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Is Obama a socialist? So what?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Is Obama a socialist? So what?

So there are members of the crazy people party, I’m sorry, I mean the Tea partiers that claim “Obama’s a socialist!” The claim is humorous by itself but with the crazies chanting it, it takes on a very negative connotation. The assumption is made that socialism is a bad economic system, but we will get to that later. We must first examine the claim that Obama is, indeed, a socialist.
1: Just think about it. America is one of the closet countries to being a full, market (capitalist) economy. If you are running to be the president of a republic that is built off the free market, you are not going to be a socialist. It is illogical. And even if you were, you wouldn’t be able to push your “socialist agenda” through congress. It’s ludicrous to say Obama’s a socialist or, assuming he was, that he would be able to push his agenda through a congress full of capitalists.

2: But let’s assume he is a socialist and that he could, in fact push his agenda through congress and make America a socialist country. Is that inherently bad? Not in the least. Considering we (a country with enormous influence over other countries) are in an economic recession caused by fat cat capitalists, we would assume other countries’ economies are going down the shitter as well. In some regards that is true but there are quite a few that are minimally affected by this economic downturn. Those are either countries that produce massive amounts of goods [China and India] or are socialist/social democracies. Australia, a country that uses a social partnership economy, is the country that is surviving the economic recession the best. Odd isn’t it, a country that is based around socialism is surviving the economic crisis the best.

3: We will now look at the satisfaction with the health care system in America (capitalist) and Canada (a social democracy). In Canada, 57% of people are very satisfied with the affordability and availability of the health care system compared to the 26% of Americans who are either “somewhat satisfied or satisfied”. Inversely, 76% of Americans are dissatisfied with the health care system in America says Rick Blizzard D.B.A.
(Figures may vary)

So as we can see, socialism isn’t a bad system at all considering a) The country least affected by the economic recession is Australia (a social partnership) and b) People in countries that use some form of social health care are noticeably more satisfied with their system than those without it.

So please, even if we go with the insane claim that “Obama’s a socialist”, socialism it isn’t a bad system at all. If America became a social democracy it might even help.


 Economic Figures: Here


At December 5, 2010 at 10:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

peter.... im sorry but like all this stuff you post is pointless..... its a bunch of opinions... and im disrespecting your opinions purely because you dont respect anyone else's opinions

At December 5, 2010 at 10:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i get the strong feeling this is just image upkeep.

At December 6, 2010 at 6:26 PM , Blogger Peter said...

My writing is pointless because it's an opinion? First of all, the header says "My blog where I post my opinions..." so if you didn't want to read someone’s opinions then did you just ignore the header or did you miss it entirely?
Secondly, religion is an opinion yet it has a point. So why are you giving one opinion more water than another? If you were to say "I will listen to the opinion of religious people but not anyone else's" then that my friend, is hypocrisy.
Thirdly, it's really funny that the post you chose commented on, saying it's my opinion, is one that I use cold, hard statistics. Those are not opinions, they are facts. The way people interpret those may border on opinion but the statistics themselves are facts.
Fourthly, I implore you, when I have I not respected other peoples opinions? I'm curious. If I have offended you I am truly sorry but I really must take everything you say with a grain of salt considering that you are anonymous and thus I don't know if you are an intelligent person posting constructive criticism or merely a person who has a deep seeded hatred for me.
Fifthly, what is the word "this" implying? Does "this" mean my entire blog or just this post? And what image do I need to upkeep? When has my image been tarnished? Saying "i get the strong feeling this is just image upkeep." isn't specific at all and thus I disregard it.


At April 13, 2011 at 12:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

to Anonymous....I'm sorry, but YOU SIR are a fucking idiot..... "Yeah i'm going to READ a blog about SOMEONE'S OPINIONS and then say it's pointless" Haha it's been about 4 months and no response to peter's comment? I'd say you've been throughly shut up after that display of clear stupidity. In other news, Peter you're awesome and your opinions are actually INTERESTING to read. Keep it up.

At April 13, 2011 at 3:59 PM , Blogger Peter said...

Thanks huhmasta! I'm glad to know I have at least one supporter :)


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