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Don’t know if the story is true, but I believe it......

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. The class had insisted that 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 socialism.

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.  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.  But, 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.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for anyone else. All failed to their great surprise and the professor told them that socialism would ultimately fail because the harder to succeed the greater the reward but when a government takes all the reward away; no one will try or succeed.
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The problem with Socialism is that you
eventually run out of other people’s money.
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 Margaret Thatcher



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • So....if socialism is so great...as our current administration is trying so diligently to move us towards....where would ever be the incentive for anyone to really work hard and achieve high goals for themselves?  Eventually you become a nation of “nothings“.  I don’t know about you but I certainly do not want the government ruling every aspect of my life.  And that my friends is what is happening......



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      Tuliplady wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • That’s an excellent commentary on socialism!

      I agree with you Mary, but there are so many people in our country who don’t notice or even care.

      I have no incentive to work hard and get ahead when the government takes more and more of my income for taxes and hands it to some welfare mother who is too lazy to get a job and support her own kids.



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      UK Girl wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Mary love the quote from Margaret Thatcher known as the "Iron Lady" her favourite quote was "The lady is not for turning" – a lot of people hated her but she made house owning possible for the masses, she also believed in a free economy and she also wouldn't budge with the Common Market regulations and monetary policy – which meant we wouldn't be hurt by what happens in Germany or France with their economy ...... how thankful are we for that now.
      In Europe they have a common currency the Euro and I know in 12/18 months time it will be dropped by lots of European countries as it's having a catastrophic effect on thier domestic market because lots of semi under developed European countries have adopted it and are freeloading on the back of the wealthier nations – socialism in currency – a fiscal nightmare.

      People have to have the effort of work rewarded – it's a simple truth otherwise we would all have nothing to get up for in the morning .........



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Mary, a very good discussion started this morning. And, Vicki, that was brilliant. I’ve never heard the term “socialism in currency” and I didn’t realize that the Euro was not working well.

      It’s five in the morning here, I’m just finishing my first cup of coffee and now I can’t wait until Joe gets up so he can read this post.

      I hope you don’t mind, Mary, but I share a lot of your posts with him. He likes hearing what you have to say and also the things you find out there to share with the site.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • forgot to add, he used to live in SC.



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      UK Girl wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • When I was 7 or 8 I asked my Godmother who was a leading socialist politician why we couldn't print extra money to give it to poor people so they could buy better houses and food – it was me at that age trying to make sense of why some folk had things and others didn't ....... Barbara explained in very simple terms why you couldn't as it would devalue the pound – I understood and then my mother who is a mini Margaret Thatcher explained about motivation etc; and grasping opportunities and gave my father an example – his parents were dirt poor and illiterate and he is a self made man – through sheer hard work – I barley saw him till I was around 10 as he worked 12 /14 hours a day outside as a builder.
      Now our socialist government is printing extra money they have given it a name "quantitative easing" ....... what has changed in 40 years certainly not the fundamental laws and principals of economics..... Barbara will be spinning in her grave and uttering her famous quote "who is driving the rackety train to hell ..."



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Chocolatier...pass anything you like along.  And please send anything my way as well.  That is how we all stay in “in the know” of what is going on in our country.  

      Vicki:  thanks for sharing about the money side of socialism.  I too had not thought about it that way either.

      WE have got to stop what is happening....I plan on attending the New Conservative Party rallies as soon as I’m informed of the next one.  

      If you STAND FOR NOTHING...then don’t say a word!!!

      Just think about what are founding fathers went through...it’s not going to be an easy road...that is for sure.



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • THANKS Annie....you see...your statement of loss ambition is what I’m talking about.  You and I both work so hard...for what...to let some deadbeat that won’t get a job reap the benefits of our hardwork?  Yeah....that’s what I want to do.



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      Tamra wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Ok this may sound cruel, but I have to get it off my chest....

      Yesterday, my family and I attended a large public event in Houston, a large city.  People everywhere.  My husband, who has been working to lose weight for over a year, and doing quite well I might add, noticed something about the crowd.  He was shocked at how obese so many of them were.

      Now if we are a country with so many poor and unfortunate who need to be rescued, why does everyone have way too much to eat?

      I know it makes me sound like a simpleton, but I’m starting to believe that many people (not everyone) have little or nothing just because they continuously make bad choices.  Why should I have to pay for that behavior?

      Perhaps this bad decisioning is an indication that we have been going down the road of socialism for several years already.  Let’s face it, gov’t “assistance” is a major reason for the home foreclosure debacle.  And if we accelerate down that road of socialism with this new administration, what will become of us?  

      Will we all become fat?  :>)  Guess that’s what the “F” stands for in maryclark’s story!!



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      Denise Richardson wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Mary this was great, and so true on the analogy of it. Thanks for sharing.



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      UK Girl wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Tamra - the world sadly is divided into those who have to no food literally and are very poor - so poor we can’t comprehend and then us the rich Western world who throw food away and also eat junk which destroys our health ...

      Maybe this will be a great lesson for the West in what the true value of money and food etc; are ....49% of the female population in the UK is size 16+ ... during second world war the avarage size for a woman was a size 10/12 ....

      We have just literally thrown money and food away during the good times ..



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      Tamra wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Ukgirl, you are right.  There are truly people in need among us.  Not everyone can make it on their own because of circumstances like disability.  They are the ones who we should be helping.  But the number of individuals demanding gov’t handouts is much more than just those who can not provide for themselves.

      I grew up very poor.  Most meals were meatless, but not because we were vegetarians!  And there were many other luxuries we did not have.  Yet, we did not once ask the gov’t to give us anything.  I have worked all my life to make things better for myself.  I do not understand why others can not make that same choice if they are not satisfied with their situation.  Why should I give more of “mine” to them?  No one gave me “theirs.”

      If we would only help those who are truly poor because they can not make it on their own, rather than everyone who has their hand out, our society and economy would be stronger.  We could then also provide adequate help to the truly needy.  But our form of socialism will only provide meager resources to the large numbers demanding them.

      The able-bodied among us who could help themselves instead of merely taking from the rest of us, are the cruelest of us all.  They are literally stealing from our folks who desperately need our help.



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      UK Girl wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • My view is we live in a very materialistic and now society across the Western world – we feel we should have a large plasma TV/ DVD player / mobile phone/ car / house / expensive clothes with designer labels ......... before if you wanted them you earned them but now it's like people can't wait and save or earn so they demand or they build up huge debt ..... so if they don't pay their credit card debt off you know those that do will pay for it with higher interest .....
      At the end of the day there is only so much money and someone has to pay for it – just wish politicians would wise up to that reality !



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Tamra...I do not think you are being mean at all. I need to lose weight myself.  My problem was induced by medications and now I can’t get it off but I certainly do not over eat..I just make poor choices.  The other side of this could be as well...the ones that do not have the so call money to live off of..are going to McDonald’s and places like that and eating off the $1 menu..which is totally bad for you.  It causes weight gain...and even foods say like in Wal-mart...that are cheap but loaded with sodium, fat....carbs...they are eating this stuff because it’s cheap...not because it has the most nutritional value. It’s about a $1 Value Meal.  

      But at the same time....we are a wasteful nation.  WE eat way too much and we throw away too much.



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      UK Girl wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Annie it is the lack of responsibility – you always look to the top and the mantra if you ran any business or government etc; was the buck stopped on the top desk........
      Whoever was in charge took responsibility and accepted blame if needed etc; and worked to correct the problem.
      Now it's no one's fault – it's never the government – it's never the leader – it's never the chief of the bank of CEO of a large corporation – so whose fault is it exactly and what example does this give people – a bad one because if you screw up and blow your money on crap someone else will pay for your other essentials.
      That's what I mean about a NOW generation I want it now even if I can't afford or need it!



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      UK Girl wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Ladies can I point out the first thing we Europeans notice when we hit the US is the size of your portions - they are double ours - MC Donalds the home of the Super Size ..

      Plus another observation everything is sweet - your bread is very sweet (?)
      My first trip to the US I gained around 11 pounds in two weeks - now I just leave laods which is wastful but if I didn’t I would be gaining a pile of weight a day



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Vicki:  I agree.  The standard dinner plate has grown a couple of inches round since let’s say the 60’s.  And we eat on them..and think we are to fill up the plate.
      I personally eat on a salad plate every night.  

      If I ever have to get a meal at one of the fast food rest.  I’ll go for the kids meal....with the fruit instead of fries.



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Vicki...also...everything is super size over here..including the people..LOL

      Plus...we do not get enough exercise......and we’ve gotten away from eating basic fruits and vegetables....

      So very soon...we will all become fat socialistic pigs...estatic
      who do nothing but lay around and maybe do enough to get by and wait for the handout.  

      Personally I’ll find me a deserted island before I go to that. Anyone want to join me?estatic



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      UK Girl wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Mary lets buy a Fab40 island and run it as a womens only in charge - think how clean and peaceful and organised it would be.........
      No wars and famines and no stupid dumb men inflicting silly laws or making a mess with finances ...

      You can run the bank on the Fab40 island - oh and can it be somewhere warm but not to humid - think about the hot flushes



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • I would love it myself.....tend to the gardens in the morning...do whatever chores needed..and then do whatever.



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      UK Girl wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Okay ladies – let's not have an island – what about a breakaway State – just one suggestion when you pick the State please make the weather temperate so can Alaska be off the shopping list please!
      We will have our own money , passport and the country/ state will be governed fairly and wisely by a council of Fab 40 women.



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • I say South Carolina or Georgia....the temps are best here..still have some seasons but not all the messy snow.  You have the beaches and the mountains.  Florida would be nice but we would have to run out a lot of illegals...but then again..maybe that is what we should do.  LOL



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • It doesn’t....I prefer an island in the pacific myself...LOL...



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