If you´re feeling the pinch in our age of austerity, you might want to hark back to life in the last years of the Soviet Union. Shop shelves were often bare, long lines for food were a regular sight and some children just didn´t have that youthful glint in their eyes you might expect. As was the essence of communism, the USSR´s economic system was highly centralised and based on inflexible five-year plans rather than market forces. Years of military expansion also hindered growth.[Snip]The unrest grew to such an extent that the USSR finally collapsed on Boxing Day 1991, shortly
As I have posted in the past, wife and I went to moscow twice in 1996, and things were pretty bad then. The entire city is always under a cloud of pollution, littering is unbelievably bad, even at the moscow airport. drivers are absolutely insane, gas stations, state run, were only open during weekdays. If you needed gasoline on a weekend, young men along the highway would sell you a jug of gas. or wash your car, using a bucket brigade from a creek.
This wasn`t just the `last days` of the Soviet Union. This was e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y in the Soviet Union.
This is an example of centrally planned top down crony govn on full display. Everything was up for grabs. Nothing got done without the permission from the top. A simple decision took weeks or perhaps never. The U.S. will morph into this nightmare the more govn intrudes into our lives. Food, energy and health care shortages are coming in our future. None of it is necessary as we have survived for more than 200 years without it but as we have seen the past 4 years, ideology is beginning to trump all.
The Cold war would have been over a lot sooner if we know how broke the USSR was at the time. They did a hell of a job concealing it.I guess it´s arguable that Reagan´s star wars finally broke their back.
Considered this America´s future this morning as I was driving through the dreary, rainy, cold streets while listening to the obligatory 2012 headlines in review on the radio. And that ´fall´ of the USSR didn´t last long. Putin is back and even Stalin´s statue has been returned to Georgia.
Listen to yourselves... You have all given up already. We haven´t even tried to fight back and you all have allowed the left to make you believe you are already defeated. How many of you are doing something productive to fight against this? You have to be creative. Organize folks. Make calls, write letters, get involved! Turn off the TV and get out there and make a difference. I just hear people resigning themselves to the idea that we are now slaves and have only nightmares to look forward to. Is that what you really want?? It must be because I don´t see anyone doing anything but sitting and waiting for the worst to come. Oh, maybe a few folks hope someone will come sweeping in on a white horse and save us all...but it won´t happen. It is up to all of US to change things. They can´t win without our consent. But the apathy, complacency, the desire to be saved, etc, seems to be ensuring their victory over us. I guess folks really don´t care about their future anymore.
Look at Detroit! Look at Los Angeles! I cant believe how LA has deteriorated in the past 10 years.
Eventually, you run out of money and drive the money makers out of the city/county/state/country. Hollywood does more and more filming in Canada, New Zealand and other areas. Most of California´s manufacturing has left the state.
Socialism always, always fails long term. And a socialists excuse for the never ending failures is that it was never implemented right.
Way, way late, #16. The destruction of America started 150 years ago when the federal army became the governors of many states, when habeas corpus was suspended,when dissenters were jailed. Further disassembled when feds took control of economy through regulation under TR. Further destroyed a hundred years ago with income tax and new senator election amendments instituted. Don´t even think of the socialist onslaught of FRD/Hopkins/Perkins and the disembowelment by LBJ, Clinton, and Obama and you think we´re going to recover by writing letters and making phone calls? How naive.
Hey, look at Seattle and Portland, OR as well. Sad-looking, grimy, pothole streets, surly union demonstratiors always out there screaming about something! Pike Market, yes, the famous Pike Street market taking on an air of businesses barely making it. I remember what a clean, well-kept city Seattle once was! No more!!!
Those of us attempting to put together a "survival" package for the coming hard times should take note. No man or family, can survive alone. Not for very long, anyway. What happens when you come out of your hut six months or a year after the fall? You get to enter an even worse world! The only true survival plan is to act strongly to preserve your nation as a strong, wealthy state! Hiding and withdrawing into yourself is a suicide pact.
It is a good thing Obama is so lazy. He works a 4 hour day on a good day. If he was a harder worker, we would be closer to this. The Russians are tough as evidenced by WWII. Unfortunately the Russians are not rugged individualists like many in the U.S. Vast sections of the U.S. do not take kindly to a central government telling them what to do. I disagree that this is the future of America. I dare anyone who disagrees to go into a rural town and say they from the government and are there to to confiscate everyones weapons or register all farm animals for a per capita tax. The folks in the blue sections of the U.S. have no idea what will happen when they push the folks too far. The seething resentment in the red sections will be unleashed. The majority of the shooters in our country´s military all come from small towns for a reason. The blue sections cannot or will not fight. They do not know anyone whose kids are fighting in our current wars.
I´m with #16. For you people who think it is over - what are you going to do - wait till we are all pathetic & hopeless to take action? As one poster said, you can´t fight when you stand in line for food, starving. You might as well go jump off a cliff now & save yourself the misery. If you REALLY believe it is hopeless, make up your mind to die trying - your demise will at least mean something. I, for one, will not be anybody´s serf.
I was there during the transition from user to Russia. I knew it was over at a kremlin business dinner for the us-ussr trade and economic council meeting. Rychkov was presiding when Gorbachev unexpectedly came in like some kind of rock star. Someone handed him a Rolex watch- and he took it. When the tanks fired on politicians and Yeltsin stood on the tanks- someone interviewed me and asked what I thought. I replied, what if that had happened on our Congress? Would you cheer? It was one of my Russian contacts who indicated that Obama was who he is. The senate has yet to pass a budget and the pigs are all at the trough. Did Hilary or /Obama? Set up our Ambassador to be killed? Or are they that incompetent? Why did the WH watch for 7 hours as they were murdered and do nothing? How could Obama go to bed and then a LV fundraiser? What was Jarrett doing and why?
#18, I am not suggesting only making calls and writing letters. That is just one thing we should be doing. We need to get involved, motivate others, organize, etc. There are hundreds of things we should be doing and aren´t. If you think that it was all over 150 years ago, then why bother voting? Why not just join the Democrats? They´d be happy to have another accepting slave on their side. I don´t give up that easily. Why didn´t the founders just give up to the British?? They had everything to lose and were way outmanned by the greatest military in the world. Only a small number of folks even wanted independence. They were dying in the freezing snow, starving, and had all odds against them but didn´t give up. But we can´t even bother to put a few hours a week into fighting against these tyrants who´re the minority? And we have TRUTH on our side too!! No, laziness, apathy, complacency is all I see. We´ve been so spoiled that we´re willing to let it be taken away cuz we can´t be bothered. Ugh...
#16, there´s not a great deal some of us can do (because of the infirmities of age, for example). But I do post as much useful information as I can, especially regarding universal health care. It´s ammunition in the fight against rampant liberalism. I do spread information away from Lucianne.com too--as diplomatically as possible without weakening the message and never saying "I told you so" (or giving an Obama Wink) when my friends have come around to more sensible thinking.
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