Tuesday, July 13, 2010
A recent survey found that 55% of likely voters said the term "Socialist" described Barack Obama "well" or "very well."
For the 45% of survey respondents who apparently aren't paying close attention, a Socialist is defined as "one who advocates or practices various economic and political theories advocating collective or govenmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods."
Governmental ownership and administration of the "means of production" would be something like, oh, taking over General Motors, the banking industry, and perhaps declaring a moratorium on oil production.
And governmental "distribution of goods" would be something like taking money away from one group to give it to another group in the form of "stimulus checks," "extended unemployment benefits," "mortgage assistance," and good old fashioned "government paid healthcare."
It doesn't matter what semantics the president uses to try to disguise his Socialist agenda. As Shakespeare said, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Or in this case, stink to high heaven.