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Obama’s Socialist Instincts

I don’t know whether President Obama can be classified as a socialist or not. The term as popularly understood has a wide array of definitions, from European-style statism to communist Nirvana.

But I can say with confidence that Obama’s instincts are socialist.

Obama speaks a language that is different than that of most Democrats. He uses terms and has ideas that you wouldn’t normally hear from Democrats. Take Monday’s pronouncement during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

Obama was asked if there was a way to stop banks from assessing a service charge for using debit cards, a fee that arose from new requirements in the financial reform bill he signed into law.

Well, you can stop it because it– if you– if you say to the banks, “You don’t have some inherent right just to– you know, get a certain amount of profit. If your customers– are being mistreated. That you have to treat them fairly and transparently.” And– and my hope is is that you’re going to see a bunch of– the banks, who say to themselves, “You know what? This is actually not good business practice.” Banks can make money. They can succeed, the old-fashioned way, by earning it. By lending to small businesses. By lending to consumers. By making sure that– you know, we are building the economy together.

This is not a statement that could be made by someone who believes strongly in the American idea of capitalism.

The notion that you have a right to a “certain amount of profit” – actually to any amount of profit – is the basis of our economic system. Democrats normally don’t talk about capping profits. They say they will tax profits and take a share for the government in an amount that may be assessed in growing percentages as the profit increases.

Limiting profits is a fundamentally Socialist idea. It says government can set arbitrary caps on your business. It’s a way of limiting freedom that is contrary to the American theology that while government can impinge on freedom through taxation and regulation, it doesn’t set limits. The ability to realize your greatest dream, to make as much money as you can, is part of what has driven America since the covered wagons traversed The Great Plains, and before.

Making things worse is not just that Obama holds this concept of a limited right to profit, but that he would use his office as president to impart it to the banks. The head of the government is telling private citizens that there are limits on their freedom to which they should acquiesce.

And Obama would decide what is an acceptable way to make money. Apparently, fees are not acceptable. Banks should make money by granting loans – good for society, good for banks. Chilling.

Next thing you know, Obama will berate movie theaters for overcharging for candy. They should make money “the old fashioned way,” by charging fair prices for good movies.

This is the very crux of socialist thinking.

These are not errant comments. It’s not the first time Obama has said such things. Remember this?

Actually, there is no point at which you’ve made enough money. Because there is no point at which you have enough freedom.

Remember this?

Again, most Democrats would say that those who make a lot of money should “pay their fare share,” or something like that. “Spread the wealth around” is a Socialist formulation that suggests people who have earned their money don’t deserve it, and so it must be spread around. It’s a kind of thinking that believes redistributive policies are a basic right, and not a helping hand that should be limited, because it is a seizure of one person’s private property in order to give it to another.

Obama entered office with an economy to fix. But he doesn’t understand how the economy works.

That’s why, for example, instead of paying down the debt, he decided to spend nearly $1 trillion to nationalize health care.

Because when your priority is to spread the wealth around, first things come first.

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38 Responses to Obama’s Socialist Instincts

  1. Of course he is a socialist…that was clear when he was running. For the life of me I will never understand folks falling for his hope and change line.
    Look at the people he has appointed, that he keeps company with, who advise him on a regular basis…can there be any doubt?
    I have had a good laugh today over Joe Blow Biden’s not knowing who Van Jones is…one hair plug too many!

    • Yeah Joe doesn’t know who Van Jones is.
      Obama voted ‘present’ hundreds of times.
      The charade will continue as long as we allow it to.
      The Obama administration’s devilish attack on America has been exposed in piecemeal, bit by bit.
      The MSM could have had his a$$ in their hand last year this time, if it was not in league with the socialists ruling the country.

  2. I am not sure I get everything you wrote here. If some banks charge a fee and not all and people don’t want a fee, the charging banks will lose customers–that is capitalism…that is also why companies are not allowed to band together to set prices…why we have antitust laws. To a degree the market decides and if the companies try to “fix” the market so one company can’t get an advantage over another without producing something more desirable, then controls come in. That is why if one company gets “paid” by the govt to make a product, it is not “fair.”

  3. Obama says; We need consumer finance– protection bureau that we set up that is ready to go. The Consumer Protection Agency oversight is Elisabeth Warren, oversight not through the treasury or congress, oversight is the feds, big banks, you don’t know who these banks are because you don’t regulate the feds, so basically big banks are going to investigate themselves? And Obama and Durbin are full of it. It’s robbery thievery. This is all a game!

    Every bank went up. Suntrust, Wells Fargo, all went up before BOA. Suntrust fee’s went up higher than any of them. BOA was not the only bank to get bailed out and they we not the first to go up. Excuse my ignorance, here, but i’m not getting why all the focus on BOA, and not the other banks.

  4. At this point he has evolved into much more than a socialist…
    He was raised by his mother to hate America. She hated America because she perceived us as colonists.
    For 20 years he sat in the pews of a hate-spewing Marxist who preaches black liberation theology.
    He learned the ropes from Bill Ayers — a very dangerous 60’s radical. Look up his Weather Underground manifesto to see what they have planned for us capitalists if they ever achieve their revolution.
    He campaigned with the New Black Panthers in 2007. Can you imagine the beating Bush would have received if he campaigned with the Grand Wizard of the KKK? Thank goodness Keith lets me make analogies without being ostracized like Bocephus was by ESPN.

    There is just so much more evidence that we are dealing with a dangerous Marxist who is trying to destroy America as we know her. We can’t fool ourselves that we don’t see what is happening around us. His fellow travelers — Soros and Van Jones — are behind these uprisings on Wall Street. They are using naive young people as useful idiots in their game of inciting radicalism and destroying capitalism.

    • Well said.
      The desperation of the left is obvious and will only become more intense in the next year.
      They are very close to grasping the brass ring again to take total control of this country, and they sense it.
      We cannot allow that to happen and we will not.

      • Double well said !! we are living in the last place on earth which hasn’t
        broken by the evils of socialism/communism.. but barry & his minions have made inroads.. 4 more years of this onslaught I think could very well “break the camel’s back”..
        America has been beaten down by this ugly,twisted, deceiving thuggery. One day more of this is already way too much !!!!!
        After obozo is voted out to the curb, Mr Trump should walk up to the WH steps with millions of others & shout “YOU’RE FIRED” ! ! !

  5. That was obvious before he took office. First thing he did was travel around
    the world bowing and apologizing for America. Then just to add insult he sent the Churchill bust back to England. That was effectively flipping off our
    best allies. The Brits are our friends but I guess Obama having no grasp of
    history could care less. It was like he was clearing the stage for his big
    European Utopia he and his deluded lemmings had planned. He crammed
    healthcare down our throats while we were already in a job crisis two years
    wasted but that’s his EU NHS ask a Brit about that not good. He wants us to
    be a country like Europe and it’s not going to happen because good American’s and honest journalist won’t allow this paper man to do it not now
    not ever!

  6. The 44th ‘President’ of the US is a lifetime-trained, cold-as-a-proverbial-fish Marxist ideologue, whose relentless mission no one seems able to stop, is to take down America.
    Though the Wall Street protesters look like lazy bum hippies, they include the guidance of the rowdy organizers who helped turn Egypt back to the Muslim Brotherhood.
    And that’s just Barry’s early openers in his today-the-pond-tomorrow-the-world forced march to One World Government.
    The “top down, bottom up, inside out” world predicted by Glenn Beck is happening before our very eyes.
    ut in the maelstrom of an America being pushed over the cliff there are still some absolutes, God in His Heaven being the first.
    And the one that matters most after that is Barack Hussein Obama means ill will for America and by association, the Free World. The 44th ‘President’ of the United States is above all a Marxist ideologue working an agenda. Canada Free Press.

  7. Similar to Susan’s comments, I have been proposing a mental puzzle to people, let me try it on you guys.

    Suppose a person had an avid capitalist as a dad. When he went to college he actively sought out capitalist professors. He surrounded himself with the most radical capitalists he could find. He had capitalist friends. When he graduated he turned down a non-capitalist job in favor of a capitalist job. He then joined a capitalist church for 20 years. He championed the primary economic principle of capitalism. He hired capitalists at his job. Suppose all of that were true, would you say that person is probably a capitalist? Now change capitalist to marxist and you have ….. a marxist in the WH.

  8. “Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer-except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs. Perhaps this was partly because there were so many pigs and so many dogs. It was not that these creatures did not work, after their fashion. There was, as Squealer was never tired of explaining, endless work in the supervision and organisation of the farm. Much of this work was of a kind that the other animals were too ignorant to understand. For example, Squealer told them that the pigs had to expend enormous labours every day upon mysterious things called ‘files,’ ‘reports,’ ‘minutes,’ and ‘memoranda.’ These were large sheets of paper which had to be closely covered with writing, and as soon as they were so covered, they were burnt in the furnace. This was of the highest importance for the welfare of the farm, Squealer said. But still, neither pigs nor dogs produced any food by their own labour; and there were very many of them, and their appetites were always good.”

    • Re-read “Animal Farm” a few years back. Fiction that tells the story of the Bolshevik revolution. Doctor Zhivago was on the old movie channel this past weekend. Every time I watch that movie, it scares the heck out of me.

      • I just thought it was appropriate. These people who run around and want everything to go full socialist always seem to lead lives of extreme luxury.

  9. you know what “Joe the Plumber” brings to mind for me? not the socialist redistribution of wealth, altho that’s troubling too. but I remember how they took a poor schlub whose only sin was to ask a reasonable question, and then set about DESTROYING HIM. the Obama administration and their enablers in the media, they’re both responsible.

    remember? they checked into his tax situation. they found his ex-wife. a Democratic political appointee misused her access to state info and looked up his driving (I think) records. the MSM even crowed that they’d discovered he wasn’t a “real” plumber! they was far more interested in Joe’s background than they had ever been in Candidate Obama’s.

    even tho Chris Christie just made the biggest mistake of his life, I still think the Republicans can win in 2012. they have to. the future of the country might depend on it.

  10. The twelve most dangerous words ever spoken: “Just five days until we fundamentally transform the United States of America!”

    When I heard those words I had chills up and down my spine! That ….and his words to Joe the Plumber should have sent everyone into a panic!
    Not only his words….but his delivery ‘style’! He has the look and sound of a madman!

    • girly1…I agree 100%. I literally stopped what I was doing when he said that and was like “we don’t need fundamentally transformed” but that was just a glimpse of what was to come :(

  11. I don’t believe that B.Obama, or whatever his name might be, has any personal beliefs other than desiring that others love/like him. His background of rejection by his father, then his mother and the political beliefs of the people who made him what he is today only reflect a man without a cause.
    A true socialist would have dispersed all of his profits from the sale of his books to those who have less than he, and his parroting the words or phrases of his political advisors doesn’t make convincing political sense.
    He likes the good life, doesn’t want to work hard, and only engages when someone prods him to action.
    A true believer in socialism doesn’t support giving special consideration to certain groups like he does to the Unions, or to political cronys.

    His talk about ‘sharing the wealth’ isn’t his passion, nor is the idea of “making enough money” something that he would consider for himself or his family. He’s a sham, a cardboard man, a reflective mirror of the people who helped him become President.

  12. Listening to some snippets of Mr. Obama campaigning today I was appalled at his loosely connecting himself to Sir Ronald Maximus. The POTUS is nothing but a little boy (not the racist boy but the child who had no youth) who is now the schoolyard bully. He is no President Reagen and even mentioning his name via teleprompter is blasphemous.
    Correct me if I am wrong but doesn’t Socialism require work by individuals to share the wealth, something which our Commander of Chief (sic) knows nothing about…. :( P.S. : Keith Koffler 2020- A leader with vision..

  13. I was impressed with Socialist Reagan too…. We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy …. Ronald Reagan.

    • Either it is good for all to pay taxes or bad for ALL to pay taxes. One thing can not be both good and bad. This mathematical morality is a sham, illogical, and evil. Nothing but pure Marxism and anyone who believes in a progressive tax is a Marsist. Fact.

    • Ripping off the Reagan legacy with this cherry-picked quote is the new marching order from Marxist HQ. I could pick and choose a few sentences from Obama speeches that make him look like a raging conservative capitalist. Doesn’t make him one. Report back to HQ that the ploy is a FAIL…just like your boss.

  14. Gee, wonder if Mr. Obama ever sits down with Oprah or Streisand any of the other extremely well paid glitterati and says, “Y’know, you’ve only got a right to just so much profit.” Or ol’ pal Immelt from GE? Think they’ve heard that lecture from him? Odd that some folks have limits, and others don’t.
    This administration swings ‘tween being Keystone Kops to dangerously incompetent and it swings from the top down.
    Oh – why is Eric Holder still Atty General? Didn’t the Washington Post used to have reporters covering White House and Justice Department?

  15. Very good post, Keith. Thank you. I’m tending to lean more to srdem’s summation, while completely agreeing with yours as well: I believe he was taught socialism, radicalism, and being extreme for Obama is a way of having a BIG identity. He needs a BIG identity, because he is a megalomaniac, a real sicko. Instances and quotes and views you cite, he speaks yes, like a socialist, because he has been marinated in it, and by the best. But what came out of the oven once the king makers made him king, is a boy without a soul, and no roots.

  16. By mocking Joe the plumber in that way Obama shows that he is not for the little guy or the small business owners as what he really is saying basically goes like that: “How do you tradesmen of America dare to make more than a quarter million dollars a year?” Don’t you know by now that the work force I have intended for America must make little, very little just to be equal to the other workers in the poor countries of the world?
    In my opinion this President 44 is very offensive and very elitist, I’d like to add.
    Regards, Jack

  17. If talking about stupidity there you go. It has nothing to do with republicans or democrats but with common sense. Obama was elected to fix the problems instead he has created and is creating more problems for the American people and the US but smarty as it comes, he tries to blame the whole package on others including those by the minute screw ups that are his sole responsibility. Spruce up your house for spring Lone ranger and keep reading this blog, perhaps you will learn a thing or two!