Obama: No Difference Between Capitalism and Communism
President Barack Obama confirmed all conservative doubts and worries about him in comments to young people in Argentina on Thursday. Not only did he say that the differences between communism and capitalism are intellectual rather than practical, he also declared that people should choose from either system whatever idea best suits the moment. This is the kind of thinking that created Marxism in the first place.
Obama started out by decrying the "sharp division between left and right, between capitalist and communist or socialist." The president admitted that it has "been a big debate," especially in the Americas. He gave specific examples of attacks from both sides: "You're a Capitalist Yankee dog!" and "You're some crazy communist who's going to take away everybody's property!"
But here's the kicker:
Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical, and just choose from what works. You don't have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory, you should just decide what works.
What does Obama think is a good example of what works? Cuba. No, seriously, that's what he said. He recalled speaking with President Raul Castro in Cuba:
I said, look, you've made great progress in educating young people: Every child in Cuba gets a basic education -- that's a huge improvement from where it was. Medical care: the life expectancy of Cubans is equivalent to the United States, despite it being a very poor country, because they have access to healthcare. That's a huge achievement, they should be congratulated.
Yes, Obama just praised a (recovering?) communist country for its education and healthcare systems. Obamacare opponents, look no further for attacks on the president's health law -- he thinks Cuba should be our model.
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