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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 03:20 PM
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Nine Myths about Socialism in the US
by Bill Quigley

Glenn Beck and other far right multi-millionaires are claiming that the US is hot on the path towards socialism. Part of their claim is that the US is much more generous and supportive of our working and poor people than other countries. People may wish it was so, but it is not.

As Senator Patrick Moynihan used to say Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. But everyone is not entitled to their own facts.

The fact is that the US is not really all that generous to our working and poor people compared to other countries.

Consider the US in comparison to the rest of the 30 countries that join the US in making up the OECD the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. These 30 countries include Canada and most comparable European countries but also include some struggling countries like Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Slovak Republic, and Turkey. See www.oecd.org

When you look at how the US compares to these 30 countries, the hot air myths about the US government going all out towards socialism sort of disappear into thin air. Here are some examples of myths that do not hold up.

Myth #1. The US government is involved in class warfare attacking the rich to lift up the poor.

There is a class war going on all right. But it is the rich against the rest of us and the rich are winning. The gap between the rich and everyone else is wider in the US than any of the 30 other countries surveyed. In fact, the top 10% in the US have a higher annual income than any other country. And the poorest 10% in the US are below the average of the other OECD countries. The rich in the U.S. have been rapidly leaving the middle class and poor behind since the 1980s.

Myth #2. The US already has the greatest health care system in the world.

Infant mortality in the US is 4th worst among OECD countries better only than Mexico, Turkey and the Slovak Republic.

Myth #3. There is less poverty in the US than anywhere.

Child poverty in the US, at over 20% or one out of every five kids, is double the average of the 30 OECD countries.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/04/10
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 03:24 PM
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1. the truth is that the vast majority of those parroting the attacks that Obama is socialist
are clueless as to what socialism really is or how very few nations in the world are truly socialist.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 03:32 PM
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2. I must be a socialist because the opposite would be anti-socialist.
Never seen any country that has flourished when the anti-socialists are in charge.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 12:17 AM
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3. ttt
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-12-10 12:15 PM
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4. We do have to move from capitalism to Democratic Socialism . . .however . ..
and it can't be done from a base of patriarchy --

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