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Workers of the world unite! Show appreciation for your oppressors!

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is casting his net of oppression further over his country by seizing oil fields from some of the world's largest oil companies.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is casting his net of oppression further over his country by seizing oil fields from some of the world's largest oil companies.

That's the Marxist "May Day" routine anymore: Workers in communist and socialist societies who have little to no freedom - and barely enough to eat - are expected to go out and cheer their oppressive regimes each May 1. And they don't disappoint, even when the chief oppressor - such as Cuba's Fidel Castro - calls in sick.

Never mind that you're dirt poor and can't leave the island without risking your life on a raft. Let's party!

Instead of wrapping a May pole, let's just thank our wise and paternalistic leaders for wrapping us in the suffocating plastic wrap of paranoia and government control, and for protecting us against the evil freedoms that make Americans so miserable.

Maybe you can fool all of the people all of the time.

Look at Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. He's taken yet another step to nationalize the oil industry, seizing the last privately owned oil fields Tuesday from some very large oil companies.

It was timed, no doubt, to coincide with the Marxist May Day charade.

Let's look at that for a moment.

It sounds good for a dictator like Chavez to say he's claiming the people's resources for them. But what is he really doing?

He's enriching his own government, No. 1. Then he will dribble a fraction of the proceeds out to the people to buy their loyalty and gratitude.

In reality, he will be making them poorer and less free. Why? Because they'll be more dependent on government, for one thing. For another thing, nationalizing the oil industry will most likely discourage international investment in Venezuela - and workers there will suffer quietly, subtly and significantly for it.

There may be winners and losers under capitalism - but at least they have some say over it. Under totalitarian regimes, only the strongmen who ingratiate themselves to the regime - through corruption, for example - are winners.

In short, hardly a worker's paradise.

And certainly nothing to celebrate.

Why don't workers of the world celebrate freedom and self-determination instead? How about Nov. 9 - World Freedom Day, the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall?

Freedom - or dependence, control and domination? Which should the workers of the world celebrate?

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/02/07 - 04:17 am
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Take your pick between global

Take your pick between global corporatists and socialist strongmen.
Neither is ideal. Between the record profits of Exxon and the
nationalization of the last private holdout oil company in Venezuela,
look for the price of gasoline to hit a record high this summer. That
hurts the poor, but most Americans can afford it. It has the added
benefit of making fuel efficiency more attractive which lessens the
rate of greenhouse gas emissions, until you consider that cutthroat
Chinese capitalists are burning coal in record amounts. The
Chronicle certainly has disparaged Europe in general and France in
particular often enough. I suppose the only "good" country in The
Chronicle's mind is United States - and an extreme rightwing
Republican dominated United States bordering on fascism at that. So
take your pick between the devil and the deep blue sea. Ordinary
Americans, including what is left of the rapidly shrinking blue collar
working middle class certainly are not getting many breaks from elite
Republican decision makers like George W. Bush and his crime family.
These controlling oligarchs are friends of obscenely high paid CEOs,
those
who sit on the boards of directors of giant corporations, and the
monied investment class. United States could use a welcome dose of
people power and populism for a change within the framework of
democracy of course. We could start by rewriting corporate tax laws so
that transnational corporations doing business in this country actually
have a responsiblity to this society, not solely a fiduciary
responsibility to their own bottom line. Ordinary Americans need to
quit being passive pawns and become active shareholders in civil society who participate in making decisions which affect all of us. The autonomy of our
citizens is the only thing that makes America exceptional. We should
celebrate that and honor American workers on May Day, on Labor Day, and
on every other day of the year. Working to live instead of living to
work is the American dream and ideal.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/02/07 - 05:38 am
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Freedom is for the

Freedom is for the individualist that wants to take responsibility for his or her actions and family. Freedom is for the person that wants to choose the life style they wish to earn through achievement. The nanny government that offers percieved security in exchange for freedom is the socialist trap many fall for. One can live the way the government says and no one will have their feelings hurt by someone that achieves more, because everyone will be on the same economic level, except the rulers of course. It's worked so well for Cuba and Venezula and the former Soviet Union that you'd think no one would be foolish enough to want to live under those circumstances, but some still feel the draw to be cared for. I know, because I read their postings here on this site regularly. Socialism might be a great retirement plan, but who wants to be retired at birth. There'd be no incentive, no spice to life and no choice. Being forced to live like that by a more powerful military force is one thing, but who would choose to live like that? It would be like surrendering your life. I do notice that Americans aren't beating a path to the door of socialists countries like their citizens are to America. I guess most citizens of this country don't want to be socialists either.

bone
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bone 05/02/07 - 06:14 am
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I agree with both pthomas &

I agree with both pthomas & cain today: populism is desperately needed now to break the hold that corporations hold over the U.S.; full-on socialism isn't the answer to what ails us, either. There are countries where citizens agree to give a larger percentage of their wages to the gov't in exchange for universal services, but I'd wager that there are still problems within that system b/w have's and have-not's. The U.S. seems to still hold the most potential for individualism & freedom: you can sink-or-swim on your own. Our government (thankfully) isn't founded on being a strict democracy: we are a melting pot and there is no way we could ever reach a consensus between all of our disparate cultures. A representative gov't that allows more local & state control over living standards and personal freedoms would be a better solution than the overpowering centralized federal gov't we have now. There isn't a good reason why certain states couldn't have different beliefs & values from others and enact their own laws & regulations to give their citizens maximum freedom. Never heard of a socialist/communist gov't that didn't try a "one size fits all" approach - yuck!

Dedicated
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Dedicated 05/02/07 - 07:28 am
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Cain is an idiot!

Cain is an idiot!

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 07:57 am
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I agree with a lot of what

I agree with a lot of what Cain has to say, but he still can't help but take a stab a capitolism, the President, and Republicans for all his ills. Gas prices are up....must be The Republican's fault. Gas Prices were up under the great President Carter......not his fault. Gas prices were down under President Regan.....not his credit. Dork...I'll beat Cain to the punch if I can. "Everything you say is wrong, because your sources are wrong and if you repeat them, then you are a liar. My sources are right, because my sources are experts. If your sources are experts too...then they must be liars, because their information is contradictory to mine." Cain is not an idiot, he just refuses to ever except the possibility that sometimes he might just be wrong.

NoSocialism
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NoSocialism 05/02/07 - 07:59 am
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I agree with dork... Hugo

I agree with dork...

Hugo Chavez is an enemy of the United States and embracing him as a hero also embraces communism. People like Danny Glover and Cindy Sheehan are two people in particular who have made it very clear that they think this mad man from Venezuela is of high moral fiber. Socialism and communism are two forms of government the United States does not need.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 08:10 am
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Unfortunately with the

Unfortunately with the entitlement mentality that a great deal of people have, socialism looks good. They just forget that somebody has to work for the money. If you take away incentive, you take away initiative. I don't like paying out the ear for gas, but to demonize the oil industry when they provide a vital service is also wrong. They make huge profits, because the people pay it to them. No one is forced to buy their product. They have just become accustomed to a way of life that they are unwilling to change.

Da Voice Inside Your Head
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Da Voice Inside Your Head 05/02/07 - 08:18 am
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If you think the US is so bad

If you think the US is so bad and these Socialist(read Communist) countries are so great move. This country is so bad the poor people drive to pick up their "checks" and talk on their cell phones. It's so bad that the poor have a hard time deciding what to buy with their food stamps, in the grocery stores full of fresh food and produce. Yes the US is a terrible place. So do the rest of us a favor and leave. Did you idiot anti capatilist ever wonder how the US got so rich and powerful? By people taking a chance and investing their money, time, ideas and dreams along with a lot of hard work. It did not get their by some puffed up clown like HUgo or Fidel telling them what to do. The top 5% pay the majority of income taxes. Some people in this country who earn nothing still get money back. Why do people who bust their butts to get educated and then bust their butts working 80 hr weeks have to pay a higher % of their income than one who does nothing more than the minimum? It's called income redistribution. Socialism. Wow, what a concept!

buddydawg
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buddydawg 05/02/07 - 10:18 am
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Just take into consideration

Just take into consideration that Exxon profits approximately 9.5 cents per gallon while the federal government gets 18.4 cents pergallon in taxes. Combine that with state and local taxes and the burden jumps to an average of 45.9 cents per gallon in taxes. Who is taking in the "windfall" profits here?
Your friendly government gets nearly five times what Exxon, the company that did all of the work to get you the gas, profited. The proof is in the pudding. Stop hating the corporation that bring you the products and services and direct it to the govenment in the form of tax reform.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 10:19 am
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The late Richard Jeni said it

The late Richard Jeni said it best....."America....20 million illegal aliens can't be wrong!"

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 10:21 am
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And Senator Clinton said in

And Senator Clinton said in her own words that she wants to "Take their Profits" and use them for other research.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/02/07 - 10:57 am
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I love the rightwing

I love the rightwing reactionary philosophy: "If you don't like the
hate speech you hear on the radio then don't listen. If you don't like
big oil companies gouging you on gas prices then don't drive. If you
don't like pork chop melamine then don't eat." Some things are properly
the role of government. Those include making sure our air and water
are safe to breathe and drink and protecting our food supply. Grover
Norquist said that Republicans should strangle government like a baby
in a bathtub. The Bush-Cheney misadministration has done a good job of
doing just that. They shirked their responsibility to address climate
change. They haven't even protected our food supply. Enjoy your pork
chop melamine. We can't even eat the fish we catch ourselves because of
mercury contamination from power plants, and Bush has done nothing
about that either - except work to guarantee profits for corporations.
Every penny to fight the war in Iraq has been borrowed. We are passing
on a massive national debt and decreased standard of living to our
children, but the oligarchs who rule us prosper. When the last fish is
caught and the last tree is chopped down you will realize you can't eat
money.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 11:21 am
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Your anti-Bush, venomous,

Your anti-Bush, venomous, vile, hatred is getting very old. Even I will admit when someone I dislike did right, and when someone I like has done wrong, but you are so consumed by your hate that you can't see anything but the hate. What is wrong with this rightwing reactionary philosophy that you stated? How is it the proper role of govenment to limit free speech that in no way is infringing on anyone's rights, hateful or not? Try to stay on topic. It was about free speech, but your hatred for the President started pulling you into other areas.

Dan4th
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Dan4th 05/02/07 - 12:37 pm
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cain-go somewher and die, and

cain-go somewher and die, and ....please hurry.

rt1523c
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rt1523c 05/02/07 - 01:21 pm
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"They shirked their

"They shirked their responsibility to address climate change." Johnny, the winter's over so you can call it "Global Warming" again. I would have enjoyed some "Global Warming" this past spring break, or the third week of april when all the record lows destroyed the Peach Crop. Better yet, I bet the farmers in California who lost their citrus crop to record lows would have appreciated some "Global Warming". Is that why we are calling it "Climate Change" now? What happened to all the hurricanes that we were supposed to have last year because of "Global Warming"? What really confuses me is how the ice age ended when we weren't around screwing up the environment? Or why the polar ice caps on mars are melting as well?

mgroothand
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mgroothand 05/02/07 - 01:57 pm
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kpc, patriciathomas and

kpc, patriciathomas and others, when it comes to Cain remember IGNORE. He is like a small child that constantly throws tantrums and as long people pay attention to the tantrums he gets his way. I firmly believe he is baiting y'all for a reaction and he gets it every time. Ignoring whatever he has to say is likely the best way to stop his inflammatory brain/mouth. Then, of course, if you like to argue........but you won't win.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 02:09 pm
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I just find it hard to

I just find it hard to believe that someone can have that much hatred in their soul! I honestly believe if we found a facility with 100's of nuclear bombs in Iraq, he would say that we just put them there to make Iraq look bad.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/02/07 - 02:12 pm
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rt1523c, tell it to Britain

rt1523c, tell it to Britain where they are planting olive groves and
wine vineyards. Tell it to the the rest of Europe.
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2007/05/april-in-europe-sets-records.html
" April in Europe sets records" by Chris in Paris - 5/02/2007 04:29:00
AM ET [AMERICAblog]. Bush refused to consider adopting the Kyoto
Protocols because he is a lacky for corporations who put profits before
people. Every other factor besides human activitiy (the burning of
fossil fuels and the release of greenhouse gases) has been ruled out
by scientists using scientific methods as the cause of climate change
/ global warming including variations in solar output. So melting polar
ice caps on Mars is merely a diversionary red herring used by unscientific
deniers of humankind's responsibility for altering our environment.
This is a proper role for government action which the Bush-Cheney
"misadministration" shirked in favor of short term profits for their
corporate supporters. Unbridled / unregulated / untaxed / cutthroat
corporate capitalism is as much of a threat to freedom as any socialist / populist
strongman.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 02:21 pm
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Scroll up to my first

Scroll up to my first posting. "your experts are wrong, mine are right...blah blah blah, Bush is Evil, blah, blah, blah.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 02:23 pm
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Am I to believe that I can

Am I to believe that I can trust Americablog, but Newsmax is all lies? Oh yeah....see above.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 02:24 pm
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Unbridled, unregulated, (not

Unbridled, unregulated, (not untaxed), Capitolism is the best thing that ever happened to ambitious people with a work ethic.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 02:26 pm
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"misadministration"....that's

"misadministration"....that's twice you've used that on this page....8 more times and it will be true.....keep up the good work.

rt1523c
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rt1523c 05/02/07 - 02:35 pm
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Bush refused to consider

Bush refused to consider adopting the Kyoto Protocols... Johnny according to your wondrous reply, global warming is only impacting parts of the planet that have accepted the Kyoto Protocols, so Bush saved us be refusing it. your reference to him as a lackey kind of identifies you as one of the members of the first church of moveon.org. Maybe someone can write a thesis about that paper causing global warming. I like how you skipped the whole ice age thing, what no computer simulation to account for that "red herring". When you state every other factor, no scientific computer simulation can account for water, you know that stuff that covers more of the planet's surface than us people, so it remains unknown what effects more solar activity on the sun may have on the temperature of water. So there’s another theory we need to explore. Or better yet, since we are working to save all the dolphins, whales and manatees (warm blooded mammals) they are changing the climate because their increased presence is heating the water. What about cow gas? What am I talking about, let’s go with what you say, it requires less thought. The lackey Bush is causing it all.

rt1523c
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rt1523c 05/02/07 - 02:38 pm
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I cannot believe that your

I cannot believe that your supporting site is a blog. Is this the same place that said Mars was a red herring? And you ignored the lack of hurricanes, I'm still confused.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 02:41 pm
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Cain said that scientests

Cain said that scientests ruled out all those things! At least the scientests that he believes. All the other scientests are big liars.. I suspect Cain will take is ball and go home soon.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 02:43 pm
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This years low number of

This years low number of hurricanes is a "red herring" didn't you know! By the way...with all this global warming....are the herrings doing ok?

LaTwon
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LaTwon 05/02/07 - 02:47 pm
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in the 80's another ice age

in the 80's another ice age was coming, in the 90's all the water was going to dry up, in the oo's we are all going to melt. his ilk
has to either scare people into voting for them, pay them to breed or buy them with entitlements. most are failures in the real world and cover it with an act of superiority. they resent success of others and covet their wealth and empower the gov't to steal it for them because usually they dont have the balls to do anything but whine. kinda like a toy poodle that wimpers and wets the floor at the first sign of danger......like a cockroach or something.

rt1523c
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rt1523c 05/02/07 - 02:47 pm
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KPC I'm not sure how they are

KPC I'm not sure how they are doing, but I'm really afraid to use the term "red" and "herring" together anymore. In the light of the Imus issue, I might be offending Herring with red hair, or worse those who are experiencing "that time of the month."

bone
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bone 05/02/07 - 04:11 pm
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the scientific method never

the scientific method never rules out all other factors, cain. science leads to reasonable conclusions, but only an awful scientist would say that all factors besides human factors have been eliminated. chaos theory pretty much limits our ability to deal with global predictability on much of a level besides what we can see / feel at present. not that i believe human beings don't have some responsibility to preserve the environment: liberal thinking and action led to some important environmental protection legislation - as well as some well intentioned but awful regulations. i don't trust the federal gov't any more than a big corporation when it comes to responsibility to the public.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 04:17 pm
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I want clean air/water

I want clean air/water too...I just don't need someone making up end of he world stories to scare me into submission.

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