Bring Back Eisenhower Socialism
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Conservatives want you to believe that not having to choose between paying for rent or medicine is Soviet-style tyranny
by Chuck Collins
A Stalinesque Dwight Eisenhower statue looms over Abilene, Kansas. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Beware of the specter of socialism!
Anytime a politician proposes a wildly popular idea that helps ordinary people, a few grumpy conservatives will call them “socialists.” Propose to reduce college debt, help sick families, or ensure the super-rich pay their fair share of taxes — suddenly you’re a walking red nightmare.
Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart is so alarmed he’s convened an “Anti-Socialism Caucus” to ward off “the primitive appeal of socialism” that will “infect our institutions.” Democrats’ talk of restoring higher income tax rates on the wealthiest or helping families with childcare was enough to trigger Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin to quip, “We’re not going back to socialism.”
These same politicians consistently vote for tax cuts for the rich and to gut taxes and regulations on corporations so they can exercise their full freedom and liberty — to mistreat workers, pollute the environment, and rip off their customers.
The “shrink government” fear-mongers want you to believe there are only two flavors of economic ice cream. Choose strawberry and you get liberty-choking gulag communism. From this vantage, any proposal to rein in the unchecked power of global corporations and the rule-rigging rich is creeping socialism.
Choice number two, blueberry, is plutocracy, a society where the super-rich lord over the rest of us. It’s an economically polarized dystopia with stagnant wages and a declining standard of living for the majority.
Conservative demagogues aim to scare you into embracing their pro-plutocrat agenda as the only tolerable choice.
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March 15, 2019 at 8:51 AM #38834EnthusiastParticipant
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Kicked and recommended! The media, the GOP and even the Democratic Party establishment uphold this nonsense as if it is true. It’s like they all signed a Grover Norquist pledge.
I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".
March 15, 2019 at 12:13 PM #38875
May 25, 2019 at 3:56 PM #70376Ohio BarbarianModerator
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When it comes to socialism vs. capitalism in terms of ice cream, Ike was an American blueberry/vanilla/strawberry Neapolitan. Bernie’s the same thing, only with a shot of bourbon thrown in to kill off any racist bacteria.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton
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