Just a few more steps before Communism…

So just how far are we from communism?

The following table depicts the 10 measures of Communism.

no Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
yes A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
progress Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
no Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
yes Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
progress Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
yes Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
yes Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
no Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
yes Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.

So let’s break these down…

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

We are not here yet, but we are close. Just this year a Federal Judge turned off the water to a farming community to protect the delta smelt, a little fish protected by the Endangered Species Act. While there is currently no legislation in the works to abolish property ownership, it is currently being done by the courts under the name of Conservation, and Environmentalism.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

We are already there. The top 10% of the top 1% of wage earners already pay 20% of the tax burden. The top 1% pay more than 50% of the tax burden, and if liberals have there way, this will be even more graduated. And the tax burden to the middle-class will increase when the liberal fail to extend the Bush tax cuts.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

The death tax is already at 50%, we are half way there…

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

Nothing here, emigrants have free access to Federal, State, and Municipal services. This includes education, healthcare, and sometimes even voting.

5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

We have a Federal Reserve, and the deal was sealed this year with the bail outs and tarp.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

With the exception of the Internet, and a handful of cable outlets, for all practical purposes we have a State run news service, albeit willingly.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

GM, Dodge, need I say more…

8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

We even have a department for that… EEOC

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

While there is no current legislation, this to has happened due to Agribusiness. There are not many family farms left.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.

We have a Department of Education, child labor laws, and for the first time a President that not only wanted to address all the school children at one time, he had a month long lesson plan to go along with it. Now let me say this, I am not opposed to public education, and I am certainly not in favor of child labor. I do, however, have a problem with Government indoctrination of students in a public school setting.

We are quickly approaching the 70% mark. All but three measures of this test are in the wrong column, with two of those points currently in progress. It’s time to¬† wake up, and turn the tides against pinko’s trying to take over this Country.

The 10 Measures of Communism were taken from “A Layman’s Look at the Communist Manifesto” by John Keller @ http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/keller5.html

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