As Representative Kerns mulls his political options going forward (the GOP gubernatorial field could certainly use another candidate, and one nicknamed “Doc” would be a perfect fit), I have to say that it’s quite commendable that he is quite clear about the positions he takes on issues—no matter how ill-informed and dangerous those positions might be.
His latest broadside? Claiming that America is overrun with Marxism, including the socialistic schemes named Social Security and Medicare. Kerns writes, in typically understated fashion:
In 1936, by a vote of five to four in the Butler case, the US Supreme Court ruled Congress could tax and spend money for any cause it considered beneficial. This was the first shoe. Prior to Butler, constitutional scholars had held all revenues must be spent equally among the populace, so this was a monumental leap advancing Karl Marx’s theory of “from each according to his deeds; to each according to his needs.”
The year after the Butler ruling, the second shoe dropped. President Roosevelt’s massive wealth redistribution program called Social Security. The third shoe came in the form of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965. Incrementally, these massive wealth redistribution programs soon permeated every corner of American society. With complete disregard to the impossibility inherent in every Ponzi scheme, citizens demanded benefits to which they felt entitled.
Although Representative Kerns may benefit from reading any basic college textbook about political theory or even looking in a dictionary for the terms “Marxism” and socialism, a more pressing concern might be his ability to budget correctly. He claims:
By next year, 2012, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the interest payments on our national debt will consume 100 percent of all tax revenues.
Not so much.
Having spent five years in Laurel some time ago, I just can’t believe that the people there really believe that Social Security is a Trotskyite menace or that we should leave the elderly to their own devices in order to assuage the fiscal paranoia of someone who wants to punish the poor for their poverty and the elderly for their age.
Laurel, you can do better.