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Shocker: McCain Calls Obama A Socialist

From the Los Angeles Times branch of the Obama campaign:

McCain says Obama wants socialism

By Bob Drogin and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
October 19, 2008

CONCORD, N.C. — John McCain sharpened his attack on presidential rival Barack Obama’s economic proposals Saturday, accusing the Democrat of seeking to turn the United States into a socialist country and convert the IRS into a giant “welfare agency” that would dole out cash at Washington’s discretion

In recent days, McCain has seized on a comment that Obama made in defending his tax policies to Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, an Ohio man now better known as Joe the Plumber. Obama, who was canvassing Wurzelbacher’s neighborhood last weekend, told him, among other things: “When you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

McCain, delivering a national radio address before setting out for stops Saturday in North Carolina and Virginia, said Obama’s approach sounded “a lot like socialism.”

“At least in Europe, the socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives,” the Republican nominee said. “They use real numbers and honest language. And we should demand equal candor from Sen. Obama. Raising taxes on some in order to give checks to others is not a tax cut. It’s just another government giveaway.”

Obama has said that his plan would cut taxes for 95% of working Americans, including Wurzelbacher. McCain has said 40% of Americans don’t pay income taxes, either because they are elderly or don’t make enough money.

“In other words, Barack Obama’s tax plan would convert the IRS into a giant welfare agency, redistributing massive amounts of wealth at the direction of politicians in Washington,” McCain said in his radio remarks

This article goes on to portray McCain as an out of touch cranky old man, while Mr. Obama is the darling of multitudinous crowds.

Even though everything McCain states is obviously true. Just as every Obama claim is blatantly false, such as this one:

Obama has said that his plan would cut taxes for 95% of working Americans, including Wurzelbacher.

Why has no one in the media “fact checked” this endlessly repeated lie?

At least McCain is finally taking it on:

McCain has said 40% of Americans don’t pay income taxes, either because they are elderly or don’t make enough money.

“In other words, Barack Obama’s tax plan would convert the IRS into a giant welfare agency, redistributing massive amounts of wealth at the direction of politicians in Washington,” McCain said in his radio remarks.

That is an undeniable fact.

Mr. Obama is going to redistribute money from people who actually work and give it to those who don’t in the form of the Orwellian “earned income tax credit.” Which, of course, is not earned at all.

Indeed, all of Mr. Obama’s policies comport perfectly with the policies of the Democratic Socialists of the US, the Communist Party of America, and ACORN — who have all whole-heartedly endorsed Mr. Obama.

(Along with the Los Angeles Times.)

But we dasn’t call him a “socialist.”

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 19th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Shocker: McCain Calls Obama A Socialist”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    SG, If we can’t call him a socialist, can we call him Ray? Social justice is social justice. From a belief in social justice, can anyone ever deserve the property he or she “owns?” After all, time and chance happenith to us all, but where does it end? Life choices and natural predispositions have nothing to do with the plight of people in their view; we are all the same and we all deserve the same–except them. This whole issue is as fundamental as any that has ever been. Socialists throughout history have all had the same characteristics: elitist in every way and an abiding belief that all of us, the vulgar many, should pay the bill for having the honor of their oversight and condescension. Why are we ungrateful?

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    If it struts like a Marxist and it bangs it shoes on a table like Kruzchev……it MUST be OBAMA!!
    ALLAH Obama AKBAR with be on the new and improve 13 dollar bill. Right where “In God We Trust” use to be.

  3. platypus says:

    Why are we ungrateful?

    Because we cannot stand on our hind legs? No, wait, we CAN stand on our hind legs. So that can’t be it.

    It must be that we are just too stupid to be grateful. That, plus the fact that in every hive there must be a queen and lots of drones.

    I guess we’re supposed to just buzz off and look for pollen.

  4. Anonymoose says:

    Samuel Joseph? That’s why they keep saying his name’s not Joe? Jeesh!

    It’s another case of the approach. McCain should have picked a few countries the general public would not want to be compared to and note where Obama’s policies are similar. Ideal would be any quotes from unpopular socialists that would sound similar to Obama.

  5. scholarsearch says:

    Lest anyone forget,the present generation of y,x,z were indoctrinated in the Marxist public school system;which is anti-American,if you will read any of its founding Manifesto and other Marxist blabber,not to mention the NEA Teacher’s Union,which should be stripped of their 501(c)3 status for sure.Check-out Discover the Networks.Org to see all the Commie connections and radical organizations;La Raza, et al.
    This has been building up at least since the Ayers Weathermen 60’s and not a peep nor effort to stop them. What is happening is way beyond a McCarthy search for Reds-a mass infiltration at the highest levels of government has happened right under our noses,and between the One Worlders,transnationalists,Socialists,Progressives,and thousands more Leftie groups,we are staring at not only a Constitutional Crisis but Marxist inspired “stirring up the unthinking masses” to complete their takeover of our Country.Not a word about the 100 million souls that perished under Stalin.Lenin/Marx ideology,nor any bad word about Mao. THAT has been basically PC scrubbed clean in the public schools system.Parents were asleep at the switch, feeding their offspring to these Devils,thinking that the “little Red Schoolhouse” was the same innocent place of Dick and Jane. It has morphed into the Huge RED schoolhouse of Marxist Pavlovian mind experimentation on the young. Our country’s Founders would be mortified! And let us not forget,Obama is AGAINST school vouchers and homeschooling;as that would remove your children from Marxist indoctrination,thinly-veiled under harmless sounding names and semantics! America is becoming dumb,dumber,dumbest;ripe for takeover.

  6. Alfr3d says:

    I’m seriously at a loss for how someone can have such a distorted knowledge of political philosophy.

    “Oh my GOD! SOCIALISM!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!”

    Do any of you even know what socialism is? (No, you don’t. If you think you do, define it yourself, look it up, and marvel at how wrong you are.)

    Calling him “socialist”, or even worse–“Communist”, is horrendously ignorant. On a global scale, Obama’s voting record is right-of-center, or at best centrist. He wouldn’t even be left enough to be in the UK’s left party, much less Sweden’s. At this point, calling him “communist” is obnoxiously McCarthyist.

    However, if government intervention on money is “socialist” then most of you will be pleased to know that McCain voted for the bailout, and Bush is heading towards nationalizing our banks. Hugo Chavez even called Bush “Comrade Bush”.

    I swear, some of you are too ignorant to be real Americans. You shame our great country.

  7. JohnMG says:

    Alfr3d…….aka, Barack H. Obama

  8. DEZ says:

    “Calling him “socialist”, or even worse–”Communist”, is horrendously ignorant.”

    No its not horrendously ignorant, He is a socialist, and the only idiots to stupid to understand that posting here would be the likes of you.
    Now go to bed and have dreams of sugar plums you never have to purchase, comrade.

  9. sheehanjihad says:

    Call it socialist, communist, whatever you like. Obama intends to rule this country in a manner that is not consistent with capitalism, democracy, or personal freedoms. So pick your fight some the hell where else, it’s not a matter of nit picking definitions, it’s a matter of watching an unqualified, incapable, and totally self serving person run for the office of President of the United States. THAT is what rankles everyone here, your post notwithstanding. We arent ignorant. We are observant. BUT, we also observe that your rant is incredibly ignorant in and of itself. Bite offski!!

  10. GuppyNblue says:

    Alfr3d
    “On a global scale, Obama’s voting record is right-of-center, or at best centrist”.
    We’re not the globe and don’t to be. JohnMG is right – you’re just an Obama hack and we’re not ignorant enough to buy what you’re selling. BTW feel free to call me a “McCarthyist” as I would be more than happy to start hunting your kind down.

  11. Exeter says:

    Alfr3rd – I, too, am at a loss for how someone can have such a distorted knowledge of political philosophy. You scream, “Oh my GOD! SOCIALISM!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!” as if that would be no bad thing. How many times does the world have to suffer the ideals of Marx, Engels and Lenin before you Leftist morons realize they’re just plain WRONG?

    Also, Obama doesn’t have much of a voting record, so you can hardly use it to support your argument. And as for his standing “on a global scale” – WTF? You mean, compared to rest of the socialist world? That’s a distinction without a difference – like saying Stalin was further to the right than Mao.

    BTW – I take it by “obnoxiously McCarthyist” you mean “uncomfortably accurate”.

  12. BillK says:

    I’m somewhat shocked that McCain could even recognize a socialist; Palin most have identified Obama for him.

  13. A Mad Pole says:

    Speaking of which, McCarthy must be turning in his grave.

  14. Curmudgeon says:

    “Some of you are too ignorant to be real Americans”
    Ouch, ouch, my American citizenship is being revoked because I disagree with Alfr3d!! Help help, I’m being repressed!
    Alfr3d, is this like Sarah Palin is too pro-life to be a “real” woman?
    I bet it just kills you that you cannot revoke our right to hold beliefs contrary to yours.

  15. Colonel1961 says:

    Alfr3rd: where to start?

    First, socialism is not a political philosophy, but an economic philosophy incorporated into the conduct of politics. I have never called BHO a commie, but he desires socialistic goals, the least of which is the redistribution of wealth. Lastly, as has been noted before, no one here gives a rat’s ass about his voting record vis-à-vis the ‘global scale’. In the US of A, BHO is a far left liberal.

  16. Virginia Shanahan says:

    McCain is being kind. No doubt Obama is preparing his list of future political prisoners. Will McCain be on it? Will you?

    http://conservativepolitics.today.com/2008/10/20/obamas-political-prisoners/

  17. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Please don’t call Barak Huessein Obama a socialist! Call him a POS, Piece of Shiite instead! Uh oh, we can’t say that either can we?! He’s not a muslim, wink wink. Why don’t we call him a, a, a, NEGRO? Oooppss, can’t do that he’s only half and you can round up to the whole wheat if he wants to. :-( Guess he’s going to be the mystery guest in the White House.


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