Guest from the Future
by ILYA GALAK
December 13, 2012
"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic"- Benjamin Franklin
The elections are over. During the campaigns politicians came from all over to say how they are fighting for us. We all know the value of their words. Now, they will forget about us until the next election; yet day-to-day living keeps getting harder. Why?
I was born in the former Soviet Union, a country that could not sustain itself. One reason is Socialism. Many politicians and journalists from the left are trying to prove to us that Socialism is free medical care, free education, and free care for the elderly and poor; this is a lie. In the Soviet Union (a country with real socialism) the elderly received last priority. I remember how after calling an ambulance they would ask you your age. If you we're younger and working they would arrive eventually; if you we're retired, they might never come. The elderly can only be taken care of in a developed and enriched Capitalist society. When people and businesses become successful, they pay more taxes. Only then can the government afford to take care of its people. When there is no money the first things that are cut are social programs.
I would like to propose an experiment: read the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx (1848) and the programs of the Bolsheviks in 1917, and then compare it with the rhetoric of many politicians, MSNBC reports, and the documents of almost all American Labor Unions. The wording may be a bit different, but the idea is the same: WORK LESS AND EARN MORE.
The worst part is that these politicians and union leaders, in the eyes of some American, appear as heroes and defenders of the common man. Even worse is that those words and ideas mentioned earlier help them come to power. Of course, who doesn't want to work less and earn more? But what if you are young and able and don't want to work?
The experience of the Soviet Union and other socialist countries shows that these ideas and words can destroy even the strongest economic system. This is what's going on in the U.S. Career politicians are leading us into my past.
We, Russians, are here as guests from the future. In Russia, the people who gained absolute power on these communist principles and slogans, soon thereafter abandoned them. They realized that it's impossible to not work and get paid. So instead they kept telling everyone that the nation is getting better and going FORWARD.
If career politicians and union leaders don't understand where they are taking our country, let them ask someone who has lived under socialism. If they continue to promote socialist ideas for their own personal interests, that's unforgivable.
A system where it is better to not work than to work, when government and unions dictate over businesses, nothing good can come out of it. And so businesses flee overseas. Our children will pay the price for us re-electing career politicians who persecute business with countless new laws. Talk to the Russians, it's good for you; we came from your future.
Ilya Galak, an electrical engineer, has been in the United States since 1989