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F-16_Fighting_Falcon
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9/23/2011 2:45:46 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Here is a video of it. I thought it might make an interesting discussion for DDO.

To start off, I would say that one of my major concerns was the word "socialism" being thrown around and the general fear-mongering among republicans that Obama was going to turn the US into a socialist country. That is not a legitimate concern. The US under the Obama administration is nothing like a socialist country, but rather about 80% free market, 20% government intervention type economy (roughly). The republicans are just throwing around the word "socialist" because they know that Americans despise socialism.
darkkermit
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9/23/2011 3:30:07 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
The government makes up about 44% of the GDP, and industry is heavily regulated, so the US is actually at best: half socialist, half capitalist.

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com...
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Lasagna
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9/23/2011 3:54:34 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Most Americans hate "socialism" but don't support the dismantling of hardly any of the major socialistic institutions they rely on - despite the bold liberal voice on this site.

Kermit - the question is: "could tthe U.S. exist at a drastically-reduced level of socialism?" It seems to me that most of our socialistic institutions were created out of necessity when capitalism could not provide them. But my political history is weak so I'm sure you'll remind me of how wrong I am!
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9/23/2011 4:06:44 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 9/23/2011 3:54:34 PM, Lasagna wrote:
Kermit - the question is: "could tthe U.S. exist at a drastically-reduced level of socialism?" It seems to me that most of our socialistic institutions were created out of necessity when capitalism could not provide them.

What?

Let's look at one of the biggest problems the federal government is facing: social security. Did we need government to give everyone safe retiring? No. People can save their own money. Did the government give people a choice? Heck no. We're now facing a debt crisis, and social security could ruin us.