October 22, 2008
It's Called Progressive TaxationNot socialism, stupid. Even McCain said so in 2000, before he sold his soul [don't miss the last part, when McCain emphasizes it's the working class, not the rich who deserves tax cuts the most]:
McClatchy explains the basics:
Favoring higher tax rates for the wealthy than for the less fortunate isn't socialism, and if it is, then the U.S. has been a socialist country for nearly a century, under both Democrats and Republicans.What McCain/Palin never mentions, because it doesn't fit their narrative, is that Obama isn't really raising taxes; he's only reversing the Bush tax cuts -- which McCain opposed before he started running for president -- to bring tax rates back to Reagan era levels.
Incidentally, Ronald Reagan -- whom the right considers a saint -- raised taxes four times in 1982-1984 alone; I don't recall anyone mistaking him for a "socialist".
Yet "socialist" has become the Republican faithful's battlecry against Obama, because low information voters equate it with "communist" even though that's laughable in its face.
McCain/Palin continues to exploit this, because preying on people's fears is the only card they have left to play. So much so that a woman in a North Carolina restaurant started shouting "socialist" at Obama and refused to shake his hand.
Divide and conquer, that's the McCain/Palin way. It's shameful and pathetic.
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