Here is the video of Boehner speaking at the CPAC. (Tip o' the Lid to the almighty Gateway Pundit for the vid.)
At around 2:17 into the video, Boehner puts the ideas about Socialism in America in its proper context. He says,"The stimulus, the Omnibus, and the budget. It's all one big down payment on a new American socialist experiment." "They are laying the ground work for everything in these bills; expanded welfare, government run health care, green jobs, the works." "They even want to pay your irresponsible neighbor's mortgage off for them."
We aren't there yet, but as Rep. Boehner, not so eloquently, but rightfully, points out, the ground work is being laid.
Making it simple, from Wiki,
"Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating public or state ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and a society characterized by equal opportunities for all individuals, with a fair or egalitarian method of compensation. Modern socialism originated in the late 19th-century intellectual and working class political movement that criticized the effects of industrialization and private ownership on society. Karl Marx posited that socialism would be achieved via class struggle and a proletarian revolution, and would represent a transitional stage between capitalism and communism."
What we are looking at in the future is a concept known as central planning, somewhat like the Soviets used. As of now, though, it is in a much smaller state of deployment. Central planning is nothing more than the government fully running or controlling major parts of the economic system.
The gub'ment decides major facets of the economy, how it is used and distributes wealth accordingly. Examples of this are; cap and trade, forcing auto manufacturers to go green, expansive welfare, increasing tax burdens on higher income brackets, etc.
As to whether or not we are becoming socialist, the devil is in the details. Central planning is a key to a socialist and communist form of governance. However, it can be used, to a lesser extent, in democratic free market economies, also.
The model which we seem to be gravitating to is European Democratic Socialism. Nevertheless, it is still socialism at the end of the day and these principles in any form should be abhorred by the American people. It is not what our country is about.
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