"Joe, [the plumber] in his plainspoken way, said this sounded a lot like socialism," McCain says in his radio address. "And a lot of Americans are thinking along those same lines.
TPJ: Cutting taxes on the middle-class is a tried and true method of economic growth in this country. A large, strong middle-class has been the powerhouse of the American economy for generations.
It is the backbone and that backbone has weakened severely and the pool dwindled considerably with the failed trickle down economic theory of tax cuts to the rich, across the board deregulation and deficit spending. Barack Obama is proposing the same tax policy that was adopted by President Clinton in the 90's, which was a decade of great economic prosperity.
Republicans who throw the label socialism around clearly don't understand what that means.
Socialism refers to an economic theory of social organization advocating social or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
TPJ: This means the government owns and operates every industry. Under Socialism all the profits of those industries are shared by all. The Democrats under Barack Obama simply want to return the tax balance back to what it was under Clinton. It's kind of funny that Republicans don't want to go back to the boom economy of the 90's. And didn't McCain support and vote for the $700 billion bailout that has partly socialized the banking industry? He sure did.
If Obama was truly a socialist then he'd be calling for nationalizing every profit made by either the rich or the middle-class. His policy is to give the most tax cuts to those who are the engine of the economy--the working class. It's not like the rich are being taxed 100% like in true socialism and the rich still have their tax havens and deductions. McCain is saying that people who pay no taxes getting money is "welfare" but what then are those rebate checks? They're trying to scare people like they always do. It's dog whistle politics at it's worst.
In response to McCain's fearmongering Obama said to a crowd of 100,000 in St. Louis, "John McCain is so out of touch with the struggles you are facing that he must be the first politician in history to call a tax cut for working people 'welfare,'" Obama said.
By the way, did you know that there are some parts of the America that are more pro-American than others? You better make sure you live in the right area of the country or you might be accused of being, oh, say--a socialist. Yeah, so says Sarah Palin:
Sarah Palin said in North Carolina yesterday that she loved to visit the "pro-America" areas of the country -- implying, implicitly, that there were some parts of the United States she viewed as not pro-America. "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans.
That's right big city America--you suck and that goes for mid-size towns too. You're not "very patriotic." You're only "real America" apparently if you are Republican.
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