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Well why does he believe in spreading the wealth around?
Why does he believe increasing the amount of welfare support?
Why does he believe that everybody should volunteer their time regardless their walk of life?
Why does he believe in 'voluntary' community service for kids aged from 14-24?
Why does he believe in extending public education to include zero-to-five education?
Why does he believe in raising taxes on the rich just because it's 'fair'?
Why does he want to implement a whole lot of new social programs for volunteer work?
Originally posted by grover
There has been a huge amount of noise from the right as well as the McCain camp that Barack Obama is a socialist because he said that he wanted to "spread the wealth around" which has been grossly taken out of context.
His whole comment was:
It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success too," Obama responded. "My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody ... I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
And the only way the right and McCain has been able to get away with claiming that Obama is a socialist is because as is with so many things outside of our boundaries and ourselves, Americans as a rule are profoundly ignorant.
For example few if any know that Marx was not a communist... he was hired by the Communist party to write their platform aka "The Communist Manifesto" he seriously disagreed with them on many points but hey money is money.
Also Marx would not be you call a Marxist in that he was far less rigid than his later followers, in short he was not dogmatic as so many Marxists are.
There are many forms of socialism and most nations practice so aspect of it as a rule, nor is socialism inherently antithetical to capitalism... many if not most of the nations of the EU are socialist and capitalist at the same time.
Finally What Obama said in essence is that the more people benefit the better society in general is... in short its better for the wealth to be spread around as opposed to being concentrated in the hands of a few.
All taxation is spreading the wealth around, just as bushes tax cuts concentrated it into the hands of the few.
Which now is better for society in general?
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[edit on 1-11-2008 by grover]
Originally posted by PoliticalRevolutionUND
First off, I am new here. Hi. Second, that is a damn good post. But I gotta say this:
To me, it does sound just a little socialistic. The government needs to downsize, not get bigger. And I will be damned if the government tells me how to spend my own damn cash. I worked hard for it and I will spend it as I see fit, not the government telling me to "spread it around" so that others can have a chance. It sounds good but its really not. Its just another way for the Big Government to take more control.
Originally posted by Hastobemoretolife
reply to post by TheRedneck
I got all those from his website. www.barackobama.com...
What I'm getting at is that to get his $4000 dollar tax credit for college you have to do community service. In order to graduate high school you have to do community service. It is no longer voluntary and it is no longer community service. So what would you classify that under?