Archive for March 6th, 2010

by jhwygirl

A little late – but if anyone is reading this from a computer, you really should be out enjoying the gorgeous t-shirt weather we’ve got laughing down the last throes of old man winter. On way to do that – considering the daylight hours are now wain – is to get thee down to the Northstar Aviation Hanger at the airport and check out the show and concert for Dave Huerta.

Tickets are $10/person or $25/family. Take some extra cash, too – there’s a benefit auction.

Dave has served the community as a coach with Little League, Hellgate Middle School and the Missoula Mavericks. He also served on the Missoula Softball Association and he is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and City Life Community Center.

He’s has been undergoing dialysis several times a week since September and is in need of a life-saving kidney transplant. He is unable to work and the family’s resources are drained.

This fundraising event will benefit the NTAF Northwest Kidney Transplant Fund in honor of Huerta.

Special musical guest at the benefit is ShoDown. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family. Call 240-3869.

(Update — from a friend of both Dave’s and mine:

“If you couldn’t make the fundraiser … make checks to: “NTAF” and write in notes: “In honor of Dave Huerta”.   Send checks to Judy Compon, 3212 Helena Drive, Missoula, MT 59803.  She will pass them on appropriately.”)  PT

by Pete Talbot

(Consider this an open thread.)

Lots of folks bandying around that nasty “s” word these days.

For example, according to Ward 5 Councilman Dick Haines, an updated historic preservation ordinance ” … has the unmistakable stench of socialism to me.”

Jay writes over at LiTW that the current RNC motto, written by someone who skipped Marketing 101, is: “Save the country from trending toward Socialism!”

At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, they just couldn’t use the “s” word enough:

“The hope and change the Democrats had in mind was nothing more than a retread of the failed and discredited socialist policies that have been the enemy of freedom for centuries all over the world,” Senator Jim DeMint, of South Carolina, said.

Let’s take a look at some of those failed and discredited policies. Germany, which is a democracy and part of the world last time I checked, has universal health care, a unionized work force, a strong social safety net … it must really be in trouble (courtesy Harper’s):

For here’s a strange fact: since 2003, it’s not China but Germany, that colossus of European socialism, that has either led the world in export sales or at least been tied for first. Even as we in the United States fall more deeply into the clutches of our foreign creditors—China foremost among them—Germany has somehow managed to create a high-wage, unionized economy without shipping all its jobs abroad or creating a massive trade deficit, or any trade deficit at all.

And claims that America’s business sector is being taken over by government are a bit exaggerated, as this dandy graph illustrates (courtesy Atlantic Monthly magazine):

socialism chart.png

But I haven’t answered the headline’s question. Even the “experts” disagree — just what is socialism: planning and zoning, Social Security, Medicare, public education? Should we scrap these?

I have a feeling that the right is confusing socialism and communism, and using that confusion to scare the bejeezus out of the masses. It’s not saying that we might become another Germany (or France or Sweden). It’s saying that we’re becoming another Cuba or North Korea.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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