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Does McCain Think Lincoln Was A Socialist?

Monday, October 27, 2008
So the latest pathetic little talking point by the McCain campaign is that Obama is....a socialist. Yes, that's right. Apparently Barack Obama's support for a progressive tax code that requires the most affluent parts of the society - you know, the ones who have benefited the most from the social order and have the greatest ability to pay - be asked to bear most of the financial burden. According to Republicans, this makes Barack Obama a socialist.

Unfortunately for Republicans, they've forgotten that there's this funny thing called a dictionary where one can look up the actual meaning of words:

Socialism. 1. ... a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
In other words, state ownership of companies and land. Socialism would be something crazy like the government buying stocks in banks or something - something Republicans would never ever do. Nuh-uh.

I'm sorry, but all Barack Obama is talking about is progressive taxation. Do you know who the first American president to successfully push for a progressive income tax was? Not FDR. Not Woodrow Wilson. It's was Abraham Lincoln. The founder of the Republican Party. Or don't they claim him anymore?
Posted by Arbitrista @ 8:47 PM
  • Best response I've seen yet! Good work.

    By Blogger Trixie, at 9:20 PM  
  • Ahhhh, I can _wish_ he was a socialist! Maybe if I keep working on him after the election, Barack'll convert to single payer.

    By Blogger Sisyphus, at 11:57 PM  
  • My Republican mother has been calling me a socialist for years. It's all so stupid. Nice response.

    By Blogger Addy N., at 7:02 AM  
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