The new McCain strategy is to try and link Obama to socialism, which the Republican ticket’s supporters evidently think is something like killing puppies or committing treason.
Lame. Two points here:
- Was Reagan as socialist? No? Ok, well Obama’s tax rate would be about the same (I think it’s even less) than it was under Reagan. Oops.
Obama’s plan will cut taxes as a share of the economy to 18.2% — below the level that prevailed under Ronald Reagan. — Tax Policy Center 9/12/08
- Socialism, if we’re looking for reasons to hate it, is bad because it rewards mediocrity at the expense of the exceptional. This is bad when it’s extreme, e.g. when you take money from the successful middle class and give it to those who sit on their asses and do nothing.
But that’s not a good analogy for what Obama wants to do. We’re talking about taking a very small percent from the VERY rich, and giving it to the middle class who ARE contributing.
One more time: The degree of increased taxes being discussed are lower than Reagan levels, so if Obama is bad on taxes then so was Reagan. Secondly, and most importantly, our middle class is not some lot of losers looking for socialist handouts. No, they’re the base of the country. **They are the very foundation of not only the country’s success, but the success of the rich as well. **
The McCain campaign is counting on people not realizing these things. Get the word out. We can’t let this kind of tripe-thought perpetuate through November 4th.: