On some other forums I frequent with less… intellectual rigor, a lot of McCain supporters have jumped on the “Obama is a socialist” bandwagon. Fueled, specifically, by the “spread the wealth around” comment. He’s going to tax the rich and give to the lazy, they say.
Deeper analysis aside, is that any different from what we do now? Don’t the rich already pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes, and isn’t that extra money ultimately spread around? Won’t things be pretty much the same under McCain?
I’m just testing this out here to see how it flies. It strikes me that if people are willing to accept that taxing the rich more than the poor is socialism, that means America has been socialist (by their definition) for a long time, and will continue to be so even if Republicans remain in power.