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I just read this truly FASCINATING article about Sweden-

and it seems that in the early 90's they went through what appears to be the same exact (or close enough) economic crisis we are experiencing today. It lasted for 6-10 years before they finally got back on track and part of the reason is they became more socialistic in nature.

They also started started exporting a lot of stuff but I don't see that happening for America as we don't really produce anything that others want anymore other than tobacco (we don't even make TV's).

Socialism has become a dirty word these days with all of the inane Obama hatred, but it seems to have served Sweden, the most democratic country in the world, pretty well...

Food for thought.

Personally, I think we already have too much socialism in the States and don't see adding more as being a good thing. What's wrong with working hard and getting rewarded for it. Nobody should be allowed to have the occupation of "walk to mailbox on 1st of the month". Unfortunately, I have relatives with that job description.

For me to jump on board the socialism train these are some of the things that would need to take place:

1. Everyone contributes to the pot equally whether it be financially or thru works/deeds. Exceptions can be made for seniors of little means and the "truly" disabled.

2. Our government, State and Federal, no longer waste our money worthless projects/programs.

3. No person of able body is allowed to sit on the couch watching Oprah and live off the labors of the rest of the populace.

4. Assistance is actually restricted to the amount that is necessary to live. If someone has enough money to get beer, cigarettes, a new tat, DVD's, and a pedicure then they are receiving too much assistance.

Some complain of class warfare in this country and I think an expansion of socialism in this country would only escalate the situation.

I'll share an anecdote for the type of thing that needs to be put to an end in this country:

A relative was complaining that they were unable to buy a bday cake for another young relative (under 10) because they were out of money. The bday fell at the end of the month. However, on Dec 2 they went shopping and posted pics of the new inflatable x-mas decorations they put in their yard.

When you drive around this holiday season take pride in the decorations you see because you may have helped pay for them.

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