Sowell: Obama’s Politics Are More Insidious Than Socialism (5)

It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a “socialist.”

He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.

What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.

Politically, it is heads-I-win when things go right, and tails-you-lose when things go wrong. This is far preferable, from Obama’s point of view, since it gives him a variety of scapegoats for all his failed policies, without having to use President Bush as a scapegoat all the time.

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2 Responses to Sowell: Obama’s Politics Are More Insidious Than Socialism (5)

  1. fernstalbert says:

    Obama is taking his “scorched earth” and “poison the wells” ideology to a bitter end. If he can’t have what he wants – then its damn the consequences and go out in a blaze of leftist glory. They will immortalize him with songs and emblazon his image on funky t-shirts. He plays a reckless chess game and has no problem forfeiting the queen and all her pawns for the sake of the king. Cheers.

  2. Joe says:

    Hmmm Central control over private industry…..Now which National Socialist Party tried that one?

    That being said I don’t think Obama is any of the things people accuse him of being. He’s not a Nazi. He’s not Muslim. He’s not a Socialist. He’s not a Marxist. He’s just Clueless. He is just the smiley face for a very corrupt and corrupting organization.

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