The pundits are still on the “socialism” rant regarding President-Elect Barack Obama. Someone needs to shove a dictionary in the face of these guys.
An economic system in which the basic means of production are primarily owned and controlled collectively, usually by government under some system of central planning.
An economic, social and political doctrine which expresses the struggle for the equal distribution of wealth by eliminating private property and the exploitative ruling class.
Economic system centered on the belief that the means of production (such as land) should be collectively owned and that market exchange should be replaced by collectively controlled distribution based on social needs.
When Obama starts taking away our private property and moves to redistributing wealth equally then give me a call.
The entire argument around the term, “spread the wealth” is a bogus one. The government already does this. The question is where that money goes. The Right only has an issue with “spreading the wealth” when that wealth is away from their pocketbooks instead of towards them. When it’s heading in their direction you don’t hear anything about this issue.
Collecting taxes and putting it towards services is redistribution. If redistribution equals socialism then we’re all already living in a socialist government. Case closed.