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By John Stossel

I laughed when I saw the Washington Post headline: “Minneapolis had progressive policies, but its economy still left black families behind.”

The media are so clueless. Instead of “but,” the headline should have said, “therefore,” or “so, obviously.”

Of course, progressive policies failed.

“If you wanted a poster child for the progressive movement, it would be Minneapolis,” says Republican Minnesota Senate candidate Jason Lewis.

The council, which has no Republicans, spends taxpayer money on most every progressive idea. They brag that they recycle most everything. They have a plan to stop climate change. They will force employers to pay every worker $15 an hour. They even tell supermarkets what cereal they must sell.


Despite such policies, meant to improve life for minorities and the poor, the Minneapolis income gap between whites and Blacks is the second highest in the country.

While that surprises the media, it’s no surprise to Lewis, who points out, “When you take away the incentive for work and savings and investment, you get less of it.”

Exactly. When government sends checks to people who don’t work, more people don’t work. Guarantees like a high minimum wage raise the cost of potential workers, so some never get hired. High taxes to fund progressives’ programs make it difficult for businesses to open in the first place.

Lewis says Minnesota is now a “command and control economy. ... They’re not even shy about it. (Congresswoman) Ilhan Omar said we need to abolish capitalism!”

Not exactly. But Omar did call for “dismantling the whole system of oppression,” including America’s economic systems that “prioritize profit.”

Lewis says she wants to create “equal poverty for everybody.”

No, I push back, “She thinks her ideas will lift everybody up.”

“Show us, Ilhan,” he responds. “Where has it worked? Everything that you’re proposing hasn’t worked!”

He's right

But Cam Gordon, a current Minneapolis councilman, tells me the city’s economic “disparities were caused by a long trail of historic racism.”

He tweeted: “Time to end capitalism as we know it.”


He says that would be good because “We could have more democratic control of our resources.” Cam Gordon is the kind of guy who gets elected in Minneapolis.

“Every alternative to capitalism brings stagnation and poverty,” I say to him.

Gordon answers, “I think we can take care of each other better.”

Lewis points out that before COVID-19, “the people gaining the most were at the bottom end of the wage scale. Women, Hispanics, African Americans were gaining the most. A rising tide truly lifts all boats.”

He’s right again. In the past 50 years, while progressives attacked profits, capitalism lifted more than a billion people out of extreme poverty around the world.

When I point that out to Gordon, he simply ignores my point about fabulous progress around the world and says: “The problem with capitalism as we know it is this idea that we have to have constant growth. ... Capitalism got us the housing crisis right now and ... climate change. It’s actually going to destroy the planet.”

Sigh.

His Green Party’s “community-based economics” would give the community control over private property. Seems to me like community- based economics is just another way to say socialism. That’s brought poverty and tyranny every time it’s been tried.

“When socialism fails,” says Lewis, “the apologists always say, ‘We just didn’t do it enough, just didn’t do it the right way.’ (But) it’s always failed.”

Sadly, today in America, the progressives are winning.

John Stossel is author of “Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media.”

 

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I was in agreement with Stossel until the last sentence......."Sadly, today in America, the progressives are winning."

I don't think the MSM and its members understand how unpopular the Leftist, Antifa crowd and their antics of chaos and anarchy are proving to the general population. This is how you get votes?
 

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It's how you instill fear, corruption and tyranny - and that is how you win. Study the drug gangs in Chicago and elsewhere in their projects. All the honest folks will never say anything because the fear of being killed is very real.
 

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Today's Yahoo "news" is bemoaning the fact that beach towns are loosing 40-70% in usual summer revenue. Cited are Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach in southern Delaware. Then they mention that Ocean City Maryland is only behind 20%. DE has a Democrat governor who sill makes you wear a face mask on the boardwalk, and even that was recent. Before that, police were posted to keep you off. MD's governor opened early, and masks outdoors are up to you.
 

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"I don't think the MSM and its members understand how unpopular the Leftist, Antifa crowd and their antics of chaos and anarchy are proving to the general population. This is how you get votes?"
They may be unpopular, but, How come that they still keep electing the politicians that keep screwing them over and over? How come that the voters do not wake up and see that failings of DemocRATS policies?
Maybe someone with more brainpower than me can answer these questions.
 

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"I don't think the MSM and its members understand how unpopular the Leftist, Antifa crowd and their antics of chaos and anarchy are proving to the general population. This is how you get votes?"
They may be unpopular, but, How come that they still keep electing the politicians that keep screwing them over and over? How come that the voters do not wake up and see that failings of DemocRATS policies?
Maybe someone with more brainpower than me can answer these questions.
Charles Barkley said it very eloquently:
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Charles Barkley: ‘Black people have voted for Democrats their whole life, they’re still poor’

Now why would they continue to do so? Simple, they have been brainwashed to think they cannot rise above their current status without the Democrat white "Massah" help; although that help just keeps them "down on the farm"
 
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why do people like ilhan omar come here and want to turn this country into what they came from? i guess that's their definition of "Equality".

bernie sanders says: "Health care is a human right"...at whose expense?
 
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