Predicting the economy's rate of recovery - Input Junkie
Predicting the economy's rate of recovery|
Oh yes - in the US "Socialist" is a dog-whistle term. Here in the UK I hear people talking about how awesome our socialised medicine is on a semi-regular basis, although that seems to have happened as a backlash from the ludicrous fuss that the USA has made.
|Date:||August 18th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)|| |
But the effect of that emotional reaction seems to me to be that Obama is not going to call himself a "socialist," even if in fact he is; it doesn't mean that calling Obama a socialist is inaccurate necessarily. Given the political aspects, what Obama calls himself is not evidential. As to whether he is, that depends on how you define "socialist"; his health care plan isn't much like the British (or Canadian) plan that you unhesitatingly call socialist, but it's a substantial move in that direction from where the United States was previously. And I think if Obama could have just gone straight to single payer he would have been delighted. But that's an interpretation on my part.
Yeah, I don't think that the USA is ready for a president who says "Yes, some of this is socialist, and that's a good thing.". Hopefully, some day they will be.
|Date:||August 18th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)|| |
We will just have to disagree on that last; I think the United States has gone much too far toward socialism already. I would prefer to see the movement reversed.