by Don C. Marler

[NOTE: The bulk of this story came to me as anonymous. I have edited, changed and added to it. There is much more to the real story, but you get this point.]

This morning I was awakened by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly, regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility and drank some water from the same source since its safety is regulated by governmental agencies. After that I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Weather Service Administration determined the weather was going to be, using satellites designed, built and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking drugs that have been determined safe by the U S Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time, as regulated by the US Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I got into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved automobile and set out for work on roads built by the state, local and federal departments of transportation, stopping to purchase fuel of a specific quality determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposited my mail so the US Postal Service could deliver it and then I dropped my children off at the public school.

While at work I went to the local airport that was built by local, state and federal funds, to pick up fellow employees returning to the home office. I was pleased that they had all made a safe round trip, due in large part to the regulations and inspections of facilities and planes, and in part to the government required and supported training for pilots, controllers and other essential employees.

After work, I drove my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to a house that had not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire Marshal’s inspection, and that had not been plundered thanks to local law enforcement.

I then logged onto the Internet that was designed and developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and posted on and Fox News. There I learned about how SOCIALISM is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.


Filed under Economy, Miscellaneous, Political


  1. Harris Johnson

    Don, respected friend, I am not sure of the point of this unless it is to remind the reader of the obvious. The US has been moving toward socialism since before the perennial Socialist Presidential candidate, Norman Thomas, when declining to run again, was incorrectly reported as saying the party did not need to field another presidential candidate as the Democrats had adopted the major socialist planks for its platforms. The fact is that both major parties have moved in that direction. I submit and accept that the government has responded to needs and acted accordingly and that someday in the future US citizens will wake up in a country recognized as Socialist. Meanwhile, I am more concerned that we are in danger with more and more power being assumed by the Executive Branch over the last couple of decades without successful challenge by a complacent Supreme Court and a willing Congress of becoming a dictator driven country although it will be under a different name much like the constant calling the US a democracy when it is a republic. The current administration has been the most blatant in pursuing this course outdoing even the previous administration by its use of unconstitutional internal and off shore acts without even the charade of seeking congressional permission. Respectfully submitted, Harris

  2. Loretta Cooley

    Don, I enjoyed this article. Occasionally, when I hear or read of people complaining that America is becoming a socialist country, I point out to them some of the examples you have given here, particularly schools, police, and firefighters, and also social security and medicare and others. It turns out conservatives don’t have a problem with these examples. They just don’t want the government helping poor people.

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