Senator Obama: Socialist
Senator Obama responded to the claims that he's a socialist.
Yeah, it's an opportunity. Did anyone else notice that Senator Obama seemed surprised that they would call him a socialist?
Senator, perhaps I can help you here. Socialism is one of those things we can define. From the Wikipedia site.
Socialists mainly share the belief that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital, and creates an unequal society. All socialists advocate the creation of an egalitarian society, in which wealth and power are distributed more evenly, although there is considerable disagreement among socialists over how, and to what extent this could be achieved.
This Senator, is how we can call you a socialist. When you're going to give a tax rebate, to people who don't pay taxes, that's socialism. When you're going to tax the rich at a huge rate, to "spread the wealth around" that's Socialist economic policy.
When Government is going to control things, that's socialism. When Government is going to create huge new departments to oversee things like, national health care, that's socialism.
When the Government is going to limit dissent via the fairness doctrine, that's socialism.
When you vote to ban firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens, that's socialist.
Yes Senator, you're policies are Socialist, and it wasn't the media who properly labeled them that way. It was a plumber from Ohio, and the VP candidate from Alaska.
Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating social or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and the creation of an egalitarian society where labor is the main source of wealth. Modern socialism originated in the late nineteenth-century working class political movement. Karl Marx posited that socialism would be achieved via class struggle and a proletarian revolution which represents the transitional stage between capitalism and communism.