A Defending Crusader…

The best defense is to be good and offensive…or something like that.

Which is it?

Posted by Godefroi on October 24, 2008

Kirsten Powers today in the New York Post attempts to explain why Obama is not a Socialist, and that his positions are the same as McCain’s.

She says:

What McCain calls socialism is actually just old-fashioned progressive taxation – taxing the wealthy at higher rates than the poor. It underlies most of US tax policy – so mainstream that one of its biggest defenders has been . . . John McCain.

Is that true?  Is Obama only advocating a progressive tax system?  If so, then why support more of the same..I mean, I thought Obama was the candidate for CHANGE?

She also quotes:

“There’s a growing gap between the haves and have-nots in America, and that gap is growing, and it’s unfortunately divided up along ethnic lines.”

“Many studies have indicated that . . . the people who need . . . the relief most are working middle-income Americans and that’s what I want to give to them.”

“There’s one big difference between me and the others – I won’t take every last dime of the surplus and spend it on tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthy.”

And then cries “SOCIALIST!”

Well, hang on now Kirsten.  What’s Socialist about not cutting taxes for the wealthy?  Or trying to relieve the tax burden on “working middle-income Americans”?  Is he defending the proletariat at the expense of the bourgeoisie?  In classic Socialist thought, are MIDDLE-INCOME Americans truly the proletariat?  And again, if Obama is proposing the same things, why are his ideas better than McCain’s?

She then cites McCain’s criticism of Obama’s refundable tax credits for mortgage payments, and compares them to McCain’s health care tax credit.  She fails to mention that Obama wants to make refundable INCOME tax credits – which are obviously nothing more than payments from the government to those who don’t pay income taxes.  McCain’s plan is to give credit to those individuals who want to purchase insurance from a source other than their employer – a situation that is paid for today with after-tax dollars.  The difference here is not esoteric.

Finally she barely contrasts Obama’s national health care plan with the socialized medicine in England, and points out that we already have government-controlled healthcare plans in Medicare and Medicaid.  She says of Obama’s plan:

It won’t tell private insurers what benefits they must cover beyond a basic package.

Look lady, if the government is telling private insurance companies AT ALL what they MUST include, it’s a step toward the same decrepit system that exists in England.  Do we really want to start down THAT path?

Let me explain.  No, there is no time…let me sum up:

FROM each according to his ability (from those who have more than they NEED), TO each according to his need (to those who don’t have as much as those others).

These are not Obama’s words, but they are certainly applicable to his statements to our friend Mr. Wurzelbacher.  They can reliably be said to be indicative of his worldview.

So they’re not Obama’s ideas, but rather Karl Marx’s.

So, Ms. Powers, you are correct.  Obama is not a Socialist, he’s a Communist.

And that’s…BETTER?

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3 Responses to “Which is it?”

  1. Cao said

    This is a GREAT post. Thanks.

  2. I agree with Cao. An awesome post.

    BTW, nothing gets my libtard associates more infuriated than referring to BO as a commie.

    But that’s in fact what he is.

  3. Godefroi said

    Thanks for the encouragement folks…much appreciated.

    It’s nice to know at least SOMEONE is listening…even if they’re leading the choir already! 🙂

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