"Socialism suggests getting rid of capitalism altogether," says Dr. Rachleff. "Mr. Obama is not within a million miles of an ideology like that."
For what it's worth, socialists deny that Obama is one of them – and even seem a bit insulted by the suggestion.
"I have been making a living telling people Obama is not a socialist," says Frank Llewellyn, national director of the Democratic Socialists of America. "It's frustrating to see people using our brand to criticize programs that have nothing to do with our brand and are not even working."
Adds Billy Wharton,co-chair of the Socialist Party USA: "I am not even sure he's a liberal. I call him a hedge fund Democrat."
So if teh co-chair od the socialist party says his policies are not in any way that of a socialist, why is he still called a socialist?
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Answer by Carpy at 3:29 PM on Jul. 2, 2010
People that cry socialist - don't have any idea what socialism actually is.
"any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods" General Motors, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Sallie Mae, the push for Health Care (remember that was originally intended to be single payer, they had to give it up to squeak it through), centralized government warehousing of medical records, and are you even familiar with S733? That doesn't make Obama the socialist, though. He's too much of a narcissist to worry about the greater good, he just pays it lip service when he's told to.
Answer by NotPanicking at 1:13 PM on Jul. 2, 2010
They would raise minimum wage, taxes, push for 100% gov health care and refuse to let private insurance have so much power.
A "true socialist" is not superman. They cannot throw out the constitution because it suits them. What they can do is infiltrate and nudge one of two political parties over an extended period of time, gradually squeezing in their agenda. Just as the Democratic Socialists of America They tended to be also-rans in most elections over the past 100 some years. They got around that by making alliances with whichever Progressive candidate was running at the time.
Answer by NotPanicking at 1:27 PM on Jul. 2, 2010