# This is Socialism

by PIM of SPAIN | December 5, 2009 at 06:51 am
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Just like G.W. Bush used 9/11 as a springboard for his defence initiatives, Obama’s administration is using a nasty economy as an excuse to move Americans one mandate away from socialism.

And to be clear, this is socialism how it really works:
Every day, 10 men gather in a bar chatting and drinking a beer. The total account of the ten men is 100 €. They agree to pay proportional in the same manner they are taxed in society by the tax office, so that each participant’s charge would be more or less equal, according to the scale of wealth and income of each individual:

The first 4 men (the poorest) pay nothing.
The 5th pays € 1.
The 6th pays 3 €.
The 7th pays 7 €.
The 8th pays 12 €.
The 9th pays 18 €.
The 10th (the richest) has to pay 59 €.

Thereafter, all had fun and kept the agreement between them, until one day the bar owner put them in a problem: "Well, you are such good customers, he said, so I will reduce the cost of your beers with 20 €.
The drinks now will cost you 80 €.

The group, however, continue to pay the account raised in the same proportion as they did before.
The first four continued to drink for free, the reduction did not affect them at all.
But how should the other six drinkers share the bill? How should they allocate the € 20 discount so that each one makes a fair contribution?

They calculated that 20 divided by 6 is € 3,33, but if subtracted from the original payment charge the 5th and the 6th man wouldn’t be charged for the drinks at all, because those were paying before 1 € and  € 3 each.
Then the bartender suggested it would be fair to reduce each account for, approximately the same proportion, and made a calculation of the amount each one should pay.

The 5th drinker, like the first four would not pay anything: (a 100% saving).
The 6th now pays € 2 instead of 3 €: (saving 33%)
The 7th pays € 5 instead of 7 €: (saving 28%).
The 8th pays 9 € instead of € 12 (saving 25%).
The 9th will pay 14 € instead of € 18 (saving 22%).
The 10th has to pay 49 € instead of € 59 (saving 16%).

Each of the six payers was now in a better position than before: the first four drinkers continued to drink free of charge and fifth too.
But once outside the bar, they began to compare what each one was saving.

"We just received a € 20 euro saving," said the 6th man from which the 10th drinker received 10 €"
"You’re right," said 5th man. "I only saved € 1; which is unfair, he the 10th get ten times more than me."

“You’re right!" Cried the 7th man. "Why did he get 10 € discount when I only receive 2 €? The rich always get the biggest profit!"
"One moment," yelled the first four at once. "We have not received anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the 10th and gave him a beating.

The next night the 10th man did not come to drink, so the nine sat together and drank their beers without him. But when it came to paying the bill they discovered something very disturbing: Between them they only had money to pay for half the bill.

And so, friends, businessmen, journalists, academics, labor leaders and employees, professionals and ordinary people, now you do understand how the tax system works. People who pay the highest taxes are the ones who benefit most from a tax reduction.
Charging the rich with the highest taxes just for being rich is incorrect.
The Moral: "Socialism in the end will run out of other people’s money. "

## Most RecentMost Recommended Comments (12)

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Best description of socialism that I have ever read. I sent it to my university professor friends.

YJ

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Easy to see you aren't running for office, PIM ;)

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Why not send it to every supposed taxpayer too! In the end I'll be elected for office without running for it.:)

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Who set the tax before the rebate?

Was they too high?

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excellent story

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If people got paid according to the work they do, the tenth would have less money to begin with, and the first four would have enough to pay a share.

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good philosophy Sputnic. People should improve work quality first and than be paid in accordance to their performance. Back to basics as we were trained on our merit in the past. But socialism killed that principle and changed it into workers are paid in accordance to their presence on the job instead of their merit performance. The financial crisis may change that in the near future.

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PIM,

It must be that Malaga air and the salt water that gets you up and going. 5 stars for this one. It is simply a great explanation of the destruction of capitalism.

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Thanks tikun for yr compliment, indeed I tried to explain the destruction of capitalism in an innovative and understandable way. Great you phrased it so very much to the point!

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Capitalism does a pretty good job of destroying itself and everything else

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So, you are arguing that the wealthy need more tax cuts?

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This world needs constant reminders and lessons in the destructive nature of Socialism.

The young here in the United States do not appreciate the freedom of self-determination.

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