Saturday, September 25, 2010

Socialism Is as Socialism Does

The reason liberals cringe at the socialist moniker is because they recognize the negative connotations associated with it. But just about everything they (and their Beltway "conservative" counterparts) support is socialist.

Take a look at the following list provided by Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation and tell me which of these the U.S. has in common with other socialist nations:
  1. Government provided retirement pay to senior citizens (i.e., Social Security).
  2. Government provided health care (i.e., Medicare and Medicaid).
  3. Government-provided, mandatory education to people's children (i.e., public schooling).
  4. Government-provided unemployment compensation.
  5. Government-provided welfare payments.
  6. Government central planning of monetary affairs (i.e., a Federal Reserve).
  7. Government management of the economy.
  8. Government-issued licenses for occupations and professions.
  9. Government central planning over immigration affairs.
  10. Government control over trade.
  11. Government equalization of wealth among the citizenry.
  12. Government-mandated wage rates.
  13. Government control over prices.
  14. Government-provided subsidies.
If you answered "all of the above," then you know more about American politics than American politicians.

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