There isn’t a nice way of saying it, so I’ll just blurt it out — Socialism sucks.

But that doesn’t stop people who are enamored with Socialism from advocating it, as Senator Hillary Clinton did recently:

Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it’s time to replace an “on your own” society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.

The Democratic senator said what the Bush administration touts as an ownership society really is an “on your own” society that has widened the gap between rich and poor.

“I prefer a ‘we’re all in it together’ society,” she said. “I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none.”

That means pairing growth with fairness, she said, to ensure that the middle-class succeeds in the global economy, not just corporate CEOs.

“There is no greater force for economic growth than free markets. But markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed,” she said. “Fairness doesn’t just happen. It requires the right government policies.”

Boy, it sure is great that we have the honorable Senator from New York to make life fair for us. And how does the Senator in all her wisdom propose to make life fair for everyone? Why, with government action, of course! After all, fairness doesn’t just happen; it requires government policies. And now for some more pearls of wisdom from Sen. Clinton:

“We have sent a message to our young people that if you don’t go to college … that you’re thought less of in America. We have to stop this,” she said.

Beyond education, Clinton said she would reduce special breaks for corporations, eliminate tax incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas and open up CEO pay to greater public scrutiny.

Clinton also said she would help people save more money by expanding and simplifying the earned income tax credit; create new jobs by pursuing energy independence; and ensure that every American has affordable health insurance.

Beyond education, Clinton said she would reduce special breaks for corporations, eliminate tax incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas and open up CEO pay to greater public scrutiny.

There is a word that accurately identifies Sen. Clinton’s plan, and that word is Socialism. It sure is a national tragedy that we have existed for over 200 years without the sage-like wisdom of Sen. Clinton and her love affair with Socialism. All during this time, life hasn’t been fair because she wasn’t around to make it so for us.

But I’m being facetious. I have long since realized that life isn’t fair; in fact, I wrote about it over three years ago:

Is life fair? I guess that depends on what you mean by “fair.” Is it fair that my hair started falling out when I was 17? Is it fair that I am not taller than my older brother? Is it fair that I don’t have Orlando Bloom’s good looks and hefty bank account? Is it fair that both my parents are alive, while my wife’s father died while she was a child? Is it fair that I was born an American and not an Armenian? Is it fair that I have wants far exceeding my ability to supply them? In each and every one of these cases, it is quite clear that life is not fair. But who promised you that life would, should, or even could be fair?

To answer that last question, it is Sen. Clinton who claims life should and could be fair. All we have to do is everything she says, and then life will be fair. Let’s get those government policies going right now!

There’s a problem with the Senator’s plan: Socialism sucks, and how! Can you identify a single place on earth where Socialism has worked to ensure both freedom and happiness? Socialism has sucked generations of life from the Soviet Union. Socialism has sucked the “get up and go” from hard-working Scandinavia. Socialism has sucked freedom from every nation where it has been implemented by oppressive governments. Socialism sucks out joy and replaces it with bureaucracy. A rather poor trade, that.

No, life is not and never has been fair, but it is a fool’s errand to try to enforce fairness through the ham-fisted bludgeoning of government policies.

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