The problerm with Socialism is that...
...Sooner or later, you run out of other people's money to spend.
I beg your indulgence whilst I revise and extend a reply to a comment made on my previous post.
The United States government routinely spends trillions of dollars (3.4 x 10^9 in the 2010 budget). Now, we aren't in a position to spend trillions of dollars, but there's nobody to stop 'em kiting checks, overcharging credit cards, refinancing the second and third mortgages, and printing wastepaper money until the day that every bill falls due at once. Except for the taxpayers, and the Tea Parties have thus far gained only a little traction among privately-employed wage-earners and small business owner/operators who are actually paying taxes. They're badly outnumbered by those who do not actually pay taxes.
Now, if I do something like that, I go bankrupt and lose everything except the clothes on my back, then go to prison for bank fraud and counterfeiting. If a congresscritter or president does it, he gets re-elected by the people he bought off.
As stated, however, the bills will one day, sooner or later, all fall due at once. Then things get... interesting... We're going to get serious about the National Debt almost too late, or we're going to submit to a debt reduction plan fcrom a UN-sponsored NGO that reduces us to the Third-World level, or the creditor nations are going to repo our so-sorry A$$ets.
Worse comes to worst, I might have to bug out to Calgary or Medicine Hat - which gripes my ass on a whole bunch of levels (not least of which is the amount of Humble Pie an "Murrican would have to eat before a Canuck. Only thing I have left in that scenario is a variation on Mas Ayoob's endorsement of the grand prize he awards the shooter who improves enough to beat his score when he shoots the Q-Course alongside his students: "You beat me at my own game...") Frankly, a Western Canadian Separatist Movement (at least, as I percieve through tozetre 's eyes), more closely matches my political beliefs than "Welfare-Client" Democrats or "Country-Clubber" Republicans. And doesn't that just suck bilgewater? Mind, that might be just jumping from one fire to another, since Ottawa tramples on the provinces as badly as DC stomps all over the states, but, oh, well, Life is Hell...