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Yes, addiction can be the characteristic trait of its people having little to no concern in necessitating the workings of freedom in society. Some of my readers may disagree with me, and refer to Europe as being in contentment, smugness and or self-righteousness. However, with all the horrors and bloodshed Europe had given birth to, leading up to and including the most destructive of all, in the 20th century. Throughout the centuries, and even millenniums, I am inclined to rather refer to Europe as being in an overwhelming vortex or what astronomers refer to when they speak or write about a "quasar", simply put as a "black hole". Tending to draw all that is in the vicinity into oblivion, even as much as our entire planet.
In order to understand the reasons for Europe to be in support of this vortex of addiction, one must know its history. In the continuance of holding up the truth I do recommend reading my book titled "Reasoning with the Unreasonable". This book will give you the comprehensive reasons why Europe almost cannot help itself being addicted to socialism, thereby once again heading towards domination. The addiction to comfort that leads to lack of concern. Lack of concern in America today by our young people, ranging in ages from eighteen to mid-forties is altering our perimeters in becoming a template very much like Europe. On this date of May 1st 2010, while I am writing this chapter, most of you who reside in that age group are spectators in the cornerstone of the Europeanization of America. That foundation stone is the beginning of our healthcare legislation recently passed and signed into law by our President Barack Obama. What the young adults, in their addiction to comfort and lack of concern are "not asking is"; where the money is coming from to pay for this theoretical experimentation into our health care system, from cradle to grave. I trust the reader is not going to consider the words "theoretical experimentation" to strong or prejudicial. A foremost understanding of the "health care scheme" is; that it has never been attempted before, thereby I submit to call it a "theoretical experimentation". Examining the word "theoretical" in any dictionary, we find it to mean: hypothetical, imaginary, conjectural, speculative and abstract. In other words it was our Congress that agreed and allowed our President to sign into law a scheme that is light years away from being "prudent", meaning; sensible, practical, discreet, wise and or far-sighted.
The Democratic administration in charge at this time in history has already sent out feelers regarding what all of Europe's burden down taxation welfare countries have, which is (VAT) or the Value-Added Tax. Because most Americans do not have any idea what VAT is, I will briefly give you a clear picture of what it is. Note: first, that all of Socialist Europe has had it now for years. Take any product you can possibly think of. Let us take an apple, toilet tissue or a washing machine. These products will all have a built-in-hidden-tax the citizen buyer will never know what the concealed tax is. Government politicians in Europe like this Value Added Tax very much because the buyer doesn't see any of the concealed compulsory taxes. This burdensome imposition of an additional value-added tax on all things purchased will smother the middle-class and positively make the poor poorer. I just love to provide you examples; When in one of my business trips (1976) to Paris, France, I had a little time to kill, so going in a supermarket I was floored by the price of three-American dollars for a small head of lettuce. In the United States at that time thirty-five years ago a head of lettuce cost only 40 cents. And this is exactly what has occurred and is still driving economies down in Europe, for all practicality the point of no-return has been past. Needless to say, in the United States of America, our spinal backbone is our many millions of small capitalistic entrepreneur businesses. The question to ask is; can our entrepreneurs keep taking this beating of more and more taxation combined with the spiral of finished products that keep going up in cost. Thereby the hundredths of millions of employees asking and demanding an increase in wages, because of medical-care, education, federal income and real-estate taxes increasing, and just a host of other rates or fees' going up such as buses, trains, bridges, tunnels and through-ways.
When America's young adults continue to rest in the addiction referred as the "lack of concern", by means of not hearing or seeing the huge gatherings of people across the United States in what they refer to as "Tea Parties" in order to awaken those addicted to comfort. But however, these same young adults find themselves at a complete loss as to why the so-called washer-machine stops when the spin cycle is finished. They don't seem to understand their addiction to comfort was encouraged to them by the schools, media and Hollywood in a long term provocative diet to produce this bewilderment, that now their interpretation of truth or reality has left them in a weak, doubting and not caring position. For history in a loud voice cry's out, to those that will listen, that many in each new generation are gullible and defenseless when the far-left anti-Americans and atheist liberals choose to replace good for evil and evil for good. In our media that disapproves of traditional Judean-Christian principles with the intention of remaking our young America into the old unequaled paradigm as in the continent of Europe, when it comes to running their social welfare countries. Keeping in mind that the socialist liberals of European countries are keen on unionized forces both in and out of their governments, generous benefits that will not tolerate any complaints, free housing that requires obedience no matter how dilapidated or small in living quarters. Every person in Europe boosts of receiving six weeks' vacation. Most workers pay seventy to ninety percent taxes' thereby vacations can only suggest staying home, further increasing their apathy and lack of concern. Conservative citizens in America like my-self have always enjoyed the excitement and stimulation of economic growth, thus offering vitality, enthusiasm, motivation and innovation. Being an entrepreneur or as I preferred to call myself, the caretaker of my business, and also a servant for my treasured customers for forty-six years. I am able to give responsible testimony regarding my wonderful employee's, in that when a recession came about in America, it was a breathtaking awe-inspiring time to relax a little and surge ahead in improvements to grow even larger. Capitalism to me is wearing the robe manufactured together using the thread of Judean-Christian principles, resulting in truly the good life.
A very high percentage (over 80%), of Americans believe and understand that Capitalism proved itself heads-up over the failed utopian society of Socialism. Question, is America at the front doorstep of being addicted to comfort and lack of concern as in Europe? Some of my acquaintances say yes, and some say no, what do you think the future holds for the United States of America, if one measures by the bell-curve of recent past? I will leave you the reader to answer that question, for in due course many smart people have always said, if one doesn't take interest or study the past history of the behavior patterns their parents had gone through, then one will be condemned to forever be a child by repeating it. Meaning; a failure to improve and to be vigilant over men who wear deceptive masks of zeal that warrant outermost cautiousness in every generation, for in all of the history of man's struggle on this earth he will repeat it through recessions, depressions, unruly violent conduct and even war.
I'll try my best to offer you some brief facts that cannot be repudiated or found untrue. In the recent past, going back less than a person's one life-time into 1950's 60's and 70's, the American government outlays were 10 percent of its GNP ... Gross Natural Product, representing a healthy economy and social state of affairs. In the 1980's and 90's the GNP was again a healthy 15 percent of our government outlays. In our new 21 century, or if you will accept me saying the pre-Barack Obama years, it had hovered around 20 percent of government outlays of our GNP. If these figures hypothetically were measuring "blood pressure", you as a doctor would rightly say that 20 percent is still in the range of normal, however, beyond the "blood pressure" of 20%, now puts you in the scope of having high blood pressure, which would open the doors too many diseases and a confuse state of affairs.
In the year of 2009 our President Barack Obama, with the help of a stagnate Congress establishing a "trillion dollar" bailout and a "budget" that sent our American government outlay to 28 percent of our Gross National Product. It certainly appears from our President on down in our government this year of 2010, our great and proud country is trying hard to emulate Europe and all its uncompromising socialistic ideas. Let us pick just one country in Europe, and let it be what your author of this book considers the leader of the pack. Choosing the country of France, you can take this information to your bank, In France the government outlay in 2010 is 55 percent of its Gross National Product. As most Americans use to say, one doesn't need to be a rocket scientist, or have crystal-ball to predict the future for France. It is speeding towards a total bankrupt nation. Once again, if our "Tea Parties" across America do not multiply greatly in every state, to stop and put our Capitalistic Free Enterprise Economy Gears back in a full-unhampered social-system, we will find ourselves imitating Europe's addiction to lack of concern. If we Americans do wake up, not later, but right now, we may just pull out of this unfortunate debacle that our elected leaders have gotten us in because, too many of them are addicted to comfort, and other addictions thus expunging the good American trust that we always have put in our elected officials.
In further clarification why I have to use worlds' like "unfortunate debacle", I would like to introduce to you Mr. Paul Krugman, he is a popular columnist and economist for Princeton University and for the New York Times, his opinions and editorials are then republished in hundredths of newspapers throughout the United States. His articles appear in the Sun Sentinel across Florida. After reading this chapter 1 of "Addiction to Comfort and Lack of Concern", I am sure you will side with me when I oppose the thoughts of Mr. Krugman. When, he wrote this for the far-left New York Times: "That in exchange for only a tiny bit less growth, Europeans buy a whole lot of security and comfort". I beg your pardon Paul, I know as well as you, that I am not a popular columnist and economist for Princeton University, that Europeans have a standard of living 30 plus percent lower than America, and have been in a stagnation mode going on now for more than three decades if not longer. What I do not understand is the "Why" Mr. Krugman you and my President Obama, and all the lefty-liberals, misfit-socialists, and our elected fallacious officials do not honor all of our Founding Fathers, and for all the greatness and goodness American prosperity has brought about onto most countries of this planet.
Some of my friends tell me that I am a conservative, perhaps or maybe I am, I tell them that, if being a Constitutionalist and one who prefers to relate in style and chooses to emulate the Judean-Christian Bible, if that is a conservative, then so be it. Grant me your approval of what I find terribly wide off the mark as a Constitutionalist regarding Europe and the United States of America. In the face of the endless reasons why our leading elected officials in Congress and lobbyist liberals running our government, favor America to function its quasi-socialist economic system wholly like Europe. They are missing the single most significant fact, America cannot become like Europe unless someone else is willing to become like America. Reason: For well over one-hundred and fifty years Europe has been a free-rider. The entire 20th century has proven that paradigm of reality in that it can only afford to be Europe because "we" can afford to be America. Justification of that realism lies in the fact that the most obvious and mentioned illustration is national defense. In their lessons of time, Europe's defense budgets have been miniscule because Europeans can count on America's Uncle Sam to protect them.
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