Socialism is not the Answer
February 8, 2009
Well of course they do. If they were students of this type of economic system, which I seriously doubt. They would know that the countries that have chosen it were way ahead of us, going south, prior to the recent economic collapse in the U.S. While they like to blame evil profits and greedy banks, they fail to remember the root cause of the melt down, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. resulted in the current economic situation. Oh course there is more to it, but the socialistic policies of taxing and spending and not caring a damn about the budget, the deficit, and the current unfunded liability of Medicare and Medicaide of $107 trillion, (that’s right trillion) are all socialist in nature. It’s not about us, it’s all about them and their insatiable lust for power and controlling our lives. It’s the reason they will be voted out of office in 201o and 2012. Random thoughts while observing the passing parade of socialists and liberals that prefer to be called progressives.
Barack Obama complained at the House Republican Conference that the GOP had mischaracterized ObamaCare as “a Bolshevik plot.” His allies made hay earlier this week from a poll from Daily Kos that showed 63% of Republicans believed Obama to be a socialist. However, a poll by Gallup released yesterday shows that such a label would endear Democrats to Obama — since a majority of Democrats have positive attitudes towards socialism (via Power Line):
More than one-third of Americans (36%) have a positive image of “socialism,” while 58% have a negative image. Views differ by party and ideology, with a majority of Democrats and liberals saying they have a positive view of socialism, compared to a minority of Republicans and conservatives. …
One Hell Of A Lot More Than We Need
Americans are almost uniformly positive in their reactions to three terms: small business, free enterprise, and entrepreneurs. They are divided on big business and the federal government, with roughly as many Americans saying their view is positive as say it is negative. Americans are more positive than negative on capitalism (61% versus 33%) and more negative than positive on socialism (36% to 58%).
Democrats and Republicans agree in their ratings of several of the terms, but differ significantly in their ratings of others — in particular, capitalism, the federal government, and socialism.
On capitalism, both Republicans and Democrats have majorities with positive attitudes, but at 72% to 53%, the difference is significant. Two-thirds of Democrats have a positive image of the federal government, compared to just 27% of Republicans. On big business, the difference is only eight points, 54% for Republicans to 46% of Democrats, which may show how much small businesses are valued when compared to the capitalism numbers (97% GOP, 95% Dems).
But of course, the big difference is on socialism. Only 17% of Republicans have a positive image of socialism (and where are those 17% anyway?), while 53% of Democrats feel positively towards it. Gallup doesn’t break out independents in this poll, but in a separate breakout, only 39% of moderates have a positive image of socialism, while 20% conservatives and 61% of liberals do.
As Obama and Nancy Pelosi keep pushing for greater government control of the health-care and energy sectors, the comparisons of Democrats to socialists will get stronger. That may not turn off the Democratic base, but it could explain why so many independents have fled the Democrats and are pushing back against the Obama-Pelosi agenda.