Recently, Senator Obama spoke to Joe the Plumber who had asked him why he would get more taxes for a small business that just happens to make more than $250,000.
This was Senator Obama's response:
“It’s not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
Those words "spread the wealth around" have said to confirm some people's feelings that Senator Obama has more socialist policies than democratic.
What I've realized in my conversations with people my own age is this: no one paid attention in high school civics or government class and they don't have any idea what socialism is. And they really don't care! So I ran across this blog this morning which had a great excerpt from Mike Huckabee's book.
I wanted to share this lesson with you here:
“I once heard the various forms of government described this way:
Communism - you have two cows and the government takes both cows and gives you part of the milk.
Socialism - you have two cows and the government takes one of the cows and gives it to your neighbor.
Fascism - you have two cows and the government takes both cows and sells you the milk.
Nazism - you have two cows and the government takes both cows and shoots you.
Bureaucracy - you have two cows, the government takes both cows, shoots one, milks the other, and pours the milk down the drain.
Capitalism - you have two cows, you sell one and you buy a bull!
Our system, based on the capitalist idea, is intended to create incentives so there is a return on one’s endeavors. It has it’s flaws, but ours is still better than any other system on earth.”
I am hoping that this short lesson has helped some people understand these things they keep hearing on the TV but don't take the time to learn about.
I will leave you with a quote from Former President Ronald Reagan (which reminds me of a time when people had a respect for the one holding the office of the President of the United States . . .)
“All systems are capitalist. It's just a matter of who owns and controls the capital -- ancient king, dictator, or private individual. We should properly be looking at the contrast between a free market system where individuals have the right to live like kings if they have the ability to earn that right and government control of the market system such as we find today in socialist nations.”
Main thing: God is still God.
Vote on November 4th (or you do not have a right to complain).
(I am now finished with my political comments . . . until the next election.)