Thank you for listing alleged examples of tangible socialism.
Let's address them.
Government Healthcare, for one.
Right, because government has 100% control over the health care industry
Let us begin by saying that Obama's tepid health care "reform" had the unanimous backing of the pharmaceutical and HMO industries, publicly traded institutions, yes, but privately-run profit-seeking bodies with locations in more than two countries in the world (multinational corporations). Secondly, Obama's health care plan's focus was on cost cutting
and deficit reduction
; slogans that are arguably meant to sanitize attempts to cut social programs. Obama has consistently advocated the "trimming" of costs, not the promotion of universal, quality health care for all. In fact, do you remember when he publicly dropped the single-payer option (which would have been more
socialistic) ? One of the key tenets of his reform plan was to slash $600 billion from the Medicare and Medicaid programs which he claims would have been done without affecting the millions of recipients who depend on those services. Furthermore, forcing an "individual mandate" (individuals and families will be forced to purchase coverage from an insurance company) is not socialistic, since it makes people subservient to the corporations. There is nothing about how much
any of these people would have to pay for it. In-fact, nothing
in his plan says anything about making health care publicly owned and managed. There is also no guarantee for low cost treatments. The Council of Economic Advisors actually supported
Obama's monstrous health care reform because
it was not a radical departure from the current system. In-fact, in more ways than one, it actually safeguarded it. What passed was an EXACT replica of what Nixon proposed. The bill also eliminated "fee for service" payments which results in reduced care and inferior medical services. As a consequence of this bill, insurance companies still control price. That is exactly what they did. Insurance rates INCREASED all over the country. Services were still cut. The only difference, the ONLY iota of "socialism" TAKEN AT independent
face-value in the health reform bill was the TEMPORARY extension of coverage to people who didn't have health care in "temporary risk pools". They are only allowed to exhaust a certain rate and after that, they are dropped. Or once you reach the ripe old age of 27, you are dropped. Do not spread false information. One of your Commandments explicitly prohibits that. Cap and Trade got swatted down thank goodness.
Cap and trade; the system that involves privately owned companies to "pay to pollute" and allows them to borrow credits from each other in order to continue to pollute and if they are multinations, they can export those profit-maximizing activities in other lesser developed countries? Again, you're spreading false information, which one of your Commandments explicitly prohibits. Cap and trade is an "illusion" to solving environmental crisis. Cap and trade does not involve mandatory provisions, nor does it actually "cap" the amount of pollution certain industrial activities emit. In fact, the solution is entirely market based, which, by the way, was something that was FIRST advocated by George H.W. Bush in 1991. The Fairness Doctrine is still in the works.
Nothing "socialistic" about the Fairness Doctrine. Censorship of any kind is not advocated by any truly socialist models, and again, I'm not referring to statist socialism, I'm referring to anarcho-socialism with public ownership of all major institutions, worker-run, etc.Pushing for tax increases
Oh yes, you mean, repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy?
There goes another capitulation by the President, who, 5 days ago, agreed to extending tax cuts with Republican support, with the exception of those making $200,000/yr...and there's now reports that he may extend those tax cuts to other segments of upper income individuals"http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010 ... ss&emc=rss
Demonizing politicians and media outlets? You mean...the POLITICIAN thing to do? Like Sarah Palin railing against the Washington Post? Or BIll Clinton railing againt the obvious media embracement of Obama during the Democratic Primaries of 2007-2008? Or the Bush press administration lashing out at slightly critical opinions against him? Although I will give you this. The Obama Administration should have never cut Helen Thomas loose. She spoke truth to power.
A far as "increasing the size" of the government...that can be noted under both political parties, including Republican Administrations of Bush I and Bush II. Get your boot off the floor, frrrrooooosssstttteeedmmannnnnnn.
The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel