Monday, October 20, 2008

Political Scientists Forced to Modify Definition of Socialism

The McCain campaign, meanwhile, continued its weekend assault on Obama's tax plan, which it called an attempt to "spread the wealth."
Speaking at a campaign event in St. Charles, Missouri, McCain said Obama "wants to spread the wealth around." A chorus of boos rang out as the senator from Arizona continued, "He believes in redistributing wealth -- not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs and opportunities for all Americans. Sen. Obama is more interested in controlling who gets your piece of the pie than in growing the pie."

McCain has taken a softer tone. On Sunday, he dodged a question from Fox News' Chris Wallace about whether Obama was a socialist but said his rival's tax plan was an effort "to spread the wealth."
"That's one of the tenets of socialism," McCain said.

How does Senator McCain's tax plan not spread or redistribute the wealth? Hasn't every tax plan that charges on the basis of per dollar earned done that? I think its been understood by Joe Common Sense for some time now that the US tax plans are, in part, socialistic. Has anyone ever promoted a true, non-socialistic flat tax of X amount of dollars no matter what you earn?

Apparently, we are learning that it is not socialism until the top 5% of wealth earners incomes are taxed at a higher than 35% rate. I suggest that scientists begin performing studies to determine at what point between 35% and 39% the socialism line was crossed. Because I for one refuse to live in a country that taxes on the basis of a tenet of socialism.

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