Myths/Obama is a socialist
[[category:myths|Barack Obama is a socialist; the Obama administration advocates socialist policies]]
|Myth: Barack Obama is a socialist; the Obama administration advocates socialist policies|
- "After eight years of Obama-style socialism, we need to shrink government." — George Pataki ad: "What Matters" - No Distractions! (video)
- "Obama is a disaster because he’s an unmitigated socialist..." — Ted Cruz
You've got to be kidding me.
Look, there’s no reason for "socialism" to serve as a synonym for "stuff Republicans don't like." It’s an actual word with a fairly specific meaning, involving public ownership of the means of production.
And it in no way reflects the Obama era. After corporate profits reached all-time highs, the stock markets reached all-time highs, and the sharp drop in the unemployment rate was based almost entirely on private-sector job growth, I thought to myself, "Well, at least they’ll stop calling Obama a ‘socialist.’" But here we are anyway, hearing the same nonsense.
Have we considered the possibility that Republicans literally don't know what "socialism" means? Isn't it plausible that knee-jerk partisans have relied so heavily on the word for so long that they simply have lost track of its definition?
Cruz complained last year, "Right now, the top 1 percent in this country ... earn a higher share of our national income than any time since 1928." I'm curious: does the far-right senator believe those are economic conditions created by "an unmitigated socialist"? Or does Cruz believe the president is just really ineffective in implementing his socialist vision?
Socialism means the public ownership of the means of production. Does President Obama advocate that? Nope, he doesn’t. Has never suggested a single policy that would even hint at it. This is just an attempt to poison the well. The American public thinks socialists are evil and therefore calling someone a socialist inoculates those people against supporting them.
- 2015-04-21 Ted Cruz Says President Obama Is an 'Unmitigated Socialist'
- 2015-04-22 That’s not what 'socialism' means (Steve Benen)(via Google+)
- 2015-04-23 Cruz: President Obama an 'Unmitigated Socialist' (Ed Brayton)