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Is Barack Obama a socialist?


Last updated 11/13/2008 at Noon

At an airport rally in Roswell, NM (a well-known landing spot for space aliens), Governor Palin warned against Obama’s tax proposals. “Friends,” she said, “now is no time to experiment with socialism.” And McCain, discussing Obama’s proposals, agreed that they sounded “a lot like socialism.”

“Communism” was the mean cudgel used by Republicans to beat up on Democrats years ago. When Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan accused John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson of socialism for advocating guaranteed healthcare for the aged and the poor, the implication was that Medicare and...

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