As an official non-mayor of Carmel, you no doubt have noticed that the municipal government is the city’s largest debtor ($1.3 billion), major landlord ($175 million, a seven-fold in four years) and chief entertainment impresario (averaging 467 patrons in the pricey Center for the Performing Arts).
Less obvious is an obscure definition in your dictionary that reads: “A political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.:
Socialism of the far left is Communism, we are told, and of its right wing, Fascism. In all cases, government controls the economic valves. The purpose is to make a Garden of Eden on earth for all persons. Free. No strings. Trust us
Dictionaries and Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortz don’t mention the embarrassing results of 200 years of socialistic experiments which uniformly became shipwrecks and, in the process, shipwrecked tens of millions of lives.
Fortunately, that same 200 years saw the steady improvement of an antidote. Not yet in pill form, the cure is a set of guidelines for the construction of a highly workable, profitable, individual-fulfilling remedy: free markets, freedom from government meddling.
Contrast that with this published pronouncement:
“People say why would build something that loses money? I say, it’s the same reason we have a police department. That’s why government exists: to provide things that the private sector doesn’t want to do.” (IndyStar, April 7, 2014)
One could excuse the naivete as political gibberish if it weren’t for the pernicious ideas behind it. Carmel doesn’t have a police department because the private sector doesn’t provide security services, home security systems and, for some, individual weapons and ammunition.
It has one because people demand police protection and the government-based system has proven most efficient. “Demand” and “efficient” may be foreign words to a local politician, but they operate well in the real world.
Carmel has wonderful police, fire, water-and-sewer, streets and park systems precisely for the same supply-demand equation. We could all dig wells and have privies out back, but it’s cheaper, safer and more certain to do it through our elected officialdom.
The icing on the Socialist cake has always been something for nothing in the sweet bye-and-bye. It’s never delivered. The Palladium, Tarkington Theatre, ice rink, Farmer’s Market, CarmelFest and all the rest aren’t economic successes but rather curiosities which, once or twice experienced, lose relevance. Throw in purposeless street sculptures, and 122, $2-3 million roundabouts which don’t reduce accident rates and you know all you need to about the $1.3 billion Carmel debt load.