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Socialist or Fascist

Recovered Lib Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 10:36 PM
For most of my life I had always believed that my family and friends were very bright, articulate, intelligent people. Finally, after all these years, it dawned on me that I had mistaken their ARROGANCE for intelligence.
Mattieohmalley Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 1:11 PM
They are thoroughly convinced that it is impossible that they are wrong.

That is their first mistake. Hope springs eternal (as someone said).

Welcome to the right side.
It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a "socialist." He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.

What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they...