So there are members of the crazy people party, I’m sorry, I mean the Tea partiers that claim “Obama’s a socialist!” The claim is humorous by itself but with the crazies chanting it, it takes on a very negative connotation. The assumption is made that socialism is a bad economic system, but we will get to that later. We must first examine the claim that Obama is, indeed, a socialist.
1: Just think about it. America is one of the closet countries to being a full, market (capitalist) economy. If you are running to be the president of a republic that is built off the free market, you are not going to be a socialist. It is illogical. And even if you were, you wouldn’t be able to push your “socialist agenda” through congress. It’s ludicrous to say Obama’s a socialist or, assuming he was, that he would be able to push his agenda through a congress full of capitalists.
2: But let’s assume he is a socialist and that he could, in fact push his agenda through congress and make America a socialist country. Is that inherently bad? Not in the least. Considering we (a country with enormous influence over other countries) are in an economic recession caused by fat cat capitalists, we would assume other countries’ economies are going down the shitter as well. In some regards that is true but there are quite a few that are minimally affected by this economic downturn. Those are either countries that produce massive amounts of goods [China and India] or are socialist/social democracies. Australia, a country that uses a social partnership economy, is the country that is surviving the economic recession the best. Odd isn’t it, a country that is based around socialism is surviving the economic crisis the best.
3: We will now look at the satisfaction with the health care system in America (capitalist) and Canada (a social democracy). In Canada, 57% of people are very satisfied with the affordability and availability of the health care system compared to the 26% of Americans who are either “somewhat satisfied or satisfied”. Inversely, 76% of Americans are dissatisfied with the health care system in America says Rick Blizzard D.B.A.
(Figures may vary)
So as we can see, socialism isn’t a bad system at all considering a) The country least affected by the economic recession is Australia (a social partnership) and b) People in countries that use some form of social health care are noticeably more satisfied with their system than those without it.
So please, even if we go with the insane claim that “Obama’s a socialist”, socialism it isn’t a bad system at all. If America became a social democracy it might even help.
Economic Figures: Here