Proof That Socialism Doesn't Work!

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Tue Feb 17 17:51:03 MST 2009


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March to Socialism - socialist bikes

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February 17, 2009 - 12:00 ET

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VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's march to 
socialism.

GLENN: Oh, socialism -- I learned this from kids -- socialism is great. 
What's wrong with socialism? It's fantastic. It will work. You're right. I 
mean, France is socialist. Well, today's march to socialism is a preview of 
the things to come. About a year and a half ago when Paris embarked on a 
mission to make the city more green. Wow, just like Obama's doing today. 
Well, they deployed a massive fleet of bikes for everybody to ride. 
Remember they got bikes, put them all over the city. It was going to be the 
same thing that most green initiatives claim, they would save the taxpayers 
millions of dollars and everything is going to be sugar fairies and 
lollipops and there will be big butterflies in the sky. Well, you're going 
to find this hard to believe, but that green program is now actually 
costing the taxpayers more money and the company that Paris is using, you 
know, to provide the bikes, they need a bailout now because they can't 
afford the expenses associated with the program. What expenses? They bought 
the bikes. They put them there for free. People just used them and they 
just returned them and it's great. Nobody has to use a car. There's no 
expenses there. Well, the popular bicycle rental scheme in Paris that has 
transformed travel in the city has run into problems -- this according to 
the newspaper -- run into problems just 18 months after its successful 
launch. Successful launch, they might want to look that up. I don't know 
exactly how you would call a year and a half before a collapse as 
successful, but let's go with it.

Remi Pheulpin, the bike's company's director general, says that the current 
contract is just unsustainable. It's simple: All the receipts go to the 
city and all of the expenses are ours. What are the expenses, you might 
ask? Well, the quote more than anticipated vandalism and theft. What do you 
think "More than anticipated" would be? I mean, 10% as opposed to 5%? 20% 
of the bikes instead of 10%? No, uh-uh, no. Actually they've had to replace 
nearly all of the original fleet. There were 20,000 bicycles at the 
beginning that cost 400 Euros to replace. That's $515. 7800 of the bikes 
have been stolen. They just vanished. 11,600 of the bikes have been 
vandalized. They have been hung from lamp posts, dumped in the river, 
torched, broken into pieces. Some have turned up in Eastern Europe and 
Africa. The new phrase in renting and using the Velib program -- I guess 
that translates to bicycle freedom, or free bicycle -- apparently most 
users use the latter of the two translations, they are using them now to 
make YouTube videos. They popped up all over showing people riding them in 
the subway system, on BMX courses, down large flights of steps in the city. 
Since the scheme's launch, nearly all of the bicycles have been replaced at 
the cost of 400 Euros. That's 19,400 bikes needed to be replaced out of the 
original 20,000 bikes. It's weird, and this is what I don't understand 
because this is so not socialist. It's weird to think that people treat 
property they own differently than socialist bikes left on the street for 
everyone just to share. It's almost like a capitalist principle there.

Well, the capitalists are taking charge there in Paris. They have agreed to 
pay towards the cost of replacing the stolen or trashed bikes, but it's 
refusing to bail out the company. I'm trying, I'm trying to -- oh, no, no. 
No, no, this makes sense. I was trying to figure it out. I had to go to a 
capitalist example, you know. I was looking at congress. That's exactly the 
way capitalists now do it. They change the original agreement to give them 
more money, which is totally different than a bailout.

VOICE: That was even more overwhelming evidence that we are destined to be 
a bunch of socialist pigs very, very soon, on the Glenn Beck program.
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