Friday, October 31, 2008

We’re all socialists now, Part II

Apparently election rhetoric penetrates down into middle school.

Talking to my brother this morning, he told me that his 12-year-old daughter was quizzing him about socialism. “Are Democrats socialists, Dad? I need to know this.”

The kids are talking about this stuff, which is good. Of course, they’re also obsessing about Sarah Palin’s makeup artist, but who can blame them? The media is, too.

My brother couldn’t give her the answer she wanted before her ride to school came. Too long and complicated.

Nah. It’s actually quite simple. Yes, Democrats are socialists. So are Republicans. Democrats favor socialism for the poor: “Spreading the wealth around.” Republicans favor socialism for the rich: Spread the wealth to defense contractors on no-bid contracts and bail out investment bankers.

The productive middle class foots the bill. Simple. Take your pick.

Jim Cornelius, Editor

1 comment:

  1. From wikipedia:
    Producerism sees society's strength being "drained from both ends"--from the top by the machinations of globalized financial capital and the large, politically connected corporations which together conspire to restrict free enterprise, avoid taxes and destroy the fortunes of the honest businessman, and from the bottom by members of the underclass and illegal immigrants whose reliance on welfare and government benefits drains the exchequer. ...

    In the United States, Producerists are distrustful of both major political parties. The Republican Party is rejected for its support of corrupt Big Business and the Democratic Party for its advocacy of the unproductive lazy waiting for their entitlement handouts.