The pdf and issues link that was posted is way too long to read. Let me summarize for you instead brett:
Obama Change = socialization of America
Casual dismissal of complex and nuanced policy ideas with a backhanded catchphrase? That reminds me of something....
From Obama's website:
Enact a Windfall Profits Tax to Provide a $1,000 Emergency Energy Rebate to American Families:Barack Obama will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills. This relief would be a down payment on Obama's long-term plan to provide middle-class families with at least $1,000 per year in permanent tax relief.
Sounds a bit like a socalist policy to me, one that's neither complex or nuanced.
And if that constituted the entirety of Barack Obama's plan for change, then msduncan might have a point.
It doesn't. Let's take a look at some of the other policy positions he lumped into the category of "socialism of America."
Provide a Tax Cut for Working Families: Obama will restore fairness to the tax code and provide 150 million workers the tax relief they need. Obama will create a new "Making Work Pay" tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family. The "Making Work Pay" tax credit will completely eliminate income taxes for 10 million Americans.
Provide Tax Relief for Small Businesses and Start Up Companies: Barack Obama will eliminate all capital gains taxes on start-up and small businesses to encourage innovation and job creation. Obama will also support small business owners by providing a $500 “Making Work Pay” tax credit to almost every worker in America. Self-employed small business owners pay both the employee and the employer side of the payroll tax, and this measure will reduce the burdens of this double taxation.
Create a Universal Mortgage Credit: Obama will create a 10 percent universal mortgage credit to provide homeowners who do not itemize tax relief. This credit will provide an average of $500 to 10 million homeowners, the majority of whom earn less than $50,000 per year.
Are all tax cuts socialist, or only those aimed at smaller companies and the lower rungs on the economic ladder?
Reinstate PAYGO Rules: Obama believes that a critical step in restoring fiscal discipline is enforcing pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budgeting rules which require new spending commitments or tax changes to be paid for by cuts to other programs or new revenue.
Cut Pork Barrel Spending: Obama introduced and passed bipartisan legislation that would require more disclosure and transparency for special-interest earmarks. Obama believes that spending that cannot withstand public scrutiny cannot be justified. Obama will slash earmarks to no greater than year 2001 levels and ensure all spending decisions are open to the public.
End Wasteful Government Spending: Obama will stop funding wasteful, obsolete federal government programs that make no financial sense. Obama has called for an end to subsidies for oil and gas companies that are enjoying record profits, as well as the elimination of subsidies to the private student loan industry which has repeatedly used unethical business practices. Obama will also tackle wasteful spending in the Medicare program.
This sounds a lot like things the Republicans have been discussing for years, yet all of these problems ballooned *tremendously* under their leadership. Even as she campaigns on a platform of change and reform, Sarah Palin's own record in Wasilla was an unbroken streak of massive earmarks and even greater spending that drove her small town into heavy debt.
Is eliminating wasteful spending a socialist proposition, and if so, is that why Republicans do the exact opposite?
Reform No Child Left Behind: Obama will reform NCLB, which starts by funding the law. Obama believes teachers should not be forced to spend the academic year preparing students to fill in bubbles on standardized tests. He will improve the assessments used to track student progress to measure readiness for college and the workplace and improve student learning in a timely, individualized manner. Obama will also improve NCLB's accountability system so that we are supporting schools that need improvement, rather than punishing them.
Republicans used to campaign on ending unfunded mandates and improving our public schools, but once they stepped into power, they enacted an unfunded federal education policy that will "improve" underperforming schools by cutting their funding
. Furthermore, the definition of "underperforming" changes each year, requiring schools to produce higher test results every year even as the financial burden of administrating NCLB eats into their budget for additional staff and educational programs.
Does seeking to reform a badly broken law that's slowly strangling our school systems qualify as socialism?
Barack Obama's platform of Change goes on for pages and pages. Whether you agree with his proposals or not, msduncan's decision to respond to the entire thing with, "Too long, didn't read -- Obama = Socialism" was premature at best.
Stop this class warfare bs.
Once again: I've noticed that whenever a company fires its workers and moves operations overseas and uses the extra money to award its upper echelons massive bonuses, that's "capitalism," but if anybody else complains about it, it's "class warfare."