An amusing thing is to watch young Bernie sanders supporters and other socialists hanging around Starbucks or Whole Foods or some boutique market or hipster restaurant. After the running down of everything Republican, conservative, American, they’ll sometimes launch into their favorite new iced coffee, wine , cheese, veggie from some organic farmer, expensive item imported from a far off land, obscure movie from an obscure filmmaker, etc.
The thing that’s really amusing is that they think such things would exist under the very socialist system that they and Sanders advocate.
They actually think that that all those boutique restaurants, coffee importers, organic farmers and food providers filling the bins and shelves at Whole Foods or the local co-op would continue to exist in a socialist system. They don’t understand that it’s the hated capitalist and free market system that produces all these goodies.
Imagine these little socialists get their way. Do they really think that an organic farmer is going to go to the trouble to work hard when the only price that Bernie’s Dept. Of Agriculture, Agency of Organic Products, Vegetables Division, Leafy Greens Office, Region 1 Inspectorate will let him charge will be the lowest price? Do they really think that a cheese artisan will work his behind off to create a special Gouda when all he’ll get for it is a money-losing price determined by a bureaucrat eager to keep cheese prices low and inflexible? What baker will make the extra effort on a birthday cake when she can’t get the special flour, chocolate or powdered sugar needed for the cake — and she can’t charge extra for it either? Everyone can have the same cake stamped out of the cake factory — assuming they’re being delivered this week.Say goodbye to a capitalist indulgence like the Cheesecake Factory.
Why would a couple work hard to make their bed and breakfast the star of the region when they are commanded to keep the rates low and they receive a warning about making their place too nice because, contrary to good socialist fashion, they are standing out from the crowd? Can’t charge more than Motel 6!
My point is that young socialists (and some old ones too) are fascinated with expensive, boutique and exclusive items (no Campbell’s soup for us!) that the “masses” either don’t want, can’t afford or can live without. They live on the hippest cheese, wine, coffee, trinket, etc. “Orange Is the New Black” wouldn’t come from the TV series factory run by a government.
Socialism didn’t come up with your iPhone! And Apple would disappear if it had to price things in a socialist manner. Whaddya think about that, commie kids?
True socialist countries are famous for their bare-shelved stores, lack of choices and lack of products. Look at the old Soviet Union, Communist China in its heyday, Cuba for the last 50 years and, even now, Venezuela. Why do these youngster think a socialist U.S. would be any different?
We’ve learned this lesson before but the kids don’t know it and with their contempt for the past, don’t want to learn it. (They think the past can teach them nothing except what not to do.)
We’ve already heard Bernie complain that there are too many choices of deodorant available. Just think about what that really means.