I'm going to give you one little example which should serve as a huge warning. Yes, I'm ringing the warning bells. Who will listen?
My wife and I just returned from visiting our son, daughter-in-law, and new grandson in Huskisson, New South Wales, Australia. We spent two weeks there on this trip -- our first to "Down Under". We did very, very little sightseeing. No, this trip was to see our new 5-month old grandson and meet our new "in-law" extended family in New South Wales. We lived with them and met 60 to 70 new family members (and, yes, I hate to admit that I cannot recall every one of their names) -- all wonderful people, and, with one exception, all true-believer socialists. They have lived under socialism for so many generations now that they don't know any other system. They don't understand our systems at all -- but they understand we're becoming very much like them, and they think we should be elated about that.
Imagine the general shock and surprise when they learned just how much Terri and I hate socialism and what's happening to our country. I can tell you we had many long and animated conversations -- and from their own admissions, we began to open eyes and change a few minds. But I digress -- back to the warning bell....
It felt like we had stepped back into the 1950's. The homes (all of them regardless of income level), the roads, the lifestyles -- all these things felt like life in North Carolina when I was a very young boy. None of the homes there have heating or air conditioning. This is not because of the climate and weather -- the climate and weather there are very much like here in the Sandhills of NC. The winters get just as cold as ours, and the summers get just as hot.
No one uses clothes dryers, either. They all hang their laundry on old fashioned clotheslines, just like when I was a young kid. It's not because they want to. It's not because clothes dryers aren't available for purchase in certain stores. It's not because air-dried clothes smell so much better, either.
No one will turn on a light if they don't absolutely need it for an essential task. Watching the "telly" or evening conversations are easily done in low light situations, and nothing is turned on if not needed right then. There are no electronics left turned off with clock LEDs or LED indicators lit. Every receptacle has an on-off switch, and when an electronic item is turned off, so too is the wall receptacle to prevent any leak current from any "always on" component.
Electricity is precious. Most Americans know that the cost of "petrol" (gasoline to us Yanks) is prohibitive -- about four times the price at the pump here. But most folks (including us before this trip) don't know about the commercial power rates in Aussieland. Terri and I always wondered why our kids wore such heavy coats and scarves indoors in the photos they sent -- and why the baby was wrapped so heavily with just his little face peering out, whether the photo was indoors or outdoors.
Basically, I was told that for a family of three in a two bedroom home, who keep minimal lights on during the evening, and only use electricity to cook their meals, and watch a little "telly" in the evening, the average electricity bill amounts to between $800 to $900 per month year round. (Remember, they don't use home heating or air conditioning. It's heavy clothing and blankets in the winter and open windows and room fans in the summer.)
Now, before you think something like "Oh well, Australian dollars are worth less than U.S. dollars, so that just sounds like more than it actually is...." Wrong!!! The U.S. and Australian dollars are pretty much on par -- and have been for most of Obama's term. He and the Federal Reserve have printed so much money that our dollar has fallen 27% during his reign, but, again, I digress.... Right now the U.S. dollar is about $1.02 Australian. Par, for all practical purposes.
Well, we just spoke to my son and daughter-in-law on the phone a few minutes ago. I asked them, jokingly, what their electrical bill for this past month came to....feeling a bit guilty that our visiting might have increased the cost of lighting their home. When she told me, I just couldn't believe it. I don't think you'll be able to believe it, either.
But this is real. And this is where Obama's taking us. Ring, ring! I'm ringing the warning bell!