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An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).



After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.



The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.



As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.



To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
It could not be any simpler than that.

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Apparently you could not have said that any better either.



Oh, I'm sorry- but this post was about education and the grammar nazi in me came out. Please disregard and continue.
We understand from your forum handle METH, your little fingers just can't stop moving and shaking and your mind is running way faster than you can stand so you have to do it!:p

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I'd say that is a standard Facist example of poor understanding of what is Socialism.
The partipants biased the study by trying influence the outcome. Might be it would be quite
different if the test takers had simply been honest and put forth their best effort (however un-American that is).
There was also the ignorant label on Obama's efforts as Socialism. A Centrist's approach at a Socialist idea maybe.
This is the type of thinking that got thousands of Amercan's killed for nothing in the Middle East, stopping the evil commies
at any cost (think Iran - Shaw of Iran fiasco) This is what dooms America- dogmatic denial of the truth and blind following of ideals
 

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Whether anyone likes it not, Socialism has been alive and well here in the US almost since this Nation began. Roads, public highways, bridges, are all Socialism at it's best. Fire departments, law enforcement, ...those costs are all divvied up on your ability to pay or based on what you own, whether you want to participate (choose to use those services) or not. Chose to go fishing out on the Big Lake, get caught in a storm out at sea, who you going to call? ...a private rescue company?

This "new" Democratic Socialism threatens to take money, lots of money, from rich high profit corporations and then distribute it to programs that give us all a more "equal" life style. Companies like Ford, GMC, CARRIER, .... companies that provide the basis for capitalism, that provide the profits and jobs that pay the taxes, ...what do you suppose they will do? Would Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Steven Jobs, Mellon, Gates, Zuckerberg, been so motivated to build their legacies if they would have known that it would be claimed by We The People. "They didn't build that." ...did they???? Some of those people are quasi Socialist, or at least support those candidates that would raise our taxes. If they feel that way why don't they just give their billions to the government and live a more "equal" life style like mine? Name some names of great people that built industrial economic empires that allowed them to defeat the Axis. Russia came close and I would hazard a guess that with out the Ruskies, Hilter may have succeeded, but it ultimately fell on it's face. No way they could compete with the economic might of the US and capitalism. Reagan said "You want an arms race Russia? On your mark, get set, GO!" Who won that race?

The fact is that there have been many experiments into Socialism and almost with out exception they fail. America's intervention into Iran and Iraq or anyplace in the Middle East has nothing to do with Socialism versus Democracy or free will. Those countries were/are ruled by Monarchy's autocrats and dictators.

Vietnam would have been a better example. Look how well that's worked out for them after we left. North vs South Korea, ... Name one country where Socialism has created a bonafide success, become a leader of the free world. Bring up the Scandinavia countries, but please, do a little research and search of history first.
 
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