we earned and when the kids come around, they're going to get two or three large pieces of candy - not because we're forced to do it, but because that's what we want the world to be like.


  1. Pizza sounds good.

    You don't like being shaken down in your own home? Hoodlums demanding a share of that which you worked hard for? I believe it. And I think there are many Americans like you. People who want to stand on their own 2 feet without a lot of interference from government. Yes, that's it. Cut out the middle man. The charity goes a lot farther that way.

  2. Like the bumper sticker says, "Annoy a liberal: Work hard, succeed, be happy".

  3. That "shakedown" crew was raised from birth to believe they are entitled to your pizza. How different things would be if they used their hoodlum energy to make conditions better for themselves! It's sort of a corollary (since you're big on metaphors) of the phrase:

    "If he'd only used his powers for good instead of evil!"

    It takes a lot of energy to intimidate an entire neighborhood. Almost as much as, say, producing something useful that people would buy? Just a thought, and I could be wrong.

  4. Don’t forget some kids can’t afford costumes or have parents that will take them Trick or Treating, so we need a Halloween with a public option.

  5. Patrick - interesting, but there WERE kids who came to my door last night without costumes - just a bag for candy. They received candy too.

    Children from the poor part of town (you can tell - they only speak Spanish) come to my neighborhood to trick-or-treat. The costumes are shabby but they feel safe in my neighborhood. They get just as much candy as well.

    I am an equal opportunity candy-hander-outer.

    However your point is well taken.

  6. Good metaphor. My boyfriend's mom lives in a semi-wealthy area for senior citizens. No kids in that neighborhood yet we had something like 200 trick or treaters in the first hour. Why? Because of all the people driving their kids over there...carfuls. We ran out of candy by 7:15 and she'd spent $50. We were going to get more, but I figured, why are we spending our hard-earned money to feed the entire city's kids?

    I'd say that's a pretty good metaphor too.


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