What We’re Standing For – February 29th

What We’re Standing For – February 29th

Stand for America

What we are standing for

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Capitalism

Ambassador Haley gave a robust defense of capitalism this week in the pages of the Wall Street Journal and in a speech at the Hudson Institute.

The debate: The assault on capitalism is not just on the left. Yes, Bernie Sanders and his socialist squad pose a threat to our free-market system, but some on the right are embracing what Amb. Haley calls “a watered-down or hyphenated capitalism, which is the slow path to socialism.”

“Mark me down as a capitalist:” Amb. Haley argues that she has seen the dangers of socialism up close as ambassador to the UN. Socialism is the dangerous idea that “government should control your ideas, your property, your money, your lives,” and it has failed everywhere it’s been tried. Capitalism is the reason people all over the the world are healthier, wealthier, and freer than ever before – and we shouldn’t be afraid to say so.

Capitalism works for everyone: Amb. Haley challenges those who say that capitalism only works for the wealthy and big corporations by sharing her own experience as governor of South Carolina. By getting government out of the way and focusing on creating an environment for businesses to succeed, the state brought in $20 billion in new capital investment and recruited new companies from around the world. The result? The unemployment rate hit a 15-year low during her tenure and more South Carolinians were working than ever before.

The bottom line: We don’t need to apologize for capitalism. We need to celebrate its successes.

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→ Watch more: Watch Ambassador Haley’s speech at the Hudson Institute defending our free-market system here.



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Glorifying Socialism ☭

Bernie Sanders’ praise of socialists and communists abroad is not new. But the Democrat front-runner doubled down this weekend, praising Fidel Castro, a Communist dictator who repressed the people of Cuba for more than five decades:

“When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” – Bernie Sanders

Our take: Socialist and communist policies make the lives of millions much worse. Period.

The facts: When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made comments similar to Sanders, the Washington Post awarded him three Pinocchios, since Cuban literacy was already high and well ahead of other Latin American countries when Castro came to power in 1959. While access to health care and education increased somewhat under Castro’s iron rule, it was accompanied by a loss of lives, freedom, wages, capital formation, and access to food. Plus:

→ Castro’s literacy effort was an entrenched indoctrination program that forced school children to read communist propaganda.
→ Cubans who didn’t get on board the indoctrination train were thrown in jail, or worse, killed.
→ Cuba went from being “one of the more advanced countries in the region in the mid-1950s to one of the most impoverished, and the reason is its economic socialism and political tyranny.”

The reaction: Condemnation of Bernie’s comments was swift, including from left-wing politicians who know the Castro regime is not worthy of praise. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) wrote: “His ‘literacy program’ wasn’t altruistic; it was a cynical effort to spread his dangerous philosophy & consolidate power.”

→ Read more: Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago tells Bernie Sanders what growing up in Communist Cuba was really like.



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Censorship

China’s track record on free speech is notoriously shameful. The Communist government uses advanced technology to monitor and censor its citizens and employs a sophisticated propaganda machine to push out disinformation and tell people what to think. And now that China faces the spreading coronavirus epidemic, the regime is showing its true colors by upping its censorship game.

First, China tried to silence the doctor who warned of the impending outbreak.

Now, two months and thousands of deaths later, the government continues to suppress criticism of its handling of the crisis. Journalists and dissidents have disappeared without a trace; social media accounts have shut down without explanation; and the world has no idea if the numbers released by China bear any resemblance to reality.

“I believe a healthy society should not just have one voice.” – Dr. Li Wenliang

China’s censorship isn’t limited to its latest health care crisis. Last week, China expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters as payback for an unfavorable opinion piece in the paper’s editorial section.

Nor is censorship limited to China. In Venezuela, television is state-run, and independent sources of news are banned from covering the country’s economic crisis. Maduro’s regime routinely blocks internet sites and social media accounts in a widespread effort to tamp down on dissent. In Iran, the regime resorted to internet blackouts to shut down protests over rising fuel prices this past fall. From Myanmar to Bangladesh to Pakistan, internet blackouts have become a favorite tool to limit the flow of information and deprive people of freedom.

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Medicare for All

Bernie Sanders’ ascendency might lead some to believe there’s a nationwide hunger for socialized medicine. Not exactly.

A new poll from the left-of-center Kaiser Family Foundation shows there is a lot of confusion about what Medicare for All actually is and how it would change our current health care system. Support for Medicare for All drops precipitously when people are informed about treatment delays and the inevitable tax increases.

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Worse, most Medicare for All supporters don’t realize that Medicare for All would abolish private insurance plans.

A whopping 67% of supporters think they will get to keep their health care plans (SPOILER ALERT: They won’t).

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The big takeaway: The left adopted the “Medicare for All” terminology deliberately – because “socialized medicine” and “single-payer health care” were so unpopular. It was a marketing trick designed to dupe the public. Just like the broken promises that led to Obamacare (“if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”), it’s critical that voters understand what Medicare for All really is and how it will impact their personal health care decisions.



what we’re smiling about

As a Toronto-based emergency back-up goaltender, David Ayres never thought he’d realize his dream of playing NHL hockey. But when the Carolina Hurricanes lost two goalies to injury, his time came… and the 42-year old father of three delivered, helping the Hurricanes to a 6-3 victory. Ayres became the oldest goaltender in NHL history to win his debut and an overnight superstar. Congratulations! 🍾


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