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Obama A Socialist? WTF?

What is it with this “Obama is a socialist” theme that is so popular these days with wingnuts? The facts suggest that Obama is a moderate at best, and if anything a bit to the conservative side of moderate. To wit — take a look at his economic team as Matt Taibbi does here. It’s all Wall Street types, the same folks who have been taking from the poor and the middle class and giving to the rich for many years now. Look at Obama’s nominee for head of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, who is more than happy to see 10%+ unemployment continue unchecked. Look at what has happened to health care reform — Obama has pretty much caved in to every demand of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. The bill in it’s current form is a huge windfall for those industries. Look at what Obama is doing in Afghanistan and tell me that the defense industry isn’t dancing with joy. On virtually every major issue this administration has given in to Corporate America.

To call this “socialism” you have to be a total moron who either has no concept of what the word means or who is totally oblivious to what is going on in the real world. And granted, that certainly applies to a lot of people these days, particularly the “teabaggers” and the Palinites. But I also suspect what is going on here is that this is yet another form of sideways racism. The Becks and the Limbaughs of the world really want to just call Obama a nigger, but they know they can’t get away with it. And so they use “socialist” as a code word for “nigger”. At the end of the day, it has nothing to do with Obama being a socialist but everything to do with the fact that he’s black. And that’s what really has them so angry.