As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Friday, April 10, 2009

I See Socialist People

Spencer Bachus (R-AL) gets in touch with his inner Joe McCarthy and outs the "17 known Socialists" in Congress.

From The Hill's Briefing Room:

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) puts the number of socialists in the House at 17.

"Some of the men and women I work with in Congress are socialists," Bachus told local government leaders on Thursday, according to the Birmingham News.

Bachus gave the specific number of House socialists when pressed later by a reporter.

Actually, there is one avowed socialist, his name is Sen. Bernie Sanders and he has been elected multiple times by the state of Vermont. Unfortunately for Bachus, however, this talk of "socialism" has less bite than it used to.

Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 20% disagree and say socialism is better. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure which is better.

Adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided: 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided. Thirty-somethings are a bit more supportive of the free-enterprise approach with 49% for capitalism and 26% for socialism. Adults over 40 strongly favor capitalism, and just 13% of those older Americans believe socialism is better.

Many have remarked on this, but it's worth repeating - the conservative idiots outsmarted themselves. They demonized Barack Obama as a socialist for wanting to raise the top-end marginal tax rate by three points, and invest in universal health care and education and green energy, and all they did was to MAKE SOCIALISM MORE POPULAR, particularly among young people who have no memory of the Berlin Wall falling or the Cold War generally. They've equated socialism with Obama's moderate technocratic agenda, which is disarming that epithet almost as much as they've disarmed "liberal" through constant use. This is all backfiring because the nation has seen the opposite of the Obama agenda in action, and it broke the world.

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