So, are we [Americans] socialist?
For years I’ve thought we were tending towards socialism and that we would embrace it when and if it came.
I believe that Bush the younger took a big step towards socialism and that president Obama is currently jogging towards socialism and will breakout into a full run very soon.
I want to show you question 32 first.
If you are having trouble reading the text, the question is:
I’m going to read you a list of items, for each one please tell me
whether you think it is the responsibility of the federal government or not.
First, do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to
[ITEM], or is that not the responsibility of the federal government? (RANDOMIZE)
SCALE: 1. Yes, is responsibility of federal government 2. No, is not the
responsibility of the federal government 3. (Don’t know)
The responses are as follows:
Make sure all Americans have food/ 68% say yes.
Make sure all Americans have health care/ 66% say yes.
Provide housing to those who cannot afford it/ 52% say yes.
Make sure all Americans who want a job, have a job/ 51% say yes.
I think the first question concerning rebuilding communities is also an indicator, but would be better dealt with separately at a different time.
The final question of rescuing failing financial institutions could be considered encouraging, but it really isn’t.
The only reason people say the government should not rescue these organizations is because they [perhaps rightly so] are angry with the organizations. The American people blame [wrongly so] these financial institutions for our current economic situation and they [the American people] want to see these institutions suffer.
Consider the above responses and then consider along side the following poll questions and responses.
Question 39: Do you think Americans are starting to rely too much on the government and not enough on themselves?
A case of schizophrenia?
The polled persons want the federal government to supply food, health care, employment and housing and at the same time they believe Americans rely too much on government and not enough on ourselves?
Are we socialists?
Yes I think so, reluctant perhaps, but socialists none the less.
There is a lot more to this poll, follow the link at the beginning of this post to see the whole of the poll. I thought the whole of the poll is disturbingly revealing.
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