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Voinovich calls Obama a socialist

Published: Sat, March 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.




U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich criticized President Barack Obama for failing to be a strong leader, honest and bipartisan.

Obama “ought to be honest,” Voinovich said Friday in an interview with The Vindicator. “He’s a socialist. I told you he’s a socialist. I respect the man. He believes that government has a much larger role to play in the lives of the American people ... I do not support the role he wants government to play.”

Voinovich, a Republican not seeking re-election this year to the Senate, criticized Obama on a variety of issues, but made the “socialist” comment regarding the president’s push for passage of a bill to change health care coverage.

Also, Voinovich said Obama “has not been bipartisan on very much.”

Obama, a Democrat, met with Republican senators in support of the $787 billion federal stimulus bill. But Voinovich said the president later said he couldn’t include Republican proposals because he had already made promises to Democratic leadership.

“He does not understand that as the president he is no longer a legislator,” Voinovich said. “He has got to bring people together and understand a trusting relationship with the leadership of the other party” is needed.

Voinovich also criticized fellow Republicans for opposing earmarks in order to win over members of the TEA [Taxed Enough Already] Party movement; incorrectly calling them “these teapot dome people.”

Earmarks make up “4/1000th of federal spending. It’s not even like salt in the soup, but they’re making everybody think that if you take care of earmarks everything will be” fine with government spending.

To eliminate the federal deficit, the government must increase taxes and cut spending, Voinovich said.

Before visiting the newspaper, Voinovich toured the Youngstown Business Incubator and said he is impressed by the work there.

“I’m so glad I went over,” he said. “This is real stuff. You know, I thought this tech belt was just a lot of nonsense. It’s real stuff.”


1dreamcatcher52(140 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Well, Obama is a socialist, or a progressive or whatever combination you want to label him. Voinovich is right. Obama should at least be honest. He believes that government's role is to redistribute the wealth and take care of all of its citizens. A lot of people believe that. If that is what you believe, you have that right. Just be honest about it. Then move to Europe or something. Because our Founders DID NOT BELIEVE THIS and our country was founded on individual liberty and responsibility for one's own well-being.

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2Springman(235 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

"Our country was founded on individual liberty and responsibility"

Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Kentucky were all founded as "commonwealths." In places like New England, some municipalities still have a "commons" where people can graze their livestock if they have any, and each person is a "selectman," a unified part of the whole If you read the Consitiution, a lot of the stuff about "individualism" was missing, so it was amended to include some individual safeguards. However, common law notions about such matters as jury service, posse conmitatus and a public duty to defend out country still remain.

No thinking person, including Voinovich, can really believe that President Obama is actually a Socialist. His views and appointments are far to the right of most main line Democrats. Most would have set up a WPA to reduce unemployment right off and supported a single payer health option.

However, there is a socialist tradition in this country and at one time, there was a vibrant socialist party. Some of the remnants of the Farm Labor Party and farm parties of the south and west have evolved into, of all things, the Republican Party. E.G. the Republican Party argued for free land in the west, which became the Homestead Act of 1863. The Trust Busters of the turn of the 20th Century were Republican Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Free public education for all was a Republican idea. So was the Eisenhower take over of state rights of way threough the interstate highway system. They also gave us the Income tax.

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3Springman(235 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

As I said, no thinking person.

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