Saturday, September 05, 2009

Not a Socialist - Another Dupe!

It has been MONTHS since someone has come out and argued that our Dear Leader is not a socialist. Once the takeovers of GM and Chrysler, the firing of the GM CEO, and the ownership of selected banks back in the Spring, no one has had the gall to make this claim. Until now.

John Cavanagh, clearly desperate for more funds for his non-profit Institute for Policy Studies, has decided to take one for the team. In a web interview with state-run Yahoo! TechTicker he offers the following:

Market-based Socialism: Even Obama's highly criticized cap-and-trade proposal is based on a "market framework" of carbon credits, which can be traded, Cavanagh says. "If [Obama] were really a Socialist or European Social Democrat, he'd say: ‘OK we're going to cut emissions by 20% by 2020 and we're going to do this by we the government are going to say you the petroleum sector must cut by this much.' He's not doing this. He is using market mechanisms."

Carbon credits are kinda like stocks. They can be traded. And the White House will be the Washington DC Carbon Exchange, or WDCCE. Ignore the whole GM, Chrysler, Bank TARP, etc. Until our Dear Leader puts a cap on emissions, he's not a socialist.

Just a Sliver: Health-care is the area where Obama has faced the most criticism for being a "socialist," but by the President's own admission the public option is "going to be one piece of the health-care system," Cavanagh notes. "He's not saying ‘we want government run, government owned healthcare.' And again, he's doing it in a market framework. He's saying I think the government can do it more efficiently and cheaper."

Marx said "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." That doesn't mean he's a communist!

Obama has a dilemma here, and we blame the public schools and their failure to three generations of Americans.

On one hand, he is forced to send shills of John Cavanagh's miniscule caliber out there to stand in rising waters and stick his finger in the 'He's not a Socialist' dike.

On the other hand, it is people like John Cavanagh that are the product of the public school systems and are energized to vote by 1-2 syllable words like "hope", "change" and "free stuff".

Will Cavanagh's loyalty be rewarded with a stimulus grant for the Institute for Policy Studies, or a Czar post?

Link to interview, with video.

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