An Immigrant’s Tale – Viral Video

From Kevin Rennie at Daily Ructions:

Greenwich, Connecticut resident Thomas Peterffy takes to the airwaves today to speak of the blessings of freedom. He’s an authority. Peterffy was born, according to Forbes, in Hungary in 1944 “during a Russian bombing raid.” He made it to America in 1965 and became a great success. It is a season of artifice and manipulation in American public life. Peterffy offers a stirring endorsement of freedom. Take a look at the 1 minute ad that hits cable networks today.

He explains how it works: “Take away the incentive with badmouthing success and you take away the wealth that helps us take care of the needy.”

If socialism is so good why are socialist countries so poor?

(h/t Legal Insurrection)

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18 Responses to An Immigrant’s Tale – Viral Video

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Yes, there is a happy medium between socialism and laissez-faire capitalism.

    • yttik says:

      I think the US already has a very healthy balance between socialism and capitalism. People don’t see that, but we have roads, libraries, fire depts, public schools, food stamps, child support collection, SS, medicaid. We already provide for the common good and we help the needy.

      The problem is that lately we’ve stopped respecting the successful, by over loading them with excessive regulations, permits, taxes, fees. I’m not talking about big corporations, I’m talking about small businesses, the self employed, the middle class, those struggling to provide not only for themselves, but for others. Wealth doesn’t trickle down from the government nor does it trickle down from the wealthy, it comes from the middle exchanging goods and services. The smaller the middle, the less prosperous our country will be.

      • I agree. Personally I’d like to see a more robust public option for health insurance that’s available to everyone, more support for college and community college education, and fewer regulations at the federal level. I actually think dismantling (or at least decimating) the Dept of Education may be a damn fine idea.

        I actually think Romney might have some good plans in those areas.

        • yttik says:

          The Dept of Education creates so much bureaucracy. For example, they’ve decided we should not use Native American mascots anymore. No more Braves, Redskins, etc. Politically correct liberals love this, they get to feel all self righteous about ending racism. But what a happens to a little school full of Native American children who feel pride about their mascot, a mascot they gave themselves a hundred years ago?

  2. Norway is a socialist country and it is RICH. Comparisons among countries is complicated — it’s so difficult to compare our apples to their apples.

    The USA is an exceptional country. The rules that apply to and form the values and systems of the governments of other countries dont necessarily apply to us.

    One thing is for sure, I’d rather be poor in the United States than any other country in the world, including Norway.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Norway is only socialist in comparison to us. They still practice capitalism.

      North Korea is socialist.

    • pipermn says:

      Norway’s population is approx. 5 million.

    • pipermn, exactly. The fact that Norway’s population is smaller than my tiny little state of MA makes my point exactly. There really is no other country on earth like the USA. Our physical size, our population, our diversity, our immigrant population, our system and history of Constitutional freedom. We are who we are. (And we are the best.)


      Maybe Russia could somewhat compare to us? And god knows our system has worked 10000000x better than theirs.

      • wmcb says:

        You can make almost any system work in a tiny country. Heck, you can make a monarchy work well in a country smaller than MA!

        Pointing at the success of tiny countries with relatively homogenous populations actually makes me more inclined to Federalism and states rights, not less so. Small, localized govts, whether more socialist or more libertarian, are more nimble and responsive, and easier to reign in if they make mistakes. 100000 pissed off or motivated voters can make a huge difference.

        I think more localized autonomy is key. A massive, sprawling, behemoth one-size-fits-all State becomes corrupt and hidebound with bureaucracy, every damn time. Massive empires collapse under the weight of their own apparatchiks and courtiers and toady hangers-on.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Another student protest movie over school lunches, a parody of The Hunger Games. Pretty clever 🙂

  4. myiq2xu says:

    A retro-preview of tonight:

  5. britgirls says:

    I don’t know why, but that video made me cry.

    But then this poll cheered me up!! 😛

    “… erosion in Democratic support is not across-the-board, but contained to Obama.” That’s gotta sting. It’s all on YOU, Preezy.

  6. From the most respected and accurate poll-aggregator and political predictor, Nate Silver in the NYT:
    “Mr. Romney continues to rocket forward in our projections. The forecast model now gives him about a one-in-three chance of winning the Electoral College (more specifically, a 32.1 percent chance), his highest figure since Aug. 22 and more than double his chances from before the debate. Mr. Romney may have increased his chances of becoming president by 15 or 20 percent based on one night in Denver.”

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