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Don’t Like Socialism?

Far too many of my fellow Americans toss around the word “socialism” with an obvious misconception of what it actually means. I have struggled to explain the difference between socialism and communism, but my efforts thus far have been in vain. That being the case, I will now spell it out in the simplest terms I know how:

Don’t like socialism? Then get off the internet. But read the rest of this first:

Don’t use public streets or highways.

Don’t use the U.S. Postal Service.

Don’t call 911 in an emergency, and never use the services of the police or fire departments.

Don’t use the public library or go to tax-funded museums.

Build your own landfill and haul your own garbage there.

Don’t purchase or consume anything that was produced on a farm.

Don’t use health insurance of any kind.

Don’t use public schools or colleges, and do not accept student grants or loans.

Don’t ever collect Social Security or use Medicare.

If you lose your job through no fault of your own, do not file for unemployment benefits or food stamps.

Never sue anyone for anything or even defend yourself against a lawsuit because you will have to use our public court system to do either.

Never go to a public park, city zoo or state run beach.

If disaster strikes, do not rely on FEMA.

Do not take public transportation of any kind. And since you won’t be using our public roads, you should probably invest in a good pair of hiking boots.

Other “evil” socialist entities:
National Weather Service, Department of Justice, Peace Corps, Secret Service, Dept. of Education, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture, OSHA, Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control, State Construction, FDA, G.I. Bill, Veterans Healthcare, EPA, FBI, Military and Defense… And this is a short list.

Now, if only we had a presidential candidate who wants to make corporations and the billionaire class chip in for some of this shit! Oh wait…

If you really hate socialism, then go live in a cave somewhere and be truly self-sufficient.

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Sarah Palin: Spreading the Wealth

The McCain campaign has repeatedly called Obama a socialist, using against him the words, “spread the wealth around”. It’s kind of hard to blame them, at this point; desperate times call for desperate measures, I suppose. They’re losing badly and don’t seem to have any real plans of their own to promote, so the best they can hope for is to scare voters with threats of socialism or communism under an Obama administration.

At a rally in Des Moines, Sarah Palin says the following:

See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.

MSNBC – Keith Olbermann

Olbermann responds:

So Gov., Obama’s not just a socialist? Not just a re-distributionist re-distributor? Maybe not just a totalitarian? Maybe not just a dictator, he may be a communist?

To paraphrase you in Des Moines, Governor, Obama wants to set up, unlike other candidates, collectively owning the resources. By sharing that wealth and those resources. Collectivist sharing’ the wealth socialist communism, I’d say.

But wait! There’s more!

Sarah Palin, who has lately taken to calling Obama “Barack the Wealth Spreader,” seems to be something of a suspect character herself. She is, at the very least, a fellow-traveller of what might be called socialism with an Alaskan face. The state that she governs has no income or sales tax. Instead, it imposes huge levies on the oil companies that lease its oil fields. The proceeds finance the government’s activities and enable it to issue a four-figure annual check to every man, woman, and child in the state. One of the reasons Palin has been a popular governor is that she added an extra twelve hundred dollars to this year’s check, bringing the per-person total to $3,269. A few weeks before she was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist—Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine—that “we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.”

[emphasis mine]

The New Yorker Magazine – Hendrik Hertzberg

I’d respond to this myself, but Keith Olbermann did it so well:

Who was the collectivist share-the-wealther, who was boasting to the reporter visiting from “The New Yorker Magazine,”of having been able to send a check for $1,200 to every man, woman and child in the state since, quote “Alaska is sometimes described as America’s socialist state, because of its collective ownership of resources?”

Why, you said that, Governor! You’re a share-the-wealth, collectivist, Almost-Socialist-Governor, Governor! Who also believes that income, property, inventory and investments, collectively belonging to everybody else, leads to a misuse of power, and government making decisions for us, turning countries into places where the people are not free.

Places like, Sarah Palin’s America! Governor, all sorts of choice words apply here: hypocrite, double-talker, snake-oil seller, socialist. But let me stick with just one, with which to bid you goodbye. You, governor, are a fraud.

I think that pretty much sums it up!


The Lazy Class

Besides the one I wrote about here, another one of D.J.’s posts keeps showing up in My Comments.

In this one he outlines what he believes to be Barack Obama’s socialist agenda:

1. Give an immediate $250 to ‘workers and their families’.
2. Give an immediate $250 to seniors for whatever reason.
3. Give another $250 to ‘workers and seniors’ if the economy worsens.
4. Give money to (aka Provide relief for) homeowners hit by the housing crisis.
5. Create a $10 billion foreclosure fund for irresponsible homeowners.
6. Create an mortgage interest credit (negative tax) only for ‘low-income’ workers.
7. Ensure freedom to unionize (form unions)
8. Provide UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE COVERAGE by providing the ‘average’ family a $2500 reduction in premiums.
9. Make college ‘affordable’ by providing $4000 tax credit (read ‘tax redistribution’)
10. Tackle ‘concentrated poverty’ in America.
11. Increase the supply of affordable housing (read Government housing)
12. Give every American a $1000 personal check for his/her vote in November. (OK, I made the last one up, but it sure fits the pattern!)

I’m not going to argue whether or not this is a socialist agenda; I don’t want to explain socialism to yet another ignorant fool. No, what I take issue with is this:

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